I’m a Savings Expert – my tips for getting more coffee for less at Starbucks with these six hacks

STARBUCKS could be quite expensive – but several secrets could help you maximize your value in the store.

While prices may vary by location, the average cup of coffee at Starbucks costs $2.75, according to The Spruce Eats.

You might even get free or cheap refills and Starbucks


You might even get free or cheap refills and StarbucksPhoto credit: Getty

In other words, that could cost you close to $20 every week or $77 a month when you order from Starbucks.

Avoid coffee shops and brew your coffee at home to lower your monthly expenses when struggling with high inflation.

But for those who can’t get enough of Starbucks, money-saving website Rather-Be-Shopping has shared some hacks you can use.

Free or cheap refills

Those who drink multiple cups of coffee a day will love this hack.

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RBS claims that if you stay in store and finish your coffee, you could ask the barista to refill your cup for just 50 cents.

Plus, it’s free if you have a “green” tier Starbucks rewards card.

Order smaller sizes in larger cups

Starbucks offers the following sizes in its store, listed from smallest to largest as follows:

  • Short
  • Big
  • Big
  • valve
  • Trento

RBS recommends telling your barista that you want a short cup in a tall cup.

“Your barista will pour your cup about 3/4 full and give it to you,” it said.

Additionally, adding milk or a cream jug gives you the value of a large mug.

According to RBS, this works similarly to asking a tall in a grande-size cup.

Why you need to order Americanos

Americanos are one of the cheapest types of caffeine you can buy at the store.

The drink is prepared by simply pouring hot water over espresso shots, which at Starbucks are typically served in two servings per drink.

But you could get even more espresso in the cup by asking for a grande americano in a tall cup.

“You get 3 espressos instead of two and pay less overall,” RBS said.

Order less ice cream

Often cafes pack cold drinks with a ton of ice – limiting the amount of coffee in your drink.

At Starbucks, you can order half ice cream or light ice cream, according to RBS.

Two ways to save with friends

For those who enjoy drinking coffee with friends, there are a few ways you can save.

One is to order a 24-ounce Frappuccino that’s the Venti size.

With a friend, you might want to ask for two large mugs that are 12 ounces each.

“You end up paying about $5 for the Venti instead of $8 for two Talls,” RBS said.

If you have even more friends, consider ordering a French Press, which comes in 32 ounces to 45 ounces depending on the store.

It costs between 4 and 5 dollars.

“You end up getting your coffee for about half the cost compared to ordering individually,” RBS said.

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