Thursday, February 28, 2013
How We Cut Back on the Price of Coffee
Our very favorite coffee is Dunkin Donuts. They still make a 16 oz. bag and sell it in their shops. So when they have their sale around Christmastime, I buy 6 bags. This is the cheapest time of the year to buy it. We go through about 6 of these and 6 other cans of coffee a year; just about one a month. I used to buy 12 bags but over the last 4 years, the price has become prohibitive to me. So the other 6 cans I buy are usually Wegmans which they had on sale last year for $ 2.49 a can. When they had it that cheap, I stocked for 2 years since it was dated a couple of years out. Occasionally if I have a good coupon and there is a good sale, I will buy Maxwell House or some other brand. We keep bagged coffee in our freezer to keep it at it's freshest.
We really do love Dunkin Donuts the best. We like it better than Tim Hortons. To each their own!
So we alternate months with that and the other brands. That way we don't feel like we are being deprived. I tried mixing 1/2 and 1/2 but it didn't really taste like Dunkin Donuts and I do look forward to it every other month.
I don't know how many coffee scoops you use for coffee but we use one for each two cups and an extra for the pot. If you are a strong coffee drinker, you wouldn't like that. But it is perfect for us.
I also tried Amy Dacyczyn's trick of adding a couple of scoops to yesterdays pot but it was a no go for us. We did not like the coffee it made.
I know that lots of people buy their morning coffee out. We never got into the habit of that. I always brought my coffee from home for work and DH belonged to a very cheap coffee club at work. So we never spent the $3.00 or $4.00 it used to cost at Starbucks or any other specialty coffee shop. I am sure those specialty drinks there cost more than that now. I did try Starbucks once because I had a free giftcard that I won but I didn't like it because it tasted burnt to me. That said we do get a cup of coffee at a restaurant if we go out to breakfast which is rare. But that said I know it costs under a dollar a cup. If you are a senior citizen, you can get a cup of coffee at most McDonald's for $ .25. But I don't even do that because we rarely go to McDonald's. If I do it is usually to treat West or Alexa. We mainly drink our coffee at home.
DH has two large cups and I have one every morning. It is much more cost effective than buying it out. I haven't even gotten into the one cup coffee craze. Those little cups are expensive and I can't see buying one to use their little cup to only make one cup at a time. It just doesn't make sense for us.
I wish I could drink it black but I just can't stomach that. So we buy those expensive creamers to flavor it. I do try to buy them on sale with coupons for under a $ 1.00. This way it is just sweet enough that we don't have to put any sugar in our coffee.
I am very curious about how you save on coffee. Have you cut back over the years or do you still drink as much as you used to? Do you go to Starbucks for yours or some other specialty coffee shop? Please leave a comment and share with us how you keep the price of coffee down.