Like most people, coffee was never something we reached for until adulthood. Work days started to become longer, kids entered our world and balancing life with low energy seemed impossible. Coffee is an easy, instant energy boost to start your day. But coffee habit can be expensive and unhealthy. Even though we’re not saying you should necessarily give up your coffee addiction entirely, changing up your daily habit might be a good place to start if you’re trying to save some money. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways you can still enjoy your cup of joe without having to wipe out your checking out.
Here are 5 ways to save money on an expensive coffee habit:
Create a Budget
If you feel like coffee is an absolute necessity in your daily routine, create a budget and stick to it. Instead of grabbing coffee every day from your local coffee shop, try only stopping twice a week. The other days can be used to brew your own or try an alternate energy booster. Creating a budget allows you to see exactly where your money is going.
Use Cash Instead of Credit
Even though you’ve probably heard of this trick time and time again, we have to start with it because it’s that important. According to U.S. News, studies have shown that customers spend less when they use cash instead of credit. Working with cash limits your ability to over spend rather than swiping your card with no limit.
If you feel like your coffee addiction has gotten out of control, it might be time to get rid of the habit completely. Daily coffee has proven to be not extremely best for your health. Cutting back to a few cups per week can drastically improve health, weight and finances. Even though you’re switching things up when it comes to your coffee habit, in the long run, your wallet will thank you.
Brew It At Home
One of the best ways to save some money without having to get rid of your coffee habit entirely is by brewing your own cup at home. If you get your coffee from a local coffee shop…every day, stop doing so and brew your own at home…cost is $3 – $5 or $20- 35 a week. That can be close to $2,000/year. Invest in a coffee maker and start saving!
Use Coffee Rewards
Now-a-days just about every business has a rewards program – TAKE ADVANTAGE! You could literally be throwing money away when buying that 5th cup of coffee. Starbucks offers amazing rewards on anything you buy, whether it’s iced, hot, or food. Just upload money to the app and it’s a great way to stay within budget.
Find an Alternative to Boost Energy
While coffee does provide a good amount of caffeine, there are other ways you can get that same jolt of energy without having to buy a cup from your local shop. Eating Super foods, staying hydrated, and daily sun exposure are easy easy to boost your energy without spending extra cash.