If you’re a coffee lover, you are in luck this week. There are two ways to get a free latte including the fall favorite – pumpkin spice.
Starbucks is offering free Caffe’ Latte drinks to promote its new do it yourself latte machine. It’s called the Verismo System. The in home brewing machine makes espresso, lattes and brewed coffee. You can taste these home brews at Starbucks Monday, October 15th, from 4 PM to 6 PM. Click here to find a participating store near you. Thanks to Women Get it Free for finding this deal.
The Verismo system retails for $199 and the pods are sold in boxes of 12 for $9.98 and up. The majority appear to retail for around $1 each. The milk pods are slightly cheaper at about 81-cents. To make a latte, you need a milk and espresso pod. So, you’ll still pay a high price for your latte. However, it will be half what you pay at your local Starbucks. The question is – does it taste the same? Go to Starbucks Monday and find out.
When Keurig first came out with its pods, they were pricey as well. Now, you can get them for fifty to sixty cents. You can save even more if brew coffee grounds in the Keurig filter. I expect the Starbucks Verismo pods will come down in price over time, but I don’t expect they’ll be as cheap as the Keurig anytime soon. After all, the Verismo drinks are higher end.
Mobile coupon for pumpkin spice latte
The second offers requires you to sign up for a mobile coupon from Target. If you buy one Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte or Frappuccino you get another one for free. The coupon expires October 26th. Thanks to Coupons-Saving for finding this deal.
Mobile coupons are becoming popular. I’ve signed up for them to save instantly at the cash register. I also like the ones from Bed Bath & Beyond because you can save money even if you forget your paper coupons at home. You’re more likely to have your phone so you can save without planning a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond.
As you know from my blog, I am a proponent of maintaining your privacy. With mobile coupons, you are giving away your cell phone number. However, I haven’t had any problems with spam or excessive text messages from retailers that offer mobile coupons. Plus, you can always unsubscribe if you want to stop receiving text messages.
I think mobile coupons are the future and you might as well start saving with them now.
Homemade pumpkin spice latte
If you want to maintain your privacy and still save money on coffee, how about making it yourself? For a NewsChannel 5 story, a student at Polaris Career Center showed me a recipe to make your own pumpkin spice latte at home with common household ingredients.
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice (to make your own use equal parts cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg)
- 1.5 tablespoon pumpkin puree unsweetened
- ¾ cup milk
Whisk all the ingredients together. Microwave until the milk is frothy. Then, add the coffee and stir everything together.