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Coffee At Home: My No Spend Coffee Month!

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!

*This post is written in collaboration with Cameron’s Coffee. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Stang&Co!*

The Savings

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.

Getting Creative

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!

Surprise Benefits

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!

 

 

Make It At Home: Easy Lavender Latte

Recently, I finally made the big switch. After months of thinking about it, I decided to say goodbye to my beloved single brew coffee maker. We had a good, long run. But I have found myself in need of something other than a single brew cup of coffee more times than I can count. I am a busy mom, after all, and sometimes a big ole pot of black coffee is what I need. So after doing some research, I decided on the Ninja Coffee Bar System, and I haven’t looked back. It makes full pots of coffee, single serve amounts for on to the go, and even has concentrate and froth options for at home lattes. The second I realized I could make my own lattes, I knew I had to create my a lavender latte.

I have seen so many photos from fancy coffee shops floating around with ladies talking about their lavender lattes. I don’t know about you all, but I love lavender. It is one of my favorite essential oils, and would be so perfect in both coffee or tea. So I set out to bring the coffee shop into my own kitchen. I was able to make a super easy lavender simple syrup. And after that, my Ninja Coffee Bar System did all of the work in getting my perfect drink created.

Lavender Simple Syrup

Ingredients

1/4 cup dried lavender (I found mine in the spice section at Fresh Thyme)

1/2 cups waters

1/2 cup white sugar

Directions

  1. Add water and lavender to small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  2. Use a mesh strainer (like this one) to separate the soaked lavender buds from your lavender infused water.
  3. In another saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar with 2-3 tablespoons of water (just enough to wet the sugar) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes.
  4. Whisk lavender infused water into the sugar mixture. Store in the refrigerator. I found this darling pour bottle at Target, and love it!

Lavender Latte

  1. Add 1/3 cups milk (I prefer this unsweetened almond milk) to a mug and use the frother on the Ninja Coffee Bar System for 20-30 seconds, until nice and foamy on top.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon (adjust to your liking) of the lavender simple syrup.
  3. Follow scooping instructions on the coffee bar to place enough grounds in the machine to create the 4oz. concentrate brew.
  4. Brew concentrated coffee into a separate cup. Once finished brewing, pour over the top of your latte.
  5. Garnish with dried lavender, if desired. Enjoy!

similar mugs here and here

Ninja Coffee Bar System can be found HERE

I really do love the taste of this lavender latte. It is so unique and different from your typical flavors, offering an unexpected twist on that coffee house treat. And this one comes from the kitchen at the best price, which simple cannot be beat!

*I received the Ninja Coffee Bar System in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are solely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Stang&Co!
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