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If you’re like me, a day that starts without coffee is like a car that starts without a battery.
It’s just not going to happen.
Americans spend (gasp!) over $1,000 per year on their habit or an average of around $3/day. You’ve gotta coffee smarter!
And we’ve got you covered:
1. Calculate savings by price per serving, not price per ounce.
Coffee is typically sold by weight, but with so many different, popular preparation methods, the price per ounce isn’t the ultimate indicator for your budget.
What really matters is your price per serving.
If you use K-Cups, divide the price of the pack by the total number of K-Cups. So if I pay full price, about $11 on average, for an 18-pack of K-Cups, my price per serving is about $0.61.
If you use ground or whole bean coffee, multiply the price per oz by the amount of coffee you use to brew a serving. I use about a third of an ounce per serving. At full price, usually around $8 for a 12 oz. bag of coffee or $0.67/oz, I’m paying $0.21 per serving.
For buying ground and whole bean coffees, we’ll look at price per ounce so we can all get on the same page. But the amount of servings per ounce can vary a lot by brand and brewing method, so figure out your price per serving every time you try some new beans or switch up your brew!
2. Corner all the deals with the Krazy Coupon Lady app.
Whether you’re looking for single serving pods, ground coffee, whole bean offerings, instant packets, or even coffee-making appliances, you’ll find the best deals, coupons, and rebates in the KCL app.
3. Print coffee coupons online.
Here at KCL, we post new coupons daily, and they’re ready to print, or you can use them directly from your phone.
These pages are great shortcuts to the best current coffee deals:
Check out this recent deal from Kohl’s:
Buy 1 Black + Decker 2-Slice Toaster (
reg $39.99) $24.99
Or Black + Decker 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker (
reg $39.99) $24.99
Buy 1 through 7/30, submit for $5.00 mail-in rebate through 8/30
Use code HUGESAVER to get 15% off your sitewide purchase through 7/23
Free shipping on orders of $75.00 or more or free store pickup
Pay $21.24, submit for $5.00 mail-in rebate
Final Price: $16.24
5. Keep a lookout for high-value coupons worth $1.50-$5.
Coupons under $1 are pretty standard. So when you see a coupon for $1.50+ off one, or a buy more and save deal (often worth $3-$5), print it right away, then run to the store!
(Okay, I know you might be busy. You don’t have to run there right now. Just know that high-value coupons tend to expire or disappear sooner, so at the very least, print them!)
6. Get the best deals on Starbucks coffee at Target.
When Target runs promotions for discounts on multiple packages of coffee, it’s your time to strike! Shop the buy more and save sale, then stack rebates from apps like Checkout 51 and Ibotta for an unbeatable deal.
Check out this recent scenario we posted:
Buy 1 Starbucks Veranda Blend Ground Coffee, 12 oz (reg $7.99) $5.99 each, when you buy 3
Buy 1 Starbucks French Roast Ground Coffee, 12 oz (reg $7.99) $5.99 each, when you buy 3
Submit one $2/1 – Starbucks House Blend Packaged Coffee, 12 or 20 oz., OR K-Cup Pods, 10 or 16 ct, via rebate app (checkout51.com)
And submit one $2/1 – Starbucks Veranda Blend Packaged Coffee, 12 or 20 oz., OR K-Cup Pods, 10, 16 or 32 ct, via rebate app (checkout51.com)
And submit one $2/1 – Starbucks French Roast Packaged Coffee, 12 or 20 oz., OR K-Cup Pods, 10, 16, 20 or 32 ct, via rebate app (checkout51.com)
Pay $17.97, Submit for $6 in Checkout 51 Credits
Final Price: $3.99 each, when you buy 3
That’s half off Starbucks coffee at $0.33/oz!
7. Score the lowest prices on Maxwell House coffee at CVS.
Normally Maxwell House coffee at CVS is well overpriced, but they have the best sale prices around! Every month or two, the big 30.6 oz. containers of ground coffee go on sale for $5.99, or the 12-packs of K-Cups go on sale for $5.49. That’s $0.20/oz or $0.46/K-Cup!
We post these deals regardless of coupons and rebates available, because these are stock-up prices even without them!
Of course, we often find clever ways to stack coupons, rebates, or Extrabucks on these sales like in this recent scenario:
Buy 2 30.6 oz. containers for $5.99.
Plus, spend $10 and receive $3 Extrabucks.
Pay $11.98, Receive $3 Extrabucks
Final Price: $4.49 each, when you buy 2
This deal brings the cost down to $0.15/oz!
8. Find the best prices on Gevalia at drugstores like Rite Aid.
Again, regular prices for coffee at these stores are pretty high, but their sale prices beat all.
Typically, Rite Aid and CVS post the lowest sale prices on K-Cups, while Walgreens has the best deals on ground coffee. Gevalia coupons aren’t too hard to find either, so stock up when you see a great deal like this one we posted earlier in the year:
All single-cup packs of coffee are on sale for $6.88 at Rite Aid. Pair a manufacturer coupon with the sale, and pay as little as $0.49 per cup!
These products are also included in the Starting Points promotion: Spend $50 on qualifying products and receive 2,000 Plenti Points. The promotion has a limit of two per week.
Final Price: $5.88, or $0.49 per cup
Several Amazon sellers package two Folgers 48 oz. containers together for around $22 with free shipping. $0.23 per ounce is a steal! When CVS holds a BOGO or discount deal for Folgers, their price can’t be beat at $0.41 per serving. Check out this easy, recent deal:
This week, Folgers K-Cups are part of a buy one, get one free promotion. Pay $4.89 per box, or $0.41 per K-Cup after the BOGO promotion! Even without coupons, this is a great deal!
Final Price: $4.89 each, when you buy 2
10. Walmart’s generic Great Value Classic Roast is the cheapest coffee on any given day.
If cost is your number one priority when buying coffee, or you just don’t have any coupons right now, look no further than Walmart.
At $8.48 for 48 oz., that’s about $0.18/oz. (For me, that’s just $0.06 per serving! Literally a hundred times cheaper than that $6 frappucino. . . )
11. If you don’t have any coupons but still want to buy your brand, Walmart and Amazon are cheapest.
13. Stock up on coffee when it’s $0.07-$0.21/oz.
This varies a bit depending on brand, but I stock up on anything under $0.21/oz. For more expensive brands like Starbucks, stock up when prices are under $0.65/oz.
14. Stock up on K-Cups when they’re cheaper than $0.50 per serving.
$0.60-$0.70 per serving is pretty standard for K-Cups, but there are so many coffee deals to be had, there’s no excuse for paying full price!
And if you really love that Keurig, do a mega-stock-up trip for K-Cups under $0.43/cup. (They usually stay fresh anywhere from 3-8 months.)
15. Prepare coffee at home and save up to $1.25 per serving.
Obviously, it is way cheaper to prepare coffee at home than buy it prepared almost anywhere. Even using gourmet coffee beans or full-price pods, my price per serving has never been over $0.75.
And, of course, prepared coffee usually costs at least $2.
16. Ground vs. whole bean coffee? It’s a toss-up.
While I know there’s plenty of debate about ground vs. whole bean coffee, there’s ultimately no price difference between same brand, same roast ground and whole bean coffees at any national retailer!
Freshness may play into your decision here, but that’s up to you.
17. Use K-Cups sparingly.
This is the easiest math coffee savings! My stock-up price per serving on ground or whole bean coffee is about $0.07, but it’s $0.50 for K-Cups. They are just plain way more expensive than ground or whole bean coffee.
I won’t ask you to give them up entirely since Keurigs and other automated coffee brewers with pods are hands-down the easiest way to make coffee. Just save them for your busier mornings!
18. Your annual price for two cups of coffee per day could be as low as $51.10.
If you really committed to trim your budget and cut out prepared coffee and single serving pods entirely, only buying coffee when your cost is $0.07 per serving or less, you’d spend just $51.10 per year on coffee.
I know you’ll use some K-Cups here and there and make a few indulgent Starbucks runs, so make it a goal to spend less than $100 per year on coffee. That’s still 10 times less than the American average!