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Let’s face it. We all need something to get us through our week without falling asleep on the drive to work or snapping at our coworkers. For most of us, it’s coffee. And for many of us, it’s a lot of it.
But coffee can become an expensive habit if you’re not careful. The average beverage at Starbucks runs around five or six bucks. Take that times five days a week and you’re spending $120 a month and almost $1,500 a year. That’s a number that makes even the most avid coffee drinkers jittery.
Here are some tips on how to enjoy your daily coffee intake and save money in the process:
Individual K-cups are expensive. Buying a bag of coffee grounds is much cheaper, and you can buy empty K-cup filters to fill for each cup. You’re saving money and helping the environment one cup at a time!
For those Keurig users who add a cup of cream and sugar and don’t like their coffee strong – use the same K-cup twice. Your second cup won’t be as strong, but much of the flavor remains intact. And that’s twice as much coffee for the same price.
Coffee pot users:
Try sampling different coffees at cheaper prices. You’d be surprised how similar Wal-Mart’s “Donut Shop” blend and Starbucks “Blonde Roast” taste. Sure, the bag doesn’t have the allure that the popular coffee megabrand has, but you might like the taste just as much, if not better.
If you can find a cheaper coffee to your liking, buy it in bulk! Coffee is one of the most expensive beverage choices there is and buying in bulk will only save you money in the long run. Let’s be honest. You know you’re going to drink it all anyway.
Perhaps the most important tip for coffee addicts is this: Treat yourself. Go ahead! Go through the drive-up and buy a double shot mocha frappuccino. You deserve it! It’s okay now and again. But between those indulgences, you can still enjoy your daily cup without the guilt. And you’ll definitely save money along the way.