Starbucks #PayingItForward


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In December, I was down in Texas visiting family for the holidays. I really enjoyed this considering the last time I had Christmas there my eldest child was about 7 months old and now he is 7 years old. So it’s been quite some time.

My family also got to celebrate Baby Bug’s 4th birthday which was a first for them. My grandmother was so excited and tried so hard to make everything special. She’s one of those people that still calls all of her children on their birthdays and sings them happy birthday. SO sweet! Love and appreciate her so much!! Anywho, Baby Bug had a great day.

I’m not sure why but I usually sleep pretty crappy if I am not in my own bed. I love vacations but usually don’t sleep well for beans. So of course one of the nights at my dad’s house I just couldn’t sleep and woke up early which made for a hard day. Maybe it was Dude, my dad’s dog, who just had to come upstairs and hack something up next to my head that did it. Who knows? Totally could of used a sleep mask there along with some ear plugs.

Well that day we were going to visit my grandmother so on the way I decided I needed some Starbucks. I don’t have it every day or anything but I do like a Starbucks Café Vanilla Frappuccino every now and again. Way too expensive for me to drink everyday. Making my own K-Cups with Keurig works just fine for me and saves me money in the long run.

At Starbucks I ordered my usual and when we got to the window the guy passing out the orders said “The van in front of you paid yours too. Here you go.”. We were like what? Never had that happen before and it was a bit surprising at first.  This person we didn’t know at all just bought us a Frappuccino out of the goodness of their heart? We were very touched and it made us think.

Just imagine if we all did that. Just did a little something for a random person out there everyday. Making their day a bit brighter. If we all just kept doing that the world might not be so scary to some.

It could be as simple as complimenting someone. Starbucks is really the perfect place to do this if you are wanting to pay for someone elses order since you know that can’t really be ordering that much. Unless you happen to come across someone picking up orders for his or her workplace. You’d just be making a whole bunch of people happy then and spreading Starbuck Paying It Forward random act of kindness. Seriously though – it doesn’t have to be anything big but remember that little gesture may just go further than you think.

Guess, what I did the next time I went to Starbucks? That’s right – paid for the person behind me too. One random act of kindness can really make a difference.

Do you have a paying it forward story?


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Krystle Cook - the creator of Home Jobs by MOM - put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.


  1. Mike says

    The Starbucks stories around the country are awesome, Krystle! I love them. I do this from time to time at fast food places for an elderly couple or the mini-mart for kids. It’s very self-rewarding and what I try to reflect on myh blog :)

    • says

      Doing it at a mini mart is a good idea. I just never go in those places unless we are on a road trip with the kiddos. I’ll have to remember that for next time.
      Twitter: homejobsbymom

  2. Jeri says

    I’ve done that once at a Starbucks drive-thru. It’s fun to make someone’s day like that. I still haven’t bought someone’s dinner in a restaurant, but I think 2014 needs to be the year that happens.

  3. Susan Cooper says

    I do love this story. I have done this at times and it really makes my heart feel good. What I love the best is seeing the look on the face of the cashier and then to smile. :-)
    Twitter: SusanPCooper

  4. Beth Niebuhr says

    I have helped people in the grocery store who are trying to decide what to take out of their basket so that they will have enough money to pay for it. It’s nice to help others.

    • says

      I’ve been one of those people taking things out of my basket when I’m trying to stick to a budget. Glad there’s people out there like you that help in those situations.
      Twitter: homejobsbymom

  5. Grace says

    I love this! Back before EZ Pass I sometimes paid for the person behind me at the toll booth. It was fun to drive off knowing they would get a happy surprise. I may have to give this a try at Starbucks!

  6. says

    Just this week we had a great story on TV. a widower, first time was dining alone after losing his wife of 43 years. He saw the happy couple at the next table and picked up their bill and send a lovely note saying “this will make a smile to Carole’s face”. The note was posted online by a waiter and it made in to the news.
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  7. says

    What a great reminder! This isn’t so random, but the other day we stopped to help an older lady change her tire. While my husband was helping her, it was a great opportunity to talk to my kids about kindness. You never know when a small act of kindness will change someone’s whole day.
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  8. says

    It really is cool how this has become such a wonderful thing to do at Starbucks. I’ve done it a few times and always love how the drive-through attendant will say, “So cool. You are paying it forward.”
    Thanks for sharing. I’m delighted you found your way to Three Word Wednesday. I hope you will join us again.
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