I have a Starbucks across the street from my job. This is dangerous for two reasons:
ONE: I jaywalk every single time across a busy Chicago street to get there. I’ve had at least one close call. Worth it.
TWO: As we all know, Starbucks is ridiculously expensive. Beat the system by ordering smart! It’ll save you money and probably some calories, too.
I LOVE espresso. Crappy work coffee can’t compare, so when I’m craving a latte, I order this:
Americano, with room for cream: This is espresso and water. Add your own flavored creamer, i.e. peppermint mocha, french vanilla, pumpkin spice. Voila! You’re paying about $3.00 for something that would have otherwise cost you nearly $5. It tastes the same or better. I swear.
If special measures must be taken to stay awake, order a…
Redeye, with room for cream: This is espresso and your choice of coffee, instead of water. Again, add your own flavored creamer. You’ll only pay a few more pennies for the extra jolt of caffeine.
And DID YOU KNOW? You can order any size drink in a larger cup! Get that grande Americano in a venti cup if you’d like to add your own cow’s milk or almond milk or soy milk… or some crazy milk I’ve never even heard of. Breast milk? Not recommended.
If you have any of your own secrets to saving money at Starbucks, please share! There’s the comment section below, or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.