How To Save Money At Starbucks
Maintaining an expensive habit can be hard. It can also be draining- financially that is. More so a caffeinated habit. If you are struggling with your caffeinated habit, your biggest dilemma might be how to save money at Starbucks.
Any time you visit Starbucks your bank account fills the pinch. But you cannot help yourself. It is actually quite understandable, and manageable. Here is how to save money at Starbuck the next time you pay them a visit.
Join their reward program
Joining Starbucks Rewards is really simple. It will take you less than a minute to register. Once you have registered, you are in for a ride of treats. Starting with free refills, discounts, free drinks and food, a chance to order ahead as well as a personalized gold card.
All you have to do is sign up using star code or online. Their App is compatible with both iOS and Android. Anytime you buy at Starbucks use your card to get your points.
Bring your own cup
Yeah, that is right. You can bring your own paper cup or a reusable cup. Even if it belongs to a competitor! This trick will save you 10 cents, which might seem like a small saving. However, if you buy drinks from them on a regular basis, you might save up to $35 in a year.
However, their “for here” cups will not get you this discount.
What happens when you bring their competitors cup? Well, they will pour your drink in a new Starbucks cup and still give you the 10 cents discount.
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Split a drink with a friend
On those occasions you meet a friend at Starbucks for coffee, consider splitting the drink with them. it is really simple. Instead of ordering for 2 Tall Frappuccino, order a Venti Frappuccino and 2 tall cups. The split the drink by yourselves and get to save a few bucks. A Venti Frappuccino is 24 ounces while the Tall Frappuccino is 12 ounces.
Enjoy their refills
It is no secret that one cup of coffee is not enough in a day for an addict. Especially in the afternoons when you need to boost your alertness. They do refills for tea (iced, shaken or hot), and, of course, on brewed coffee (iced, hot or cold brew).
To get the refills, make sure you use their mobile app or a Starbucks card to pay for the initial purchase. When in need of a refill, show them the initial payment method that you used. The catch is staying in store once you have purchased before qualifying for a refill. Unless you are in a hurry then it is worth trying.
Skip the bottled water
Feeling thirsty? Well, you will need to pass on their bottled water if you wan to save some dollars. Their bottled water can be quite pricey. Instead, ask them for a glass of water. Whether you want with or without ice. Just know that their standard size is a Tall. Their water is safe to drink. It used on the coffee and is triple-filtered.
Free food and drinks for your birthday!
The catch is being a member of their rewards program for 30 days before your birthday. Then rest easy and wait to earn your birthday treat. For free! You can redeem it using their app by just presenting the app for scanning.
The best part is that they email you a reminder a few days before your birthday. Loaves, Starbucks evening menu, and sets if bars are excluded from the deal though.
If you have not signed up, go ahead and do it to enjoy free foods and drinks on your next birthday.
Make your own iced latte
Making your own iced later at Starbucks is very much possible. All you have to do is order a triple espresso over ice in a Venti cup. Once it handed over to you, make your way to their condiment bar and use the complimentary milk to fill up the cup.
Look out for their promotions
From happy hours to holiday promotions, and treat receipts among others. They do have various promotions throughout the year that you can use to get discounts.
Stay ahead by following them on their social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram among others.
If you shop at Target, keep an eye on coupons that are available when checking out. Some of them can get you great offers at Starbucks and help you save some money.
Order your drinks in their cup size
Their menu has three cup sizes; Venti (20 oz.), Grande (16 oz.), and a Tall (12 oz.). apart from these three cup sizes, they do have a different kind of cup size that can save you some extra bucks.
When placing your order, order it as a short, which is an 8 oz. It will cost less money than a Tall cup size. Starbucks also sells their drinks in a mini size of 10 oz during promotions. This also saves you some money.
Order the French press
When meeting at Starbucks with a group of friends for a drink, consider ordering the French press. With the French press, you will get around 32 ounces of coffee that you can share amongst yourselves.
It will probably cost you less than half of what you would have paid for every single cup.
Carefully this time around. You will be surprised how much you can save by buying various items that are just under $4. Drinks like Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, Raspberry Passion Tea Lemonade, Iced Coffee with Milk and Flavored Syrup, and Minty Hot Chocolate.
Order iced tea with no water
Since Starbucks iced tea from the pitcher is double-strong you can beat this by ordering yours with no water. They usually water it down when you order. So, when next you go for an iced tea with a friend, ask for one with no water and split it.
Using these 13 tips to save money at Starbucks next time you need a drink!