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6/1/09 10:25 P

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I make my own version of Caribou's caramel cooler. I just love them but the cost is to high so I make my own at home. They have less calories too. Probably costs about .50 to make. Simple and easy and just as good.

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5/23/09 8:50 P

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I pay $1.92! I can't have dairy or soy and you'd think I'd use that to just give up the whole Starbucks thing, but no ... I learned to drink espresso ... straight.

I have a double espresso with warmed vanilla rice milk in the morning at home with my breakfast and stop at Starbucks on the way to work to get a double-espresso ... and say hi to the to 2 retirees who frequent the joint along with a few other regulars who stop in about the same time I do. Its all about the people and the flavor!! And I do it 5-days a week. emoticon

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5/7/09 12:24 P

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I got my Venti Mocha from 4bucks everyday. But between my cutting back because I want to lower my cholesterol and the fact it is expensive, I go maybe once or twice a week.

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5/6/09 9:43 P

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I've mostly quit buying coffee out. For a while, when I first started "working from home," I was hanging out in coffee shops almost every day to avoid sitting around my apartment. But even just plain brewed coffee is at least $1.50 for a small most places. There were two places I used to go where it was $3, but that was for a "bottomless" cup, plus one place had free bread and jam and the other place had lots of outlets for the laptops and is right on the lake. I figured at those places I wasn't buying coffee, I was renting a table.
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My part-time office job doesn't allow a coffee maker in the office, and it's just far enough from home that if I took my own coffee it would be cold by the time I got there. My part-time tutoring job involves being physically close to people because we're usually looking at their papers & books together, so I don't want coffee breath. So, basically I make coffee at home and chug it like a frat boy with a beer between showering and dressing in the morning. But on weekends, I make myself a huge cappuccino, and that's lunch. I usually use a chicory blend for that, and frankly I like my own cappuccino better than 90% of the ones I've bought. Brewed coffee is a different story; I've been buying the cheapest possible stuff at Costco, and Folgers just doesn't measure up to coffee shops. That's one thing I'm looking forward to when I get a real job again. Most of my austerity measures will stay in place, but I'm going to start buying myself a decent cuppa Joe now and then.

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5/6/09 3:18 P

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I usually brew my own coffee at home or drink the stuff on the plane (gross, I know, but it hasn't killed me yet, and I wouldn't be able to make my mortgage if I bought airport coffee all the time! LOL)

For my home coffee, I only buy the organic, shade-grown/bird-friendly, fair trade stuff. It may cost a bit more, but I figure just about anything is cheaper than $2.00 a cup at a coffee house.

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5/6/09 12:46 P

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Really ? Miss Twist comes in decaf ? How cool is that !!!!!

Speaking of which, I usually get decaf. I've been trying to cut back on caffeine. I even avoid caffeinated teas. I only drink decaf tea and herbals.


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5/6/09 12:39 P

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Not only would it be a high source of entertainment, but probably a new energy source! heh heh...

Ironically, the only thing I like at starbucks doesn't have caffeine in it... No clue how much it is, as I buy it 2x a year.

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5/6/09 11:57 A

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I usually don't go for coffee, but when I do it has to be starbucks a frappuchino or something. They are around 4.00. Definately not something I buy every day. DD is around 2.00 a cup, and so is Mcdonalds

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5/6/09 11:02 A

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i don't use our keurig for coffee (like twist, i don't drink caffeine much, it makes me sleepy), but some of the tea is really good. and like joey says, it's a good consistent cup of coffee (for about $.38).

i got ours from bed, bath and beyond, with a 20% off coupon, using a gift card from my credit card reward points. it was free. :D

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5/6/09 10:31 A

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Twist, I think it would have a high entertainment value.

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5/6/09 8:07 A

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TWISTOLOMEW Posts: 2,021
5/6/09 1:10 A

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I don't drink coffee or much caffeine in general... but seriously folks - can you imagine me, but caffeinated??? emoticon

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5/5/09 7:21 P

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I RARELY buy coffee from a machine or JUST for coffee -- unless it's a specialty coffee like from Starbucks -- and that's not very often. Most of the coffee I buy is when I'm eating out. Otherwise, I make it myself.

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5/5/09 4:20 P

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Before I bought the Keurig I was buying at least 3 cups of coffee a day, ranging from 1.45 to 2.95 per cup. Each of these "cups" was from 12 to 20 ounces. Over the course of a month, I was spending at least $100 to drink far too much coffee.

With the Keurig, I get a cup of coffee that is as good as any I've found in any coffee shop (and I'm a coffee snob), and I pay 38 cents per cup. I drink two cups most days (each is just over 7 ounces); sometimes three. The Keurig is saving me over $70 per month. I've had it for two years, so over that time, my investment ($129 on sale) has saved me about $1500. Plus, I drink far less coffee than I did before.

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5/5/09 4:07 P

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I don't usually buy a coffee. If I buy a drink it will be a latte/mocha/frappuccino. I just bought a Frap on Friday and it was almost $4! But I don't buy them often. I make my own brew at home everyday and bring it to work in my stainless starbuck's mug!

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5/5/09 2:16 P

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Holy Wow!!! I just Googled that coffee maker. That's a lot of money for a machine that only brews ONE cup of coffee emoticon

Joey, would you like to move to Illinois and be my rich friend who likes to buy me things? emoticon emoticon

My coffee brewer at home brews into a thermos type carafe... so it keeps a lot longer.

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5/5/09 2:12 P

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I'm not sure what a 'Keurig coffee maker' is.. guess I'll have to Google that. ;)

Well... I pay 1.39 for coffee at one place, but most others are between 1.79 and 2.19. I will buy a specialty coffee at Starbucks (usually inside Barnes & Nobles) at 3.50 to 4.00, but can't imagine paying 4.00 for a regular coffee.

I make coffee at work w/a couple other people. And like to make coffee at home b/c I like the flavored coffees. I did mostly Hazelnut and French Vanilla for a long time. My current kick is the Cinnamon Swirl, and my weekend treat (b/c no one will drink it but me) is Amaretto flavored coffee.

Dee

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5/5/09 12:49 P

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On a recent trip to the cities, my better half wanted to treat me to a large cup of coffee at Starbucks. I just about CHOKED when they said $4.00! That is a first for me and I don't think I would do it again. It was not THAT great. LOL

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5/5/09 10:36 A

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i bought my b a keurig, too! we love it. he used to hit DD every morning for coffee and breakfast. getting a large coffee was 2 bucks, i think? with breakfast, it was $5 a day, easy.

now, we'll go only when we're heading out on a trip. he'll get his large, and i'll get a "special" coffee (latte or chai, or the like), which i think is $3+, but when it's only once every other month or so, i'm not going to sweat it.

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5/5/09 10:11 A

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I have a Keurig coffee maker on my desk at work, so I usually don't buy coffee. Maybe once a week or so I will either be in a coffee shop with friends, or buy a cup on a break between classes. A "small" coffee (12 ounces) is $1.40 at the coffee kiosk in the medical/nursing school building. At a coffee shop downtown last week I think it was $1.95.

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5/5/09 10:05 A

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A cup of coffee ?

Since yesterday's poll was a challenge, let's try something a bit easier.

So, I checked with friends who go to Dunkin Donuts every day. A medium regular coffee costs $1.75. The small is $1.50.

I've paid as much at three something at Starbucks for one of their mocha blast concoctions. Three dollars is my limit for a cup of coffee and it had better better worth it.

How about you folks ?

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