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Expensive Addiction

When it's just too hard to resist...

by Single Ma  |  2355 views  |  5 comments  |       Rate this now! 

Imagine This: You pull a 12-hour workday with no lunch break, but you manage to accomplish nothing. At 6:30 p.m., you finally decide to peel yourself away from the computer and go home. However, you’re starving. The granola bar and yogurt you ate around 1 p.m. is long gone, so you crave a quick snack to hold you over until dinner. But you decide against it.

Then... you realize WHY you haven’t accomplished a thing all day, which makes you frustrated. The mere thought of what tomorrow may bring only adds fuel to the fire. So now you’re hungry and cranky. Bad combination. But that isn’t all.

Now you have to join the licensed lunatics on I-495 for another 20 minutes. The distance between where you stand and your couch feels like a million miles away. All of this is enough to make you want to spit fire. *grrrrrrr*

But you attempt to calm yourself and try to think about what you’re going to prepare for dinner. Yes, you decide to cook dinner at home instead of stopping for takeout because it’s the healthy and frugal thing to do. *Ahem.* So they say. As you ride down in the elevator, you think of something that will only take 20 minutes from prep to serve and you pat yourself on the back for being creative. You can’t wait to get home. The elevator reaches the lobby, your mood lightens, and you exit the building with an extra pep in your step.

You decide to forget about the unfinished business. It’s time to go home. You’ll be there in about 20 minutes. You know what you want to eat. Dinner will be on the table in another 20 minutes. You just need to get to your car. Walk. Focus.

Then it happens…

You pass the forbidden place and two of your five senses are immediately invaded. The little green sign. The aroma. The sweet goodness that can make the whole world a happy place. At least until you can get home. Right? Right! Well... OK, just this one last time won’t hurt.


Mocha Frappuccino

Creative Commons License photo credit: basheertome

The Tall Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino

Damn! Another $3.54! Crackbucks got me again!

Maybe tomorrow, I’ll try to walk really fast with my eyes closed.

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A working (single) mom and author of the personal finance blog Fabulous Financials @

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5 comments so far...

  • So, what you are saying is it's not how much money we have that is the issue but, the distribution of the money that we have? :)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Dr Christopher on 23rd June 2008

  • I'm with Job Search Coach -- I just try to stay away. It's kind of nice actually -- when I do get it now, it's a really nice treat:)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 28th May 2008

  • Ha! When I get in these situations, my husband is so encouraging. He always makes me say - in a mantra-like fashion - "I deserve a treat." If you have a tough day, YOU deserve a treat!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane on 28th May 2008

  • been there; done that.

    thanks for giving me a smile.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Gina on 28th May 2008

  • I won't lie. Starbucks is the devil. LOL. I've been avoiding the place like the plague. That money is now going into the gas tank.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Roxanne Ravenel JobSearchCoach on 28th May 2008