World Orphan Week Marches on

Posted: October 8, 2008 in Uncategorized

Day 2 – Thanks a Latte for Caring for Kids with no Mommy

I know lots of organizations toss this one out there, but it’s really simple and I think it’s a great idea.  Give up your tall skinny quad shot hazelnut latte for a week and pull out the old Mr. Coffee.  Average monthly savings: $56, or almost six weeks’ income for 3 billion people in the world.

Decaffeinating to make a difference,


P.S.  Funny story:  I met the wonderful Miranda at Starbucks the other morning and I was behind a big group of hunters.  Like, REAL hunters.  Dressed in camo and the whole deal.  Anyway, the guy in front of me (please picture the boots, the Elmer Fudd hat, the not-quite Paul Bunyon Beard) ordered a venti non-fat Mocha with whip.  Oh, American men are such a dichotomy!

  1. Tracy says:

    I’m just gonna say, you may be getting a little out of control with this one…I did invest in my own LATTE machine, but Mr. Coffee really can’t compare, can it? I would suggest buying non-brand name products…that will totally cut your grocery budget and for the most part the products taste the same.
    ps…the latte machine at Costco cost me $400…I probably paid for that machine in about 3-4 months and it continues to give:)

  2. Tami Rice says:

    I have already cut out the Starbucks runs a long time ago but thankfully my boss, also known as Tracy, has a wonderful machine that I try to utilize as often as possible! However…I agree with basic principals here 😉

  3. Karen says:

    I think seasonal decorations could be right up there with Lattes for many of us. My mom used the same (worn) seasonal decorations my whole life and she’s still using them. I was just at Target and several young women had carts full of stuff, probably several hundred dollars worth of Halloween junk. Wow the old “need” versus “want” rule really works. If I brought home a leaf pattern tarp for cleaning up the yard this fall my husband would not be happy with me! We need to learn to use what we already have!

  4. bolovesjoe says:

    Tracy & Tami: I’m feeling like you ladies need to start a business making coffee for the masses and charging like $16 per cup and everyone can know their beverage is supporting orphans. And nutmeg. 🙂

    Karen – that’s a great idea and I have committed this year to be really content with my Christmas decorations. I’m usually okay with ornaments, but I’m a sucker for nativity sets. But will JUST SAY NO to new nativity sets. Even if they’re super cute or hauntingly beautiful or from another country. Even then. My blog shall hold me accountable.

  5. Karen says:

    OH, didn’t anyone tell you? Nativity sets are exempt. Buy all you want. Just no more stuffed bears with cute tee shirts on. Really, no sets of “Christmas china” but if you already have one then it’s ok. Just don’t buy more of them. And your Christmas village does not get yet another chapel or boarding house.

    I want the stuff as much as the next person. I love to decorate and give gifts.

  6. bolovesjoe says:

    Okay…I can get the Portuguese manger scene, but I can’t have the Hickory Farms Sausage Factory for my Christmas Village? Got it! And I’m actually good with that – but what about the giant Whoville snowglobe for my yard?

    Seriously, it’s amazing how much we spend to convince ourselves that our Christmas spirit is alive and well. I REFUSE to do it this year. And I’m doing a whole post soon on purpose-driven gift-giving. Bring on the holidays!

  7. Karen says:

    You’d get along great with my husband. Any chance you have a deep passion for power tools?

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