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Alternatives to Drinking High Cost Coffee
With the cost of coffee soaring, finding alternatives for coffee drinkers is becoming a needed economic reality. Just a few years ago, a 32-34oz container of name brand ground coffee was regularly on sale for under $5. Today, the cost is over $14 for the same size container of ground coffee. Sale prices for this size average $11-$12. This is an increase of over 120 percent on the sale price of coffee. There are cheaper containers available for less than $10, but they contain less product. For coffee drinkers who already have a stretched budget from higher gas and food expenses, the luxury of drinking coffee may be something to consider reducing.
Reduce the amount of ground coffee brewed
Reduce the amount of coffee you brew with each pot. Brewing a 12 cup pot will likely result in waste or coffee sitting too long. Instead brew a cup at a time by using a single cup style coffee maker. In a standard coffee maker, brew only a few cups at a time. You can always make another cup or two of coffee later. Overall you will have less waste. If you use a Keurig-style single serve coffee maker with the premixed grounds, consider buying the screen. The screen is used to place your own ground coffee for brewing. Instead of $1 per serving, the cost is less than 25 cents per cup.
Black tea anyone?
Switch to black tea in the afternoon. Black tea has the richness of coffee with a fair amount of caffeine. The great thing about making tea is you can use your existing coffee maker. Just heat a cup of water through the coffee maker and add a tea bag. Tea is a must healthier alternative to coffee. It contains antioxidants that may provide some protection against certain cancers.
Natural Herbal Coffee
Teechino is a natural herbal coffee alternative. It contains natural vitamins, is less acidic, and is thought to contain natural stimulants to take the place of caffeine. Unfortunately, it is a good substitute for coffee, but it is also expensive. An 11 ounce bag is regularly over $20.
Online coffee coupons & gift cards
Use online coupons find deals on gift cards for coffee shops. Sign up with your email address for online promotions at coffee shops and groceries and set an alert for coffee deals.
Making coffee at home
One cheap alternative to expensive coffee purchased at a restaurant or coffee shop is making the coffee at home. Buy a insulated hot drink thermos. Make the desired about of java and pour it in the thermos at the beginning of the day. This will give you a hot cup of Joe anytime during the day and save some money. This is a great tip for people who drive around and frequently stop to get coffee. This will keep them on the road and save some money at the same time.
Relax and enjoy a cup (or five) at a coffee shop
If you love to order coffee at a restaurant or coffee shop and do not want to give up this enjoyment, find place that offers free refills. There are plenty of places that treat their customers to refills hoping to sell food items. Pick one with free Wi-Fi and free refills and enjoy each sip at less cost per cup.