Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Meatless Monday and Coffee

You can't have Meatless Monday on one of the prime bbq days of the year, can you? Well, actually we didn't grill out last night. We had chicken/broccoli/cheese casserole from the freezer, though, so we skipped meatless Monday. Don't worry, we'll make up for it at some point this week.

Today, though, I want to talk about coffee. Now, frugal beginners will discover they can save a lot of money by brewing coffee at home instead of buying $3.50 lattes. But after a few years this becomes a given. Suddenly, you look at your grocery budget and say, man, coffee beans are expensive, even if you buy them on sale with a coupon.

Awhile back, I bought two huge bags of 8 o'Clock coffee 2-for-1 at Jewel, with a $1/2 coupon, so I haven't thought about this in a long time. Then last week we ran out, and on Wendesday I picked up two 12-oz. bags on sale with another coupon.

Today, I noticed we had ALREADY finished the first bag. Yikes, that was five days of coffee! I'm not sure why we used so much. We make about 8 or 10 cups of coffee a day, brewed medium-strong. We drink it all.

That bag of coffee, with the coupon, cost me about$4. I guess that's not so bad, especially when you compare it to the cost of our other treasured vice (I'm looking at you, demon liquor) but it would be nice if we could stretch that $4 over the whole week instead of just five days.

Any suggestions on this front? I thought 8 o'Clock was pretty well-priced for the taste, but if anyone knows of more affordable quality coffees, I'm all ears. I've tried Target's Archer Farms coffees on clearance with varying results.

I know we could save a lot of money by switching to tea. I remember reading about a new jail director back in my hometown who cut a ton out of the budget by making that switch. But, to me, coffee is a treat that literally drags me out of bed in the morning (Epu makes it before I get up) and I. Will. Not. Sacrifice. That.

I'll Ebay one of the kids before I give up my morning coffee.


Marin said...

I'm with you. But ebaying the kids... I hadn't thought of that; it's brilliant! JK. I usu. buy my coffee 2 for 1 at Publix and apply 2 coupons. I stick with the less expensive brands, usu. 8 o'clock or New England. My last coffee purchase was at CVS: Maxwell House 2 for 1 with 2 coupons.

jskell911 said...

No way I'd give up my coffee! With you on that....

Marketing Mommy said...

Not only would I never give up coffee, I can't even sacrifice on taste. I try to avoid buying Intelligentsia (our favorite), but I won't go below Trader Joe's.