CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nowadays, companies are finding new and creative ways to promote their products. The deals are on Facebook, online and more and more I see them via text message.

Check out this deal from Qdoba. Locations in North Carolina are participating in a free taco promo, and I called the East Woodlawn location to confirm.

Basically, text the word FREETACO1 to the number 67463 and you should get a coupon via text. Use that text to get a free taco. Just show your cashier.

I highly suggest calling your location ahead of time to make sure they re participating on this one.

Meantime, Earth Fare has been offering killer deals all summer long to those who sign up for their email list. Right now, they have a coupon for a quart of organic ice cream for just $1.

This is part of their Weekly Reward promotion. You do have to sign up, but it s easy and takes a couple minutes.

There s also a free sample of Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner and Original Strength Serum from John Frieda. You have to sign up to get the sample.

For your feline some food as well: Purina Pro Plan Cat Food on FB. You can get a free can of Purina Pro Plan cat food by clicking like on the company s Facebook page.

Remember, redeem these deals today! They re subject to change at any time, and are available only for a limited time.

See you on TV today at 4pm and 5:30pm.

PS: After a week of receiving no freebies, I went out of town for two days, and as you can tell in the photo above, I got a lot of free swag in the mail! I got a free Soy Joy bar, free mini toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, three Frederick Fekkai hair care samples, and three Aveda coupons. Jackpot!

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