"Coffee makes it possible to get out of bed, but chocolate makes it worthwhile."
My usual drink is a Grande Non-Fat Mocha (only one pump, no whip), this is the basic mixture of espresso and chocolate, two of my favorite things. The normal grande size has four pumps of mocha (all flavored espresso drinks have four pumps at a grande size), but to cut calories I only get one because it's just enough to taste the mocha without it being overbearing. Sometimes too much chocolate is too much, believe it or not. You can do without all the pumps in all of their drinks if your thinking about your waistline.
A way to cut calories and also cost is to make your own espresso drink, but still with the taste of Starbucks signature espresso. If you have a espresso machine, like I do, just purchase Starbucks espresso beans, but even with having a maker I rarely actually make it myself. It's just easier and for me faster to just stop in the Starbucks I pass daily. But I more recently found something for the Keurig that you can put in your own espresso beans, grounded already. It's called a reuseable filter, check your local Kitchen product stores. This is much easier and faster then using an espresso machine. So purchase your favorite espresso beans, whether it's Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or wherever and enjoy brewed espresso from your home!
Today I decided to save some cash and instead of ordering my normal hot drink at Starbucks I made a hot chocolate k-cup at home with my Keurig. This is made with water obviously so the lack of milk will save quite a bit of calories. This is my substitute for the chocolate flavor. Then I made an espresso k-cup with my Keurig, mixed them together, added a little cinnammon and creamer. It was my very own Mocha. Granted it's not completely the same and I will still enjoy my normal drink from Starbucks when I can, but it's good to know of other options.
Grande Mocha - $4.33
2 K-Cups & Creamer - About $1.60
That is $2.73 of savings per day!
Also, at the coffee shops they have great smelling fresh baked goods that may be hard to pass up. By not being around them you could possibly save on unneeded calories! Make something or grab a healthy breakfast bar from home.