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This is why you’re broke, coffee edition

Is $5.27 too much to pay for a cup of coffee?My first time at Kaffee 1668, the line was literally out the door. When I got to the counter, I ordered a small mocha. I had barely uttered “no whipped cream,” when the barista looked me straight in the eyes and said, “We don’t do that here.” Still, nothing caught me off guard quite like the tiny beverage’s $5.27 price tag.

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This is why you’re broke, auto edition

black mazdaEver make a big financial blunder that taught you a lesson about money? I want to start cataloging those types of experiences from readers (who may choose to remain anonymous) in a recurring feature called “This is why you’re broke.”

If you’ve got any confessions of dumb financial behavior that you’d like to share to hopefully benefit others, take a minute to send them our way, with a picture if possible. Or you can hit us up on Twitter with the hashtag #whyimbroke.

One reader (full disclosure: she’s my wife) sends this story:

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