How To Satisfy Your Pumpkin Spice Cravings for Less

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.
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Fall has officially begun, meaning pumpkin spice season is in full swing. Personally, you can’t get enough of this delicious fall flavor, but your wallet feels differently.

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Due to the overwhelming popularity of pumpkin spice everything, many retailers charge a premium for this delicacy. However, there are plenty of clever ways to indulge — a lot — this season without breaking your budget.

For example, Starbucks charges approximately $5.45 for a grande pumpkin spice latte. While you might spring for at least one this season, making it a regular habit can add up fast. Instead, you can buy an entire 11-ounce bag of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Light Roast Ground Coffee at Target for $7.49 and a 28-ounce Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Creamer for $4.69 — just slightly more than the cost of two PSL lattes.

If Dunkin’ is more your style, plan to spend around $2.09 for a medium cup of pumpkin coffee when visiting one of the brand’s retail locations. Alternately, you can stop into Target for an 11-ounce bag of Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice Medium Roast Ground Coffee, priced at just $7.19.

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No doubt, you’ll be craving a pumpkin muffin from Panera this season, but at $2.19 each, you’ll need to control yourself. However, Whole Foods sells a Limited Edition Spiced Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix for $4.79 that yields a dozen servings, allowing you to indulge guilt-free.

Of course, the Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat is also on your radar, but even a small will likely cost you more than $6. Don’t stress, because you can get a box of six Organic Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches at Whole Foods for just $4.99.

Moving on to main courses, the BoneFish Grill has a seasonal swordfish and pumpkin ravioli special, priced at just under $25. No doubt, this is delicious, but if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, Trader Joe’s sells a 9-ounce package of honey roasted pumpkin ravioli for just $3.69. If you’re fully committed, top it off with a 14.5-ounce jar of the brand’s Pumpkin Alfredo sauce, priced at $3.49.

Back to dessert — pumpkin spice cake donuts from Krispy Kreme are a highlight of the season, but at $1.99 each, they can add up fast. However, the King Arthur Baking Company sells a Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Mix that yields 12 full-sized delicacies for $7.95 — and since they’re baked, not deep-fried, they’re also healthier.

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If you’re craving pumpkin cupcakes, you could buy six premade at Albertson’s for $3.99. While that’s not a bad price, Target sells Pillsbury Moist Supreme Perfectly Pumpkin Premium Cake Mix for $1.89, which yields 24 cupcakes, allowing you to really stretch your dollar.

It’s never too early in the day for fall’s favorite flavor, which is why IHOP’s four-stack of pumpkin spice pancakes — priced at $11.99 — always hits the spot. However, you can get an entire box of Great Value Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix for $1.67 at Walmart, making it possible to enjoy them every morning, if you so desire.

Retailers might charge a premium for all things pumpkin spice, but thankfully there’s no shortage of affordable substitutions. This makes it possible to enjoy the taste of fall from dawn ’til dusk, without overspending.

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Last updated: Oct. 1, 2021

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