Sunday, July 9, 2017

Treat Yourself While Saving Money

If there's one thing in this world that I love, it's an iced mocha. Look at that iced mocha in the foreground. It looks as if it's winking at me. 
"Come on, Cie, drink me!" it beckons.
It's a pretty tiny iced mocha, so I'll probably drink it and the other one too.
There's nothing wrong with enjoying a good iced mocha. But, as you've likely heard from other sources long before you read this, the habit of getting a premium blended coffee drink every day from your favorite shop can become pretty expensive pretty quickly, particularly if you're like me and always order the big size. A large iced mocha from Caribou Coffee, Einstein Brothers or Starbucks (my frequent haunts) can cost around six dollars. If you're like me, you're getting one of these bad boys five days a week on average. That's thirty dollars a week, 120 dollars a month, 1450 dollars a year.
I'm not writing this post to shame or berate anyone for enjoying their premium iced coffee drink. I am, however, going to point out a couple of ways that you can save a few dollars without sacrificing your enjoyment.
The Natural Grocers in my area sells beverages by Califa Farms. I can get 48 ounces (1.4 liters) of Califa's almond milk mocha beverage for five dollars. I can pour it over ice if I want, or I can drink it straight from the bottle because no-one else in my household drinks coffee. It will last me about three days on average.
Another good option is the Stok (pronounced Stoke) brand, which is sold at King Soopers/Kroger stores in my area. If I get a bottle of the chocolate flavor and drink it down partway, I can then pour in a half pint of non-dairy creamer. Again, this will last me about three days on average and costs about five dollars for 48 ounces.
As to my beloved bagel fix, if I can't be arsed to fix breakfast, I can instead head to the Natural Grocers and pick up a couple of the egg salad sandwiches that my son and I enjoy. I can pair these with a favorite coffee or tea beverage and save at least five dollars all told over going through the drive-through at Einstein Brothers.
I love finding ways to save money while feeling like I'm splurging, and I love sharing them with people who might benefit from them as well.


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