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    Updated on Oct 4, 2019. Posted on Sep 26, 2019

    19 Top Secret Money-Saving Tips Starbucks Employees Won't Tell You

    Some of these may not be new to you, but they're new to me!

    1. First of all, order up: If you're getting coffee, get a size up so you don't have to pour any out to make room for milk or cream.

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    "Order a grande in a venti cup for regular coffee. That way you’re not pouring out any in the trash."

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    2. Stop paying for a new cup of coffee after you finish the first — as long as you stay in store, you can get a refill for 50 cents!

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    I'm sure you can find something to do with your time. Read a book, send a few texts, whatever.

    3. Instead of ordering an iced latte, get a triple espresso over ice in a venti cup. You can add milk on your own and you'll save $2.

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    4. Instead of ordering a chai latte, get a hot chai tea and ask them to add hot milk.

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    Obviously it's not going to taste the exact same, but if you just want the chai taste and want to save a little bit of money, this works as an alternative. A chai latte will cost you easily over $4 while tea bags are less than $2.

    5. Save 10 cents each visit by bringing in a reusable plastic cup when ordering — if you drink a cup of coffee a day, you'll save $36 a year.

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    That may not sound like a lot of money to YOU, but if you're really strapped for money, every cent counts.

    6. For all the ~passionate~ pumpkin spice lovers, recreate the iced version by getting a triple shot over ice and then asking for a side of chai and a side of white chocolate mocha.

    7. Order a short cappuccino, which has the same amount of caffeine as a tall and is cheaper.

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    I don't care if it's only 10 cents — that dime matters!

    8. Sign up for Starbucks Rewards and pay with the app to receive free and discounted drinks and food.

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    I know some people know about the app, but there are a lot of people who don't! You are leaving free money on the table, go get yo' blessing!

    9. That includes a free birthday drink, free in-store refills, exclusive membership perks, and the ability to order ahead.

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    10. Order an Americano instead of a coffee — it's cheaper than a specialized drink, but has more caffeine than a regular coffee.

    11. Do not pay for water! The tap water in the store is filtered, and you can get a free cup of water if you ask the barista.

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    12. Instead of ordering a dirty chai, get a latte with chai syrup instead — it's basically the same thing without the cost of added espresso shots.

    13. If you and your friend both want hot tea, order a venti, which comes with two teabags, and ask for a separate cup of hot water.

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    You both can take a tea bag which is more than enough.

    14. And when you order iced tea, ask for no added water — the water dilutes the caffeine and you'll get more tea for your buck.

    15. Instead of ordering a pink purple drink and being upcharged for coconut milk, ask for a strawberry acai refresher with no water and ask for a side of coconut milk when you get your drink.

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    Alternatively, you can always get regular milk or whatever works for you!

    16. Instead of ordering a latte, get a misto red eye and add extra milk.

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    A red eye is literally just drip coffee with a shot of espresso, so you wouldn't pay the same amount as you would for a specialty drink. If you need two shots, order a black eye. For three shots, a green eye.

    17. When ordering iced drinks, ask for no ice — you'll get more beverage and it'll still be cold.

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    18. Instead of getting a caramel macchiato, opt for an iced coffee with caramel drizzle (and maybe some pumps of caramel). It'll save you at least $2 since it's not a specialty drink.

    19. Lastly, check places like Groupon, where you can occasionally get $10 Starbucks gift cards for only $5.

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    We all love Starbucks, but a dollar saved is a dollar earned.

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    Any other money-saving Starbucks tips we missed? Let us know in the comments!