By Holly Reisem Hanna
It’s no secret. I have a small Starbuck’s addiction, especially since it’s my office away from home.
From the pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes in the fall, to the delicious iced coffee and green tea in the summer — I’m a fan of it all. And while their drinks and goodies are delectable, this habit can really put a dent in your weekly budget.
Well, there’s good news!
If you love to work at Starbucks, but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for your weekly coffee habit, you can earn free Starbucks gift cards and coffee by using these smartphone apps and online platforms.
Not only do I use these apps and sites, but I tend to get the majority of my Starbucks coffee for free, all year round!
Earn credits by using the Bing search engine on your PC and smartphone. Earn 1 credit for every 2 Bing searches up to 30 credits a day. You can also earn credits by referring friends and viewing offers. Credits can be traded in for Amazon, Groupon, Red Envelope, Sephora, and Starbucks gift cards. Currently it takes 475 credits to earn a $5 Starbucks gift card.
Ibotta is an iPhone and Android application that you can use to earn money when you go shopping. Before you head out on a shopping trip complete tasks relating to your favorite brands and companies. Next go shopping at stores like Target and Walgreens and take photos of your receipts. Once your transaction has been verified, your account will be credited with a specified cash back amount. Refer your friends and earn even more. Payments are made via PayPal, Venmo, or you can purchase Starbucks gift cards, which is what I do. You must have a $10 balance to purchase a gift card.
My Survey is an is an online opinion poll, where individuals are compensated by earning reward points and sweepstake entries. On most surveys you’ll earn a sweepstake entry or around 200 points. You also also earn 150 points for each friend that you refer and who completes the lifestyle survey. Points can be redeemed for PayPal, Amazon, and Starbucks gift cards. It currently takes 1,100 points to purchase a $10 Starbucks gift card.
I’m totally addicted to this app! Shopkick is a really cool rewards program that is available for iPhone and Android phones. Just download the app to your phone and when you walk into your favorite stores (Old Navy, Crate Barrel, Exxon, Target, Macy’s, etc) you’ll instantly earn kicks. Scan specified bar codes on products once you’re in the store to earn more kicks. Link up your credit card, browse through look-books, or refer your friends for even more kicks. Kicks can be used for gift cards from Target, Old Navy, and Starbucks! It currently takes 1,250 kicks to get a $5 Starbucks gift card.
The Starbucks app allows you to pay for drinks and earn free coffee. Simply download the app, add your gift cards to app, then manage and pay for drinks using the app. Every time you make a purchase you’ll earn a star towards a free drink. You also get a free beverage on your birthday.
Another one of my faves … Swagbucks is an online platform where you can earn points called SB, which can be redeemed for gift cards, coupons, and sweepstake entries. But they also have a smartphone app for iPhone and Android operating systems. You can easily earn Swagbucks by watching videos, answering questions, completing offers, and even surfing the web using their toolbar. Refer your friends and you’ll earn even more SB. Your SB points can be traded in for gift cards from Amazon, Target, PayPal, and Starbucks! It currently takes 1,000 Swagbucks to earn a $10 Starbucks gift card.
Toluna is a survey and product testing site where you can earn points for participation. Most surveys and questionnaires take 15 – 20 minutes and members earn anywhere from 15 – 20,000 points depending on the length. Points can be redeemed for sweepstake tickets or gift cards for stores like Amazon and Starbucks! It currently takes 30,000 points to earn a $10 Starbucks gift card.
What other sites do you use to earn FREE coffee and gift cards from Starbucks?
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