Save money on coffee

Save Money on Coffee: 10 Realistic Ways

The older I get, the more I appreciate that first cup of morning coffee. The comforting drink that’s rich and delicious, AND gives me energy. When we went from two incomes to one, I realized that coffee was a BIG expense in our monthly budget. Between our daily brews that we made at home, and our weekly coffee shop visit, we must have spent over $60 a month on coffee- right in step with the Average American. Yikes! When I stopped working to stay at home, we had to revamp our budget- and our coffee drinking habits. We figured out some ways to spend much less on coffee, and now we spend less than $10 a month. These are realistic ways to save money on coffee. No cutting back necessary 🙂

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Save money on coffee

1. Make it at Home

While there are ways to save money on fancy lattes (I’ll get to that in a bit!), making coffee at home is definitely cheaper. The average American spends $15/week on coffee. That’s more than a thousand dollars a year that could be put to good use!

2. Ditch the Keurig

About a year and a half ago, we sold our Keurig on a buy/sell/trade group. We loved our one cup wonder, but then I started thinking about our budget. I could maybe find a pack of K-cups for $4.99, making each K-cup $0.49 each. With Nate and I each having a cup of coffee each morning, and two each on the weekends, we spent at least a dollar every single day on coffee. That’s $30 of our monthly grocery budget! That doesn’t even count our trips to coffee shops! Now, we spend about less than $10/month on coffee, because I…

3. Buy in Bulk

Your local warehouse store is definitely the place to buy coffee. The coffee we buy from Costco is organic and delicious. It is $12.99 for 2.5 pounds. At our local grocery store, organic coffee is about $14.65 PER POUND! By buying in bulk, we save more than $23.60 on 2.5 pounds of coffee. On my latest warehouse store trip, the coffee we buy was $4 off. I bought two months worth of really good coffee for $9!

4. Stretch it With Cheap Stuff

This will not work for the super coffee purist, but it works for us. I buy a can of pre-ground decaf from the grocery store for just a few dollars. I use a couple of scoops each time I make coffee. This is especially helpful because I’ve pretty much been pregnant or nursing for the past five years, and this allows me to enjoy coffee without so much caffeine. But it also makes our big bag of quality coffee beans last longer.

5. Grind your Own Beans

Freshly ground beans make fresh, delicious coffee! When we got rid of the Keurig, we bought a grind-and-brew coffeemaker from a friend. Until then, we mostly bought pre-ground coffee, and who knows how long ago the grinding occurred! But the difference in grinding our own beans makes much better coffee, so we don’t crave a fancy drink out. You don’t have to have a special coffee maker or a coffee grinder to grind your own beans. A food processor or blender will work great! (You can read a tutorial here.) This process allows you to grind more beans at once, so you don’t have to drag out the coffee grinder every single day, saving a few pennies on electricity 🙂

6. Go Out for Coffee

No, I don’t mean go out for Starbucks every day. Nate has started drinking coffee at work, so we don’t brew so much at home. Sometimes on Sunday morning, we pass up making coffee at home and drink coffee at church instead. Sound a little crazy? Maybe to some, especially if the coffee at work or church isn’t very good 🙂 For us, it saves money, AND it’s easier!

7. Join a Rewards Club

If a trip to a local coffee shop is a must, then join a rewards club. Local coffee shops often have punch cards that allow you to earn a free drink after a certain number of visits. Become a part of Starbucks’ rewards by registering an old gift card, and you can earn points for perks.

8. Fancy it Up On Your Own

Skip the fancy drink at your favorite coffee shop, and just get black coffee, which is usually much less expensive. Then add some fancy fixings to doctor it up yourself- for no added cost.

9. Think Little

Some coffee shops offer smaller drinks than are mentioned on the menu. Just ask! That way, you can enjoy your fancy drink, and save money! At Starbucks, this sneaky mini-size is called the short, and it’s on their secret menu. 

10. Starbucks Giftcards from iBotta

If you use iBotta,  you can cash in your savings for Starbucks gift cards. It’s kind of like transferring grocery funds to my coffee fund, but I’m okay with that 🙂

 

What’s your favorite way to save on coffee? 

 

 

12 Comments

  • chasingcalmblog August 15, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I totally agree with you! I looooove my morning coffee but not at $3+ a cup. We ditched the Keurig several months ago for cost and quite honestly what those little cups must do to the environment. I love programming the pot to be ready at 5 am. With our little coffee station and great outdoor deck, morning coffee is truly my favorite time of day!

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    • leahbmartin September 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      The environmental impact got to us, too! And now I don’t feel as guilty drinking more coffee 🙂

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  • Alexandra August 15, 2017 at 10:41 am

    These are really practical ideas for saving on our morning nectar. 😆 Much appreciated!

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    • leahbmartin September 20, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you!

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  • Brenda August 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Great tips! Now if only I can convince my husband to ditch the Keurig…
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    • leahbmartin September 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      It took my husband awhile to convince, too!

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  • Naya @ Lactivist in Louboutins August 15, 2017 at 11:57 am

    We grind our own beans and brew our own coffee every morning. Buying the beans in bulk helps a lot. Costco has really great coffee at affordable prices. The price per cup drops down to well under a dollar!
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    • leahbmartin September 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      I LOVE the deals we find at Costco!

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  • Tami August 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I have a friend who grinds her own beans. I thought it was funny at the time. As things get tighter our here financially, now I’m seeing a need for it.

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    • leahbmartin September 20, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      It makes a huge difference in the taste! But when I didn’t have a grind-n-brew, I was just too lazy 🙂

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  • Angela Maciel December 6, 2017 at 4:03 am

    the decaf coffee you discussed about, i have a question, i’m not sensitive to caffeine and i know it is for those who are sensitive…and i drink 4 cups of coffee a day. Do you think drinking decaf will have any side-effect because of a sudden caffeine withdrawal?

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    • leahbmartin December 6, 2017 at 6:34 am

      Oh definitely! I can definitely tell when I don’t have caffeine! I add decaf because I’ve pretty much been pregnant or nursing for the past 5 and a half years 🙂

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