America is without a doubt a caffeine nation, with more than 50% of the population consuming a cup of coffee every day. Even with the average price of a brewed cup only being $2.38 you can easily blow your budget on a regular coffee run. If you’re looking for ways to save money on your morning cup of coffee without giving up the habit entirely, try these tips to pocket some extra savings this week.
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Take advantage of the perks at your job and brew yourself up a cup of coffee while at work. Many offices have upgraded their employee break rooms with Keurig-style coffee makers and coffee pods in a variety of flavors. You’re bound to find a combination you like, and for free! If not, you can always bring your favorite creamer, flavored syrup or sugar component to spice up your office coffee.
Another oldie but goodie tip for saving money on your morning cup of coffee is to simply brew it at home. Doing so requires investing a bit of money into a quality coffee maker so you can really enjoy the experience and not feel deprived. From a basic French press to an expensive cappuccino machine, it’s completely up to you how much you spend, but know that it’s an investment that will pay off in the long-term. Luckily, DealsPlus has some great offers on top-of-the-line coffee makers.
Being a regular customer has it’s perks. If you opt to not brew coffee at home or at your job, you can still enjoy going out for coffee by becoming a rewards member. Starbucks offers a free drink once your account accumulates a certain amount of stars, awarded based on how much your purchases equal. And Caribou Coffee members can get a free medium drink just for signing up!
If you have a favorite drink but want to cut back on the price, consider ordering a regular coffee, hot or iced, and customize it to your tastes. Ask for a few pumps of flavored syrup, or an extra shot of espresso. Then add in your personal combination of milk, cream and other fixings from the coffee bar. You’ll be able to mix up the same tasting drink for about half the price. Need some more ideas? Here’s how you can make a Starbucks frappucino for $0.32.
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Before heading out to buy your favorite cup of Joe, do a quick online search to see if there’s a coupon or special going on. Check for holidays discounts and social media codes posted online. Following your favorite coffee maker on Twitter or Facebook could yield some exclusive savings and special deals.
In addition to seeking out deals online, bring the savings to your inbox by signing up for daily coffee deals from your favorite coffee retailer or sites like Groupon. Your inbox can become a treasure-trove of discounts on coffee products and two-for-one deals from local coffee shops.
In an effort to become more environmentally friendly, many coffee shops offer customers a small discount for bringing their own mug. The savings are usually only a few cents ($0.10-0.20), but over a period of time that can add up -- especially if you purchase a cup every morning.
If you simply can’t part with losing out on your favorite cup of coffee, specially prepared the way you like, then cut back on the coffee shop visits as much as possible. Instead of going every day, try every other day, or cutting back to only 4 days per week. Start small and try to supplement with other energy-boosting alternatives on the days you skip the coffee run.
During the summertime it’s especially tempting to walk over to a coffee house around the corner and order an iced cup of Joe. But it’s just as easy to brew a cup at home and freeze the coffee into ice cube trays. In the morning you can simply grab the coffee ice cubes, add some creamer or milk and have an instant iced coffee done your way.
As an alternative to cutting back your daily coffee runs, try ordering a smaller size to reduce the amount you spend on coffee every week. This still means you can indulge in your favorite drink while saving a bit of money. During the summer, places like Starbucks offer mini-sizes and smaller alternatives for their best-sellers. Just look at their menu or ask a barista for smaller-sized options.
Most coffee addicts wouldn’t dream of giving up our daily fix, so use these tips to save money without sacrificing your morning cup of coffee.