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I’m not one to go out and get a Starbucks Latte every morning (although I have been known to treat myself) however I’m a huge Kurig pod coffee lover!
I used to drink a half-pot to a pot of coffee a day depending on the stress level or business of that day. When the Kurig machine hit store shelves I switched to that and never looked back! That being said, for someone who drinks as much coffee as I do, this was quite an expensive habit! And I wasn’t even “going out” for coffee!
Some time ago I was going over our budget with my husband and as always we were looking at how we could change some of our habits and save some money. Our food budget is usually what we land on for flexibility and where we can change our meal planning or shopping habits.
I realized I was buying around 2- 12 pod boxes of kurig coffee pods a week (it’s really not that much when you have a big coffee cup). So doing the calculations:
1 coffee pod box cost around $7.50 (for a non-decadent brand)
x 2 per week = $15.00 per week
4 weeks = 1 month so $15.00 x 4 = $60 per month of coffee! Yikes!!!
But hey if you are buying a Latte at the coffee shop every day you actually spend so much more than that!
I decided this coffee habit had to change! No I did not stop drinking coffee! I could never do that! I started looking at how to get a cheaper cup of coffee without taking away the bold flavor and convenience that the Kurig cups have to offer. I found some options that were not great and was also not willing to settle for the super cheap Kurig cups that taste like coffee flavored water either.
If there was a word for foodie in the coffee world, that would be me!
I came across these AMAZING cup filters that make for a cheap cup of coffee but do not diminish any flavors or taste!
These are by far the best ones that I have ever used (and I tried several early on). These don’t leave any grounds in the coffee and are super easy to fill and clean.Now I can buy coffee grounds that are so much cheaper and last longer than the pod boxes that seemed to rapidly leave my home!To do the quick math:1 bag of grounds per week = $4.50
$4.50 per week x4 = $18.00 per month (We don’t even use a full bag in a week)
$60.00 – 18.00 = $42.00 per month!
That means each month I am saving $42!!! And you can save even more if you currently get your morning coffee out of the house!
So let’s take the savings of 42 dollars per month and see what I have saved each year by making the switch:
$42 x 12 months = $504.00!!!
That’s over 500 dollars saved per year in our food budget by changing this one coffee buying habit! My husband and I have both been extremely pleased with the results! We are always looking for more great tips and tricks to save some extra money and support our family!