So you wake up and greet your beloved to get you through the day - coffee that is. You're trying to be thrifty and in the long run that's a growing pile of money you're spending but you're not quite ready to give it up. Here are 5 ways to keep you caffeinated while keeping your wallet fairly robust.
Other cafes have taken to adopting digital loyalty cards, an example being Rewardle. Rewardle utilises a QR code to track your purchases and you earn points for each time you check in at a participating cafe.
Upshot is the thunderous new app that rolled around in late 2014. It's a coffee subscription service that offers you unlimited coffee from supported cafes including Shortstop Coffee and Donuts, Market Lane and St Ali.
Currently it's only available on iOS, but Upshot are offering a special launch price of $15 a week (otherwise $25 when the offer ends) so if you're a coffee addict, now is a great time to jump on board.
Skip is a handy app that lets you order and pay for food & drinks in advance at participating locations. You make your order, input your arrival time and pay with your credit card, then waltz past the queue to collect your freshly made order.
In the past newly joined cafes have been known to offer half price coffee promotions through the app (I would know when I collected a lovely almond milk latte from Little Bean Blue after a lonely volunteering shift!). Some of the latest newcomers have included a string of cafes near Melbourne University: Baretto, The Potter and Porta Via Espresso Bar.
Skip also doubles as a digital loyalty card, so that's less weight for our wallets, and less time wasted standing around cafes checking our smartphones - unless your barista offers good conversation, in which case fingers crossed they offer the next tip.
4. Bulk buy Some cafes allow you to pre-purchase several coffees in advance and you can collect them knowing you've saved a few extra dollars, or even save them for a rainy day. An example is State of Grace who charge $30 for 10 coffees.
5. Home barista
Living in the coffee capital means there are plenty of stores selling specialty equipment that you can tinker with on a lazy, stay-at--home day. Beyond espressos, you can indulge in the beloved drip coffees, or enjoy a clean cup made by an Aeropress. Don't have an electric grinder? Not to worry, pick up a quality hand grinder with precision burrs to maximise grind consistency. You can even bring your coffee brewing equipment with you when you're travelling so you always wake up with a nice cuppa.
And there you have it, 5 ways to save money on coffee so you have more money for...more coffee.