Don't Spend That All At Once

If you've been around here for awhile, you'll no doubt recall that I am a self-admitted Starbucks-a-holic. If you're a new reader, well

I am a self-admitted Starbucks-a-holic.

I fell the first day they opened here in Canada a few years back -- even before daughter became a Barista in 2007 (one of my proudest parental moments ever).

Yes all that free coffee, tea and other goodies definitely helps feed my addiction. And my collection of green-mermaid emblazoned paraphernalia makes my house look so much like a Starbucks, I am frankly amazed I don't find strangers lounging with their laptops or perusing a thick book whilst sipping on a latte at my kitchen table.

One of my favorite Starbucks-related possesions was my Starbucks Visa. I would revel in the response when whipping out the old card:

"Starbucks has a credit card now?"

"Um, no, but I DO get SBux points every time I use it!" I'd proudly respond.

And points I racked up. I was in coffee-scented heaven. I ingested a LOT of free drinks. Did I say a lot? Grande Gallons. Venti Gallons!

Until last month that is. My joyful existence was shattered one fateful day when, for some as-yet-to-be-disclosed-stupid reason (other than just to torture me) Visa decided to stop their partnership with Starbucks and replaced my beautiful * sniff* card with a regular Visa. (They also did the same with Target cards so I prefer to believe it wasn't some evil Tim Horton's scheme).

Of course, they stopped issuing points mere days before I used it for a trip. Figures.

Visa, you suck.

Starbucks, on the other hand you were kind enough to send me two gifts upon the finale of our all-too-short wonderous relationship:

1) A coupon book for a free ANY drink, ANY size, once a month for the next six months.

2) A Starbucks card for the remainder of my un-used Starbucks points.

Read that small print. Yep, I shall definitely take good care of my new Starbucks Card.

I'm off to register it to protect its value against theft or loss. After all, it'll provide me enjoyment for years a milli-second to come.

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ME! said...

If you register your Starbucks Card online and recharge it, there are perks. Like free syrups and stuff. Check that out... it's no free coffee through Visa, but it's a small Starbucks-Lover perk!

JD at I Do Things said...

I used to have a regular Starbucks card (not a credit card, just the kind you use instead of a credit card), but I abused it and had to cut it up. Credit cards are bad enough, but that whole concept of "it's not real money" seemed to apply even more to my Starbuck's card.

I'm sorry your freebie heaven came to an end.

Sistertex said...

.64 cents..... Yes, better start packin' a pistol just to make sure! ;)

Heather said...

They sent you a gift card with $0.64 on it?? LOL!!

Irene said...

I don't think you can get anything for 64 cents, can you?

Babs-beetle said...

All good things must come to an end. Why do they say that? In the case of your free coffee I suppose it's true. I don't think I've ever had a Starbucks.

Kisma said...

I am a a Starbucks addict! $.64 will buy that extra shot for your next drink... make it a good one!

Gnetch said...

That's so awesome! I'm a Starbucks addict too!! :)

Daisy said...

From Daisy's "mom":
You're rich!

Coffee purists will likely sniff at this, but we have a Flavia drink machine. My favorite drink to make is one pack of French Roast, top that with the Cappuccino swirl, and then the Dove hot chocolate. Of course, top the whole thing with a shot of whipped cream. The whole drink is ready in about 2 minutes. Delicious!

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Unknown said...

I love it, your 64 cent card reminds me of when one quits or is fired (um...not that that has ever happened to me...) and the 'final insult' cheque comes in for 45 cents, just as an extra kick on the bum on the way out.

Bonus points if it cost more to send the cheque than the cheque itself.


Pamela Bousquet said...

Love this - I've had the same problem in the past...but Starbucks is a hard habit to break, isn't it? :D

Love your site, Maureen - added you to my blogroll. (been a fan for a while!)

Bruce Johnson said...

Am I reading that right? The Starbucks card has a balance of 0.64 cents on it? That wouldn't buy you a napkin at Starbucks.

Swubird said...


I just don't get it. There's a Starbucks a few miles from our house and the drive-thru line is always around the corner and down the block. Egad. That many people have to have their fix? We just returned from Vegas and stopped at a little dried up, speck of a desert town to wet out parched throats. Would you believe it, there's was a crowded Starbucks. The lady behind the counter said business was booming. Go figure.

Happy trails.

Admiral Hestorb said...

your blog is a delight..I am glad I found you thru Daisy and Harley's mommy's blog.

Annah said...

I love me some Starbucks! BUT Dunkin Donuts has some pretty good Iced Lattes too and they're a little cheaper. YUM! *raises her latte at you* ;)

JoJo said...

Did you hear that they are going to start serving beer & wine at some Starbux shops?

Although I live in Washington State(ground zero for caffeineheads), I refuse to visit Starbux, as I think they are everything that is wrong with America (them and Walmart). But if the choice is between a bikini barista or Starbux, I guess I'd have to go w/ Starbux.

Lazarus said...

Great post Maureen. Here's a little Starbucks may know it as a SBux-aholic. In the book "Moby Dick" the first mate, Starbucks, drank a lot of coffee. The chain is named after him. There was a real Mr. Starbucks who was on the boat off Nantucket that the original story is based upon. Too much literary trivia for a fun blog like yours, sorry to drag everyone down. Kind of interesting though...keep up the great blogging!

Janet said...

lol That should be good for a syrup, I'd think!

Kerri said...

hi my name is kerri and i am also a starbux-ahoic.

and i don't even drink coffee!!

but i love starbux. i get a chai tea BAG (BAG, not the concentrate!) in vanilla soymilk. no water. extra hot.

visa SUX for screwing u of your starbux points.

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