Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Two FUN and FREE Events This Week

Be sure to mark your calendars for these two exceptionally fun and FREE events coming up this week.  My kids wholeheartedly look forward to both of these outings every year.

1.  FREE SLURPEE DAY – Every year on July 11th, 7-11 stores offer free 7.11-oz. cups of any Slurpee flavor, 1 per guest, until the supply of little cups runs out at each store.  If there’s one thing my kids love, it’s Slurpees.  I hardly ever buy them, because it’s just too costly for 5 people.  But Free Slurpee Day means piling into the van and driving from one 7-11 store to the next, downing the free Slurpee en route to the next store.  Every year, we try to hit as many nearby stores as we can, collecting and saving the cups.  At the end of the adventure (when we either have a sugar rush or brain freeze), we come home and stack the cups we’ve collected into a pyramid, snap a photo, and put it in our scrapbook.  We love to try to break our previous record each year!

2.  COW APPRECIATION DAY – Every year in July, Chick-Fil-A sponsors a Cow Appreciation Day in their restaurants.  Every person who comes in wearing any cow-print item gets a FREE sandwich of their choice.  Every person who comes in dressed as a cow from head-to-toe gets a FREE combo meal of their choice!  Now, CFA is very lenient on what constitutes a head-to-toe costume.  You merely need to have something cow-related on your head, torso, down to a tail to get the free meal.  They even offer a free printable costume right on their website.  It includes cow spots and the “Eat Mor Chikin” sign that you can tape onto your t-shirt, a nose to tape on, 2 cow ears you can tape to a baseball cap, and a tail to tape to your behind.  Easy peasy!  They always have the mascot in-store to pose with you for pictures, and they often offer in-store drawings for prizes, as well.  You can even enter your photo into a national contest for a grand prize.  Sometimes, an employee goes around snapping photos of your family to post on their bulletin board, or to print in-store and present to you in a little paper photo frame to take home.  Sometimes they even offer free samples of new products or things they’d like you to try…a popular offering is samples of their hand-spun milkshakes.  Without a doubt, the atmosphere is fun and contagious.  We always have a great time seeing all of the costumes people have come up with!  If you’re really thrifty, you can visit one location for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for dinner! 

So be sure to remind yourself of these two great family events this week…Thursday and Friday!