Today is Wednesday, and that’s the cue for Village Inn’s introduction of Free Pie Wednesdays. Guests get a FREE slice of double-crust fruit, Nutty Monkey, Apple Raspberry Almond Streusel or Lemon Meringue pie with any dine-in purchase at participating locations between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Here’s some fine print: Time and pie varieties may vary by location. This freebie is available for a limited but unspecified time only. One slice per person per purchase per visit. Not valid with other offers, promotions or discounts. Click here for Colorado locations.
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Starbucks just announced the program officially changes on Tuesday, April 12, so bargain hunters have 3 weeks to continue earning stars without breaking the bank. We heard rumors for months, but Starbucks just confirmed they’re making major changes to its popular My Starbucks Rewards program. Starting in April, My Starbucks Rewards becomes Starbucks Rewards. Besides slightly changing the name, the biggest change is how stars are earned. Now, you earn stars based on how much you spend — 2 stars for every $1 spent.
Under the new system, members need to earn 125 stars for a reward. (If you do the math, you need to spend $62.50 for a FREE beverage or food item.) Currently, members need to earn only 12 stars for a freebie. However, stars are earned per transaction, regardless of how much is spent. The new method of earning stars has been the most requested change from members for years. For those who really love Starbucks (and you know who you are), you now have to earn 300 stars to reach the Gold level. (Again, if you do the math, you will need to spend $150 to reach the level.) Previously, you only needed to earn 30 stars for the top-tier status.
Another new benefit: Gold members will have the opportunity to earn more stars on monthly Double-Star Days. (For the time being, new members still get a FREE drink upon registration. To sign-up, click here.) For our thoughts, as Gold level members for more than 5 years, on the changes, read on… [Read more…] about My Starbucks Rewards Changes April 12
Most non-Starbucks fans aren’t aware of this weekly freebie. (Actually, even some regulars don’t know.) Every Tuesday, the ubiquitous coffee chain offers its “Pick of the Week” for FREE. “What is it?”, you ask. It’s a FREE downloadable song, book or app — just stop by and pick up each week’s redemption code. No purchase necessary, non-coffee drinkers. The “Pick of the Week” card can usually be found near the register or pick-up counter. If not, just ask one of the friendly baristas for assistance. We’ve picked up books, songs and apps ranging in value from 99¢ to $19.99. It’s an easy and worthwhile stop, especially because there’s a café on every corner or so it seems. Of course, you must own the proper mobile device – as picks are available via iTunes or the App Store.
If Starbucks is part of your daily or weekly ritual, you should join its customer loyalty program – My Starbucks Rewards. To get started, you must register a Starbucks card (any gift card you find at a café), so your purchases can be tracked. The program is not based on dollar amount spent, but rather each swipe of the card. One swipe (regardless of purchase amount) = one gold star. [Read more…] about Earn Discounts & Freebies With My Starbucks Rewards