For someone who is notoriously frugal, I have been spending a ton of time in Starbucks lately. After just a few days of studying for the bar, it was apparent that I wasn’t able to get my best studying done at home. That has always been true for me, and now I lost my train rides for prime study time.
I desperately needed to get out of the house, and found myself with almost $100 in Starbucks gift cards. So I decided that would be my new study spot. I don’t live within a ½ hour walk of any Starbucks, but am within a 15 minute car ride of about 6. So, I’ve been taking turns visiting all of them.
I usually stay for about 4 hours, and get about half of my study hours done for the day. If I leave the house when my brother does for work, I am home by 11:30 with half of my studying done for the day. If I try to do that at home, I get continually distracted and move MUCH slower. For example, if I visit Starbucks, I am often done my 8 hours by 4 or 5, but if I don’t it is more like 8 or 9pm.
I usually get something to drink and something to eat, mostly because I feel that I should if I’m there for a long time. By the time I’m done with the bar, I still won’t have used up all of that gift card money.
Plus I registered all of my cards online and found a couple of really sweet bonuses. First, thanks to a sweet tip from a barista one day, I found out that with a registered card (used 5 times) you can get free refills on coffee and tea. I usually start off my morning with a cup of tea, and then follow up with a cup of coffee. Even though it’s a different drink, it’s still free! (You do have to stay in the store between your first and second drink).
And second, I’ve now been so many times that I’ve reached Gold Level on their rewards program. Every 12 “stars” that I get, I can redeem a reward for one free item. I like this perk because their more expensive drinks look yummy, but I never get them because I can’t justify the price. So I have been getting to sample some of their fancier drinks as well.
Once the exams are written, I won’t continue my almost daily visits, but I will still pop in from time to time for a cup of chai tea!