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Money Saving Drink Tips

Money Saving Drink Tips

    • First don’t forget to drag out the thermoses. What a nice surprise for your family to open up their lunches and find a thermos full of cocoa or hot tea. I know they can get milk at school and a teabag from the break room but how would you feel if someone made you a hot drink like that? It would be nice wouldn’t it? It’s like liquid love.
    • Instead of throwing out that extra coffee in the morning, pour it into a thermos to use later (whether at work or at home). You could even make extra coffee in the morning and put it in a thermos to take to work. This will save you money over buying coffee there. Even if you stay at home it saves you from having to make it when you need a break.

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    • Experiment with regular tea bags and make your own flavored tea. Add apple juice, brown sugar and cinnamon stick to a regular cup of tea or instead, add a slice of lemon, honey and a cinnamon stick. Another good combination would be cranberry juice, cloves, and a cinnamon stick.
    • Save money on expensive coffees buy making your own. Add a drop or two of vanilla extract and vanilla non dairy creamer to your coffee for an expensive coffee taste. If you really want to “walk on the wild side” experiment with different flavors of extracts like hazelnut. Use a light hand and only a small amount because pure extracts can be strong.
    • If you like flavored coffees, add a little pinch of cinnamon to your coffee grounds before brewing or use a cinnamon stick to stir it. You might try a tiny bit of vanilla with vanilla flavored creamer.
    • For a delicious variation on cocoa, try stirring it with one of those peppermint sticks you got on clearance after Christmas.
    • Don’t have a peppermint stick? Then steep a mint tea bag in your cocoa.
    • If you love peanut butter cups, add a small spoon of creamy peanut butter to your cocoa.
    • Add a teaspoon or two of coffee creamer to your hot chocolate for a much creamier texture.
    • Having trouble communicating in your family? A hot drink may seem like something small but try sitting and having a cup of cocoa one day with your kids after school. You will be amazed at how they will open up and visit with you. Or try sharing a hot drink with your spouse at the end of the day. These things help to create warm fuzzy memories for our families. Then, when times of stress come, they have those good memories to pull out, cling to and help them through the harder times in life.
    • Make up some lemonade and stir into a little kool aid to color it – red (raspberry, strawberry, cherry flavor) for Valentine’s Day, green (lime) for St. Patty’s Day or blue for the 4th of July.

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  • Having trouble getting your children to eat their food at dinner time? Try serving just water for a beverage. A lot of times children fill up on juice, milk or pop before they even get their food on their plate. They are not as likely to tank up on liquid if that liquid is water.
  • Don’t forget to keep a few frozen bottles of water in the freezer now that we are heading into summer. Fill plastic bottles of water half full and freeze. When you are ready to run out the door grab one and top it off with more water. These are also great for picnics or for on a trip. Place them in with your food cooler to help keep it cool.
  • I really love the small bottles that chocolate milk comes in at Burger King for kids’ drinks. They are smaller and narrower which makes them easier for small hands to hold on to. This especially helps reduce spills in the car. We don’t get these bottles often but when we do I just take them home, peel off the labels and wash them. I then freeze them with water or fill with lemonade.
  • Do you often go to a large activity where everyone one has a bottle of water or pop that all look alike? Do you have a drawer of scrunches or cloth pony tail holders that seem to keep multiplying? Then kill two birds with one stone and slip a scrunchy or pony tail holder on to the bottle or can so you can easily identify yours. Give every member of the family his or her own color. The guys probably would prefer a black or brown one instead of hot pink and if they really aren’t in touch with their feminine sides, use a large colored rubber band instead.
  • Save money on expensive coffees buy making your own. Add a drop or two of vanilla extract and vanilla non dairy creamer to your coffee for an expensive coffee taste. If you really want to “walk on the wild side” experiment with different flavors of extracts like hazelnut. Use a light hand and only a small amount because pure extracts can be strong.

 

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