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First we were shamed into tipping at self-checkout machines. Now it appears that we're being shamed for our coffee habits, too.

According to a survey of 2,000 workers conducted by OnePoll on behalf of beverage company Flavia (so, you know, not a completely unbiased survey), the average worker invests roughly 50 hours per year in the pursuit of coffee. That's an entire workweek each year. In addition, the study found that employees take about 16 minutes each day to leave their desks, walk to a café, and return with coffee.

Sure, when they put it like that, the numbers look bad. But why are they trying to rob us from one of the small slivers of happiness we experience during the week? For many people, coffee is more than just a morning drink — it's a ritual. It's a way to start our day and get our engines running while we connect with friends and colleagues. And it's also a way to take a moment for ourselves, to slow down, recalibrate, and enjoy the simple things in life. 

Tips for Saving Money on Workplace Coffee

In true Cheapism fashion, we wouldn't just hit you with these alarming stats without offering alternatives to cut back and save money. After all, being able to leave the office for a few minutes to get some fresh air and enjoy a nice hot brew (or iced coffee, we aren't judging) is one of the few joys of each workday. The next time you're tempted to cough up another six or seven bucks on coffee from the café, consider these options first: 

  • Brew at Home: Invest in a quality coffee maker or French press and prepare your favorite brew at home. By making your own coffee, you can significantly reduce expenses associated with buying it from cafés or shops. 

  • Bring Your Own Mug: If you can't resist the allure of a coffee shop's ambiance, bring your own coffee from home in a travel mug. Some cafés offer discounts for environmentally-conscious customers who bring their own cups, helping you save money with every visit.

  • Sign Up for Loyalty Programs: Taking advantage of loyalty programs or mobile apps offered by coffee chains can be another great way to save a bit of money. These programs often provide rewards, discounts, or freebies, making your coffee purchases more cost-effective in the long run.

  • Buy in Bulk: Consider purchasing coffee beans or grounds in bulk. This approach tends to be more cost-efficient compared to purchasing individual servings or smaller quantities, while still allowing you to enjoy your favorite brew without breaking the bank. This option also allows you to explore different flavored syrups or additives (think cinnamon, cocoa powder, a dash of vanilla extract). 

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The Bottom Line

Implementing these money-saving tips doesn't mean sacrificing your love for coffee. No one should be shamed for getting their caffeine fix in order to be more productive at work. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can enjoy your daily dose of caffeinated bliss while keeping more money in your wallet.

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