The average person spends $1895 on coffee every year.
Though there are plenty of ways to save money by drinking coffee at home (we use a Keurig), there’s still nothing like going to Starbucks to get a cup of freshly brewed coffee.
So, instead of trying to ditch your Starbucks habit, drink your coffee without any guilt by using these money-saving tips below.
P.S. If you do use a Keurig, I encourage getting a reusable coffee filter for your Keurig since the disposable Keurig cups are terrible for the environment.
1. Bring a reusable cup
You’ll not only save $.10 on every drink, but you’ll also be drastically helping the environment since Starbucks cups are not entirely recyclable.
The cup consists of both cardboard and plastic, making the cup nonrecyclable. It also takes 20 years for these cups to decompose. Starbucks cups are pretty cheap and the price will make up for the savings in no time.
2. Pay 50 cents for a refill
To save even more money, order a Tall and once you finish your drink, order a refill for 50 cents.
This is a great way to save money if you’re used to going to the store and drinking your coffee there. The refill has to be hot coffee, iced coffee, iced tea, or hot tea. Specialty drinks do not have refills for 50 cents.
3. Order a coffee press
Did you know that you can order a coffee press which will be enough coffee to share with a few friends? Doing this saves you a few dollars and makes it easier to share coffee with friends.
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4. Ask the barista to go light on the ice
If you’ve ever seen a barista fill up an iced coffee before, you’d know that it only fills up about halfway to 2/3 of the cup. Ask the barista to go light on the ice to get more coffee and less ice.
5. Ask for a bigger cup
When ordering, ask for a tall coffee but in a grande cup. This gives you room for creamer or ice without sacrificing coffee.
6. Be clear when you order
Most baristas are trained to leave room for creamer, so make sure to clarify that you do not need room for creamer, and instead get more coffee for your buck.
7. Sign up for Starbucks Reward Program
Starbucks reward program gives you a free drink every year on your birthday. You have 30 days to redeem it. Using the app allows you to pay with your phone, order ahead, get access to member events and offers, and several other perks.
8. Order a venti and share with a friend
Ordering a venti iced coffee is almost the same amount as 2 tall iced coffees, but you save a good chunk of money. My boyfriend and I get 2 tall iced coffees often, so we’ll probably end up doing this.
9. Order iced tea without water
Starbucks iced tea is watered down, so make sure to ask them to not add water. By doing this you get more tea and caffeine.
10. Bring your own dairy-free creamer
For some reason, Starbucks charges customers for dairy-free options and charges zero cents for regular dairy milk.
To get around this, I keep my fridge stocked with soy milk (which tastes way better in coffee versus regular milk), and bring a coffee cup filled with soy milk anytime I go to Starbucks. It saves me almost $.60 a cup (which adds up to almost $144 a year if you go to Starbucks 5 days a week).
Using these tips will allow you to keep making your Starbucks trips while saving a few bucks each week. Make sure to bring your own reusable cup not only to save money but to help the environment.
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