How I broke up with my expensive Starbucks habit

Tell me if this sounds familiar… a hectic morning sees me rushing out the door with my half-drank cup of coffee still sitting on the counter where I set it down an hour ago. As I drive off, I realize just how much I still need some morning caffeine and instantly redirect to make Starbucks my first stop. I leave the drive through with a $6 over priced luxury coffee. How many mornings have I been guilty of this scenario?

Too many friends! All that over priced luxury coffee adds up!

But, here’s the thing. I really like fancy coffee. Those Starbucks lattes are delicious and seem like a treat compared to my basic morning brew. When we remodeled our house a few years back, I splurged on a fancy espresso machine so Nate and I could make our own lattes and cappuccinos. (Spoiler alert… It’s a lot of work!! and quite frankly, way too much cleaning )

And then, I found Nespresso, and it changed everything!

Nespresso is basically a " “Keurig-style” machine that makes luxury coffee drinks. Pop in a coffee pod of your choosing, press one button and presto! 60 seconds later I’ve got the perfect cup of fancy coffee. (And zero mess to clean up.) Wanna see it in action?

That’s it! Real time to the most delicious luxury cup of coffee, right in the comfort of my own home.

And now, let’s compare costs… So my Starbucks Grande Soy Latte is 12 ounces and costs $4.98 with tax and a $1 tip brings me to $6. (and, let’s not forget that I had to put on pants to go get it!)

Nespresso capsules come in a variety of flavors and sizes. Coffee size capsules will make a generous 8 ounces and are $1.10 each (They come in sleeves of 10 for $11) Add maybe $0.30 for a splash of my favorite creamer and I’m still under $1.50 for a luxury cup of coffee every morning.

I order my coffee capsules right from Nespresso (they even have an app) and get free next day shipping with my order. The various flavors and intensities mean I can have the medium roast coffee I love while Nate can chose his dark roast capsule. We each get our perfect cup of coffee without compromise

And here’s the icing on the cake. Nespresso capsules are made of recyclable aluminum , so I don’t have the guilt of single use plastic pods sitting in a landfill. Win, win!


Nespresso makers are everywhere these days. I picked mine up on Amazon for about $80. Not much more or less than a Keurig or just a regular coffee pot. But if you’re a fancy coffee lover like me, It will be worth every penny!

What will you do with all of the money you save when you break up with YOUR Starbucks habit?