Sunday, September 12, 2010

START SAVING FROM YOUR MORNING CUP OF COFFEE

This is a cup of freshly made Starbucks Americano.  It costs $2.09.  I used to start the day with it every morning.



In an attempt to save some money, this is what I purchased from the local grocery store.  It costs about $8.00 a pack (340 g) and makes about 22 cups of coffee (the way I make it).





 Every morning, a fresh cup of coffee is brewed while I get ready.



Right before stepping out the door, I pour myself a cup to go, using these dixie cups I bought from Target for only $4.00 for a stack of 14.



And if I really want to advertise my yuppy lifestyle, I can always use my Starbucks mug.


So how much am I saving, approximately?  

Here's what I was spending before:

($2.09 per cup of tall americano) x (7 days a week) = $14.63 per week

Here's what I am spending now:

Coffee: $8 for 22 cups = $0.36 per cup a day
Portable cup: $4 for 14 cups = $.29 per cup

That's only $0.65 a day!  A saving of:
$1.44 a day
$10.08 a week 
and just about $43.20 in a 30-day month!

And btw, Starbucks Expresso Roast tastes just as rich and refreshing as their Americano!

That's a great way to save some benjamins!

48 comments:

  1. I wish I could do that. I am addicted to Starbucks. I have to have Javachip Frappucino every morning ($4.75 for a grande) but I really can't make that at home. I am trying to cut it down but so far it hasn't been working yet. Good for you!

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  2. Great post....youre right....all of those little things can really add up...and besides, you found a new way to have what you love too!!

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  3. love the post its so true you truly dont realize how much you spend on coffees and i use to buy an americano everyday it was always a great start to my day now i make my own its cheaper and leaves more money to spend else where
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  4. awesome post. I used to get my iced green tea with 4 pumps of vanilla syrup at Starbucks but I realized how much money I was throwing away. Now, I make it myself and I can drink as much as I want :)

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  5. so very true...luckly i am not a coffee drinker.. awesome advice though
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  7. Good post! I love starbucks but it sure is money consuming

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  8. Starbucks is alot of money, but it helps me start my day off... I really like your blog. I am now following it and looking forward to your updates.

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  9. Oooh I used to spend so much money on coffee too lol I dunno, I hate making my own coffee hahah

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  10. seriously such a save when you do it yourself. we home make my iced chai tea latte.

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  11. I'm usually good to go with a nice hot cup of green tea, lol.

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  12. Saving massive amount of money there! That's toally aweseom plus you still get the same taste!

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  13. Great post, it's amazing what one can save while cutting off a few unnecessary things and just do them yourself. Well done. I think the same applies for manicures and pedicures most of the time unless you have a special occasion or something :P xoxo!!

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  14. Hubby brews us coffee every morning - The Espresso Roast :D, but there are those afternoons where I need another pick me up and it's just more "convinient" to walk over to starbucks from the office. hee hee. I'm also addicted to their iced raspberry tea lemonade...

    That's great that you're saving that extra money though. :)

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  15. Savvy lady! So glad you're saving money and still getting what you want!

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  16. I love the Hot Chocolate Caramel and the Faspuccino..!! but in my city there is no Starbucks.. so when I go to a place where it is, I always ask for at least two things!
    xx

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  17. I love Starbucks!
    Have a nice day!

    xoxo
    Festy

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  18. Great post and a really great way to start saving some mula!!! I am not a fan of coffee... crazy I know. But I need to start buying the hubby Starbucks coffee so he can make it before work and save us some money.

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  19. OMG you are awesome. haha i can't believe you actually took the time to do the calculation!! i wished i can be more like you.

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  20. that is a very savvy way of drinking your starbucks!

    i gave up coffee in march but im ready to go back to it now lol

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  21. Yea things like that can add up and we don't always take the time to sit down and calculate. I used to buy lunch several times in one week but started packing from home since last year and cut down on eating out. It makes a significant difference.

    Like you blog :)

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  22. Hey chick,

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    Great post about coffee, what a fab alternative and money-saver!

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  23. It's amazing the amount of money people can spend on coffee... I admit, sometimes you just have to treat yourself. My husband got me a Keuring machine for Christmas and it's the best thing ever and being that I'm not a morning person, there is no waiting for the coffee to brew!!

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  24. What a calculation! What a smart girl you are. I too am a lover of Starbucks latte, and am beginning to reconsider my habit of spending money that much just for a cup of lattes. I could use the money for something else :p This is quite an inspiration. Thanks girl! Have a wonderful day!

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  25. It's amazing how quick money accumulates! Scary! Now you can spend all you save on some new shoes!! lol!

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  26. LOL at "yuppy lifestyle"! ;) I had the same issue a while ago only it was with Sbux's hot chocolate which I ordered almost daily. I bought myself a machine, some good cocoa powder and went to town saving some dough. Yay US! XD

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  27. Yea, when you really think about things you save SOOO much money!! That's why I don't go out with the other people at work for lunch, eating out every day is a lot of moola, haha
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  28. Great post! A $2 cup of coffee doesn't seem like a lot, but it does add up over the course of a month or even a year. Have you considered using a reusable travel mug or cup? Not having to buy Dixie cups could help you save even more!

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  29. girl~ good job!
    i'm doing the same... except i will still splurge on a starbucks if it's a specialty drink like a pumkin spiced latte.

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  30. I'm not a coffee drinker, so this doesn't apply directly to me, but it does to other little things that I spend money on that I could really cut out. Thanks for the reminder!

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  31. starbucks is so fuckin expensive here in argentina! your saving money plan is amazing
    xx

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  32. what a good idea - how are you going to spend the extra cash :)


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  33. Good for you! Just taking a few extra minutes to do it yourself saves so much money!

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  34. That is a great saving! Take-away coffee is always so pricey. SarahD:)

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  35. I dun think they such instant starbucks where we can get frm supermarts!

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  36. nice post^^ and agree with it.... make it yourself and get it cheaper ^^

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  37. This is such a good reminder - which I should do today, in fact. But it's so hard to resist the pumpkin spice latte at nearly $5!

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  38. Great way to save money, darling!

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  39. I love it! Ive started making my own fraps at home myself.

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  40. This is a great post because I don't think a lot of people realize how much money they could save by doing something so SIMPLE.

    My boyfriend and I used to go out to dinner at least two to three times per week. When I lost my job, we stopped. I discovered that we were saving hundreds of dollars per month!! It's insane how much money we spend without realizing it. A $20 dinner quickly turns to $60 per week and so forth. Yikes!

    Hopefully you have inspired others to take another look at their spending. :)

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  41. I started making my own too, couldn't believe how much I was spending when I added it up!

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  42. Aww what an inspiring post! I always make my own coffee even though sometimes I make it too dark >.< LOL

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