Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.
If you're looking for ways to save money on your favorite caffeinated beverage, this list of tips will help:
Buy a reusable cup.
A reusable cup is essentially any vessel that you can use to carry liquid and then reuse for a period of time (typically at least 24 hours) before washing. You can get a free reusable cup by signing up for certain rewards programs with your favorite coffee shops, or buy one outright if you prefer not to deal with loyalty programs. Many vendors also offer discounts or coupons on their reusable cups, so be sure to do your research before purchasing one if you want to save as much money as possible while getting the most bang for your buck. You can even find some businesses that will give you a rebate if they're not already offering any other kind of discount!
Brew your own at home.
If you're looking to save money on your iced coffee habit, brewing your own at home is the way to go. There are a few ways to brew your own iced coffee at home:
- Cold-brew it in advance and store it in the fridge. This means that you won't have any sugar or cream in your drink, but it's still delicious!
- Brew hot coffee and let it cool before putting ice cubes into the cup or mason jar (the type with no lid).
- Use cold water when making hot coffee, which will produce an iced beverage that tastes like cold-brewed coffee without all of the steep time required by traditional methods.
Make your own syrup.
If you have a sweet tooth, but don't want to give up your favorite drink, consider making your own syrup. This is an easy way to save money and make sure that you have control over what goes into your drink.
You can also make syrup without sugar or sweetener!
Use less syrup
- Use less syrup.
- Use less milk.
- Use less cream.
- Use less ice.
- Use less sugar.
- Use less water (if you're making tea).
- If you're using coffee beans instead of pre-ground coffee, consider grinding them yourself at home so that you can use only what you need for each cup and then throw out the rest before it goes stale—and save even more money!
Use milk instead of cream
One of the cheapest ways to make a delicious cup of iced coffee is by using milk instead of cream. Milk has less fat and fewer calories than cream, which makes it more nutritious. It's also more versatile, since you can use it in recipes other than coffee (such as mashed potatoes or casserole). For children, milk is a better option because they won't have to worry about consuming too much saturated fat and cholesterol.
Use your leftover coffee in other ways.
- Use your leftover coffee in other ways.
- Make coffee ice cubes: Pour leftover coffee into ice cube trays and freeze overnight. In the morning, they'll be ready to use in iced coffee or another beverage.
- Make a smoothie: Combine leftover beans with milk and vanilla extract for an extra creamy drink—no need to add any sugar!
- Add it to granola: Mix together the remnants of your previous cup with some oats and nuts for a tasty treat that never gets boring.
- Use it as part of a cake: If you're feeling ambitious, try making a coffee cake out of your old brews (here's one way!). The result will be more moist than usual thanks to all that caffeine helping out with moisture retention during baking time!
Everyone likes iced coffee, and here are some ways you can save money on it.
Everyone likes iced coffee. It's delicious, refreshing, and it can be a great way to start your day. But if you drink a lot of it, the cost can add up quickly. Here are some tips on how to save money while still getting your daily dose of caffeine:
- Buy a reusable cup
- Brew at home instead of buying pre-brewed iced coffee
- Make your own syrup or concentrate with ingredients that cost less than Starbucks' syrup and concentrates (see below)
- Use less syrup in your drinks; just enough to give them flavor without being too sweet or overpowering the taste of coffee (or whatever else you put in them)
There’s no need to spend money on iced coffee when you can make it at home and save money in the process. We’ve covered a wide range of options here, so there should be something that suits your needs. Whether you choose one of these methods or combine them all together, we hope our guide helps you save some cash at the coffee shop!
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