Many people know that kicking that drive through coffee habit can save you so much money, but did you know that you may be spending more than you need at home as well? Spend even less with these tips for saving money on coffee at home!
Think outside the box when it comes to buying coffee. Coffee can be bought in some of the oddest places you would never think to look. For instance, outlet stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Burlington Coat Factory often have gourmet coffees for sale. These are perfectly fine and since they are sealed, they are just as fresh. You can often get these for less than $5 per package.
Shop online for higher end coffee makers. You can often buy them on Amazon for a lot cheaper than in the stores. I often see coffee makers that sell for over $100 normally for 20-40% off on Amazon. Just keep an eye out in the sales sections of the site and snag one when they go on sale as they tend to go fast at really low prices.
Skip disposable k-cups. They really are just a complete waste of money as they create lots of waste and you are mostly paying for packaging. Instead, invest in a small reusable k-cup pod that you fill yourself and place in your machine. You can fill them with any coffee you like.
Don’t waste money on higher end coffee brands. It is mostly a marketing ploy. Some of the best coffee I have ever found came from lower end brands and if flavor is your thing, buy syrups to jazz them up rather than paying high prices for the flavored bean.
Store your coffee right to begin with. You will need an airtight seal to store coffee and it should not be placed in the freezer as once thought. Storing it right will maintain freshness so you will end up tossing less coffee in the end due to it going stale.
If you buy a lot of coffee, consider a club. You may be able to get free coffee with enough purchases. You often get free shipping with these clubs and some even auto-send like a subscription so you never run out. Some stores like Cost Plus World Market even offer an in-store coffee club that allows you to buy so many bags and get one free.
Be flexible on brands. Pick a couple of brands you really enjoy and be flexible on what you buy. This way, you can look for whatever one is on sale and stock up when you see a really great sale.
Use your leftover coffee for something rather than throwing it out. It can be made into ice cubes that can be added to drinks to cool them down or even made into smoothies.
Buy at restaurant supply stores. There are many restaurant supply stores that allow the general public to come in and buy things at wholesale prices. This includes coffee and flavored syrups for coffee. I often see the large bottles of syrup in these types of stores for less than $3.00. What a steal!
Pam Buttikofer is a co-founder of Imperfect Women. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 37 years and enjoys spending time with her husband, sons and her lovable pups.