Friday, October 07, 2011

Frugal Living Friday: Make Your Own Pot of Coffee

Did you know that more than 150 million adult-aged Americans drink coffee on a daily basis?  Imagine that each one buys their cup of java at a convenient store or coffee shop.  If you're lucky, you can get your coffee for less than a buck.  But, if you're like the many iced late, caramel cappuccino or mocha frappuccino-lovin' people out there, it'll cost you a lot more than that dollar in your pocket.  Now think about how much that adds up to if you have a need or want for it every day.  You can be spending anywhere from $10 - $50 every week, if not more.  That's about $520 - $2600 a year!

But say you decide to buy a bag of coffee from the grocery store and brew it from home instead.  A good bag of Dunkin' Donuts or Seattle's Best coffee will set you back $8 or $9, maybe less if it's on sale, and you're purchasing it with a coupon.  If my husband and I drank a cup of coffee every day, the bag may last us 3 weeks, maybe 2 if we decide to have an extra cup.  In that case, for two people, it would cost us about $200 - $300 a year.  I'm sure we can all come up with something worthy we can use to spend the huge amount of savings on if we just decide to skip the lines or drive throughs to get that morning kick.  So this weekend, purchase your favorite coffee in a bag, and if you don't have a coffeemaker, you can get a fairly inexpensive one for $20, if not less.  Try it for a week or so and see if the thought of saving that extra money will convince you to keep at it.  I bet the smell of freshly made coffee first thing in the morning will help change your mind.  And oh, don't forget your reusable coffee cup if you're headed out the door.


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