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Earth Day Freebies and Deals in 2011

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Go green - save moneyIn the midst of the Easter/Passover holiday season, it’s easy to forget about Earth Day, which falls this year on Friday, April 22.  But the exciting Earth Day freebies and deals offered make this a holiday to be remembered not only by environmentally responsible people, but fiscally responsible people as well.  I hope that by enjoying these eco-friendly Earth Day freebies you’ll be able to impact the environment and your wallet.

  • The Disney Store is giving out one free reusable bag for every person who brings in 5 plastic shopping bags on Earth Day.
  • Origins is once again providing free full-sized facial cleansers to anyone who brings in an empty skincare bottle from any other brand on April 22.  You can choose between Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash or A Perfect World Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea.  Alternatively, if you don’t have an empty bottle, get a free full-sized cleanser with a $30 purchase.  And, while you’re there, make sure to ask for the free mini facial.
  • As mentioned on my Facebook page, Starbucks is offering free coffee or tea to anyone who brings in a reusable mug on April 22.
  • Get a free tree from Lowe’s on Saturday, April 23, when the chain is partnering with American Forests to distribute 1 million tree saplings.  In addition to the one million tree giveaway, Lowe’s will host a special Earth Day Build and Grow clinic at 10 am. on April 23. Every Lowe’s store nationwide will offer the Build and Grow clinic, which guides children through building a wooden birdhouse to take home.
  • Anyone who purchases ‘green ‘ products at until April 22 can enjoy up to 60% savings.
  • Kmart is having sales on energy-efficient appliances (and some other appliances as well) on April 22.

All of the nation’s 394 national parks have free admission through April 24.

Happy holidays!

2011 Tax Day Freebies

Friday, April 8th, 2011

tax-savingsTax Day this year is on April 18th, which is only 10 days away.  The ‘bad’ news, of course, is that taxes are due.  The good news is that there are lots of retailers who are ready to diminish the difficulty of the day by offering Tax Day freebies.  Below is a list of the Tax Day freebies for 2011 that have already been announced.  There may be more to come, so follow me on Facebook to get the latest updates about Tax Day Freebies for 2011.

It’s worth noting that many of the freebies offered last year will not be offered again – but that shouldn’t deter you from taking advantage of all of this year’s deals.  In fact, I’ve ordered them for you so that you’ll be able to plan out your day.

  1. H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt and Turbo Tax – All of these reputable companies are offering free online tax filings until April 18th.
  2. Office Depot – If you’re filing your taxes the old-fashioned way, get free copies (up to 25 pages) of your tax returns at participating Office Depot branches until April 15th.
  3. MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery – Get a free “Crumb Cake Fundae” mini sundae from 3pm-6pm.  With Cinamoo ice cream, caramel sauce, nuts, whipped cream and more, this sounds too delicious to pass up.   If you’re still hungry, head on over to…
  4. Cinnabon – From 6pm-8pm get this chain bakery is giving away two free Classic Cinnabon Bites per person.
  5. Bally’s Total Fitness – Once you’ve filled up on free treats, work off the weight at Bally’s, which is offering free workouts all day on April 18th.   Current Bally’s members can also sign up from April 15-21 for a free 30 minute personal training session.  If you like the gym during your free visit on Tax Day, sign up for a reduced price on April 18th only.
  6. HydroMassage – This Tax Day freebie will be especially useful for anyone who isn’t quite used to going to the gym.  Participating HydroMassage locations are offering free massages between April 14-18, 2011.  The length of the massage isn’t stated, but you can call your local branch to find out and to schedule an appointment in advance.

If you’d rather avoid the crowds, it should be noted that some online retailers have also announced Tax Day sales, and I expect other sales will be announced in the coming days.   Plan your purchases in advance by checking out Shoebuy, Bagsbuy and FloraFlora, all of which will be offering 10% off site-wide on Tax Day.  AutoZone has also announced plans for Tax Day discounts, though the details have not yet been announced.

Look Great for Less with These Beauty Deals

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

With a dizzying array of beauty products available, it’s hard to tell which ones are truly worthy of the hype, and which ones are not worth the investment. If you’re like me, you want to have silky-smooth hair and radiant skin, without paying a fortune. One of the best ways to do this is to take advantage of beauty coupons and the multitude of free beauty products that are readily available…if you know where to look. Here are some of my favorite beauty deals that are going on now – I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

Beauty Freebies:

- Beauty-freebiesWalmart is offering a free sample of Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Body Lotion.

- You can also get another great free beauty sample, Root Awakening by John Freida, courtesy of Walmart.

- Dove is offering a free sample of their Men+Care soap – I’ve already gotten mine, but it seems that it’s still available, and it is great!

- Aveda is celebrating the company’s birthday, by pampering us!  Get a free lotion sample as well as some great free mini-treatments at participating salons – until June 3oth.

- Perhaps the most interesting of all the beauty freebies I’ve found is this one…get a free Bumpits (a unique way to add the look of volume to your hair) when you like their page on facebook (and hey, while you’re there why not like as well, to receive great deals directly to your facebook page?)

Beauty Coupons:

- Get a $20 mail in rebate when you purchase $50 of Olay Professional skincare products.  This is a beauty coupon not to be missed, if you’re an Olay user (or if you want to try it out).  Products must be purchased by May 14th.

- Get $10 off a purchase of $30 at Bath & Body Works.  This coupon is good until May 9th.

- Take $2 off a Tresemme Fresh Start hair care product…then enjoy a B1G1 free, so you can get 2 products for an insanely low price!

- Take $1 off Tone body wash with this printable coupon.

Freebies & Deals in Honor of Earth Day 2010

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

earth-day-freebiesEarth Day is one of my favorite contrived holidays because it celebrates a noble cause, not just on a national level, but on a global one.  When I was a kid, our family used to give up a wasteful  creature comfort each year on Earth Day.  One year we stopped using disposable pans, another year we gave up paper ’serviettes’ in favor of cloth napkins.  Now that I’m older, (and I’m pretty sure that after years of sacrifice there’s nothing left to give up), I’ve embraced a new Earth Day tradition – to spread the word about free eco-friendly products that can enhance your life without harming our world.  In celebration of Earth Day, many companies are offering great Earth Day stuff, so make sure you take a few moments to snag these freebies today…you can bet that I will be!

- Only on Earth Day at Origins, trade a bottle (used or empty) of your current skincare product for a free bottle of Origins’ Perfect World Face Wash or Frothy Cleanser…valued up to $20.

- Get a free hat made from recyclable materials when you bring six recyclable soda bottles to any Disney Store on Earth Day 2010.  Toss the bottles into the bin to win a free hat.

- Get a free sample of o.b. applicator-free tampons which (understandably) create less waste than tampons with applicators.

- Toys R Us is offering a free reusable tote (I just can’t get enough of those!) on Earth Day, and you can also get a discount on everything you can fit in the bag.

- Get some great discounts on Earth Day stuff (ie, environmentally friendly products) at Walgreens, which is offering a 22% discount on eco-friendly products from April 18-30.  Even better (or equally cool) is that 30% of sales from Walgreens’ Earth Day store to the World Wildlife Foundation.

- Purchase a reusable bag tag for 99 cents from CVS, and they’ll give 5 cents of each tag sale to the World Wildlife Foundation.  You’ll also benefit by getting $1 back every 4th visit in which you scan your tag.

If you’ve come across some other great Earth Day stuff, please feel free to share.  And by the way, you don’t need to wait for Earth Day just to protect the earth and purchase eco-friendly products – why not make protecting our world a regular part of your life?

Tax Day Freebies Have Arrived!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

The day we’ve all been waiting for (or dreading) has finally arrived, and you know what that means…freebie heaven!  I’m not quite sure what it is about tax day that makes companies feel so generous, but I’m definitely happy to share in their magnanimity.  Tax day freebies offer an instant pick-me-up on what would otherwise be a completely normal day.  While it may not be possible to enjoy all of these exciting giveaways, I definitely plan on enjoying at least one or two (or three or four).  I’d love to hear about which tax day freebies you enjoyed as well!

  1. 2 free cupcake bites at Cinnabon.  Just the smell of that place can send me to heaven…I will definitely be standing on line for these!
  2. Free brewed coffee at Starbucks when you bring your own travel mug.  Sounds like this will go really well with the free cupcake bites.
  3. Once your stomach empties out a bit, refill it with a free sample of ice cream-pizza at MaggieMoo’s, from 3-7pm.
  4. A free hydromassage (never had one, but it sure sounds fantastic!).
  5. Get a free taco from Taco Del Mar.
  6. B1G1 free meals at Boston Market.  This deal is good until  April 18th, so it might be worth going another day, since you’ll be full from all your other tax day freebies.
  7. Get a free appetizer at Smoky Bones on tax day.
  8. McCormick and Schmicks is offering a $10.40 dinner and drinks special on tax day, as well as providing $10.40 coupons for your next meal there.
  9. Get tax-free hotel accommodations and dining from Kimpton hotels, which are good until April 30th.  You can also enjoy free late checkout and free “sweet tax relief” goody basket as part of the promotion.
  10. Copy your tax returns for free at Office Depot.  Offer includes up to 25 single-sided pages.
  11. Finally, I’ve heard that T.G.I.Friday’s is giving away a $5 gift card with every purchase of $15-$25, and a $10 gift card for purchases over $25.  I have yet to find the source for this information, but I’ve seen it advertised by several reputable sources, so it may be worth calling in advance (or just swinging by) if you’re interested.

April Shopping Guide – What to Buy Now

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

With taxes due, holidays to prepare for (or recover from) and rampant spring fever, April is always a busy month. But you should never be too busy to take advantage of April shopping opportunities – especially when April deals are involved. The month is only half over, which means that you still have two full weeks to take advantage of some great April deals. If you’ve been holding off to replace your appliances or to take a trip, take a look at the April shopping guide below and determine if now is the time to step up to the plate.

  1. Refrigerators. If you need to replace your old refrigerator or just want a spare to store your overflow cooking, you’re in luck. AOL Shopping reports that new refrigerator models hit the shelves in the spring, so if you’re looking for a great deal, shop for last year’s model and you should enjoy significant savings.
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  3. Vacuum cleaners. According to Home Appliance Magazine, new vacuum cleaner models come out in June, so many stores try to clear out their inventory beginning in April. If you’re up for some comparison shopping, compare your favorite brands and save big on your new vacuum cleaner.
  4. Kitchen accessories. In anticipation for the upcoming wedding season, many stores begin to lower their prices on kitchenware and household gadgets. Don’t hesitate to stock up on wedding gifts during your April shopping excursions so that you’ll have a stash for any winter weddings that may come up.
  5. Travel deals in April. If you’re flexible about traveling and are just waiting for the right opportunity to come along, it’s worth checking out some of the best travel deals in April. Needless to say, April is not a peak travel season, so it’s possible to find deals to most places. Virgin America is having a sale now, if you purchase before April 19th. Southwest is also offering cheap tickets, if you book by April 15th. I’ve also seen some great prices to Europe and on various cruises, so start looking fast if you want to take advantage of these offerings.
  6. Organic products. Because Earth Day is on April 22, many companies use April as an opportunity to offer discounts and promotions on their organic products. Among my favorite organic deals this month: Newman’s Own new coupons and some great Whole Foods coupons.
  7. Veggies. April’s cheapest vegetables include artichokes, broccoli, beets and green beans. If you like any of these vegetables, now is the right time to start your diet!
  8. Candy. Easter is over, Passover is a memory, and now is a great time to hoard holiday candy that is being sold at reduced prices. It doesn’t matter if you eat chocolate eggs after Easter – they may even taste better when you know they were cheaper.
  9. Real estate. Moving to Houston? Los Angeles? Anywhere? April is a good time to buy, as houses begin to go on the market in anticipation of the peak spring/summer season, and your options will expand exponentially. If you find something you like, bid early – competition will increase as the spring progresses, and you don’t want to enter into a bidding war with other potential homeowners.
  10. Winter clothing. If you’re a bargain hunter like I am, you’ll be able to find shocking prices on winter essentials, from boots to leggings to sweatshirts. Keep an eye out for coupons that can be partnered with sales for unbeatable savings. I’ve found children’s winter coats for under $10 and hat/glove sets for about $2. Stock up as baby gifts or purchase what your children will need next year.

New Deals for the Week of April 11th

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

save-AprilIf you’re reading this article on Sunday or Monday morning, you may be feeling that this week started just  like every other week.  You work, you sleep, you play, you sleep…kinda just like every other week.  But there are 2 reasons why this week is unique (hey, that rhymes!):

1- Taxes are due.

2- There seem to be more new deals this week than usual, which means that even if you discover that you owe money to Uncle Sam, you’ll be able to save money moving forward.

I’ve chosen my 20 (yup, TWENTY!!) favorite new deals, but if you think there are any important ones that I’ve left out, please leave me a comment!

New Coupons:

1- Take 25% off at Babies R Us (and get a free reusable tote while supplies last).  This new deal is valid unitl April 22.

2- Save $3/1 Tucks pads (in some stores, this can mean it’s free!).

3- B1G1 free entrees at Panda Express – good until April 21.

4- Here’s a 15% off coupon for Kohl’s, good today only.

5- Here are some great new coupons from Rubbermaid.

6- Interested in organic food? Check out the Earth Month coupons from Whole Foods and save big.

7- Get 2 free travel size products from Bath & Body Works when you purchase 1 full size Signature Collection product. Good until April 13.

8- Take 30% off H&R Block premium tax preparation software (if you haven’t filed yet, this can help!).

9- Here are great coupons for Excedrin products (for headaches, migraines, body aches and other discomfort).

10- Here are some valuable Visine coupons (check out the anti-itch drops if you’ve got allergies like I do!).

New Freebies:

1- Get a free sample of Uncle Ben’s whole-grain rice, in either Chicken Medley or Roasted Garlic flavor.  (Note – this link may be down at some points, but it’s definitely worth trying back!)

2- Get a free sample of a chocolate cream flavored EAS Myoplex energy drink. This one may not expire until 2011, but it’s worth registering now, before they’re all gone.

3- Get a free sippy cup from Juicy Juice.

4- Get a free Land O’Lakes butter with olive oil when you purchase a product from a competing brand.  (Now that’s certainly an interesting marketing strategy!)

5- Become a fan of Einstein Bros. Bagels on Facebook, and get a free bagel every Friday between now and May 22.  While you’re there, become a fan of to receive new deals, coupons and giveaways).

6- Get a free potty training DVD from Pull-Ups.

7- Snag this free potty training kit from Pampers.

8- Get a free guitar pick holder and 5 black picks from Prodlix.

9- I ordered my free photo book from HotPrints (with free shipping, they didn’t even ask for my credit card information!)…they are still offering them, so if you haven’t made one yet, now’s the time!

10- Use coupon code APR10BD to get free shipping from Snapfish, today only.  (If you’re planning on ordering heavy items like Mother’s Day mugs, now might be the time!).

Great New Coupons & New Freebies

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

It’s only 6 days into April, and I’ve already heard about lots of great new coupons and new freebies.  Some older deals are still going on, so I’m including some less-than-new coupons in this list as well (and, of course, if you haven’t seen them, they’re new to you!).

April-freebiesNew coupons:

Get $1 off any Jamba Juice All Fruit smoothie with this new coupon.  Good until April 10th.

Check out Nexcare’s new coupons for great savings on first aid products.

Save $1 on General Mills cereals (plus, check out the other great coupons from

Use coupon code GA13A4 to get a free movie rental at Blockbuster Express, until April 12th.

If you like magazines, you’ll love these great magazine deals at Amazon on favorites like SmartMoney, Redbook, O, and Esquire.

New freebies:

Get a free kids meal (for kids 12 and under) every day in April, with purchase of an adult entree at IHOP.

Get a free Chavrie goat cheese by joining the Love of Goat Cheese club (Don’t love it yet?  Take advantage of this freebie and see if Cupid’s arrow will strike you.).

Snag a free signature shower gel (a $10.50 value) from Bath & Body Works with a $10 purchase.  Good until April 18th.

Get 20 free 4×6 photo prints at Walgreens on April 7th only. Or, use this new coupon to get a free 8×10 print at Walgreens on April 9th (of course, if you’re like me, you’ll use both!).

Enjoy a free 20 oz. coffee at Holiday Station stores with this new printable coupon.

Get a free sample of Breathe Right strips (personally, I use them to stop my snoring, but are also great if you have a cold).

And here’s one for the road – next week is National Parks Week, and entrance to all 392 national parks is free.  Plan your trip today!