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Starbucks hacks: How to get more coffee for less

Most people enjoy starting their day off with a cup of coffee.

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Some choose to do it at Starbucks, but it can be pricey so be sure to use these saving hacks.


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Prices vary by location, but on average a cup of coffee at Starbucks costs $2.75. Depending on how often you buy coffee that could be nearly $20 a week or $77  a month. You can cut costs by making your own at home. But if that just isn’t an option, try these tips to help you save.

Cheap or free refills

This hack is best for people who drink multiple cups of coffee a day. Customers have claimed that if you finish your first cup of coffee in store– they will refill your cup for only 50 cents. Or, if you have a “Green” tier Starbucks reward card, it is free.

Order a smaller size in a larger cup

Starbucks offers these sizes:

  • Short
  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti
  • Trenta

The sizes are listed from smallest to largest. For example, if you tell the barista you want a short in a tall cup, they’ll fill it up about 3/4 of the way and hand it to you. This tip is especially helpful if you add milk or creamer, as it gives you the extra space. This same idea can by applied to other sizes.

Consider an Americano

An Americano is one of the cheapest ways to get caffeine at Starbucks. It is simply hot water poured over espresso shots– usually two shots at Starbucks. But, you can get more shots if you want.

Order light ice

Often times, coffee shops will load up cold beverages with a ton of ice– cutting back on how much coffee you actually get. If you’re getting something cold at Starbucks, order it with light ice or half ice.

Two ways to save with friends

If you and your friends like to drink coffee, there are some more ways to save. Consider ordering a venti Frappuccino– which is 24 oz. Be sure to ask for two tall cups, which are 12 oz each so that you can share. This will save you in the long run because the venti will only cost about $5 instead of two tall drinks for $8.

If there are more than two of you, you could consider ordering a French Press, which comes in 32 ounces to 45 ounces, depending on the store, but costs between $4 and $5.

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