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Day 46: Can you pay my bills? Can you pay my telephone bill? No, seriously, can you?

So, today's payday. The first real payday under the new detox regime. (The two paydays in January went to paying off Christmas debt; the first February payday went to paying for my work trips).

But this is my first real, let's put some money on my debt and save a little, paycheck.

And SO MUCH OF IT went to my stupid bills.

Sing it, mid-90s Beyonce:



I'm triflin'.

Anyway, a lot of the money went to my cellphone bill, which was twice the normal amount because of using it while in Toronto and Moose Jaw. Dammit.

In other news: I think I am going to quit buying hot drinks from Starbucks. I did not take this step right away, because it gets COLD HERE, you guys, and nobody is getting between me and an extra-hot chai latte when it is -40 outside.

However, when I look at things reasonably, it becomes apparent that:

a) I have very few real expenses in my life (i.e. no children, car, home ownership) and so saving money and paying down debt will have to happen through cutting out frivolous things
b) a Starbucks chai latte costs about $5. A box of prepared chai latte mix (which makes like 12 cups of it) costs $5.

The sad part is that I really do enjoy The Starbucks Experience. The friendly baristas (the one who served me my chais in Toronto looked like Mondo from Project Runway! He even wore a bow tie!), the fake size-names, the seasonal drink specials.

But anyway. Here is what I have done: I have purchased a $25 Starbucks gift card. These will be my last Starbucks drinks this year, so I must use it wisely for these final 5 drinks. Each one will have to be well-thought out. And the bonus is that, if you register your gift card online, you get a free drink on your birthday! So really, I have 6 more left this year.

Oh, the sacrifices I make in the name of paying off debt.

To make myself feel better, here's my least-favourite picture, of Paris Hilton with a Starbucks drink. It is slowly working its magic to make me associate Starbucks not with the comforting Starbucks Experience, but with Paris Hilton, excess, and her gross hair extensions.


Starbucks drinks left in 2011: 6.

5 comments:

Luke M said...

I was reading in Men's Health that sure, if you cut out Starbucks, you'll save a few dollars a year. But the reduction in life satisfaction (or whatever) will outweigh the few dollars you're saving. I'm sure they backed this claim up with a reference to a recent study in the Annals of Culver City University Alternative Medicine or somewhere.
In conclusion, you should just buy and enjoy your drinks.

Foster said...

Oh, Luke. You are the evil angel on my shoulder.

Olivia Corey said...

I love your idea about buying the gift card, so that you are deciding now how much more you shall spend on Starbucks for the rest of the year--very clever.

J. Money said...

Man, I wouldn't be able to do it - good for you :) I'd rather find a way to make $5 extra than cut it out of Starbucks! haha... maybe any other bills you could knock off $5 instead so you can keep something you enjoy so much? New to your site, but def. give you props for taking action my friend - keep rockin'!

Annabelle said...

Hey, welcome aboard, J Money! I wasn't quite able to cut the cord re: Starbucks, actually. And it turns out that the amount I spend on clothes and makeup is way more than the $25/month I spend on Starbucks. Plus, pumpkin spice lattes just came back. How can I turn that down?

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