It all started last week when I went to Banana Republic to use my about-to-expire $10.00 gift card.
There, I was invited to a special holiday sale on November 5, featuring live music, catered food, and 30% off. Should I go? It might be worth it if we could get dinner out of it.
Then, in my email box, I received an invitation to Talbots this week. No mention of food or entertainment, just 20% off. It is unlikely that I will go just for a little discount.
A postcard arrived announcing that Fresh Market (kind of like Whole Foods, only smaller) is having their holiday tasting, which amounts to a whole meal. This Friday and Saturday.
Also this Saturday, my local grocery--Rouses--is having a Thanksgiving tasting.
I only avail myself of these opportunities if I can accomplish another errand or two en route.
I have never recovered from graduate student poverty. Free food opportunities are nirvana to the impoverished student. Somehow, even after more than 25 years post-school, my antennae are still on constant alert.
Basking in my new-found popularity....