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Three Ways to Cut Your Breakfast Costs: Part One October 31, 2010

There tend to be people who always eat breakfast and those who don’t but quaff the coffee as if they’re dying of thirst. Most of us waste tons of money on our breakfast items without even realizing it. Why? Often times, when we’re getting a breakfast item, it seems cheap. You think to yourself, “I’m only spending a dollar on that coffee. This sandwich only costs two dollars. That’s nothing.” But all of these dollars add up and they add up fast. I decided to write a bit about a few different ways to cut your breakfast costs in no time.

 

NUMBER ONE: STOP BUYING COFFEE FROM THE STORE


I know, I know. I heard a few people audibly cry as they read this aloud. If you’re hard up on cash, this is one of the first things you can do to cut your breakfast costs. (Or, for many people, lunch and dinner costs as well.) Consider the fact that a cup of coffee costs anywhere from $1-$5, depending on where you are purchasing your favorite brew. If you buy only one cup of coffee per day at its cheapest price, that costs you $7/week at minimum. That doesn’t seem like much until you compare this to what you can buy from the store.

 

You can buy a large container of coffee for anywhere from $6-$8 and you can always find coupons for popular brands, such as Folger’s or Maxwell House, regularly. That one container makes over 200 8 oz. cups of coffee. And if you’re dying for the iced stuff, make your coffee the night before and let it chill in the refrigerator overnight. If you’re a coffee snob and need to cut costs, you might just have to get over it! There are plenty of brands out there with a variety of different roasts that you can experiment with to find your favorite.

 

You will be saving a ton of money in the long-run. But keep these other things in mind:

  • If you use sugar or artificial sweeteners in your coffee, purchase them when they’re on sale and stock up depending upon how much you use them.
  • If you need to purchase a coffee maker, you do not need to purchase a state-of-the-art stainless steel one. Mine is simple, does its job, has an automatic brew and shut-off and only cost me $30. You will make this money back quickly from what you otherwise would have spent on coffee.
  • If you don’t want to buy disposable filters, although you can find them very cheap, pick up a reusable filter at the dollar store. They last for a long time and you don’t have to worry about running out of the paper ones.

Stay cheap my friends!

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