Pod Coffee; Can it Help You Save Money?

A lot of people are aware of the revolution of pod coffee machines. 

The global market for pods and capsules is worth $4.06 billion in 2020 and it is growing all the time.

Pods can make it really easy to make espresso drinks especially, and this can form the basis for a number of barista-style drinks. Combined with a milk steamer (either in the pod coffee machine or separately) then coffee pods can actually make a huge number of different types of beverage just as easily. All of that at the press of a button!

Pod Coffee; Can it Help You Save Money?

So we know that the drink selection and convenience are two of the benefits of coffee pods, but let’s also look at how coffee pods can save you money.

The Price of Your Coffee Habit:

Let’s say you spend £2.75 on a cup of coffee. UCC’s price watch shows that this is a pretty normal price for a lot of hot drinks. 

How many times are you going to the coffee shop in the course of the week? Some of us go in the morning before work, at lunchtime, and for social activities. That can work out pretty expensive.

Even with the rise in the “subscription” model some coffee shops are starting to employ, you may still get sucked in by the temptation of pastries and delicious snacks, and it also restricts you from just going to one of the coffee chains. Not much choice there.

Coffee pods, on the other hand, can be an adequate replacement. The days of making a quick and enjoyable cup of coffee at home are here to stay. 

Not many people choose instant coffee anymore (well, not if they can avoid it). We can have coffee machines at home and in the workplace to ensure that it is just as quick and easy as making a cup of instant coffee.

So, with that in mind, you can do the comparison sums. Look at it this way, you can buy beautiful, delicious coffee pods that cost less than 20 pence per pod. The cost of the water is negligible, and steamed milk is an added extra that also costs pence.

Even if you were to say every cup was costing you 50p to make (it is very unlikely to be the case) that could be a saving of over £2 compared to every cup you buy in a coffee shop.

If you buy five cups of coffee per week, that works out at £10 a week. If you do this every week, it can work out at a saving of over £500 over the course of the year.

Ok, so let’s be totally real about it. If you’ve got a pod coffee machine and you love the results then there’s every chance that you are going to use it more than you would buy from a coffee shop. With such huge savings on every cup, though, it isn’t likely to make a big impact, and it is probable that you’re still making savings.

What’s more, the coffee itself can be just as portable as coffee-shop beverages. You can use a keep-warm travel cup to enjoy a hot cup of joe long after it has brewed.

Other Financial Benefits of Pod Coffee:

There are some more financial benefits of pod coffee machines:

  • The machine pays for itself quickly. Pod coffee machines have come down in price significantly, and when you consider the saving on every coffee you make, they can effectively pay for themselves.
  • There’s more choice of pods than ever. That means you’ll never get bored of the different varieties. On top of that, there are often promotions you can make the most of and stock up on new and exciting pods.
  • You won’t be tempted by the impulse buys of coffee shops. We’ve all gone in for a latte and come out with a load of pastries, cookies, and other goodies we love, but don’t need. By not having this temptation you can save more money.
  • You can share the machine. A coffee machine is usually a good investment for a single person, but if you have multiple coffee-lovers in the home, all spending money on store-bought coffee, it’s a good idea to get a machine for the savings that all of you can enjoy.


Pod coffee machines can save you thousands of pounds. If you spend a lot of money on coffee while you are out of the home, and you’re really willing to move to pod coffee made at home or in the office, then you can save huge sums of money. It’s shocking how these small daily amounts can stack up.

You don’t need a lot of equipment or knowledge. It is so easy to get started, and you may even be able to save enough cash to go on a holiday at the end of the year, it can be that much of a dramatic change.

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