Do you love your Keurig brewer as much as I do? Is it the first thing you think of when you wake up? I used to be a coffee snob (well I still am) who has bought every single coffee apparatus on the market; the French press, the pour over, high-end coffee machines … but nothing compares to the convenience and speed of the Keurig when I want my cup of coffee, and I want it now. Why would I brew a whole pot of coffee, or 2-3 cups at once, when I just want one cup?
Now, the down-side. K-cups can get pricey fast. If you’re having 2-3 a day your cost can add up. Of course it’s still astronomically less than indulging in Starbucks 3x a day, but still, I get it. Luckily, for us K-cup loving coffee drinkers, there’s some ways to save money without wasting lots of time trying to do so.
See a coffee sale? STOCK UP!
K-cups are individually packed and sealed, so they’ll stay fresher in the long run than whole beans or ground coffee. When you see a sweet deal, stock up on some extra cups. They’ll stay fresh until you can round up the next sale. If you don’t want to wait for coffee sales, Angelino’s Coffee always offers pretty low pricing on bulk orders with free shipping. Stock up on a few months at a time to get the best bang for your buck.
Figure out the price per cup.
Make sure you actually divide the price of the cup by how many cups you’re getting. Although a box may seem like a good deal, generally anything over 50¢ per k-cup is a bit pricey, and we think you can always do better without sacrificing quality. If you find cups that you enjoy around 39¢ per k-cup, you’re getting a great deal. Your 3 cup a day coffee habit will only run you a little over a buck a day!
Buy k-cups in bulk. Again, we’ve found the bulk package from Angelino’s Coffee to be fresh and tasty with a great price of $.39 a cup! Angelino’s Coffee
Don’t get bitter just yet. Lucky for us, there are plenty of ways to cut the cost down so the hit to your wallet is much easier to swallow. Is that enough coffee puns? I think so. After all, time is money.
As I mentioned in point #1, stock up and buy in bulk. The boxes on the store shelves are way older than you think and likely not fresh. Buy from a roaster that ships directly to you to ensure your coffees are as fresh as possible and buy in bulk. Don’t hesitate to go up a size, as K-cups are sealed tightly and will stay fresh much longer than other coffee beans.
Look for coffee clubs or memberships offering discounts.
Many websites have subscribe and save options. Amazon is one of them. The only issue I have here is that you do save a % off every order when you subscribe and save, but the price you pay depends on the price of the item on the day your order processes. So, you my sign up at $10 a box, but when you’re order actually ships next month maybe the price has increased to $12 a box … you just never know exactly what you’re going to pay. I’d rather use a subscribe and save option that guarantees the same pricing each and every delivery, like Angelino’s Coffee that I mentioned prior.
Register your Keurig online.
Have you registered your Keurig online to ensure you’re under warranty? Keurig will periodically send you coupons and discount offers, and of course if your brewer fails you, you’ll have a warranty (under the time allowed) to get a repair or replacement. After all, who wants to purchase another brewer?
Try out a refillable coffee K-cup.
If you really want to save money and are willing to sacrifice a little bit of the convenience factor, you can get a refillable Keurig compatible K-cups. You’d have to buy your own ground coffee and fill up this apparatus evetime you want to brew a cup. It doesn’t take much time, but you probably won’t have as fresh of a cup as you’re getting down to the bottom of your ground coffee stash. It’s also a little messier, and I just don’t have time for that in the mornings when I’m on the run. So it’s up to you, if you have time to spare and don’t mind cleaning out the cup each time, then this is an option for you. It’s also more eco-friendly, so if that’s really important to you than maybe this method will be your best bet.
Make sure you that you get the right grind for your coffee beans. You can’t have it too coarse because the water will not brew through well and you’ll end up with a weak cup of coffee. Try a finer grind for a better, stronger brew. You can always work with your brewer’s settings to try out different size brews for optimal strength and flavor when using your own ground coffee.
Know where to look for deals…
Almost every type of store online these days sells K-cups. Target, Amazon, Staples, even best buy and Costco. Take a look at weekly ads and see who’s having coffee sales. We’ve noticed that usually when a couple retailers have coffee on sale, they all do.