Millions of people wake up each morning and try to wake up by drinking or buying a cup of coffee. There are a variety of reasons why this is a great idea, but for some, the habit can end up costing a lot of money. When you start to do the math, even if you only buy non-fancy types of cups, you’re going to end up spending upwards of $30 to $150 and that’s on average. Per year that easily turns into over a thousand dollars, and that’s not including the weekends.
If you would like to gain an extra thousand dollars annually, then you’ll have to cut back on the morning cup of Joe, but most people don’t have any ideas on how to go about doing that. The easy answer is to stop buying a cup each morning before work, but what about the morning caffeine fix? Well, the next easy answer is to make it at home.
Have you seen the prices of your average 8-ounce package of premium blend java? You’re going to be spending around $8 per 8 ounces and sometimes more. With that in mind, there are 3 ways to save money on coffee, and they are as easy as looking into the following as a short guide.
Coupons – Look for both manufacturer and store coupons. You could end up saving upwards of $3 on each package you buy. Most recently, a well-known manufacturer dropped the price of their breakfast blend by 50% if you clipped their coupon from the Sunday newspaper. Now that’s true savings, especially if you go to a store that does double or even triple coupons!
Store Brands – If you’re looking at a different route, try to go for store brands. Often times store brands are just as good as premium blends, especially when it comes to coffee. While this might take a little getting used to, you’ll notice that there is little to no difference in taste between the major store brands and some of the higher end offerings. This is especially true since a majority of beans are Arabica and offer no distinct changes in flavor.
Bring a Thermos – To lessen the impact on your wallet, consider bringing a thermos of hot coffee to work with you. This will allow you to get up, get going, and in your travels stop to get a sip of the warm caffeinated brew. This also means that once you’re at work, you can start your workday with a little bit of coffee before things start to get hectic.
The aforementioned tips will save you money. They are tried and true. If you’re skeptical, try them out for a week and instead of paying someone to give you coffee, put that same dollar amount into a piggy bank or under a mattress somewhere, and you’ll see that you’ve saved some money.