Living Frugally: Utilizing the Starbucks App

I had a longer draft of this ready to go when I saw that Paul, over at Saving Freak, recently covered similar material. In his blog post, 19 Hacks to Save Money at Starbucks, he does a nice job of identifying ways to save money at the ubiquitous coffee shop. In light of his post, I’ve scrubbed most of my post and reduced it to identifying how I go about adding credits to my Starbucks Card. I recommend you check out Paul’s post … as soon as you’re finished here, savvy reader.

Starbucks Mobile App

I downloaded the app about two months ago, and while you can add funds via a credit card, a debit card, or Apple Pay, I add funds/credits to my virtual card by redeeming points at the Microsoft Store. The points are earned by utilizing the Bing search engine.

Microsoft Rewards

The Microsoft Store makes it easy to redeem points for various products or services. A $5 Starbucks card costs 5,250 points. Once the points are redeemed, I receive an email with a link which allows me to electronically add the $5 to the Starbucks card maintained in the app.

Starbucks Redemption

Starbucks App

At this point, all the points/credits I’ve earned have come from redeemed Bing credits or for making purchases as part of the various daily/weekend deals. I have yet to add my own money to the app card.

That’s all I have, my friends. Check out 19 Hacks to Save Money at Starbucks over at Saving Freak to learn more about managing your coffee habit for less. 

Blogger-in-Chief here at RetirementSavvy and author of Sin City Greed, Cream City Hustle and RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit.


  1. This is a great tip, James. Thanks for sharing it. I had no idea you could get points by using Bing. I will have to check this out. I love coffee, but I love free coffee even more! 🙂

    • Check it out and let me know what you think.

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