Starbucks Couponing & Savings Guide
A darling of Wall Street investors and customers alike, Starbucks has become one of the nation's most beloved corporations over the past couple decades. With thousands of locations all over the country, the joke that there is a Starbucks on every street corner often rings true.
One of the most astonishing aspects of Starbucks' popularity is that it has achieved such phenomenal growth while maintaining relatively high prices. Many people are simply willing to pay more for a Starbucks product than they are similar products from competitors. This speaks to Starbucks' quality as well as its marketing. It also speaks to the fact that hardcore customers realize there are several ways to get Starbucks stuff for cheaper than the listed price. See below as Dealspotr reveals a variety of methods that can be used to get deals at Starbucks.
Use Coupons and Promo Codes
How Coupons Work
Over the years, Starbucks has expanded far beyond just being a stand-alone coffee shop. It now distributes products that are sold on shelves at grocery and convenience stores nationwide and it also operates smaller cafes that are located within larger stores. Thankfully, there are coupons for each type of in-store Starbucks experience you seek.
Coupons for Use at Stand-Alone Starbucks Locations: See the My Starbucks Rewards section below
Coupons for Use on Starbucks Products at Grocery Stores: In addition to the occasional manufacturer coupon via the traditional means of the local newspaper or Coupons.com, you can also sometimes find store-specific coupons for Starbucks products at places like Target and CVS.
Coupons for Mini Starbucks Locations Within Other Stores: Keep your eyes peeled for printed coupon offers for Starbucks mini stores. The grocery stores that house these small shops will give special discounts to their customers every now and again.
How Promo Codes Work
Promo codes are a tad simpler to decipher than coupons, because they can generally only be used for Starbucks.com purchases. Starbucks is known for running frequent promo codes that are very valuable, so it's wise to check Dealspotr to see if any codes are available before making any purchase at Starbucks.com.
Starbucks products are also sold at online stores such as Sears.com, so if Sears has a killer site-wide promo code running, you might be able to use it to get a great deal on Starbucks stuff. Bear in mind, you will need to make sure that Starbucks isn't listed among the site-wide code's exclusions.
Join My Starbucks Rewards
Starbucks has emphasized its rewards program in recent years and made it a very valuable tool for thrifty loyal customers. That said, there are a few distinct features that might be confusing for some as they learn to leverage all of the benefits provided by the program.
How It Works
Unlike most rewards programs, My Starbucks Rewards requires you to first have a Starbucks card before you can register for the program. There are four primary ways you can get a Starbucks Card:
Buy (or receive) a physical gift card at a Starbucks store
Buy (or receive) an e-gift card from Starbucks.com
Buy a specially marked Starbucks product from a retailer and enter the Star code located on (or inside) the packaging at Starbucks.com/rewards (you'll see a box on the top right of the page to enter the code) and then create an account and select a card
Download the mobile app and sign up for a free "digital" card
The only aforementioned option that doesn't require the purchase of a gift card is downloading the app, so if that's a sticking point for you then go ahead and get the app. It is available for free in the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Amazon App Store. The app is highly integrated with the card and you can use the app to pay for all of your in-store purchases as long as your digital card has enough funds. The app/digital card functions much like a debit card in this way and you can load it with cash at any time or transfer a balance from another Starbucks gift card onto it.
If you have gotten a physical or e-gift card then you'll need to register it at Starbucks.com/rewards to become a rewards member.
While it might seem like a bit of a hassle to join the rewards program, it's definitely worth the trouble. Rewards members get exclusive email coupons (you must opt in to receive emails) that can be used at any Starbucks location as well as early access to new products.
The most powerful part of the Rewards program might be the freebie food and drink rewards. In order to get these free offers, you must earn "Stars". Stars are earned whenever you make a purchase at a participating Starbucks store using your Starbucks Card (or digital card/mobile app). You can also earn Stars by purchasing specially marked Starbucks products at the grocery store or when you buy coffee or tea products online at Store.Starbucks.com. The more Stars you earn, the more freebie offers you'll receive.
Starbucks also has a "Treat Receipt" promotion for rewards members. If you buy something at a Starbucks store in the morning, you can bring back your receipt in the afternoon to get a huge discount on select products. Check the rewards section to see the latest product being discounted as it changes regularly.
Shop the Sale Section
How It Works
Starbucks might not seem like the type of place that would have big sales, but it actually does. Starbucks' online store has an entire section devoted to sale items that are regularly discounted by 25% or more. The trick is in finding this section. You'll need to go to the "Gifts & More" tab and then click "Sale" which is second in the dropdown menu. It's still a little misleading, however, as some items on the page are clearly marked as discounted in addition to including a free gift with purchase, while others are only labeled as discounted in a small heading, but not actually on the checkout page.
Join the Starbucks email list and they'll send you a 10% off coupon for your next order. This is a quick and easy way to get a discount if you haven't signed up yet.
Go to Starbucks In-Store Events
How They Work
Every so often, usually during holidays, Starbucks will hold special in-store events that feature discount offers on select products. An example of one earlier this year came during Valentine's Day when Starbucks promoted the "World's Largest #StarbucksDate" event in which you could visit the store and get special coffee and dessert pairings for only $5, in addition to fun surprises. The event also included a special Match.com element in which if you signed up for the dating site, you'd get a $20 Starbucks gift card.
Another example was prior to Thanksgiving last year in which Starbucks announced a "Share the Merry" event which featured a BOGO offer of their special handcrafted holiday beverages such as Gingerbread Latte. These events are held throughout the year and the simplest way to find out about them is by following Starbucks on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
These events take place on specific dates at specific times, so always make sure to read the details before visiting your local Starbucks. Rewards members do get extended times for some events.
Take Advantage of Starbucks Rebates
How It Works
Rebates are typically associated with grocery or electronics purchases, but there are frequently great rebate offers for Starbucks products as well. Sometimes Starbucks has a rebate offer to promote a new seasonal item such as the spring time collection they released earlier this year. Other times Starbucks has a rebate offer to celebrate the holidays such as late last year. In order to get a rebate, you usually have to buy an eligible product (or number of products) and then fill out a form and either mail it in or submit it digitally with the proof of purchase. Your rebate will then be emailed to you in the form of an e-gift card from Starbucks.
Another way to get cash back on Starbucks items is by downloading cash back apps. These apps give cash back on a variety of products found at grocery stores and occasionally have offers for Starbucks items (currently for $1 back on the ibotta app). They generally require a screen shot of the receipt as a proof of purchase and don't mail the cash back until you've reached a minimum cash-back threshold, often $20.
Rebates work in conjunction with manufacturer coupons and store coupons. Stack them together to get the best possible deal. Sometimes you can even score a freebie, like the blog For the Mommas explained in this recent post.
Buy Discounted Starbucks Gift Cards from Raise.com
How It Works
Instead of thinking about gift cards in terms of giving them as gifts, it's important to remember how they can be utilized as a valuable mechanism for saving. Raise.com is a gift card marketplace that has a multitude of gift cards from various stores available at a discounted rate. Starbucks gift cards are currently being sold at 4% off. This means you can get a $25 gift card for only $24. That may not seem like a lot, but if you are a habitual Starbucks drinker, you probably spend at least $25 on Starbucks a week, so that means you'll be saving a buck every week by buying and using discounted gift cards and that adds up over time.
If you are a rewards member always make sure to transfer your discounted gift card money onto your regular Starbucks card. That way you can still earn Stars on your purchases.