Starbucks, slowly getting in tune with the economy, is offering tips on how to trim costs of your caffeine habit.
I write this, of course, as I sip my afternoon iced latte.
1. Don't believe the $4 coffee myth: Approximately 50% of our beverages are priced under $3 and more than one third under $2.
2. Bring your own cup and get 10 cents off your beverage.
3. Order a brewed coffee with steamed milk known as a Caffe Misto, instead of a Caffe Latte. That provides an average savings of 85 cents.
4. Get refills on brewed coffee for just 50 cents. Registered Starbuck card holders get refills on the house.
5. Brew yourself. Pick up a back of Starbucks whole bean coffee to brew at home for about 30 cents a cup.
6. Enjoy a coffee press for two. For about $3, any coffee we sell can be brewed through a coffee press, which yields four 8-oz cups and costs less than a grande.
7. Order pairings. For $3.95, order breakfast or a snack with coffee, a savings of about 90 cents.
8. Use your treat receipt, available through Sept. 30. Bring in your receipt from your morning purchase and in the afternoon after 2 p.m., get any grande cold beverage for $2.
Do you have your own methods to save on Starbucks? I know what you're going to say: Go to Dunkin Donuts or McDonald's. Just doesn't cut it for Starbucks addicts like me. -- Marcia "Bargain Hunter" Pounds