Thank you Vancouver Heroes. $1 McDonald’s Iced Coffee. And How To Get More Out Of Your Starbucks Iced Coffee.

By Tana Kosiyabong

black iced coffee and milk iced coffee at Starbucks

Most of you have already heard about the recent riot here in Vancouver. But you may not hear about several heroes who stood up against the rioters. And many others who helped cleaning up the riot scene afterward. These heroes make me proud to be a Vancouverite. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

Now let’s get back to the Cheap Appetite mission. The weather is getting warmer. And the best deal in town to cool down is the new McDonald’s promo: $1 for any size soft drinks or iced coffee. However, finding a participating McDonald’s that serves a $1 iced coffee is almost as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. A few stores near my condo and my office don’t have it. The closest one I found is about 30-minute walk away. It won’t make sense to go that far just for a cheap glass of iced coffee.

$1 iced coffee at McDonald's

Still the weather is only going to get hotter in the next couple of months. And I can’t justify spending $3.20 (plus tax) for a large Starbucks iced coffee everyday. So I came up with a brilliant idea that I can buy a medium (grande) iced coffee ($2.60) and still get almost the same amount of drink as a large (venti) one. Here’s how I did:

Step 1: Order a medium, sweetened iced coffee without milk. This way you’ll get a bit more coffee.

Medium Iced coffee at Starbucks

Step 2: Sip away your iced coffee. Keep an eye on its level though. When the coffee reaches the top edge of the top rectangular box which indicated “Decaf,” stop drinking. (See the below photo).

Starbucks black iced coffee

Step 3: Top it up with the free whole milk (or skim milk) at the milk station. Stir well. Voila, you just got about one third more out of your iced coffee. It tastes similar to the iced cafe latte. I love that it’s not too sweet, still tasty and refreshing. For stronger coffee flavor, adjust the coffee level accordingly.

milk iced coffee

Enjoy and Cheap Appetit.

For a review of McDonald’s iced coffee, please click here.

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10 thoughts on “Thank you Vancouver Heroes. $1 McDonald’s Iced Coffee. And How To Get More Out Of Your Starbucks Iced Coffee.

  1. Some more Starbucks tricks:
    1. If you don’t care about foam in your hot drinks (i.e hot chocolate since you’ll be adding whip cream on top) ask for no foam. Foam can be almost 1/4 of your drink at Starbucks!
    2. Ask for a “long expresso” with ice. Add milk your self =Latte
    3. Poor Man Latte: Use a starbucks GC (free flavored shots w/ use) and ask for your flavor of choice+ drip coffee/ice coffee with plenty of room for milk+add milk at the stand
    4. Ask for less or 1/2 ice with your lemonades. It will be less diluted and will get more lemonades.

    1. Hi Gloria,
      These are great ideas! I just tried asking for half ice with the iced coffee. And you’re right. I got more coffee! I’m pretty happy about that. I’ll check out other tricks later 🙂

  2. You could always register your Starbucks card. You get free refills on regular and iced coffee all day at the same location.

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