Buy a Coffee Maker, Save Money


Who loves coffee to start their day? Did you raise your hand like I did? Ok good.


Now the real question is: do you make your own coffee, or do you get it from a coffee shop?


Purchased coffees are a hidden in plain sight cost that adds up quickly and hits our bank account harder than we give it credit for.


Let us examine the costs of ordering coffee from a coffee shop and making your own to start the day.


If you order a coffee every day from one of the major coffee shops, that cost will add up fast.


Look at the chart below:

That means $63 (Dunkin) to $102 (Starbucks) per month, and up to $756 (Dunkin) or $1224 (Starbucks) per year!


Now how does this compare to making coffee at home? Let us look. Now for reference I used a 37 oz Folger’s Medium Roast purchased from Walmart for $10. I typically make a pot of coffee using 5 tablespoons or 2.5 ounces of the coffee grounds and it makes 10 cups of coffee (this is for two people).


The breakdown is $0.27 per ounce which equals $0.68 per pot, or roughly 6.8 cents per cup.

Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks sizes are 14 ounces or 1 ¾ cups for a medium, and 20 ounces or 2 ½ cups for a large.


If you were to make your own coffee and size them out comparable to the major retail coffee shops it would cost $0.12 per Medium and $0.17 per large.


This does not include cream and Sugar but let us add it!


Medium coffees (regular) have equal to 7 packets of sugar and 5 tablespoons of half & half creamer. Large coffees (regular) have equal to 9 packets of sugar and 7 tablespoons of half & half creamer.