5 Cheaper, Healthier Alternatives to Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte

You’ve probably heard by now that the famous Starbucks PSL (that’s Pumpkin Spice Latte to the uninitiated) is being released on August 28th. It’s not the earliest date ever, but it’s still well ahead of the time when it’s socially acceptable to put out your Halloween decorations. That’s just because everyone is so obsessed with pumpkin spice that they can’t wait until October.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Microwave Mug Cake

Pumpkin Spice Latte | vm2002/iStock/Getty Images

But just because you love pumpkin flavored everything it doesn’t mean you need to run out to Starbucks and drop $5 on a coffee. Even though the PSL technically started the pumpkin spice trend, that doesn’t mean it’s your best (or cheapest) option for getting your pumpkin fix.

So what do you do if you love the fall season AND saving money? Check out some of these awesome PSL alternatives instead.

FORTO’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Shot

FORTO Coffee Shot

FORTO Coffee Shot | FORTO

Why waste time sipping a PSL when you can get all the caffeine you need in minutes? These delicious and frankly adorable ready-to-drink cold brew coffee shots contain all the energy you need in a tiny 2-ounce package. Each has less sugar and calories than the Starbucks version yet still retains that scrumptious pumpkin taste you know and love.

Plus, rather than waiting in line on a busy morning, you can stock your pantry full of FORTO ahead of time to enjoy on the go. Find it online at the company website or in select retailers.

Make your own PSL at home

Any financial advisor will tell you that the first thing you need to do when you’re trying to save money is cut down on the $5 per day coffee habit (which adds up to more than $1,800 per year if you go every single day). Stop wasting time and cash when you caffeinate at home with a PSL knockoff right in your own kitchen.

It takes a little bit of effort to whip up this recipe at home, but it costs way less than the original and it doesn’t have any of the gross chemicals you’ll find in the Starbucks version.

Check out the best PSL copycat recipe here.

Dunkin Donuts’ Maple Pecan Coffee

Look, there’s more to life than just pumpkins – in fact, maple is an up-and-coming flavor that’s trending for fall this year. Dunkin Donuts is cheaper than Starbucks, especially when you order something simple like brewed coffee. Skipping the latte drink means you’re also getting fewer calories and less sugar but still enjoying that great taste.

Hot apple cider

No matter where you get it, hot apple cider screams fall like nothing else. Order it from your local coffee shop if you want, but the best way to enjoy apple cider is mulling it yourself on the stove. Your whole house will smell absolutely amazing. Be sure to add a cinnamon stick for garnish and post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag “PSLalternative.”

Coffee with pumpkin flavor

Let’s say you’re not willing to give up your beloved Starbucks but you don’t want to be labeled as “basic.” No problem! Simply order a regular cup of coffee – any roast will do – and then have your barista add a shot of pumpkin spice flavoring. It’s way cheaper than the real Pumpkin Spice Latte and also has fewer calories. Boom – problem solved.

Now get out there and enjoy your PSL alternatives!

Editor’s note: Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Shot samples were provided by FORTO. Opinions and recommendations are our own.