From chains to independent places, coffee shops offer everything from a place to quickly grab a cup of joe, to a comfortable place to catch up with friends or to get work done. But buying a cup of coffee every day or even a few times a week adds up. While making coffee at home is one way to save some money, there are lots of other options for keeping costs down while still getting to enjoy the atmosphere and convenience of your local coffee shop.
1. Keep your drink simple. One of the least expensive drinks on any coffee shop menu is drip coffee. Coffee drinks with foam, whipped cream, candy pieces or special flavorings can cost as much as $4 or $5. Plain coffee is still hot, tasty, full of caffeine and, best of all, rarely costs more than $2. If black coffee is too bitter for your tastes, add milk, cream or sugar. Some shops even offer honey and cinnamon to give your coffee a flavor boost.
2. Use free refills to your advantage. If your coffee shop offers free refills and you’re planning to stay a while, order a small cup and refill it. In this situation, spending extra for a medium or large cup of coffee makes no sense.
Allison Miller – Associated Content – associatedcontent.com