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McDonald’s is still the best value coffee shop, but there are other ways to cut costs

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Ultimately, the most cost effective way to save on hot drinks is to make your own and up to 80% of over 65s in the UK do.

Getting rid of the gourmet coffee habit makes a huge difference in our daily expenses and could save you hundreds of pounds a year, but it’s a practical luxury, so it’s no wonder it’s popular to find ways to have fun.

The coffee industry creates over 210,000 jobs in the UK, 80% of people who visit cafes do so at least once a week, while 16% of us come daily and collectively we drink 95 million cups of coffee per day.

If it’s something you can’t live without or if you just aren’t ready to give it up after missing it in 2020, these are things you should be looking for.



Reusable cups are often rewarded with discounts

Discount on reusable cups

It was a touchy subject during the pandemic with many cafes stopping the use of reusable cups due to the risk of the virus spreading, but since then a group of more than 100 scientists from around the world have quickly come for us. reassure that they can be used safely, albeit with a contactless policy.

For those of you who are excited to use your Keep-Cup again, you could save some money.

Starbuck has announced that customers will be able to bring their own mugs and claim a 25 pence discount on their drink in the process.

Costa joined the bandwagon at a 25p discount, but Pret A Manger tops the list with a 50p discount.

As a general rule of thumb, only reusable cups that are clean, of an appropriate size for the beverage purchased and with a secure lid will be accepted and you should always take advantage of the hand sanitizer when entering the cafe.

Dairy free

Products made from oatmeal, soybean, almond or coconut milk are now readily available in most, if not all coffee shops in Scotland, but some will charge you between 20 and 50p for an option without dairy products.

Pret-A-Manger, Costa Coffee, and Starbucks have all jumped on the bandwagon, but Peta says it’s always worth making sure the menus don’t change.

Veganuary, a charity encouraging people to adopt a vegan diet in January, is calling on brands to make all milk free for customers.

Choosing your favorite dairy-free option shouldn’t mean paying more, so find the place that’s willing to make it free.

Black coffee

Choosing the cheapest thing on the menu is an old trick when it comes to saving money, but it’s a good thing.

To get the most out of a cheaper coffee, opt for a black filter coffee or an Americano – better yet, do like the Italians and start drinking an Espresso.

It may require some adjustment of the taste buds, but if you can the savings will add up and you will probably never pay more than £ 2 for a coffee again.

At Starbucks, the difference between an average Latte and an average Americano is 40p.

It’s the same price at Caffe Nero, but the cheapest option here is to grab a coffee to go – there’s a difference of around 10p between the take-out and on-site menus.



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Take away coffee

Asking the barista for a bag of your favorite ground coffee could cost you up to £ 8, but you can get more than three cups of coffee, making it better value.

Even if you do this one week per month, you can save a lot of money.

Another plus is the lack of tempting treats that can double your order and eat into potential savings.

We are told that we will buy more food if we shop on an empty stomach, the same goes for cafes.

Coffee machines

Those who buy coffee more than 20 times per month, at £ 2.45 per coffee, spend over £ 580 per year.

If you cut that consumption in half and invest in a small coffee maker like a French press, which can be as cheap as £ 5, you could save £ 285 per year.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the average household in Scotland spends 90p per week on coffee at home, so add that up and it makes £ 46.80 per year.

Buying a small home coffee maker could save you £ 238.20 a year and you can still have 10 coffees a month brewed by a barrista.

Loyalty cards

Cafe loyalty cards are great, as long as you don’t lose them, so download the digital versions if possible.

Most of them follow a point or stamp collection pattern that will eventually reward you with free coffee.

McDonald’s reign supreme with the best value coffee at 99 pence for a black or white coffee and when you spend £ 4.95 that’s five coffees you get the sixth free.

If you buy an Americano every time you have to spend £ 19.35 at Café Nero to get a free one and you get stamps for each coffee.

At Costa Coffee you have to spend around £ 48.40 before you get a free one, but you can also earn points with any machine or food purchase, so if you’re a fan of their cheese toast and with tomatoes, you could possibly get a free coffee with it. .

With the Greggs reward app you get a stamp when you buy a coffee and after buying seven hot drinks, for £ 10.50 you get the eighth for free.

Starbucks is pricey for those on a tight budget and while they can make the best Iced Mocha Frappuccinos, you have to spend £ 50 before you get a free one.

If you are an engaged member of the Starbucks community, it may be worth considering their Star Rewards programs which offer loyalty benefits, but this falls under the category of ‘the more you spend, the more benefits you get. “.

Finally, Pret A Manger recently launched their loyalty card where customers pay £ 20 per month for up to five coffees per day and on top of that you get the first month free and you can cancel before the subscription starts.

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