5 Clever Hacks How to Score Free Starbucks

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In this article we are going to take a look at some real life hacks to help you get a free Starbucks drink. If your eyes pop out of your head reading this then you are a total Starbucks fangirl just like me!

I was introduced to Starbucks pretty young I think, at least for thinking about drinking coffee.
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And that was around age 18. 

I had a good friend and co-worker who was a few years older than me and she introduced me to coffee. I started with frappuccinos and sweet iced coffee drinks and within a few months I was drinking hot coffee lightly sweetened with cream and Splenda semi-regularly. 

There’s something about coffee and there’s something special about Starbucks coffee. 

It feels like such an indulgent treat to grab a Starbucks though there’s one thing I don’t like and I’m sure you don’t either, is that Starbucks is expensive!

Around the time of the pandemic in 2020, I was heading to Starbucks at least three or four times a week just to keep my sanity. Being quarantined in the house was a lot. 

It felt overwhelming and with the entire city shut down and the only places open being restaurants in drive-thrus, Starbucks became a weekly ritual that I really look forward to. 

I’m sure my waistline wasn’t happy with that although I did try to stick to lower calorie hot coffee drinks rather than the calorie-laden frappuccinos and other high-calorie Starbucks drinks.

Think about how much money you spend on Starbucks. 

If your regular order is around $4 and you do it three times a month then you spend nearly $150 per year on coffee!

But let’s be honest.

Who only goes to Starbuck three times a month? It’s really lmore like three times a week. 

Am I right?

And then if you add drinks or treats for your family like your partner or your kids then the bill can really add up. Now, sadly my 8-year old is hooked on Starbucks lemonades and any time I go for myself, he always wants to tag along and my once $5 tab has now ballooned to nearly $20 every time I hit Starbucks. 

Whether you can relate or not, I know that you’ll appreciate this article where I’m going to share seven awesome genius ways to get a free Starbucks drink. Keep reading. 

How to get a free Starbucks drink

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1. Starbucks Birthday

Enjoy a Starbucks birthday treat in the form of a Starbucks free birthday drink or food item! You may not know this but when your birthday rolls around once a year there are actually a ton of birthday freebies that you can get.

I’ve gotten free Jersey Mike’s Subs, free ice cream, free coffee, free breakfast and a whole bunch of other cool freebies. 

There are actually people that just drive around to all the places that offer free birthday goodies and stock up. And I don’t blame them, to be honest. Well Starbucks is one of those places where you can get free Starbucks on your birthday.

How it works?

You get a Starbucks free birthday drink! I do this almost every year.

In order for this to work you do have to make sure that you’re part of the Starbucks rewards program. The rewards program is free to join and all you have to do is be a member of the rewards program and have made at least one star-earning transaction within 7 days of your birthday. 

Then, you get a free birthday treat!

I recommend you install the Starbucks app your phone. It really makes the rewards program easy to access and you’ll get a notification when your birthday rolls around that you have a freebie on your account.

Read more about this free Starbucks birthday hack.

2. Free Starbucks Gift Cards

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Next, you can get free Starbucks gift cards through a couple different websites. These websites pay you in free gift cards in exchange for your honest opinion. 

In addition to taking paid online surveys for Starbucks gift cards, you can also earn free Starbucks gift cards when you play games, watch videos, browse the internet and perform other tasks from the comfort of home.

These are the sites you’ll want to check out.

All three sites are free to join and they offer a variety of rewards in exchange for your time from free Starbucks gift cards to free gift cards from other popular retailers like Amazon, Sephora and others. Some of the sites even pay you cash!

Click the links above to join the site. To earn it the most in free service gift cards, I recommend that you join all three to give you the greatest amount of money to spend on the free gift cards.

3. Starbucks Free Refills

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A lot of people don’t know this but yes Starbucks does offer free refills! 

If you use your Starbucks rewards card or the mobile app you can get free brewed coffee refills. This isn’t allowed on all drinks however but, you can get free refills on hot or iced coffee including cold brew, and hot tea or iced tea.

So no free refills on your chocolate chip frap, sadly.

Another caveat is that this is for in-store enjoying only. That means if you leave the Starbucks store and try to come back for a refill, you won’t qualify. And this isn’t available in the Drive-Thru either.

It’s really great if you like meeting with your friends at Starbucks or if you work out of a Starbucks. You could order one of the qualifying drinks and get free refills all day long. What a bonus!

What is the Starbucks Stars Hack?

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The Starbucks stars hack refers to a strategy that some Starbucks customers use to earn more rewards points, or “stars,” through the Starbucks Rewards program.

One common hack is to split a large order into multiple smaller orders, each with a separate payment transaction. This can result in earning more stars than if the entire order was paid for in one transaction.

Another hack is to purchase multiple items separately, such as ordering a drink and a pastry separately, to earn more stars. However, it’s important to note that these hacks may not always be allowed by Starbucks and may be against the terms and conditions of the rewards program.

Go Get Your Free Starbucks

Whether it is claiming your Starbucks birthday reward or using the Starbucks stars hack, now you have some ideas to go and get your Starbucks fix!

I hope you enjoyed reading about these easy and clever ways to support free Starbucks. Try these TikTok Starbucks orders next time you go!

Have you ever tried one of these Starbucks hacks before?

Jenn Leach, MBA

Jenn Leach is a Houston-based MBA with over a decade of experience in the banking industry. She writes at Millennial Nextdoor where she writes finance, money, business, and lifestyle content to help millennials create additional income streams online. Join her on Substack at https://jennleach.substack.com.

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