I was thinking about this today while I was loading up my iced coffee for the day. (I'm packing my iced coffee in ball jars.)
Once upon a time, I'd go through 2 iced coffees from Dunkin Donuts, per day.
That's about $6 per day.
Or, that's about $30 per week.
Or, about $135 per month.
Or, about $1500 per year.
If you're making $50K per year, that's about 3% of your annual income. Just for coffee. Adjust for your own actual income.
Even though summer's gone, I still cold-brew, using my fancy, $150 (Thank you Melissa!) kitchen aid coffee grinder to do a very fine (espresso) grind before brewing.
A canister of coffee from Trader Joe's runs about $8. One can will last me almost 2 weeks. So, figure 2.5 cans per month.
That's about $20 per month.
Or, about $240 per year.
AND I get better coffee.
AND, it's not loaded down with all the cream and sugar that's required to make Dunkies' coffee palatable. Since I started cold brewing, I've actually lost weight, because I don't feel the need for sugar.
And, the grinder's versatile enough to do everything from espresso grind (which I use for cold brewing) to a really coarse grind that's suitable for French Press.
So, much better coffee, smaller waistline, for a lot less money, and a much lower annual percentage of income spent on all of it.
Suddenly the fancy grinder looks a lot more affordable.