I am not going to advise you on where to get your morning Cup of Sanity…but offer what I have discovered, and my highly biased opinions…lol. My rating scale is from 2 thumbs down to 2 thumbs up. [Note: Yes….most times I will be making coffee in my Van, but social animal that I am, and living urban most of the time, I do avail myself of cafes and restaurants, as well.’s not Cowboy Coffee or Solar Coffee, but it’s Coffee for Pete’s sake! ]

PANERA BREAD:  Honestly….What’s not to LIKE?!……….2 thumbs up

They give you free wifi and have a number of tables with electricity, so you can charge your battery as you enjoy coffee and maybe one of their awesome bagels or pastries. If you join their email club, they give you surprise freebies…….yummmm!

Now to the nitty gritty………….

I purchased a nice metal travel mug from them for $10.50. After that you get your drinks be it coffee or fountain service for a discounted price of $1.16, The full price of a coffee is $1.79. Also the first use of the mug, comped the coffee price, so 10.50 – 1.79 = 9.21. 63 cents saving every time , and it seems like I get a free bagel or $1 off something about every other time I go.

I also avail myself of a few condiment packages and napkins when I go. I have no room in my cooler for large bottles of condiments, so YES…I AVAIL MYSELF OF FREE CONDIMENTS WHENEVER I CAN……..Panera has all kinds of sugar, mayo, relish, ketchup, salt, pepper, and butter pats are avail. I do love it when I can find mayo……..

My review is……..I wish they’d lower the travel mug special price to like 50cents, but I give this place a 2 thumbs up review


STARBUCKS       1 thumb down…….they do have wifi after all

They have great coffee and are all over the place, so I checked on their coffee cup club, yesterday.

OMG………………they have an assortment of cups /mugs to purchase, but only give you 16 cents off the price when you use it. I’m sorry……… peeved me a little bit, so I just said loudly….Guess I won’t be buying one of those! I made no purchase that day.

If someone knows that they do any kind of a good deal for folks, please enlighten me.



I know they have a coffee cup plan, but haven’t checked out the details yet. They have awesome bagels as well!


MICKEY D’S……….1 thumb up

They have wifi, and one can get the hottest coffee on the planet for around 60 cents, if I remember correctly…for a small or ‘senior’s coffee. No condiments sitting out anymore…but if you ask, they grudgingly give you appropriate ones for what you ordered. You have to say…I need two dressing packets..or 4 ketchup packets, or you get only one. Be specific when ordering from them.

My best deals there are ordering a plain biscuit, with butter and jam……can’t remember the cost, but it’s cheap and filling.   And the double cheeseburger for around 1.50.

I will update, as I have receipts to go by.


WENDY’S……………….2 Thumbs up

I haven’t bought coffee there yet, but I frequent it for their $1 menu. I have my favs, but they have several items on the $1 menu. I don’t know if they all offer wifi, but the one in Palm Bay , Fl on Palm bay Rd. does. Will have to ask about that to see if it’s nationwide.

My fav’s:

Jr. bacon cheeseburger…….everything on it…….$1

Baked potato with sour cream and chives…$1


Will update this list as I experience The Road.


I’ve decided to take my travelog a step further, and keep detailed records of costs on the road, from set up of my Van, all the little things one needs to live this way, and will throw in a mix of tricks of the trade to live Very Frugally. If one tip saves someone $20 a month, I will be happy as a clam, that I was of help. Those $5+ little things we can do, may help keep someone eating all month…..or allow for admission to an event or art gallery they may have never otherwise been able to attend.

I myself like to live a peaceful life, yet I do enjoy amenities. Quite frankly…..while I would never ever steal anything….it does not bother my sleep to make use of things set out for public use. If you have moral objections to that, then please don’t disturb yourself, by reading any further.

Once I posted asking about where to get a wifi booster and a lady couldn’t control herself from commenting on how some folks think it’s fine to ‘steal’ wifi signals,and that she pays $xx a month for her service.  OMG…..I had only asked about being able to boost the free wifi signals from wifi cafes, while in the parking lot. I have paid my dues for 50 years of over priced cable bills. If I want to use a free signal, then that is my moral choice. While I have used cable service, in my home, I kept my signal open for others less fortunate and close by to avail themselves of ,though the cable installers highly recommended not doing so. I know many are so worried about identity theft and security. I guess if I had anything of value for ‘them’ to steal, I might worry, as well.  As it is…..I do not lose any sleep over it.

The point of this post is………While many of my tips are common sense, if there are any you do not agree with, then please just keep those comments to yourself.