Your morning routine might include getting coffee at Starbucks and spending more money than you intended. While you don’t have to give up your daily caffeine fix, there are ways to save money while still enjoying your favorite coffee drink or pastry at Starbucks. Here are some ways to safely save money while ordering your favorite coffee drinks and treats at Starbucks without losing out on quality or taste.
Choose Plain, Medium Roast Coffee
Consider choosing a plain, medium roast coffee with no sweeteners or creamers. With every drink, you’ll save money and stay on track to achieving your financial goals. For example, if you buy a $4 latte three times per week for one year, you’ll spend almost $1,000. If instead you purchased a tall cup of black coffee three times per week for one year, your total cost would be only $720. That’s more than 30% in savings!
Substitute Water for Milk
To save money on your latte, first order it in a tall instead of grande size, and then order a cup of water with extra ice in place of milk. Instead of getting charged more for a tall coffee beverage, you’ll pay exactly what you would have paid for a grande with just water—and get to use both hands to hold your drink! If you prefer milk in your drinks, ask for skim or soy milk as an alternative to regular dairy milk. You’ll still get that creamy taste without all of those added calories (soy milk is also a good choice if you are lactose intolerant).
Avoid Extra Shots or Sweeteners
Cutting costs is only half of saving money. The other half is avoiding unnecessary expenses. If you’re trying to save money, skip out on extra shots or sweeteners in your drink order, as they add up over time. Instead, opt for water with lemon or tea. Buying a more basic drink order can mean big savings over time—many customers spend an average of $3 per visit on extras like whipped cream or syrups alone. In some cases, you might not even be able to avoid these extras—but if you want to make sure that what you’re ordering is still affordable, try to stick with a plain cup of coffee (or water) and one pump of syrup. You’ll still get all of the flavor without spending any extra cash.
Don’t Buy Bottled Water
Buying a bottle of water every day adds up to $1,000 per year. If you’re looking for ways to save money while staying hydrated, bring your own stainless steel bottle and fill it up with tap water! You’ll end up saving hundreds of dollars by avoiding bottled water. Plus, a stainless steel will last you many years and is super easy to clean. And if you don’t like drinking from a straw, get yourself one of these reusable filters so that you can use your favorite travel mug instead.