Save your Star"bucks"!

"'Tis the season"... to blow a lot of money on Starbucks holiday drinks. Who can blame you though, when visions of  eggnog lattes and peppermint mochas dance in your head when entering the aesthetically appeasing franchise . Starbucks is a place I frequent - holidays or not. And after working there 6 years plus, you'd think one would be sick of coffee, but no. Starbucks effortlessly captures each season within a cup. And as much as I love the Christmas coffee creations every year at Starbucks, my wallet and pant size beg to differ.

So after succumbing to my deep appreciation (or addiction) to coffee, I've managed to find healthier beverage choices and at the same time save a buck or two. Here are some worth trying and if you hate it ... just let Starbucks know it's not to your liking. As they do promise - you'll get your drink perfect every time.

Instead of ...

Peppermint Mocha

costs

$4.00

450 calories

fat 16 grams

Try

Americano with Mocha & Peppermint

save

$1.00

200 calories

9 grams of fat

Instead of ...

Eggnog Latte

costs

$3.75

470 calories

21 grams of fat

Try

Americano w/ steamed eggnog

save

$ 1.50

320 calories

15 grams of fat

Instead of...

Gingerbread Latte

costs

$3.75

320 calories

13 grams of fat

Try

Coffee of the day with gingerbread

save

$1.50

200 calories

13 grams of fat

Instead of...

Chai Latte

costs

$3.25

240 calories

a whopping 41 grams of sugar

Try

Chai tea with steamed milk & honey

save

$1.00

80 calories

and save yourself a sugar rush

*All drinks are approximately based upon a grande size and prices may differ.