It’s time to admit it: You’re a Starbucks addict. It’s a way of life, not simply a coffee shop. You know it’s Christmas time when they start serving Gingerbread Lattes in Christmas mugs, and you can expect fruity, refreshing, and Instagram-worthy iced teas throughout the summer months. However, having this kind of concentration may quickly add up in terms of financial burden. Adding an extra shot of espresso or almond milk to a normal menu drink might cost anywhere from $3 to $7. However, you may get more bang for your (Star)buck if you want to save money, spend less time in line at Starbucks, or have healthier selections. Here are some Starbucks tips to help you save money, time, and unnecessary calories.
1. Don’t Limit Yourself to What’s on The Menu
Starbucks regulars who know how to acquire their favourite beverages without ordering off the menu save money. See if you can find the “hidden” menu! Try one of these $3 drink combinations and never again pay $6 for a cup of coffee. Order the Caffe Misto instead of a regular latte; it has the same flavour (half coffee, half milk) but costs less. Does this sound like you? In order to save money and sugar, you may have half-and-half, which is half steamed milk and half-and-half, which is half-and-half, which is half-brewed chai tea.
2. Make Your Own Drinks for A Cheaper Price
There is nothing wrong with lattes, but they may be costly, especially if you want a Venti quantity. If you don’t mind skipping the foam, go for a triple espresso in a Venti cup (which has room for milk) and top it up with milk at the condiments counter. This is like making your own iced latte at home, except it’s much cheaper. Foam is your thing? To get a Grande latte for the price of a Tall black coffee, get a tall coffee with steamed milk or a tall hot coffee in a Grande cup, then top it up with milk at the condiments station.
3. Take Advantage of Refills
You spend a lot of time at Starbucks during workdays or meetings, getting many beverages and staying for long periods of time. Or is it possible that one cup of coffee is simply insufficient? Even if your initial drink was not made coffee or tea, you can refill your cup at Starbucks for only 5 cents instead of paying for an additional drink. Refills are limited to iced or hot coffee or tea, but you may use the tips from the previous section to make a latte out of it. A Pumpkin Spice Latte and a 50-cent cup of tea will keep you going during your meeting at the coffee shop.
4. Bring your own cup
If you want to save money and assist the environment, you may get a 10-cent discount on your coffee by bringing your own cup instead of using one of the store’s limited-edition Christmas cups. In the grand scheme of things, saving just 10 cents a day over the course of a year adds up to $36.40. (yeah, I did the math). Save money and the environment by bringing your own mug, tumbler, or to-go cup.
5. Sign up For Rewards
Normally, rewards programmes just mean more spam emails, but at Starbucks, it’s a need to have one on your account. In addition to the many rewards that come with being a reward member (like a free birthday drink!), you can earn points for a variety of purchases, such as at-store purchases and purchases of specific Starbucks products in grocery stores, which can be used to redeem free food and beverages. To get the most out of your frequent trips to Starbucks, enrol in the rewards programme. Even if you only visit Starbucks once or twice a year, the complimentary birthday beverage is well worth the trip.
6. Order a French Press Pot of Coffee
Meeting a buddy for coffee, meeting your wife for an out-of-office meeting, or getting work done all day at your neighbourhood Starbucks? When ordering coffee, choose a French press pot instead than one or two individual mugs. Even while each pot only makes a few cups of coffee, the overall cost is less than buying a cup of coffee separately. Whether it’s with your buddies or on your alone (we won’t judge), you may enjoy a cup of joe.
7. Get the Most out Of Your Iced Drink
Do you drink iced coffee year-round, no matter how chilly it gets? Or maybe you’re trying to cut back on your coffee intake by drinking iced tea instead? Iced beverages, when prepared correctly, may be an excellent way to cool yourself in the summer. Request “no water” while you’re ordering an iced tea. Since most iced teas are dilute, to begin with, asking for no water will result in a more potent beverage. “Light ice” should be requested for all iced beverages. The barista’s default is to fill the entire cup with ice, which restricts the amount of cold brew or matcha you may receive.. In order to get the most out of your money, light ice may keep your drink cool while also increasing the amount of drink you get for it.
8. Be Specific About Your Syrup
A PSL or vanilla latte just won’t do when you’re trying to cut back on sugar. You don’t have to completely give up your favourite beverage, but you can be more particular about the syrup you use instead. Three pumps of syrup are standard for a Tall drink; four pumps are standard for a Grande; and five to six pumps are standard for a Venti. The best part of your day is a Venti vanilla latte, so go for it. If you don’t want to give up your favourite drink, you can request it with fewer pumps if you like. To get the same great taste in a tall or grande size, use one to two pumps instead of three.
9. Ask for A Sample
Standard iced coffee is all I order, but if you’re more adventurous than I am and want to try something different, you don’t have to worry about not enjoying it. As long as the business isn’t overflowing with customers, a barista should be more than happy to give you a taste of a new beverage if you’re unsure if you’ll enjoy it. If you’ve been thinking about trying that new roast or the seasonal beverage, now is the time (after sampling it first, of course).
10. Speculoos Cookie Butter
Although I’m aware that some individuals adore this product, I can’t say the same for myself. It just doesn’t taste right to me; I’d rather have Nutella instead. Even though it has a gingerbread flavour, I don’t recommend using it as a spread.