Nov 14 2008

Free fast food, free photo book, and a roundup

If you pick up something to eat at Arby’s or Wendy’s, take a look at your receipt. You might be able to take a quick phone or online survey, and for your time you’ll be rewarded with some free food. At my area Wendy’s, you can get a Frostie Float. At Arby’s, you can get a cheddar melt, I believe.

I don’t know if other fast food chains are running similar promotions, but it might pay off to take a look at your receipt (front and back) just to make sure!

Also, you’ve probably seen this promotion already, but if not, I wanted to highlight it:

You can get a photo book for free (but you do have to pay for shipping) from Shutterfly or Inkubook.

To see the details for the Shutterfly offer, visit Thrifty Florida Mama, but hurry! You need to have the coupon code in your shopping cart by tonight. For the Inkubook, visit Simplemom.

I think these could make wonderful gifts, and I’m planning on working on my “free” books this weekend.


Karen at Living Well on Less wants to know: Would you buy it if it wasn’t on sale? This is such an insightful post. I used to head straight for the clearance racks and if I found something that was a great deal, I might buy it simply for the sake of a bargain. Wrong way to do it! If we don’t love an item and if it doesn’t have a specific purpose in our wardrobe, it’s a waste of money, no matter how much it costs.

Today I went to Old Navy to get some maternity jeans. I looked in the clearance section first to see if there were any. There weren’t. Next, I grabbed a few regular-priced jeans to try on. I didn’t look at the tag until after finding a great style in my size and trying them on. Ouch, $32.50. Fortunately, I had printed a 30 percent off “friends and family” coupon, making them $22.75. Since I desperately needed some decent jeans to get me through these last few weeks, and since the price was acceptable to me, I bought them.

I did not buy a bright blue T-shirt for $2.80. The color was all wrong for my skin tone. And, I really had no need for another maternity shirt. Even though it was pretty cheap, it would have been a waste of money and closet space.


Glblguy thinks that tipping is getting a bit out of hand. I’m happy to tip at least 20 percent to restaurant wait staff if the service was good. And I usually give a few dollars extra to my hair stylist. But tipping a coffee barrista? Or ice cream shop employee? You’ve gotta be kidding me.


Here’s some ideas on funding your 401k while in debt. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to always contribute enough to get a full company match. That is, of course, assuming you can pay your bills on time and eat decent meals while doing so.

From the Money Life Network:

Beware of this fast food marketing ploy at My Investing Blog. Sneaky fast food people.
Homemade pesto at Remodeling This Life. Looks delicious and easy to make!
Now is a great time to convert your traditional 401k to a roth 401k at Milk Your Money
Nevermind an economic stimulus package — save yourself! at Free From Broke
Home inspections: For existing and new construction homes at Prime Time Money
Is it a good idea to get a 401k loan to pay off debt? at Bible Money Matters

7 Responses to “Free fast food, free photo book, and a roundup”

  1. Thanks for the link! I’m glad you liked the post!

    I like your idea about not even looking at the price to figure out if you life. I’ll try that in the future. I definitely think it’s smart to take a long look at the item without knowing the price to really figure out if you actually want it.

    I think I’ll have to look at the price before I try it on, though. It would be a lot harder for me to say no to a high price if I’d already tried something on and it looked great on me, you know? Not only that, but trying stuff on is a hassle that I’d rather avoid if the price is too high.

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  2. Oops. That should say, “figure out if you LIKE IT.” Ha. :)

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  3. I’ve been guilty of buying something because it was a great bargain rather than if I really needed it. I still get that itch but I’m much better able to control myself now.

  4. Great tip about the photobook. I’ll pass it along to the wifey.

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  5. Hmm. I don’t agree with your statement about tipping people such as baristas. In coffee shops and similar places, I don’t think tipping should be obligatory, but I think it’s a good practice. I’ve been a barista before, and the wages are small. For good, attentive service, I think it’s a kind gesture to add a little to my bill (I certainly appreciated it when I was serving coffee!). I enjoy tipping, and I budget for it. I don’t often buy $4 cups of coffee, but when I do, I’m pleased to hand over a little extra to increase the minimum wage of someone who’s standing on their feet all day. Am I overcharged for coffee at Starbucks? Absolutely. That’s why it’s a once-a-month treat for me. Is that high price tag reflected in the barista’s paycheck? Nope. And when they give me pleasant service, I like tipping. Certainly not everyone shares my view, but tipping can enhance my experience, even though my budget is very small.

    Just another way to look at it. :)

  6. Most Burger Kings have a similar program. I think it’s a free Whopper or Chicken sandwich if you call and take a survey. I’ve never done it, though, because they expire and I usually wouldn’t use it in time.

    Re: tipping. I don’t usually tip at coffee shops and ice cream places, however, if a server goes above and beyond the line of duty or my order was particularly difficult and they got it right, I will tip. I don’t think tipping in these situations should ever be expected, but I do like rewarding “good behavior”. Also, there’s this local ice cream place by me and their “kids cones” have enough ice cream to feed an army. I always tip there because, even after the tip, I’m getting a great deal on some quality ice cream. And the high school kids that work there are always appreciative.

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