If you’re a lady in the U.S. there’s a good chance that you go ape at any mention of Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. If you’re not in the U.S. then I’m sure you’ve heard allllllll about them all over the internet because (they’re delicious!) every year when the weather starts getting even the teeniest, tiniest bit chilly that’s all anyone can talk about. These Pumpkin Spice Lattes have pretty much got us all under their spell.
These limited-time, seasonal drinks have already been out for a bit this season but, I’ve got to tell you, I felt like quite the genius (it doesn’t take much;) when I thought up a way to save about $2.50 per drink.
Alright, so a medium, Pumpkin Spice Latte is about $4.50. That’s a lot of money…especially if you think spending money on fancy coffee drinks is a waste of money, which I do.
So, what’s a girl to do? Well, this is what. Order your coffee, and then have them put the pumpkin spice syrup in the coffee! Sure, it’s not exactly the same but it’s close! You get the flavor you want, AND you get to save 40%-ish on your coffee. That’s win-win if you ask me.
Also! If you like vanilla lattes then just have them put vanilla syrup in your coffee. Just a heads-up they do charge .50 for the syrup.
Do you have an expensive coffee drink habit? Think this is a trick you might start incorporating? Got any other tricks/tips that you can share with us?
My finace and I purchased the pumpkin spice spice (ha!) from Trader Joe’s. We make our coffee at home and then just sprinkle it in! It’s tasty and super affordable. :)
*fiance it’s not even 8am here in California – haha.
I would opt for two or three shots with whip cream and pumps of the syrup and it would be $2/3 dollars… this was before I started the spending fast, so now its coffee at home for me
You can also order a “short.” It’s a smaller size, but sometimes that’s all you need.
I’ve been adding pumpkin spice to my ground coffee, then brewing it and topping it off with milk and whipped cream sprinkled with more pumpkin spice. It’s not a true PSL, but it’s one I can afford daily!
Holy cow. That’s such an amazing idea! #impressed
I’ve got a homemade PSL recipe on my blog. I love them! So much cheaper that it makes them worth it (even though they don’t taste quite the same).
Ouch, $4.50 for Pumpkin Spice Latte? No way! :) I’m glad that I don’t go to expensive coffee shop anymore!
I just made strong coffee a batch of pumpkin puree and voila, pumpkin spice lattes at home. For the low cost of $12 for all supplies and the spices last a LONG time.hil
I do have this terrible habit!
It’s just so convenient!!!
i started doing that with iced coffee when i wanted a hazelnut macchiato! just ask for the hazelnut drizzle in your iced coffee and it tastes just like one! must be the drizzle, though, not the syrup!! and they will charge 50 cents for the drizzle but it’s worth it!
ohhhh that’s a good one! might have to try that.
When I worked at Sbux, we called these the, “Poor man’s latte.” At my store at least this is what most of us preferred over a regular latte. Works well with pumpkin spice, mocha, white mocha, and creme brulee. Anything that’s more of a “creamy” sauce. Try 1/2 white mocha + 1/2 cinnamon dolce in a dark roast. Game changer.
I make my own version of a PSL at home in a moka pot (Bialetti stovetop espresso maker)! Just put your coffee grounds in, a few sprinkles of “pumpkin spice seasoning” and brew it. I live in Spain so a PSL is definitely not on the menu around here. I don’t even have a drip coffee maker! I think if you added the spice mix to the grounds in any style coffee maker it would do the trick.
This is such an amazing hack! Thanks for sharing!! I hardly ever buy fancy coffee drinks because I can’t stand how much they cost!