This summer, I got hooked on iced coffee. Don’t get me wrong, in the winter I love a hot cup of coffee as much as the next person. But when its 90 plus degrees out, I don’t see the appeal in drinking a scalding hot beverage. I love Starbucks & Scooters blended and iced drinks, but I never tried to make them myself.
That was until I read this post from Slim Down with Sara about making your own iced coffee at home. Serious game changer! Now I am hooked on iced coffee, and trying out new recipes to see what I can come up with! Yum!
My employer has a very elaborate Starbucks maker that creates an amazing latte. I then put it in my Shake & Go Tumbler with ice and a little syrup and woo-lah! Perfect iced coffee!
If you haven’t discoved the shake cup from Contigo, then you are seriously missing out! I got 2 of these (one in coral and one in green). They are great for mixing in drink mixes or for shaking up your iced coffee. All you need to do is take the straw out and the lid automatically closes and seals. Then you shake it, put the straw back in, and voila! A perfect drink.
They are also insulated and a lot more attractive then some of the protein shake cups I see around. Click the image below to check it out! This is an affiliate link, but I only recommend products I love, and trust me when I say I LOVE this cup (and so does my 2 year old!).
Here’s the downfall to all of this: I don’t have any coffee for the weekends!
I decided a great alternative to the fancy Starbucks machine was to buy an expresso machine and make my own iced latte.
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it though, as we are saving up for house renovations. That’s when I came up with a plan to get my espresso machine for free!
I got my espresso machine from Target. I was able to find a way to get it with no out of pocket cost. Here’s the machine I have! It makes a perfect amount for a shop of espress, and it’s super easy to use. Not to mention it’s fast! I don’t know about you, but mornings around here are always rushed and busy. I don’t want to wait around for something to drip. I want my coffee now! Ha!
Click here or on the image to check out this machine. This is an affiliate link, but as I said earlier, I only recommend it because I love it! I even talked my sister into getting one for her house (an extra bonus when I go to visit her!).
So now that you know all about my iced coffee adventures, let’s get to the “how to” of getting my espresso machine for free!
1) I used a pharmacy 5% off coupon
When you fill 3 prescriptions with Target, they give you a coupon for 5% off your whole purchase! You can use it as many times in one day as you want. Seriously. Anything in the store, all day long. And don’t worry, you don’t have the use the coupon the day you receive it. You have a few weeks to use it, but when you finally do use it, it is only good for that day.
If you are going to be filling prescriptions anyway, then why wouldn’t you get the free pharmacy card and start working on your 5% off coupon. 5% can seriously add up if you buy your groceries with it!
2) I used my red card for 5% off
Oh Red Card, how I do love you!
The Target red card is not a credit card, it is a debit card. I repeat, it is NOT a credit card! They do have credit cards you can get, but the one I am talking about it 100% a debit card. So many people say “but Rachyl, I don’t want to get another store credit card”. Well it’s not, so you are safe! It links to your checking account at whatever bank you use, and you are given a pin number like any other debit card!
The real kicker is that ou always get 5% off your purchases! No matter what you buy or when, once you swipe that debit card, it takes 5% off your total instantly. Like magic! 😀
It also stores your purchase information so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of receipts. This has been a lifesaver for me! Oh and speaking of receipts and returns, you also get an extra 30 days to return things. So if you are anything like me and your return sits by your door for weeks, then this will help you out a ton!
Now I bet you didn’t think the Target Red Card could get any better. Well it just did. When you order online, you automatically get free shipping! Boom! Mind blown! You can jump on the site, order one small thing, get 5% off your order, and have it shipped to your house for free. Talk about 21st century stuff!
3) Gift cards
Target often has these amazing deals that if you buy so many of a certain item you get a free gift card. I waited until the price was right for stocking up, and I purchased dog food, deodorant, and blades for my razor. I got over $40 in gift cards and still got the items for a great price! I know I will need them and they won’t go bad.
When you check out, they simply take a gift card, load it with the balance, and you are good to go. They put it all on one card for you too, so no need to carry around 100 gift cards with a few dollars on each.
I then used those gift cards to go purchase my espresso machine, along with the 10% off I received, and of course I waited until it was on sale. So a $40 machine costs me $0. Easy peasy, right?
Now it’s your turn to get your FREE coffee or espresso machine and start making your own amazing coffee at home!
Oh hey, don’t forget to share this post on your favorite social media channel. I know your friends would love to hear about savings money and still getting to drink fantastic coffee!