Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Discount, Please!

This is not a paid post, just another of my personal, blogging public service announcements. Be sure to read through and see the money-saving link at the end of this post. :)

We all like deals, right? Well, I for one, like deals. I also like to eat. I generally eat more than my husband. Dining out with coupons has become a sort of retirement sport for my husband and me to see how much money we can save.
Yesterday was Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A. If you dressed up like a cow in any way, you could earn a free entree or an entire meal. Spots worked....
So did carrying your toy cow into the store to dine with you.
You could wear as little costuming as you wanted...
Or, you could go full out in your own, creative way like these cute girls did. Udderly and creatively genius, I say.
You could stop before or after your meal and have your picture taken with a local, promotional bovine.

Or, you could still get a free meal without all that crazy costuming. How? Well, at Chick-Fil-A, it's with their A-List membership.
Go online and sign up for the Chick-Fil-A A-List. Make 10 separate purchases at participating stores (that can be 5 times if you go with your mate and use the same card for each individual purchase). Then, BAM! You'll soon get your personalized A-List card, and the freebies start flowing. You get regular emails telling you what your freebies are. Additionally, random receipts will print survey info to complete that yield codes to take back and get more free food. To top it off, at our local dine-in CFA, the management regularly hands out free cards for more free stuff, So, on Cow Appreciation Day, that amounted to nearly $12 before tax for me: a Cobb Salad, a small fountain drink, and a small peach milkshake for dessert. All FREE.

Panera Bread is another restaurant chain that offers similar membership freebies by signing up and receiving a rewards card. I'm sure there are plenty of other restaurants that do the same type of marketing, but these are just two that we like.

But wait, there's more! This link: Senior Discounts: Restaurants is the 2015 published list of best senior discounts for dining out.

Not a senior? Very often, that's not a problem, as many of these deals are available to less than full-fledged seniors (age 55). Mr. P. is several years older than I, and I've enjoyed the benefits several times as his dining partner when he was paying at certain fast-food chains. Even if you don't qualify yet, this will give you something to look forward to, you young, whippersnappers.

So, go ahead and print your list, and keep it in a handy place - like your car. Send it to your friends and relatives. One thing you cannot be is shy. You need to ask for the discount because no one's going to just assume you're a senior and give you the discounts. You may need to show proof of age, but go ahead, flaunt it. Flaunt the savings, too. :)

You're welcome.

As always, thank you for your visit. It's a pleasure to have you here!
Rita C. at Panoply

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