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How much are students really spending on coffee?
Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 09:02
The welcoming smell of a fresh-brewed coffee can help just about anyone make it through the morning. The “giddity-up in a cup” becomes a routine for many college students as exams and homework frequently lead to limited hours of sleep.
With the rush the morning brings, it is easy to skip brewing yourself a cup in exchange for purchasing one in the Union or at a local coffee shop. Fancy whipped up lattes and espresso shots all come at a cost. Even straight black coffee has its price.
As this cycle repeats itself day in and day out for the avid coffee drinker—as their need for their morning kick-start proceeds. One may ask: How much am I really spending on coffee?
I, personally, am not a coffee drinker. Through force of will and Monster energy drinks I have been able to able avoid the java jitters. So I asked some coffee lovers I knew.
Out of the group of nine people I talked to, weekly purchase of coffee ranged from anywhere to a simple one a week to one a day. The average sat at around three cups a week being purchased.
After perusing the menu at a local Starbucks, I found their average price for a small latté was around $3.75. A black coffee was a little over $2.
So if you are a person who enjoys their $4 dollar whipped latté with a shot of espresso and you go about this routine around three times a week—that adds up to $12 a week and about $50 a month.
It may not seem like a lot at the time, but that money certainly adds up. It’s easy to just swipe a card and forget those, seemingly small, expenses. Is it really worth the cost?
Getting your coffee fix doesn’t have to be a $4 a cup experience. Some alternatives to buying coffee by the cup include simply brewing your own.
The cost of a K-cup or a tub of Folgers is significantly lower than the prices of the coffee house. Stretching your coffee money could mean saving enough to buy a new pair of shoes or going out and having a nice meal.
Making thrifty choices when going about acquiring your morning coffee will help keep your latté skinny, not your wallet.
Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.