Andrew and I were SHOCKED at the combined cost of a small and a medium Wild Pumpkin drink at Caribou Coffee. I think our total was $8.50. Seriously? For a small and medium?? I don’t know why it happened now, but we were both disturbed at the total and I’m still wondering if the cashier rang it up wrong. (He did say that they have recently raised their prices.) I can make a vanilla latte or a mocha at home with my handy dandy stovetop espresso maker for much less. And, really, I like mine as well as as a coffee shop’s anyway. I assure you I will still be getting coffee drinks on date night. Like Gretchen, I’m a sucker for seasonal Starbucks drinks. We are just thinking that overall, we’d like to cut down (aka. no more stops at Starbucks when I go to Super Target!)
How have you been cutting corners to deal with rising prices?
I have been making Vanilla Sugar to use in my coffee and add to my chai mix instead of using the french vanilla creamer (it means you have to use more regular creamer). I use 2 cups of granulated sugar (or fructose) and 1 tsp of vanilla. Mix it well until the vanilla is evenly distributed and then put in your oven at 150 or whatever your lowest setting is for half an hour. I turn off the heat and let it sit in my oven until it is dried out. This might take all day. Break up the chunks and store in a glass jar. It flavors my coffee as well as Torani syrup (which you can find the cheapest at Cost Plus World Market, by the way).