Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pay It Forward!!

Several weeks ago, I was ordering a Starbucks coffee at a Target store.  You came up and offered to pay for my coffee.  It felt so good as I walked around Target drinking that coffee and think on about what you did.

Today I went through a drive thru at Wendy's and got a hamburger.  I told the person who was taking my money that I wanted to pay for the person's lunch who was in the car behind me.
I must say that my hamberger tasted really good.  I hope the person behind me will pay it forward.  As for me, I will continue to look for ways to make a stranger's day just a little better.  

Thank you for the Starbuck's coffee and opening my eyes as to how we all can help one another in this crazy world of ours.  

June Gregory

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Newk It!

I'm still collecting freebies I wasn't able to get to on my Birthday Trek. Today was Newks. Cute little deli. I had never been there before. They give you an entree and beverage for your bday!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lenny's subs (but no Squiggys)

Free sandwich today from Lenny's Subs! I split it with my boss.
Nowhere on the package does it mention to 'remove wrapper prior to eating'. 
Luckily my boss knew to unwrap it first!!

Picking up where I left off...

I took a few days off from getting freebies. After 51 on my birthday last year, getting 350+ freebies throughout the last year every single day, and getting 104 on my birthday this year I needed a mini-break. 
But last night I went to AuBonPain and got a free birthday sandwich for myself. I went with my friend Debi and gave her the free coffee mug they have me for signing up and they also gave her the first cup on the house!  Great customer service there!!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


going to start filming some more footage, editing video that we already have and putting together a final video soon!  Can't wait to show you all that we did and all that we have!  There is so much for us to share with everyone!

Monday, October 7, 2013


Here is a list of the coupons I still have left that were either too far to drive, or the hours did not fit right with our trek or for whatever other reason:

Au Bon Pain
Lenny's Subs
Taco Cabana
Bruegger's Bagels
Rays on the Creek
Mellow Mushroom
Armanado's Caribe
Movie Tavern
Ted's Montana Grill
Brunswick Zone
Long John Silvers
Cartridge World
20 oz Coke
Wild Wing Cafe

Most of those listed here were sign up on their website for their eClub offers.

They Just Keep Coming...

In my mail today I got two more free coupons!  One for Wild Wing Cafe: free appetizer for signing up for their loyalty program.  And a Free 20oz Coke from MyCokeRewards.  I still have a few more coupons I am waiting on in the mail, but I just wish I had gotten these one week earlier. Oh well.

Also in my mail today, I already got two of the DVD's that I ordered on Friday!!
Casa De Mi Padre
Pride & Glory
That be some really quick shippin' Marge!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bedtime Stories

Instead of updating one big long post, I updated under each picture of how we gave things away.  We gave away more than I updated, but I don't remember how we gave every single item away, so some of it remains blank for the moment.  I do know that over half of what we collected was given away...I am just not sure where or how for each individual item.

By The Numbers:

Preliminary total value of items collected on my birthday: $576.85!!!!!
I had to guess on a few items that we didn't have listed and didn't have the prices posted online or would not answer their phone, but that's pretty close to the right total amount!!

Miles Driven: 177 miles

Gas spent (approx): $46.46 
Tax & Tips: $21.69

Gave away 65/104 items 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Sorry, I missed you yesterday...

I had some more freebie emails come in yesterday on my birthday while we were out 'trekking'.  We were so caught up in trying to get everything done, I never got a chance even to check and see what we could have gotten until this morning.

Lenny's Subs - free sub (as always)
Ted's Montana Grill - dessert (somehow I got a lot from Ted's this year, they must love me)
DSW - $5 coupon (I'll probably be getting me some more Happy Socks if they have them discounted)
Sonic Drive-In - Choice of a free drink or tots or shake (Cherry slush - yumm-o!)

So, if you are signing up for what is on the master list - don't miss out on these because I won't be adding them.  Too late to add anything else to the master list.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Down to the last seconds!!

Literally midnight to midnight!!

Just placed an order with iTunes and with for the last 8 items needed to make it to 100!!

Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
Robin Hood DVD
Pride and Glory DVD
Looper DVD
Warm Bodies DVD
Shutter Island DVD
The A-Team DVD
Anchorman Poster off to bed!  I NEED SLEEP!!!!

92 Saigon Cafe

Fried rice with pork and chicken.  This will be the last physical location we go to besides home. I'm going to try and get the remaining ones using online gift cards and resources. So close...
I am so exhausted. We've been collecting things for 20.5 hours of the 
Last 23 hours. It's been an amazing day and adventure to say the least. I loved every minute of hanging out with such great friends as Jennifer, JennMarie and Mary.  I will be updating this blog soon with stories of how we shared the food we got. We are only going home with about 7 boxes of food, and the non-edibles. The rest of it we payed it forward and gave it away as we went. It was a great way to get rid of everything, not just the cold food and desserts like year. 

91 RaceTrac

Apple crisp muffin. 

89 & 90 Burger 21

Fries and a shake. One for birthday, one for signing up. :)

88 Bojangles

Ham biscuit. 

87 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Royale Burger. (With a fried egg on top!)

86 teds Montana grill

Wild berry cheesecake. 

85 Shane's Rib Shack

3pc tenders with a side

84 Cheesebuger Bobby's.

Single burger. 

83 Yogurt Mountain

Double chocolate. Pumpkin pie. Vanilla cheesecake. 

82 Rita's Italian ice


81 Jersey Mikes Subs

Original Italian wrap and drink! 

Carvel and me

80 Carvel

Small ice cream cone. 

79 Schlotzskys

Small grilled chicken and pesto pizza. 

78 Macaroni Grill

Net York Cheesecake. 

Kroger 77

Tumm-E yummy beverage. 

Arby's 76


75!!!! Which Wich

BacHammon sub. 

74 Pollo Tropical

8 pc chicken and two sides. 






Buffalo Wild Wings

Ray's on the River

Millers Alehouse. #67

Capt'n Jacks Buried Treasure. 
(Ice cream cake with Oreo cookie crust, caramel, chocolate fudge and Heath bar crunch) 

McAllister Deli 61-66

61-66. Sandwich and 5 desserts. 

57 Mr Clean car wash!

Office Depot 59 and 60

Petco 58

Mr Clean 57

Hooters 56

Captain D's 55

Buffalo Wild Wing

Wing Stop

Houlihan's 52

Walmart 51

Firehouse Subs 49 - 50

Brio 48

Twisted Taco 47


Twisted Taco 46

Farewell Mary...

We had to say goodbye to Mary.  She needed to catch a flight out to see her boyfriend.  Love you Mary, and thank you for joining us for almost half of our bounty!!!!

Starbucks 43

Sephora 45

Mascara and Highlighter

44 L'Occitane

Facial Moisturizer

Macy's Madness 38 - 43

Honeybaked Ham 37

la Madeline 29 - 36

Target 26 - 28

Target 25

Mimi's for me


Panera Bread 21-22

IHOP #20


Corner Bakery

50 free Swagbucks!! #18

Woke up to some bonus birthday Swagbucks in my email!!  That much closer to another gift card!!  Woohoo!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Waffle House

iTunes #15 & #16

Just bought and downloaded 2 albums while eating our Denny's Grand Slam Breakfast!!

-Films About Ghosts - Counting Crows
-iTunes Sessions - Slash w/ Miles Kennedy

Denny's (#12 & #13)

Ordered two things from  The DVD Casa De Mi Padre is for a friend, Erica.


Making off with some steals!!!  (Freebies 1-8)

Race Trac

Mouth full of fun!

Sharing is caring

Birthday Bash begins

6 Feet Under, er I Mean Under 6 Hours !!

Less than 6 hours until we begin our 24 hour Birthday Trek fun!  I am still at 99 items on the list.  I have been stuck there for the last 24 hours.  Luckily I know tomorrow is Free Download Friday at Kroger, and we should also be getting a couple more emails, hopefully while we take our short nap.  Speaking of naps, I'm going to take a quick one now before we get started!

Hello, My Name is Joe...(No, I've Never Worked in a Button Factory)

A little about myself:
My name is Joe.  I work Edible Arrangements full-time, and several other jobs including running lights at a few different churches, working for 3 different amphitheaters, dealing blackjack, various film related positions, and freelance photography.

I started collecting free things on my birthday about 5 years ago, every year it has increased.  Two years ago I collected 30 freebies.  Last year I made it up to 51!  This year we are looking at getting 100+ freebies in a 24 hour period.  Why do I do it?  Partly because I like the challenge of it.  I also love getting free things.  But as of last year and this year, I really love being able to share my birthday experience and collectings with others.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Meet The Crew!! Part 3: Mary Krans

Mary and I met at a 'Walking Dead season 3 pilot viewing party' at Diesel.
Mary is an artist at heart, being a photographer and also a piano instructor.

Why do you want to do this?
"I just feel it's your day.  I want to celebrate you.  I'm just your awesomely geek loving sidekick."

I got 99 freebies, but Benihana still ain't one :(

Grand total is now 99 = 1 away from 100!!! 
Keep in mind still, that this does not include using a gift card for several items at a single location. 

Last years Birthday Trek 2012

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

You Win Some, You Lose Some...

I hade to omit a few off the list today, which saddens my heart deeply.

Benihana - now is BOGO, and is not even valid on Fridays.
AuBonPain and Bruegger's Bagels are not near where will be.
Dippin' Dots does not have a physical location in Atlanta - only a kiosk.  Can't use a coupon there.


I did add a lot of others today!!  Total is now at 95!!  Almost to 100, assuming I only buy 1 thing with each gift card!!

Inky, Blinky and Clyde

I ran out of ink last night, so I went to Cartridge World to get my refill.  I guess this was my 9th purchase, because my next one (which will be on Friday) is FREE!!!

Meet the Crew!! Part 2 : Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer and I met at Taco Tuesday at Tavern 74 a few years ago through friends who worked as extras.  Jennifer has been working as an extra and also currently working at a hotel as a night auditor..

"The reason I want to do this is because it's great!  It's an all day adventure full of Birthday fun with Joe. Anything that saves you money or free is always a good thing!  This will be my first time for the all day event and I can't wait!  It's a tradition of Joe's that I am looking forward to be involved in."

First and Ten (and counting)

I just woke up and was too excited to not check my mail first thing.  Being the first of the month, I knew I should be getting a few more email offers for my birthday.
I have ten more offers!  I have not printed them yet, so I am not positive they are all completely free, but I am pretty sure (unless they changed from last year) that these ten are free, free, free!!

Benihana, Brio Tuscan Grill, Smashburger, Panera Bread, Shula, Bruegger's Bagels, AuBonPain, Red Robin, and Waffle House!!!

Wait, but that's only 8...

Firehouse sent me a reminder too (which I don't need because I already knew that I can walk into any Firehouse with a valid ID and get a free medium sub).
Bruegger's also sent me a 'thank you for signing up' email for a 'bagel and shmear'.