Make Your Own – Coffee

Hey there fellow Bitches! This is the first in what I hope will be a continuing series I’m calling “Make Your Own.

I’m a big fan of convenience. I work two jobs, I volunteer, and I try to still make time for working out, hanging with my husband, and visiting with friends and family. As a result of the busy lifestyle that seems to plague most people these days, I turn to convenience items a lot.

I’m also a bitch without my coffee. Not even a basic bitch, just a horrible, nasty, please don’t talk to me before 500 milligrams type of bitch.

Drive-thrus and that most holy of objects known as the Starbucks app make stopping for a coffee on the way to work in the morning the easiest thing in the entire world. But what if there was something even easier?

Yes, I’m serious.

Yes, I’ll wait while you roll your eyes at me because every fucking person in the world tells people that if they want to save money they’ll stay away from the Starbucks drive thru.

I mean, I don’t call myself Basic for no reason.

But what I’m saying? It’s totally true. There is something easier than stopping for Starbucks and that is making your own coffee. Specifically. Making your own iced coffee.

And while you could pick up an OXO cold brewer or a cheesecloth and really make this more difficult than it is (fuck Pinterest and their “money saving” crafts, fuck you Pioneer Woman). You could just do it the way I’m about to propose.

Brew a full pot of hot coffee (12 cups) in the coffee maker you, no doubt, already own. Add in 3 extra scoops to what would normally be a full pot. So if you have one of those little “one scoop for one cup” scoops, just add in 15 instead of 12. Then… brew the coffee.

So hard.

But, do me a favor and watch the pot. The SECOND it’s done dripping, immediately take it off of the warming tray and dump it into a giant bowl or big ass pitcher.

See, the reason that iced coffee tastes better at Starbucks than it does at home is because it’s brewed concentrate. But you could get the same effect just by brewing an extra strong pot of coffee and then not scorching it by letting it sit on the burner.

Put that big ass pitcher in your fridge and chill it overnight. A full pot of extra strong coffee usually lasts me about 4 days in the fridge. Each morning I fill a tumbler full of ice, add in my cashew milk (basic for lyfe!), and top it off with the “cold brewed” coffee.


But wait! Let’s break it down by the numbers. This is a money blog, after all.

My typical order at Starbucks is a Venti Iced Coffee with Coconut (or Soy) Milk and one pump of vanilla. This comes out to about $4.50 a drink.

When I break down my Home Brew Iced Coffee, it comes out to between $1.31 and $0.71 a drink (depending on what type of coffee I buy). We’ll say it’s about a dollar a cup for averages sake.


That’s a big difference!

That number for my own Home Brew includes buying my own non-dairy milk and one Splenda packet per tumbler.

A shelf stable package of unsweetened soy milk runs me about $2 for a 32 oz box. That lasts me a week in the fridge for coffee and other things. A box of 100ct packets of Splenda is about $4.15 a box.

A couple notes on this breakdown. I use a big double-walled tumbler for my iced coffee. I would guess that this holds about 18 oz of drink – coffee, plus ice, plus soy milk. So the math is not perfect. But I can brew a 12 cup pot of coffee on Sunday and drink from it each weekday.

What this boils down to a significant monthly savings. $98 a month times 12 months is $1,176 a year!!!

Even if you only brewed your own coffee half the time, $49 a month is nothing to sneeze at. That’s a pedicure or a night of takeaway at your favorite Thai place. Yearly, that’d be a savings of $588!!

Small swaps like these are things that we can sub in without too much trouble and the rewards are tangible. Even if you splurged on some fancy coffee syrup to keep in your cabinet, you’d still save money by making your own Home Brew Iced coffee.

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4 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Fuck Pinterest and Pioneer Woman! Seriously though, the only time in the last 3 years I have bought from Starbucks was the Saturday of GenCon the year. I buy whole bean Starbucks (usually from Sam’s Club. Grind it myself. So much less expensive (even over the pre-ground bags). I used to be a Gold card member because I could earn a “free drink”. What a joke!

    • Basic Bitch says:

      Hi Michael! I just saw this comment, but yeah! Fuck them! I have a post coming about how Pinterest DIYs never seem to let me save money – but instead, spend it! LMAO

  2. Andrea says:

    That’s a perfect start to your Make Your Own feature! To each their own, but I can’t understand buying Starbucks, daily! I like the taste of mine better anyway, but seeing the savings makes it even better.

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