From The Tips Box: Coffee Spending Permanent Ink

From The Tips Box: Coffee Spending Permanent Ink

Readers offer their best tips for keeping track of coffee expenditures and erasing permanent ink from surfaces.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Email it to tips at

Buy Yourself Gift Cards to Keep Track of Coffee Spending

Photo by Josh Semans.

Pat shows us how he gives himself a reality check when buying his daily coffee:

I’m a creature of habit, and those habits include regular visits to Starbucks. When a new location opened in my building’s lobby recently, I bought a card for convenience, and put $US30 on it. Long story short – my card has run out of money looong before I expected, which surprised me – I was quite confident my “one-a-day” habit was just that.

I don’t plan to change my coffee habit just yet, and will ‘reload’ my card, but I will note the start date on my calendar this time so I can see how long it really lasts me. It’s an easy way to either confirm or destroy at least one of my assumptions about myself. 🙂

Remove Permanent Ink With a Dry-Erase Marker

Photo by el clinto.

incident8 shares a good way to erase permanent ink:

Use a dry erase marker to remove permanent ink from various surfaces. Just scribble the dry erase marker over the permanent ink and wipe off. It may take a couple of tries but it definitely works.

Use a Makeshift “Envelope” to Shred Crumpled Documents

Photo by Jon Åslund.

jason7655 tells us how he shreds documents that won’t fit in the shredder:

If you ever need to shred a batch of receipts that are too crumpled or thin to fit into the shredder easily then you can try this trick. Take a piece of paper that is much larger and was headed for the shredder anyway, and fold it in half. Stick a few receipts on the inside, and then shred from the folded end first.

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