I've learned a few tricks to help my money go further at Starbucks.  Want to know my secrets? Here's how to save money on Starbucks coffee.

It’s no secret that I love a good cup of coffee from Starbucks.  After all, I do head there every Thursday with my computer to work on coupon matchups! (It makes the task a little more bearable for me 😉 )

While I buy most of my coffees with gift cards that I’ve earned through Swagbucks and I consider it a treat, I’ve still learned a few tricks to help my money go further.  Want to know my secrets?

Here’s how to save money on Starbucks coffee:

Firstly, if you have a Starbucks card, you’ll want to register it right away.  Head here to register. Once your card is registered, for each transaction you make you’ll start earning stars, which lead to free perks.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Use your registered card once to receive a Free drink or food item of your choice, plus a coupon for 15% off a purchase at StarbucksStore.ca for your birthday.
  2. Use your card 5 times to get you to the Green level.  In addition to your birthday drink or food reward you also earn Free brewed and iced coffee and tea refills in the Store.
  3. Collect 30 Stars within 12 months and you’re at the Gold level. With Gold level, you get the birthday and Green level rewards plus a Free drink or food reward every 12 Stars (12 transactions).

Read more details here about the reward program.

Secondly, after registering your card, you should opt in to get special offers and coupons via email or text message.  Go to www.starbucks.ca/account to opt-in.  I regularly receive emails offering me 50% off a sandwich or $1.00 off a drink and even offers for BOGO drinks!

Oh, one other thing about the rewards, when you have a free drink to redeem, make sure you get the biggest, fanciest drink possible. For example, a Venti Caramel Flan Latte.  You’re saving yourself over $5 that way!

Finally, the last trick I’ve learned is for those of you who take your brewed coffee with cream, like me.  If you normally order a Grande size, for example, next time you buy brewed coffee, order a Grande but in a Venti cup.  This way, they’ll fill the Venti cup up to the imaginary Grande fill line and then you can proceed to fill your cup with cream…without having to pour any precious coffee in the garbage or having to ask for less coffee!

So, what do you think, will these tips help you save some money on your Starbucks coffee?  How do you save on your coffee runs?