10 Ways to Save Money on Coffee
Coffee: it's the reason why we get up in the morning. Our survival juice. Our liquid hug! A necessity in almost every household. Because it's such a major staple in our daily lives, we tend to overlook the cost of our coffee. It's hard to believe, but according to the National Coffee Association, Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day! That's a whole lot of spending! Luckily, there are easy ways to save some cash while enjoying your cups of goodness.
1. Invest in a high-quality coffee machine and stick with it
Sure, it's easy to visit a coffee shop every day, but it's also costly. The average American drinks 3.2 cups of coffee daily. At 1,168 cups a year, you should probably consider brewing at home. Luckily there are some high-quality coffee machines out there that you can usually find on sale. Whether it's a french press, stove top or automatic drip, invest in an at-home machine, your wallet will thank you. Be sure to check out or coffee deals regularly to find machines for less!
2. Ditch the Keurig
Your right, coffee pods are much easier and quicker than the task of grinding beans, boiling water and brewing coffee. However, not only are those little plastic pods completely wasteful, they're also extremely expensive. Time.com found that if you make three cups of coffee a day, you will spend roughly $723 on coffee pods annually. Whereas, if you brew your own coffee, you'll only spend about $307 a year! Talk about a difference in price! If you want to save a decent amount of money, take the old-fashioned route and brew your coffee.
3. Buy reusable coffee pods
If you refuse to take any other route other than single-serve machines like Keurig and Tassimo then you better invest in some reusable pods. With reusable k-cups, you simply purchase regular ground or whole bean coffee, scoop it into the pod and brew as you usually would. You can find reusable pods for less than $10 at a variety of online and instore retail shops.
4. Buy a hand-held frother and make specialty drinks at home
Nowadays, more and more coffee drinkers are taking the fancy route and purchasing gourmet drinks such as frappuccinos, lattes and iced coffee. A 2017 report found that 59% of coffee that is consumed annually in the US is now classified as gourmet! That's a huge jump compared to 46% in 2012. Instead of spending $5 a day on these gourmet drinks, buy a milk frother and whip up some goodness from the comfort of your own home! Check out these 20 copy-cat Starbucks recipes to give you some inspiration.
5. Make going out a treat
If you feel like you do need that extra large, extra hot, soy mocha cappuccino, savor the moment and only get it on special occasions. Keep it limited to a coffee date or as a way to reward yourself for a job well done. This way you'll still get your fix, it'll taste even better and you'll save money!
6. Join a club
If you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur and you buy beans monthly, you should look into joining a coffee club or subscription box. At a certain price per month, you can receive a variety of different coffees monthly! There are a ton online so you can be sure to find one that is to your taste and budget. Another great thing about these clubs is that they usually offer discounts for newbies, like this one!
7. Purchase the mug or tumbler you've always wanted
There's nothing better than drinking your first cup of coffee out of your favorite mug or tumbler. Hopefully holding on to your new favorite mug will entice you to enjoy your coffee from the comfort of your home and help you save some money! If not, purchase a to-go tumbler and bring it to your coffee shop. They'll most likely hook you up with a discount!
8. Split a large with a friend
If you're heading to a coffee shop with a friend, save some money and split a drink. It makes a lot more sense to purchase one extra-large coffee than it is to get two smalls.
9. Become a rewards member
Whether it's a punch card or loyalty program, most coffee shops have some sort of membership promotion. Take advantage of these free discounts and enjoy special perks! For example, the Starbucks Reward program offers a free coffee on your birthday, free instore refills and more!
10. Keep an eye out for promotions
Many companies offer discounted or even free coffees throughout the year. McDonald's, for example, has 'free coffee week' annually and Starbucks often offers 'happy hour' where certain drinks are discounted. Follow us on facebook to get up to date notifications on certain promotions that restaurants and coffee shops are offering!