Everybody loves their coffee, but they also love their wallets. If you love your Keurig as much as we do, you go through a lot of K-cups every year. It adds up quick, using one K-cup a day can cost you $245 a year. Add another coffee drinker to your household and it easily becomes almost $500 a year! Now imagine the cost if you drink more than one cup a day. Those pesky K-cups add up!
If you purchase branded K-cups from Keurig, at today’s prices here is your cost per cup of coffee:
Starbucks K-Cups: 69¢
Green Mountain K-Cups: 56¢
Donut Shop: 56¢
In fact, you will find that all branded Keurig cups are equally expensive. So it doesn’t even matter which brand you pick. You’re still going to pay the same price. I suppose it is better than picking coffee up at a local Starbucks for $2.00, but we know you can do better.
We have looked everywhere for cheap K-cups in order to find you the best deals. We found that different strategies exist that you can utilize to save money on K-cups. The results of our research produced the following ways to save money on K-Cups.
- Use a Reusable K-cup filter
There is a growing army of Americans who are ditching their disposable K-cup and moving to the new reusable K-cup option. But Keurig isn’t willing to let you go that easy, they have introduced sensors to tell if you are using a genuine K-Cup. Reusable K-cups come in a variety of different colors in order to defeat the sensors and allow you the freedom to brew your own coffee. If you want to use your own personal blend of coffee beans, don’t want plastic in our environment, and want to save the most money, this is your best option. After the initial reusable K-cup purchase, the only cost of brewing your coffee is the filter (Highly recommended to keep coffee sand out of your cup) and your beans. It literally comes out to 10¢ per cup. Saving you over 80% from your branded K-cups.
- Buy off-brand
Since Keurig’s patent expired, a flood of off-brand coffee companies have come onto the market such as San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee. Their coffee is considered excellent and by far the best off-brand coffee on the market. Their cups come in at 43¢ a cup and have the added benefit of being the only fully compostable coffee cup on the market. Another good choice is to give Intelligent Blends Coffee pods a shot. They come in at 34¢ a cup and are also an excellent roast. There are other off-brands, but these two options are by far the best quality for the price.
- Buy in bulk
While it seems obvious, buying in bulk is still the best way to cut your K-cup costs. For example, bulk Starbucks branded K-cups will cost you 62.5¢. Bulk Green Mountain K-cups will cost you 49¢. This gives you on average a cost savings of 10%. If you can stack buying in bulk with coupons, your cost can come out even lower. Even better, you can buy in bulk and buy off-brand to maximize how much you can save!
Saving money is crucially important to most people and especially for us at TheLazyHome. If you are truly serious about saving money, use the reusable K-cups with a filter. Otherwise, if you are too lazy to do that, the cheapest option is buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature K-Cups at 33¢, but I hope you like the taste. The off-brand K-Cups are a great option if you don’t have enough time in the prep your own reusable K-Cups and would rather use single use K-Cups. If you are really motivated to save money and are willing to try other brewing methods, check out THIS. Ultimately, you save the most money by changing the way you consume coffee and kicking the Keurig to the curb.
Are there cheaper machines that brew K-Cups that aren’t Keurig brewers?
If you want to save money on a Keurig machine, you can instead opt for this Mr. Coffee K-Cup Coffee Maker System or the Cuisinart SS-10 Premium Single-Serve Coffeemaker. These two coffee makers allow you to use any K-Cups without restrictions and present themselves as budget options to counterpart Keurig Coffee Brewers.
How are Keurig K-Cups environmentally unfriendly?
A recent study (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/10/microplastics-found-90-percent-table-salt-sea-salt/) found that 36 out of 39 commonly purchased store salts contained microplastics. While Keurig is not solely responsible for all these plastics, they are definitely a contributor to the problem. Coffee brewing used to be simple. Compostable paper and coffee could make you a superb cup of coffee and degrade naturally in a landfill. Keurig’s introduction of plastic K-Cups produces an average of 75 million plastic cups a day going into our landfills. If you care about your children and their future, please consider alternative methods of brewing coffee. Like ones found here. These methods produce a more pH balanced brew and bring out flavor of your beans.
I don’t have time to worry about making coffee, I need to get it and go!
More and more American’s are finding that their budgets are getting tighter and are working harder to make ends meet. With a little bit of planning, you can prepare your coffee for the whole week, save some money, and use that cash to save towards something you care about. Yes, Keurig’s are more convenient but you are paying them for that convenience. And if your goal is to have more time, doesn’t having more money help towards that goal?