7 Secret Ways to Save Money at Starbucks

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Did you know that there are things you can do to save money on your favorite drink at Starbucks?

One of my favorite things to do is cuddle up with a good book and a hot cup of my mocha hazelnut coffee which consists of Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend, hot chocolate mix, and Coffee-Mate Hazelnut Creamer.

While do enjoy having coffee at home, every now and then, I like to treat myself to a white mocha latte at Starbucks.

Have you ever had one? They are absolutely delicious.

If you’re a Starbucks lover, you know that it can get expensive buying your coffee every day.

If you have a hard time resisting your favorite Starbucks beverage and are looking for ways you can save at Starbucks, here are seven things you can do to save money at Starbucks.

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Ways to Save Money at Starbucks

1. Ask for Light Ice

If you’ve ever had an iced coffee at Starbucks, you’ve probably noticed that your drink contains quite a bit of ice.

Not only does more ice mean less coffee, but it also means watered-down coffee.

The next time you order an iced coffee, ask the barista for light ice or to put your ice on the side. That way, you’ll get more coffee instead of paying for ice.

2. Share Your Drink

The next time you’re on a coffee date with your significant other or having coffee with a friend, you can both save money by ordering a venti drink and asking for two tall cups.

Divide the drink between both cups, and now you have two beverages for the price of one venti.

3. Join Starbucks Rewards

When you join the Starbucks rewards program, you can earn a free treat on your birthday, free drinks, food, refills, and other discounts.

Make sure to download the mobile app to integrate it with your Starbucks Rewards.

By far, joining the Starbucks rewards program is the best way to save money at Starbucks.

4. Enjoy a Free Refill

When you use your Starbucks Rewards card or the mobile app to purchase your beverage, you are entitled to a free refill of brewed coffee (hot, iced, or cold brew), or tea (hot or iced) during that same visit. Refills are not available in the drive-thru.

5. Bring Your Own Cup

According to Starbucks, if you bring in your own personal cup, you qualify for a $0.10 discount on any size beverage.

When you bring in your own cup, you will be charged for the closet cup size, but not larger than the size of the cup.

6. Order a “Short”

When you visit Starbucks, you’ll notice the sizes on the menu are tall, grande and venti.

However, Starbucks also has a secret size called a short. A short beverage contains the same amount of caffeine as a tall, but you’ll pay less.

7. Make Your Own Starbucks at Home

There are tons of copycat Starbucks recipes out there for you to try. During the summer, I love filling up my cold cup venti tumbler with homemade iced coffee.

I kid you not when I say it tastes better than the iced coffee I order at Starbucks.

If you’re interested in making your own Starbucks coffee at home, check out the article from One Little Project that features 50+ Copycat Starbucks Recipes.

As you can see, there are a few ways you can save money or at least get more value for your favorite drink at Starbucks.

To take things a step further, try doing a Starbucks savings challenge where every time you save money at Starbucks, you put it towards your savings.


Try this copycat Starbucks recipe!

DIY Starbucks Recipe