All is quiet in the Levitch home on this New Year’s Day. Two boys playing with their new Wii, one dad watching football and cleaning up, and a mom who is reflecting on this somewhat significant commitment that we’re about to make – to not buy from national retail stores and restaurants for an entire year.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve busily stocked up on underwear, socks, kids shoes, and blocks of cheese to get ready for what we promised to do. And, now it’s time to live up to this commitment and begin the journey that will be highlighted in our blog “One Local Family”.
This morning, I dutifully pulled out my Mr. Coffee iced tea maker thinking all the while that there will be no visits to Starbucks for 12 months. So, I brewed myself a pitcher of Lipton iced tea. It certainly wasn’t Starbucks. Rather, it was more like lukewarm dishwater. So, among my first quests will be to find some better tea. I guess since I won’t be spending $2.45 for my Venti at the drive-thru, I can afford to splash out for some better quality tea leaves.
In fact, I figured out that I was spending exactly $17.15 per week at the ubiquitous national chain Starbucks. I seriously doubt that I could spend even half this on the highest quality tea leaves to brew my own tea at home. Hmmm, could avoiding the chains actually save us money? We will soon find out.