Drink Coffee and Save Money

Well it's Monday yet again and like every Monday (well every day), I like to start it off right with a nice cup of coffee. Who doesn't like a good cup to jump start the week? Well, in catching up on the week's news, I came across a very interesting video from CNN Money, which talks about the ways drinking coffee can actually save you money. As a coffee fanatic, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to write about this today. How can drinking coffee save you money? Well, here are a few fun facts.

Odor Absorber

If you brew your own coffee at home, you can actually use the grounds to help absorb odors in your refrigerator. Take the used grounds, dry them out and put them in a bowl or plate. The grounds have the same effect as baking soda does. It takes the nasty odors and smells from your fridge and sucks them up. It's not a huge savings, considering baking soda is inexpensive, but it's nice to know that you can repurpose the grounds and use them more than once.

Ground Fertilizer

If you are someone who gardens, you probably know about this trick already. Taking the old coffee grounds and adding them to your soil acts as a fertilizer. It can also act as a bug repellent so ants and other various creatures aren't eating up the crops. Considering fertilizer can be quite costly, and chemical ridden, used coffee grounds is a cheap and safe way to make sure your plants are getting some much needed nutrients and protection.

Wood Staining

Coffee stains teeth, but I never would have imagined that you could use brewed coffee as a staining agent for wood as well. Brewing an extra strong pot of coffee can create a good amount of staining agent for wood.
Take the brewed coffee (make sure there is no cream or sugar in it), and paint it onto the wood boards. When you reach the desired stain/color of your wood, wipe the excess coffee off and let it dry. You now have a great wood stain, at a cheap price, and without the chemicals. Who knew that coffee was so versatile?

So there you have it. The next time you are drinking a cup of coffee, remember it can be used for more than just a pick me up. It can also be a big money saver around the house.

Have you ever used coffee around the house?

Seth P.