Starbucks announced on Tuesday (6/19) that 150 poorly performing company-operated stores will shut down by the end of 2019 (that’s three times as many as they typically shut down).
While the company has yet to announce exactly which stores will be closing, they did say the stores most affected by this news will be in urban areas that are densely populated with a Starbucks on (almost) every corner.
With about 14,000 Starbucks stores in the US, they’ll be shifting their focus to rural and suburban areas rather than urban neighborhoods.
Now, if you’re in the mood to support your local Starbucks after hearing the news (or just have a hankering for a caramel macchiato), here are the best ways to save:
1. Only buy a Starbucks drink when you’re at Target for 5% off and Star Rewards.
You’ll save 5% in addition to whatever “star” points you’re earning through Starbucks’ loyalty program.
Or, use a Target gift card to buy your drink.
Note that this only works at the Starbucks stores inside a Target.
2. Download the Starbucks app for freebies and rewards.
Not only do you earn free drinks on your birthday, but you can earn two Stars for every dollar you spend using the app or registered card in stores or online. Every Star you earn, you’re one step closer to free food and drinks.
You also can order ahead, pay by phone, get free in-store refills and other member-only offers.
3. Save on all the coffee things with free coupons and rebates.
Head on over to our website and search “Starbucks” in the search bar. From there, we round up all the best Starbucks deals. Consider us your personal shoppers for savings.
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4. Provide customer feedback and get a free drink.
One time, I went into Starbucks and ordered a sugar-free iced tea but ended up getting normal syrup. I used the Starbucks Customer contact form and received a voucher for a free drink of my choice.
Twitter is another way to get a hold of customer service.
5. Save even more with money-saving tips, copycat Starbucks pastries and drinks.
If spending (a lot of) money on food and drinks at Starbucks isn’t your thing, try the guide to saving hundreds on coffee, ways to save on Dunkin’ Donuts and copycat recipes we’ve tested for you.