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Coffee crunch: All that cash spent on java adds up

Thursday - 7/24/2014, 3:57am  ET

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That daily trip to Starbucks adds up. (WTOP File)

WASHINGTON - Many can't go without that daily cup - or several cups - of coffee. But what is it costing you?

A coffee cost calculator from USA TODAY provides a quick way to learn how much you're spending for that java fix.

For example, if you drink just one cup of Starbucks coffee a day, you're spending about $63 a month and more than $766 a year. Over the course of 30 years, that would add up to nearly $23,000.

By comparison, the calculator estimates you'd spend just $2.40 a month if you made inexpensive coffee at home - less than $30 a year.

The estimates for Starbucks are based on a 16-ounce, grande coffee at $2.10 a cup. Homemade coffee is based on $8 for a 34-ounce can of Folgers or Maxwell House.

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