How to Cut Down on Your Starbucks Expenses

Sometimes, you can’t help but wonder how Starbucks ever became popular. How could 7 million people go to a Starbucks each week?

It’s no secret that quite a few coffee snobs sneer at the brand. At the same time, fans of other fast-food coffees (such as McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts), say that their favorite fast-food coffee is even better, and yet they cost much less.

It’s basically a fast-food brand, yet their prices are much higher. The cost of a Venti is about $4.15 on average. That seems a bit high, considering that you can get a large coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts for just $2.50. A large order of Premium Roast coffee from McDonald’s will set you back about $1.49.

The $4.15 doesn’t seem like a big deal, every once in a while. But if you get your Starbucks fix daily, then that cost will accumulate over time. Multiply $4.15 by 365 days, and that’s a grand total of $1,514.75 for the year. In comparison, you’ll spend only $543.89 for the year with the McDonald’s coffee. That’s almost a thousand bucks less.

Still, there are ways that can help you save a bit while you still enjoy your regular Starbucks visits:

Starbucks Rewards Program

Joining this is perhaps the easiest way to cut down on your Starbucks expenses, especially if you’re a daily patron. It offers many kinds of discounts and promos, along with free refills, free drinks, and free food in special circumstances. You can even get birthday treats.

This involves buying a Starbucks Reward card, then you’ll have to register it. The process can be a bit tedious, but it’s all a worthy investment of your money and effort.

Discount Gift Cards and Other Promos

You should also be on the lookout for the discount Starbucks gift cards. You can find these on Gift Card Granny, CardCash, and Groupon. Of course, check out the Starbucks website as well.

These cards aren’t always available, but if you find them, just buy them you’ll find $10 gift cards available for just $5, and that means you’re getting a 50% discount.

Bring Your Own Cup

If you don’t get the Starbucks cup and just get the coffee into your own reusable cup, then you get a 10-cent discount. That doesn’t seem much, obviously, but that’s still saving you $36.50 a year. In other words, that’s at least 8 free Venti cups each year.

You just need your own reusable cup, and it doesn’t even have to be one from Starbucks. Heck, you can even bring in a paper cup from another fast-food joint to enjoy the discount.

Order a Smaller Size

For some people, even the smallest coffee size on the menu is too much. You have the Venti with 20 ounces, the Grande with 16 ounces, and the Tall with 12 ounces. The problem is that if you only want a small amount of coffee, then you’re basically forcing yourself to drink the rest of the cup. You’re paying for coffee that you don’t really want (after a certain point).

But you can ask for a “Short” order of your coffee, and you get to pay less than the cost of the Tall while you get your 8 ounces of coffee. At certain times, Starbucks also offers a mini size of 10 ounces as well, and again this will be cheaper than the Tall order.

Use a Grande Cup for Your Tall Order

Usually, the barista will ask if you prefer to leave some space in your Tall cup for some cream or milk for the coffee. This is convenient to be sure, but then again, you’re getting less coffee for your money.

To make sure you’re getting all the coffee you actually paid for, you can specify the use of the Grande cup for your Tall order. That way, you’ll have the space you need for your milk.

Split the Venti Frappuccino

A Tall order of Frappuccino is 12 ounces, and a Venti Frappuccino is 24 ounces. But the Venti Frappuccino costs less than twice as much as 2 orders of the Tall Frappuccino.

If you come with a buddy to Starbucks and you both want a Tall Frappuccino, then just get the Venti and ask for an extra cup. Then you can always just divide the Venti Frappuccino and enjoy the discount.

Final Words

Obviously, you can just cut down on your Starbucks visits to save money. You can always go with other fast-food joints with cheaper coffee, or even just make your own coffee and really save a lot of money.

But it’s hard to quit the Starbucks habit. Regardless of what others say, plenty of people love their coffee. At least with these tips, you can still enjoy your Starbucks fix without shelling too much of your money!