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.