Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Save $20 a week

I mentioned that we are following the Dave Ramsey plan awhile back, and I am proud to announce that I paid my car off on Saturday! It is a great feeling to have our cars paid off, and after awhile you don't even notice the little sacrifices you make to tackle the debt.
But...I have also kind of lost some of the intensity I had in the beginning of the year. I was balancing my checkbook and I am embarrassed to admit how much money I spend on my darling Caramel Frappicinos from Starbucks. Let's just say that making them at home 5 days a week will save me over $20 a week. You can google different recipes from the Internet, but here is how I make mine:
  • 1 cup of coffee
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 cups of ice
  • vanilla caramel creamer ( I don't know exactly how much, but I like mine sweet!)
  • caramel topping (2 tbs)

Blend it in your blender and top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel topping. It's not exactly the same, but it is satisfying. On the morning's that I'm too lazy to get the blender out, I just stir it all together and pour in a cup of ice.

Hey, it's not Rocket Science, but it's saving me over $80 a month, which is almost $1000 a year! Crazy-huh? Oh, and by the way, I still allow myself one or two "real" ones from Starbucks a week.

Go to Beauty and Bedlam for some other recipes. Happy Tuesday:)

15 comments:

Gretchen said...

Great idea, I think I will go make one right now.

lori vliegen said...

wow....congratulations on paying off your car!! what a great accomplishment! yes, you definitely deserve a caramel frapp!! :)

Jill said...

Wow! little things really add up!- Thanks for the recipe...I guess I'll be blending my own too!! :)

newlyweds said...

Sounds yummy, I love caramel and I so agree saves tons of money.

mysteryhistorymom said...

Oh boy, I am going to have to try this! Frappaccinnos (sp?) are addictive- and expensive! Good for you for making your own!:) Lori

Frugal Jen said...

Congrats on paying off your car! When we first started his plan I NEVER thought it would happen, we too last year paid both cars off. Such a great feeling!

Your coffee drink looks so great!

Sarah said...

Ok I am off to skip my cup of coffee and make a glass of iced coffee :)

Wanda said...

Your blog is so bright, creative and refreshing! Thanks!

the undomesticated wife said...

Congrats on paying off your car, that's a huge accomplishment! Mine has been paid off for a while, but just a few months ago, we paid off hub's car and a credit card. About to pay off my remaining student loans. Luckily, we aren't even having to use any of my severance $ to do it (severance is still in savings..yay!). It sure feels good!

I also started making my fave chai tea lattes at home. It does save a lot of $.

Sharon said...

We're DR fans too and working on that BS2!!! It cannot go fast enough can it?! And I make fraps and yummy coffees at home all the time....love them even better than 'Bucks----All it takes is some creamers, a blender and yummy syrups. We've got a great little mom n' pop coffee place close by and I can get my stash of supplies there. Love it!

blair said...

I love this!! I am SUCH a coffee addict, and was convinced the only way to get "iced" coffee was from a coffee shop (wow, am I really that unintelligent?)! But this alone will save me a ton of money! Thank yoU!

sarah said...

I bought an espresso machine at a garage sale for $3, a bottle of vanilla syrup for $5 and I've been making my own addiction (vanilla lattes) at home for two weeks now. I have to try to make a frappacino, it sounds delicious!

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

YEA for you!! Paying your car off is HUGE, but yep, those fraps will get you everytime...hee hee.
This is a great recipe and I love your commentor that bought a machine at a yard sale. I'll be on the hunt. :)

Patti said...

Congrats on the car payoff!!! We're slowly paying off our credit cards and I "celebrate" everytime one more goes away! I live in MN and while visiting Michigan a few months ago, I fell in love with Tim Horton's blended coffee drinks. My sister sent me a recipe (found it on the internet) and I blended it up in my little Bullet blender . . . tastes just like it in my opinon! Think I'll go make one now!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Congrats on paying off your van. We love DR...and we are DEBT FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (except for our mortgage)