Almost 2 weeks ago, reality came at me and long story short, spending had to be cut if I were to get financially to where I thought I was – but wasn’t – and became even more determined to get my money life together. (If you want the long story, read this blog post.) 2 days later, on Christmas Day, the husband and I went through Every Dollar (awesome budgeting app) we had spent in the last 2 months so see where all our money had been going. It turns out, I am wearing it, or I ate it.
The categorizing of our transactions revealed that food dominated the expenditures. As evidence, my food shots are conveniently chronicled in my Instagram account for all to see. Other than food, it was my love of Peet’s Coffee that was taking the funds for a run. Careful attention and adding up my trips based on my bank account ledger showed that my family and I were spending approximately $150 a month at Peet’s. That’s an average of $5 per day! I don’t regret it. I have enjoyed every drink, every pastry, every employee, and every trip we made there. I love that their beans and mixed coffee drinks do not send me into a migraine. I love the moments sitting there – with kids – or just the hubby in the morning talking about everything over a Salted Caramel Mocha and an almond croissant. I love supporting local business that do everything right like Peet’s does for its customers, the community, and the world through its many initiatives. But here I was… another year later in my life and almost 2 years of drinking Peet’s coffee and I am not nearly as financially fit to where I wanted to be because honestly, I got financially lazy and I was drinking more Peet’s than saving money. It was time that I be responsible like a grown up. I soon realized that I was not willing to just let go of my lattes. Not drinking Peet’s was much easier said than done and so I started making my Peet’s coffee drinks at home. I knew immediately that I wanted the process to be easier and so a few days after, I invested in an espresso machine. Yes, I said “invested” because this was money I am putting in that will financially benefit me later. On my very first morning with this, I took to vlogging this little investment of mine. This video not only shows how great this thing looks on a kitchen counter but also how easy it is to make your own coffee drinks at home.
- Espresso machine that suits your needs (mine is Cafe Barista by Mr. Coffee).
- Your preferred “milk,” for those lattes and cappuccinos.
- Peet’s beans fine ground for the espresso machine.
- Monin Premium Syrups if you love Peet’s flavored/specialty/seasonal drinks. Don’t know which? Start with vanilla.
- Sugar, honey, nutmeg, caramel, and anything else that fit your fancy at a Peet’s coffee shop. Having the things you love at the coffee shop in your home may seem to cost a lot, but long term, this is much better for your wallet in such a short amount of time. Learn how to work these handful of ingredients and use my video as a guide and soon, you will be reaping tons of savings – all without sacrificing your love of Peet’s coffee.
I am sharing how to make your Peet’s Coffee at home not because I want you to stop going there but because I want you to feel empowered and not doubt your abilities to make it at home if you wanted or needed to. It is so very easy. This on camera was my first latte run-through with this thing (not counting the setup and running of water). I initially doubted my abilities to make my own at home because I thought that it can’t possibly be this easy because if it were, why aren’t more people doing this?
I’ve been using this machine for 5 days now to make my espresso drinks, as well as the hubby’s Cafe Americanos. Since I started doing this, neither the hubby nor I have stepped into a Peet’s. Yes, it’s only been 5 days but based on our daily average, not going there has already saved us $25. In a little over than a month, this investment will have paid for itself. And the next time we do visit a Peet’s, it will be only to buy a pound of espresso beans and to receive that free cup of coffee for buying a pound of beans. I may… or may not sneak an almond croissant in one of these visits 😉 but as far as drinks go, I am all good! Do you enjoy your coffee or espresso at home? Feel free to share your home made drink. I’d love to try your tried and true espresso recipes =)
Disclosure: Cafe Barista by Mr. Coffee is the only affiliate link. This blog post is not paid nor sponsored in any way. This post is simply me sharing with you how you too can save money while drinking well. Cheers to you in the new year and may it be more abundant than all the years come and gone before.