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*Expired* Starbucks Vivanno Blends

by Freebies4Mom on July 25, 2008 7:46 am

1 Registered Starbucks Card + Friday or Saturday Starbucks Visit = Free Vivanno Blends (with 1 informed scoop provided by Money Saving Mom)

I can’t say I’ll be taking advantage of this promotion since I do not have a registered Starbucks card and I rarely visit Starbucks. It seems like Starbucks is on a mission to fill our wallets with their gift cards to use on ourselves instead of giving them. Why? Because a lot of gift cards are never redeemed and people tend to spend gift cards more freely than if they were spending cash. But if you can keep track of those cards and use them wisely then this is a great offer!

It seems like once in awhile I get free Starbucks gift cards (the USPS sent me one a few months ago as part of a small business promotion) – so next time I get one I’ll hang onto it so I can also join the “Registered Starbucks Card Holder” club and take advantage of future promotions like this one.

Update: My readers are so awesome! Amy told me I can pick up a gift card and register it without even loading it? It sounded like it would work so I tried it and it didn’t work. You have to load your card with a minimum of $5 in order to register it online. You’ve got to read Penny’s fabulous idea of giving yourself a “coffee budget” by loading your Starbucks card with a set amount of money each month. A great idea if you find yourself at Starbucks way too much and your coffee splurges are adding up. Thanks so much for all of your comments, your input makes this blog so much better.

Tell me if you get your free Vivanno Blend drink today or tomorrow! What did you think of it?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole July 25, 2008 at 9:13 am

I don’t have a gift card, but my local Starbucks was giving away free small cups this week. Both are yummy! I really like that they are made with real fruit, real juice, milk, and have added protein.:)

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Amy July 25, 2008 at 9:34 am

Couldn’t you just swing buy a Starbucks and get one of those “empty cards they have by the counter and go register it? Then it would not cost you anything. My kids love playing with those (I try to stop them but they are trained to collect blinkies and peelies and free stuff hanging around counters LOL…) and once my 5 yo asked are these free? The lady said it was OK to have one they are not charged…..take one and that you can keep them and regcharge it later if you want. Now I have to go look for it. Also, Starbucks keeps those free music download cards by the counter too. Different songs all the time. I had no idea what my kids were collecting until I had a closer look. They are little paper cards right by the register.

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Heather July 25, 2008 at 9:41 am

Cool you got to try it, Niki!Great tip, Amy. I go to Starbucks so rarely I didn’t realize you could just pick up a card and register it without loading it with money. Cool to hear about the free song downloads to. I’ll check it out next time I find myself at Starbucks.

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Adrienne July 25, 2008 at 10:00 am

It’s definately worth it. I got 2 free cups of coffee with caramel syrup just for putting $5 on their card. Part of that money was what I was gonna pay for my coffee with. The first cup is free, you always get free syrups and after your register your card you get a coupon in the mail for another free cup.

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Jacqui July 25, 2008 at 10:48 am

I tried the free sample, and it is pretty good! I dont know if I will make it my new drink, but it’s def worth a try if your getting it for free!

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Penny July 25, 2008 at 1:28 pm

I was offered a free sample of one of these drinks a week ago (the banana chocolate flavor). It tasted a bit like a banana smoothie mixed with chocolate syrup and coffee. The banana flavor was very prominent; it tasted weird to me at first, but by the end of the plastic shot glass sample I really liked it. I’ll try to stop by for a full one. Thanks for the tip!A couple of years ago when I traveled a lot for business (and often found myself at a Starbucks for early morning fuel) I picked up a gift card and used the Starbucks website to automatically add $20/month to the balance. That was my coffee budget, period. If I ran out, no more latte for me! Nowadays I could never budget that much for coffee, but it was a useful way to dissuade myself from spending $5 a day at Starbucks, which is very easy to do.

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Sarah July 25, 2008 at 2:35 pm

My husband tossed his gift card that I registered for him that was a real gift) but we got a free drink off of by registering it before he thew it out. Last night he went to get one with $5 and asked about the promo. They knew nothing about it but gave him a coupon for a free Vivanno to use at a later date. I went in this morning and they were willing to try it and sure enough, it was free with the card. So for $5, I got a free coupon last night, a free drink today and still have $5 for my husband to use on his splurge day once/month.

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Anonymous July 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm

I had a chocolate banana one. No coffee taste which is good. (I hate coffee.) It was okay…about what I make at home…have no idea how much they usually are…that’s alright…I’ll only be getting the free ones!

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cheapsk8mom aka Shannon July 25, 2008 at 10:33 pm

got the banana mango orange one today, was yum. also, filled me up… unexpected, but was a good thing, since i was out grocery shopping..

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Anonymous July 26, 2008 at 1:28 pm

they were horrible tasting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! would never in my life suggest them…yuck.

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Adrienne July 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm

I went this afternoon to try it out and they didn’t know anything about the promotion. I’ll just stick with the coffee.

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