#ThriveLife Day 20: Skip the Starbucks

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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Skip the Starbucks

What’s your vice?

Everyone’s got one (at least).

Some of mine?

  • Green juices
  • Lululemon yoga pants
  • Health Ade Kombucha
  • CrossFit tenni-shoes
  • AG jeans
  • Sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner
  • And, Whole Foods grocery runs

(I told you that you can have more than one).

Vices are those “little things” in life that make “life go round”—your “guilty pleasures” or things that bring a little ray of sunshine to your day, like:

  • An episode of the “Bachelor,” the “Voice” or another fav
  • Time out for a good read
  • Social media browsing
  • Tickets to your fav college team’s sporting events or band’s concert

Vices are also those things that, while you may question the money you spend on them, you don’t second guess yourself (quite as much.) And your vices are those things that, if you need to save some money, can definitely be part of your first line of defense (in cutting back on them—hence, my lack of Lululemon and Anthropologie shopping lately).

Things like:

  • The Lexus you drive
  • Your brand-name grocery-store mayo (Primal Mayo!) or brand-name laundry detergent
  • Your CrossFit or yoga studio  membership
  • And your morning Starbucks

Starbucks reigns king when it comes to coffee—and is ranking in the dollas’ to prove it.

Here’s a rough estimate of what you’re spending on Starbucks each month if you were to order a Grande (medium) coffee or tea latte from Starbucks three times a week.

  • A Grande hot tea costs around $2.If you were to order this drink three times a week, that would put you at $6 per week and around $24 to $30 per month. Just for reference.
  • A Grande coffee—with or without milk—is about $2.65. Three cups a week bring you to about $7.95, somewhere between $30 and $35 per month.
  • And, a classic Grande Café Latte (hot coffee with milk) will run ya about $3.45– $10.35 per week and about $40 per month.

All things considered, we spend money easily in places that easily add up when it comes to our budget and wallet.

For instance, I used to shop at Lululemon like it was a grocery store! Every week I was in there every Tuesday and Saturday—like clockwork—to see the latest finds I saw online.

To say the least: These spending habits added up (And you can only have so many yoga pants. Yes, even I said that).

Enter: Your #thrivelife project:

Skip one day (or gasp, one week) of your Starbucks or other vice routine, and donate the proceeds (i.e. savings) to your charity or cause of choice.

Spread the love!

that are your go-to’s—things that you will spend money on 

For many moons, my vice

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