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The $5 and $6 Starbucks Pairings Are Here (Will Save You 35% on Breakfast)

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Although they've never claimed to be a budget-friendly coffee option, Starbucks prices have gotten a little bit out of control, IMO. A tall coffee increased from $1.95 to $2.15 in 2018 and now in 2024, you'll pay $2.65. To meet the demand for more cost-effective options, the coffee chain launched Starbucks Pairings on June 11, 2024.

The Starbucks Pairings include two items — one drink, one food item — priced at $5 or $6. You can upgrade sizes or food options for an addition charge, but overall these pairings save you between 14% - 35%.

This is the first time in recent years that we'll see Starbucks deals on food. In fact, the first time they did a discounted pairing (tall coffee or latte with a breakfast item) was back in February 2009 at a $3.95 price tag. We didn't see another one until Valentine's Day in February 2015. Currently, the Starbucks offers and promotions we often see focus on their handcrafted drinks (like the fan-fave BOGO free Starbucks).

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What are Starbucks Pairings?


In late May, we saw Starbucks promotional materials for June on Starbucks Reddit and TikTok that showed a Starbucks Pairings launch schedule for Tuesday, June 11, 2024. These Starbucks Pairings include a tall coffee or tea (iced or hot) and a food item at a discounted price.

You'll select a drink and then a breakfast item. The butter croissant is the only $5 food item we've seen so far. But, you'll see four breakfast sandwich options for the $6 pairings.

Note that prices will vary by location. The prices listed in this post are from a Starbucks outside of Pittsburgh in Washington, PA.

$5 Pairings

$6 Pairings

Drink Options (Pick One)

Tall Hot Coffee

Tall Hot Coffee

Tall Hot Tea

Tall Hot Tea

Tall Iced Coffee

Tall Iced Coffee

Tall Iced Tea

Tall Iced Tea

Food Options (Pick One)

Butter Croissant

Sausage, Cheddar, & Egg Sandwich

Bacon, Gouda, & Egg Sandwich

Turkey Bacon, Cheddar, & Egg Sandwich

Chicken, Maple Butter, & Egg Sandwich

Starbucks Pairings start at $5 - $6 and upgrades cost $0.50 - $1.50.


Pairings start at $5 for one of the basic drinks and a butter croissant. They increase to $6 for a drink and a breakfast sandwich.

From there, you can choose to upgrade to another one of Starbucks' drink sizes. Prices are as follows:

  • Grande: $0.50 extra

  • Venti: $1.00 extra

  • Trenta: $1.50 extra (only for iced coffee and tea)

You can also upgrade your food item. Prices are as follows:

  • Impossible Breakfast Sandwich: $1.00 extra

  • Double Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich: $1.00 extra

  • Egg, Pesto, & Mozzarella Sandwich: $1.00 extra

Add the items to your cart to get the pairings discount.

The Best Starbucks Pairings Value: Tall Iced Coffee and a Butter Croissant


What's the best value pairing based on these prices? A tall iced coffee and a butter croissant for $5. At my local store, this pairing regularly costs $7.70. At the $5 price, I'd save $2.70 or 35.1%.

The next best value is a tall iced coffee with a Chicken, Maple Butter, and Egg Breakfast Sandwich. Regularly $8.70, this pairing costs you $6 — a savings of 34.7%.

Tip: If you don't want to stick to the same pairing, you'll save the most by pairing a tall iced coffee with any of the breakfast sandwiches — each of these pairings saves you at least 31%.

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