I don’t know any mom that doesn’t LOVE Starbucks.
I’m not afraid to admit that I have a coffee problem. Because with an infant, two toddlers, and a third-grader at home with me, can you really blame me?
There’s just something about walking into Starbucks that GIVES. ME. LIFE!
But as you know, Starbucks isn’t cheap. And I try really hard not to make it a habit to buy it every day because if I did, I’d spend about $80 a month, which isn’t in our budget.
That’s why I want to tell you about my favorite Starbucks hacks that save money – no matter what you order!
10 Starbucks Hacks That Save Money No Matter What You Order
1. BRING YOUR OWN CUP
Many people don’t know that if you bring your own reusable cup, mug, or travel tumbler into Starbucks, you’ll save 10 cents on the price of your drink! It may not seem like a lot now, but every little bit helps.
2. PAY WITH DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS
Until recently, I had no idea such a thing even existed. My favorite place to find used gift cards online is at Cardpool. I’ve found hundreds of Starbucks gift cards discounted at up to 11.5% OFF!
Inventory does change every day so when you find a gift card you want it’s best to grab it right away! You can choose between an eGift card or a Use Anywhere card (for online and in-store orders!). It’s such a genius way to splurge at Starbucks without actually paying full price!
3. GET THE STARBUCKS APP
Starbucks has a rewards program for frequent customers, like us! So if you spend a lot of money at Starbucks, having a registered card will score you free food and drinks (yay!).
Plus, with the Starbucks Mobile app, you can order ahead and pay by phone which is SUPER convenient!
Here’s what you get when you join:
Green Level (attained when you sign up)
- Free refills on hot or iced brewed coffee, cold brew, or hot or iced tea in stores
- Special member offers by email
- Access to exclusive offers and events just for members
- Balance protection for your Card if it is lost or stolen
Gold Level (attained once you have earned 300 Stars in 12 months)
- All Green Level benefits
- Free Reward every time you earn 125 Stars
- Monthly Double Star Days: one day each month when you can earn Double-Stars on all qualifying in-store purchases
- A personalized Gold Card
4. REFILL FOR 50 CENTS? Yes, Please!
Because sometimes one cup just isn’t enough, am I right? The good news is you can get a refill on brewed coffee for just 50 cents during the same visit – even if your original drink was not a hot coffee, iced coffee, hot tea, or iced tea.
5. SKIP BOTTLED WATER
Yup! You can officially pass up on the bottled water at Starbucks because the ice and tap water in Starbucks is already triple-filtered, plus it’s FREE!
6. GO TO STARBUCKS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY
When you’re a Starbucks rewards member (which is free to join), you’re entitled to almost anything in the store on your birthday! But if you forget to stop in, you’ve got 30 days after your birthday to redeem your reward.
7. BREW IT AT HOME
When you really want to save money on Starbucks, you can buy coffee beans at Starbucks or grocery stores to be your own barista right at home! Sure it’s not the same as ordering in store, but you can find recipes online that show you how to make it taste just as great!
8. TRY SWAGBUCKS
You can earn free Starbucks gift cards (or cash!) for doing simple tasks like taking surveys, surfing the web, and watching videos with Swagbucks! It’s free to use, plus when you join, you’ll get a FREE $5 bonus!
9. DON’T USE THE DRIVE-THRU
Any time you place your order at the drive-thru, baristas have to charge you for the add-ons or extras. But if you order inside, most of them will happily add extras for free!
10. ORDER A ‘SHORT’
Yes, there’s even a smaller size than a “tall,” which is called a “short”. It’s 8 fl. oz. and it’s also cheaper than a “tall”- but you’ll have to ask for it because it’s not on the menu.
I hope these hacks help you to save some money the next time you visit Starbucks!
Remember, you can always:
- save money on those extras by steering clear of the drive-thru
- start using discounted Starbucks gift cards to give your budget a break
- earn FREE gift cards when you’re short on cash
- or just bring in your own cup if nothing else!
What Starbucks hacks have saved you money?