Well, I survived. Not without coffee, unless my children magically become sleep angels who do their own laundry, cutting coffee isn’t in the cards any time soon ;-). But at the beginning of the month, I told you over on my Instagram that I was partnering with Cameron’s and committing to a ‘no spend’ coffee month! What this meant was I would only be drinking coffee that I brewed at home (or from the break room at work if times got desperate). All month I have been sharing tips to how I survived just brewing at home. I wanted to give you all a summary of how I did, so keep reading for all of the details!
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First and foremost, I promised to give you all my savings. I was honestly scared to share this, because if my husband reads this and saw how much I was spending he may take away my credit cards 😉 Once I sat down to do the math, I was actually pleasantly surprised. For the month of May, I spent a total of $31 at coffee shops. I feared this number would be much worse, but ever since I became a Cameron’s Coffee fan, they’ve made it really easy and affordable to satisfy my coffee cravings with coffee brewed at home. However, that amount each month still adds up! $31 every month throughout the whole year equals out to $372 annually. It always helps so much to do math to look at the greater picture. $31 a month is a new top or dinner out, but $372 a year!? That is a new piece of furniture, or a good chunk of money to put towards a vacation! Since I love Cameron’s Coffee and their new summer blends so much, it made it easy to commit to getting creative and making my coffee drinks at home.
Brewing all of my coffee at home definitely forced me to get creative! Most of the time I drink black coffee, but what about those days where I just want a little something extra? I used my Ninja Coffee Bar to brew espresso from my favorite Cameron’s Coffee blend, and added almond milk and caramel to make my own caramel macchiato! I also found that having a fun mug to drink out of makes all of the difference! Does anyone else just love the feeling of a coffee shop cup in their hand? I don’t know what it is that makes me love them so much, but a fun cup is everything! When I have something pretty at home I look forward to pouring my coffee into. Check out all of the fun inspiring quote mugs that Cameron’s Coffee sells!
One other benefit of brewing from home more often is a no brainer: I majorly saved on calories! I don’t splurge on the super sugary drinks TOO often, but brewing from home cut them out entirely. I know that making my own lattes is WAY healthier than the concoctions I usually treat myself to! One new item that I added this month at the suggestion of multiple other coffee addicts was this oat milk creamer. You guys, it is SO good and creamy! My favorite combination was adding it to Cameron’s 100% Colombian blend. A new creamer can make all the difference in your morning coffee being exciting, but a healthy creamer in moderation is still WAY better than a sugary drink purchased at a coffee shop!
Did I Cheat?
I wanted to be sure to tell you if I truly did NO spending out on coffee this month. The answer is NO. Thanks to a gift card I was able to get a drink for free and didn’t pay out of pocket. And, a local gas station has $1 any size coffees on Mondays! It is such a nice pick me up when I am starting off the week to treat myself and a super low price. And after a crazy day at work with no lunch break, I caved and got a coffee from the bistro. So, compared to $31 last month, I spent a grand total of $6 this month! I really enjoyed the fact that I found ways to still treat myself, but without spending money, and limiting myself to the days where it was a deal!
Realistically, should I expect myself to never buy coffee out EVER. No way! But in my opinion it is a treat, not a necessity! Like I said, Cameron’s is so affordable and makes drinking my coffee at home something I even look forward to! Moving forward, I want to stick to getting coffee on Friday as an end of the week treat. Or, on special outings like girls day or when we are out of town. I was able to use this month to totally reset my habits. It feels great to longer feel the impulsive need to stop at a coffee shop every single morning! Tell me; have you ever done a no spend coffee month? I would love to hear tips and tricks for sticking to it!