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How to Get a $0.10 Discount & 25 Bonus Stars With Starbucks Borrow-a-Cup

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Starbucks lovers, listen up: By 2030, single-use cups will largely be out, and reusable cups will be in. Previously they hoped to reach this goal by 2025. But then reality set in because it’s a big change to make across an entire company.

As part of their plan to cut the waste they generate by half, Starbucks says that in the near future, most drinks will be served in reusable cups. This will either be from the Starbucks “Borrow a Cup” program or by customers bringing their own cups.

Customers who participate in the program can expect to see a bump in their ways to earn Starbucks Rewards as a thank you (25 whole Stars!).

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Bring your own reusable cup to get a $0.10 discount and 25 bonus Stars added to your Starbucks Rewards.

july 2023 summer starbucks cups and tumblers on shelf

An easy way to get a discount on your Starbucks coffee is to bring in your own reusable cup. By doing so you receive a $0.10 discount on your coffee. And then there are those shiny 25 bonus Stars added to your Starbucks Rewards account.

This is the easiest and most reliable way to beat the most recent Starbucks price increases.


The new ‘Borrow a Cup’ program is in the testing phase at select stores.

someone holding up a borrowed cup at the Starbucks drive through

Starbucks is in the midst of testing the new Borrow a Cup program in a few stores across Arizona, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. They are also continuously testing the program at Arizona State University (ASU), plus the eight headquarter stores in Seattle.

Here’s how it works: if you don’t bring a cup to your local Starbucks, they will either lend you a plastic to-go cup or a ceramic or glass cup if you’re drinking your beverage at the location. Once you finish your drink, return the cup to the collection bin.



Earn extra Bonus Stars when you borrow a cup.

someone putting their cup into a machine at Starbucks

Starbucks Rewards members earn one to two Stars for every $1 spent. However, if you receive your Starbucks drink in a borrowed cup and return it, you get 25 bonus Stars plus the aforementioned $0.10 off your drink.

Getting a reusable cup costs a $1 deposit, which is credited back to your Starbucks account (along with the 25 Stars) when it’s returned to a contactless kiosk.

At ASU, if you bring back the cup you also receive a $1 coupon redeemable on your next visit. So far, the Starbucks locations at ASU are the only reported locations to offer this discount.

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Starbucks is even retrieving borrowed cups from people’s homes.

Two Starbucks cups on a box that said Ridwell next to a red front door.

Remember the front porch metal boxes for the milkman (or have you at least heard of that)? Starbucks is trying to bring that back. They’re partnering with recycling company Ridwell to have their borrowed cups collected from your porch.

Sounds great, right? But Ridwell is only in the Portland and Seattle areas right now, and you have to be a Ridwell subscriber ($12 – $16/month) to opt in to the cup collection service. Stay tuned on that one.



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