Save money by making Starbucks coffee at home

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You can save a lot of money by making Starbucks coffee at home instead of buying those $4 coffees out all the time.

If you on average go by a Starbucks twice a week on the way to work, you are spending an additional $416 per year that could be used to fund your savings account or pay down debt.

I wanted to share with you some of the recipes for flavored creamers and coffees that I like to use that are a delicious, and a much cheaper alternative that you can make at home.  🙂

The first recipe I want to share is a very delicious creamer recipe that you can customize with all different kinds of flavors.

Homemade Coffee Creamer

1-14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

2 cups of milk (for a heavier, richer base use half and half or heavy cream)


Now for all the flavor variations you can try:

Vanilla-1 tbsp vanilla

Almond-1 tbsp almond extract

Chocolate-2 tbsp cocoa powder

Chocolate/Almond-2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tbsp vanilla

Pumpkin Spice-1 tbsp pumpkin spice

Peppermint-1 tbsp peppermint extract

Cinnamon-1 tbsp cinnamon

Cinnamon/Vanilla-1 tbsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp vanilla

Salted Caramel-4 tbsp caramel ice cream topping and 3/4 tsp Salt

Whisk ingredients together really good and put in a container.  I like to reuse old creamer bottles.

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The second recipe I want to share is for a very yummy homemade cappuccino.  You will need an expresso machine in order to make this.  But, you can find very good deals on a very simple espresso machine and it is a great investment.  Here is a great deal right now at Amazon for one.

Homemade Cappuccino

1-2 shots of espresso

1 tbsp flavored syrup (I use Torani flavored syrups, because there are so many different flavors to choose from and you can get sugar free ones as well)

4 ounces of foamed milk

Make your espresso following the directions on your specific espresso machine.  Sit that to the side.  Then make the foamed milk also following the directions for your specific espresso machine.  Then you add the flavored syrup and foamed milk to your espresso and you have a very delicious homemade cappuccino.

Please leave me any comments or questions!  🙂

2 thoughts on “Save money by making Starbucks coffee at home

  1. Hi Jennifer, and thanks for these great ideas. I’m certainly an advocate of using my trusty steel mug for a $1 coffee at my local coffee shop instead of buying one from Starbucks. Less waste, and less wasted money– 🙂

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