The Internet has given smart shoppers more power than ever to save money. In our series of money-saving blogs, we’ll give you tips and tricks to help you save money, especially using your mobile phone or laptop. This blog outlines how using the Starbucks app can save you time and money.
Do you need your Starbucks coffee every morning to get you going? Is lunch popping in and getting a sandwich or pastry from your favorite barista? Even if you’re an infrequent customer at the powerhouse coffee chain, joining the Starbucks Rewards program and using the app on your phone to pay for your orders can be a big time saver, and get you free drinks!
Joining Starbucks Rewards
To sign up for Starbucks Rewards, purchase a Starbucks gift card (or, find the gift card someone gave to you and is still sitting on your desk somewhere). That gift card acts as your rewards number and Starbucks Rewards card. Go to www.starbucks.com/rewards to create your account.
Install the Starbucks App
Once you have your Starbucks Rewards account, download the Starbucks app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store to install it on your phone. Sign-up with the login information you created to add the Starbucks Rewards account to your phone.
Update Your Payment Methods
Once you join Starbucks Rewards, you can pay for your purchases with the app. The app makes it really easy to reload money on your Starbucks Rewards card from a credit/debit card. You can also have it automatically reload a set amount once your balance dips below some number.
This is where the time savings kicks in. Walk into the store, open the app, and tap “Pay”. When you place your order, just scan the barcode at the register. Your purchase is paid for and you’re not worrying about credit cards or cash. If you have the card set to auto-reload, it’s already set to go for the next visit. The app even allows you to give a tip for your favorite barista.
Even More Time Savings
Want to save even more time? Starbucks has recently rolled out in-app ordering, so you place and pay for your order before even entering the store. You avoid the lines, pick up your order at the end of the counter, and you’re out the door!
Get Free Coffee!
The best benefit of the Starbucks Rewards program are the stars. For each dollar spent on food or drinks, you earn two stars. Once you reach 300 stars (spend about $150) in a 12-month period, your account is promoted to Gold status. Once you hit Gold status, for every 125 stars you earn, you get a free drink!
For someone who visits once per day, it’s not hard to earn a free drink weekly. So, if your fav latte is $5, and you get one a week, do that 50 times a year and it’s real money.
In addition, Starbucks give you an additional free birthday drink reward. Plus, if you’re someone who likes to hang out and work at your local store, you get free refills of hot or iced brewed coffee and tea.
Once you reach Gold level, Starbucks is always having promotions to let you earn additional stars or free drinks, so watching out for those offers can bring even additional value.
Making Your Mobile Phone Work For You
You already carry your phone everywhere. If one of the regular stops during your busy day is to the local Starbucks, taking the time to join the Starbucks Rewards program and installing the app on your phone can save you time and money.