I’d like us to put our heads together and think of the many ways we can save money. A lot of times it’s the changes in our daily lives that make the biggest impact in our wallets.
Make your own coffee or hot chocolate instead of pulling up to that drive-thru window! Oh, this is a touchy subject, isn’t it. Just hear me out for a minute. Calculate on a weekly basis how much you spend on your hot beverage. The average price for a regular coffee is $1.50, multiply that by 5 days a week and then by 52 weeks. That’s a whoppin’ $390 a year spent on 1 cup of coffee, 5 days a week. Oh, this is just the regular sort of coffee, not our high end specialty coffees, which are easily over $3 a cup. Um, that’s almost $800 a year spent on coffee? Am I reading that right, YIKES!
So, what’s the alternative? Certainly, I’m not saying never have a coffee from a drive-thru window again, but let’s look at the alternative. How about brewing your coffee from home most of the week.
It may take awhile to figure out what coffee beans are most gratifying to you, but just look at the process as turning into a coffee concierge. I’ve heard once you find your beans, there’s no going back to that drive-thru window.
The coffee beans on the shelves at the store vs buying the coffee beans at a specialty shop will be different in price, but remember you’re still going to be saving a lot more money from home than getting it poured in the cup by someone else. You want to find quality beans for the superb taste you’re wanting everyday. There’s no need to skimp, you’ll be saving so much money from brewing your coffee yourself.
After you find your coffee beans, you’ll need to find your bean grinder. I priced out several different ones on Amazon for only around $20 with free shipping. Don’t stop there, advise all over the internet is to invest in a coffee press or for better terms a French Press. The benefits of a French Press vs a coffee dripping pot is that the oils stay in the press, making your coffee much more flavorful. In the pot, the the oils are trapped in the filters.
Storing your coffee the right way is very important too. Rule number one, never store coffee in the fridge, it takes out the flavor. If you won’t be using the grinds for awhile, then freezing it in an airtight container is fine, but I’m assuming you will want your cup everyday, so leaving it on the counter or your cabinet in an airtight container is perfectly fine.
Do you have your favorite coffee cup? I believe hot beverages are more satisfying in your special cup. If you don’t have one, do purchase one. In our home, mugs are our signatures. I have a pretty glass one and my special Extreme Coupon Professors mug. Hubby has his sports mug and his Charlie Brown one. Even the kids have there favorite mugs for their hot cocoa. Trust me you’ll want your special coffee cup!
Lastly, let me just sum up our savings. Research shows that brewing your coffee at home costs between $0.30-$0.70, including the cream. Let’s say $0.50 a cup for the average, multiply by 5 and then 52 weeks, brings us to only $130.00 a year! That’s over 50% savings on just the regular coffee. I’m sure brewing it in this fashion is equivalent to the fancy coffee which brings us to the saving price of around $780 a year on coffee! Those figures are amazing!
Experiment and have fun. Let us know if you’re a home coffee experts already. We’d love to hear your tips for us.