Pay £1, get up to 50p off most Costa, Pret & Starbucks drinks EVERY time
MSE Update, Mon 9 Mar: Starbucks has said it's suspending the use of reusable cups in stores to combat the spread of Covid-19. You'll still get 25p off if you show your own cup, but your drink will be served in a disposable cup which will not have an extra 5p charge. For more info, see: Starbucks suspends use of reusable cups.
Many of us regularly reach for a cup of coffee or tea to give us a caffeine boost, but if you’re out and about the cost of this can quickly mount up.
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- H&M £5 off a £25 spend for recycling old clothes
- Keep the RIGHT foods in the fridge to cut waste
What cup do I have to use?
You can use any brand of reusable cup in any of the stores. The cheapest and easiest way is to buy a £1 reusable plastic cup at Starbucks, marked with a line for its 350ml size (known as ‘Tall’ at Starbucks). We’ve taken the Starbucks cup into other stores and it worked fine – though expect a bit of banter with the barista…
You may already have a reusable cup, it just needs to have a lid, be clean and be able to fit into a coffee machine (see image for example).
The Starbucks cup and similar we spotted are medium-sized 350ml versions – though we know coffee shops have weird and wonderful names for their different sizes – so if you’re after a regular-sized drink this works for you. If you want a small, your cup will just be filled to the appropriate level, but if you’re after a large, this would overfill so won’t be for you.
Where does it work?
- Pret A Manger – 50p off. At all stores (increased from 25p off in 2018), including cold drinks. Pret started selling its own cups in June 2018, at a cost of £10 each.
- Starbucks – 30p off. At any Starbucks store or counter, including at cinemas and train stations. The discount's 25p but it now charges 5p per disposable cup (so in total you can save 30p with your own cup). See our Starbucks launches 5p disposable cup charge news story for more info. The discount excludes filter coffee.
- Costa – 25p off. In all stores apart from Northern Ireland (see full T&Cs). The cheapest reusable Costa cup is £3 for the 350ml plastic cup.
- Paul – 50p off. Updated. Paul offers 50p off when you bring your own cup. It sells Paul branded reusable cups for £3.50, but you can use your own instead. While you’re there, if you pick up a Paul loyalty card and register it online, you can get a free coffee with a croissant or pain au chocolat – très bon!
- Leon – 45p off. While Leon uses biodegradable cups, you'll get 45p off when you bring yours. It can be from any brand, but Leon sells its own branded bamboo cup for £10.
- M&S café – 25p off. If you bring your own cup to an M&S café you'll get 25p off any takeaway hot drink (you won't get the discount when you're staying to drink in the café). You can buy a cup for £3 from M&S*, but you can use any.
- Greggs – 20p off. If you bring your own cup, you’ll get 20p off any hot drink. Greggs also sells its own branded cups for £2, and you’ll get a free hot drink in it when you buy one. If you join Greggs rewards you’ll receive more offers, such as a free birthday cupcake. See our Birthday Freebies page for more free birthday treats and discounts.
- Caffè Nero – double stamps. If you bring your own cup, you’ll get twice the loyalty card stamps. Normally you’d have to buy nine drinks to get the 10th free, but with this offer you’d only have to buy five – or get the free drink via O2 Priority nine times (it recently changed T&Cs). See our blog on How to get 50+ free drinks a year using this 'deal stack'.
- Pure – 50p off. Bring your own cup to London-based café and coffee shop Pure and you'll get 50p off hot drinks.
- Crussh – 25p off. If you bring your own cup to juice and smoothie company Crussh - either for a hot or cold drink - you'll get 25p off.
- Crosstown Doughnuts – 20p off. If you bring your own cup, you'll get 20p off any hot drink. You can also pick up a loyalty card if you're buying any of its drinks or doughnuts (including vegan options) and get a free drink or doughnut on your eighth visit.
- Ground espresso bars – 50p off. If you're in Northern Ireland, you can bring your own cup to Ground espresso bars to get 50p off with any cup.
On the go
- Grand Central – 50p off. If you bring your reusable cup to the on-board Grand Central trains café (where available), you'll get 50p off.
- London North Eastern Railway – 25p off. Bring your own cup to the on board LNER trains food bar (where available) and get 25p off your drink.
- Virgin trains – 20p off. Bring your own cup to the on board Virgin trains café (where available) and get 20p off your drink.
Is buying a drink at these stores MoneySaving?
Of course not – you could bring a thermos of coffee from home (see our demotivator tool to see how much you could save) – but we know people do buy it, so we reckon this is still a decent trick to nab a discount while helping the environment at the same time.
Free tea and coffee
See our free tea and coffee page if you’d like to stack your reusable cup with free or discounted hot drinks discounts at Ikea, Greggs, Waitrose and Booths.
Where do you use your reusable cup? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter.
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