You know that sinking feeling in your stomach when you reach for your reusable coffee mug or water bottle — and it’s gone! You realize you left it behind, but you figure the chances of it still being there are slim to none. So you take the hit and buy a new one.
I forgot my travel mug so many times over the past few years, so I bought a Starbucks reusable coffee cup with a detachable handle, so now it’s literally attached to me wherever I go. Although the $20 investment I made is more than the typical $5 or $10 I’ve spent in the past for reusable coffee mugs, it has paid off more than its investment in so many ways. Here’s why I’m attached to my reusable Starbucks mug in return.
8:15am – Filling My Reusable Coffee Mug With My Own Coffee
Ever since I adopted the habit of filling up my reusable coffee cup with coffee I make at home, I can sleep 15 minutes later every morning. What’s more, I can have more coffee, hotter coffee, and better coffee all day long!
Each morning, I drop two scoops of ground coffee into a reusable K-cup, and press the brew button. A few minutes later, I’m out the door, coffee in hand!
The Pay-Off: Extra Sleep, Time and Money
- Almost 3 extra days of sleep
Cutting out the trips to Starbucks every work day of the year adds up to nearly 3 days of sleep — or an hour and a half of extra sleep every week!
- 2-1/2 days of waiting time
It used to take me about 10 minutes to get in and out of my local Starbucks, coffee in hand. That adds up to almost 61 hours a year — the equivalent of 2-1/2 days — just waiting around for my coffee! What a waste!
- Savings of $853 (or $1,017) in coffee costs
Add up the numbers. Spending $2.95 a day every day of the year for a small cup of barista coffee adds up to $1,077. However, I can make my own for about $60 a year, which covers the cost of my three, 40 oz. canisters of Folgers coffee grounds (FYI: this will make about 405 12 oz. cups of coffee).
There are, of course, some fixed costs involved which include the cost of the Keurig machine ($120), 3 reusable K-cups ($24), and my reusable cup ($20), totaling $164.
If you add up how much money is saved daily by avoiding the $2.95 barista coffee, these fixed costs will be paid off in only 55 days! So after that (assuming your Keurig stays in good shape) you can save $1,017 on coffee every year. Long-story-short: that’s a lot of money in the bank.
10:07am – Those Last Few Sips from My Reusable Coffee Mug
Nearly two hours after I made it, thanks to my reusable coffee mug, my coffee’s still hot. Contrast this with coffee served in a disposable coffee cup that’s likely to be cold within a few minutes. Now I don’t have to throw away those last sips of perfectly good coffee, either!
The Pay-off: Coffee That’s Hot to the Last Drop, Thanks to My Reusable Coffee Mug
3:23pm – Mid Afternoon Pick Me Up
You know the feeling. It happens at around 3:30 every afternoon. So to keep me going, I head over to Starbucks with my reusable coffee mug in hand. I present it to the barista and I get 10 cents off the price of my drink. It’s the discount Starbucks offers to anyone who brings their own reusable coffee cup. Even if you don’t have a refillable coffee mug, you can always ask Starbucks to prepare your coffee ‘to stay’ and they’ll gladly serve your coffee in a ceramic cup.
Their goal is to serve 5% of all drinks in personal tumblers and/or ‘to stay’ mugs in 2015. (They have a difficult time keeping track of the number of drinks served ‘to stay’, so this is mostly focused around to-go cups.) Think of what we all could save if we all requested our coffee to stay.
The Pay-off of Bringing My Reusable Mug from Starbucks to Work
- Money in the bank
Saving 10 cents a day every work day of the year lands an extra $26 in the bank.
- Less Waste: Greenhouse Gas, Water, Trees and More
Using my reusable Starbucks mug helps me avoid 365 disposable coffee cups each year. According to Clean Water Action (who’s now running a ‘Rethink Disposables’ campaign), for just one person, this helps to prevent 87.6 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions, 76 gallons of water, 126 trees, and 12 lbs. of solid waste. This stuff adds up!
6:17pm – The ‘Attached’ Part
The nifty handle on my refillable Starbucks thermal coffee cup literally clips onto the handle of my bag. It not only has saved me from leaving it behind countless times, it’s the best portable mug I’ve ever used. Once I get home, all I have to do is rinse it out, park it next to the Keurig, and I’m good to go for the morning.
The Ultimate Pay-off: Peace of Mind
How about you? Are you attached to your reusable coffee cup? What benefits do you appreciate the most?
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