Several Christmas's ago, my in-laws got our family this neat coffee machine. I'd never heard of it before, but from the look of it, it was a single cup coffee maker. It was called a Keurig Coffee machine.
It was such a sweet design and promised to satisfy my addiction to caffeine one cup at a time. In opening our present, I thought to myself, “I wonder how much a single servings cost?” Since Christmas, I've found a lot of deals and seen what are good, OK, and bad prices. It's hard to believe the variances in prices of k-cups.
K-cups are the refill cartridges that you insert into the unit that contain the coffee grounds. It allows you to become your own home Barista! :) Here is a short tutorial on what the Keurig is and some of the different K-cup options.
So in being the thrifty guy I am, I'm always looking for the best deals on purchasing K-cups. After all, I need to fuel my addiction, and getting the best deal is in my best interest! For me, determining a good deal comes down to how much I'm paying per K-cup. So, over the last year, I found three common price ranges for K-cups, what you'd expect to pay at particular stores or sites, and suggestions on where the best deals are at.
- High – $0.85 – $1.00/K-cup – most commonly you'll expect to pay these prices at your local grocery, Target, Shopko, or Walmart. Also, these are most commonly for the premium roasts.
- Medium – $0.50/K-cup – commonly K-cups will typically cost about $0.50 at most regularly price websites. The key is waiting for the real deals to come about and stock up!
- Low – $0.25-$0.33/K-cup (I call this a ThriftyGuy Deal!)
- Keurig My-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter – (less than $0.21/K-Cup) – if you are looking for a do-it-yourself K-cup and looking to save money, then check out the Keurig reusable filters. These units offer a lot of long terms savings at the cost of your convenience. So let's break down the savings. Take a 33.9 ounces tub of Folgers coffee. If you spent $10 on a tub of grounds and spent $9.75 on the reusable filter, then 33.9 ounces = 960 grams. 10 grams per refill cartridge would give you 96 K-cups. For just one tub of coffee, it'd average your cost to $19.75/96 = $0.21 per K-Cup. If you used the refill cartridge over the life of two tubs, then it'd only cost $0.11/K-cup. With this unit, the savings keep mounting the more you use it!
- Sam's Club – (about $0.33-$0.55/K-cup) – Sam's has a lot of great bulk deals, which can help ya get some pretty good deals. On average expect to pay between $0.33-$0.55/K-cup.
- Keurig.com – (about $0.62/K-Cup for members) – has a lot of great savings for members and subscribers to their newsletters/deal alerts. They offer about 160 varieties of K-cups and for members, you'd expect to pay about $0.50-$0.75/K-cup. No that sweet of deal, but I highly recommend signing up for the deal alerts to get the best deals. (typically member price is $0.62/k-cup or $14.84 for 24)
- Amazon.com – ($0.30-$0.60/K-cup depending on variety) – Amazon offers a wide variety of K-cup options and is probably one of the most competitive sites for all their Keurig products. Expect to save about 30% on average by buying your Keurig products online vs buying them directly in a store. Just today I noticed that the Keurig filters were $7.90 vs $17.88 at my local Walmart! That is a savings of 45% over retail.
- Starbucks.com – (around $0.83/K-cup) – if you are addicted to the premium Starbuck's blend, then check out their website. They offer 14 different coffee blends, and one of the more expensive places to purchase K-cups. Oh, by the way, you can get them a little cheaper on Amazon.com. (Personally, my favorite is the Pike's Place blend!!)
As addicting as caffeine can be it's always helpful to try and score a good deal on your grounds. Hopefully, these tips will help ya save a few dollars on your next K-cup purchase. I'm sure I've missed a few, so I'd love to hear from some of our readers on how you save money on Keurig products. Also, how do you like the Keurig? Would you recommend it to others?