August is still technically summer, but as far as our taste buds are concerned, it’s fall.
That’s because this is the time of year when the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte returns — along with a bunch of other favorite fall flavors.
Here’s what’s headed our way:
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte returned Aug. 25!
Starbucks surprised us all with the return of the PSL, because they never announced a date (and there was a lot of speculation about an Aug. 28 release day). But if you look at the last two years, they’ve been doing it on the last Tuesday in August, which this year, is Aug. 25 — by far the earliest release yet.
Here are the PSL release dates from the last 5 years:
- 2019: Tuesday, Aug. 27
- 2018: Tuesday, Aug. 28
- 2017: Friday, Sept. 1
- 2016: Tuesday, Sept. 6
- 2015: Tuesday, Sept. 8
The PSL typically costs between $5 and $6 — but you can get it for free.
Make sure you sign up for Starbucks Rewards. You get your first drink free, and then you earn 2 stars for every $1 you spend at Starbucks.
Once you earn 150 stars (spend $75), you get a free handcrafted drink — which includes the Pumpkin Spice Latte and the new-in-2019 Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. You also get a freebie on your birthday.
That’s like getting 8% back. If you want to boost your savings, split a Venti (20 oz) and share it with someone (get an extra cup). If you do that instead of ordering two Tall PSLs, you’ll save roughly $3.25 — although prices vary by location.
Dunkin introduced their new Pumpkin Spice Latte on August 19.
Dunkin is taking on Starbucks by introducing their own Pumpkin Spice Latte this year. Available hot or iced, the Dunkin PSL combines coffee, pumpkin and vanilla flavors, and is topped with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sugar topping.
The rest of the Dunkin’ fall menu, which arrived Aug. 19, includes:
- New Chai Latte
- Pumpkin Flavored Coffees
- Apple Cider Donut and MUNCHKIN Donut Hole Treats
- Pumpkin Donut, Muffin, and MUNCHKIN Donut Hole Treats
- Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich
- New Stuffed Bagel Minis
- New Steak & Cheese Rollups
- New Maple Sugar Seasoned Snackin’ Bacon
With the free DD Perks loyalty program, you get a free medium drink when you enroll, another freebie when it’s your birthday, and a medium drink every 200 points you earn (by spending $40).
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The Dairy Queen Pumpkin Pie Blizzard returns August 31.
In 2019, Dairy Queen bumped up the release of their Pumpkin Pie Blizzard, setting a new normal of the last Monday in August — which is Aug. 31 in 2020.
The Blizzard will be about $2.89 for a mini, $3.69 for a small, $4.09 for a medium or $4.69 for a large.
Don’t forget, if they don’t serve your blizzard to you upside down, you can get it free! Save more with KCL’s 17 Dairy Queen hacks.