7 Ways To Save Money So You Can Afford Your Keurig

7 Ways To Save Money So You Can Afford Your Keurig

They are magical and expensive. But worth every penny.

It seems like nowadays just about everyone wants a Keurig. They are super convenient, especially if you would not drink a whole pot of coffee at a time. Also, it is coffee instantly. But while these magic machines are awesome, they can be very expensive (especially for college students)

Here are 7 ways to save money, and keep your Keurig.

1. Register your machine

Go to Keurig’s website, make an account and register your machine. Make sure to leave the emails on from them (they do not send an overload), but they do send sales and special offers!

2. Coupons!

Use the Keurig’s sites coupon codes, they often have a deal of a certain percentage off or free shipping. Also look at your grocery store to see if they are running deals. Going to Google is always valuable too!

3. Reuse K-Cups

Yes, I know that these things are a ‘single use’. But after much trial and error, that statement is not exactly true. If you are filling up your travel mug, take the cup out after the first time, and then squish it around, this gets the coffee grinds (or tea) shifted around from the trail the water first went through it. Then you can put it back in and make your next batch. From my trial and error, you can run a large mug 2-3 times.

4. Shop Around

Shop around for K-cups. Just about every grocery type of store. Even Amazon sells them! Shopping around between stores will save you a couple dollars.

5. Buy your favorites in bulk

If you want to save the most money (besides reusing) buying in bulk is the best way to go. Once you find your favorite or favorites, buy a huge pack of them. This can save you a big chunk of money. I have seen 80 counts for $0.20 a cup, which can be a $1 less a cup from a smaller pack!

6. Sell your cups after use.

This one can take a lot of work and time. But if you have it, tear into those bad boys. Crafters will buy your used cups. You may not make all of your money back, but you have the potential to make half of it back. Or you could just use them for your own crafting purpose!

7. Split Costs!

This one may not apply to everyone, but if you share with your roomie (or bestie) and enjoy the same coffee(s) / tea(s) then go together to split the cost. You can buy a big one in bulk, and share the cost.

Now go enjoy your Keurig!

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It's About Time We Stop Treating Stay-At-Home Moms As Slaves To The Patriarchy

With all this talk of empowering women, it's about time we get rid of the stigma that surrounds moms choosing to stay at home with their kids.

This is in response to an article written on Forbes based on research published by Pew Research Center, but my frustration is borne out of a long-standing cultural issue. The study stated an increase in stay-at-home moms in the Millennial generation. My problem was not with the data but rather with the way in which it was presented in the Forbes article.

Underlying the whole article seems to be this assumption that there's no way Millennial women could possibly be choosing to just be a stay-at-home mom. There must be some other outlet for them, another employment or career outside of motherhood.

The article discusses the moms who are choosing to work outside of the home while balancing being a stay-at-home mom, which is great! However, they do so in a way that demeans those who would rather choose to stay at home completely.

One sentence, discussing the SAHM's who work as well, reads, "Women are mothers in the home, but in a way that the patriarchy never dared dream."

But wait. Remind me, when did being a stay-at-home mom become equivalent to bowing before the overpowering male patriarchy?

These women are shaping the next generation of leaders, writers, employees, teachers and parents. Why are we stuck on labeling them as slaves to the patriarchy for working a full-time job of incalculable value and worth?

Another line discussing moms working online and staying home says, "Technology's evolution allows modern women the empowerment of joining tradition with innovation."

We talk about empowering women all the time, in everything they do. So why don't we allow women the empowerment, not only "of joining tradition with innovation," but of choosing tradition over innovation if that's what they want?

With all this talk of empowering women, it's about time we get rid of the stigma that surrounds moms choosing to stay at home with their kids. I can't understand what is "not enough" about a job that takes up your physical, mental and emotional stamina 24/7 all year long.

Being a mom is hard, stay-at-home or not. It's hard enough without the cultural commentary of stay-at-home moms being weak vessels propagating the cursed patriarchy, not living up to their full potential and never being enough.

There. That's been on my chest for a while.

And to my (stay-at-home) Mom, your work has been of more worth to me than I think you'll ever know. I hope you never believe a word of the lies society throws at you. You have been and always will be more than enough for me.

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Learn How to Stick to a Budget When You Are in College

Few tips and tricks that you can use to ensure that you do not waste any of your money when you are in college

College can be very expensive. Many college students are barely able to stay afloat and many end up having to borrow money from friends and family when they run out. If you are in college, there are things that you can do to make the most of your money and still live a comfortable life. The following guide provides you with a few tips and tricks that you can use to ensure that you do not waste any of your money when you are in college.

Save Money on Your Prescriptions

If you have prescription medications that you need to take on a daily basis, getting them filled for as little as possible is important. There is a Walmart $4 prescription list that is filled with common prescriptions that people need for only $4 per prescription. This can help to save you a ton of money each month depending on the prescriptions you need to have filled.

Save Money on Food

Food can also be quite costly when you are in college. Use coupons and shop sales as often as you can. Another great way to save money is to look for meal deals at local restaurants for college students. Restaurants that are located near campuses typically have great deals throughout the week for college students. You can sometimes eat for less than it would cost you to cook the meals yourself if you catch the right meal deal.

Save Money on Your Books

Books that are used in college are often quite pricey. It is important to shop around to get the best price that you can on your books. Another great tip is to buy the books second hand. Once people are done with a class, they will typically sell the books from that class for a fraction of what they cost when they were brand new. You can often find used books in a used bookstore, online, or from friends in college.

Save Money on Clothes

When you are in college, shopping at high-end fashion stores can be very difficult to do. Instead, consider shopping at thrift stores located in a very good area of town. These are the places that people who wear high-end fashions often donate their clothing too. You can then buy the fashions for a lot less than they are in the stores.

Save Money by Not Spending Frivolously

When you are in college it can be tempting to go out with your friends on a regular basis. This is not a good idea when you have to live on a budget. Take the time to consider what your costs are each month and then plan on going out with friends once or twice a month. This will allow you to still be able to have plenty of fun but help you not to go over your budget and struggle the rest of the month.

It’s important to realize that budgeting while you are in college is essential. You don’t want to constantly be borrowing money or asking your family to send money to you because it will show how irresponsible you are being with your money. It’s best to get a part-time job to help make ends meet so that you can still focus on college and have money to enjoy the things that you want to enjoy. Most part-time jobs are willing to college students because they know that they need the money and are willing to work hard to earn it.

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