The Secret to Saving money on your daily grind

Coffee takeaway cup

Whenever a commercial for a certain less expensive brand of coffee comes on the TV, my husband shouts at the screen

“ I hate that brand of coffee.  Who would buy it?  It’s bitter! ”

and every time I laugh on the inside. Why?  Because that is the brand I buy and he drinks. He always compliments me with …

“ You make a good cuppa “

So, what is the secret?

To take away the bitterness, I add a pinch of rock salt to the French press  [ a.k.a. coffee plunger ]  and then randomly add a few drops of flavouring we have in the cupboard like:

  • Cinnamon
  • Rosewater
  • Vanilla essence
  • Chocolate essence, or
  • Cocoa powder

I have recently taken to adding a ¼ teaspoon of extra virgin Coconut Oil to the French press.  This adds non-dairy creaminess to the coffee, satisfying me whilst reportedly delivering ‘good fats’.

We have all heard the story of the person who volunteers to do the office coffee round so that THEY get a FREE coffee for themselves by using a loyalty card.  But what if you don’t have time to leave your desk or just can’t be bothered going outside ?

Why not bring your French press into the office and keep your ground coffee in the office freezer – how many people look in there ?

You can make a 4-6 cup pot of coffee which will stay hot for a few hours.  If it gets cold, you can walk down to the kitchen and reheat a cupful in the office microwave or use a USB connection coffee warmer at your desk  (see photo below)

Photo source:  ebay

Photo source: ebay

You can purchase individual UHT 12mL milk portions so you don’t have to worry about the office milk which often goes cheesy.  If you take milk and sugar, why not buy coffee whitener and keep it in your office drawer

Saving you:   Around $5.00 daily just by drinking it.  Plus, think of the waste you have NOT contributed to, buying single serve coffees



Don’t throw away those coffee grounds!  Give your coffee grounds a second life and save even more money:


Exfoliate with used coffee grounds

Once you have finished with your coffee grounds and they are cool, transfer them to an unbreakable container and store them in your shower. Scoop around a tablespoonful into the palm of your hand, add enough coconut oil or olive oil to make a thick paste, then gently massage the mixture onto your thighs, legs, arms and back. Buff away those dead skin cells and encourage blood circulation thanks to the granular nature of the grounds and the stimulating properties of the remaining caffeine.


Garden mulch with used coffee grounds

To keep the garden snails from eating your seedlings or delicious vegetables, sprinkle used coffee grounds around each plant. The coffee grounds are not smooth enough for the snails to easily slide over. This will also help suppress some weeds. Don’t go overboard though, sprinkling them everywhere, as they can cause the soil to become hydrophobic.

If you want to save even more money read Don’t be a Tosser – How to Get More than you Paid for

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4 comments on “The Secret to Saving money on your daily grind
  1. Debbie M. says:

    Another garden tip that I have heard, but not yet tried. For those people with hydrangeas, adding coffee grounds to the soil around the plant will change the acidity and hence the color of the blooms from pink to blue! Since I am not a coffee drinker, I will have to find a neighbor that starts their day with coffee! 🙂


  2. […] Bearing all that in mind, it still seems like a lot of effort to go to, but hey …  different strokes, as they say.  I will stick to plunging my coffee in a French Press as I am sure I am saving time and money.   I can also repurpose my coffee grounds.  Refer previous post The Secret to Saving money on your daily grind […]


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