According to a report, by the National Coffee Drinking Association, around 62% of the three thousand adults that were surveyed reported drinking coffee regularly. There are over two hundred million adults in the United States.
Let’s assume that 62% of the United States adults drank two cups of coffee a day that would equal over ninety billion cups of coffee consumed a year. That is a lot of coffee, and I am sure the coffee industry is booming with sales.
Are you a coffee drinker? If so, how much money do you spend on coffee a year? And how much would you save if you chose not to drink coffee?
Many people love to stop at their local barista to enjoy a freshly made cup of coffee, cappuccino, espresso, or the iced cold frappe. The average price for a cup of coffee ranges from $3.40 to $4.40 depending on the size.
If you chose to purchase a cup of coffee every day, then you would pay between $1241 to $1606 annually. If you are the daily, two cups a day, coffee drinker then you spend around $2482 to $3212 annually. That is the amount a family of four could spend on a Disney vacation! Imagine being able to save for a Disney vacation just by cutting or limiting the amount of coffee you drink in a year. Wouldn’t that be awesome?!
Here is a list of alternatives to help reduce the amount of money you spend at your barista and increase your savings for your dream vacation.
Brew Your Own At Home
I am going to let you in on a secret. You can brew a fresh, great tasting cup of coffee right in your kitchen!
There are some things that you will need to have to make this happen.
First, you will need to purchase a coffee bean grinder. Luckily you can buy one for around fifteen dollars. By grinding your beans, you can guarantee that the coffee grounds are not going to go stale.
Second, if you are a cappuccino or latte drinker, you will want to purchase a milk frother. Again you can buy one very cheaply for under ten dollars. A frother will help you foam up your milk which is a requirement for making those delicious light tasting drinks.
Third, you need to purchase some great tasting beans. Experiment with different flavors and brands to find that great tasting coffee that you wouldn’t mind drinking the rest of the year.
If you are drinking coffee solely for the caffeine, then you should consider a cheaper and healthier alternative to boost your energy.
There are numerous recipes available online for different types of natural energy drinks. These drinks include ingredients such as citrus, ginger root, turmeric, and honey. You can make all kinds of drinks including delicious fruit smoothies that will not only give you energy but also leave your body feeling refreshed.
If you enjoy a nice hot drink and want something similar to coffee, then you might want to experiment with different flavored teas or hot chocolate that doesn’t cost as much as coffee.
There are many alternatives, just make sure to keep in mind the value since you are trying to save money.
Give It Up
I understand that this probably sounds radical and this might not be the best alternative for everyone.
Imagine being able to entirely give up drinking coffee and saving money for your family vacation. It may be worth it to at least give it a try and save as much as you can.
If you choose to travel this path, then proceed gradually towards weaning yourself off of the caffeine to help prevent any withdrawal symptoms.
After a few days, your body will start to adjust, and you will begin to feel better once the caffeine leaves your system. Make sure to keep hydrated and stay healthy. You will be happy when you start to feel better physically and financially.
Now it is up to you to decide on whether you will save money by either brewing, replacing, or giving up your coffee for a year.
Are you willing to make the sacrifice to save money for your dream vacation? No matter what your goal is, if you challenge yourself and can stick with it, you will feel accomplished.
YOUR TURN: Would you consider giving up coffee for a year to go on a dream vacation? Where would you go? Let me know in the comments below!
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