How I’m cutting my “Starbucks Budget” in half by making my own lattes

The 4 dollar Cinnamon Dolce Latte you got today at the Bux might not be something you though twice about, but may be burning a gaping hole in your wallet.  It may be part of your commute; a way to pep you up for the day ahead or justify sitting in traffic for over an hour. Either way, 4 dollars every day or even every week adds up quick. I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to keep hitting up the drive-thru. In the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee, you can make your own fantastic flavoured lattes.

Here’s my variation of the Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks

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My 50 Cent Vanilla Cinnamon Latte (Makes 3 lattes)
Ingredients:
6 Tbsp ground coffee (approx. $0.88)
1 and a half cups milk (approx. $0.37)
1 tsp vanilla extract (approx. $0.05)
1 tsp ground cinnamon (approx. $0.12)
+ 3 pinches of ground cinnamon to garnish
Sugar to taste (optional)

Directions 
Brew coffee with vanilla extract and 1 tsp cinnamon. In a small sauce pan, heat milk on high heat while stirring constantly. You know that it’s almost done when the milk is steaming foams upwards – remove from heat. Pour coffee into 3 mugs and add milk. Garnish with ground cinnamon on top and enjoy.

 

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Pre-Fab Smoothie Package

Smoothies make for an amazing breakfast; they are cheap, quick way to down the nutrients you need to start your day off right. I will show you how to make them even simpler: just add water, juice, or milk, a little bit of yogurt, and blend.

 

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(First Smoothie Package)

 

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(I only had 6 frozen bananas, so unfortunately I only made 6 packages)
Ingredients per package: 
1/2 cup Frozen Berries
1 Frozen Banana; peeled, in chunks
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
2 tbsp Oats
3 Ice Cubes (Optional)

Directions: 
Measure all ingredients and put them in a Ziploc sandwich bag, when ready to make add some water, juice, or milk and a couple tablespoons of yogurt (optional). Hint: To peel the frozen banana, partially thaw (about 5 minutes), cut both ends and then lengthwise, peel as usual.

Reusable Face Wipes

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If you’re like me, the last thing you want to do is spend the remainder of your evening in the bathroom cleaning off dried makeup from your face. Moreover, you don’t want to spend time cleaning up the mess that is your bathroom counter after the dried makeup battle is over. So what do you do? You pay an exorbitant monthly amount, much more than you’re willing to admit, on disposable face wipes in an effort to cut the drama that is your night-time routine.

I’m going to show you how you can still have the convenience of a wipe and the effectiveness of a makeup remover/facial cleanser all while saving your wallet. Did I mention that it’s also friendly on the environment?

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(I ended up cutting the cloths in half while the water was boiling)

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(I added the water to the cloths and started putting the cleanser inside each cloths)

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(Here they are folded and ready for use)

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(I even added a little tag to the top of the container)
What you need: 
7 or 8 face cloths
Water (preferably distilled, but you can also just boil regular tap water)
Facial cleanser of choice
Air-tight container

Directions:
Boil enough water to thoroughly soak the cloths. add enough cleanser for 7 or 8 uses. Store in an air-tight container.
Rinse your face with water, wash your face with the cloth, rinse cloth thoroughly, rinse face. Wash the cloth with a load of towels.