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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

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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