I’ll admit. I’m a Starbucks junkie. Always will be. When I worked in the city, I couldn’t resist my Venti bold drip EVERY SINGLE DAY. Do you have any idea how much that cost me? With tax, $2.25 a day, $11.25 a week, $45.00 a month, or $540 A YEAR!
A little over a year ago, I took a job closer to home. Lucky for me, and my wallet, the route to work doesn’t take me past a Starbucks. For pure convenience, I decided to start brewing my own coffee at home. I drink Kirkland brand (from Costco) Columbian whole-bean coffee. I put 4 scoops (I like it strong!) into my Melitta Mill & Brew Coffee Maker to brew half a pot and away I go. I drink a cup at home to get me out the door, I use a coffee tumbler that looks like a Starbucks Grande cup to take the rest to work with me:
Here’s what it costs me to brew coffee from home for a whole year:
$59.95 3 lb bag of Columbian Roast from Costco $11.99 each * 5 used per year
$11.95 5 Gallons of milk used over the course of the year $2.39 each
Grand Total: $71.90
Total Saved: $468.10
# of Paper Cups Saved: 260
*This cost includes supplies to make coffee 365 days a year, when I was buying Starbucks 260 days a year and still brewing at home on the weekends, so the savings are actually higher than what is posted here*
I could save more money by buying coffee on sale at the grocery store with a coupon. However, I REALLY enjoy this particular coffee blend and refuse to settle for a cheaper brand! I think Kirkland Columbian tastes BETTER than the Starbucks I used to drink.