Friday, October 15, 2010

The Nectar of the Gods


If you were not already aware I am a person who is chronically sleep deprived. Yes, yes mother. I know this is not good for my long-term health. But I am doing what it takes to, you know, be responsible and pay our bills.

Ahem. Sorry there. At any rate coffee is my best friend. Each and every morning I make a pot -- a full pot. Now on mornings when Mr. Peculiar is home we'll drain that pretty quickly. But on mornings he's not here there are always left overs. And, yes, I can come home from work, drink a cup of joe and then drift contentedly off to sleep. I may have built up a bit of a tolerance for caffeine. Just a touch.

Another thing you may not know about me is that I am fairly peculiar about my coffee. I typically drink a cafe au lait (1/3 heated milk and 2/3 coffee). This must be hot. Very hot. As in near scalding. Once my coffee begins to cool I can no longer drink it. Seriously. It makes me gag. Therefore I am forever reheating my coffee to make it drinkable again.

More than once I have lamented the lack of a vehicular microwave -- you know just a little something in lieu of a glovebox to keep my beverage at an appropriate temperature. Never mind my ovaries smack in front of that radiation box -- at least my coffee would be hot.

But I digress. I also like my coffee cold. Ice cold. As such I've taken to using the remains of the morning pot as an afternoon pick-me-up. Ice, milk and coffee. This is particularly lovely on afternoons such as this given I have to work tonight and have been up all day.

Plus it's frugal, the coffee doesn't go to waste and that's one more dollar in the retirement pile. So I can, you know, retire and restore my health. Smart thinking, 'eh?

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Now if you don't think you'll drink the leftovers that day then freeze them. They can also be used to make mochachinos. Yet another frugal tip.

Tell me -- what are you doing for frugality today?





7 comments:

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Why I've been a-thrifting. I have felt the urge for a little something new in my life, but having only a few buckeroos in my wallet I thought a stop at the thrift store would suffice. And as always -- mission accomplished. I picked up some lovely old canning jars for 25 cents a piece. I'm a very happy frugalista.

And thank you so much for your mochachino tip. I do so love Dunkin Donut's version, but alas I too must look ahead to those retirement years.

Shalet said...

Oh I know the coffee addiction well. I've all but sworn off coffee house coffee (i.e. Starbucks, etc). Let me tell you *that* was a difficult transition!

Thrifting is always good therapy! Good for you!

Tammie said...

i have a hefty coffee addiction and like you i must have it either boiling hot or ice cold.

what am i doing to save money? well yesterday was shopping day and i saved over $25 with coupons. most of the time ive all but given up on coupons because they arent for products i usually use, but ive had a run of good clipping and printing luck the past few weeks. it was exciting to see my grocery bill go down so much.

Shalet said...

That's AWESOME! I rarely use coupons (except at Michaels) because it seems there are rarely coupons for things we buy. I may need to rethink my ways!

Jen said...

I have the same trouble with coupons. But retirement would be nice someday. My BFF is always sending me coupon and budgeting websites. I need to take a closer look =)

Maiz Connolly said...

This is not a frugal tip, but it's the first thing I thought of when you were describing your coffee preferences:

http://www.thegiantstore.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=425

Is it ridiculous or awesome?

Shalet said...

I've just come from the kitchen where I microwaved my coffee yet again.

That mug is awesome! I *love* that it has a extra hot settting!! I may just have to add that to my Christmas list!