The last time I went to Starbucks I spent almost $4.00 on a specialty Frappucino that took me all of 15 minutes to drink. Even though the coffee drink tasted sweet, the cost left a distinctively sour taste in my mouth. If I do this everyday as some people do, I’m going to be down almost $1500 in a year. Enough for a lavish vacation! I knew I had to come up with some ideas to save money on Coffee at Starbucks if I was to continue to go. Here are some ideas I’ve discovered:
1. Punt the frappucino and go for the iced latte
Th Frappucinos at Starbucks are probably the biggest rip off of all. What is it made of? It’s an inexpensive Frappacino base mixed with ice and a pump of flavored syrup, yet Starbucks will still charge you almost $4.00 for it. People will stay buy it, particularly in the summer because it’s a cold drink.. If you want a less expensive cold drink, order an iced latte and ask for extra flavor syrup to give it that extra sweetness you enjoy with the frapuccino. You can ask for extra flavor syrup free of charge as long as its a single flavor.
2. Go for the short sized capuccino.
It isn’t listed on the menu, but it’s less expensive than the tall size and will probably be enough to satisfy you if you just want the taste. You need to ask for this size as a special order.
3. Make your own latte at the condiment station.
Ask for a double shot of espresso in a large cup. You can thenproceed to the condiment station and add your own milk to create a latte that’s almost as good as the one Starbucks makes for you. Sweeten it with a few packets of sugar or Splenda and enjoy the Starbucks atmosphere.
4. Discover the joys of regular coffee.
Who says you have to have a fancy frozen drink or latte everytime you have a craving for coffee? Starbucks has a variety of flavored coffees available that taste delicious when combined with a bit of free milk from the condiment bar. If you really want some extra flavor, ask for a shot of flavored coffee syrup for around 30 cents. Starbucks will also give you a free refill for 50 cents on your coffee.
5. Save money with a gift card.
Do a search on Ebay for Starbucks gift cards that still have unused dollars on them. You can usually purchase these for less than their face value and save some money in the process.
6. Take your own cup.
Starbucks will give you ten cents off your purchase if you bring your own cup. This is a savings that can add up over time. Plus, you’ll be saving some trees!
7. Hold off on the dessert.
If you can’t resist ordering a Starbucks muffin or coffee cake with your coffee, try bringing a cookie or other snack with you from home. You can still enjoy the coffee and the atmosphere while saving money at the same time.
8. Diversify your tastes.
Instead of automatically ordering your standard, expensive coffee drink every day, try something new and less expensive. Starbucks has delicious iced teas and they charge only 50 cents for a free refill.
With all the money you’ll save on coffee at Starbucks, you can start planning your dream vacation!