Iced Coffee on a Budget


This week has sure been a stressful one financially. I never thought that living on my own would come with so many bills. And then there’s the freak stuff that comes out of nowhere that you never budgeted for!

My lifestyle now is definitely not the same as when I lived with my parents. No rent to worry about, no loans, no utility bills, no paying for your own cable and internet (since Mom and Dad took care of it!), among other things.

Don’t get me wrong, I knew this wasn’t going to be sunshine and rainbows. This week has just been one to test me. I shall come out a better person with a lesson learned though, I promise šŸ™‚

Since I am going to be on a tighter budget from now on, I decided I needed to look at some of the stuff I spend money on daily, weekly, and monthly, and see where I can cut back.

The first (and easiest) one to accomplish was my morning coffee.

I love coffee, but I love creamer more than I love coffee. In fact, most people ask me if I want some coffee with my creamer (it’s that important!) But creamer is expensive, as is stopping off at the coffee shop on the way to work each morning. It gets to be pricey when you add it all up. I am lucky in that my office provides coffee for us, but most times the pot is empty and I am much too lazy to make a fresh pot and wait for it to finish. Plus, I enjoy an iced coffee over a hot coffee any day.

After some searching around on Google and Pinterest, I found an easy iced coffee recipe that only takes 5 ingredients (and I have all of them in my kitchen!)

Iced Coffee

Iced Mocha Vanilla Coffee

  • Frozen coffee (enough for 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • sugar (to taste)

That’s it!

I make a big coffee pot the night before and separate the portions into ziploc baggies. Make sure to let the coffee cool a bit before you pour it in, otherwise it’s really hot to hold onto!

Then I freeze my coffee overnight. In the morning, I take out one of the baggies and put it in the blender along with my other ingredients. I usually do this about 10 minutes before I leave, because the frozen coffee needs to thaw just a little in order to be blended well and fast enough.

After that, just blend until smooth and pour into your favorite tumbler. Mine is leopard print, which happens to be one of my favorite things!

If you’re really feeling sweet, you could also add in a swirl of chocolate syrup and top it with some whipped cream. The drink is about 40 calories before that stuff, so just remember you’re adding about 50 more calories. (Some mornings I would say it’s worth it!)

What do you do to save money and stay on budget each month?


19 responses »

  1. great post! I was once in your shoes and it shall pass, soon enough. I hate making coffee in the morning so freezing is a great idea! I have been frequently hitting up McD’s in the morning for my iced coffee. A medium with 2 cream and 2 sugs is under $2.00

  2. What a brilliant idea, I’m totally going to be trying this! One thing I recently did that saves big every month is quit the gym membership, and enjoy workouts in the park instead! Not only is it free, but it helps me enjoy my neighborhood more:-)

    • I wish I had a park near me that I could take advantage of this! I live near a couple really busy intersections so I try to avoid them altogether. Let me know how you like the coffee šŸ™‚

  3. That actually sounds like a brilliant idea and a yummy recipe to boot. I have tried to rotate getting coffee with buying tea bags…T J Maxx has a section of stuff like that and you can get a 100 count sometimes for $5.00; I have to start doing this again…you’re right a cup of coffee a day adds up!

  4. I stay out of the mall as much as possible. That takes a whole bunch of temptation to spend out of my line of sight. But of course there’s still online shopping, but I try to stick to eBay and Amazon for really good deals. It’s a challenge but it’s doable. Plus I have a Christmas Club fund that I sock money into every month automatically so that I have something to spend closer to the holidays and don’t have to make a huge dent in my credit card towards the end of the year.

    • You’re much stronger willed than I am, Alison! I will have to try the Christmas Club idea next year. I’ve also heard from friends that shop year round for Christmas gifts and then just put them away until they need wrapping come December.

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