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Links of Love: The Coffee Edition

Posted By Jessica Fisher On June 11, 2009 @ 5:43 pm In Budget Living,Links of Love | 3 Comments

You know that I’m a big fan of do-it-yourself-ness. While I love to have someone else do the work for me, my budget says, “What?”

So, over the years I’ve learned to make things myself – or find less expensive ways to get the full-service experience. And since coffee is almost as necessary as water at our house, we’re finding frugal means to enjoy it as much as we can.

Here are a few ways to get a good cup of joe on the cheap:

  • Small Notebook [5] shows you how to make a delicious iced coffee at home [6].
  • Sign up with Gevalia coffees [7] to receive 3 boxes of coffee for $3. Plus, they throw in a free travel mug.
  • Earn Swagbucks [8] by using their service as your search engine. Trade your points in for free gift cards from Starbucks.
  • Got leftover coffee in the pot? Freeze it into ice cubes [9] to add to iced coffee drinks or homemade frappucinos.
  • Try this recipe [10] for Mexican spiced ice blended coffee from Baking Bites [11].
  • Create this fancy dessert that they made at a restaurant I worked at: Place one scoop of vanilla ice cream in a glass. Fill glass with chilled, strong coffee or espresso. Add a tablespoon of your favorite flavored syrup. Top with lightly whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
  • Prepare this recipe for Vanilla Caramel Syrup [12] to use in coffee drinks.
  • Browse coupons.com [13] for a huge variety of coffee coupons: Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Maxwell House, General Foods International Coffees, and Eight O’Clock.
  • Whip up my favorite Iced Mocha [14].

Anybody have a recipe or a trick for frugal coffee drinks?

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[6] how to make a delicious iced coffee at home: http://smallnotebook.org/2009/06/04/the-secret-to-great-iced-coffee/

[7] Sign up with Gevalia coffees: http://partners.mysavings.com/z/2265/CD1032

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[9] Freeze it into ice cubes: http://www.marthastewart.com/good-things/coffee-cubes?autonomy_kw=coffee&rsc=header_8

[10] this recipe: http://bakingbites.com/2007/09/mexican-spiced-ice-blended/

[11] Baking Bites: http://bakingbites.com/

[12] Vanilla Caramel Syrup: http://www.recipezaar.com/Vanilla-Caramel-Syrup-For-Coffee-or-Espresso-71652

[13] coupons.com: http://print.coupons.com/couponweb/index.aspx?pid=13903&nid=10&zid=xh20&cid=0&bid=1018040001

[14] my favorite Iced Mocha: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/iced-mocha.html

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