Java, joe, bean juice — whatever you call it, coffee is one of the world’s favorite drinks. And millions of American drinkers purchase their morning, midday or evening rocket fuel from shops, bakeries and cafes.
The cost quickly adds up, but — fortunately — you don’t have to pay for every cup.
Here are several places to score free coffee — or coffee-related freebies — right now, or any time of the year.
Join Starbucks Rewards, and you can earn points with each purchase that will get you a free beverage of your choice, baked goods or other freebies.
Other perks you can look forward to in this loyalty program include a birthday reward and complimentary refills.
Become a member of Caribou Perks, and you’ll get a free medium beverage after your first visit. You’ll gain points for every dollar you spend. The more you visit, the better your bounty, which might include size upgrades and food bonuses.
You can even pass along rewards you don’t want to a friend through the Caribou Coffee app. Membership also entitles you to nondairy milk substitutions at no extra cost when you order ahead through the app.
Au Bon Pain
Sign up for the Au Bon Pain eClub at this bakery and cafe, and you’ll receive a free coffee and bakery item. Other benefits include special offers and promotions.
Become a member of Dunkin’ Rewards, and you’ll earn free donuts, coffee and other treats by earning points. Frequent visitors can unlock “Boosted Status” for exclusive offers and faster rewards.
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Here’s another smart move for java junkies. Download the Dunn Brothers Coffee Rewards App, and you’ll get:
- $3 credit for first-time app users
- $2 for every $30 you spend
- $5 toward a birthday coffee
Enroll in the Ikea Family rewards program, and you’ll be eligible for many different benefits, ranging from 90-day price protection to delivery savings.
But we’re here to talk coffee: Ikea Family also entitles you to a free cup of joe (or tea) every time you visit.
For more tips on saving at Ikea, check out “6 Ways to Save More at Ikea.”
Many folks swear by McDonald’s coffee, iced coffee and lattes. Join MyMcDonald’s Rewards and download the app to earn points toward free McCafe beverages and other faves.
Join the 7-Eleven 7Rewards program, and you can rack up points for free snacks and goodies. You also get a free Slurpee on your birthday and fuel savings!
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Download the Coffee Bean Rewards app to receive gratis coffee or tea. Every dollar you spend earns you a point toward exclusive extras, a birthday gift and surprise promotions. You also get a half-off drink when you sign up.
Join Peetnik Rewards, and you’ll earn a free beverage option, including coffee, with your first order. You’ll also earn a point with each dollar spent. Pile up 50 points, and you get another free drip coffee or cold brew.
Other benefits include a free beverage on your birthday.