Never pay $5 for a coffee again.

By Stephanie Harris
June 08, 2018
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For many diehard java lovers, coffee is more of a lifestyle than a beverage. However, a seemingly harmless morning routine can quickly turn into an expensive habit if you’re not careful. With the latest spike in coffee prices at Starbucks, it’s important to be mindful of how much your morning cup of joe is costing you and whether there’s a cheaper alternative to your go-to drink.

The savviest Starbucks patrons know that the simplest drinks are often the least expensive. Nevertheless, we’ve developed some alternatives to the more expensive drinks on the menu to satisfy both your caffeine craving and your wallet.

Iced Caffe Latte: $4.45

Instead of ordering the classic iced latte, save $2 by ordering two shots of espresso over ice. You can add (free) milk to your liking at the self-serve station to recreate that creamy flavor you’re craving.

Iced Caramel Macchiato: $5.25

For caramel lovers, try switching out your coveted macchiato for an iced caramel coffee with milk. The buttery flavor is still noticeable, but for half the price—plus, you’ll be saving calories.

Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino: $5.45

Frappuccinos are not only expensive, but also high in sugar. Switch out your order for a healthier and more affordable alternative, like the iced green tea at just $2.95. If you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, you can always add sweetener at no extra cost.

Iced White Chocolate Mocha: $5.25

Fake the decadence of an iced white mocha by ordering an iced caffe americano with two pumps of white mocha sauce. You’ll still get your espresso fix and white chocolate flavor, while cutting out unneeded milk and saving $1.40.

Chai Tea Latte: $4.65

For chai lovers, remember to stick to the basics. Try an organic chai tea with room for milk, and you can create a more reasonable version of your favorite treat. If you’re longing for some extra sweetness, ask for four pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup at just $0.50 extra.

*Prices vary by location. 

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