My friend Christy is the queen of coupons and free stuff and general bargain shopping. We are also frequent fliers at our local Starbucks, and she told me I absolutely had to start using a reloadable gift card to pay for my purchases.
Um, why? I wanted to know.
It turns out that when you register a Starbucks gift card online (any old Starbucks gift card should do), the 'Bucks will track your purchases and send you coupons or vouchers for free drinks! You also get a coupon for a free drink when your birthday rolls around, which is what I treated myself to yesterday.
Once you have
spent all your money reached a certain "status" level, you get a special gold card with your name on it. Mine is one of most prized possessions. Okay, not really, but it is handy. And so very shiny and golden. I can get flavors added to my mocha for free (peppermint, anyone?) and I earn free drinks after I've purchased a certain number.
I can also reload my card through PayPal, which helps me keep track of how much I am spending.
The best part about it is that there's no extra cost to use your card. It's money I'd be spending anyways if I was buying a mocha on to go.
I really don't like the taste of coffee, and maybe you don't either. I prefer cafe mochas, but they also have tasty frappucinos and hot chocolate, chai lattes, etc. Michaela Byrd is a very big fan of the iced lemon pound cake. All of those purchases count towards your "points" for free stuff.
So, nothing earth-shattering or excessively creative here today. I just thought I'd share a handy tip...if I'm gonna spend money at Starbucks or Panera Bread (another fave!), I like to get free stuff!
What's your favorite place to get a treat?