Buy a Coffee Maker & Save Money at Home

Sheri Reed

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For the coffee lovers among us, a daily cup of gourmet joe on the go can add up to a big monthly expense. However, that doesn't mean you have to give up your gourmet coffee habit (phew!). You just might want to consider brewing coffee and espresso at home in order to save a lot of cash.

With a one-time investment in an inexpensive coffee maker, you can make coffee at home for as little as 60 cents a 12-ounce cup when you buy your own gourmet coffee beans for the going cost of about $12 a pound.

That's a lot cheaper than the $2+ per cup you'll spend on coffee in a café. In fact, for those buying a daily coffee fix at a café, it's the difference between spending $60 a month and $18 a month. And, if you're a Latté, Mocha, Cappuccino, or other fancy coffee drink lover, those numbers are a lot higher. Holy moley!

Check out these four reasonably priced coffee makers for home brewing.

Bodum 3-cup coffee press, $18.54 at Amazon

The Press Pot or French Press

My husband and I make our coffee in a French press every morning. It makes a delicious cup of coffee, and it's really simple to use. Essentially, you just add coffee and boiling water. For detailed instructions, visit French Press Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's

The Stovetop Espresso Maker

Espresso machines are expensive! But if you want to make your favorite Mocha, Latté, or other espresso-based drink, check out this low maintenance stovetop espresso maker. Here's a fun how-to video for beginners: How to Make Coffee With a Stovetop Espresso Maker.

Chemex 6-cup coffee maker, $32.95 at Amazon

The Chemex

Now this is an old school coffee maker, but it's very simple to use (not to mention adorable!) and makes a quite decent cup of coffee too. For some basic instruction, check out: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Loving the Chemex. Chemex filters are required.

Krups 12-cup coffee maker, $59.54 at Amazon

The Traditional Automatic Coffee Maker

If you're a woman who likes her automated timer, there are lots of affordable and easy-to-use coffee makers with timers on the market. Buy one. It will help you save around $1.40 a cup when you brew at home!

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Do you brew your own coffee at home or do you plan to start? Share your coffee-making tips for home brewers in the comments below.

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