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Starbucks Prices Going Up in Canada and the US on July 12th, 2016.


Word broke a couple of days ago that Starbucks is planning to increase the price on select drinks, upwards of $0.30 per drink on July 12th, saying only that the increase would impact “select beverages.”

Starbucks raised its prices by 5 to 20 cents for some of its drinks in July 2015. That increase mostly impacted hot beverages.

Since 2013, Starbucks have been increasing prices every summer, including last summer’s increase of between $0.05-$0.20 on hot drinks.

Heck, they even changed their rewards program to make it a longer timeframe for purchasers of the cheapest drinks to reach their free coffee.

And, they posted a revenue of nearly $5 billion last year!

What a business model!

According to the Canadian operations, the price of a Venti coffee will increase by $0.10 in some but not all provinces, and the price of their lattes in Grande and Venti sizes will increase $0.20, again in some provinces.

In the US, Starbucks announced that their Tall, Grande and Venti-sized coffees will see a price increase of $0.10 each in most States in the country.

At this time of declining coffee prices, we can clearly see that Starbucks coffee prices are not closely tied to the price of the bean alone, but also tied to the other costs, including the stores, employment, and other items which comes with a Starbucks drink.

Posted in Community, Daddy, family, Happy Wife = Happy Life, Life, Parenting, sleep

Of Poo, Sleep and Excess…


This morning on my wonderful walk to the subway I passed, not 1, not 2, but 3 Porsche SUV’s either driving or parked in my area. Everytime I look at one of those cars it makes me scratch my head that people would actually buy these things. Firstly, what message does it give to your children… “Don’t worry kiddies, we are superficial and you will be too. It’s all about the name”. Secondly, gas is over $1.00 a litre and with all this crap in the Middle East over oil, it’s about time more of these Porsche SUV owners get out of their cars and do what I do every day… Walk to the subway.

Worse, its that some of these SUV’s are 2 blocks from the Yonge subway. 2 blocks!  Thirdly, and I had to look this one up – while the price of the 2007 SUV ranges from $5oK – $93K (USD) does the world need more of these cars, or Hummer’s or that friggin huge Cadillac Escalade. Can you see around that thing when you drive? These things start at $56K and seat 24. They are excess x10.
From that crap, to the other crap…

As parents, once our kids hit that special age we decide we want them to start using the potty for poo and pee, and we run out and buy a little potty, sit it on the floor – usually in the bathroom – and expect a child to use it.  I have observed in The Urban Daddy household that our son walked by it for months looking suspiciously at it as if it was going to chase him down and bite his leg.  He was not curious, did not want to try that or even figure out what it was.

So I was more than a little surprised yesterday morning when my little boy – who not 3 weeks ago gave up his crib and pacifier within 3 days of each other, came into our bedroom and announced that he wanted to go poo AND pee in the potty so he could get that firetruck we’ve been offering him for 2 weeks.  He ran to the bathroom, took off his pj’s, his diaper and sat down with a truck and book and waited for us to come and sit with him. It was cute. He does sit there every now and then, usually at our prompting… well, always at our prompting.

But then there was poo… a LOT of poo. I mean a LOT. Neither of us wanted to go near it. UGH. I think at that moment, while he was jumping up and down, clapping and smiling, pointing at the poo, saying “I did it!!!” I was wishing he had done that in a diaper.  LOL.

There must be a better way!

Sleep: Got almost 7 hours last night! 7 hours! That is 2 nights sleep, in ONE night! I’m practically giddy.