Avoiding frugal burnout: Black coffee strategy

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Great post! I literally employ your black coffee strategy — I even use the grounds a second day, adding only a single new scoop of coffee rather than two scoops for a fresh pot. (Savings = 25% of coffee grounds and 50% of filter costs!)

    I have really been working on cooking restaurant-style meals at home. Many of the things we really like in restaurants are pretty easy to reverse engineer, and that always saves money. Here’s one of my proudest moments:

    http://fastcheapandgood.blogspot.com/2010/04/tortellini-and-four-cheese-sauce-in.html

    This is a reverse engineering of a meal at one of my favorite restaurants at my favorite vacation destination. Making it on the cheap makes me feel a little closer to vacationing again!

  2. Kayla K says:

    I haven’t tried using the coffee grounds twice. Good suggestion! Also, thanks for the recipe! I love tortellini from my days working at Olive Garden.

  3. Megan says:

    I can’t do “black” coffee. But I do make it at home, and instead of creamer, I keep sugar in a covered dish (a pretty one so it feels fancy- I think it’s a butter dish lol) and put a drop or two of Vanilla in it. I add my own spash of milk from the fridge. Yum!

  4. Lisa says:

    I use a French press to make my coffee. No need to buy filters! Additionally, I have a great travel mug that keeps liquids hot for hours so I hardly ever feel the need to make a run to a coffee shop on the way to work.

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