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User Input: Not On My Dime

A penny saved is... pointless in Canada now.

My mention yesterday of Kopi Luwak led to a few discussions popping up around the topic of coffee. This is, as anyone who knows me is well aware, a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I love coffee. I’m not even picky about how I get it. I prefer my coffee sweet, so I’ll always add sugar to a plain cup, but other than that, I’ll drink just about any form of coffee from plain ol’ gas-station joe to those fancy mocha-frappa-latte-ccino things at hoity-toity coffee shoppes. Hell, I’ve even figured out, on my 10-hour drive home to my parents’ place, which gas stations serve the best plain-ol’-gas-station-cuppa-joe so I know where to stop and tank up.

So many are surprised by my innate distaste for almost anything Starbucks; I’ll drink their fancy pinky-finger-up expensive coffees, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get one. Occasionally CaffeineFuelled gets a craving and I’ll join her, but left to my own devices, I don’t think I’d ever bother. I don’t like their coffee, and I can’t find any justification for spending extra money on a cup of it. Sure, in most cases it’s only an extra buck over what you could get at any other coffee shop — or less, since an extra-large at Tim Horton’s is over $2 now, and it’s about $2.50 for the same size at Starbucks — but to me, it’s no better, and in fact probably worse. Even for their fancy stuff; to my palate, Second Cup makes a better fancy drink every time, and it’s noticeably cheaper.

What supposed “extravagance” do you refuse to spend extra money on, even if the difference is small?

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