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16 Ways To Save Money at Starbucks

Save Money at Starbucks

You love Starbucks, but hate paying twice the price for the same cup of your favorite drink. Here are some ways to save money at Starbucks.

Join Starbucks Rewards

Get started by getting a gift card and then register it with Starbucks website or through their mobile app. Now, use it when you pay and watch the rewards rack every time you purchase. You also get free drinks,refills,food and discounts. Alternatively, use their app frequently to enjoy these benefits. This is the best way to save money at Starbucks.

Celebrate Your Birthday

When you register for the rewards program, mention your date of birth. As a result, you automatically earn a free birthday treat. You can redeem this with the Starbucks app. Few days before your birthday Starbucks sends a remainder via email. The best part of this birthday freebie is that you get any size drink or food for free. However, please note that you need to be a member 30 days before your birthday and you cannot order loaves, sets of bars and anything form the Starbucks evening menu.

Order Your Drink in the Secret Short Cup Size

While you are aware of the three common cup sizes available Tall (12 oz.), Grande (16 oz.), and Venti (20 oz.). Starbucks has a secret cup size called Short (8 oz.). This cuts the cost almost by 80 cents.

BYOC (bring your own cup)

Bring in a reusable cup and you’ll get  10 cents discount on your drink. Note, this can be any reusable cup, your own or even a competitors.

Free Refills

To get the free refills, pay with a Starbucks card or through their mobile app for your initial purchase. Then, show that payment method again to get your free refill. However, this deal isn’t valid through drive-thru. Additionally, you need to stay in the store with your purchased drink before you can get that refill. Remember, this can be any drink you want.

Split a Venti With a Friend

When getting an iced drink, a tall size is 12 ounces, while an iced venti is 24 ounces. Splitting a bigger size gets you just as much drink for less. Just ask the barista for additional cups.

Order Coffee in a French Press

Order a French press coffee at Starbucks and you’ll get around 32 ounces of coffee you can split among you and your friends. You get your coffee for about half the price. This is an easy way to save money at Starbucks when you go as a group.

Make Your Own Chai Tea Latte

Instead of ordering the pricey drink, order a cup of hot water and a Tazo Chai tea bag. Brew your tea and then head on over to the condiment bar to add your own milk.

Don’t buy the Bottled Water, ask the Barista for water 

Starbucks sells pricey water bottles. However, there’s an easy way around this. Ask for a cup of ice water from the barista. Starbucks water they use for coffee is triple-filtered and that’s the same water you can get for free when you ask.

Request Less Ice and Milk

It’s common for a barista to fill your cup full of ice and milk and then add the coffee. Just say “easy on the ice or milk”

Switch from frapps to iced

Frappuccinos are great, but they’re also more expensive. An iced coffee like a white chocolate mocha or caramel macchiato tastes blissful and will save you about $1—and some unnecessary calories and sugar.

Ask for no water with your tea. 

Starbucks steeps its iced teas to be extra strong and then adds water to the presteeped tea. Get more caffeine for your buck by requesting no water with your iced tea.

Enjoy $2 iced lattes. 

Typically, iced venti lattes run over $4. Order a triple espresso over ice in a venti cup, and then fill your cup with half and half in the condiment area. That’s one easy way to save money at Starbucks.

Earn Free Starbucks Gift Cards

Here are some programs where you can earn free Starbucks gift cards:

  • Swagbucks
  • Ibotta
  • Toluna
  • Microsoft Rewards
  • Shopkick

Try a Caffe Misto instead of a latte

Try a Caffe Misto which is less expensive than buying a latte. It’s “a one-to-one mix of fresh brewed coffee and steamed milk add up to one distinctly delicious coffee drink.” Starbucks prices vary from region to region, and licensed stores sometimes have a different price structure than company-operated stores. Nonetheless, a Caffe Misto is almost always cheaper than a latte and might give you the satisfaction of having a drink with great foam.

Pay attention to promotions

Starbucks runs variety of promotions through the year that helps you save money at Starbucks. Events like, treat receipts, happy hours, and holiday promotions get you discounted drinks. The easiest way to stay on top of the promotions is to follow Starbucks on Facebook.

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