A quick, fun post for this Thursday!
I just had a revelation at work. I found a way to get a delicious, premium drink for free.
My company offers free coffee, which is a nice perk (or perc for all you fans of puns out there). I work in the publishing industry, which is known for it’s lower compensation levels (as compared to other industries). So it came as a huge surprise to me when I didn’t see anyone taking advantage of this freebie. Nobody would take the 30 seconds necessary to set up the coffeemaker for FREE coffee. Needless to say, I started making pots of it myself. I don’t drink coffee every day, but about once a week I would make some in the office kitchen and STILL nobody would have any! The work was done, but I still just saw Starbucks cups all around the office.
Of course, the coffee isn’t the best I’ve ever had, but it is perfectly passable. But today… today my world changed. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before, but our office also offers free packets of hot chocolate. Let me tell you, mediocre coffee + mediocre packets of hot chocolate = a delicious mocha coffee! So while my colleagues are dropping hundreds of dollars per year on fancy cafe mochas or whatever Starbucks’ marketing team calls it, I will be getting them for free!
Now, I know that the people who read my blog are savvy. Many of them other bloggers who are frugal gurus! And since companies have different perks, freebies, and cultures, I wanted to pose the question to all of you: what are your favorite frugal tactics in the workplace (whether you work in an office or not!)? Happy Thursday!
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