Stretch Your Budget: DIY Starbucks Frappuccino (Healthier and less than $0.50 per cup)


Sometimes to stretch your budget, you must give up luxuries. As you know, I LOVE my Starbucks–but sometimes it isn’t in the budget. Here is a simple Starbucks idea– that is even  healthier!

Note: If you are sensitive to Xanthan Gum (I am!) ..You can use Guar Gum. OR completely omit it altogether– I choose to add it because it keeps the frap from separating.

  • 1 cup  Starbucks coffee OR 3/4 cup fresh espresso (cold)
  • 3/4 cup milk ( you can use pretty much whatever you want)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar – or Stevia (you could also use sugar in the raw or agave nectar)
  • 2 cups ice
  • Pinch of xanthan gum OR 1 teaspoon dry pectin (keeps it from separating)

Mix and enjoy!

2 Starbucks drinks per week = $32 per month. Saving $32 per month would give you nice Christmas fund at the end of the year! :)


  1. Hazzy says

    I learned why my stomach gets upset after having a frapachino today. LOL it must be the xanthan gum. Hee Hee :) I always thought it was the caffine. I guess my tummy is sensitive to Xanthan Gum as well. I’ll try the pectin.

  2. Amber says

    Wow! I didn’t realize that I was missing something to hold it all together! Thanks for the great tip. I bought a Mr. Coffee espresso maker at Target on clearance for $39 last year. It gets the job done and saves me so much $! I couldnt stomach spending so much on coffee when I was spending time to save $$. I just love this site! Thanks so much!

  3. Amanda says

    make your own flavored syrups with them too!
    basic simple syrup recipe; equal parts water and sugar and a few tbls of flavoring
    i.e. for vanilla syrup: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water. and 2 tbls of vanilla extract. (not imitation vanilla)
    warm in sauce pan to dissolve sugar. remember to refrigerate, these have no preservatives. they get moldy if they’re left out.
    for the caramel i used about 1/3 cup of actual caramel sauce. its amazing!
    i can’t even do the math on the cost per serving on this but it sure beats buying the pricy syrups at the store or when you can’t get a good deal on those amazing coffee creamers :)

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