If you like Starbucks but loathe the outrageous costs, we have some insider tips that can help you save money every time you go. Maybe you’re one of the million families in America who has visited a Starbucks, you may want to sit down. Here are a few methods to go around Starbucks’ system and get a cup of coffee for a lower price.
Happy Hour Discounts
Starbucks happy hours, typically run from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, provide two beverages for the price of one. By using the Starbucks app’s push notifications, you’ll be notified when you and a buddy can save money together.
Bring Your Own Cup
Interested in doing your part to help the environment and your bank account? Save 10 cents on each drink by bringing your own reusable cup. It may not seem like much at first, but if you use the service often, those 10 cents add up quickly. Literally. Furthermore, reducing the number of cups that go into the garbage is always a positive thing.
Don’t Buy Bottled Water
Starbucks sells expensive bottles of water.
Starbucks tap water is purified and used in a variety of customized beverages. Instead of paying $3 for a bottle of H20, ask for a cup of tap water you can even ask for a cup of ice water.
Join Starbucks Rewards
To receive free beverages, join up for Starbucks Rewards. If you pay with cash, debit, or credit card, you get one star for every dollar you spend. Pay with a prepaid digital Starbucks Card and get two stars for every $1 spent on the app.
To get all the benefits, sign up online or in the app. We’re talking free brewed coffee refills, special deals, birthday freebies, and the opportunity to earn “stars” that can be redeemed for a number of rewards.
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Speaking of Starbucks rewards another incentive to join their rewards program is that you will get a FREE coffee or tea refills on the same visit besides collecting points. AND, as long as you’re on the same visit, you may switch to an iced tea or coffee or back and forth.
To qualify for the free refills, you must make your purchase using a Starbucks card or the Starbucks mobile app. You’ll need to re-present your payment method to get your free refill.
Opt for a Brewed Coffee Rather than a Latte
Starbucks’ brewed coffee choices are less expensive than the fancy-pants coffees, but you still get the Starbucks experience and deliciousness.
A tall coffee has more caffeine than a venti latte plus costs less and they offer cheaper refills on brewed coffee when consumed in-store.
Build Your Own Drink
Reduce the cost of your iced latte in half by buying just shots of espresso and then topping it up with as much complimentary milk as you want from the condiment bar.
Tip: Instead of going for the classic syrup, ask for a clear syrup like strawberry, hazelnut, caramel or vanilla instead
If you want to make your drink even cheaper, ask for whipped cream instead of syrup.
You can have your coffee and save money.
It is also not uncommon for Starbucks customers to get free Krispy Kreme donuts, free coffee on National Coffee Day, free donuts on National Donut Day, and access to free food at hundreds of restaurants by simply joining their reward programs.