4 mistakes everyone is making when they buy coffee

I can't deny it. I'm a serious coffee addict. I stop at my local coffee shop almost every morning to get my cup of jo. That means I've learned the ins and outs of saving money on each drink.

Here are four mistakes that are probably causing you to burn through your budget, and how to fix them!

1. You’re not using free gift cards

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Exchange what you've earned for gift cards, and suddenly your coffee habit has paid for itself.

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2. You’re not getting your free birthday coffee

Starbucks offers membership cardholders a free drink on their birthday.

It may not seem like much, but the card offers other special discounts, and a free cup is a free cup.

Although, some customers really make the most of it,

"There is a man who comes to my Starbucks every single day and orders the most horrible drink in an infuriating way," wrote one barista.

"He purchased 365 Starbucks cards and registered every one of them online with a different birthday so that he gets a 'free birthday drink' EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR."

Be warned, thrifty coffee lovers, we don't reccomend this trick and it is a breach of Starbucks' membership rules.

3. You’re not earning money from your spare coffee change

If you’re like me, you probably have a ton of spare change lying around from your daily coffee runs. Well you might want to consider starting an investing account with Acorns.

You can start small with - $10 - and save up change over time with Acorns round up feature. With this if you spend $2.70 on a coffee, 30 cents gets put into your Acorns account.

The automatic savings stack up surprisingly fast and the app does all the investing for you! The sooner you start the more you could be saving and potentially make. One user was able to stack up $120 in the first two months just through round ups and an initial $10 deposit.

At a rate like that you could set aside $720 in a year without even thinking about it. You can also invest at a faster rate if you wanted and can afford it.

Sign up here to start saving your spare coffee change.

4. You’re not brewing at home

The biggest reason people grab a to-go cup from a coffee chain is the taste difference.

If youupgrade your home coffee setup, there's no need to waste cash at the store every day.

Invest in a French press or Aeropress system and some freshly ground beans.

It's easier than you think, and daily drinkers can save thousands of dollars each year by brewing at home. JavaPresse will actually send you fresh award winning beans from around the world.

Just sign up and you can start saving money while still having top teir coffee!

What's your favorite way to save money on coffee?

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