We all love a treat. And most of us love nothing better than a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate from the main coffee chains. But it can be pricey – regardless of the size of your drink. As we love saving money we’ve come up with seven ‘venti’ ways on how to save money at Starbucks.

Use the Starbucks Reward Card for a free drink

You can do this via an app or get a physical card in store. Just like any loyalty scheme you get rewards for spending on a regular basis. There are two levels to their loyalty programme, Green and Gold. Every Star you collect by paying with a registered Starbucks card brings you one step closer to reaching the Gold level and earning more exciting rewards. On the Green level you can get a free drink with every 15 stars.

If you have a habit of visiting for drinks then you should try to get the benefits of doing so. Even if it’s just a free drink. Find out more on their website.

Eat before you go

Once you’ve got a drink it can be hard to say no to the tasty treats on offer. With muffins, pastries and shortbread and more it’s hard to see why. The only down side is that it can be a little pricey. But what’s the alternative? As we see it you’ve got two options to help you save money at Starbucks:

  1. You could eat before you go. But then it’s more enjoyable having a drink and a nibble.
  2. Get your drink to-go and nip to somewhere cheaper, like Aldi or Tesco, and pick up something from there.

Ask about refills

If you’re a coffee drinker then this applies to you – but it’s not always available. If you’re having a filter coffee, at selected stores, you’ll get a tall filter coffee refill once you finish your drink.

Drink out, not in

The additional cost for drinking in Starbucks can add around 20p on to your bill. So if you visit 10 times that’s the average cost of a muffin. The alternative would be to find somewhere else that isn’t as busy. Somewhere that’s quiet where you can relax and enjoy what your barista has blended.


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Bring your own mug

If you take your own mug or personal travel flask you normally receive a 25p discount. So after you visit 10 times that’s a £2.50 saving. A quick search on Amazon brings back various flasks which start from around £4.50. So after 18 visits the savings you’ve made will have paid for the flask.

Buy smaller drinks

If you’re a fan of big drinks (known as Venti) this will cost more than the small and medium sizes (aka Tall and Grande respectively). A quick money saver involves ordering drinks a size smaller than you normally would. Even if it’s only once or twice a week you could save around 40p. Which adds-up over a month or two.

Starbucks Secret Menu – save money and blend your own drink

Not everyone knows about the secret menu that Starbucks offers. But there are places on the internet where you can find this. It may be worth checking out as some of the drinks may be cheaper than what you currently buy. But the best piece of advice we can give is to have a chat with one of the baristas about cheaper options that may taste better. They’re pretty knowledgeable and may be able to custom blend something which you could even name while you save money at Starbucks.

Happy drinking!