10 Life-Changing Ways to Save Money at Starbucks (and a bonus!)

And get more caffeinated in the process.

OCT 6, 2015 @ 12:10 PM

1. Save 10 cents on any beverage by using a Starbucks reusable cup or ​a paper cup from any Starbucks competitor. Your barista will either fill your personal cup or replace the competitor’s cup with their own. If you’re buying two cups of coffee a day, 10 cents will save you around 73 dollars a year.

​2. Don’t waste money on bottled water because you can order water in a tall, grande, or venti cup for free. ​Just ask your barista for a “water cup” and you won’t be charged.

3. Split a venti with your friend, and enjoy a tall drink for less money. This especially comes in handy when you’re in the mood for a Frappuccino. A venti Frappuccino can cost $4.95 and a tall can cost $3.95. By splitting a venti, you’re getting a tall-size Frappuccino for about a dollar less than you normally would.

4. When ordering an iced beverage, ask for ice on the side to leave more room for coffee in your cup. Typically iced coffee is half ice and half coffee, but by asking for ice on the side, you control how watered down, or not, your drink will be.

​​5. Ask for your tall order to be poured in a grande cup. ​When you order a tall and you need room for milk, you’re getting less coffee. To avoid this horrific reality, order a tall in a grande cup so you have room for milk without sacrificing any coffee.

6. Create your own latte for the price of espresso. Order two or three shots of espresso either hot or over ice and add your own milk afterward. DIY latte, for less.

​7. ​​Order a short cappuccino, which has the same amount of caffeine as a tall but for less money. ​There’s no short size on the menu, but your barista will know what it is. It’s slightly smaller than a tall (hence the name, short).

8. Only order a venti when you’re ordering brewed coffee; otherwise it’s the same amount of caffeine. This chart explains how much caffeine is in each Starbucks drink, and almost every grande and venti has the same amount. So, for instance, when your friend ​needs ​a venti PSL because she just ​can’t, she really can just get a grande.

9. Order your iced tea beverage without water so you maximize the amount of tea you’re really getting. ​Starbucks steeps its teas to be extra strong, but when you order an iced tea they automatically water it down. By holding the water you get more tea (and caffeine if your tea is caffeinated) now.

​10. Join the Starbucks rewards program and get a free drink or food after every 12 drinks. ​If you get coffee everyday, you’ll get a free drink or snack every two weeks!

(FreeBham Editor’s Bonus:  Green and Gold level members of My Starbucks Rewards can get free refills of brewed or iced coffee and tea beverages, regardless of the original beverage purchased, during the same visit.  Just get your refill before you walk out the door or it will be considered a new purchase. Green level is considered earning 5 Stars within 12 months and Gold is earning 30 Stars within 12 months.  The main difference between Green and Gold is at Gold level you get a free food or beverage item after every 12 Stars earned.  It’s important to note that Stars are earned 1 per transaction, not per the number of items purchased on each transaction.  So for maximum rewards benefits, if you have multiple items, split them up into different transactions.  Those in line behind you may not like you, but who cares if you get more free stuff.)

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