The Financial Benefits of Brewing Coffee at Home vs. Buying by the Cup

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Coffee is one of the most highly favored and sought-after beverages on the market today. But regardless of how you enjoy it, it’s no secret that coffee has an integral spot in your cost-of-living budget.

You could save anywhere from $460 up to $1,200 per year by simply brewing at home…

Man pulling cash from wallet

First and foremost, whether you are Googling for ‘coffee near me’ or quality coffee to stock up to brew at home, you are right. You see, brewing at home or buying coffee by the cup are both spearheading ways to fulfill your coffee craving and jumpstart your day. However, regardless of your preferences, there is no denying that there are some financial perks by opting to brew at home.

Doing some quick math, a 12oz bag of coffee from Coffee Cart Boys can easily provide you with (8+) 10oz brewed cups of coffee. With each bag being $26 and typical coffee shops charging between $3-5 per cup, you could save anywhere from $460 up to $1,200 per year by simply brewing at home, assuming you only drink one cup a day. Why? Because when you go to a coffee shop, you are not just paying for the coffee, but the labor that goes into making that coffee for you. This is certainly not a bad thing, but if you are on the hunt for a more frugal living lifestyle, then brewing at home, either full-time or part-time, may be an ideal budget-friendly alternative to fulfill that objective.


The Financial Benefits of Brewing Coffee at Home

As noted above, you can save some pretty hefty cash by brewing at home instead of heading to your local coffee shop each day. However, that is not the only cost-saving benefit you can expect to gain.

A leading example is gas/wear and tear on your vehicle. Even if your favored coffee spot is 2 minutes away from your usual commute or you are idling for just a few minutes in a drive-through, you are slowly eating gas. For instance, Mother Earth Living highlights that 10 seconds of idling uses more gas than it does to start your car, and two minutes of idling uses the same amount of fuel as driving one mile. Idling is also linked to more significant engine wear-and-tear over time and higher maintenance costs, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

All in all, this information is here to illuminate the fact that money-saving from brewing at home branches out to other catalysts as well. For some more insight, below is a listicle of different advantages you can expect to gain by brewing at home.

  • Assuming you save $1,200 annually, that results in $12,000 saved over the course of 10 years.

  • Will have more dispensable money for emergencies, vacation spending, or boosted retirement/investment contributions.

  • You will not be subjected to wage-related inflation that causes labor rates/coffee rates in shops to rise.

  • Easier time paying off outstanding debts faster to save on interest rates.

  • Reduces overall financial stresses and improves wellbeing.

  • Above all, you can save money without having to forfeit your love for coffee.


Conclusion – There Is No Right or Wrong Answer Here

In the end, if you choose to search for ‘quality coffee near me,’ brew at home, or do a mixture of both, there is truly no right or wrong answer on what you should do. The decision on how you want to enjoy your coffee each morning (or any time of the day for that matter) is entirely up to you. This post was to merely highlight that as favored as both options are, one does have more financial advantages over the other. So, if you are ever seeking ways to cut back on your cost of living, then swapping buying by the cup and shooting for more homebrewing might be the most seamless way for you to achieve that goal without missing out on your favorite pick me up ritual.

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Sean Ireton
Sean Ireton
Sean is our spirited Creative Director and CMO at Coffee Cart Boys. After mastering much of the digital realm, he steers our website and executes our marketing strategies. A devoted coffee enthusiast, Sean has spent over 3 years globetrotting locally and internationally to uncover the finest beans, techniques, and flavors. His mission? To share his wisdom, and ultimately help you fall in love with coffee's purest flavor, while learning to appreciate its history, processing, and more.

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