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Coffee Addict: 6 Ways to Score Free Starbucks

Coffee Addict: 6 Ways to Score Free Starbucks
Alison Storm

I have a little bit of a problem. I'm addicted to coffee. And when summer rolls around few things can quench my thirst or squelch my sweet tooth like a big, creamy Starbucks frappuccino. But for a coupon-clipping, money-saving girl like me that's an issue. Because frappuccinos cost about $5 a pop. So I've started to search for ways that I can earn free Starbucks. Yes, it can be done-- you can score free Starbucks using these six tools.


Here's one couch potatoes will love! Download the free Viggle app and you'll earn points just for watching TV or listening to music. Just like you "check in" with FourSquare you can "check in" with Viggle when you start watching a TV show. Using audio recognition technology Viggle will give you a point for every minute you're tuned in to a show or listening to a song. Certain featured shows or songs will offer bonus points. You can redeem those points for gift cards, including to Barnes and Noble, which can be used to buy Starbucks coffee inside their stores.


If you're grocery shopping, hanging out at the mall or even relaxing at home you can use the CheckPoints app to earn free Starbucks gift cards. Check in to various locations, scan barcodes on products and watch videos to earn points. In addition to earning Starbucks gift cards, you can also redeem your points for things like American Airline miles or donations to charities.


Ibotta is a free app that can help you save even more off your grocery bill without having to use coupons. Ibotta lets you earn cash back for buying certain products at the grocery store, pharmacy or big box retailer. You can even earn rewards for seeing certain movies or shopping on apparel websites like or Once you've accumulated $5, which isn't very tough to do, you can turn that in to a Starbucks gift card. The Starbucks credit can be transferred to your registered Starbucks card so you can continue to earn your stars through the Starbucks Rewards program.


Like sharing your opinions? Then why not get rewarded for it? Once you sign up for your free e-Poll account you'll start receiving email invitations to take part in surveys. When you take those surveys you'll get rewarded with points. Those points can then be redeemed for cash deposited into your PayPal account or in the form of gift cards to major retailers including Starbucks. On top of that there's a monthly $1,000 drawing and 50 people each month win a $20 prize.

ShopKickshopkick app

Since 2009 shoppers have been earning points through the free ShopKick app. You can collect "Kicks" simply by walking into a store or scanning a certain item with your Smartphone. Linking your Visa or MasterCard to your ShopKick account also helps you accrue more points. Those points can then be cashed in for rewards like gift cards. Score a $5 Starbucks gift card by trading in 1250 Kicks. That means 100 Kicks are worth about $.40.

Swag Bucks

Simply switching from Google to Swag Bucks can help you earn free coffee. It's a search engine that rewards users with Swag Bucks simply by doing searches. You can also earn Swag Bucks in other ways like taking daily polls, completing tasks and referring others to the site. Sign up for the Swag Bucks newsletter to earn 300% more rewards. Once you earn 1,000 Swag Bucks you can cash it in for a $10 Starbucks card.

I've probably earned enough money to pay for more than a dozen drinks using these six methods. Of course every free Starbucks gift card you earn should be transferred on to your registered Starbucks gift card so you can earn stars through the My Starbucks Rewards program. Every 12 stars you earn means you'll get another free drink. If you have other ideas for earning free Starbucks drinks please, I beg you, let me know. Because using methods like this means I can enjoy my big fat frappuccinos without guilt-- unless of course I start to think about the calorie count.

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