Ah, Starbucks Free Stuff.
While I froth at the mouth for juicy loyalty program redemptions–flights, luxury hotel nights, and cruises–I’ve never been one for Starbucks’ Rewards. Periodically receiving an expensive-as-I-can-order free drink doesn’t slake my thirst for value. If going for max redemption value (~$10 to $20) on a free Starbucks drink really pumps your syrup container, start with a high dollar frappuccino and up the value with multiple espresso and flavor shots. Alternatively, order something fun like a Venti frappuccino Butter Beer off the Starbucks “secret menu.” Only Muggles pay retail. And this is a lot cheaper than a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Shorter queues as well (except perhaps boarding times at airport locations). Just open the Starbucks Secret Menu and provide verbal instructions to your Barista. There’s Are Apps For That: a Starbucks secret menu app for the iPhone and a Starbucks secret menu app for Android.
However, a free drive-thru treat every time for my best bud Roscoe beats Starbucks’ Rewards paws down. Namely, the puppuccino (pup-uh-CHEE-no).
Want Free Stuff at Starbucks? Enter The Puppuccino
A Starbucks puppuccino is nothing more than a cup filled with whipped cream. But my dog goes “ape” over them. In the MyPointsBlog.com household (pack?), we have to be careful not to say the “drink’s” name or we’ll get ruffed up with an earful–our guy has a large bark for a wee dog. So how do you get one free?
Step 1: Approach drive-thru order speaker and order any human drink
I’m a Tall Coffee guy. Not much outlay there, keeping with my frugal-except-free lifestyle.
Step 2: Approach drive-thru window, make your payment, and ask for a puppuccino
Most will know how to make one and won’t charge you for it. Many will light-up at the sight of you and your dog.
Step 3: Wait with your best bud for your order
Step 4: Say your thanks and drive away safely as your dog consumes nearly every bit
Your mileage may vary. However, I’ve gotten a “puppuccino” at Dunkin’ Donuts by asking for a cup of whipped cream for my dog. It’s become a semi-regular thing. The staff offers typically offers me one at the pick-up window since they know all that noise was really another order placed. Being part Beagle, he barks his orders…
We’ve had less success getting a “puppuccino” at Dairy Queen drive-thrus, but it has worked at least once. Good luck and better request extra napkins as you are the Cleanup Crew. 🙂