coffee http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2793/all en-US 9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_drinking_coffee_000052198132.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to save money on coffee" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love a good cup of coffee. In fact, I drink a cup on a daily basis &mdash; and I'm not alone. More than half of the U.S. population <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/caffeine-nation/">drinks coffee every day</a>. We fuel our cars with gas from the pump, and we fuel ourselves with caffeine.</p> <p>If you're a regular coffee drinker, here's how to indulge in your daily cup of coffee while saving money.</p> <h2>1. Make Brewing Coffee an Experience</h2> <p>My mid-morning brew is my favorite time of the day. I look forward to the smell of grinding coffee beans, and sound of a fresh cup brewing in the coffee pot. Then I get excited about mixing up my perfect cup of joe just the way I like it.</p> <p>This ritual is my mid-morning pick-me-up and something I miss when I'm not at home, or don't get the chance to brew my own cup. Turn brewing your own coffee into a sensory experience by investing in a quality coffee maker, and experimenting with your own coffee style.</p> <p>From a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/french-press-coffee">basic French press</a> to a more expensive <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=keurig&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1437492464&amp;rh=n%3A2474054011%2Ck%3Akeurig&amp;rnid=2941120011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=KYFKBBDVLK3Z4BIQ">Keurig</a>, it's completely up to you how much you spend on a coffee maker. The point is to take your time and brew your own cup. It will save you loads of money, and make getting caffeinated one of your favorite times of the day.</p> <h2>2. Find Deals Online</h2> <p>Doing a quick online search for coffee deals will yield some great results from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ensure-you-use-your-groupons-and-other-daily-deals">sites like Groupon</a> or Google offers. You can often find discounted gift cards, coupon codes, and other two-for-one deals for local coffee shops or major chains.</p> <p>Another way to find exclusive savings is to follow your favorite coffee chain on Twitter or Facebook. They usually offer giveaways, coupons, and gift cards for free coffee &mdash; especially around the holiday season. Plus, you'll be able to stay updated on their latest offerings and flavors.</p> <h2>3. Opt for Alternative Creations</h2> <p>If you're a Starbucks drinker, you know how quickly a Grande speciality drink can add up to a pretty penny. Instead, opt for a Misto, which is coffee with steamed milk. Otherwise known as <em>cafe au lait, </em>a Misto won't taste as strong as a regular latte, since it's not made with espresso, but it's still pretty similar, and will allow you to indulge in a daily cup without breaking the bank.</p> <p>If a Misto isn't your thing, try an Americano for more flavor. It's the opposite of a Misto in that it's made with espresso and hot water, which makes it much stronger in taste. It's more expensive than a regular cup of coffee, but still cheaper than a speciality latte.</p> <h2>4. Order Smaller Sizes</h2> <p>If you're not keen on giving up your favorite speciality drink, consider ordering a smaller size. This will give you the chance to indulge in the same quality caffeine while still being able to save a few bucks. If you order coffee from a local shop on a daily basis, this small savings can really add up in just one month's time. And you won't be missing out on your favorite cup of coffee.</p> <p>During the summer season especially, places like Starbucks offer limited-time smaller alternatives for their best-sellers. Be sure to take advantage of this! If the price difference isn't significant enough, consider splitting a cup with a friend.</p> <h2>5. Become a Loyalty or Rewards Member</h2> <p>This may be a basic tip, but it's an important one that deserves repeating. Places like Dunkin Donuts, Panera, and Caribou Coffee offer rewards programs for loyal coffee drinkers. I'm a Starbucks Gold member, so every 12 cups of coffee I drink means I receive one free cup. I also get a free cup on my birthday once a year. For a frequent coffee drinker, this adds up to a handful of free drinks (and loads of savings).</p> <p>These rewards programs also yield member-only savings, discounts, and chances to win free coffee throughout the year. And the best part is; they're free! So there's seriously no risk to joining and earning rewards with every purchase.</p> <h2>6. Bring Your Own Mug</h2> <p>Many local coffee shops, and even chains like Starbucks, reward drinkers with a small discount when they bring in their own mug. Usually the savings are only $0.10&ndash;$0.20 but over a period of a month, this adds up to a few dollars, which essentially means a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free">free cup of coffee</a>.</p> <p>Plus, you're helping the environment by avoiding additional waste. Nothing beats being green &mdash; and saving green &mdash; while enjoying a cup of coffee.</p> <h2>7. Up the Flavor for Free</h2> <p>As a culture we're obsessed with coffee flavors, additives, and spices. There are literally hundreds of different types of coffee beans, syrups, creamers, and sugars to improve your drink's flavor. (Most of which are free at the barista counter at your local coffee shop.)</p> <p>Infuse your cup of coffee with cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, vanilla, and experiment with other tastings and flavors. You may find a new way to take your coffee that you like even more than your current craving. And as a bonus, it could be a more cost-effective alternative.</p> <h2>8. Try Natural Energy Fixers</h2> <p>If you're just looking for a midday energy boost, consider other energy alternatives to just drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee. Green superfoods, like spinach and kale, provide a healthy energy fix and will give your body some much-needed nutrients.</p> <p>Try tossing some greens into a smoothie, or munching on dark chocolate, fresh fruit, or ginseng tea. These alternatives will give your body that natural &quot;high&quot; you get from caffeine, that lasts much longer, without the crash in energy later.</p> <h2>9. Join a Coffee Club</h2> <p>Monthly subscription boxes are all the rage right now, and that includes <a href="http://betterbeans.com/">coffee clubs</a>. For around $20 a month you get access to fresh coffee grounds and flavorings from around the world. This allows you to save a lot of money on your daily cup of coffee without sacrificing taste or quality. Plus, you'll be able to test out lots of different styles of coffee, from light to dark.</p> <p><em>How do you save on your daily cup of coffee?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-smith">Carrie Smith</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-gettin-baptized-in-the-watahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh-epiphany">The Gettin&#039;-Baptized-in-the-Watah Epiphany</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-caffeine-is-in-that">How Much Caffeine is in That?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-short-at-starbucks-worth-it">Going Short at Starbucks: Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-tell-anyone-11-secret-starbucks-saving-tips">Don&#039;t Tell Anyone: 11 Secret Starbucks Saving Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Food and Drink caffeine coffee coffee hacks savings Starbucks Thu, 06 Aug 2015 15:00:22 +0000 Carrie Smith 1510331 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Get Your Morning Coffee for Free http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_drinking_coffee_000027559401.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to get their morning coffee for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a nation, we drink a lot of coffee. Over half of Americans over 18 years of age drink at least one cup every single day. That equates to over <a href="http://www.e-importz.com/coffee-statistics.php">150 million cups of coffee</a>, and doesn't account for those of us who drink two or more cups. With the average price of a standard coffee coming in at $2.38, that means we're spending $357 million every day on coffee.</p> <p>And yet, there are so many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking-expensive-coffee">ways to get coffee</a> for free! Here is a list of ideas to get you inspired and spending less.</p> <h2>1. Get it From Your Employer</h2> <p>The first idea on the list is almost certainly the most obvious. Many of us are fortunate enough to work at a place that has a kitchen, a coffee maker, and all the coffee we could ever want to drink. It's actually a good move on the part of the business, as a caffeinated workforce is an alert workforce. However, so many people with this free resource decide to go through the drive-thru line at Starbucks before arriving at work, preferring to pay $5 for a coffee loaded with cream and flavorings. Do yourself a favor &mdash; drink the coffee at work. You can always bring in your own flavorings and creamers if you want a more sophisticated taste.</p> <h2>2. Become an Ikea Family Member</h2> <p>If you sign up for Ikea's Family Card, which is free, you are entitled to a <a href="http://info.ikea-usa.com/FAMILY/">free cup of Ikea coffee </a>every day. This is particularly useful on the weekends, when you're out and about running errands. Take advantage of the free coffee (you can also get free tea) and get some shopping in at the same time.</p> <h2>3. Be Extra Nice to Pret A Manger Staff</h2> <p>If you're lucky enough to have a Pret A Manger near you (in the U.S., they're currently located in New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.), you have a very good chance of getting a free coffee just by turning on the charm. According to the CEO, Clive Schlee, the chain gives away <a href="http://www.dansvilleonline.com/article/20150426/BUSINESS/304269986">28% of its coffee free</a>, based entirely on whether the staff likes you or not. The staff has the right to give away free coffee, and does so to those people who deserve it. If you're nice and polite, you may get one. If you're very attractive as well, you'll almost certainly get one free. If you sneer and snarl, forget it.</p> <h2>4. Pop Into Cost Plus World Market</h2> <p>Every branch of Cost Plus World Market will brew at least one of its coffee varieties every day, and wants you to try them for free. If you have the time, stop by the one nearest you before you go to work, and sample their latest flavors. The cups aren't very big, but there's no reason you can't sample it twice before you leave. It also comes with creamers and sugar or sweeteners.</p> <h2>5. Take Advantage of National Coffee Day</h2> <p>Every September 29th, coffee stores around the U.S. and the world give away millions of cups of free coffee. On that day, check to see who in your area is serving free cups of coffee. They will most likely have a limit on the size of the cup, but you can pop into several on your way to work, or after dropping off the kids at school.</p> <h2>6. Cash in on Loyalty Programs</h2> <p>Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, and Dunkin' Donuts will all reward you with free coffee just by signing up for an online account. Before you go out, create your profile and you'll get a code or printable coupon that you can use to get your free cup of coffee. The unscrupulous among you may even be tempted to create multiple profiles with different e-mail accounts. That's your call.</p> <h2>7. Birthdays = Free Coffee</h2> <p>If it's your birthday, chances are the local coffee stores will happily give you a free cup of your favorite morning pick-me-up. First, check to see if they do give out coupons for birthdays (Dunkin' Donuts definitely does with its Dunkin' Perks program). If they don't, try your luck when you get to the front of the line, and show them your ID. Most of the time, you'll walk away with a free coffee.</p> <h2>8. Swing by a Hotel Lobby</h2> <p>Almost every hotel in the country serves free coffee in the morning, for guests and their visitors. While it may not be entirely ethical to drop into the hotel every day on your way to work for a free cup of joe, hotels put out gallons of coffee every morning, and throw away a lot of it. A few cups here and there won't put anyone's nose out of joint, especially if you are a regular guest of the hotel when you travel for business or pleasure.</p> <p><em>Where do you pick up a free cup of joe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-brown-bagging-it-better-than-buying-lunch">15 Ways to Make Brown Bagging It Better Than Buying Lunch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-americans-were-better-at-in-the-1950s-than-today">8 Things Americans Were Better at in the 1950s Than Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unexpected-delicious-drinks-you-can-make-at-home">Unexpected, Delicious Drinks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink coffee freebies saving money Mon, 11 May 2015 17:00:57 +0000 Paul Michael 1414194 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How Rich You'd Be if You Stopped Drinking Expensive Coffee http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking-expensive-coffee <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking-expensive-coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_coffee_000021560271.jpg" alt="Woman drinking expensive coffee and spending too much money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week I was in Starbucks, and found they now have a list of enticing new lattes. One was <em>tiramisu</em>! Starbucks will be glad to know that the tiramisu latte did not disappoint. On taste, that is. The price tag for a tall tiramisu latte with coconut milk in my area is a staggering $5. That's right: <em>five dollars</em>. For what ultimately amounts to a small coffee with some flavors and milk substitute thrown in. Oh my.</p> <p>Fortunately for my pocketbook, I usually home brew. I have a very nice coffee maker that had an upfront cost the equivalent of 40 tall tiramisu lattes with coconut milk (after my 20% Bed Bath and Beyond coupon). Sure, it was expensive, but like I said; I'm a coffee lover, and the coffee it auto-grinds and brews is so delicious that I'm often disappointed when I'm out and have to buy from a coffee shop. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-brewing-12-ways-to-make-coffee-at-home?ref=seealso">12 Ways to Make Better Coffee at Home</a>)</p> <p>Before I get all annoying and tell you how much your five-dollar-a-day coffee habit is costing you, I want you to know that I'm not picking on Starbucks. You can run the same numbers by picking your favorite brew from Peet's or Caribou or Costa, or wherever you happen to frequent. Heck, skip the coffee analogy altogether and substitute cigarettes, a microbrew at your local hang-out, cable TV, or whatever daily vice you think is harmless to your pocketbook.</p> <p>What's most important is that, before you make even the smallest of financial decisions, you understand the big picture effect. Maybe you'll decide your daily latte is worth the long-term price. But, before you decide, you should understand the variables. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/73-easy-ways-to-save-money-today?ref=seealso">73 Easy Ways to Save Money Today</a>)</p> <h2>$5 a Day for 40 Years Could Buy a House (in Today's Dollars)</h2> <p>If you took $5 a day and put it in an 8% investment like a low-cost, well diversified index fund (I love Vanguard, if you're looking for one!) for 40 years, that daily foregone latte could compound to a staggering $510,600.40. Don't want to wait 40 years? The daily tiramisu latte habit adds up to $1,971 over a year, $11,563,07 over five, and $28,553.01 over 10. Just think about all the vacations you could take with that extra dough, or all the kids' college accounts you could fund, or all the debts you could pay off (and save yourself the interest payments!). The possibilities are endless. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-rich-youd-be-if-youd-saved-the-money-you-earned-in-high-school?ref=seealso">This is How Rich You'd Be if You'd Saved All the Money You Earned in High School</a>)</p> <h2>But I Don't Want to Give Up That Much Coffee</h2> <p>I love coffee, even the five dollar variety, even though I know how much it costs to my long-term bottom line.</p> <p>Drop just one froufrou cuppa from your weekly routine and you'll still see great investment results. Assume again you take that $5 per week and invest it in that low-cost index fund (which we'll assume returns 8% per year) and you'll earn $280.80 per year, $4,067.83 in 10, and $72,743.07 after 40 years. It's no McMansion in the burbs but $70k is still enough for a double wide in the country or a condo in the city. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-26000-in-5-years-or-less?ref=seealso">How to Save $26,000 in 5 Years or Less</a>)</p> <h2>No, Really, I Just Can't Give up My Coffee</h2> <p>I get it. Really, I do. Sometimes a daily habit means more than what we have to gain by giving it up. So, in my last ditch effort to show you that little changes lead to big results, let's see how much you have to gain by giving up just one fancy coffee per month.</p> <p>In one year (assuming an 8% annual return): $64.80. In 10: $938.73. In 40: $16,786.86. Even giving up just one $5 coffee per month can make a sizable difference over time. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-easy-ways-to-save-100-this-month?ref=seealso">16 Easy Ways to Save $100 This Month</a>)</p> <p>Just for fun, here's an expanded version of the numbers so you can choose your own timeframe and dollar savings.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coffee%20savings%20chart%20-%20tweddale.jpg" width="605" height="389" alt="" /></p> <p>The next time you find yourself pulling a fiver out of your wallet for a seemingly inconsequential expense, I hope you'll think twice and consider the long-term cost of that impulse buy. Just plug the cost of that impulse buy into a <a href="http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/savings/compound-savings-calculator-tool.aspx">compound savings calculator</a> and see how much you'll save &mdash; and earn. Over time, the decision could just fund your next home, vacation, or child's college tuition. Or, Howard Schultz's pocketbook. The choice is yours.</p> <p><em>What daily expense would you be willing to give up for a house in 40 years?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alaina-tweddale">Alaina Tweddale</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking-expensive-coffee">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-smoking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Smoking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-your-financial-habits-just-bad">Are Your Financial Habits Just Bad?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-save-hundreds-or-even-thousands-of-dollars-without-thinking">3 Ways to Save Hundreds (or Even Thousands) of Dollars Without Thinking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/47-simple-ways-to-waste-money">47 Simple Ways To Waste Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sites-and-apps-to-help-you-track-your-spending-and-stick-to-your-budget">10 Sites and Apps to Help You Track Your Spending and Stick to Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Investment coffee coffee drinkers compound interest money saving tips spending Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Alaina Tweddale 1370567 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Coffee http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-coffee <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl-making-coffee-155271271-small.jpg" alt="girl making coffee" title="girl making coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save on coffee, where to get Halloween candy on the cheap, and things millionaires know that we don't.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bankrate.com/financing/saving-money/5-ways-to-save-on-coffee/">5 Ways to Save on Coffee</a> &mdash; Store your unground coffee beans in an airtight container in the freezer for extra freshness. [Bankrate]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Halloween-Candy-31943806">Trick or Treat! Where to Score Cheap Halloween Candy</a> &mdash; You'll save a bundle if you buy candy in bulk from warehouse stores like Costco or Sam's Club. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3035-5-surprising-facts-about-millionaires">What Do Millionaires Know That We Don&rsquo;t?</a> &mdash; Millionaires aren't necessarily experts in investing. Instead, they hire financial advisors to help manage their money. [Daily Worth]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/bought-furniture-spending.html">How to Buy Furniture You Like Without Spending Too Much Money</a> &mdash; If you need to buy new furniture for whatever reason (allergies?) and you find something you like at a retail store, ask when their next sale will be and buy it then. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/the-secret-to-saving-share-economy/">The Secret to Saving? Share-Economy (Plus 4 Other Tips)</a> &mdash; Reduce the cost of ownership by sharing resources. Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb are just a few services that you can use this way. [Ready For Zero]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/change-banks-when-you-move/">Moving and Banking: Do You Change Things Up When You Move?</a> &mdash; You probably won't need to change your bank after a move if you handle most of your banking online. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/never-late-saving-retirement/">How It&rsquo;s Never Too Late to Start Saving for Retirement</a> &mdash; If you don't have an employer- sponsored plan, you can still take advantage of tax-deferred investment income to help boost your retirement savings. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/how-much-mortgage-can-i-afford/">How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?</a> &mdash; Some suggest that you limit your mortgage payments to 30% of your monthly income, but you should look at your situation and see what you're comfortable with. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/should-you-sign-up-for-legal-insurance/">Should You Sign Up for Legal Insurance?</a> &mdash; If you plan to use a licensed attorney at least a few times a year, it may be worth it to get legal insurance. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/12-ways-to-help-stop-bullying">12 Ways to Help Stop Bullying</a> &mdash; Teach empathy to your kids. You can do this by volunteering, helping others, and even reading to them. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-coffee">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unexpected-delicious-drinks-you-can-make-at-home">Unexpected, Delicious Drinks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/french-press-coffee">French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee">9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-brewing-12-ways-to-make-coffee-at-home">Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-tell-anyone-11-secret-starbucks-saving-tips">Don&#039;t Tell Anyone: 11 Secret Starbucks Saving Tips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips coffee Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1245577 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Surprising Benefits of: Caffeine http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-caffeine <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-surprising-benefits-of-caffeine" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coffee-166669410.jpg" alt="woman holding mug" title="woman holding mug" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We live in a society with puritanical roots, and underlying much of our health philosophy is that anything pleasurable is surely bad for our health, our souls, or both. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-drink-coffee?ref=seealso">Reasons to Drink Coffee</a>)</p> <p>Especially if it's a drug. In the immortal words of South Park's school counselor Mr. Mackey, &quot;<a href="http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/103414/drugs-are-bad">Drugs are bad.</a>&quot;</p> <p>So it's no surprise that many of us think of our morning cup of java as a guilty pleasure. It contains a drug: caffeine. The thing is, there's not much to be guilty about, unless you held up a barista to get that latte. Multiple studies have shown that caffeine &mdash; in moderation, of course &mdash; is good for you in a whole host of ways.</p> <h2>1. Caffeine May Ward Off Disease</h2> <p>Studies have linked coffee drinking to the prevention of <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-06/jaaj-cda060806.php">alcohol-related liver disease</a>, <a href="https://www.aan.com/pressroom/home/pressrelease/1096">Parkinson's</a> and <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120111133958.htm">type 2 diabetes</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-cheap-ways-to-lower-your-blood-sugar?ref=seealso">Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar</a>)</p> <p>However, not all studies have been able to positively link coffee's benefits to the caffeine. There are lots of other things in coffee, like antioxidants.</p> <p>That said, one study specifically pegged caffeine levels in the blood to Alzheimer's disease; subjects over age 65 with the most caffeine in their bloodstream were the <a href="http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=120795&amp;CultureCode=en">least likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's</a> or dementia.&nbsp;Even in this study, most of the subjects got their caffeine from coffee, so it still seems possible that the anti-dementia power ascribed to caffeine here could come from some other ingredient in coffee.</p> <p>The well-known Nurse's Health Study, which followed health professionals for 22 to 24 years, found that men and women who consumed more caffeine (mostly from coffee) were <a href="http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/news/20120702/caffeine-linked-to-lower-skin-cancer-risk">less likely to develop skin cancer</a>.</p> <h2>2. Caffeine Can Boost Brain Function</h2> <p>Caffeine can't make you smarter, but it can improve focus and increase brain activity. One study showed that <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/01/11/caffeine.smarter/">subjects did better on a memory test</a> after a caffeine dose. Another study used an MRI machine to detect <a href="http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Caffeine-delivers-visible-boost-to-brain-activity">higher levels of brain activity after a dose</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-improve-your-memory-and-even-get-a-little-smarter?ref=seealso">Ways to Improve Your Memory and Get Smarter</a>)</p> <h2>3. Caffeine Combats the Effects of Sleep Deprivation</h2> <p>Getting enough sleep is important, and you can't completely make up for lost sleep with caffeine. Yet, a jolt of the drug does more than help you stay conscious &mdash; sleepy test subjects really perform better on all kinds of tests after they've had it.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/01/11/caffeine.smarter/">military research psychologist remarked</a> that in sleep-deprived subjects, &quot;pretty much anything you measure will improve: reaction time, vigilance, attention, logical reasoning.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Caffeine Helps You Stay Awake</h2> <p>You thought I'd forget that one, did you? Although sleep is one of the most important things we need to stay healthy and sane, in some limited circumstances, the most important thing you can do is not sleep. You're on a long night drive? You're a soldier manning a checkpoint? You're a student teacher with 200 exams to grade by 9 a.m. tomorrow? Caffeine is there to help. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-survive-the-graveyard-shift-and-make-lots-of-money?ref=seealso">How to Survive the Graveyard Shift</a>)</p> <p>How does it work? <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/drugs-alcohol/caffeine-awake.htm">Caffeine blocks the chemical adenosine</a>, whose job it is to make you drowsy. Without adenosine to slow them down, your neurons keep right on firing, and you don't feel like shutting down.</p> <h2>5. Caffeine May Fight Depression</h2> <p>Consuming <a href="http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/07/drinking-coffee-may-reduce-risk-of-suicide-by-50/">caffeine cuts the risk of suicide by 50%</a>, one study found, probably because the drug &quot;may act as a mild antidepressant by boosting production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline,&quot; according to the Harvard Gazette. Researchers were able to link this benefit specifically to caffeine, not just to coffee drinking in general.</p> <h2>6. Even If You're Not Depressed, Caffeine Elevates Your Mood</h2> <p>A biologist's study in 2000 found that test subjects' <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091305700001921">mood improved after a morning cup of coffee or tea</a>. (Your research dollars at work!)</p> <p>Perhaps counterintuitively, <a href="http://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/causes/coffee">mild caffeine consumption can even help calm anxiety</a>.</p> <h2>7. Caffeine Charges Up Your Body, Too</h2> <p>When asked about the baseball steroids controversy of the 1990s, Joe DiMaggio said that all he had ever used was &quot;half a cup of coffee&quot; from the clubhouse. It may not be banned in baseball, but caffeine has been shown in study after study to boost both endurance and short-term athletic performance.</p> <h2>8. Caffeine Can Be Medicine</h2> <ul> <li> <p>Caffeine is included in a number of over-the-counter analgesics because it enhances and speeds up these drugs' effectiveness.</p> </li> <li> <p>Caffeine can combat common headaches, which are usually caused by constricting blood vessels around the brain. Caffeine dilates those blood vessels, and research shows this effect <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1491-caffeine-key-to-curing-a-headache.html">cures headaches better than ibuprofen</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>The same dilation effect has landed caffeine a spot in <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1275419/Best-cure-migraine-headaches-cup-coffee-two.html">over-the-counter migraine drugs as well</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>Caffeine in combination with painkillers have been proven to <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19942-is-coffee-the-real-cure-for-a-hangover.html">cure hangover symptoms in rats</a>. Caffeine blocks alcohol byproduct acetate.</p> </li> <li> <p>Parkinson's Disease patients have a slightly easier time <a href="https://www.aan.com/pressroom/home/pressrelease/1096">controlling their movements after taking caffeine pills</a>, one study showed.</p> </li> <li> <p>Theodore Roosevelt is said to have started his &quot;gallon a day&quot; coffee habit to counteract his childhood asthma, and indeed, caffeine has been clinically proven to modestly <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0010864/">improve lung function in asthma patients</a>.</p> </li> <li> <p>Like other stimulants, caffeine has been shown to have a <a href="http://psychcentral.com/lib/caffeines-effect-on-adhd-symptoms/0003050">positive impact on ADHD symptoms</a>.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>9. Caffeine Might Help You Lose Weight</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/caffeine/expert-answers/faq-20058459">Caffeine stimulates thermogenesis</a> &mdash; the process of burning food for calories &mdash; but the effect probably isn't enough to produce significant weight loss, according to the Mayo Clinic. The jury is still out on whether caffeine's appetite suppressing effects actually help people lose weight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-that-help-you-fight-fat?ref=seealso">Foods That Help You Fight Fat</a>)</p> <p>But hey. When you're trying to eat less and exercise more, ingesting a hot cup of coffee might help you feel satisfied without taking in calories, and if it gives you the energy to hop on your bike and burn calories, all the better. On the other hand, beware of calorie-laden caffeinated drinks like colas, and remember that sleep deprivation causes weight gain.</p> <h2>10. Caffeine Is a Slug-i-Cide</h2> <p>Plants such as the coffee bush use caffeine as a natural insecticide, so it shouldn't come as a shock that researchers in Hawaii found success using a weak caffeine solution to control slugs. But be warned: Too much coffee, tea, or other caffeine-containing liquids can hurt plants, so use with care.</p> <h2>Counterpoints and Caveats</h2> <p>Not everyone agrees that caffeine is a net benefit, and there can almost always be too much of a good thing.</p> <ul> <li> <p>While most caffeine users report various mental and physical boosts due to the drug, it could be that test subjects might have <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2012/08/21/caffeine-the-silent-killer-of-emotional-intelligence/">developed caffeine dependency</a>&nbsp;and need the drug to return to normal abilities.</p> </li> <li> <p>And the Mayo Clinic says that although the association between caffeine and heart disease for the general population has been wiped away by research, <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/coffee-and-health/expert-answers/faq-20058339">the drug can still cause heart problems for some individuals</a>. <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/caffeine.html">Pregnant and nursing women</a> are advised to limit their consumption of caffeine as well.</p> </li> <li> <p>Probably the biggest danger associated with overuse of caffeine is sleep disturbance. Research is linking <a href="http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-results-sleep-loss">lack of sleep to more and more health problems</a>, from heart disease to weight gain to depression. So if your caffeine use interferes with your ability to get a good night's sleep, the benefits probably aren't worth that one big drawback.</p> </li> </ul> <p><em>What's your favorite thing about caffeine?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-caffeine">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-caffeine-is-in-that">How Much Caffeine is in That?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-drink-tea">10 Reasons to Drink Tea</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unexpected-delicious-drinks-you-can-make-at-home">Unexpected, Delicious Drinks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee">9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty caffeine coffee tea Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:24:18 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1128214 at http://www.wisebread.com Your Daily Dose of Caffeine May Be Hurting You http://www.wisebread.com/your-daily-dose-of-caffeine-may-be-hurting-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/your-daily-dose-of-caffeine-may-be-hurting-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coffee-5465279-small.jpg" alt="coffee" title="coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over half of Americans over 18 <a href="http://www.statisticbrain.com/coffee-drinking-statistics/">drink at least one cup of coffee a day</a>, and <a href="http://www.fda.gov/downloads/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/buyingusingmedicinesafely/understandingover-the-countermedicines/ucm205286.pdf">over 90% of people in the world</a> (PDF) consume caffeine in one form or another. Caffeine is a favored stimulant, and one that many of us don&#39;t even think about using. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheapest-ways-to-get-your-caffeine-fix">Cheap Ways to Get Your Caffeine Fix</a>)</p> <p>We see caffeine as a safe choice &mdash; a good way to wake up, give ourselves energy when we need it, and help us keep working when we feel too tired and want to quit. We feel like it is a necessary, because otherwise we would be tired, lethargic, and unable to finish everything we feel like we need to get done.</p> <p>While it&#39;s rare to hear about caffeine killing anyone, we also shouldn&#39;t put anything into our bodies without thinking about it first. If you&#39;ve never considered your consumption of caffeine, or if you are struggling with issues like anxiety and dehydration, it might be time to think through some of the downsides of caffeine and decide whether you want to continue putting it in your body.</p> <h2>Dehydration</h2> <p>Coffee is a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diuretic">diuretic</a>, which means that it increases your urine output. This means that, when you consume it, you will lose more water than you would have otherwise. Unless you&#39;re conscientious about replenishing that water, <a href="http://www.health.arizona.edu/health_topics/nutrition/general/caffeine.htm">you could easily end up dehydrated</a>.</p> <p>Even minor dehydration can ruin your day, <a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/035062_dehydration_health_effects_moods.html">causing headaches, tiredness, and problems concentrating</a>. And major dehydration is a major deal, making it difficult for your body to function on <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dehydration/DS00561/DSECTION=complications">many different levels</a>.</p> <h2>Curbs Hunger</h2> <p>In most people, drinking caffeine <a href="http://www.nurturepod.com/uncategorized/coffee-10-shocking-reasons-why-its-soooo-bad-for-you/">interferes with your body&#39;s hunger mechanisms</a>. You&#39;ll feel less hungry than you are. This is why many people who consume caffeine end up skipping meals, because they don&#39;t even recognize their own hunger.</p> <p>Anything that shuts down the body&#39;s normal ways of functioning should raise some questions. Sure, we can be vigilant, knowing that we need to feed our bodies even though we take in caffeine, but do we want to be changing the way our bodies interpret natural signals?</p> <h2>Withdrawal</h2> <p>Anyone who has ever tried to stop drinking caffeine can tell you that it sucks. <a href="http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/prevention/is-caffeine-bad-for-you?page=all">You feel tired, you get headaches</a>, and sometimes you just don&#39;t feel like your brain is functioning at optimum levels. These symptoms can last anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.</p> <p>While the withdrawal itself is something you can survive if you&#39;re determined to leave caffeinated beverages behind, it&#39;s not something that anyone wants to deal with. Add to that the fact that caffeine causes withdrawal symptoms because your body is dependent on it, and you have to ask yourself if the stimulant is something you want in your body at all. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-kicky-drinks-without-the-caffeine">Kicky Drinks Without the Caffeine</a>)</p> <h2>Stress</h2> <p><a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/012352_caffeine_coffee.html">Even a small amount of caffeine can trigger a stress response</a>, raising levels of adrenaline and mimicking a stressful situation. If you&#39;re continually consuming caffeine, your body will always be functioning as if you are stressed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/99-free-or-virtually-free-ways-to-de-stress">99 Free Ways to De-Stress</a>)</p> <p>Many people claim that coffee helps them jump start their days. However, what you&#39;re actually doing is giving yourself a small adrenaline rush every morning. Over time, this can contribute to adrenal fatigue. Even if that doesn&#39;t happen, though, most people would choose to be relaxed rather than stressed, even if they don&#39;t have quite as much energy.</p> <h2>Sleep Disturbance</h2> <p>Caffeine can disrupt your sleep for <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2012/08/21/caffeine-the-silent-killer-of-emotional-intelligence/">up to 24 hours after you consume it</a>. While most people don&#39;t feel like they are under caffeine&#39;s influence after a couple of hours, it is still in the body and still affects how you function. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-that-can-help-you-sleep">Foods That Help You Sleep</a>)</p> <p>In most people, caffeine <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2012/08/21/caffeine-the-silent-killer-of-emotional-intelligence/">disrupts REM sleep</a>, which is the part of sleep where your body processes emotions and interprets your day. This may not seem important, but over many nights, the cumulative effect can be a hampered emotional intelligence. You may struggle with your own feelings or in interpreting and responding to the feelings of people around you. Since these are skills that make life smoother, you may notice a change in how you feel about the world, how much you can handle, or how even your emotions are.</p> <p>For young adults, recent research has shown that <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130924091323.htm">caffeine-induced sleep disturbances can slow brain development</a>. Caffeine really may &quot;stunt your growth.&quot;</p> <p>Whether you choose to continue consuming caffeine or not, knowing these downsides can help you if you do begin to feel like your body isn&#39;t functioning as well as you might like. While quitting caffeine can be hard, some people find that it frees them and helps them become more balanced &mdash; and like they don&#39;t have to take on the world.</p> <p><em>How much caffeine do you consume in a typical day?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-daily-dose-of-caffeine-may-be-hurting-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee">9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-caffeine-is-in-that">How Much Caffeine is in That?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-drink-coffee">5 Reasons to Drink Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-benefits-of-caffeine">10 Surprising Benefits of: Caffeine</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink caffeine coffee drugs Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:24:03 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1047581 at http://www.wisebread.com All the Caffeine of a Cup of Joe in a Convenient... Spray-On? http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-caffeine-of-a-cup-of-joe-in-a-convenient-spray-on <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/all-the-caffeine-of-a-cup-of-joe-in-a-convenient-spray-on" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coffee-5276855-small.jpg" alt="man pouring coffee" title="man pouring coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A cup of joe has long been the preferred delivery mechanism for caffeine, the stimulant that energized the <a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhofkn_steven-johnson-on-coffee-and-the-age-of-enlightenment_tech">revolutions of the Enlightenment</a>, and today keeps cubicles humming through the afternoon. Caffeinated sweet sodas and energy drinks fortified with <a href="http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-ginseng">ginseng</a> and <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ginkgo-biloba/NS_patient-ginkgo">ginkgo biloba</a> and other stuff have made inroads in recent years, but they haven't changed how we get our caffeine. Which is to say, we're still drinking it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-caffeine-is-in-that">How Much Caffeine Is in That?</a>)</p> <p>But a revolution is brewing in the world of caffeine stimulation. Beginning this November, you'll be able to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/11/221364843/coming-soon-a-jolt-of-caffeine-you-can-spray-on-your-skin?sc=ipad&amp;f=1007">spray a dose of caffeine</a> directly on your skin. Who would buy such a product? Anybody who would like the benefit of a caffeine boost, but would rather avoid a bitter cup of coffee or a too sweet bottle of pop. And, as its inventor explained to NPR, caffeine taken through the skin doesn't result in energy spikes and crashes:</p> <blockquote><p>Caffeine is really a nasty molecule, and pure caffeine is terrible,&quot; Yu says. &quot;We used it for the stimulative effect, and this culture has evolved around it where it's not about the effect, and just about enjoying the ritual aspects. For those people, they can keep drinking their coffee. But for everyone who wants the functional aspect of the caffeine, this is a much better delivery mechanism because of the steady rate. You could have decaf coffee and then spray yourself on the side.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Each $15 bottle of Sprayable Energy will contain about 40 spray on doses, each dose the caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee. The product is unscented. For now.</p> <p>(Note that If a spray is not your thing, there's always the <a href="http://spotonenergy.com/">caffeinated dermal patch</a>.)</p> <p><em>Would you rather spray on your caffeine?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lars-peterson">Lars Peterson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-caffeine-of-a-cup-of-joe-in-a-convenient-spray-on">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee">9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-caffeine-is-in-that">How Much Caffeine is in That?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-daily-dose-of-caffeine-may-be-hurting-you">Your Daily Dose of Caffeine May Be Hurting You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-drink-coffee">5 Reasons to Drink Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology caffeine coffee energy energy boost innovation Thu, 12 Sep 2013 23:42:21 +0000 Lars Peterson 982671 at http://www.wisebread.com Don't Tell Anyone: 11 Secret Starbucks Saving Tips http://www.wisebread.com/dont-tell-anyone-11-secret-starbucks-saving-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-tell-anyone-11-secret-starbucks-saving-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drinking-3727566-small.jpg" alt="woman drinking coffee" title="woman drinking coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don't despair if store-bought coffee is your biggest spending vice. Help is on its way, in the form of these smart saving tips that will work at your local Starbucks. Don't thank us &mdash; just drink up!</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Target-24326117">How to Save at Target</a></p> <h2>1. Get Creative</h2> <p>Don't limit yourself to the standard drinks. There are plenty of options that are well under $4, such as iced coffee. If you think that spending less means boring drinks, think again. Check out some the most creative Starbucks <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Starbucks-Drinks-23133466">mystery menu</a> concoctions under $3.</p> <p>And if you must go the latte route, try the caffe misto, which is made of of half coffee and half milk. It is not only cheaper, but also has less calories!</p> <h2>2. Refills for 50 Cents</h2> <p>Sometimes one cup just doesn't cut it. Any time throughout the day and on any size, you can refill your cup with brewed coffee for just 50 cents during the same visit. Not a bad price for an extra pick-me-up.</p> <h2>3. Bring Your Own Cup</h2> <p>You'll save 10 cents on the price of your drink when you bring in your own reusable cup, mug, or travel tumbler.</p> <h2>4. The Water Secret</h2> <p>You don't have to reach for bottled water in Starbucks, as the water at Starbucks may even be cleaner. The ice and water used in Starbucks is triple-filtered!</p> <h2>5. Order in Bulk Via Coffee Press</h2> <p>Another way to save money is to order a coffee press pot of coffee, which serves a few cups of coffee. It will be cheaper than ordering the drinks individually. Share with friends or hoard it if you plan on staying at Starbucks for a while, and enjoy the caffeine buzz.</p> <h2>6. Ask for &quot;No Water&quot; With Your Tea</h2> <p>According to one barista <a href="http://www.quora.com/Starbucks/What-are-some-favorite-Starbucks-hacks">on Quora</a>, &quot;Iced Teas are double-strength in pitcher and watered down for your final recipe.&quot;</p> <p>To get more a bang for a buck, request &quot;no water&quot; with your tea, and it won't be watered down.</p> <h2>7. Take Advantage of the Birthday Treat</h2> <p>If you sign up for the <a href="http://www.starbucks.com/card/rewards">Starbucks reward program</a> (registration is free), you're entitled to a free drink when your birthday comes around. Keep in mind that you'll have to redeem it in the 30 days after your birthday.</p> <h2>8. Get a Starbucks Card</h2> <p>If you're a frequent Starbucks customer, there's no reason not to get a Starbucks Card. At no cost to you, a registered card will get you lots of freebies. Here's what you can expect:</p> <p>Welcome level (which you attain after using your card once)</p> <ul> <li>Free drink or food on your birthday</li> </ul> <p>Green level (which you attain after using your card five times)</p> <ul> <li>Free refills in store</li> <li>Welcome level rewards</li> <li>Specialized email offers</li> </ul> <p>Gold level (which you attain after using your card 30 times in 12 months)</p> <ul> <li>Free drink or food reward after every 12 purchases</li> <li>Welcome and green level rewards</li> <li>Personalized offers and coupons</li> <li>Personalized gold card</li> </ul> <h2>9. Order a Short</h2> <p>There's an even smaller size than &quot;tall,&quot; and it's called &quot;short.&quot; It's smaller than a &quot;tall,&quot; but it's also less expensive. The &quot;short&quot; cappuccino will have the same amount of espresso as the as its &quot;tall&quot; version, <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/everyday_economics/2006/01/starbucks_economics.html">says Slate</a>.</p> <h2>10. Brew It at Home</h2> <p>Be your own barista at home by buying beans at Starbucks stores &mdash; they'll even grind the beans for you. Or, you can pick a bag up at the grocery store.</p> <p>There are even recipes you find online that show you how to make more of its complicated drinks like this <a href="http://www.squawkfox.com/2011/06/16/frappuccino-recipe/">frappuccino recipe</a>.</p> <h2>11. Fido's Freebie</h2> <p>Don't forget, your furry pal gets his own freebie, too. Order a puppy latte or puppycino, and your best friend will get a sample cup full of whipped cream.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It can be fun to indulge in a coffee at Starbucks — and with these surprising tips, you can get your coffee fix for less. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img width="300" height="95" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Worry-Exchange-Battle-Stress-30976989">A New (and Effective!) Way to Battle Stress</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Ways-Relieve-Stress-31075809">Gimme a Break: 101 Frugal Ways to Relax</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tips-De-Stress-Work-22310420">13 Ways to De-Stress During the Workday</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-tell-anyone-11-secret-starbucks-saving-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee">9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-being-a-slave-to-starbucks-how-to-quit-caffeine">Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/going-short-at-starbucks-worth-it">Going Short at Starbucks: Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unexpected-delicious-drinks-you-can-make-at-home">Unexpected, Delicious Drinks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/french-press-coffee">French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink coffee Starbucks Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:08:16 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 981861 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugality and the Myth of Self-Denial http://www.wisebread.com/frugality-and-the-myth-of-self-denial <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugality-and-the-myth-of-self-denial" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-5121076-small.jpg" alt="man with scarf" title="man with scarf" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few Christmases ago, I splurged and bought myself a new scarf. Granted, it was expensive by my standards (around $18.00 for a scarf that was little more than a long strip of gray jersey material). Not my wisest purchase, but splurges are seldom wise.</p> <p>A few days after I bought it, I wore the scarf to a holiday dinner. A relative who knows of my writing on the topics of personal finance, simple-living, and frugality asked about my new scarf and chuckled when I told her where I bought it. She said, &ldquo;See, I knew you couldn&rsquo;t be as frugal as you claim. It&rsquo;s ridiculous to buy such a simple thing that you could have easily made yourself!&rdquo; She was right. I could have made the scarf for much less, and I knew it. But her comment illustrated a larger truth; people mistakenly think that we frugal folks operate in a perpetual state of self-denial, that we always make the most sensible purchases, and that we are never, ever extravagant.</p> <p>This misconception does two disservices to frugal folks and aspiring savers alike. First, it implies that the only way to live simply and be debt-free is to deny yourself everything (conveniently, this serves as a perfect rationale for people to skip the whole thing and just stick with their current behavior). Second, it oversimplifies the experience and true goal of frugality, which is to consciously limit our expenditures on <i>most</i> things so we can, from time-to-time, indulge on a <i>few</i> things or achieve one or two major goals.</p> <p>Simply put, frugality isn&rsquo;t about self-denial &mdash; at least not entirely. It&rsquo;s about logically and purposely directing where our resources go to accomplish specific ends. When frugal folks indulge in a weekly $4 coffee, it&rsquo;s a momentary motivator and rare reward that keeps us focused &mdash; keeps us driving that 14-year old car (happily paying for liability insurance only, thank you very much), keeps us shopping at thrift stores (scoring jeans for $3.59), lets us continue to skip cable TV (saving about $80 per month), etc.</p> <p>Instead of being at odds with my frugality, that $18 scarf reinforced it. It did exactly what I meant for it to do; it made me feel indulgent and uncharacteristically footloose. Peppering my frugal life with little luxuries, as long as those luxuries don&rsquo;t derail me from my journey, is absolutely OK. In fact, I recommend it.</p> <p>People approach frugality in myriad ways, and everyone&rsquo;s story and style is unique. Frugality isn&rsquo;t a one-size-fits-all lifestyle; it&rsquo;s customizable. What works for me may not work (and indeed, may not be able to work) for everyone. But on some level, we&rsquo;re all trying to be more conscious of where our money goes, better understand the connection between labor and time and between time and money, and to reach our goals through a combination of mindful spending and disciplined saving. If the rare $18 scarf or random $4.00 cup of coffee keeps you going&hellip;well, more power to you.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Have you encountered misconceptions about frugal living? What's the one thing you wish people better understood about your lifestyle? What little luxuries help keep your saving on-track?</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugality-and-the-myth-of-self-denial">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-allow-yourself-splurges">Why You Should Allow Yourself Splurges</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-truths-that-arent-always-obvious">5 Money Truths That Aren&#039;t Always Obvious</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-little-luxuries-that-go-a-long-way">8 Little Luxuries That Go a Long Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-refillable-things-that-will-save-you-cash">10 Refillable Things That Will Save You Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-online-dating-first-date-get-a-drink">The Online Dating First Date: Get a Drink</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle achieving goals coffee small splurges Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:48:32 +0000 Kentin Waits 980187 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Saving Money on Coffee http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-saving-money-on-coffee <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-saving-money-on-coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4394399552_9b3312d11a_z.jpg" alt="coffee" title="coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on saving money on coffee, ways to use your tax refund, and tips for decorating rentals without losing your security deposit.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-saving-money-on-coffee/">The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Coffee</a> &mdash; Save money on coffee by getting a coffee maker and remembering that expensive doesn't always mean good. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-ways-to-use-your-tax-refund-and-2-ways-not-to">6 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund (and 2 Ways Not to)</a> &mdash; Consider using your tax refund to beef up your emergency fund. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Decorate-Rental-Apartments-22742698">Tips For Decorating Rentals That Won't Cost You Your Security Deposit</a> &mdash; To decorate your rental without losing your security deposit, use adhesive hooks instead of putting holes in your wall to hang things. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/5-very-good-reasons-to-become-a-cheapskate/">5 Very Good Reasons to Become a Cheapskate</a> &mdash; Becoming a cheapskate enables you to eliminate your debts for good! [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/smart-places-to-keep-cash/">Smart Places to Keep Cash</a> &mdash; It's a good idea to keep $50 in your wallet and some extra cash at home in case of an emergency. [Money Smart Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/insurance/have-huge-medical-bills-get-crafty-with-your-payments/">Have Huge Medical Bills? Get Crafty with Your Payments</a> &mdash; If you have a medical procedure you need done, consider looking at Groupon to see if there are any businesses offering it at a discount. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/kissing-the-w2-life-goodbye-8-things-you-need-to-know-about-working-for-yourself/">Kissing The w2 LIfe Goodbye - 4 Things You Need To Know About the 1099 Life (Working For Yourself)</a> &mdash; When working for yourself, remember to budget and pay your bills as you go. [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/spring-break-less-budget-cheap-fun/">Few Ways to have More Spring break Fun with Less Budget</a> &mdash; Plan ahead to have more fun this spring break without breaking the bank! [Once Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.narrowbridge.net/should-you-have-safe-deposit-box/">Should You have a Safe Deposit Box?</a> &mdash; A safe deposit box is a great place for you to keep copies of legal documents or your social security card. [NarrowBridge Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/is-cell-phone-insurance-a-ripoff/">Cell Phone Insurance - Valuable Purchase, or Ripoff?</a> &mdash; Cell phone insurance may not be a ripoff, but it isn't the best deal either. [Cash Money Life]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-saving-money-on-coffee">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free">8 Ways to Get Your Morning Coffee for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-brown-bagging-it-better-than-buying-lunch">15 Ways to Make Brown Bagging It Better Than Buying Lunch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unexpected-delicious-drinks-you-can-make-at-home">Unexpected, Delicious Drinks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee">9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips coffee saving money Tue, 02 Apr 2013 09:48:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 971635 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Espresso Makers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-espresso-makers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-espresso-makers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000019349724Small.jpg" alt="Woman with espresso machine" title="Woman with espresso machine" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that we have given you our recommendations for the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coffeemakers" title="The 5 Best Coffeemakers">best tools to make great drip-coffee</a> at home, it is time to move on to a more specialized form of coffee &mdash; espresso. Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee that can serve as the base for drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, or mochas. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-brewing-12-ways-to-make-coffee-at-home">Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home</a>)</p> <h2>What Is an Espresso Maker?</h2> <p>Espresso is made by forcing a small amount of near-boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. An espresso maker boils water to just the right temperature, pressurizes the water, and &quot;pulls&quot; it through the coffee grounds. Unfortunately, making espresso requires some high-tech equipment, which generally costs much more than the other coffee equipment we've highlighted in past articles. If you want to make espresso at home, be prepared to make a hefty initial investment.</p> <h2>Best 5 Espresso Makers</h2> <h3>De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F49XXG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F49XXG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20"><img width="157" height="200" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/De_LonghiEC155Pump.jpg" alt="" /></a>A well-reviewed espresso machine from Consumer Reports as well as from users, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F49XXG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000F49XXG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20">De'Longhi EC155</a> is by far the most affordable espresso maker. Users agree that the machine is easy to use and prepares great espresso. The machine also contains a swivel jet frother allowing it to prepare lattes and cappuccinos. The outer casing is made of plastic, however, so durability may be an issue. Currently $83.99 on Amazon.</p> <h3>Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001KOA4Q/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001KOA4Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20"><img width="179" height="200" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Gaggia14101Classic.jpg" alt="" /></a>Most users agree that the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001KOA4Q/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0001KOA4Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20">Gaggia Classic</a> produces espresso that is on par with machines that cost much more. The housing is made of stainless-steel, which owners applaud as being remarkably durable &mdash; many claimed their Classic has lasted years. It's also great for those who are looking to get into making their own espresso but occasionally prefer the consistency of pod espresso. To get a sense of the general cost of purchasing an espresso machine, this is the second cheapest machine in our list. Currently $393.87 on Amazon.</p> <h3>De'Longhi EN680.M Nespresso Lattissima Single-Serve Espresso Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UVZ2DE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000UVZ2DE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20"><img width="171" height="180" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/De_LonghiEN680.MNespresso.jpg" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UVZ2DE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000UVZ2DE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20">De'Longhi EN680</a> is another espresso machine well-reviewed at Consumer Reports. This machine utilizes a patented capsule system &mdash; simply load coffee capsules into the machine and press a button to release espresso. Its special hot milk system also easily converts your espresso into a latte or cappuccino. Users agree that the coffee it produces tastes great and that the machine is very easy to use. Currently $499.99 on Amazon.</p> <h3>Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002S51RQG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002S51RQG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/BrevilleBES860XL.gif" alt="" /></a>One of the more advanced machines, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002S51RQG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002S51RQG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Breville BES860XL</a> contains a number of features for precise espresso prep. However, its dual-wall, pressurized filter is also friendly for beginning baristas. This Breville machine also contains its own coffee grinder so that you can freshly grind your coffee beans immediately before making your espresso. Many users agree that the Breville makes espresso comparable to some of the best coffee shops. Currently $579.99 on Amazon.</p> <h3>De'Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000N2YKQ0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000N2YKQ0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="180" height="180" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/De_LonghiESAM3300.jpg" alt="" /></a>Another of the more advanced espresso machines, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000N2YKQ0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000N2YKQ0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">De'Longhi ESAM3300</a> also features its own conical burr grinder. Users consistently maintain that not only does it produce great espresso, but that the machine is also easy to use, durable, and reasonably priced for the amount of features that is included. Its double boiler system allows one to quickly convert your espresso to a cappuccino with minimal wait time. Currently $489.99 on Amazon.</p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best espresso makers! As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-espresso-makers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coffee-grinders">The 5 Best Coffee Grinders</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coffeemakers">The 5 Best Coffeemakers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-make-delicious-ice-cream-with-the-lello-gelato-junior">Stuff We Love: Make Delicious Ice Cream With the Lello Gelato Junior</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-water-filters">The 5 Best Water Filters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying guide coffee espresso product reviews Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:48:31 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 971469 at http://www.wisebread.com The Online Dating First Date: Get a Drink http://www.wisebread.com/the-online-dating-first-date-get-a-drink <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-online-dating-first-date-get-a-drink" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5505229173_98bbc19115_z.jpg" alt="couple drinking coffee" title=" couple drinking coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Single folks, repeat after me &mdash; &quot;Would you like to go out for a drink?&quot;</p> <p>It can be coffee. It can be a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine. It can be tea. Bubble tea. Juice. A milkshake. Heck, it can be for <a href="http://www.thewaterworksrestaurant.com/menus/5/">bottled water</a> if you want. (Going to a bottled-water bar could either be a hilarious first date or one of the most pretentiously off-putting things I can think of. Take a gamble!)</p> <p>But seriously, make your first date grabbing a drink.</p> <p>A few months ago, I rejoined the ranks of the single &mdash; and I returned to the hopeful, frustrating, and sometimes pleasantly surprising world of online dating. While I've had my share of terrible dates &mdash; dates where pulling conversation out of the other person was about as easy and pleasant as pulling a particularly onerous clog of hair out of the drain &mdash; I've really been enjoying the opportunity to meet new people I would never meet otherwise. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/from-5-to-30-date-ideas-for-every-budget">From $5 to $30+, Date Ideas for Every&nbsp;Budget</a>)</p> <p>Perhaps even more than meeting new people, though, I've enjoyed how dating has both made me closer to my existing friends and helped me forge new friendships. People LOVE talking about dating &mdash; about what a good relationship means, what kind of people you meet on each dating site, and how many dates you go on before you have the &quot;what are we doing?&quot; talk.</p> <p>And one thing that everyone agrees on, no matter what dating site you use &mdash; OkCupid, Match.com, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, or whatever else &mdash; always get a drink for your first date.</p> <p>Why?</p> <h2>1. It's Frugal</h2> <p>Yeah, you're reading a frugal-living website &mdash; this is obviously going to be the first point.&nbsp;But dating can be expensive! I've been on exactly one online-dating first date that consisted of dinner, and I made a special exception because we had been talking about older restaurants. The date was fun, although I wasn't interested in a second date &mdash; and it cost me over $30. I think that $30 <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-bytes-using-tech-for-restaurant-discounts">isn't unreasonable for a good meal and drink out</a>, but if you going on a few dinner dates a month where you could have just gotten a $2 cup of coffee instead...? Well, that makes quite a difference.</p> <h2>2. You Have an Easy Out</h2> <p>If it's immediately obvious that you guys just don't have that spark, you have an easy out &mdash; it's just a drink. Stay 45 minutes, chat, and kindly take your leave. If you're at a meal or an event, getting out is a dicier situation.</p> <h2>3. You're in&nbsp;Public</h2> <p>I'm generally a pretty trusting person, but you <em>are</em> meeting a stranger for the first time. I've had people suggest hikes for first dates. While I love hiking (and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">love that it's free</a>), I'd prefer to not have the first time I meet someone be when we're walking alone on a trail into the wilderness.</p> <h2>4. You Have Something to Do (That Isn't Too&nbsp;Demanding)</h2> <p>I'm a fidgeter. I like having something to do &mdash; even if it's as small as taking a sip of coffee. (And then, realistically, usually shredding the coffee cup or beer label or whatever it is.) But, at the same time, you're not doing a more-involved activity that makes it difficult to talk and get to know the person.</p> <p><em>So, readers &mdash; do you agree?&nbsp;Or do you have a different favorite cheap first date?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-online-dating-first-date-get-a-drink">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon">9 Skills That Will Be Obsolete Soon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-refillable-things-that-will-save-you-cash">10 Refillable Things That Will Save You Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-doing-this-on-your-first-date-youre-not-getting-a-second">If You&#039;re Doing This on Your First Date, You&#039;re Not Getting a Second</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugality-and-the-myth-of-self-denial">Frugality and the Myth of Self-Denial</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-should-you-actually-be-spending-on-a-date">How Much Should You Actually Be Spending on a Date?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle bars coffee Dating Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:37:00 +0000 Meg Favreau 969794 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Coffeemakers http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coffeemakers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-coffeemakers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000004540103Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="174" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Recently, I shared what I considered to be the <a title="The 5 Best Coffee Grinders" href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coffee-grinders">best coffee grinders</a> available for purchase. Now that you hopefully have the tool necessary to grind your coffee at home, it's time to look into the right coffeemaker to brew that cuppa you wake up to in the morning. (See also: <a title="Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home" href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-brewing-12-ways-to-make-coffee-at-home">Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home</a>)</p> <h2>What Is a Coffeemaker?</h2> <p>A coffeemaker is (obviously) a cooking appliance that is used to brew coffee. There are many different types of coffeemakers that utilize different brewing methods, but the one that we are going to focus on is the most common &mdash; drip coffeemakers. A drip coffeemaker works by placing the coffee grounds in a filter inside a funnel. Water is poured into a separate container, heated to the boiling point, directed into the funnel and then allowed to drip through the coffee grounds, essentially turning into your cup of coffee.</p> <h2>Best 5 Coffeemakers</h2> <h3>Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047Y0UQO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0047Y0UQO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20"><img width="159" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/MrCoffeeBVMC-SJX33GT.jpg" /></a>A Consumer Reports Best Buy, CR cites the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0047Y0UQO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0047Y0UQO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20">Mr. Coffee BVMC-SJX33GT</a> to be one of the most highly recommended drip coffeemakers they've tested. Users agree, stating that its removable filter helps make it easy to clean and that it produces high quality, hot coffee. This Mr. Coffee can make up to 12 cups of coffee in a single brew and has a pause-and-serve feature that allows you to pour a cup of coffee while the machine is still brewing. Finally, it can take both glass and thermal carafes &mdash; if you're using glass, it can keep your coffee hot for two additional hours. Currently $39.99 on Amazon.</p> <h3>Cuisinart DCC-1200 Brew Central 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005IBX9/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00005IBX9&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20"><img width="185" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/CuisinartDCC-1200.jpg" /></a>Another user favorite, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005IBX9/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00005IBX9&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20">Cuisinart DCC-1200</a> has a brewing capacity of 12 cups and comes with a number of features to help facilitate the creation of your coffee. The quality of the coffee that comes out of this Cuisinart is highly rated, helped in no small part by the charcoal filter inside the coffeemaker that filters chlorine out of the water that goes into your coffee. The brew-pause feature on this Cuisinart allows you to remove the carafe for up to 30 seconds to pour yourself a cup before brewing has completed. Finally, the DCC-1200 contains a 24-hour advance start, automatic shutoff, and small-batch features. Currently $75.00 on Amazon.</p> <h3>Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee-on-Demand 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005IR4W7W/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005IR4W7W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20"><img width="147" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/CuisinartDCC-3000.jpg" /></a>Highly recommended by Consumer Reports, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005IR4W7W/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005IR4W7W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20">Cuisinart DCC-3000</a> is built with its own 12-cup coffee reservoir, allowing you to brew and dispense coffee without the use of a carafe. With a push of a lever, the DCC-3000 dispenses one cup at a time and contains an easy-to-read gauge that tells you how much coffee is left. The DCC-3000 contains all of the features found in the DCC-1200, including the programmable 24-hour advance start, auto shutoff, and small-batch settings. Finally, both its coffee and water reservoir are removable for easy cleaning. Currently $91.50 on Amazon.</p> <h3>Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer &mdash; Single Serve and 12 Cup Coffeemaker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004O0AOMQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004O0AOMQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="182" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/HamiltonBeachTwoWayBrewer.jpg" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004O0AOMQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004O0AOMQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer</a> allows coffee lovers to brew their coffee in one of two ways &mdash; into a traditional glass carafe that can hold up to 12 cups of coffee, or as a single cup serving. A &quot;carafe side&quot; and a &quot;single-serve side&quot; lets you choose how much coffee you want to make in that session. Other features of the Two Way Brewer include 24-hour advance start, 2-hour automatic shutoff, brew strength selector with choices between Regular and Bold flavor, and a packaged 14 oz. stainless steel travel mug. Currently $77.49 on Amazon.</p> <h3>Cuisinart DCC-2800 Perfec Temp 14 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006P1JRIY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006P1JRIY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20"><img width="152" height="190" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/CuisinartDCC-2800.jpg" /></a>Another coffeemaker recommended by Consumer Reports, the primary feature of the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006P1JRIY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B006P1JRIY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Cuisinart Perfec Temp</a> is the advanced heater design that brews higher temperature coffee than what most other coffeemakers produce. This Cuisinart also comes with brew strength control and a brew pause feature. Currently $96.37 on Amazon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And with that, you should have all the necessary ingredients to begin making the perfect cup of coffee right at home. As always, be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coffeemakers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-espresso-makers">The 5 Best Espresso Makers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coffee-grinders">The 5 Best Coffee Grinders</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-make-delicious-ice-cream-with-the-lello-gelato-junior">Stuff We Love: Make Delicious Ice Cream With the Lello Gelato Junior</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-stylish-shoes-that-last-for-years-try-frye">Want Stylish Shoes That Last for Years? Try Frye</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-water-filters">The 5 Best Water Filters</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping brewing coffee buying guide coffee cuisinart coffeemaker product reviews Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:36:32 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 969920 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Coffee Grinders http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coffee-grinders <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-coffee-grinders" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1794265841_9da78cfeec_z.jpg" alt="coffee and beans" title="coffee and beans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For a lot of people, coffee is a necessary component in kickstarting their day, and so for those folks it makes a lot of sense to have the equipment necessary to make a <a title="Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home" href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-brewing-12-ways-to-make-coffee-at-home">good brew at home</a>. But even if you're not someone who needs two cups of joe to get through the day, it could very well be a good idea to invest in the equipment anyway so that you don't end up shelling out $3-5 every time you hit up Starbucks. Regardless of your reasons, if you're looking to make your own coffee at home, you'll want to look into a coffee grinder. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Shopping Calendar: The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h2>What Is a Coffee Grinder?</h2> <p>A coffee grinder is a device that grinds whole coffee beans so that they may be brewed into a beverage. Coffee grinders come in two primary forms: burr grinders and blade grinders. Burr grinders crush coffee beans between a moving grind wheel and a non-moving surface; a blade grinder chops coffee beans with metal blades. While most coffee lovers prefer the use of a burr grinder because they grind coffee beans more consistently, the right blade grinder is quite capable of making basic coffee if that's what you're looking for. Blade grinders are also typically inexpensive and can double as a spice grinder.</p> <h2>Best 5 Coffee Grinders</h2> <h3>Krups 203 Electric Coffee Grinder<img width="122" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Krups.jpg" /></h3> <p>Compact, easy-to-use, and relatively inexpensive, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004SPEU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00004SPEU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Krups Electric Coffee Grinder</a> is highly regarded as the best available blade coffee grinder. Capable of grinding up to 3 ounces of coffee beans at a time, users claim that this grinder chops beans more consistently than other blade grinders. It does an excellent job for those looking for a basic brew, but coffee drinkers looking for more variety should probably look elsewhere. Currently $19.99 on Amazon.</p> <h3>Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder<img width="119" height="190" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Capresso.jpg" /></h3> <p>A favorite among users, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AR7SY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0000AR7SY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Capresso 560.01 Infinity</a> is capable of grinding coffee beans as consistently as other burr grinders that cost twice as much. The Capresso features 16 different grind settings including settings for espresso and drip coffee, along with a built-in timer that allows for grinding of anywhere between 5 and 60 seconds. Currently $89.99 on Amazon Marketplace.</p> <h3>Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder<img width="121" height="190" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/BodumBistro.jpg" /></h3> <p>Another well-reviewed burr coffee grinder, the most unique feature of the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043095WW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0043095WW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidewid-20">Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder</a> is the borosilicate glass container that receives the ground coffee. The special glass keeps from getting statically charged like other plastic containers which can cause the coffee grounds to &ldquo;jump.&rdquo; The Bodum Bistro also features 14 grind settings between coarse and fine. Currently $119.95 on Amazon.</p> <h3>Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder<img width="121" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Breville.png" /></h3> <p>As the coffee grinders we feature get more expensive, they also start coming with more features. The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043EWFAM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0043EWFAM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Breville BCG800XL</a> comes with 25 grind settings for French press, drip, percolator, and espresso coffee. The backlit LCD screen displays the current grind setting, number of cup or shots, and a customized grind amount. Users laud its ease-of-use as well as its consistency once you figure out the settings for your perfect cup of joe. Currently $190.24 on Amazon.</p> <h3>Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder<img width="141" height="200" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/Rancilio.gif" /></h3> <p>Considered the best prosumer coffee grinder available, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AYWU9K/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000AYWU9K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20">Rancilio Rocky</a> is built like a tank and delivers precise and consistent grinds, but also comes with a premium price. This grinder features a whopping 55 different grind settings with a die-cast housing finished in stainless steel. Finally, it also carries the largest bean-carrying capacity of the grinders we have featured here with a 10.5 ounce bean hopper. Currently $339.00 on Amazon.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeffrey-pu">Jeffrey Pu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coffee-grinders">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-espresso-makers">The 5 Best Espresso Makers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-coffeemakers">The 5 Best Coffeemakers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-make-delicious-ice-cream-with-the-lello-gelato-junior">Stuff We Love: Make Delicious Ice Cream With the Lello Gelato Junior</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-water-filters">The 5 Best Water Filters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-fabric-softeners">The 5 Best Fabric Softeners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying guide coffee coffee grinder product reviews Thu, 07 Mar 2013 11:36:35 +0000 Jeffrey Pu 969712 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ideas to Save on Your Morning Coffee http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ideas-to-save-on-your-morning-coffee <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ideas-to-save-on-your-morning-coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/1868601138_e63d08355d_z(1).jpg" alt="Ideas To Save On Your Morning Coffee" title="Ideas To Save On Your Morning Coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on ideas to save on your morning coffee, how to know if your job is in jeopardy, and cutting your restaurant bill.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Money-Coffee-21487166">7 Ideas To Save On Your Morning Coffee</a> &mdash; To save money on your morning coffee, buy a coffeemaker. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/signs-your-job-is-in-danger/">Six Ways to Know If Your Job is in Jeopardy - and What to Do About It</a> &mdash; If you get a sense you are being excluded at work, your job may be in jeopardy. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/10-ways-to-cut-your-restaurant-bill-big-time/">10 Ways to Cut Your Restaurant Bill Big Time</a> &mdash; Next time you head to a restaurant, use gift cards and take leftovers with you to reduce your restaurant bill. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://retireby40.org/2013/01/13-ways-save-money-2013/">13 ways to save more money in 2013</a> &mdash; Cutting your insurance bill and planting a garden can help you save more money in 2013. [Retire By 40]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/save-money-buying-college-textbooks/">6 ways to save on college textbooks</a> &mdash; Borrowing your textbooks from the library will cut back on your book expenses in college. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/the-roth-ira-what-you-should-know/">The Roth IRA: What You Should Know</a> &mdash; Did you know Roth IRA contributions are not tax deductible? [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/2013/01/11/free-or-cheap-tutoring-for-students/">Free or Cheap Tutoring for Students</a> &mdash; Take advantage of school programs to get free or cheap tutoring for your student. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.joetaxpayer.com/11-win-win-business-negotiation-tactics/">11 Win-Win Business Negotiation Tactics</a> &mdash; Offering concessions is a great win-win business negotiation tactic. [Joe Taxpayer]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/other-expenses-for-home-buyer/">True Cost of Buying a Home - Other Hidden Expenses</a> &mdash; When buying a home, be prepared for inspection and garden care costs. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-ways-to-spice-up-your-hot-chocolate">6 Simple and Delicious Ways to Spice Up Your Family's Hot Chocolate</a> &mdash; Add fun and tasty toppings to your family's hot chocolate to spice it up! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ideas-to-save-on-your-morning-coffee">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unexpected-delicious-drinks-you-can-make-at-home">Unexpected, Delicious Drinks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-brewing-12-ways-to-make-coffee-at-home">Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee">9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/french-press-coffee">French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-times-like-these-separate-the-want-from-the-need">In times like these, separate the want from the need.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips coffee morning coffee saving Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:48:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 965708 at http://www.wisebread.com