You get into your car, start driving and find yourself in front of Starbucks before you are even fully awake. The morning coffee fix is a daily ritual for a lot of people. If you are having trouble giving it up, there is no need to pay full price for your cup of joe. Here are 10 ways to save at Starbucks from my latest article at TheStreet.com:
1. Don’t go
2. Buy your coffee at retail outlets
3. Make friends with Starbucks employees
4. Purchase Starbucks gift cards on eBay
5. Look for Starbucks offering promotions
6. Take your own cup
7. Order simple
8. Keep those gift cards (they are collectible)
9. Raid your change jar
10. Buy McDonald’s coffee
Coffee, like soda, can easily be a $1000 a year habit. If you’re not willing to give up Starbucks completely, these hints should help to keep some extra change in your pockets while still enjoying your vice.
And a bonus tip from me: Starbucks across the country will be giving away a free 12 oz or “tall” cup of coffee on Thursday, March 15th, from 10am to noon. It’s hard to beat free when trying to save money.