Renter has a new trick to getting her morning coffee

@kat71766/TikTok (Licensed)

‘I can’t afford coffee pods’: Renter has a new trick to getting her morning coffee

'Not something to be embarrassed about. USE those amenities'


Melody Heald


Posted on Mar 3, 2024   Updated on Mar 21, 2024, 1:18 pm CDT

With inflation at 3.1%, people are finding ways to save money on everyday items. In a viral video, a woman who says she can no longer afford coffee pods due to inflation reveals her apartment complex coffee trick.

TikTok user Kat (@kat71766) stood in a building, holding two coffee mugs. “Since inflation is now so high, I can no longer afford to buy coffee pods,” she said. Then, she revealed her trick for getting her coffee. “So, whenever I have guests over, I just, like, go a get coffee at the machine in my apartment and have the coffee ready in case they want coffee,” she shared.

In addition, this was also the content creator’s way to save herself from embarrassment. Why? Because Kat was self-conscious about not being able to afford coffee pods. Next, she placed her mug under the coffee dispenser. “So, yeah, I just came down here and get it,” Kat concluded.

However, she found a silver lining, writing in the caption, “At least i still have coffee.”

@kat71766 At least i still have coffee #fyp #inflation ♬ original sound – Kat

The video racked up over 317,000 views as of Sunday evening. In the comments, viewers consoled her.

“Not something to be embarrassed about. USE those amenities,” one viewer said.

“You could tell me that your apartment has coffee and we could go together. That’s not embarrassing. That seems like a flex,” a second commented.

“it’s free!!! tell them you don’t buy any because you get it for free!!” a third stated.

In addition, others shared different ways to save money on coffee.

“Girl Aldi has a pack of 15 for 3 dollars and pretty good!” one user revealed.

“Another option is reusable pods! I buy bulk ground coffee from Costco and just fill the pods. It’s def more affordable!” a second shared.

Indeed, coffee pods can be costly, with the 12 count starting around $5, but the prices continue to climb. Even Aldi’s coffee cups can be pricey, with its starting around the same price. In general, coffee drinkers spend an average of $250 a month. Needless to say, Kat is saving money by getting her coffee from her apartment complex.

Update 1:15pm CT, March 21: Kat told the Daily Dot shared she “noticed the price [of coffee] increase gradually over this past year.”

Kat said she, at first, put too much pressure on herself, but her video helped her realize she’s not alone in needing money-saving tips and tricks like this.

“Now that I am living on my own and working my first full time job, so when I have a week where money is tight and I can’t afford the things I usually do I feel bad,” she said. “I feel like I should be doing better for myself and I should be able to afford coffee pods when I work 40 hours a week. However, I think alot of young people today are having this same problem so it’s comforting to know I am not alone!”

Share this article
*First Published: Mar 3, 2024, 10:00 pm CST