Some people can spend anywhere from $200 on coffee a month buying it outside of the home. But, there are lots of great ways to brew coffee right in your own abode and save a lot of money.

Depending on how you like your coffee and what type you like you can buy it cheap and splurge on the special stuff and still get the sips in cheaper than all those times you’ve been to Starbucks.

Hitting the ethnic neighbourhoods in your city is a great way to get a nice sealed bag of coffee. You can pick your brew from all over the world. If you don’t live in a city that is cosmopolitan, then ask your friends in other cities to send you a taste of something special. It makes a good gift.

When I was living in Montreal, I would often go to Jean Talon market and buy different coffees. I was especially into some of the flavoured ones at the time, like French vanilla. Now, I find that you can sometimes buy coffee cream that has the flavour you like and add it to any blend. I stick with the standard stuff now, like Nescafé at times for guests in my house. I also drink this brand called Caf-Lib, which is non-caffeinated. Now I find just regular cream will do and I’m good to go in the early mornings.

Going out for a coffee can be a great way to change your surroundings, but there are ways to save money. Bring a thermos and help the environment and your pocketbook at the same time. Many places also have coffee cards where you can get one free after you buy about six, so you could get a free one every week if you go out for one every day. Of course, you’ll be putting more money in your pocket if you make it at home then put it in a thermos.

If you’re like me and you like splurging on the lattés and mocha chinos at times, give your bank account a break and just add milk or cream to regular coffee and shake it in a thermos. This will give you the frothiness you like and save you about $2 to $3 dollars every time you buy one of those special drinks.

It could even be worth it to invest in a small coffee maker in your office or working environment. The one I bought was awful (and to be kind, I won’t say where), but if you shop around, you could probably find a good one. Keep in mind that if you’re brewing grains from a bag, a simple bodum, a small coffee grinder (the word coming from Italy), will do. You can find ones at The Dollar Store that do a good job.

If you’re into those huge mugs you used to see the gang from Friends drinking from on the TV show, then you can get one of those from The Dollar Store too and create that experience right in your own home or office.

Remember that the money you’re paying out for coffee each month is something you could be putting towards something more long term, or simply pay bills to keep you afloat.

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