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When I was thinking about this post I was thinking “Yeah, I totally mentioned that already”. Then I couldn’t find it when I searched my site for it and I since I couldn’t find it I guess I didn’t mention it like I thought I did. So if I did already mention it and just couldn’t find it, well, my apologies.

And on with the story.

This Spending Fast Tip maaaayyy be a little ghetto/oh my/no she didn’t/yes she did/I hadn’t thought about that.

Those are the best tips (and best things in general) though- when they are on just this side of crazy.

Can I get an Amen.

When I started the Spending Fast proper all the fancy coffee at coffee shops immediately left my days. If I wanted coffee I was brewing it up myself. I used up the old frozen coffee grounds that had been in my freezer for years and I started to notice the places that offered free coffee (the YMCA and meetings are great places to find free coffee).

With all this coffee I was brewing up and finding around town I needed a way to transport it. I needed a way to keep it with me.


At the time I didn’t own one of those cool travel coffee mugs and thought carrying around an open ceramic mug from my house might get a little messy on the bumpy bus rides and walks around town. Normally at this point pre-Spending Fast I would’ve just BOUGHT a travel coffee mug.

I mean, I needed one. It was obvious. BUT. Things were different now. Things ARE different now.

So. What did I do? I searched for the closest Lost and Found box that I could find and dug in.

I never knew until that day but my “day job” just so happens to have a gravitational pull to travel mugs. I had reached the end of the rainbow and it was pure gold.

If I didn’t know better I would think they were breeding in that box while people looked away. There were THAT many in there.

After rummaging around for a bit I found the perfect travel mug. It was burgundy, had a handle, had a lid and only vaguely smelled. I asked if I had been there long. I wondered if the rightful owner was on there way. I asked if maybe I could have it? “Yes, you can.” So, I took it. I figured with a little sanitation it would be as good as new. And. It was.

Some mornings as I sip up my coffee I feel a little rough using my “pre-loved” coffee mug but then my thoughts drift back to that lovely Lost and Found box, all the the lost stuff in it and all those mugs just waiting for a new lease on life and a little sanitation.

Shameless frugality wins again!


6 thoughts on “COFFEE + ME + ALWAYS + PLEASE.

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  1. HighHeeledTraders

    true, coffee takes up a lot of money… "take out" coffee bill for the year $3 (once per day) x 5 days a week x 52 weeks = $780 …. I'm not really a coffee drinker before (social coffee-drinker?) … I instead went for green tea… good for the body and weight loss too. Not to mention it's really cheap – you can reuse tea bags! Strong tea, then weak tea, then beauty treatment (for eyebags), then finally out into the soil as organic fertilizer …LOL

  2. Anna Newell Jones

    hi maryl,

    the pics were to illustrate that "the best tips (and best things in general) – are on just this side of crazy". the pics are just a little crazy;)

    coffee's not the problem. coffee is amazing! the post is about rummaging through a lost and found box and giving new life to items that you might otherwise buy. it's about not just going out and automatically buying something.

    hope that helps! :)

  3. Sara Mc

    I'm addicted to coffee as well… and I wish I had a lost & found box with travel mugs in them! I definitely need a cup w/ a lid, lol. lost two phones in one year to a coffee cup full of yummy caffienated goodness.


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