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This Coffee Mug Could Help Me Save $335 Next Year

November 18, 2015
by Jamie Cattanach
Staff Writer

Want to give a great gift this year? If your friends are anything like me, the gift of bottomless coffee would be pretty hard to beat.

If you frequent Breugger’s Bagels, the gift is within your reach.

Subscribe a friend to the 2016 Bottomless Mug Club and the bakery will pour the lucky recipient a year’s worth of coffee, tea or soft drinks — so long as said recipient doesn’t order more than one every 30 minutes.

If you know someone ordering more than one coffee every 30 minutes for a sustained period, you may want to get that person some help.

How Much Coffee Makes it Worth It?

Breugger’s prices for a regular cup range regionally between about $1.49 and $2.49. The mug’s price also varies — between $169.99 and $195 — but the vast majority cost $185.

Let’s say an average cup of coffee costs $2. At that price, you’d need to purchase about 92 cups of coffee in a year to break even. That’s less than two cups a week!

As an every-day coffee drinker — in fact, an every-day multiple-cup coffee drinker — I’m all over this deal. It would quickly pay for itself.

If I purchased the mug, I could drop by Breugger’s on the way to work every morning, and I’d save $335 over the course of a year.

Quick math: If you buy a $2 cup of coffee every workday, you’re spending $520 per year. If you’re a latte-a-day drinker, you’re probably spending double that.

What’s the Catch?

There’s no catch!

You’re just paying for the coffee ahead of time — and the mug, unless your store offers the card or keytag options. You’re basically committing to Breugger’s coffee for a year, so you’ll benefit from a steep discount.

Plus, the store probably hopes you’ll grab (and pay for) a bagel while you’re waiting.

Some restrictions apply: Only the holder can claim the refills, which must be served in the mug itself.

You can get hot or iced coffee, tea, or soft drinks, but not fancy espresso beverages. The deal might include chai tea or hot chocolate, but depends on your location.

But if you’re the plain cup of joe type — this might just be the perfect deal for you.

Your Turn: Will you become a Breugger’s Bottomless Mug Member?

Jamie Cattanach is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and a native Floridian. She’s passionate about learning, literature, chocolate and finding ways to live the good life as cost-effectively as possible. You can wave hi to @jamiecattanach on Twitter.

by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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