For a few months now I have been on the hunt for “the perfect travel mug”. I checked Wal Mart, Target, grocery stores, Starbucks, Dunkin Donut, and Bed, Bath and Beyond. I was having no luck. Either
they weren’t the right size, didn’t have the right opening on top, or the cost was ridiculous.(Starbucks, just because I pay for your drinks does not mean I will pay outrageous prices for your travel mugs.)
I had a travel mug from Wawa a few years ago that was, well, perfect. Really really perfect. You ask why I didn’t check Wawa. I planned to. I meant to. Somehow I just didn’t. DUH! Yesterday I finally remembered to check them out and bought a travel mug there. They have 3 sizes – 16 oz., 20 oz., and a 64 oz. I purchased the 20 oz. for $2.29. NO, that was not a typo. Really truly it was only $2.29. It gets better though. When you buy one, the first cup of coffee is free. You pay the same whether you get the coffee or not, so why not buy the coffee too?
At $1.45 for a 20 oz. cup of coffee that means I technically paid $0.84 for my cup. I will say that I opted NOT to get the free cup of coffee because I was not about to put coffee in the cup before I washed it. However, the woman at the checkout was super nice and said, “Hey you know you get a free cup of coffee when you purchase this cup, right? Why don’t you just get a paper cup and fill it up?
I don’t want to gyp you of the free cup of coffee since that is the perk of buying a travel mug.” I have no idea if other stores will let you do that but it was so kind of her.
Now, once you have the mug you can get your coffee wherever you want to. However, if you buy it at Wawa using your travel mug you save $0.20 per cup. Of course you save even more by making your coffee at home. I have found the trick to making coffee at home and actually drinking it is to add a little heavy cream and just a tiny bit of raw sugar. Generally I drink my coffee with “just cream”. Or sometimes splurge on flavored creamers. However, they tend to be too sweet for me so that is just on occasion.