Free food

On July 11th, you can score a FREE 7-Eleven Slurpee! To make this freebie even better, you can also score FREE snacks for an entire week from July 15th - 24th. Just download the 7-Eleven app on your smartphone to redeem these freebies. More details here. Enjoy :)

*As always when it comes to freebies, don’t forget to share with your friends and followers! For more freebies, check out the Sales-aholic Freebies page.

In Qatar, a sign outside a modest restaurant, popular with migrant labourers reads: “If you are hungry and have no money, eat for free!!!”

About three weeks ago the Indian brothers who own a restaurant called Zaiqa decided to put up a small makeshift sign offering free food to customers who cannot afford to pay.

“When I saw the board I had tears in my eyes,” said one of the owners, Shadab Khan, 47, originally from New Delhi, who has lived in Qatar for 13 years.

“Even now when I talk about it, I get a lump in my throat.”

He said the idea came from his younger brother, Nishab.

“People need free food”

The need for free food in Qatar is particularly acute among labourers and those working in heavy industry.

It is estimated that there are anywhere between 700,000 and one million migrant workers in the tiny Gulf kingdom, out of a total population of 2.3 million.

Rights groups have criticised companies in Qatar for not paying workers on time or, in some cases, not at all.

The Qatari government vowed earlier this year to force companies to pay wages through direct bank transfers.

Even those who do get paid will be intent on sending most of their money back home, said one of Zaiqa’s diners, Nepalese mechanic Ghufran Ahmed.

“Many labourers earn 800-1,000 riyals (US$220-US$275) per month. They have to send money back to home. It’s expensive here so there are people who need free food,” he said.

Shadab, said those asking for food are mostly construction workers from countries such as India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

“We realise a lot of people out here do not get paid on time and do not have money, not even money to eat,” he said.

“So there were people who would come here and just buy a packet of bread. And they would eat the bread with water.

"So, we realised those people don’t have money for anything else. They just buy a packet of bread, which comes to about one riyal. So, we would try to offer them food.”

But it is not easy, added Shadab.

“Self-respect”, he said, means many refuse to take something for nothing.

As a result, in the three weeks since the free food experiment started, “the number of people coming here to get free food is like two or three people a day at the most”.

For Zaiqa too, there is a black cloud on the horizon.

The restaurant’s future is threatened by a dispute over rent with the property owner and may have to close down.

Shadab and his brother have a different plan for their next restaurant.

“We are putting a refrigerator outside, so this refrigerator won’t have a lock. It will be facing the road and it will have packets of food with dates on them,” he said.

“So anybody who wants to take it, he doesn’t have to come inside.”

March 18th and 19th is Bring Your Own Cup Days at 7-Eleven! You can fill up your own cup of Slurpees for only $1.50. This is valid from 11am - 7pm local time. Here are the guidelines for qualifying cups:

  • Size matters: Your cup must fit through a 10 inch hole (As shown here)
  • Keep it clean: Your cup must be food safe.
  • Plug the leaks: Your cup must be watertight.
  • Slurpee for all: One cup per person.

So you can use containers like coconuts, fish bowls, tea pots, trophies, pots, buckets, measuring cups, mason jars, and more! You can get more ideas and details here. Enjoy :)

Eat the Weeds: The Magnificent Dandelion

(Taraxacum spp.)

I am loathe to call these incredible plants “weeds,” but weeds they are in the eyes of most. I use them as salad greens, but the flowers can be made into wine and soft drinks, and the roasted roots make a caramel-like a coffee substitute. Parts of the plant can also be used for natural yellow and green dyes.

The plant itself is a dynamic accumulator and producer or an array of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients (especially vitamins A, C and K, and calcium, potassium, iron and manganese).

This sunshine-yellow perennial flower attracts pollinators to the garden, makes an excellent companion plant, grows in a wide variety of circumstances, and with a long taproot cycles deeply-buried soil nutrients to the surface (a so-called “fountain plant”). Numerous species of butterfly rely on it for sustenance during various stages of their life cycles.

Various dandelion extracts are being researched as cancer medicines, as all parts of the plant contain a number of pharmacologically-active compounds. Long used in folk medicine as a tonic for the blood, liver, and gall bladder, preparations of the dandelion have a mild diuretic and laxative effect on the system: it is a registered drug in Canada for this reason. 

Dandelions are among my favourite plants, and if they weren’t already so abundant, I would plant them! If you can find them in a place that is not plagued by runoff or sprayed with pesticides, I’d highly recommend you explore their culinary and medicinal potential.

More: A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.

#foraging #dandelions #superfoods #health

From June 1st - 10th, you can score a free Chick-fil-A sandwich when you download or update the Chick-fil-A One app. You can get it on iTunes or Google Play. Then create an account and you’ll be able to find the free sandwich offer in the “Available Treats” section. Choose between a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, or Grilled Chicken Sandwich. You’ll have until June 30th to use this offer. Enjoy :)

September 29th is National Coffee Day. In celebration, you can score lots of free coffee on that day.

  • Krispy Kreme: Participating stores will offer a FREE Original Glazed Doughnut and a FREE 12 oz cup of coffee! More details on their website or on Facebook.
  • Dunkin Donuts: Participating stores will offer a FREE medium cup of hot or iced Dark Roast Coffee! More details on their website
  • Sheetz: Participating stores will offer a FREE new generation coffee! Also, they’ll give a free mug to the first 150 customers (while supplies last). More details on their Facebook
  • Wawa: Participating stores will offer a FREE up to 24 oz. Coffee! More details on their website
  • Lamar’s:  Participating stores will offer a FREE 12oz cup of coffee and LaMar’s Coffee Mug (while supplies last). Get coupon and details on their Facebook.
  • Coffee Culture Cafe: Participating stores will offer a FREE small coffee from 6am - 11am. More details on their Facebook.  Enjoy :)
PLEASE REBLOG AND SIGNAL BOOST

Long story short, I know tons of you are students and are low on cash and I also know a great majority of you have cats and dogs which can become pricey while taking care of. 

This site (mypuppy.ca) is giving away FREE puppy food plus valuable coupons AND a leash collar which you can engrave on the back (either at home if you have the materials or at your local pet store and since you already have the collar, it saves you money).

Don’t worry, if you have a kitten you  can get the same perks right here (mykitten.ca)!

Update! 

You can also get a FREE pet safety pack here [somewhere on (aspca.org)] to alert firefighters and policemen that you have pets in the house in case of an emergency

and a FREE Dog vitamin sample  here [somewhere on (chesapeakeanimalhospital.com)] which provides your dog with five vitamin samples which you can give them periodically to keep them healthy!

Even if you don’t have a puppy or kitten, please reblog this to help your followers!!!

UPDATE: THIS FREEBIE IS GONE!

Every weekend in August, 7-Eleven is giving away a FREE Drink or Snack! Here’s a list of the freebies:

  • August 1st - 2nd: Medium Fanta Slurpee 
  • August 8th - 9th: Juicy Fruit Starburst gum 
  • August 15th - 16th: Medium Fanta Slurpee 
  • August 22nd - 23rd: Snickers Brand Singles Bar 
  • August 29th - 30th: Butterfinger bar

To score these freebies, you’ll need to their free phone app or text EARN to 711711. Sign-in with a 7-Eleven account to view the “Scan and Save” section of the app. Every Saturday and Sunday after 12PM CST, you’ll find an offer for a FREE item. More details on their website. Enjoy :)