but first coffee: budget friendly routine | life with felipa

If you're anything like me, you like your daily coffee. A cup of coffee (or a venti) usually keeps me going all day at work. It gives me energy and the boost I need for when I'm just not feeling it. Starbucks and Nespresso are my best friends during the work week and it it's an expensive habit.

I was spending how much at Starbucks?!

I was a daily visitor at the Starbucks Drive-Thru. On average, I was spending $20 a week, or 2 to 3, $10 refills on my Gold Card. Monthly it was reaching upwards of $60 - $65 a month with a Free Drink 😳.

I was spending how much on Nespresso Pods?!

On top of all of that above, I was also buying 2 sleeves of Arpeggio Nespresso Pods which was $15 for about 20 drinks. And recently I bought 2 sleeves their limited Cafecito de Cuba, which happens to cost about double of their regular line at $12.50 eachIn total, I was spending $80-$100 a month on my coffee needs.

How I Cut Down on the Coffee Cost 

Out of pure laziness and basically rushing in the morning, even with having the Nespresso Machine and coffee pods, I still drove to Starbucks. Now, however, I make time before going to work. I buy all the ingredients to make my favorite drink at home! My go to drink has always been the White Chocolate Mocha hot and on ice!

I used this Torani White Chocolate Sauce and my go to Nespresso Pods Arpeggio! The white chocolate sauce is about $6 with tax and lasts about 15-20 16oz-drinks. I use skim milk or sometimes soy milk and that's nothing more than $3 for a gallon or so. The pods cost $0.75 per capsule which I only add one to my drink instead of 2 because they are STRONG! I really don't need to be jittery. At the end of the day, my homemade drink costs me about $1.33 versus $5.65 I was spending on my daily drink at Starbucks 🙃.

Homemade White Chocolate Mocha

Alternatively, my drink even comes out cheaper if I use store brand Nespresso Cups, which by the way, I wasn't even aware they made! On my weekly run to Kroger (that's my go to grocery store) I went through the tea and coffee aisle and lo and behold, they sold Kroger brand pods! They have about 6 different colors of pods, but I chose the purple ones since they resembled the Arpeggio version and had a similar intensity of flavor.

I actually tried this alternative and it tastes just as good as the real brand, the only difference is the "cap" on the pod is not as tight as the Nespresso brand. However, the machine was still able to produce a nice amount of crema. This pack of 10 pods was only $4.99, so just shy of $0.50 per pod. This is a great alternative for me as sometimes I don't want to go all the way to the mall to hit up the Nespresso Cafe for some coffee, nor do I want to buy in bulk online via their website. So, if you ever want to just pick some up, now you can at your local Kroger!

Also, check your local TJ Maxx/HomeGoods! I'm telling y'all, I found some pods over the weekend that they sold in packs of 10 for $3.99! I haven't tried this brand yet, but they are packaged in a pouch with the date it was packed and the date it stops being fresh. I'll have to use them soon just so I can give a review! If you have one or both of the stores, check it out! These come out to be about $0.40 cents each pod!

Did you guys know that there were different manufactures to the Nespresso Pods? I sure didn't! I think know I'm now on a mission to find different brands. Seriously, driving to the mall just to pick up coffee sucks sometimes, so knowing that I can go to my local grocery store and find some there even though it's not the BRAND NAME one, well I'm going to use it cause sometimes you just need coffee. Also, it'll help me not to go through the Drive-Thru even while having an espresso machine.

Espresso Coffee Collection
What do you guys think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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