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Simple Ways to Enjoy Your Pumpkin Spice on a Budget

pumpkin spice.jpgIt’s almost that time of year. The time where warm hoodies, extra blankets, apple cider, and yes – pumpkin spice, are inescapable. If you’re like me, you might find it a bit pricy to get your daily pumpkin spice fix at a local coffee shop, so I’ve researched a few ways to enjoy it without blowing your budget.

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Buy Discounted Gift Cards

Sites like Raise and Cardpool (and other discounted gift card sites) offer gift cards to be purchased for less than their face value. I recently purchased a $25 Starbucks gift card for just $20. But the best deals don’t come around as often as I’d like – so keep a look out for them!


DIY Pumpkin Spice Creamer

This easy recipe from Delish requires just five ingredients and produces over 1 ¾ cups of pumpkin spice creamer that you can add to your coffee.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks


In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together heavy cream, pumpkin, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice Add a cinnamon stick or two and turn up the heat a bit until it boils, whisking occasionally.

After a minute, take it off the heat and let it cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before you add it to your coffee.

According to Delish, the leftover creamer will keep well in your refrigerator for up to 1 week, but make sure that you give it a good shake before adding to your coffee.


Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

This great DIY recipe from Farm Girl Gourmet allows you to indulge in pumpkin spice for less. The recipe makes two 10-ounce lattes, if you want to share (or you can just do what I do, and keep it all for yourself.)

You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 tablespoons of canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup of strong coffee or espresso
  • whipped cream (optional)


Add the milk, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice to a small sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring almost to a boil.  Remove from heat and add to a blender.  Blend on high until the milk begins to froth, about 2 minutes.  Divide milk mixture between two mugs.  Add the coffee slowly down the side so you don’t disturb the milk froth, add a squirt of whipped cream and a pinch more of the pumpkin pie spice and enjoy.


Celebrate your Fall Birthday

Did you know that Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, and other coffee shops will honor your birthday with a free coffee?

Become a member of My Starbucks Rewards, DD Perks Rewards program, or if you find yourself at a local coffee shop – simply mention that it’s your birthday and you might find yourself sipping a free Pumpkin Spice latte.

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider

One of my all-time favorite drink recipes, and a great way to enjoy Pumpkin Spice without breaking the bank.

Prep Time: 5 Mins
Cook Time: 4 Hours
Makes: 8 Cups


8 cups (64 ounces) water
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown sugar
10 apples cut into quarters
1 nutmeg seed (or 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg)
3 cinnamon sticks (or 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon)
1 tablespoon whole cloves (or 2 teaspoons ground cloves)
1 teaspoon all spice


In large slow cooker (at least 6 quarts) add the water, pumpkin puree, and brown sugar. Stir until well combined.

Add in the cut apples and spices.

Cook on high heat for at least 2-3 hours until the apples are softened, then mash with a potato masher. Continue cooking on high heat for another hour.

Turn the slow cooker off and allow to cool for about 15-20 minutes. Carefully spoon the cider out with a ladle and pour through a fine mesh strainer into a large jug, to catch all the mashed apple and large spices.

Store the cider in a closed container in the refrigerator. Serve cider hot or cold.

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