Meatless Monday today and free food tomorrow

Chipotle wants you to go meatless today and they’re offering you free food for doing it.  Today only, order their organic tofu Sofritas at any Chipotle in the US or Canada, then bring your receipt back on your next visit—from January 27th through February 28th, 2015—for a FREE burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos of your choice.

I actually love the Sofritas. It has a meat-like texture and great taste. But it has no creepy meat parts like surprise bones and chewy tendons (I’ve had both in my chicken at Chipotle, so now I go veg there). Enjoy!

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Go shawty! It’s ya birthday!

My birthday was last week and because I’m cheap and I like free things, I enjoy pulling the birthday card at restaurants. Who doesn’t want a free dessert?!?!  I’m signed up with all of the loyalty clubs & mobile apps at the local and chain restaurants that I frequent.  They love to send you a freebie for your big day.

Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been enjoying for the last couple weeks (maybe even multiple times…)

  • Baja Fresh – Coupon for a free burrito
  • Rubios – Free meal (up to $7)
  • Corner Bakery – Free baked good of my choice (I chose the blueberry hand pie. Sooooo good)
  • McCormick & Schmick/Landry’s – $25 account credit towards food purchase (alcohol is excluded) (Side note: You pay $25 to “join” this club, but you are issued a $25 “Reward” once the card is registered. Totally worth it)
  • PinkBerry – A free small yogurt with toppings
  • Benihana – $30 birthday certificate (Has some time & day restrictions and an additional adult meal must be purchased. But still a great deal.)
  • ZPizza – A free small pizza with purchase of equal or greater value.
  • Pasta Pomodoro – One free entree
  • Starbucks – ANY free drink on my birthday.
  • Daphne’s Greek – Free meal (Up to $5)

These are places I go to fairly regularly. I appreciate the kind birthday wishes.  Even Virgin Airlines is in on the birthday gifting. They sent me a promo code for 10% off a flight. Too bad I’m not planning any trips.

 

OpenTable

I love free things. And I hate waiting. I’m cheap AND impatient. It’s an awesome combo.

For these reasons, I’ve been a member of the free restaurant reservation website OpenTable for years. OpenTable lets me make restaurant reservations all over the world for free and I earn dining checks just for showing up! Each reservation earns 100 points (some restaurants even offer 1,000 points for slower time periods). At 2,000 points, I can redeem for a $20 dining check! I can use the dining check at any restaurant in the OpenTable system and I always make a reservation for the redemption meal (thereby earning another 100 points). I use the site when I travel, too. I’ve made reservations from Alaska, to Hawaii, to Florida.

OpenTable also lets me make reservations for other people. Everyone in my family is on my account. They call me when they want a reservation and I earn the points. When I was an assistant, I made reservations for my boss and anyone else who asked. I racked up points and dining checks like crazy. If you are an assistant, you need to get an OpenTable account. If you just like to eat and you like free stuff, you too should get an account.