Category Archives: Freebies
September 5, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
The Hubs and I have been on our grown-up game. We’ve spent the past several months developing a budget for our household, which means a heck of a lot of staring at receipts. And I’ve discovered gold in these slips of paper.
At the bottom of most receipts, there’s a web address that customers can visit to fill out a survey about their experience. Most retailers, such as Target and Dollar General, will enter you for the chance to win a gift card to the store. But Kroger, dears, offers something a little more tangible — fuel points.
Kroger Plus Card members get 50 fuel points for filling out the survey at the bottom of the Kroger receipt. These fuel points translate into discounts on Kroger gas. You also get fuel points every time you make a Kroger purchase, so filling out the survey gives you a double helping of discounts on gas.
I know this is a ploy by an Evil Corporate Empire to get me to shop at their store. And I have had some legitimate beef with Kroger’s prices. HOWEVA, if I have to shop there for certain items, why not take an extra five minutes to get a discount on gas?
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May 22, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
The Kentucky Derby feels like it happened yesterday, but somehow we made it in spitting distance of June. Where did May go? Did we do a time warp?
Fortunately, the month isn’t quite over, so we still have time to enjoy some of the perks of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Hometown Tourist Celebration. The purpose of the festivities is to get folks like me away from the computer and into the wilds of Kentuckiana to enjoy the local food and fun in our area. Plus, a lot of participating businesses will give you substantial discounts when you show your Kentucky, Indiana, local student or military ID.
Here are some of my favorite deals. Click here for a complete list of discounts.
- Quattro: Free dessert with any meal
- Joe Huber Family Farm and Restaurant: Free quart of U-pick strawberries
- Sway at the Hyatt Regency: 20 percent off all food and non-alcoholic beverages
- The Comfy Cow (Frankfort Avenue): Free topping with purchase of a regular cone
- Manny and Merle: 20 percent off your bill
What’s your favorite Hometown Tourist destination?
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May 8, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
The festival is made up of dozens of free classes that cover an impressive array of topics. This is the second year of the festival. The daylong event takes place Saturday, May 11, at the Main Branch of the library on York Street in Louisville.
Some of the topics that guest teachers will cover include how to make rockets, groom your pet, build a terrarium, take a conflict to small claims court, and much more. There are also a plentiful selection of food-related courses.
- How to set a table — and encourage good manners and great conversation (I’ll need a bigger table first)
- How to decorate mini-cupcakes — a series of quick lessons (Yumzies!)
- How to make delicious no-knead bread (You had me at “no-knead”)
- How to preserve food by canning — transforming seasonal fruits and vegetables to year-round staples, from jams to tomato sauce (One of my homemaker fantasies)
- How to make the lima beans that make Mayan Café famous (This class might fill up fast. Those beans are famous.)
- How to choose, sample and serve terrific cheeses (Does wine come with that class?)
- How to make spectacular salads — three recipes with varied ingredients, techniques and dressings (Oooh, this will probably be more than just ranch and cheese.)
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May 7, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Still struggling to think of something to do with your mom on Mother’s Day?
The Comfy Cow ice cream shop will offer mothers a free regular cup or cone this Sunday, May 12, according to an email from Comfy Cow. Don’t forget to treat yo’ self to a scoop, too.
Any other local Mother’s Day restaurant deals?
February 7, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
February is National Pancake Month. I’m not one to shrug off seemingly unnecessary proclamations such as this, and neither is Wild Eggs.
In honor of this glorious month, the breakfast/lunch/brunch restaurant will offer all-you-can-eat pancakes $4.99 through February.
I’m a frequent Wild Eggs patron on lazy Sunday afternoons. I tried their pancakes for the first time a few weeks ago, and I was smitten. I’ve been on a pancake kick ever since. I’ll even order a pancake as a side dish — I’m not ashamed. Wild Eggs serves their hot cakes big, buttery and fluffy. I agree with Michelle at Consuming Louisville — it’s hard to finish a regular order, let alone an unlimited supply.
That doesn’t mean I won’t try.
January 17, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Thank you to everyone who entered to win one of two vouchers to Grind food truck. And, of course, thank you to Grind for being awesome and providing aforementioned vouchers.
And the winners of a voucher good for one voucher from Grind are …
- J.J. V., who said, “Their new Veggie Burger is amazing! Filled with all that fiber goodness!”
- Britt, who said, “I would love to try the veggie burger!”
Congratulations, winners. Look out for an email about getting your voucher.
January 15, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
**This giveaway is closed. Thanks for commenting!**
Sometime around the new year, the Ashlee Eats Facebook page hit a great milestone — 100 fans, baby.
I think that calls for a giveaway.
Liz and Jesse, the couple behind the Grind gourmet burger truck and favorite of Ashlee Eats readers, have offered up two vouchers for a blog giveaway, each worth one burger from the Grind truck. These would be great to use at Truckin’ Ain’t Easy, a food truck gathering at Apocalypse Brew Works on Friday, Jan. 25 (click here for more details).
It’s easy to win. Just answer this question:
What’s your favorite burger from Grind? If you haven’t had one, what kind of Grind burger would you like to taste?
For a chance to win one of the vouchers, leave a comment on this blog post or the Ashlee Eats Facebook page. Just one comment per person, please.
Post your comment by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. I will choose two winners (one voucher each) on Thursday.
And thanks for reading and liking the Facebook page!
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January 7, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Well, color me surprised.
The Vint Coffee location I often visit at 516 W. Main Street next to Humana HQ has turned into a Heine Brothers’ coffeehouse. Ditto at the Vint location at 462 S. Fourth Street.
I was two seconds from being super confused until I remembered that this replacement had been in the works for months.
Heine and Vint announced that they were merging back in November 2011. As of Monday, the two downtown Vint locations carry the Heine Brothers’ name, Insider Louisville reports. The Frankfort Avenue Vint will stay the same.
To mark the occasion, the downtown Heine Brothers’ locations will offer buy one, get one free coffee on Wednesday, Jan. 9. I’ll drink to that.
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November 6, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Today is Election Day. Vote because it’s the American way. Vote because you believe in democracy. Vote because you can get free coffee and popcorn.
Businesses will offer freebies and discounts today if you vote and have the little sticker to prove it. They don’t care who you vote for as long as you cast a ballot.
Here are some businesses and the free or discounted item you receive if you tell them you voted. If you know of any other freebies or discounts, list them in the comments.