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Monday, January 13, 2014

How much does a Keurig cost?

I love Keurigs. I kind of want one. But I've seen how much the coffee costs. And being the sort of person I am, I wanted to find out exactly how much more it would cost to have a Keurig. 

The cheapest K-cups I could find were at Sam's for 49 cents per cup. There might be cheaper ones somewhere, but they are mostly around 60 cents, with the Starbucks going up to 81 cents a cup. Cheaper than a coffee shop, I guess. 

In my house, we usually drink 32 ounces of coffee a day, which is four small cups or two big ones. I figured out that we spend about 34 cents a day for our four cups of coffee, plus one filter. That's about $124 a year.

If we were to get a Keurig, and knowing us, we would buy the cheapest coffee, we would spend $715 on coffee each year. There is an option of using a reusable filter and pouring your own coffee into it. But to me, that defeats the purpose of having a Keurig. If we liked Starbucks K-cups, we would spend $1,184 on coffee each year, not including the cost of the machine. That's almost $100 a month.

Here's a handy table so you know how nerdy I really am:

Amount spent on coffee in one year based on how many cups, and what type of coffee you drink.

Cups( 8 oz. each)Regular coffee maker JFGRegular coffee maker StarbucksKeurig FolgersKeurig mid-pricedKeurig Starbucks

7.5 cents/cup17 cents/cup49 cents/cup60 cents/cup81 cents/cup

(Add $16.42 for one filter/day)

Remember that you don't have to brew a whole pot of coffee if you don't plan to drink all of it.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't have a Keurig if you want one. I just want you to know ahead of time how much it is going to cost you.

And don't buy one as a Christmas present.

That would be like surprising someone with a puppy.

I don't think I'll discuss all those tiny plastic cups being added to the landfills, because this post is not about that. But you can discuss it if you want to.
Have you ever bought anything that cost you more in the long run than you expected?


  1. Scott would say that his wife is more expensive than he thought! LOL

  2. wow, I never knew how expensive those things are! Good thing we don't have one :P

    1. I'm glad I have educated one person! Everyone else is just a little bit angry with me. :)