Leftover coffee? Who ever heard of such a thing? However, if you are like my husband, you make more coffee than you need for one or two cups. Throwing it out is such a waste. It is cheaper to make your coffee at home rather than buying at a coffee shop but you still don’t want to be throwing it out. You aren’t really saving much if you waste it. Part of living a frugal lifestyle is using everything you can and stretching things as far as you can. Sometimes it takes thinking a bit outside the box to help you be able to stretch everything you can to last or serve more than one purpose. Here are some of our favorite uses for leftover coffee that help us stretch the budget a little more.
Yup. I know this isn’t for everyone. A lot of people will only drink a fresh pot of coffee. But if you really don’t mind, put it in the fridge for later or the next day. That is what Matt does most the time. Since had a hard time figuring out how much coffee to make for just one morning, he now makes what he needs for two days. We put it in a quart mason jar in the fridge and he heats it up the next morning.
You can also freeze your leftover coffee in ice cube trays. This is especially great in the summer for iced coffee. When the ice melts, it doesn’t water down your coffee. Once the cups are frozen, you can transfer to a freezer bag. This helps keep the ice cubes from disappearing in a frost-free freezer and frees up an ice cube tray for reuse.
Look for cookie, cake, brownie, etc. recipes that call for brewed coffee as one of the ingredient. Coffee and chocolate go really well together. You can make these to enjoy now or freeze to enjoy later. Bonus: You can use your frozen coffee cubes for this too if you don’t have any leftover coffee at the moment.
Did you know that leftover coffee can be used as a dye for fabric or a stain for wood? I haven’t tried it yet but keep hearing about how great it is to give things an aged look.
Here’s another one I keep hearing about but haven’t tried yet. Supposedly, you can use coffee as a rinse for your hair to add luster to brown hair. This is on my “to try” list.
How do you like to use up leftover coffee?
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