I thought more people knew about this, but recently found out a lot of my mom friends didn’t know… Did you know that you can get a “Whipped Cup” absolutely FREE from Starbucks for your kids or pets? Well, you can! It’s a little cup with a dollop of whipped cream and it makes them sooo happy!
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For budgeting reasons I try not to go to Starbucks very often, but when I do go I don’t always want to buy something for the twins, too. Is that mean? Since they’re still young and they don’t really know the difference between free and paid for, I’ve found that going to Starbucks for a treat actually saves me money because I don’t have to buy them anything. To get your FREE “Whipped Cup” I just ask! All you have to do is ask the barista for a “Puppucino” or a “Whipped Cup” for the boys and the barista puts some whipped cream in a little cup for FREE! My boys are always thrilled with it and don’t ask for anything more. You can also get this for your pups if you want – thus the name “Puppucino.” I have also found that each time we go I have to ask them to make it SMALLER. The baristas always like to spoil my boys with more whipped cream than they really need and it makes me laugh.
The other day my Mom called me and said she was having a fun day with the twins’ cousin K and wondered if we wanted to do something. I wasn’t sure we could tag along because I needed to go to the grocery store. Well, even though I usually use grocery pickup because it’s hard to go to the store with two 3 yr olds, (plus Walmart’s is always free, or I use Dillons/Kroger’s if they have super good coupons specific to pickup) my mom talked me into going to the store with both of them. So, instead of just TWO 3 yr olds we went to the store with two 3 yr olds AND a 2 yr old 🤪.
We wanted to make it a fun adventure so we stopped by the in-store Starbucks first, of course. Each of the kiddos got their very own FREE Puppucino and Mom and I got our favorite drinks. Mom’s still learning her favorite drink but mine is a black & white mocha half caff… in case you needed to know 😉.
The only negative to our awesome plan was that the kids were pretty much done with their whipped cream by the time we got our drinks… and thus hyped on sugar before we even started shopping. Ya know, you live and you learn.
To be honest, they actually did a great job. It went really well. I think K kept my boys distracted and they were good little shoppers. It just makes a better story if I act like a martyr pushing 3 cousins around. 😂
Oh, another random tip is that our Dillons (which is a Kroger brand) also give kids free fruit to snack on while you shop. So after the Puppucinos were gone K and the twins got to munch on orange slices.
It turned into a fun adventure for the kids and I got my grocery shopping done, so I call that a win! Does your local Coffee Shop or Grocery Store have a similar option for kiddos? Never hurts to ask if you don’t know!