Coffee Draining Your Bank Account? Try This Caffeinated Water Instead.

Over the years, my relationship with caffeine has ranged from spending a week’s allowance on after-school frappuccinos, to chain-drinking cheap cups o’ joe during college finals, all the way to going to fancy cafes and paying $4.75 for a latte. This year I finally asked myself, how much do I spend on coffee?

After some research, I not only discovered Americans are draining their bank accounts on coffee, but I also found a more affordable caffeinated beverage option.

Tracking Coffee Expenses

With latte art trending on social media, many of us are inspired to indulge in expensive coffee habits. For some, it’s a $5 matcha latte. For others, it’s an ethically sourced bag of Kenyan coffee beans for $22. For me, it’s soymilk lattes from a trendy cafe nearby (there’s so, so many in San Francisco) with a $4.75 price tag. Oh, and you know I usually grab a seductive savory scone since I’m already out. Add a tip, and as I sign on the dotted line, I’m wondering how I just spent $15.

When I finally started budgeting, I began to track my coffee spending on a monthly basis. Using my very colorful and organized spreadsheet, I calculated spending anywhere from $7 to $56 just on coffee every month. My average was about $34. Seemed like a lot! Was that a “normal” amount to spend on coffee?

What We Actually Spend on Coffee

While Googling coffee spending habits, I learned my coffee spending habits are actually lower than the average American.

In 2015, Zagat reported that we paid anywhere from $3.28 to $5.07 on a cup of coffee. With the national coffee consumption rate being 2.1 cups a day, most Americans were spending at least $200 on coffee per month!

At first, this shocked me. Then, I realized how potent coffee culture is in our everyday lives. I can count at least three different coffee houses in a two-block radius. As I type, there’s cafe down the street selling coffee by the bowl.

I may be on the lower end of coffee-spending, but most Americans are not.

Caffeinated Water Cuts Your Spending in Half

So how do we fuel ourselves with a nice energy kick without breaking the bank? That’s when I discovered caffeinated water. Water with caffeine? What is this magic? I’ll get to that in a minute.

First, here’s the math.

You can grab 12 bottles of hint energy® for $20 online, at Target, or on other sites like Amazon. That’s $1.60 per bottle.

A cup of coffee from the typical spots — Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Pete’s — costs an average of $3.28.

Drinking a bottle of hint energy® cuts your cost in half.

So if the average American drinks 1.2 cups of coffee a day (or 1.2 bottles of hint energy®), your monthly caffeine budget goes from $118 to $57. Boo-ya!

The More Affordable Caffeinated Beverage

Is caffeinated water the same thing as tea? No. It’s literally water with natural caffeine and fruit essences added to it. hint energy® is bottled caffeinated water that comes in three flavors — black raspberry, apple pear, and lemon cayenne. It not only makes it easier for you to drink those eight cups of water per day, it also gives you a kick of caffeine that you’re looking for around 3 o’clock. And unlike coffee, this liquid won’t stain your teeth (or your clothes).

hint’s fruit-flavored caffeinated water is free of calories, carbs, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. In fact, it contains only three components: water, natural fruit flavors, and about 60 mg of all natural caffeine. Find hint energy® in Target, Whole Foods, or buy a subscription online.

About the Authorerin

Erin Browner is a writer living in San Francisco. When she’s not chowing down on vegan baked goods (the Cheesy Chive Scone from Wholesome Bakery is her favorite), she’s on her yoga mat, loving her cats, or riding her bike through Golden Gate Park.

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