In college, I developed a bit of a habit. A coffee habit. Okay, it was specifically a Starbucks habit.
I wasn’t even a coffee drinker before I started school but, once I became an upperclassman and had project-heavy courses, I was visiting the Starbucks on campus a few times a day.
Don’t get me wrong, drinking coffee isn’t terrible for you. In fact, a new study finds that a daily cup of joe can help boost longevity. Just be sure to watch the extra sweeteners, syrups, and whipped creamed if you’re counting calories. (And caffeine but more on that later.)
I soon realized that making multiple trips a week for my favorite drinks adds up quickly. And with an even more pressing case of wanderlust, I soon realized that I needed to curb my coffee habit in order to put the extra cash towards plane tickets.
Here’s what I figured out:
If you haven’t already, sign up for the Starbucks Rewards program. Reaching Gold Status has some serious perks.
Buying Starbucks brand coffee at your local grocery store and making it from home saves money. I buy mine for a few dollars less at Kroger than I do at Starbucks stores. Some bags have extra star codes that you can put towards your rewards account. One bag for $7.99 can last me a week or so compare to a single drink for $4.50.
Using a reusable Starbucks cup saves 10 cents each time you have a barista fill it up. Plus, you’re creating less waste which is more sustainable. Win win.
Get water fo’ free by asking for just a regular cup of water. No need to spend extra money on fancy bottled water.
Asking for light ice won’t water down your drink as much. Less ice = more coffee.
When meeting a friend for coffee, split a Venti drink with them and ask the barista for two Tall cups. A Venti drink is 24 ounces, while a Tall is 12 ounces. No need to buy two separate drinks when a large one costs less.
Utilizing these tips and tricks has helped put more of my money towards traveling. Now, the only question is…where to next?
Suggestions welcome 🙂