Okay I have no new food obsession or have been out to eat recently..I do, however, have an addiction to coffee and more specifically, Starbucks. After years of dedication, I've learned a few hacks to save money and have better tasting coffee.
The bigger the size, the more you save. This is sadly how I became addicted to ventis, but I felt as if I got more bang for my buck. I rather spend 6 dollars on a 20 oz coffee than 5 bucks on a 12 oz.
Which brings me to another cheaper option, go for the iced coffees or iced versions of things instead of a frappuccino. As much as I love them, they are more expensive blended when you can get the iced version for the same taste.
If you want a frappuccino, but want to cut back on calories, lite versions are 1/3 less in calories.
The coffee frappuccino itself is the cheapest and "healthiest" frappuccino option.
In terms of coffee, iced coffees are the cheapest. I can get a venti for 3 bucks.
In my opinion, the vanilla iced coffee does not need added sugar, but at least needs a milk or cream. (I'm still trying out the perfect caramel option, but my friend suggested that I add caramel syrup with milk or cream).
If you go more than once a month, It's worth it to invest in a Starbucks card (gift card) and get the Starbucks app so that you can redeem your money and get other rewards. At the very least, you get a free food or drink for your birthday. As you progress to the green level, you can get free refills on iced coffee. Gold level does all that and you get a free drink every 12 drinks.
The best hack of all is to look at your emails from Starbucks if you have the app. They send emails all the time where it will say "get this drink and get 3 extra stars" or maybe it's for a food and maybe the stars are increased. Even filling out surveys give extra stars. Think of it as 1 star= $5. You can get a free drink a lot quicker and can easily keep gold card status.
And that's all I can think of at the moment, let me know if there are better ways to save!