Many of us can’t get through the day without a cup of coffee (or four). However, a caffeine habit isn’t always the cheapest to maintain, especially if you’re relying on coffee shops to help you get your fix. We take a look at some of the ways in which you can cut costs and save money while still enjoying the benefits of a fresh cup of coffee.
Reduce the Amount You Buy Coffee Out
While some people will brew their own coffee each day, it can be tempting to just pop into your nearest coffee shop and pick up a fresh brew before work or at lunchtime. The trouble is that while £3 a day may not seem like that much, over the course of a year, this will add up to over £1,000!
This is easier said than done, of course, so here are a few tips on how to spend less in coffee shops:
Use Cash Instead of Cards
When you physically have the cash to spend in your hand, you are more aware of how much you are spending than if you just tap your card. Studies have shown that customers spend less when they use cash, so if you want to cut down on the amount you spend, don’t get your card out.
Change Your Coffee Order
If you don’t want to make coffee at home and can’t face living without your morning brew, then why not consider changing your order for something a little cheaper. Many coffee shops will use a whole bunch of fancy additional ingredients in their drinks that bump up the price of your brew.
Ditch the syrup, cream and alternative brewing methods and pick a simple black coffee instead. It’s likely to be cheaper, and you’ll get more caffeine in each sip too!
Bring Your Own Cup
Some coffee shops now offer discounts on your brew if you bring your own reusable cup with you, in an effort to reduce waste. While this won’t cut down a lot, every saving helps and can be a good way of reducing costs on days when you can’t resist a visit to a coffeehouse.
Make Coffee At Home
One of the best ways to save money on your coffee expenditure is to brew your own coffee at home. Getting up a little earlier each day to brew your own coffee can be very worthwhile, as not only will you save money, but you will be able to experiment and find out the perfect coffee recipe for you!
Here are some more tips for making coffee at home:
Find Inexpensive Kit
Don’t worry about spending hundreds on a fancy coffee maker and coffee pods; there are many coffee brewing methods that do not cost very much at all. If you want something fancier than instant coffee, then cafetières, AeroPress and drip coffee makers can be found for around £30.
If you want to make a latte at home, then a milk frother can be bought for only a few pounds.
Buy Additions to Make Fancier Coffee
If you are reluctant to make your own coffee at home because you prefer drinks like caramel lattes, then there are ways around this. You can buy a huge range of flavoured syrups in bottles fairly cheaply, and this can add the flavour and sweetness you desire to your coffee. You may find that you can produce coffee flavours that your local coffee shop doesn’t even offer!
Buy Whole Beans
While buying pre-ground coffee beans can be more convenient, it can actually cause you to waste a lot of money. This is because pre-ground coffee does not stay fresh for very long, so if you don’t use it in a couple of days, it will be no good, and you’ll be throwing money away.
Instead, it can be cheaper to buy whole beans in bulk and only grind them as and when needed. Be sure to keep the beans in an airtight container to keep them at their best.
Bring Coffee With You
If you want coffee throughout the day, whether that be while travelling, at the office, or when out and about walking, there are ways in which you can enjoy a delicious brew:
Pour Extra Coffee in a Flask
When you make your morning brew, double-up your beans and water and fill up a flask with the extra coffee. You’ll be able to have a quick, convenient and – most importantly – free cup of coffee wherever you go!
Use a Travel Coffee Maker
If you would rather your coffee be freshly made when out and about, rather than relying on a flask, why not try a travel coffee maker? A travel coffee maker will allow you to brew up fresh coffee on-the-go and are convenient for travel, camping and hiking.
Do you have any tips on how to save money on coffee? Leave a comment below with your suggestion to help fellow coffee lovers save some cash!