Monday, February 11, 2013

This Is My Husband, The Addict...

I have a confession to make. Hi, my name is Julie. And my husband is an addict.
A coffee addict.
This is Jeff. He lives I mean works I mean sits at Alterra...
and drinks lattes. Several days a week. At least 3 or 4 days a week.
Oddly enough, Jeff and I were never coffee drinkers until about 4-5 years ago.
And honestly, I still am not a coffee drinker. I will drink the occasional frappe,
but we are talking about his problem, not mine.

My husband, the coffee addict loves Alterra. If you follow me on Instagram,
you know this...Because almost every picture of him that I post is in Alterra.
yes, sometimes I follow him there. Otherwise how would I ever spend time with him?
I'm not kidding when I say sometimes he actually sneaks there. He will go to pay a bill,
or go to make a deposit...and I will say where are you going? He fully knows his
intention, yet he fails to tell me the entire plan. And an hour or two later, I figure it out.
At Alterra he sits, drinking his XL Iced Caramel Latte.
The workers there will actually start making his drink before he goes up to pay...
because they know.....just like I know...
we all know.

This is what I get. A hot chocolate. Clearly far cheaper than the XL Iced Caramel Latte, right?
Not to say that I can't cut corners elsewhere. I'm sure I can. But I don't have a lot of wiggle room
in my budget for many treats for myself. Yet I realize how much more I have to give than so many
people in the world. My occasional frappe or hot chocolate... or Jeffs 3-4 XL lattes a week could do a lot of good to some one who needs real help. I mean, the money we spend on these things could really make a difference...

I want to say we probably spend at least $40-$50 a month on coffee shops a month. When we spend it little by little, $5 here or $5 there, it doesn't seem like a big deal.
But I can't help but wonder, can we lessen that at all...Can we drop that to 1-2 Lattes a week?
Or maybe instead of an XL latte, can we get a small this week?
I understand we all need a break in life and I'm all for it... a treat now and then.
But wouldn't it be great, if we can take $20 of those dollars just this month and help someone in need.

If I had come up with the name of the MOCHA CLUB, I would have called it the LATTE CLUB.
But the idea behind it is that not everyone has lots of money to give people in need. But we all have
the occasional extra $4-$5 to buy ourselves a coffee. So give up that coffee this week, this month...
and give someone else a new chance in life.
In case you haven't heard, I am working on a Project I call Surburbia to the Streets .
If I raise $800 this convincing people to skip a coffee, this week, or this month to help get women stuck in the sex workers trade, stuck by fear and poverty and lack of opportunity... off the
streets in Ethiopia. Then I will leave my suburban life and go out to the streets of my city and
help women on my streets...that need hope and courage.
Something I always wanted to do, but was afraid of.

Are you like us? Do you realize how much you spend on coffee shops a month?
Can you skip one or two coffees this month to help me reach my goal?
But more importantly, help two very precious women redeem their dignity and value and purpose.

If so, click on the button to donate to the Mocha Club. Help me, Help them...

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Cody Doll said...

Oh I so know your pain. My bf is a coffee addict too. Lucky, he we are to poor for buying at a shop. It's usually just homemade coffee. But I still see the possibility of spending the money else where.
Random question you don't have to ask but do you and your hubby have separate accounts?

Niken said...

i'm a coffee addict. i think i'll do the same thing with him. i used to spend time in coffee shop for hours and drink glasses of coffee. and not to mention the number of starbucks cups that go home with me

Megan said...

it really is so crazy how just a little bit adds up and you don't even know it. I don't drink coffee but I see that happen just in picking up some fast food or something here and there. crazy.

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

The only thing that saves me is the fact that none of our local coffee shops are any good... and I'm a coffee snob so if I'm drinking coffee it NEEDS to be good coffee. So mostly we drink brewed stuff.

Oddly enough, when I worked as a barista it used to amaze me when my regulars would stop in several times a day. I swear, I don't even want to know how much they spend on coffee in a month.

I think people can easily drop something like this to put a little money into something else so worthwhile.

Chris said...

Hi Julie, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Laura Darling said...

This is such an awesome idea. You're right, a few dollars at a time doesn't seem like much, but it really does add up!

TicoTina said...

great setup my dear =)

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