February 5

019: How Getting Starbucks Coffee Can Make You Rich

By AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)


019: How Getting Starbucks Coffee Can Make You Rich

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019 – How Getting Starbucks Coffee Can Make You Rich

I always talk about making money flipping things, right?

Well… Today’s no different. Kinda.

How can getting Starbucks get you rich?

In this episode, I explain how I made $500+ nearly every single time I visited Starbucks Coffee.


[00:47] – A.J shares how he makes an average of $600 whenever he wants to
go get some coffee.

*Trips of A.J. from Starbucks to the thrift store, located on the same
mall strip.

[02:05] – Thrifting and Flipping at Salvation Army

*Things A.J.buys during quick browsing.

[2:50] – Starbucks mobile app and how it helped A.J.easily flipped through the
thrift store.

[03:20] – Experience of flipping as the caffeine hits you.

[04:31] – Spending a ton money to the thrift store and making a profit out of it.

*A.J spends $100 at the store and flips it and made a huge profit.

[05:26] – Making a ton of money within minutes

*Time spent on flipping and how much you make out of it.

[07:43] – Where to get other flipping guides

[08:07] – Value of your own money. Being smart on where you want to make profit.

*Choosing the right items, knowledge on how to sell and market it.

[09:33] – Knowledge and perception on buying, determining value and selling the items.

*Marketing your item and engaging with your clients.

[10:10] – Empowering yourself by believing that your capable of learning.

*Being teachable, learning new things equals to opening yourself to
money-making opportunities.


“The moment I walk into the thrift store, I have to select products that I deem profitable. I have to know their values, I have to find out their values, I have to see if it’s something people want, people want to buy, I have to make a buying decision. Right? My own money is on the line here. So I have to be strategic. I have to be smart. I have to know exactly how much I’m going to make on the item. Not to mention once I take it home, I’m gonna have to know how to sell it for the type of money I’m looking to make from it. And that requires marketing skills. So that requires knowing, ‘Okay, how am I going to take the picture so that they look like a million bucks? How am I going to write the ad? How am I going to write the title? Where am I going to post this? Where am I going to sell this? Right? These are the things that make the difference between someone making $40 a week flipping things here and there, and the true killer who’s making up to $1,000+ a week (or even in a day sometimes).”



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Full Episode Transcript


How I get paid 500 bucks every time I go to Starbucks.

So the big question is this. as hard-working Americans like us, ones who weren’t born rich. What side hustle can give us more control, more freedom, and more confidence in our lives? How can we make our own money? Where we want and how we want, while being our own boss and calling all the shots? What can you do right now that quickly, simply and easily banks you an extra $1000 to $5,000 a month? That is the question and this podcast will give you the answers. My name is AJ and welcome to the Flipping Ninja Podcast.

Hey guys, it’s AJ the flipping ninja.

I just wanted to share something interesting with you. So basically, I realized that every time I go to Starbucks, I make on average $600 That’s right. So 600 bucks I make $600 whenever I want to go get some coffee. Anytime I want to go to the Starbucks right next to my place I make $600. Okay, you might be wondering what in the heck are you talking about? What does that even mean? I get it. What I mean is basically, there happens to be a thrift store. Right next to Starbucks, its literally connected in the same strip mall. So there’s Starbucks coffee, and then next to it right next to it there’s Salvation Army. Okay, now I realized that, well, first of all, let me just say this upfront, I’ve spent over $20,000 at this one thrift store alone, at least, okay, probably more most likely more than 20 K, because I’ve lived here a few years now. But when I buy stuff from thrift stores, on average, I usually spend $100 per visit but there are days where I spend like, you know Three, four or $500, just from this one place alone. Now, here’s what I realized. Every time I went to Starbucks, I would also obviously, I’m frickin addicted to thrifting and flipping, I would walk over to the Salvation Army and I would just literally walk in and take a quick quote unquote, quick browse. And then I end up walking out having bought a ton of stuff that I end up flipping for several hundred dollars. Okay, a lot of times this furniture sometimes it’s art pieces. Other times it’s random knickknacks, like coffee mugs or just electronics or random things I find, but I realized and I don’t even know why I didn’t realize this till now. It just literally hit me in this weird way. With the whole tie tying it to Starbucks thing is because I’m on my way to Starbucks right now.

I have the Starbucks mobile app, so that means I do the mobile orders. So you order your Starbucks on your phone and you literally just go walk in and you pick it up. You don’t even have to wait in line, you don’t have to talk to anyone. It’s super cool. You literally feel like…. like your VIP or like you’re the shit, right? So anyway, you literally I and I like that I like it’s fast. It’s fast, right? So I just ordered it on my phone and I just literally drive to Starbucks and I pick up my coffee. Now here’s what I realized that I’ve been doing all this time. And that’s basically anytime I got coffee, I made money, lots of money flipping things, right because what I would do is I would go pick up my coffee from Starbucks and then I would walk into the Salvation Army the thrift store, and I would browse as I’m sipping my super strong espresso, freakin coffee, right? And I’m like getting energized while I’m searching for deals. So it’s like my eye for the deal is on maximum to thousand percent levels. I’m constantly seeing deals and opportunity everywhere. And the truth is oftentimes, this is what happens when you good at flipping or get experienced and it doesn’t take that much to get good at flipping or get experienced right? But what happens is you get so good at it that even if you wanted to take advantage of all the opportunities and deals that you see out there, sirs, you literally can’t because you’re just one person. There’s thousands of items and deals and things you can buy and sell and flip once you know what to look for. Right? So, like I said, I couldn’t wait to get home and record this. I literally just had to turn on my recorder on my phone and record this right now. Because it was that important, right? So it’s like, I’m going to Starbucks, I’m getting my coffee, and I’m going to go to the thrift store. And most likely, I want to walk out having spent a ton of money, right, but here’s the thing, I will spend a ton of money any day of the week, if it means it’s gonna double, triple quadruple 10 X. If I spend $100 at the thrift store, and it turns out a week later that turns into $650 because I bought a bunch of stuff and I flipped it on Craigslist or on eBay, wherever it doesn’t really matter where, that’s $550 profit. Okay, so that literally means from that one thrift store visit from that one time I went to Starbucks that one day like right now I’m going to Starbucks right now it’s 3:49pm. It’s Thursday, November 7, I’m going to Starbucks. And I’m pretty sure usually what happens is I find a bunch of deals, I buy them, I flip them. And I make a ton of money, like, you know, whether it’s $500 $600, sometimes even more, but it’s weird to think about it. It’s like because of that one trip you took. And usually I spend like no more than 15 minutes 20 minutes at a thrift store, right? Sometimes I’ll be like, if I’m in a hurry, I’ll be in and out like 5 – 10 minutes, right? But it’s like from this one thrift store trip. I’m literally just walking in. And I’m probably going to make like 400 500 $600 maybe but like I said, it’s hard to say because you never know what you’re going to find but the point is the feeling you have that confidence. It’s weird. It’s not even a, you just feel awesome knowing that you have this awesome skill set that wherever you go, you don’t have to show up to a nine to five. To make that money. You don’t have to go and work a part time job. You don’t have to work at Starbucks to make that money. It’s so funny like, so basically, usually what happens is I’ll go to the Starbucks. And I will make more from this one thrift store right next to it walking into it for 10 minutes, I’ll make more money from that one thrift store, but then probably more than everyone who works at Starbucks combined. Can you imagine that? Like, just think about that for a second. Imagine if you had this skill set. You probably already do flip things for profit. Maybe you do. Maybe you don’t. If you’re listening to this, maybe at least you have an interest whether you do or you don’t you have an interest in it. So just imagine having a skill set where you freakin order your coffee, you literally go to thrift store right after and you make more money from that one visit that everyone at Starbucks everyone who the people who made your coffee and rang you up is that crazy thing about? So anyway, I just wanted to share that with you guys. I don’t know why it hit me just now i guess i never put the two together like that it’s just I’m just so used to always going in the thrift store because I love going to the thrift store. But I just realized this Starbucks Coffee is right next to this thrift store. They’re connected and like I said in the same like strip mall or whatever. So I’m literally about to walk in right now. I just turned my car off. I’m going to walk into Starbucks, get my coffee. And then I’m going to go into the thrift store and most likely buy a bunch of stuff and make some money from it, which is kind of cool, right? So if this is something like I said, if you guys are flipping is something you’re interested in or you always wanted to try and get into. Just give it a shot. Like Like I said, there’s a lot of stuff on my website, a lot of free training and resources and tips or even Google it if you need to, but what I’m saying is this opportunities real, it’s, you know, people, thousands of people are doing, you can make money pretty much anywhere. Essentially, you are your own boss. Not to mention you’re in business for yourself.

I mean, right now, the moment I walked into the thrift store, I have to select products that I deem profitable. I have to know their values, I have to find out their values, I have to see if it’s something people want, people want to buy, I have to make a buying decision. Right? My own money is on the line here. This is a real business. This isn’t some, you know, scheme or anything, you you know, my money is on the line, I’m going to buy something. So I have to be strategic, I have to be smart, I have to know exactly how much I’m going to make on the item. Not to mention once I take it home, I’m gonna have to know how to sell it for the type of money I’m looking to make from it. Right. And that requires marketing skills. So that requires knowing Okay, how am I going to take the picture So that they look like a million bucks, how am I going to write the ad? How am I going to write the title? Where am I going to post this? Where am I going to sell this? Right? These are the things that make the difference between someone making $40 a week flipping things here and there,or even full blown.

And the difference between that and the difference between a true killer who is making literally $1,000 a week, not even $1,000 a week, a lot of times I’ll make for, like I said, this one thrift store session, a lot of times I’ll make $500 from just one visit. So imagine if I did that every day. I mean, do you guys see the difference, right? But it’s not just about going into thrift stores and buying stuff and flipping it. It’s about knowing what to buy, knowing how to determine value, and most importantly, it’s knowing how to sell them. Okay, that means knowing what to write in your ads, how to write them how to craft a compelling ad that’s emotionally engaging, that captures people’s attention and forces them to call you to text you to email you to buy from you to pay you money to beg you to let them come and give you cash for that item. Right?

So that requires a little bit of strategy which you can learn, right? Everything is learnable. That’s the beauty of pretty much everything in this life, right? You know, if you see someone who’s doing well, or someone who’s successful, or someone who has a skill set, or whether it’s someone who’s living the life you want to live… guys, look, everything is learnable they had to learn stuff to get to where they’re at. If they could learn stuff, you could learn stuff, right? Just like you had to learn how to tie your shoe, you had to learn how to drive. You, you know, you learn how to ride a bike, it’s all learnable. So isn’t that an amazing feeling knowing that it’s all learnable? Does’t that empower you? Doesn’t that make you you know, get rid of any limiting beliefs you might have had about this right? Anyway, I’m gonna wrap this up because I frickin my coffee is gonna get cold. I said it to the mobile order. So it’s probably sitting there on the counter and I will leave you with this one last thing which I finish all my podcast with. And that is, remember that you’re always just one flip away from freedom. All right, I’ll talk to you guys later.

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AJ Hakimi (The Flipping Ninja)

Hey there, I'm AJ, also known as 'The Flipping Ninja'. My flipping journey has been transformative, allowing me to buy sleek cars, indulge in exotic vacations, and even purchase my first house at 24, which I turned into a passive income source. With over 3,000+ items flipped and sales surpassing $300k, it's not just about the numbers. It's about the freedom and empowerment flipping brings.

After years of experience, my mission is to share this life-changing skill. I believe flipping is a powerful side hustle for anyone, from college students to working professionals. Ready to transform your life with flipping? Let's embark on this journey together.

Interested in my full journey? Read More about how I became 'The Flipping Ninja'.

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