12 Ways To Save Money At Starbucks That Actually Work


Is your daily Starbucks coffee adding up and making you realize you’re spending way too much money on coffee?

Making your coffee at home is the best way to save money on coffee. But if you still find yourself can’t resist going to Starbucks every morning to get your caffeine fix, here are some useful tips to help you save money.

1. Bring your own cup


You save 10 cents on the price of your drink when you bring in your own reusable cup, mug, or travel tumbler.

Not only you will save more money, it’s also more environmentally friendly to use your own reusable cup.

2. Bring a competitor's paper cup

You also save 10 cents on the drink if you bring in a competitor's paper cup.

3. Create your own latte


Order a triple espresso over ice in a Venti cup. You can add cream and sugar at the condiment bar.

This way you can make your own latte, which is cheaper than ordering a latte.

4. Ask for free water instead of buying bottled water

They will give you a free cup of water if you ask them. There’s no need to buy bottled water.

Ask for water in a Venti cup with no ice to get the most free water.

5. Order your iced tea with no water

The iced tea in the pitchers are double-strength and watered down when they’re served. Ordering your iced tea with no water will give you a stronger tea, which is perfect if that’s your preference or you can split with a friend to save some money.

Iced teas are also sweetened with pumps of syrup. Order your tea with no water, unsweetened if you want the original flavor and strength.

6. Refill for 50 cents

This only works if you use the Starbucks app or registered card to pay for the original drink.

You can get a refill for $0.50 during the same visit. They can only be either hot coffee, iced coffee, cold brew, hot tea, or iced tea. You can get a refill even if your original drink was not one of the mentioned.

All you have to do is show them the mobile app / registered card to buy your refill.

7. Sign up for the Starbucks rewards program

Sign up for the Starbucks rewards program using their app and always pay for your purchases with the app.

You can get free drinks, food, and even merchandise with the reward points.

8. Ask for less ice and less milk

It’s common for the baristas to fill up your cup with a lot of ice and milk first before pouring the coffee. Ask for less ice and less milk to get more coffee.

9. Cheaper Chai latte

Order a cup of hot water and a Tazo Chai tea bag. Brew your own Chai tea and grab the complimentary milk at the condiment bar to make your own Chai latte.

10. Order in bulk


If you plan to spend a long time at the coffee shop drinking a lot of coffee, order a French press. It contains about 32 ounces of coffee which is two Grande size cups. This is also good if you’re planning to share with a friend.

11. Get a free drink on your birthday

For the birthday reward, you can get pretty much anything on the menu. Make sure you sign up for the rewards program at least 7 days before your birthday and complete your profile.

You will get a notification 2 days before your birthday to claim your freebie.

12. Order your drink as a Short

The 3 sizes on Starbucks’ menu are Tall, Grande, and Venti. But did you know there’s one more size — Short?

Short cup size is 8 ounce, which makes it the smallest size. This is perfect for the days you don’t feel like drinking too much coffee. Ordering a Short will help you save a little money comparing to getting a Tall.