Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How to pay for Paris...







You see girls, my talented friend and I have been "brainstorming" ways to pay for a lovely trip to Paris! She's way ahead of me, of course, but none-the-less, this has long been a dream of mine..

So I figured, I better start thinking...




I tend to like to keep things simple...

...I have been wanting one of these for some time now...




A personal latte maker from William Sonoma. Cafe au lait anyone?!

Now, previously upon my asking for one of these, the hubs has given me the big "No way, what's wrong with drinking coffee from the coffee pot?" Hmm...

Well, I do, but then later I need my mid-day venti non-fat 3 pump vanilla latte fix!!! It comes calling everyday, right about the same time. Eeeeek! And, hard as I try, I just don't seem to be able to fight it.

Now here's where the plan comes in...

I could justify buying my cute little latte maker, if I give up my $4.25/day Starbuck's habit. You heard me right! And, all-the-while, I'd be saving money for my much wanted trip to Paris.

Brilliant right??? Well, okay, maybe not so brilliant, but...





Doesn't staying at home, in your nice warm jammies, ahem, clothes...sipping your very own latte, while saving money sound like a pretty good idea??????



{images: Sarah Maingot, World-City-Photos.org, William Sonoma, Martha Stewart}


Tracey

71 comments:

Rebecca said...

Great idea!
Love that little coffee maker...does it make a cappacino?
Ahhh Paris...love it!
Blessings
Rebecca

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Tracey... I like how you justify saving money! I would love to go to Paris one day too... my nieces have both been but not their dear old aunt Juju...(who, by the way researched mine and their French heritage for all of us back to the 1600's! You would think that would get me a trip to Paris, non?) Bisous... Julie Marie

Mary said...

When I was in high school I wanted to go to Paris. My mom said "sure, as long as you can pay for it." That would be the part where I think she thought she had me. Thinking it would never happen, that was a safe answer for her. Well, I did it and I went to Paris and Rome over Christmas break my freshman year. And yes ladies, I did it by selling homemade pizzas. --insert laughter here-- It was the only thing I could think of that everyone would want to buy. Who doesn't eat pizza, right?? Even at 14 I was zoned in on the marketing aspect of life. So my friends and I took preorders, and sold enough pizzas to pay for our trip. We took orders for 2 weeks and made and delivered them all in one weekend. It was AWESOME! I remember that trip it like it was yesterday. I still can't believe I did that! I was such a total nerd. Who comes up with selling pizzas?? Whatever...I spent Christmas in Paris so I guess it didn't really matter how I got there. You guys will get there...but I am sure it will be in a more dignified way than I did. But, if you decide to go my way...I like pepperoni. ;o)

Dawn said...

I think this is a perfectly perfect idea!!!

mandiegirl said...

Oooh...I want a french press and I want to go to Paris. :) Let me know how your plan goes. ;)

Jackie said...

I've wanted one of those for so long! I hope you can save enough to go to Paris!! It makes complete sense to me!!

A.Love said...

Sounds like motivation to me!!
We bought an espresso maker and now we buy coffee for it AND Starbucks ;)
Woops!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Sounds great! Hey, I've got that café au lait maker (mine's not see thru though, that one's really pretty shown) and I use it every morning. Never thought I was saving extra money for France. It works like a dream, put in a smidgeon of almond or vanilla essence and yum! I've been using it for quite a while now, bet I've saved enough for at least one trip over the pond. Love that first photo, we have that tiny espresso maker too which works just as good as any fancy on the counter maker any day plus it came back from Italy with us.... oh, those socks are dreamy in the photo (knew I was leading to something!). Happy planning your trip to Paris. Think of all the goodies from brocante you will bring back!

the wild raspberry said...

me semble bon~~~

chasity

Florence said...

I know we sometimes have to be practical and substitute what is close to natural experience. I was in Germany three years ago in September, and we passed a sign that said Paris, oh how I wanted to go. Who knows maybe some day. Have a great rest of your week. Florence

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh yeah it does.... and Paris sound Wonderful! Keep saving :)
xxx

Cathi said...

I have the coffee maker in your first picture with the socks and I love it! I buy the espresso from Starbucks and I got a little manual milk frother from Home Goods for a few dollars. It's great and you do end up saving alot! I want to go to Paris too..Good luck to you!

Jeanneoli said...

I hope you get to go!! Not buying Starbucks would help me a lot:-)

Jacqueline said...

It sounds like a great idea, Tracey.
We are so lucky living in the country but so near to London.
We can go to Paris for the day on Eurostar, so not too much saving is needed !!!! Well, a bit of saving for shopping.
My sister and I went recently for a long weekend to go to the flea markets. It's a wonderful city.
Keep saving...you'll get there. XXXX

{kara} said...

Great idea! I love it! i need to kick my coffee habit too. Expensive!

kara

Draffin Bears said...

Sounds like a very good idea to me Tracey.
Good luck with the saving for Paris.

Hugs
Carolyn

Fabulously french said...

Sounds like a great idea to me.

Leeann

PS~Erin said...

I love hearing rationalizations! Great plan.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

A purchase that will definitely pay off in the long run, Tracey. I lived in Paris for three years and that's where I first fell in love with flea markets. Definitely worth saving for a trip - everyone must visit the City of Lights at least once. I'm sure you would love it!

Lori said...

I think it sounds like a wonderful idea ~ then take that $5.00 a day and tuck it away ~ before you know it....voila ~ Paris!

Jill Elaine said...

Sounds good to me! Why do men just not 'get' women's logic???!!
Jill

Leah C said...

Sounds like a perfectly reasonable & excellent idea to me! Love the way you think:)

b.ellen said...

Tracey... you are speaking my language France and cafe au laits. mmmmmmm

and yes jammies and sipping my latte while having quiet time with God at home is the absolute best...


I use my espresso maker everyday... ok so 2x- 3x a day with 1/2 -1/2 sometimes!!! yikes good thing i'm suppose to be gaining weight at the moment... er for only a little longer.

Enjoy your latte maker
We got one for my brother-n-law last christmas & he loves it!
blessings b

Jenns Three Graces said...

Tracey - I hate to admit it but I just gave up my daily trips on the way to work because it was getting pricey and I already have coffee at home ( my son and his fiancee are SB employees and they benefit from 1 lb. a week free and share the wealth with me .....mmmm) and we have a coffee maker at home - if I haven't had enough caffeine - which I have. So H20 it is and I have a jar to put the moola in for labeled "summer fun" - I'm off in the summer since I work in a school = without pay...coffee money can't hurt. Thanks for the tender reply on my blog - I love comments. J

Jenns Three Graces said...

Oh, and I just saw the Julia Child movie - if you haven't - you should - lots of Paris scenes! I'm Italian and I loved my trip to Italy - you can really make some great travel deals on line yourself - we stayed in apartments in Venice & Rome that were terrif! Very resonable too! Look up Lake Como, Italy on an earlier blog of mine if you want to see where my family is from. J

traci said...

what a wonderful idea. i totally understand your logic. brilliant!! men just don't get it.

Sandi said...

Sounds like a great way to save to me! Whatever works huh? lol Have a wonderful day!
Blessings~

koralee said...

I love the way you think...I say go for it! Treat yourself at home. Its nesting time so you need to have some good cozy nest items and this one sounds like the prefect one! xoxoxoxo

Jo said...

I support you 100%. Perhaps I will try your rationalization on my husband as well. Just think of all the money we would save! :)

Jo

Joyce said...

Life is short and I say just charge the trip and then when you come back you will not afford a cup of java but the memories will be priceless!
Joyce

Queen Bee said...

Oh...Paris! I love your idea for saving money. Sometimes our daily/ weekly "wants" are sometimes not as important as we perceive. At least not upon looking at the BIG PICTURE. My husband always tells me act as if you already have it (whatever you are wanting to do/become) and you will find it easier to obtain your goal/dream. Because in your eyes it is already a reality. So if Paris beckons.....
answer the call! Joie de Vivre!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Makes perfect sense to me! Every cup will get you that much closer to your dream trip. Oh wish I could stow away in your luggage:)

Jerri said...

Totally support your plan...makes perfect sense to me! Hope you and your "friend" make it to Paris soon! I won't be going anywhere for a long time due to somone's wedding! :)...and sadly I will not be allowed the luxury of staying at home in my PJ's as much as I would like to! PS Good thing Starbucks is nowhere close to me or I would be addicted...already am to the Cafe Mocha(winter) or the Iced Capp(summer) from Tim Hortons...seems like I "NEED" one for my daily commute home!

karyn said...

Beautiful blog! I will be returning!

paperhill said...

thankfully, there isn't a starbuck's on the corner, the best i can do is the vanilla caramel creamer in my fridge. i told my hubs about the trip to France, he told me i should go, too bad i'm a chicken :)

Kasey said...

bon jour tracey....
sounds like a fabulous plan...
i also researched my family....but alas...they did not come from 1600's france...they came
from the bronx....
they were mobsters...
eeek.

The Flying Bee said...

Sounds like a plan to me!

Paris...my dream...one day, oh, one day I will jump on that plane...*sigh* until then, I will live vicariously through you, so no more Starbucks...save those pennies and have a fabulous trip!

xo,
Adrienne

Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** said...

Sounds like a good start to saving money for a trip to Paris! I have a Tassimo coffee maker (and while not the same), and I do like making myself a latte. I really enjoy your blog! Thanks for you nice comments on mine. :)

The White Farmhouse said...

I think that is quite the plan you got there. I could never do without coffee though! My life is based around it. I do feel your pain though. Mine will not give up his crappy Bunn coffee maker for one of those fancy schmancy ones that make coffee AND espresso/cappuccino on the same machine. I keep trying for it to have an "accident" but the darn thing will not die!

Nora said...

Although I manage a starbucks I see your point. Staying cozy at home while saving money sounds great!

BellaRosa said...

Tracey, what a wonderful idea :) Your my kinda gal...love your sense of rationalizing things...I use it all the time...my daughters say I could give I Love Lucy a run for her money with my "great ideas" Nice to know I am not alone in my Brilliance :) Thank you for your sweet note you left. Besos, Rose

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

That truly IS brilliant. Only one problem on my end... not a coffee drinker (can we still be friends?) so what can I give up to get me to Paris??? lol

Pinecone Camp said...

I'm a new fan and follower! I'm going to try and put your plan into action. We're supposed to be going to Paris next spring. It's really hard to cut out coffee and wine though...

Jeni said...

I think it's a brillant plan. And not only will you be saving money on your drink but you will also be saving on gas and the possible rock chip expense that you incur on the drive. Your husband must see the logic in that. You have my full support.

Acorn Cottage said...

Hi Tracey with an "e"...I've been meaning to come over and say Hello! I love your blog and pictures. I was looking at your previous post and just happened to be at a gourmet cooking store and bought a little jar of apple cider confir with calvados and can't wait to try it with some brie cheese. It would be worth going to Paris just to try all of the wonderful cheeses they produce...let alone the patisseries and cafe au laits! Heaven, until we give up our Starbucks habits, looks like I'l have to keep reading books and daydreaming!

Smiles, Nancy

Simply Me Art said...

This is a Idea right up my Alley. I love your rationality about the latte maker too, sound Perfect in my book. Don't forget those little Coin Star machines for all your forgotten change!!What about recycling soda cans? Just thinkin you know...Good Luck, I Loved Paris, I would go back in a Heartbeat. Jamie

Wizard of Was said...

Tracey,
Now that ingenuity for ya! I guess I could stop the Starbucks, but my car just won't pass a Starbucks up at coffee-thirty(my coffee time is 3:30 in the afternoon slump period! grin) Paris in the spring...ahhhhhh
My Best (and good luck)
Gale

Ali said...

Sounds like a great idea! I don't even want to sit down and do the math on the whole Starbucks expenditure of ours! We do enjoy making our own coffee on the weekend and sitting around in our jammies for awhile! Love that heart coffee! Hope you get to Paris soon!

June said...

I love how your mind works. Now,I pay $.63 for a refill of coca cola twice a day. If I had my own coke machine on the porch...Hummm, oh I think you're on to something Tracey
Hugs,
June

BELDECOR by Bine said...

Hello Tracey,

what a great idea.... you are soooo clever! Perhaps next year i will visit Paris with my mother....

Enjoy your latte maker and
Bon voyage

Hugs ~ Bine ~

Kellie Collis said...

I love being at home in my comfy clothes! and my blog !

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Tracey
Keep saving and dreaming and it will happen. I didn't travel till I was 30 when I finally got the 'mindset' that it was important to me. Although of course I didn't have to worry about family. Still keep dreaming!

Thanks for popping in.. I've been very slow this week.. have the flu! x Julie

Martha said...

Your plan to France sounds wonderful!...I know you'll get there...now that bad boy to make lattes sounds wonderful...a beauty indeed:)

Anne Marie said...

I'm sure you'll get there....how wonderful to get to paris...

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Ummm...yeah...I think buying a latte machine is justified...I did some math and if you put away $4.25 a day...you'll have saved $1530.00...that's at least a one-way ticket...did you wanna come back?

farmhouse wares said...

Oh, you're one smart negotiator. My husband opposes a couch I want--do you have any tips for that?

paige said...

i love a good game plan
& jammies & homemade yummies sound like a great way to start.
good luck on your campaign to paris!
xo

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

ok...I'll start saving my money!!! I want to try a French macaroon ...in Paris! Tracy will you be selling the next edition of the Living Magazine? because I want it. :)

Jen R. said...

Or you could buy the coffee maker and sell the lattes for double and use that money to go to france!

Cheryl at Casual Cottage Chic said...

Have you seen the great selection of cafe au lait bowls we have in our webshop? At least when drinking from one you can close your eyes and just "feel" like you're at a cafe on the streets of Paris :-) Mr. CCC suggested I save $$ by giving up my daily morning White Chocolate Mocha Grande. Hey, I have very few vices {well, I do love B&J ice cream, too} so I tossed his suggestion in the "no way" bin! Paris in the Spring...maybe in 2011?
xo,
Cheryl

Mo said...

sounds like a wonderful idea ;-) plus, once you're in Paris you can reward yourself by going to Starbucks. The one by Opéra is BEAUTIFUL ;-)

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hey Tracey, love the images. I thought I was the only one home in my pajamas drinking coffee. Except I just drip a big pot and put in my Sugarfree Hazelnut Liquid Creamer and it's every bit as good as a Starbucks. and a whole lot cheaper. Plus, I don't have to get caught driving in my pjs. LOL.
Debra

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Heather Cameron said...

I got one for Christmas last year, and love it. Lattes in the mornings in my pj's - it's pretty darn nice! Though, I do still find I buy another latte on the road during the day, when I'm weak and need a jolt! You better save twice as much as you think you need, it's pricey there, but soooo very worth it.

mn said...

Brilliant idea! Don't know if anyone has mentioned this, but renting a flat in Paris is often more economical than hotels, and a wonderful way to integrate into daily life. I did this and loved it.
Hope you get there soon!
Lovely blog.

It' an Evolution said...

Oh I like mn's idea...
Kari from French General does a trip there every year where you stay in a chateau...that is my dream...then flea market all day long...come home for a massage and dinner.
Oh I need to go...
Janet

littlebyrd said...

I think it is brilliant ;) Love the first photo.

{ L } said...

Going to Paris is a dream of mine too! My boys are learning French in school and they come home and speak it to me...I'm trying to tell my husband that we should go to Paris now so they can practice!! lol...

This post was super cute! :)

shabbyscraps said...

sounds like and excellent idea tracey!!
xoxo, Tiffany

Jenns Three Graces said...

I'm a cozy pj girl all the way, mmmmm. Jennifer

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