How often do you buy coffee from Dunkin Donuts on your way to work or school? Chances are you’re buying too often! Buying a medium hot coffee from Dunkin Donuts can cost about $4 a day—that’s $20 a week and $1,040 a year! If you prefer Starbucks or frozen drinks, like Dunkin’s Coolatta or Starbucks’ Frappuccino, you could be spending a lot more.
If you aren’t lucky enough to work at a business that offers free coffee throughout the day, there are other alternatives. For instance, invest in your own single cup Keurig brewer. There are a few Keurig machines available on Amazon for as cheap as $80. Once you start using it, you’ll fall in love, especially when you realize how much money you’ll actually save throughout the year.
A Keurig coffee brewer is really easy to use. Once it’s set up, all you have to do it choose a coffee pod and push a button. Before plugging it in, wash and fill the water container on the side of the machine. After plugging it in, wait until it warms up. Then choose a mug, put it on the platform under the spout, and choose a pod to brew. (See below.) Put the pod into the brewer, close the top, and pick the amount of water to brew. You will have a fresh-brewed cup of coffee in less than one minute—even easier than waiting for a whole pot to brew.
These days, Keurig coffee pods are super easy to find, and you can get them in any flavors or brands you like. Amazon has an amazing selection that you can order online. You can also find k-cups, as they’re called, in stores like Le Gourmet Chef, Shoprite, and even WaWa sells their famous coffee in k-cup pods.
Dunkin Donuts has their own k-cup coffee pods available in a 14-count carton for $19.99. (The catch is you have to find a location that sells them in store. They don’t sell them online.) This two-week supply of coffee comes out to cost $1.42 per cup. That’s a savings of at least $2.60 per day!
Starbucks offers cartons of 12 k-cups for $19.95, in store and online, in a variety of flavors and blends. This comes out to cost $1.66 per cup vs. the average costing coffee at their store for $3.00, a savings of $1.34 per day!
If you’re like me, and you’re really scraping the bottom, go to Costco for even deeper savings. My favorite is Green Mountain Coffee’s Breakfast Blend. You get 160 k-cups for $82.99. That’s 0.52¢ per cup, people! Of course, Costco carries other brands and flavors, too, for about the same value.
Overall, if you invest in a Keurig and coffee pods, you will be saving an average of $794 for your first year and $874 per year after that. That’s enough to buy a nice vacation! You might not have thought about it before, but that’s a lot of money to be spending on coffee. Chances are you’ll find your favorite coffee in a k-cup!
$80 (Keurig) + $82.99 (Costco size) + $82.99 (Costco size) = $245.98 for the first year, $165.98 after that
A Keurig brews more than just coffee, too. Some stores carry pods of different teas, hot chocolate, and even soup! They also produce “Brew over Ice” pods for iced tea, lemonade, and more!