1. Do you usually load a certain amount? I’m confused as to who so many people would be able to use it.

    1. Hi Beth,

      You’ll get one card and you put whatever amount you’d like on it, so say in my case I did $100. I share that code on social media (or wherever) and whoever wants to use that card can until the $100 is gone. It’s not that everyone gets the same amount, they are just using up the entire amount that is put on the card.

      Hope that makes sense!

  2. How do you monitor how long the barcode stays active? What about repeat uses? More information on managing the cost of using it would be great. Thank you!

    1. Hi Charlsey,

      I typically just check the balance every so often within my Starbucks app and once the card is used up, I delete the post from social media so it can’t be scanned any longer.

      As for managing the cost, I only put a certain amount on the card. For example, I put $100 on a card, and once that amount is gone it’s gone. I hope that makes sense!

  3. This is totally awesome and I want to do this for my birthday this year- THANK YOU!! 😍

  4. Hi Lauren,

    I found your article and see that it’s older. I was wondering if this method still works? I would like to offer this to our followers to show our appreciation!

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Caitlin,

      I just updated the instructions to match the updated version of the app, so this tutorial is still great!!

  5. Is there any way to prevent someone from buying themselves a gift card using up the remained of the balance on the one you’re sharing?

    1. This is a great question and I don’t believe you can. I’ve done this several times though and have never had this issue.

  6. Starbucks gift card is the best you can have in a gift or u can send in a a gift or both

  7. I used to do this all the time but sadly someone went in and took the full $100 for themselves last time I did it. now I am looking for other group gifting solutions.

    1. Oh No, is there a way to prevent this from happening?

  8. Is there any way to keep them from using the rewards/stars associated with your account? Shared a card, and they cleaned me out.

    1. Lani Padilla says:

      Hi Madeline,
      I’m so sorry this happened to you! I’m not sure if there is or not. Maybe it’s best to create a separate account just for this purpose.
      Hope this helps!

  9. It looks like (on android, at least) you are not able to take a screenshot “for security measures”…any other ideas on how to do this?

  10. You can load smaller amounts and keep adding as it goes to prevent them from taking the whole amount. That is what I have learned the hard way.

  11. Will it show you where the people used the card and how much of it they each used?

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