3 Tips To Help Drink Coffee On A College Budget

3 Tips To Help Drink Coffee On A College Budget

Class starts at 9:05, you have work at 3:30, friends to see so you feel like you are getting that true college experience, and when you're done with that, you still have two hours of French homework left to do.

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College is a time of many things to do but not so much free time to do it. Class starts at 9:05, you have work at 3:30, friends to see so you feel like you are getting that true college experience, and when you're done with that, you still have two hours of French homework left to do. How do you get all of this done with very little sleep? Coffee.

Coffee is every college kid's favorite drink, but it is very pricy, and very few people can drink it black. These are three easy college-tested tips that make it more affordable to buy coffee and get through college.

1. Buy more expensive, darker roast k-cups/coffee filters

This seems counterintuitive but more expensive, darker roast coffee actually makes more than one serving of coffee. You can make two of the largest servings of a Keurig coffee maker and it still tastes like strong coffee. I am somebody who likes to drink two cups of coffee in the morning, so this trick allows me to only use one k-cup and actually save money. I went from buying two boxes of coffee a month to only one, so the extra money is worth it. Personally, the brand I buy in Starbucks Dark Roast K-cups, but most dark roasts work.

2. Use milk instead of creamer

Mostly older people are the ones who can drink their coffee black, which means most people in college drink cream in their coffee. However, cream does not give you much bang for your buck. Paying three dollars for a small bottle of cream will get you two-to-three weeks of cream usage, but a half gallon of milk will get you the same amount of cream for half the price. And, if you add a small amount of sugar or honey, it will taste just like adding Coffee Mate Italian Cream to a cup of joe.

3. Drink Starbucks Brewed Coffee

Starbucks is known for expensive coffee with lots of sugar, but a regular black coffee has 330 mg of caffeine, which is almost double the amount of its most caffeinated specialty drink. A venti Brewed Coffee is also two dollars and 75 cents compared to five dollars or more for one of their specialty drinks. Just add some of the free cream and sugar Starbucks has on its counters and it will be ready to drink. If you're on the go, but want to stick to a budget, brewed coffee from Starbs is the way to go. It'll give you a huge caffeine boost to get through that study session but won't break the bank.

Coffee is amazing at giving energy and getting people through late night study sessions. While it is important to stay on budget, and these tips should help with that, sometimes there's nothing better than getting a fancy coffee drink from a local coffee shop and enjoying the sweet taste of caramel or vanilla. But most can't afford that every day, so try these tips out, and I hope they help keep you awake and on budget.

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Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.


6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!


7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.


9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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Not Everyone's Struggle Is Life Or Death, And That's OK

Someone's going to have it worse than you because that's how life is, but that doesn't make your problems meaningless.

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I was in probably 9th or 10th grade when I heard something that stuck with me. They said, "Think about this the next time you go to complain about your struggles; Someone else has it so much worse. Someone lost a parent or a husband today."

While this is true, I don't agree with it.

In fact, I think it's the farthest thing from the truth. Obviously, someone's going to have it worse than you because that's how life is, but that doesn't make your problems meaningless.

As someone who has dealt with some terrifying things, I don't want people to feel bad about telling me about their struggles. I wanna know that you've been feeling super depressed or that you bombed your history final. I wanna be there to watch Netflix and eat Chinese with you when you get dumped or take a drive around town because you're confused about life. I wanna know that any time you try to hang out with your best friend, his s.o. tags along and you have no idea what to do about it. I wanna know that you have a fever and need someone to bring you dinner or fill you in on what happened in class.

Yeah, I had a deadly disease, so what? I have days like these all the time.

I was the girl who bombed her history final even though I spent hours studying and the girl who had the flu and needed someone to bring her food. And now, I am a girl who has been trying desperately to not feel like a third wheel every time I get food with my best friend.

And you can be damn sure I complained to my mom about all of it.

My point is, each of us is struggling with something in our lives and we should be able to share it with the people in our lives.

If someone is truly there for you, they won't have any second thoughts about listening to your problems, no matter how minuscule they seem.

And if they do have second thoughts, well they were never really there for you in the first place.

So be honest. If you're having a sucky day, tell your friends. If you bombed a test, tell your classmates because chances are, you're not the only one. If you just found out you're presenting a ten-minute speech in two days, complain to your roommate, then get to work.

Your problem may not be life or death, but if you're struggling, tell someone.

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