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Is your latte habit draining your bank account? With the cost of a specialty coffee at your favorite coffee shop rising, your coffee habit can hit your pocketbook hard. From making your own at home to stacking discounts at the coffee shop, there are ways to enjoy your coffee for less. Check out these five tips to save money on your daily coffee fix.
With all the coffee machines and coffee makers available today, there’s bound to be one that will work for your daily java habit. Among the most popular are coffee makers for travel mugs and programmable coffee makers that you can set up the night before. Brewing your own at home can save you $20 and more every week.
Love specialty coffee but hate specialty prices? Roasting your own coffee at home saves you money in more ways than one. First, green coffee beans are always less expensive than the same coffee beans, roasted for you. Secondly, since green coffee beans don’t go stale as quickly as roasted coffee, you can take advantage of bulk discounts and save even more. You don’t need a lot of expensive gear to roast coffee at home – a good frying pan, a popcorn popper or an inexpensive fluid bed coffee roaster will do the trick for you.
Do you know that the biggest consumer of brewed coffee is the kitchen sink? Every morning, in houses all over the country – whichever country it is – people brew a full pot of coffee and pour half of it down the sink later in the day. Why pay for good coffee that your sink is going to drink? That’s what single serve coffee machines are for. While Keurig is the biggest name in single cup coffee makers, there are dozens of other single serve coffee systems on the market. And you don’t have to buy into the throw-away plastic cup with K-cups, either. Choose a single serve coffee maker with a permanent filter or buy coffee in the new biodegradable green cups that are either compostable or biodegradable. Your coffee habit doesn’t have to bloat the waste stream.
Of course, some of us will still want to buy our coffee at the corner coffee shop or cafe. There are lots of ways to save money on your coffee shop habit, too.
Whether you choose to opt out of the coffee shop experience or dive in with both feet, there are ways to save money on coffee. Take advantage of these tips to help you stretch your coffee shop dollar.