Guest post from Sheila from The Frugal Exerciser
Last year, I decided to start getting freebies from Coke by collecting the bottle-tops. I had 240 Coke Rewards from playing the Monopoly game from McDonald’s and I needed 360 points to get the Omaha Steaks E-card. Since I can’t consume that many drinks all by myself, I decided to go Coke hunting.
In Chicago, there are many locations with discarded Coca-Cola product bottles. I made those locations my hunting spots. At first, it was quite embarrassing to be outside picking up empty bottles; so I made sure to go out very early on Sunday mornings. After a couple of months, I started thinking, “Who cares? If you see me collecting Coke bottles, oh well!”
The first problem I encountered was remembering all of the products Coca-Cola made. I had to have a cheat sheet: “Do I pick up Squirt or Country Time?” It took a while to figure that out, but I eventually got to know the products very well.
I can remember the largest stash I brought home. I was in an area near a highway and the road was very long. I parked my car and with plastic bag and rubber gloves in hand, I would pick up, walk and pick up. This lasted for 15 minutes and I would get back in the car, drive a little bit further and repeat the process. By the time I was done, I had walked for 60 minutes and had 40 bottles plus two Coke cartons. My total for that day was a whopping 160 free Coke points!
I eventually cashed in my points and got my E-card. Since then, I’ve cashed in for several things like FTD Flowers gift card, free Coke products, Restaurant.com $50 gift certificate, and so forth.
One man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure!
The Frugal Exerciser blogger is Sheila Simmons. She has a masters degree from Ball State University in exercise physiology and cardiac rehab. The owner of The Body Workout fitness program in Chicago is dedicated to changing lives through fitness and healthy living.