How to Save Money at Starbucks – Venti Iced Lattes for $1.95!

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Starbucks is a one of my favorite places to study or work.  However, the coffee prices keep rising as gas prices keep soaring.  People are spending over $5 for a cup of coffee.  That is almost as much as a meal!  Here are several tips on how to save money at Starbucks:

Romsdeals’ Starbucks Drink:

Doppio Espresso in a Venti Cup with Ice.  This is basically a double shot of espresso over ice in a venti cup.  You then can go over to to the condiments counter and fill up your cup with your preferable amount of milk. This drink turns out to be $1.95.  A venti iced latte costs over $4.  Great deal! 🙂


Register your card for free drip coffee/tea refills.  You can register your starbucks gift card online to get this perk.  Note that they won’t refill an iced tea lemonade, but sometimes if they are nice they will.  Getting free coffee or tea refills can let you stay at Starbucks all day without anybody looking at you strange because you look like you did not buy a drink.

Buy a Starbucks Free Drink Coupon on eBay.  This is another way on how to save money at Starbucks.  People on eBay often sell free drink coupons where you can buy any customizable drink at Starbucks.  You can get a $6 Venti or Trenta drink at Starbucks for only $2.50 ($5 for two coupons). I often use this method to buy drinks at Starbucks.  When I feel like getting an even better deal, I bring my contigo cup and share a drink with the wife :).

Starbucks recently changed their loyalty program.  Now you can obtain a free drink or food item once you get 12 stars.  Be sure to make purchases separately because you get stars based on each transaction and not on each item.  The downside of the new update to the loyalty program is that there is no more free Soymilk or Syrup.  Sometimes, you can ask a worker for a shot or two of syrup after you make your latte mentioned above or other coffee drink.  I try not to do this much because it can be embarrassing ;).

Make your own coffee. I actually do not go to Starbucks very often because I like to make my own coffee.  At work I use the handy Clever Coffee Dripper and at home I have more fun and use an Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker.  I will post reviews on these products in the next few days.  You can subscribe or follow me for some more tips on how to save money on coffee.

Anybody got any other tips at Starbucks to share?

9 comments for “How to Save Money at Starbucks – Venti Iced Lattes for $1.95!

  1. Jerry Mandel
    December 7, 2012 at 9:09 am

    At Starbucks, you can get a “Short” for $1 + sales tax. It is a good size cup. Regular or Decaf.

    • December 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

      That is a great tip! I forgot to mention that… my wife used to work at Starbucks.

  2. mike
    May 26, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Not a very cool thing to do to little businesses though. As a guy that owns a coffee shop I think its pretty lame thing to do. We have to pay for our lives, machines, employees, and cost of goods sold somehow.

    • Mike Maxwell
      July 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      That’s so true. I grew up in the restauarant business, BUT Starbuck’s price are ridiculously high to begin with.
      What’s your food cost 6-8%

    • Joanna
      October 23, 2015 at 8:52 am

      People have to save money too and Starbucks is ridiculously high priced. Doing this to small businesses are pretty lame you’re right there…but Starbucks is not a small business.

  3. Janelle
    November 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

    At Starbuck’s you’re not just paying for the coffee, though. Of course you can make coffee cheaper at home, but I can’t just go home on my break and make a pot. You are paying for the convenience, the experience, and the money that Starbucks gives back to its employees and the community. How do you think they can afford to offer full benefits to their part-time workers, not to mention tuition assistance? I have no qualms paying extra for a cup of coffee, if the company is using it to take care of its people.

  4. Kelly
    January 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    That’s not saving money, that’s stealing milk.

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