7 Things You Need To Know Before Buying Your Next Coffee

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I can't deny it. I'm a serious coffee addict and I have no plans to give it up.

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.

If your coffee habit is burning through your budget, here are seven ways to save money without breaking the habit.

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1. Get your coffee fix for free

Well, sort of free...you can share your opinions with Point Club to earn free coffee, along with other great prizes and pay for your coffee with your free time!

The survey site is always looking for new opinions about products you're already buying and using.

As soon as you sign up you'll get $5 right away, you can start taking surveys and earning points more and more whenever you have a few free minutes.

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

Sign up right now and start answering questions to earn your next coffee in your free time.

2. Pay with cash

Surveys show that paying with cold, hard cash instead of a debit card will train your brain to save money.

Elle Kaplan of LexION Capital Management recommended this tip to U.S. News & World Report.

She says you can "physically feel" your bank account "depleting each time you spend."

That way, you're less likely to add a donut or pricey snack to your order.

3. Step up your home brew

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

If you upgrade 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.

4. Shake up your order

Most people don't realize there are money-saving swaps that make popular drinks much cheaper.

Iced lattes with extra syrup taste just like a frappuccino, at a fraction of the cost.

A double shot of espresso costs much less than a latte, but the only think missing is the milk.

Study your drink order to find an easy way to slim down your monthly bill.

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5. Swap your coffee habit

Most people are not drinking as much water as they should be.

Swapping half of your daily coffee cups with a glass of water will keep you hydrated and save money at the same time.

You could even exchange your afternoon cup for a healthy snack.

It will give you the same boost of energy, but cuts down on your coffee bill.

6. Cup pool

Believe it or not, some thrifty coffee lovers save money by "pooling" their drinks with friends or coworkers.

If you get to the office at the same time as another coffee lover, offer to split an extra-large drink with them.

The larger sizes are usually a better deal than two small drinks.

Just pour the drink into a pair of mugs and suddenly you're both saving money.

7. Gift yourself

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, that trick is a breach of Starbucks' membership rules.

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

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