It is an age old dilemma for coffee lovers. Whether or not to keep paying that ever increasing price for your favorite specialty drink or try to cheapen the cost by going smaller and less extravagant. I personally, can attest to the addiction caused by a white chocolate mocha. It is the definition of divine, but while I love the drink, I do not love the price tag. In an economy where money is always tight and budgets need to be strict, spending upwards of four dollars on one specialty drink cannot be a daily luxury.
Often when I travel, I tend to give in more often to the specialty drinks. I often notice a price difference depending on what state I am in when I visit different stores mostly in the Midwest. While the difference is only a couple cents, it can add up drink after drink.
With the ever rising cost of coffee, I often wonder when I will reach a breaking point. How much will be too much? Can you even put a dollar amount on on the personal value of a cup of coffee? I do say to myself, if I ever spend more than $7 on a latte, there is a serious problem, but would that stop me from getting a latte if I visited Russia? Probably not.
Even though daily costs associated with coffee continue to rise, there are ways to pinch pennies and still enjoy some caffeinated heaven. You of course can visit a blog post I’ve written regarding creative ways to lessen the cost or ask the barista at your local store. Consider them the coffee experts; they are the source that would know best about their product and ways to cut a couple corners on the final bill.
The easiest way to lower the cost of coffee? Make it at home. Sad but true. After calculating the cost of the machine, K-Cups, and additives, my daily coffee when made at home in my Keurig evens out to about a dollar a day for 16 oz of pure deliciousness. Much cheaper than any store I know of. While it will never replace one of my favorite experiences; visiting my local coffee shop for a white mocha, it certainly makes me breathe easier with my finances.