Ever More Vegan Freebies, Especially Beverages

Since moving from a radio market with a lot of restaurant gift card prizes and a metropolitan with tons of restaurants (many vegan), to one that hardly has anything, this blog has evolved to writing about ever more vegan freebies.  My goal is to get back to a real city after I put some sweat equity into my house (which I bought in cash.)  Location, location, location. (Home is a question mark.)

So, I guess I’ll just be writing about different vegan freebies for awhile instead of reviews of restaurants that I won gift cards to. (I still have gift cards I need to use in San Diego!)

The Chipotle app offers “free guac” (with a purchase) as a birthday freebie.

Birthday Freebies

Chipotle Rewards: Since my neighbor offered to buy me a vegan burrito from Chipotle on my birthday, I decided to look back into their rewards program.  From the app that was already on my phone, I rejoined the rewards program and it already knew my birthday.  The birthday gift is free “chips & guac” with a purchase.  The offer showed up on my birthday and a QR code was provided.  Then after making your first purchase you get another free “chips & guac” reward, which you can get without making a purchase.

Starbucks Rewards. Terms.

Starbucks Rewards: Clovis, NM only recently got its first stand alone Starbucks, so I decided to see if I could get my birthday freebie.  But nope, because they changed the rules and I hadn’t made a purchase.  However, I noticed on the app that I had won enough stars in sweepstakes to get a freebie anyway, so I went and got blueberry oatmeal for lunch, but they were out of the agave (which is supposed to come with it.)

Red Robin Royalty: My golf partner invited me on a trip to Albuquerque for his birthday, which is only two weeks after mine, so some of my birthday freebies were still viable.  So I got a vegan “Royalty Birthday Burger” from Red Robin (an $8.99 value.)  Here are the terms for the free vegan burger from Red Robin:

A free vegan burger entree from Red Robin for my birthday.

* Valid for Royalty members only. Birthday reward valid during the month of your birthday. Valid at participating locations. Valid on dine-in and dine-out occasions. Offer valid once. Reward good for one free burger. Discount does not include modifications or add-ons. Discount does not apply to Entrées, Entrée Salads, Wraps, Appetizers, Sides, Desserts, Kids Meals and Beverages. Burger does not count towards Royalty Buy 9 Get 10. Discount applied to highest-priced qualifying item. Discount not valid on Catering purchases. Rewards are pre-ranked. To prioritize and view your reward ranking, sign into your account at redrobin.com/redrobinroyalty or text REWARDS to 98666 from your registered mobile phone. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Rewards are non-transferrable

Jersey Mike’s Shore Points Rewards: I did claim the Jersey Mike’s free sub and drink birthday reward.  They e-mail you a coupon if you are on their list.  Don’t worry, I used reusable straw (the Absolut Vodka one given out by Fooji on Twitter.)

Tea from the Jersey Mike’s Birthday Offer

Other Freebies

Pilot/Flying J app: When you sign up you get a free drink or coffee any size that expires in nine (9) days. (The welcome reward could be seen in the app, but not the web page.)  The app seems to offer a lot of drink freebies.  You go into the app and check the Rewards.  Then you click on “Explore More Offers” and “save” the reward for it to apply when you scan your bar code.  Here’s my referral code: jillb1724

2 Free Drinks from Pilot on National Coffee Day During Driver’s Appreciation Month

However, one day in September, the “Driver Appreciation Month,” the Pilot in in Santa Rosa, NM didn’t carry the freebie drink on a Saturday and didn’t offer a substitute.  But the Moriarty, NM store (that also didn’t carry the featured drink) offered a substitute bottle of water.

Route 66 Casino Turbo Rewards Club:  To get vegan donuts from Rebel Donuts in Albuquerque at no out-of-pocket cost, I first went to the Route 66 casino and got my $5 Promo Cash (by joining Turbo Rewards Club.)  Then I played the Willie Nelson “Shotgun Willie” slot machine until I won enough money to get a dozen vegan donuts (the next morning) and cashed out (yes, I’m a high roller.)  (And where oh where is the MORRISSEY slot machine may I ask?)  Rebel Donuts had seven (7) varieties of vegan donuts and fritters.  There was one with green frosting that had apple pie filling and one with chocolate frosting that had cream filling. YUM!!!  Since traditional style vegan donuts are a rare treat for me, I still have flat abs.  They have two (2) locations. I visited the one on Wyoming Blvd. (at Claremont Ave.)

Crescendo Instant Drink Mixes: Crescendo gave me some free “instant cash” to try a trial pack of their vegan instant drink mixes with hemp derived CBD.  They were good!  And I think they want to give you the same deal, but I don’t know how long the promo will last.

Freeosk: Do you ever shop at a Walmart or Sam’s Club that has a Freeosk freebie machine? Believe it or not, it sometimes offers up vegan organic snack bars (and also a lot of not vegan friendly stuff.)  You just download the app and scan the QR code at the machine when you see a good vegan organic item!

Derma E: If you like freebie vegan cruelty-free beauty and skin care items, then follow Derma E on Facebook and Twitter.  They often offer free samples available to a certain amount of people (for both residents of the USA and Canada.) (Watch they don’t do it anymore after I post this. However, I did just get the “Vitamin C Instant Radiance Citrus Facial Peel” sample in the mail today.)

Freebie Offers on Facebook: When you scroll through your Facebook feed, instead getting distracted by your “Friends’” cries for attention, keep your eyes peeled for freebie offers.  They look like ads at first blush, but if you look closely, you’ll see it’s a freebie offer.  And they are often not advertised on freebie sites.

For example, FlowFushi offered a free Uz liquid eyeliner and you got to pick the color you wanted.  The compostable package says “vegan” and “cruelty-free” right on the back.  They sent it out in a timely manner with a tracking number.  (Vendors and freebie/prize/rebate administrators often require a “street address,” but if there’s no tracking number on it then the USPS doesn’t feel obligated to deliver my mail to my home mailbox.  And yes, I got Informed Delivery, complained to the Postmaster, Consumer Affairs, Inspector General, the Postal manager, the rural carrier, and put in some “missing mail” search requests.  But they refused to confess.  Consumer Affairs didn’t even bother to respond to my letter even though they should have received more than one letter because the Inspector General forwarded my letter to them.  I did eventually get Street Addressing for my PO Box because I didn’t know it was available before.)

Pursuant to an offer on Facebook, a rebate was given via PayPal after purchasing Biofunctionals crackers on Amazon.

Rebate Offers on Facebook: Sometimes there will be an offer for you to purchase a vegan product on Amazon and then get a refund via PayPal, which can be a good deal if you have free shipping lined up.  For example, I recently purchased some vegan crackers called Sprouted Black Rice Bites from Bio Functionals on Amazon and then they sent a rebate via PayPal pursuant to their offer and instructions on a Facebook post.  I got free shipping because my neighbor wanted me to order him an antenna, although, Amazon is now offering me another free trial of Prime.  Getting a rebate via PayPal is so much more desirable to me than getting it by mail because the mail offers usually require a street address and as I explained, a lot of my mail went missing when it was addressed to my street address and didn’t have a tracking number on it or a handwritten address (or if it wasn’t church marketing mail.)  ITWGB Promotions had to send me my rebate check three (3) times and the third time they decided they would use my PO Box instead of my street address, so I finally got it.  Anheuser-Busch sent me my rebate gift card twice to my street address and I never received it. Now I have to ask them to send it again.  So now you see the benefit of getting rebates via PayPal.  If the company wants to use the United States Postal Service and not put a tracking number on the letter, then you’re taking chances with a corrupt enterprise.  I lost so many prizes that were mailed in letters without tracking numbers.

Public Fruit Trees: Do you know where any public orchards or fruit trees are?  I used to go to a lemon orchard in Poway, CA.  I’d bring a long reach fruit picker because most people grabbed up the low hanging fruit.  I miss lemon trees!  And the nice thing about them is you don’t see worms crawling out of lemons (ewww), just maybe some ants crawling on them.  The only orchard I knew about was the Adobe Ridge one mentioned in this article, but it mentions another one and grapefruit orchards, which I had never seen, so I have no idea if they are still there.

Poway Lemon Orchard on Adobe Ridge Rd. Circa 2013

There is a peach tree near the nasty dumpters in Melrose, NM.  They start getting ripe at the end of August.  I was getting a few here and there, but learned real quick that they had worms! Ewwww!  Even if the peach looked unmarred by bird peckings or sap, a worm could still crawl out of the pit!  But other than that they were nice juicy ripe peaches, so I would wash them and slice off some good parts not up against the pit and then hurry and chuck the rest on a compost heap before I could be surprised by a scary worm!  So no wonder peaches are on the “Dirty Dozen” list and no wonder I love home grown avocados so much and they are on the “clean” list (they don’t get worms!)  Someone eventually took all the peaches off the tree and I thought, “Good, let them eat around the worms!” (Ewwwwww.)

Supposedly there will be a Food Forrest in Atlanta.

Picking Wild Berries: I’ve never picked wild berries, but I noticed people like to post about it on social media, but they don’t always say where.  But if you look up articles about it then sometimes people will say where in the comments (Rohnert Park, CA, Napa, Western PA, Sweden, etc.)

Cover Up: If you’re ever driving in eastern New Mexico on a Wednesday around two ’o clock and you stop at a truck stop in Melrose, NM and you want to visit a thrift store where everything is free, just drive over to Main St.  It’s called the Cover Up. You can’t miss it because there aren’t many open businesses there.  I got an Adidas golf shirt new with tags and other items as well.  It’s run by the First United Methodist Church (an organization that is not embarrassed to reveal on Facebook that they eat dead animals at their picnics.)  They are supposedly open from 2 pm to 5 pm on Wednesdays, but sometimes close early if nobody is around.  They don’t seem to have a phone number.

The Cover Up thrift store where the merchandise is free

Free CLE: Each month Above the Law offers a free CLE via Lawline.   The Above the Law page will provide a link to Lawline where you can purchase the course for $0.  I like this free CLE because it’s convenient to listen to on the app through a Bluetooth speaker.  Although, sometimes the app gets jammed up when you are downloading the CLE and you have to start over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Freebies and Other Referrals and Information

Daiquiri Ice Cone & Iced Decaf Coffee with Almond Breeze

Unfortunately, now that I live in an obscure location I missed out on so many of my favorite birthday freebies like Veggie Grill (invite code: JillB7768), Native Foods, Sprinkles, and PizzaRev (invite code: JillBall226). But my neighbor suggested we take a road trip so I could get some more of my birthday freebies, so we went to Lubbock, TX.

Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins

These two restaurants were in the same shop in Lubbock, which made getting two birthday freebies pretty convenient.  At Dunkin’ Donuts I got a large iced decaf coffee for free (a $2.59 value), but there was a $0.50 charge for adding almond milk, making the out of pocket cost with tax $0.54.

At Baskin-Robbins I got a freebie dairy-free/fat-free daiquiri ice cone.  It was actually a sign-up freebie rather than a birthday freebie because I had just signed up.

 

Cicis – My Cicis

Specialized vegan pizza from Cici’s

I got a free buffet at the Cicis in Lubbock, which was cool because you can request that they make you a vegan pizza since their red pizza sauce is vegan. But I don’t believe the marinara sauce at the buffet is vegan. But the French dressing is.  For some reason the cashier needed to take hold of my phone to input the code even though I could have just read it aloud.  My referral code for My Cici’s rewards is: JillBalla15

PETA wrote about Cici’s here.

 

Red Robin – Red Robin Royalty®

I got a free build your own vegan burger at the Red Robin in Lubbock.  It comes with a “bottomless” side dish so you can get fries and steamed broccoli (the waiter said you can alternate between different side dishes.)  Here’s another article that explains getting a vegan burger at Red Robin.

 

Firehouse Subs

I did get my free veggie sub from the Firehouse subs in Lubbock, TX. My order was Medium Veggie Wheat, no cheese, no mayo, olives, cucumber, chopped pickle, salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, pepperoncini.  It was a $6.19 value.  It also came with chips, which I didn’t even realize. My buddy saw people taking bags of chips and asked an employee if we could too and the answer was yes.  I still haven’t reviewed their nutrition menu; I simply relied on another web page.  My referral code: aqe9h

 

Auntie Anne’s in the South Plains Mall.

Auntie Anne’s

I went to the one in the South Plains Mall to get my free pretzel. The discount was $3.29. However, I’m not sure if I actually got one without butter because the employee got the pretzel out of a display case already baked and aren’t they supposed to get a raw dough one and bake it without butter? Who knows, but I told the employee “no butter” twice, but for some reason to scan my app he had to take hold of my phone and spend a lot of time figuring it out. Usually, it’s just scan, then next, then another scan. Who knows.

There were some other birthday freebies I could’ve tried to get in this same mall, but I forgot about the Sephora Beauty Insider one and Finish Line notified me about my birthday freebie like eight days after my birthday and I had forgotten to check on it in advance.

 

O’Rewards

Luckily O’ Rileys Auto Parts stores seem to be everywhere, so it shouldn’t be difficult to redeem your $5 birthday freebie that you get for being a valued O’Rewards member.  There also seem to be a lot of gift card giveaways in sweepstakes each year, so you can pay any balance with a gift card.  They give you a month to redeem your $5 freebie.  I got a magnifying glass because I realized I had given my only one away. But then I thought of a good idea for vegans. They sell window markers for writing vegan messages on car windows, so you could get that for free with your birthday reward and then put the vegan message on your windows!

 

Ford Expedition with Window Message in Mira Mesa (neighborhood in San Diego, CA)

Jersey Mike’s

I didn’t get a chance to stop in at Jersey Mike’s, but the good news is that they gave me a coupon for a free regular sub and a 22 ounce drink.  The coupon is good for a whole year.  Who knows if I’ll get a chance to use it.

 

Kung Fu Tea

I didn’t get a chance to visit Kung Fu Tea because I don’t live anywhere near one now (one coming soon to Albuquerque), but I wanted to give a shout out to everyone who used my referral link. Who would have thought it would be my most popular referral link?

 

Checkout 51

They offered a dollar cashback on a vegan cupcake purchase, but I didn’t get a chance to do it and sadly, I don’t live near a Sprinkles anymore. (If you can offer me a job and a relocation package so I can live near a Sprinkles let me know.) But the reason I am mentioning the Checkout 51 app again is because since the last time I wrote about them, they started a referral program, so now you can get my awesome referral if you want to test out this app.

Tip: If you are doing a screenshot of an online receipt make sure the date is in the screenshot. Also, always read the terms of the offer you want to redeem.

 

Freebie Share of Stock from RobinHood

Robinhood Markets, Inc. [US]

I heard about the offer to get a free share of stock from Robinhood.com in a commercial during The Dream podcast (show about Multilevel Marketing schemes.) (If you have a podcast feel free to give it a shout out in the comments. Since winning an Apple gift card and a Bluetooth speaker, I have learned that downloading podcasts is a good way to find entertainment.)  I ended up getting a share of SNAP, a camera company.  Here is my referral link so that you can get a freebie share of stock from Robinhood.com.  Now vegans have no excuse not to have their own investment portfolios, since they are supposed to be trying to be “a major economic force….

When you get your link to claim your free share of stock, you have to do it through the app or it won’t work. That’s how it was for me anyway.

 

 

e.l.f. Beauty Squad

I signed up after my birthday so I don’t know what the birthday gift is.  I signed up because I noticed there hadn’t been any free shipping deals for awhile and then I saw that e.l.f. had a rewards program that offered the customer free shipping on the next order.  I also found a 20% off promo code on couponchief.com

 

Pizza Hut “Hut Rewards”

Pizza Hut Rewards didn’t offer me a birthday reward even though the Hut Rewards page lists as a benefit, “Birthday reward: We appreciate you and want to celebrate your day.” But the reason I am mentioning them is in case you played the “They Win You Score” sweepstakes and wondered how to make your promo code prize vegan.  Basically you put the order in for bread sticks and a bottle of Aquafina water.  The web page doesn’t let you type a message that you are rejecting the bread sticks because they have dairy (maybe on normal orders, but not when using the promo code), so you have to let the restaurant know.  The cashier will get confused, but it’s not that difficult.  You just want the dipping sauce to freeze and save for later so you can eat it with something vegan.  Here are the ingredients:

Dipping Sauce (Marinara Dipping SauceTOMATO PASTE, WATER, SUGAR, SALT, GARLIC POWDER, SPICES, AND CITRIC ACID.)

 

Papa John’s – Papa Rewards

Last year I mentioned that you can potentially get a vegan birthday freebie (with the free 10 points) from Papa John’s, but what I didn’t realize is that you have to be on their e-mail list to get the offer, so I didn’t try it this year. Maybe some time in the future.

 

EcoATM 

I’ve got a referral link for the EcoATM although I’ve never actually made any money from it; just recycled useless devices.  My personal code for the EcoATM is thrillracerESQ.

Get Green for Going Green

ecoATM is a super easy way to get rewarded for recycling your phone or tablet. Use my code at checkout for an extra $5.

Friends will receive a Share Code for a $5 bonus on the first device they trade-in at an ecoATM kiosk. Friends must enter the My Share a Code at the time of trade-in and the Friend’s device trade-in value must be $50 or more to qualify for referral rewards and use of the My Share Code. Device trade-in value is determined solely by ecoATM. Customers with past trade-ins are not eligible to be referred. The Eligible Referrer will receive a $5 Visa® Prepaid Card for each Qualified Referral, limit 100. ecoATM employees are not eligible. Visa® is a registered trademark of Visa, Inc. and is not a sponsor or otherwise associated or affiliated with this Offer.

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers (Gaslamp, San Diego)

My favorite sign at Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers gave out a lot of gift cards on the radio, especially on KFMB-FM, and because their veggie burger can be made vegan by rejecting the cheese and requesting a lettuce wrap instead of the bun, it was pretty smart of vegans to win them (pretty smart of me anyway.) I won mine from Robin Roth. (Years ago, there was a radio contest where the cue to call was Roth reading Morrissey lyrics. I won, of course, and saw her outside after the show where she hugged me. LOL.)  Anyway, the vegan patty is made of brown rice, black beans, and oats with a “sweet soy glaze.” Pretty good.

I got the Alpine Duet beer, which is purportedly vegan-friendly, although used to not be (Barnivore.com.)  It’s more bitter than a jealous person.  I saved some in a drink container to finish later.

Alpine Duet beer

The Gaslamp location is only seven (7) blocks west of the Central city public library branch in the East Village, which means two (2) hours of freebie parking (validate your parking stub for free.) (You can use Ancestry.com for free at the library too.)  When you walk out you’ll see the homeless camped on the sidewalk. (By the way, my cyber-bully who I wrote about here tried to cyber-bully me again by falsely accusing me of “disparaging the homeless,” but didn’t back it up of course. I’m the one who called out 10 News and the police for showing bias against the homeless in favor of homeowners!)

Vegan version veggie burger with lettuce wrap

Then I headed off to Hillcrest to score $100 worth of free groceries because I won a Whole Foods gift card on Star.  (But I had coupons too so I still have a balance.)  There was a lady with a kid and a dog by the parking lot with a “HUNGRY VEGAN FAMILY” sign.  I gave the lady a card for VeganTownUSA.Wordpress.com and said, “Lots of referral links for vegan freebies.” (Yes they had a smart phone and I presumed they already knew about food stamps, food banks, and Food Not Bombs.) (Since I posted the list of birthday freebies I noticed that Jersey Mike’s also has a birthday freebie sub when you subscribe to the E-mail Club.  I just didn’t realize it before because when I originally signed up it didn’t ask for my birthday.)

I like to win iTunes gift cards because they get me what I need

The receipt suggested 0.00 gratuity amount, but I decided to leave a generous tip anyway