I, much like many 20-something females in Fall (ahem, except for, evidently, Mel and Erin... haha!) , found myself last week with a strooooooong craving for anything and everything pumpkin.  

 

I already shared that I went ahead and made some mini pumpkin pies (seriously, they were SO good. have you made them yet? get on that!) but there was one other pumpkin item haunting my dreams...

 

Yep, of course, it was the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte.

 

Every year Starbucks does some fancy marketing witchcraft and somehow lures us all under their PSL spell. Remember last year when they created all that buzz around how they were "running out of the PSL syrup"? and this year they did all that fancy stuff with unlocking the PSL a few days early? It's witchcraft, I tell ya...

 

Anyway. Back to the point at hand.

 

So I was craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I had held off pretty well, but I knew my resolve wouldn't last long. I knew I had to either do something about satisfying my craving or I would admit defeat and spend $4-5 on the delicious drink.

 

But uhhhh hello, I write a personal finance blog so I obviously can't let Sbux win.

 

So I DIYed my own PSL! (hooray acronyms!)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of coffee
  • pumpkin spice creamer
  • whipped cream
  • pumpkin pie spice (or just plain cinnamon would work too)

Make your coffee, pour in a generous amount of pumpkin pie creamer (and ignore the nutrition facts on the back that say a serving size is 1 tablespoon... HA GOOD JOKE), add whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice... VIOLA!

 

I suppose I could do a fancy cost breakdown to tell you exactly how much one of these babies costs to make at home, but honestly I am too lazy. I will say that the creamer itself was $3.19, which is cheaper than even a small PSL at Sbux and it will last me for a LOT of homemade PSLs. (and if you can't finish it before it goes bad, don't forget-- you can freeze coffee creamer!)

 

But yeah, the drink was pretty delicious-- I won't say that it's AS good as a real PSL, but hey, it works for me! I've seen a few recipes for a "real" pumpkin latte drink (with real pumpkin and stuff) but I know I'm not that dedicated. The creamer + whipped creme is good enough for me :)

 

Anyway, moral of this story is that you can't deprive yourself of things you really want. Deprivation leads you to go off the deep end and buy the item you've been lusting over anyway. Why not just figure out a way to make it for cheaper?

 

 

Have you given in to the PSL yet? What's your favorite fall food/drink?