How To Drink Starbucks Coffee For Less Than .20 Cents A Cup!

Drink Starbucks For Less

I drink a tall Starbucks coffee every single morning. Sometimes I drink two.  And I don’t even feel bad about it. Do you want to know how I drink Starbucks for less?  

Once upon a time (3 years ago), I worked as a public relations project manager and I spent way too much money at the Starbucks drive-thru window. Even though I bought one of the cheapest drinks on the menu, my tall coffee with soy milk still totaled more than $2.00 per cup.

And then there was the reduced-fat turkey bacon breakfast sandwich I ordered when I was running late. Which just so happened to be every single day because I had a toddler and preschooler that I had to get to school too.

Then, my husband and I decided to get serious about paying off $81,400 in debt. The drive-thru had to go.

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At first, I started to drink coffee at home. For a while, my husband and I were even buying the Aldi brand of whole bean coffee and grinding it ourselves. It was fine. I was getting the caffeine I needed. But it wasn’t anything special.

Then, I got a Costco card and I started to compare their prices versus Aldi. As I browsed the coffee aisle, I found a variety of popular brands – Dunkin Donuts, Folgers, Starbucks and Kirkland Signature. Since the sizes at Costco are massive, I looked carefully at the price and the quantity.

It’s also good to know that according to the Starbucks website, 1 pound of coffee yields 320 oz of coffee – or 26.6 tall cups of Starbucks coffee (12 oz. each).

Drink Starbucks For Less

First, I picked up the Starbucks coffee at $19.99 for a 2.5 lb bag. While $19.99 is not bad considering that you get more than 66 cups worth of tall Starbucks coffee from that price, I wondered if I could settle for one of the less expensive options.
Drink Starbucks For Less

Next, I came across Costco’s store brand called Kirkland Signature. At $9.99 for a 2 lb. bag, that price beat out the Aldi brand coffee. So I decided to give it a try.

Drink Starbucks For Less

When I got the coffee home, I saw something else. I could hardly believe it!

Drink Starbucks For Less

Costco’s store brand coffee is roasted by Starbucks Coffee!  

Could it be true that you can get 2 lbs of coffee roasted by Starbucks for $9.99?! Yes, it’s for real. I wouldn’t joke about coffee. And it tastes delicious too! Plus at that cost, you can enjoy Starbucks coffee for less than .20 cents per 12 oz. cup of coffee (the equivalent of a Starbucks tall size).

That means that I save about $100 each time I buy a bag of coffee vs. the drive-thru. And the number is much higher if you like fancy flavors or creamers.

The Kirkland Signature brand is also available in decaf for $1.50 more. Do you see they even call it Kirkland Signature Starbucks Beans?!

Drink Starbucks For Less

What If I Don’t Use Whole Bean Coffee?

I’m so glad you asked! Costco has you covered. Most (maybe all?) Costco stores have industrial-sized coffee grinders by the exit where you can grind your coffee before you go home.

Of course, to get the freshest taste, you will want to grind the coffee with your own small grinder. That’s what my husband and I have been doing for years. You can pick up a Mr. Coffee electric coffee grinder on Amazon for under $12, which is a small price to pay for a coffee shop quality brew at home.

Now Go And Drink Starbucks For Less!

If you have lofty financial goals, you’ve got to find ways to incorporate things you love for less. If you aren’t enjoying the journey during debt repayment, you won’t stick with it. Or worse – you’ll pay off your debt and than go on a spending bender and go right back into debt. If I’ve learned anything over the past two years, it’s that if there’s a will, there’s a way. And if you are determined to drink Starbucks for pennies on the dollar, you can make it happen!  

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