Buck Your Starbucks Addiction

Your health and your wallet will benefit from a little moderation
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Sep 4, 2007 12:40 PM CDT
A woman passes by a Starbucks coffee shop, Tuesday, July, 31, 2007, in Seattle. Starbucks is expected to release quarterly earnings on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Andrei Pungovschi)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Though Starbucks' recent price hike averages just 9 cents a cup, that's still $50 a year for a java junkie with a five-latte-a-week habit. Save yourself with these tips from the Chicago Tribune:

  1. A 300-calorie snack in the afternoon is a healthier pick-me-up than coffee.

  1. Break the connection: Drink OJ out of your Starbucks mug, or try getting your fix somewhere cheaper.
  2. Wean yourself off caffeine.
  3. Do the math: Calculate the opportunity cost of walking to Starbucks and standing in line.