So you’re a Starbucks addict. You’re pretty much best buddies with your local barista, but we know your Frappacino cravings can put a serious dent in your wallet. Don’t worry if store bought coffee is your biggest weakness. We know it doesn’t come cheap. Help is on the way, in the form of these smart saving tips that will work at your local Starbucks. Don’t thank us – just drink up!
1. Eat before you go.
Adding a cookie, bagel or any other goodie will add up on your bill. Avoid spending more than what you intended by picking up your drink after eating; you’ll be less tempted to buy that extra cinnamon roll.
2. DIY faux tea latte
Lattes at Starbuck are pretty expensive. Go for a tea latte instead: order a Grande tea in a Venti cup with your favourite flavour shot and lots of room for milk. Add the milk of your choice. Half the price….twice the yumminess.
3. Swap your latte for a blended iced Americano
This hack saves money and calories. Instead of paying for a latte, order the cheaper, but equally delicious, blended iced Americano and a shot of your favourite syrup.
4. Double up on perks.
Get your mocha and some free Wi-Fi at the same time. Better yet, if you’re on a data budget at home, do your downloading at Starbucks and then watch at home later.
5. Order “light ice” in your chilled drinks.
Ice waters down the drink you’re actually paying for. Skip the ice to get the most out of your purchase.
6. Brew it at home
We know how much you love to run to the Starbucks down the corner, but you can save the most money if you brew your coffee or tea at home. Starbucks makes this super easy.
7. Order a Venti Frappuccino and ask for a Tall cup.
You and your best friend can share a 24 ounce drink easily, so one of you can order the four dollar drink, split the bill and everyone’s happy.
8. Bring in your pooch and get a free whipped cream
Starbucks gives dogs free cups of whipped cream call Puppiccinos. Save money by asking for the freebie and use it to top your own drink.
9. Reduce cost by getting the smallest size possible—the Short.
If you thought the Tall was the small, you’re wrong. You can get something even smaller than that! Get your fix and save money at the same time by ordering a Short.
10. Go for gold.
Take advantage of free rewards. If you use it 30 times in 12 months (easy), you’ll be upgraded to Gold. Gold level get you:
- A free drink or food reward with every 12 purchases
- Personalized offers and coupons.
- Welcome and green level rewards.
11. Don’t ever forget to claim your Birthday treat.
Sign-up for Starbuck’s free reward program and they’ll give you a free birthday drink. What’s great is that you have 30 days to redeem it.
12. “No water” with your tea.
A barista admits: “Iced Teas are double-strength in the pitcher and watered down for your final recipe.” Get more for your money and avoid the watered-down version by saying “no water.”
13. Order your coffee in a coffee press.
This option is cheaper than ordering individual coffees and is ideal for large groups.
14. Never pay for water.
It’s easy to grab a bottle of water on the go, but it’s overpriced. You can save serious money if you just get the Starbucks’ triple-filtered FREE water in a to-go cup instead.
15. Use the “Refills for 50 cents” rule to your advantage.
We all know that one cup of coffee of tea just doesn’t cut it. Some valuable information is that at anytime throughout the day, on any size of drink, you can refill it for only 50 cents.
- Refills have to be during the same visit.
- They have to be coffee, tea, hot or iced.
- They can be refilled even if the original drink was not one of the above drinks.
- The rewards card can waive this fee.
16. Save money by bringing your own reusable mug.
You can get a ten cent kick-back when you BYOM. It doesn’t seem like much, but every bit helps. After ten drinks you’ll have saved a dollar. You can also purchase Starbucks’ own line of reusable mugs.
17. Forgot your reusable mug? No problem! You can still get your coffee discounted.
This is actually kind of being desperate, but if you find a competitor’s paper cup and bring it in, you still qualify for the discount. “Any personal cup qualifies for the discount. If you bring in a competitor’s cup, we’ll offer to replace it and apply the discount when we pour your drink in a new Starbucks paper cup.”
18. DIY two dollar iced lattes.
Create a cheap, but equally satisfying latte by ordering a triple espresso over ice in a Venti cup. Add milk as you please.
19. Like lattes? Try the cafe misto.
Using half the amount of coffee and milk, it makes it lighter on the wallets and the waistlines. This budget-friendly froth will get you hooked.
Coffee lovers usually have their regular drinks and they stuck in the same ordering pattern. We know you love their expensive drinks, but you’ll be surprised to know that Starbucks also has a decent selection of options for under four dollars? Definitely check it out the next time you run to get your coffee.
We hope you’ll keep your Starbucks love strong with these genius money-saving tricks. The next time to walk into a Starbucks, make sure you do so with an open mind.