So I saw Frequent Miler's million mile idea and thought, hmm, that's crazy. Sounds like fun.
I decided to do my own challenge this year. I currently have about $6 on my Starbucks card. What would happen if I tried to get my Starbucks for free for the entire year? As an addict, that's $20-25 per week, or just over $1,000 in free coffee, etc. for the year. I know, that's a lot of money on coffee, but I have no other vices (I don't drink, smoke or hide the bodies.).
The first trick is figuring out which of my free programs offer Starbucks as a reward. So far, I have located Checkpoints, Shopkick, e-rewards and mypoints.
There are back-up programs as well, including Disney Movie Rewards, Kellogg's Family Rewards (if they bring the cards back as a reward), Listia and anything else that may pop up throughout the year.
There are some rules, of course.
Rule #1: No ordering Starbucks gift cards when an equal or better opportunity comes along. For instance, at Swagbucks, I can order a $25 Paypal card for 2,500 points. I can also earn a $25 Starbucks card for 2,500 points. There's no question about which is a better deal, however: the Paypal is simply more fungible. So in this case, I cannot order a Paypal card. On the other hand, at MyPoints, there are cheaper options than the Starbucks card, but none that I would otherwise order. In this case, I can order the Starbucks card.
Rule #2: Free coupons are allowed. So if Starbucks sends me a birthday coupon or customer service coupon, I can use it. The goal, after all, is free drinks.
Rule #3: No money on the card? No Starbucks. I know that FM has a Pass/Fail idea going but, with only $6 on my card right now, there's a good shot that I could run out before getting some value on the card. Please note: If my posts get increasingly cranky, I've likely run out of freebies.
That's it, although I'm happy to take suggestions. I'll update as I load my card or if there's a reason to do so.