Freebie Grab!

I’ve been to a lot of events in the last few months. Sometimes, when you’re lucky, those events have little freebies they give out. For example, Circle Brewing Company’s #BeerForAll event gave out three beer tokens to people who bought tickets. The ATX Bacon Fest gave out two coupons – one for free Yellowbird sauces and one for free Shake Shack shakes.

One event in particular, however, gave out a TON of incredible freebies. Kelsey’s book release party gave out bags STUFFED with goodies. If you haven’t already, you should get her book. It’s basically what I want this blog to be, just in print form. It’s pretty incredible – Austin Food Crawls: Touring the Neighborhoods One Bite & Libation at a Time.

We’ve all been there, though, with our coupons. The intention is so pure! I can’t wait to use this, you say excitedly. But then… life happens, you forget the coupon, they expire, they end up in the trash. Unused. How sad.

So here’s a fun idea – what if I took all the freebie coupons I’ve accumulated over the last few months and used them all in one day?

Let’s do it. Here’s the current situation.

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Now obviously, that’s too many to use in one day, but I tried to use as many as I possibly could. I prioritized the simple freebies over restaurant deals, for starters. I made a Yelp bookmark place with all the locations so that I could strategically work my way from north to south and back north again. I really thought this through. My goal for the day was to claim 8 freebies.

I started at Whole Foods 365, right around the corner from where I live. There were two things I could claim there – two bottles of Yellowbird Foods Spicy Condiments and a pretzel from Easy Tiger (conveniently located inside the Whole Foods). Check and check – success.

Next, I drove down 183 to the closest Amy’s Ice Cream shop. I could get one small ice cream with one crush’n. Obviously, the Texas heat claimed it almost immediately… It still tasted delicious. I got Reeses mixed into chocolate ice cream and yes, I ate the whole thing.

After drinking my ice cream, I drove south to Lamar Union. At Lamar Union, I was able to use two freebies (I tried to be strategic!) I got a drink from Caffe Medici and a shake from Shake Shack (which I also drank). I hung out a bit at Caffe Medici to let my two ice creams settle and sorted the photos I’d taken so far. I also storied the whole day on Instagram at @discoveringATX. It was fun having people follow along with me!

From Lamar Union, I drove about a mile to Churro Co. on South 1st. I picked up a Hippie churro (seriously, so good). I got it packaged to go and took it to Brian who was working at the EMS station down the street. After picking up churros, I walked across the street to Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop where I could get a free cookie! I also left this with the guys at the EMS station.

For my final stop, I made my way back up north to Circle Brewing Co., where I used a drink token to get one of my favorite beers, a Circle Blur. I still tipped – don’t worry! The brewery was my 8th and final freebie for the day. It took about 5 hours. Not too bad!

Shout out to all the local Austin places that are supporting events and bloggers by giving out free stuff! It’s wonderful to be in a city that’s so supportive of creatives.

How about you – are you good with using your coupons before they expire? Or do you need to do your own Freebie Crawl?


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