When I first graduated from college, I realized that I was spending about $20 a week on coffee ($80 a month!) I decided to make a few changes in my coffee routine that really helped.
I started making coffee at home and saved coffee houses for my weekend outings and the occasional afternoon pick-me-up. I currently use Starbucks French Roast as my “at home coffee” and have it ground in the store. While it is more expensive than most grocery store brands (half pound $9.99 and includes a free cup of coffee) it lasts me about 2-3 weeks. Also, because it is REALLY good, I am not tempted to cheat and run out for coffee.
For my weekend coffee outings, I have converted from Starbucks to Peet’s Coffee. Peet’s is better, stronger, and cheaper than Starbucks (Peet’s Large $1.90, Starbucks Venti $2.80). While the main reason for my conversion was the quality, the $0.90 difference in savings does start to add up for us coffee snobs.