Saving Money on Coffee

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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Ok, look, I live in the coffee capital of the United States. I like me some coffee. There are a million different places to get coffee here and unfortunately the very best one which is my very favorite in the whole wide world is only a couple of blocks from our apartment, and also comes with a slightly more premium price than your run-of-the-mill Starbucks. Drip coffee is pretty cheap at any coffee shop, but let’s face it, you’re probably not going out just for drip coffee—you want your espresso! If you buy a $4 coffee once a weekday, that’s $20 a week. If your coffee is more expensive or you buy more than one a day, you’re looking at over a $100 a month in coffee money! How can we cut back on this without becoming caffeine deprived?

The obvious answer is to make coffee at home, and yeah, I know, that sounds boring. It is thrifty though! You don’t need to spend $200 on a fancy machine, a basic one will do. And it doesn’t have to be boring! Many grocery stores now sell containers of flavored syrups that you can use to whip up your own drink at home. You can now have that pumpkin mint mocha with strawberry whipped cream that has been your dream drink for years, even though everyone else thinks it sounds horrid. Even a can of storebought whipped cream to top off your drink costs less than one cup of coffee shop coffee, and it will top a dozen or more drinks!

You don’t need to completely deprive yourself of fancy coffee, either—even if you go out for coffee twice a week, you’re only spending $8 per week instead of $20. Also, grab your travel mug on your way out the door—many coffee shops will knock off ten cents or more if you bring your reusable mug along. Be sure to sign up for any rewards or punch cards as well. If you are buying coffee there somewhat regularly, you might as well have each purchase count towards a free coffee! Coffee is amazing, and you certainly can remain caffeinated in the mornings while saving money at the same time!

Thrifty Date Ideas!

Posted on June 5th, 2013 by Discount Debbie

Dating is something my husband and I don’t do enough. But once you factor in food, movie and sometimes another activity like bowling, it’s pretty expensive. That led my husband and I to start more thrifty dating. Then we don’t have to stress as much when we are out about what we are spending. Here are our best tips.


1. Share a babysitter. We have two kids and our closest couple friends have 2 as well, so we get one babysitter and split the cost. The babysitter charges just a little bit more for 4 kids at once, but it’s still cheaper and our kids LOVE it!

2. Split a meal. This is always the cheaper option. Splitting a meal is a great way to save money and it’s great for dating. You have to choose something together. If you are super hungry hit up places like Applebees, Outback or Olive Garden that often have meals for two.

3. Take advantage of daily deals. Sites like Groupon have date deals often. Grab them up while you can.

4. Go camping. This is great if you can go on an overnight trip. Camping is romantic. You have to talk, take walks together and just be alone together. It’s great bonding time.

5. Go to a coffee shop and play games. We LOVE playing games, but with our kids home, it’s impossible. A lot of coffee shops have tables specifically for playing games. It’s free and it’s fun. This is definitely a favorite here!

What do you do for thrifty dates?

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