The best way to avoid wasting cash on Starbucks would be to make your coffee. The second approach is to purchase it somewhere more affordable. However, the third best way is to hack on your Starbucks order to pay less for the same (or similar) beverage. Many hacks are innocent. Here's a compilation of the Starbucks hacks from over the years.
Create a Cheap-Ass Latte
The most famous (and controversial) hack made 597 comments on the Starbucks Gossip blog: Save on an iced latte by creating a "ghetto latte." Order an Americano from the pitcher that is communal, then add the milk yourself free of water. (You could do this with a hot beverage, but it is going to come out room-temperature.)
Some baristas despise this hack, because they need to refill the milk. Consider tipping them half the gap, but don't expect them to thank you. A Today.com blogger recently tested this hack and got a $5 three-shot iced latte for $2.65, without dirty looks.
Produce an Affordable Chai Latte
I ask for a chai tea misto, with lots of foam, with two bags, so it's nice and powerful, and cinnamon and half vanilla syrup. I sprinkle a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla on the foam and BAM! I have halved my beverage allowance but maybe not lost any of the flavors.
Share a French Press
Having a coffee meeting? Order a French Press, states redditor therewillbesnacks. When Dubin analyzed this hack, her barista had to check to create it, since Starbucks has mostly migrated over to Clover single-cup brewing. But she made the pot, which costs half the price of the single coffees. Plus it provides a tropical ritual.
Do Not Hack Iced Drip Coffee
Do not purchase a cup of ice and drip coffee; it'll come out feeble. Yes, brewed coffee costs more, but it's also brewed at double-strength, former barista Jesse told Consumerist.
Purchase Larger Sizes, Not Extra Shots
If you enjoy an extra shot of espresso in your beverage, you may get it cheaper if it is rung up as a bigger drink with less water, then instead of a smaller drink with an extra shot, states Consumerist. But only sometimes! At the moment, New York's Union Square Starbucks sensibly charges the same for a three-shot Americano and a regular three-shot Grande Americano.
Wean Yourself Off Frappuccinos
They are the bang for the buck, says Consumerist. To satisfy your sweet tooth, add syrup to a simple drink. Shots of syrup cost the same.
Bring Your Own Cup
Should you use your own cup, you receive ten pennies off, no matter the drink size.
Don't Use the Drive-Thru
The drive-thru must charge you for every add-on. But baristas may give you extras for free.
Check for an Older Espresso Machine
This is a very long shot (pun!)) , but as of six years ago, some Starbucks machines may just pour two shots of espresso simultaneously. So according to therewillbesnacks, if you purchased a three-shot drink, you can politely request that fourth shooter for free.
Utilize the App With Caution
Order your drinks within the app and earn loyalty rewards. But if you're the kind of person easily tricked by an upsell that the rewards system will backfire. Starbucks will dangle "additional" rewards points in front of you if you purchase baked products or promoted drinks. Do not be a sucker.
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