How to Save Money at Starbucks

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Are you a coffee lover who visits Starbucks regularly?  While I do not visit Starbucks too often it is my go to place for coffee.  I enjoy my visits to Starbucks even more when I am able to save money on my order  or even get an iced caramel macchiato for free.  Did you know that if you bring your own cup to Starbucks you can save 10¢?  For those who go to Starbucks often those savings can add up.  Most of the time when I use a Starbucks gift card that I have earned for free through rewards websites.  Be sure to check out my recommendations below on how to save money at Starbucks.

My Starbucks Rewards

How to join: Once you have purchased a Starbucks gift card you will want to visit the Starbucks website to register for the program. This program has changed since I wrote this post and I no longer use it other than getting a free drink on my birthday. If you go to Starbucks often it can be a good way to get free drinks.

Bing Rewards

Click here to join: Bing Rewards

You can use the points earned through bing rewards to redeem $5 gift cards to Starbucks.  You get one point for every two searches through the bing website on your phone or computer.  You can earn up to 25 points per day for your searches.  There are normally a few bonus points per day as well.  When you redeem the gift card you will receive an email with an electronic gift card.  You can then transfer the gift card to your Starbucks app and enjoy the extra $5.

Kellogg’s Family Rewards®

Do you purchase Kellogg products at the grocery store?  Click here to join: Kellogg’s Family Rewards

How do you earn points?  Anytime you purchase an item that is sold by Kellogg’s you can earn points to use on a variety of rewards.  You can upload information from your grocery receipt or add your grocery store loyalty card to your account.  Once you reach 7,000 points you can redeem a $5 Starbucks gift card.  It can take a while to earn the gift card but I see as a great perk since I buy Kellogg products on most of my grocery shopping trips.

Disney Movie Rewards

Do you have Disney movies on dvd or blu-ray?  Click here to join: Disney Movie Rewards

If you open up your Disney movie cases you should see a blue piece of paper that says Disney Movie Rewards with a code on it.  Once you have created an account be sure to enter the codes in.  Typically you can earn 100 points per dvd code and 150 points per blu-ray code.  You can redeem your reward points for Starbucks gift cards.


How to join: download the Shopkick app on your smart phone & create an account.

You can redeem your points for $5, $10 or $25 Starbucks gift cards. To earn Shopkick points you will want to open the app to see what stores around you are offering points. Earn walk in kicks you will need to open the app and keep it open as you walk into the participating stores. You can also earn kicks by scanning items using your phone at participating locations. This is a very easy way to earn free gift cards while running errands.


You can join swagbucks here.

How does it work? You earn gift cards to places like Starbucks by completing surveys, watching videos and more. Over the two years I’ve been a member on swagbucks I’ve earned around $75 in gift cards. That might not sound too impressive but I haven’t been very active on the site. Just think of what you might be able to earn!

Do you have recommendations on how to save money at Starbucks?

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46 thoughts on “How to Save Money at Starbucks

  • Lindsay

    Well I feel like I’ve been sorely missing out on these Starbucks rewards!!! ahhh, I’m kicking myself for not registering sooner, but now I know to do it going forward. Thanks so much for the helpful info!! What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?

  • Nicole

    My sister told me about shopkick, but I have yet to try it. I think I’ll download it today. The Bing rewards have paid off – we’ve gotten Hulu free for several months with giftcards.

  • Helen

    I love Starbucks rewards so much. I got my gold card last year, and you would have thought it was actually made of gold by how delicately I treat it. These are great tips! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Joanna

    You are so lucky to have all these rewards programs. I am not sure if starbucks has a rewards program on my little island in Greece!

  • Leslie Soto

    I have the Starbucks Reward Card but I didn’t know about any of these other ways to save. Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to get busy saving at Starbucks. With a puppy I need all the coffee I can get.

  • Elle Post author

    I love getting a caramel macchiato upside down lite ice. it is a mouth full of an order but amazing! what do you love ordering?

  • Shaylee

    Ohhh I’ve only ever heard of the Starbucks rewards – which I get WAY too frequently haha! It’s great to see there’s a couple other ways to get free drinks too!

  • Robin Masshole Mommy

    We are Dunkin Donuts people over here in Boston, but this will help the people out west who frequent Starbucks.

  • Sarah

    Haha such a good bait title! I was expecting a secret menu for my go to fav drinks or something! I am definitely a rewards member though! Happy Monday!

  • Kwame

    I love Starbucks but I have to put myself on a budget. Thanks for the these tips. I’m a proud gold level rewards member! Starbucks junkie for life!

  • Betsy

    I love Disney movie rewards!! I will have to check this out the next time I redeem my rewards!!

  • Elizabeth O.

    I didn’t even know they had all these rewards. That’s really awesome. Even if I don’t drink their coffee often, would be nice to save money.

  • ReviewsSheROTE

    Been a Gold Card Member for years…I did know about most of these way to earn or “save” — Shopkick is a new one on me-Have to check it out. Also you can earn star codes on packages bought at the grocery store and Gold level earn free beverages or food item for every 12 stars not 15- there are also many Special Offers just for you….my daughter and I are both Gold but I’ve been longer so my offers seem to come more frequently then her’s.

  • Eugenia

    I love Starbucks, but never tried this rewards program! Seems like a very good idea to save money! Thanks for sharing such useful information!

  • Kiwi

    I keep saying I want to be a Starbucks Loyalty Reward member. I need to get on it stat!

  • Elle Post author

    I have only had their regular coffee a few times and I found it perfect for my taste as I did not need to add anything to it. It is strong but for me that is a good thing. I typically stick to an iced caramel macchiato though

  • The Southern Thing

    I had no idea there were so many ways to save! Great tips because the Starbucks addiction can get pricey if it’s a daily thing!

  • Heather

    I’m 5 stars away from Gold status and most of the time when I go, I’m using a gift card, and I reload my cards so I can get the points. I need to make a visit soon! Love your tips!

  • Ana

    I cant believe i have been missing about this all this time! Love starbucks!

  • Colette S

    I didn’t know about some of these .
    My husband would be glad to know since he sometimes buys all the coffee :)

  • Shannon Gurnee

    I love using my Gold Card at Starbucks. In fact, I go there and every time I go, I get 2 drinks and ask to do them as separate orders so I get 2 stars instead of 1 on my visit.