10 Simple Ways To Get Free Starbucks

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by Enoch Omololu

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From Caramel Macchiatos to basically all the various kinds of lattes, I love Starbucks drinks, particularly when I get them for free!

To be honest, I never really fancied coffee until I tried my first Starbucks. Hooked. Line. And, Sinker.

To feed my addiction and assuage my guilt for spending on coffee (being a frugality junkie), I have found all kinds of ways to get myself a free Starbucks drink while keeping my monthly budget intact. Well… most of the time.

Want to get yourself free coffee without shelling out the dollars every day? Read on to see how to do so in Canada and the United States!

How To Get Free Starbucks

In this post, I show you 10 different ways to get free Starbucks coffee, drinks, and refills. My strategies include using free Starbucks gift cards, the Starbucks Rewards program and app, cash back apps, prepaid credit cards, and more.

1. Join Swagbucks For Free Starbucks Gift Cards

Swagbucks is the ultimate site for getting free gift cards as well as cash after completing simple tasks using your phone. They have paid members more than $575 million so far and give out over 7,000 gift cards every single day!

Sign up for a FREE Swagbucks account to get started ($5 bonus included).

Some of the ways you can earn free Starbucks gift cards on the platform include playing games, answering short surveys, watching videos, browsing the internet, and shopping online.

Swagbucks is a legit get-paid-to site and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

You receive a $5 bonus when you sign up and confirm your registration through the welcome email sent to your inbox. Easily redeem your points for a Starbucks gift card (or Walmart gift card if you prefer) whenever you want.

For more information about the company and ways to earn with Swagbucks, read my complete review.

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2. Use Drop To Get Free Starbucks

If you have not yet signed up for the Drop App, you are missing out! Drop is a free popular cash back app available in Canada and the United States.

This is how the app works to give you cash back and free gift card rewards:

  • Download the app here (includes a bonus of 5,000 Drop points or $5 – no promo code is required).
  • Link the bank cards you use for your shopping.
  • Start shopping at more than 300 brands you love to earn rewards. 
  • Rewards points are automatically credited to your account when you shop online or in-store. They also offer various other ways to earn points.

You can redeem your points for a free gift card. I often use my points for a free Starbucks or Tim Horton’s e-gift card.

3. Use Starbucks Rewards

Starbucks has a great rewards program that you should maximize to get free drinks. While I was a bit disappointed with some of the new changes introduced earlier this year, there are still many opportunities for hacking your way to free coffee!

To get started, download the app, create an account and link your Starbucks card or an e-gift card so you can start collecting Stars. You earn 2 Stars for every $1 spent and they have offers where you can collect even more Stars, such as Double Star days and other promotional offers and games.

Redeem your Stars for free food and drink as follows:

  • 25 Stars to add an espresso shot or syrup to your beverage.
  • 50 Stars for a free hot brewed coffee, cake pop, croissant, bagel, or a slice of cake.
  • 150 Stars for any of your favourite handcrafted drinks or a breakfast sandwich.
  • 250 Stars for lunch sandwich or salad.
  • 400 Stars for a bag of coffee or select merchandise.

4. Free Starbucks Drinks On Your Birthday

Thing is, I know all about getting free stuff on my birthday, and Starbucks is on the list.

As a member of Starbucks Rewards, you will receive one handcrafted beverage, food item, or bottled drink on your birthday. You must have joined Starbucks Rewards at least 7 days before your birthday and made at least one purchase prior to your birthday each year.

Just remember that this free drink is only available on your actual birth date, so don’t go slacking and forget to redeem it!

5. Use Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie is another site you can use for free gift cards. This market research company was founded in 2013 and has over 10 million members in Canada and the United States.

Everyone’s got an opinion, and with Survey Junkie, you get paid to express your opinions to businesses and brands looking to improve their product offerings.

To get started, sign up for a free Survey Junkie account and verify your email address. Complete short surveys and redeem your points for cash via PayPal or choose gift cards starting from $10.

6. Use Daily Rewards For Free Starbucks

Daily Rewards is a Canadian survey rewards site. Residents of the United States can join their sister site “Inbox Dollars.”

Similar to Swagbucks, Daily Rewards provides opportunities to get free cash via PayPal when you take surveys, shop online, watch videos, browse the internet and play games.

To get started, sign up for a free account (includes a free $5 bonus) and verify your email. Take surveys, get paid, and get a Venti cup of Caramel Macchiato!

7. Get Free Money

Some other strategies I have used to get free money for coffee include:

1. KOHO: The KOHO app and reloadable Visa card pay you cash back on all your debit purchases – up to 2% in cash back. Sign up here and enter the referral code CASHBACK to get a $20 bonus.

2. Rakuten (Ebates): Rakuten is my go-to cash back site when I shop online with retailers like Home Depot, Canadian Tire, and over 700 other stores. The platform automatically credits your account with cash back and you can easily cash out your earnings via check or PayPal.

Join Rakuten (and get a $5-$30 bonus after your first purchase of $25 or more).

3. STACK: I use the free STACK prepaid Mastercard to save on foreign currency purchases and earn cash back rewards when I spend cash in Canada.

The STACK app and card come with a free budgeting tool, no ATM fees, an automated savings plan, and a $5 welcome bonus when you sign up.

8. Join Harris Poll Online

Harris Poll Online (owned by Nielsen) is one of the oldest market research companies in the world. They operate in multiple countries including Canada and the United States.

You must be at least 13 years old to become a member and can earn free gift cards (including Starbucks) by participating in online surveys and focus groups.

To redeem your Starbucks gift card, simply visit the rewards section of your account.

Join the panel.

9. Get Free Starbucks Refills

It was sometime before I became aware that free Starbucks coffee refills were available in-store.

When you use your registered Starbucks Card to purchase hot or iced brewed coffee or tea, you can present your card and ask for a free refill during your visit.

10. Pay Your Bills With PAYTM

The FREE Paytm Canada app rewards you with points when you pay your mobile phone bill, rent, insurance, internet, cable, property taxes, hydro, tuition, and other monthly bills.

You even earn points when you pay off your pesky credit card balance and can redeem your points for hundreds of gift cards, including Starbucks.

This is how Paytm works:

  • Download the app and enter the promo code PTM2477287 to get a free $5 welcome bonus after paying your first bill of $50 or more.
  • Link your bank account and pay bills at over 5,000 billers with one click.
  • Earn 1 point per $1 paid up to a maximum per month.
  • Redeem your points for free gift cards or as cash.

The Paytm app is very easy to use and I like that it also sends me alerts when a payment is due so I don’t miss payment deadlines and damage my credit score.

You can read this detailed Paytm review.

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Conclusion

You can satisfy your Starbucks coffee addiction easily with the different strategies detailed above. The free Starbucks gift cards save you money and you can enjoy your free coffee guilt-free!

Have some other Starbucks hacks you use? Leave them in the comments.

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Enoch Omololu

Enoch Omololu is a personal finance expert and a veterinarian. He has a master’s degree in Finance and Investment Management from the University of Aberdeen Business School (Scotland) and has completed several courses and certificates in finance, including the Canadian Securities Course. He also has an MSc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ibadan. Enoch has a passion for helping others win with their personal finances and has been writing about money matters for over a decade. His writing has been featured or quoted in The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, Wealthsimple, Financial Post, Toronto Star, Credit Canada, MSN Money, National Post, CIBC, and many other personal finance publications.

His top investment tools include Wealthsimple and Questrade. He earns cash back on purchases using KOHO, monitors his credit score for free using Borrowell, and earns interest on savings through EQ Bank.

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