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TikToker Tests Viral Hack For Getting Popular Starbucks Drink For Half Price

I'm sure you can agree that Starbucks is a great place to get a fancy coffee every now and again. But they're also kind of expensive. Sigh... if only there was a way to get their drinks for a lot cheaper.

Apparently, there is.

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According to a recent TikTok hack, there's actually a way to get one of Starbucks's most popular drinks for a lot cheaper.

That almost sounds too good to be true!

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A TikTok posted by CBC Street Cents breaks it down, testing to see if you can actually get the drink at a discount.

Spoiler alert: you can.

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The drink in question is the Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oat Shaken Espresso. And while that's a mouthful just to say, it's pretty dang good.

The hack involves ordering a different drink.

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You just have to add specific modifications in order to turn it into the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Shaken Espresso. (Say that three times fast.)

You have to order a grande iced espresso.

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Like, just a plain one. Then (in the Starbucks app, of course), add extra ice, extra espresso, three brown sugar pumps, "a splash of" oat milk, and add a sprinkling of cinnamon on top.

According to the video, you can't tell the difference.

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The taste is almost identical, and will cost quite a bit less than the hard-to-say "real" version.

Like, the difference in price is staggering.

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In the TikTok, they explain that the price for the grande Iced Brown Sugar Oat Shaken Espresso is $6.72 after tax, while the regular iced espresso is only $3.73 (!), but that'll be different depending on where you live.

Who would've thought a hack out there actually works!?

I swear, real, good hacks are few and far between. But this one seems like the real deal, and I couldn't be any more excited about it than I already am.

So what are you waiting for?

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Now's as good a time as any to try it out for yourself. Who cares if it's still winter where you are; there's never a bad time for an iced espresso!