Tuesday, June 23, 2009

better than starbucks...

...and much cheaper, too!! Here is my helpful hint to you today... I know with the economy being in a bind and money being huge issues for a lot of families, we are all trying to pinch pennies in various areas. One trouble area that I know I have saved is drinking coffee at home in the morning, instead of grabbing Starbucks. It took a little trial and error to find something I really liked, but I have finally mastered my at-home coffee bar and want to share the ideas with you as well! :)
BEST ground coffee that you can buy at your local store??? Dunkin Donuts! It is amazing! I buy one in the regular French Vanilla flavor, and one decaf in the Original Blend and then mix them together in a canister. I don't like to be hugely caffeinated in the mornings, so this works well for me. Then I add in my Sweet&Low, along with that yummy fat-free coffee creamer and OH YUM! And to top things off, invest in some super cute mugs that will make your at-home morning a much happier experience!! Then you will save lots of extra dollars and be cozy at home while sipping your yummy coffee! Here are a few of my current mug faves...
Buy vintage mugs like these from Etsy.. set of three mugs for $17.80!

Handmade "canary mug" from etsy.. $29
The "dirty mug" at Urban Outfitters.. $12

Anthropologie "number" mugs.. I can't find these anymore on the website, but they have a huge selection of cute mugs of course! And I did see these in the store recently! :)

Drink up at home and save! And if you are out and simply HAVE to stop for a cup of joe, go to McDonald's instead! Cheaper coffee and it is FABULOUS. A fave? McD's iced coffee with sugar-free vanilla syrup, yum!
What is YOUR favorite coffee??
xo! :)

5 comments:

Laura said...

To make at home Dunkin Donuts Decaf with a french vanilla creamer and sugar is my fav!!! After buying the Dunkin Donuts I won't buy anything else to fix at home. But if I go out for coffee, I like Burger King's JOE Decaf coffe (cream and sugar, of course) and when I really splurge, I get a Starbucks Mocha Frappicino with Peppermint Flavoring in it. Yum-O!

Jessica said...

Dunkin Donuts is the best!

number17cherrytreelane said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE me some Dunkin!

Polka Dot Moon said...

I'm from NJ originally and grew up with Dunkin Donuts, so of course I love their coffee :)

and not only did I manage a coffee shop, but also worked for Starbucks and must say that McDonald's has come a long way with their coffee and it is really tasty! Not to mention light on the wallet :)

Denise

(the dirty mug is hysterical!!!)

cakegirl said...

I am a Dunkin Donuts coffee fan, too! I especially like it made in my french press. You can make it as strong as you like.

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