College is hard. We need caffeine on an almost daily basis just to function. There always seems to be a Starbucks conveniently nearby, but drinks can get a little pricey. Most of us know about the free refills, cup size-ups, and BYOC discount. But did you know that you can get some drinks for even less? Here are some ways to save money at Starbucks.

General Tips

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Alex Frank

Take advantage of free add-ins, like "splash of milk," (dairy-free at no extra charge) and different syrups if the drink already has one. Ask for less ice to maximize your drink, and add more milk/sweetener at the self-service table. You can also ask for "extra" everything (toppings, milk, whipped cream, syrup, etc.).

It's easier to check for these freebies if you use the mobile app. Ordering on the mobile app also helps you skip lines, and will make things less awkward when you order drinks with ridiculous amounts of customization.

But most importantly, there are several ways you can get the same drink for less at Starbucks. Here are some examples.

Flavored Latte/Latte

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Margaret Weinberg

A grande cascara latte costs $5.25, with two shots, four pumps of cascara syrup, and regular cascara topping. If you order a iced caffe latte with added cascara syrup and topping, it's only $4.75. But, if you order a doppio espresso with extra splash of milk, cascara syrup and topping in a grande cup, it's only $2.95. You just saved $2.30.

Olivia Heuiyoung Park

If you want a latte, the same concept applies. Instead of paying $4.25 (or more if you get dairy-free milk or half&half), you'll get the same drink for $2.45. BAM. Big win for you.

Caramel Macchiato

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Molly Doroba

A grande caramel macchiato is $4.95 with three pumps of vanilla syrup and caramel drizzle. If you get a doppio espresso with extra splash of milk, syrup and drizzle in a grande cup, it's only $3.55. You save at least $1.40 for the same drink, and more if you go dairy-free.

Olivia Heuiyoung Park

Toasted Coconut Cold Brew

tea, coffee
Morgan Nielsen

The new grande Toasted Coconut Cold brew is $3.95, with four pumps of toasted coconut syrup and coconut milk. The Narino 70 Cold Brew with coconut syrup and milk is $3.45, but if you get a tall, it's only $2.95. From my experience, the amount of coffee in the two sizes are about the same, so save more by getting the tall.

Olivia Heuiyoung Park

Tea Latte

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Kellyn Simpkins

A venti royal english breakfast tea latte is $4.95, with six pumps of syrup, milk, and two tea bags. But, if you get a grande tea with extra splash of milk, and syrup in a venti cup, it's only $3.25. You save $1.70 or more, depending on your milk choice.

Olivia Heuiyoung Park

It sucks that Starbucks changed their rewards program, but still, you'll get more for your buck with these hacks. You're welcome broke college students, but don't drink too much caffeine!

#SpoonTip: All prices in this article is for Manhattan/East Village before tax. Keep in mind prices differ by location.