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Get Free Stuff for Your Children’s Good Grades

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

gradesIf you want to reward your child for working hard and succeeding in school this semester, you’re not alone. A handful of chain stores nationwide are celebrating your child’s achievements by offering freebies to those who have earned commendable grades. Why not show your children how proud of them you are by letting them enjoy some of the great free stuff that is being offered? Here are some ways to praise your child’s accomplishments without spending a penny.

  1. Krispy Kreme (my absolute favorite brand of donuts) is offering a free donut for each A on your child’s report cards, up to six. If you’re adventurous, let your child try out his (or her) six favorite flavors, or get a half-dozen to share with the entire family.
  2. Blockbuster video stores are offering a free video rental (available any day of the week) for students who have an 80% (B) average or higher. You must present your child’s report card within 30 days of issuance in order to take advantage of this freebie.
  3. Children who have earned at least 3 As on their report card can get a free personal pan pizza and a small drink at Pizza Hut. This offer is valid for dine-in only.
  4. Interstate Brands Companies (IBC), the maker of Hostess cakes and Dolly Madison products is rewarding students with a free snack cake. In order for your child to be eligible, you must print the company’s achievement certificate and have it signed by your child’s teacher. Then, take the certificate to your nearest IBC outlet store to snag your free cake.
  5. Chuck E. Cheese will give your child up to 15 free tokens for receiving good grades (though what these are aren’t specified on the chain’s website). This offer is valid with a food purchase only.

It’s been rumored that participating Baskin Robbins stores are offering a free scoop of ice cream to students with good grades, but I haven’t been able to confirm exactly what is considered a ‘good grade’. I suggest calling your local store to see if they’re participating in this year’s free ice cream promotion. Likewise, I’ve heard that McDonald’s offers a free Happy Meal to kids with As and Bs on their report card or those with fewer than two absences. While I have not been able to find a reliable advertisement for this giveaway from 2010, the offer may still be valid. If your kids will be happy with a free Happy Meal, you should definitely call your local McDonald’s to see if they’re offering this freebie.

There are also several other chain stores that offer freebies in exchange for good grades, but these deals vary by area. I’ve confirmed that in Alabama, for example, Cold Stone Creamery offers children from K-5th grade a free ice cream if they bring in a good report card. It’s definitely worth checking out whether your local store offers the same deal. Here are some other chains that offer good grade freebies that vary by location:

Rita’s Ice

Graeter’s Ice Cream



Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

Enjoy your freebies and your children’s good report cards – and don’t hesitate to save this page for next semester so that you can celebrate future accomplishments with your child. Making a tradition of rewarding your children for their hard work is a great way to foster good study habits and create happy memories that they’ll take with them into their future academic careers.

Fun Freebies for the Week of June 7, 2010

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

There are few things I love more than starting off the week by signing up for some great freebies. And this week there seems to be some really interesting free stuff out there…but, as usual, don’t wait to long before requesting your freebies, because these hot deals usually don’t last long!

  1. Free sample of Bounty paper towels. I already know that Bounty is one of my absolute favorite brands of paper towels, but that won’t stop me from requesting a free sample – you never know when it will come in handy! (By the way, the Sam’s Club membership ID square is not a required field, so it’s worth requesting even if you’re not a Sam’s Club member).
  2. Free photos with no sitting fee at Sears Portrait Studio. Sears is offering multiple photo freebies, but you can only get one deal per visit, so if you want a lot of pictures (or different poses), you may want to book multiple appointments. I’ve ordered the photo package in the past, but maybe this year I’ll go for the collage…
  3. Free sample of Purina One dog chow. You can leave it up to Walmart to remember that man’s best friend deserves freebies just as much as you do by offering a free sample of dog food. Just one more reason to love Walmart!
  4. Free sample of Starbucks VIA coffee. While you’re already registering with Walmart, why not request this free sample of Starbucks VIA, the company’s new instant coffee? I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m definitely curious if it’s as good as their brewed coffee (or, if it’s at all close).
  5. Free pocket notebook and pen. Contrary to what you may think, SpaTranslations is not a spa company, but a Spanish-English translation company. I guess you never know when you’ll need a translator (though I did ace high-school Spanish). These free notebooks are available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Spain – hurry and get yours before they are gone.
  6. Free cookbook from California Olives. The printed version of this free cookbook is available by mail to US residents only, but if you live outside of the US you can get the recipes for free online. I’m not such an olive fan, but I wonder if I can just leave them out – will have to try it out when I get my cookbook.
  7. Free Blockbuster Express rental. Using coupon code GT14A you can get a free Blockbuster Express rental until June 30th.
  8. Free grilled sandwich at Jack in the Box. You can use this coupon when ordering to get a free grilled sandwich at Jack in the Box, but it doesn’t say when it expires. Choose from Turkey, Bacon and Cheddar or a Deli Trio sandwich.
  9. Free Ideal no-calorie sweetener. Unlike most sweetener samples, this coupon is good for a whole package of Ideal sweetener, and is good until June 30th.
  10. (Possible) free English muffin melt at Subway. Rumor has it that on Tuesday, June 8 from 7-11am you can get a free English muffin melt at participating Subway stores, but I haven’t been able to confirm that on their website. Still, I’ve seen it advertised in a number of reliable sources…so if you’re hungry tomorrow morning, there’s no harm in stopping by.

How to Get Free Stuff & Get 10 Free Samples by Mail

Monday, May 24th, 2010


Tired of having a mailbox filled with bills? It’s time to fill your mailbox with more free samples!  This week I’ve got a very eclectic mix of samples from free vitamins to free dinner plates…so get yours while supplies last!

  1. Free vitamins from Nature Made. Choose from Omega-3 Fish Oil tablets or CholestOff (a natural way to lower cholesterol).
  2. Free sample of Omega Greens.  This may not be exactly the same as free vitamins, but from what I gather, the idea is the same.  Omega Greens is a dietary supplement that is made with certified organic ingredients and is designed to boost your immune system, promote general health and increase your cardiovascular health.  Even if you’re skeptical, it’s a free sample, so in my book  it’s definitely worth a try!
  3. Free bag of popchips. Become a fan of popchips on Facebook and you can get a free bag of popchips (while supplies last).  And while you’re there, why not become a fan of so that you can learn other tricks for how to get free stuff?
  4. Free 4-color pen.  I used to use one of these in high school, and I’m childishly excited about having another 4-color pen (especially a free one!).  This should be one of the most useful free samples by mail that I’ve gotten in a while!
  5. Free sample of Crest 3D Whitestrips. This free sample was gone and is now back…but it may end again soon, so you’d better get your free Crest Whitestrips by mail while you can!
  6. Free B1G1 Frappuccino at Barnes & Noble.  I must admit that a Frappuccino is one of my favorite drinks…but this B1G1 free coupon expires today (May 24th), so you’d better make time for a pitstop!
  7. Free Aveeno Nourish haircare sample.  Since I know you can’t resist free beauty products, I just had to include this on my list of this week’s best free samples.  What I love about it is that they let you choose from 3 options, so you can get a haircare product that is actually appropriate for your hair type.  Get yours while supplies last…
  8. Free Martha Stewart Grilling Cookbook.  This free printable cookbook is a bit slow to load, but the recipes look fantastic.  It’s definitely worth a peek, if not a print!
  9. Free dinner plate from Cafe Marsanne. This has got to be one of the coolest freebies I’ve seen in a while, if not ever.  Cafe Marsanne is sending out free dinner plates in honor of their anniversary.  I’ve broken so many plates that I’ll be happy to have a spare, even if it doesn’t match my set.  Sad, but true…

Get Free Stuff This Week!

Monday, May 17th, 2010

free-stuffReady to get free stuff during the week of May 17th? Don’t wait long to sign up for these great freebies, free product samples and other cool things, since they’ll be gone before you know it!

  1. Free Playtex Gentle Glide tampons. There is no stated expiration date on this freebie, but chances are good that it will end soon, so you might want to sign up now.  The offer is valid in the United States, Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico.
  2. Free mini-facial at Origins. The company runs this free facial promotion from time to time, and it’s definitely worth a stop by, as long as you call first to make an appointment).  You don’t get to keep any of the beauty samples, but you do get to try out lots of great Origins products.  And it’s totally free, as long as you can resist the urge to buy anything.
  3. Free Multicare toothpaste (or $1 off Burt’s Bees toothpaste coupon). If you love free product samples, you’ll love this cute little toothpaste sample.  It’s great for your travel bag or for keeping at your desk for a quick brush after lunch (does anyone do that besides me?).
  4. Free NicClean cleaning wipes. I don’t smoke, but I (unfortunately) know people who do, and I think this idea sounds genius.  And of course, I never say no to free product samples.  NicClean produces wipes that get nicotine stains off glass.  I wonder if they are also good for cleaning windows for non-smokers?
  5. Free Purex 3-in-1 sheets. I mentioned these laundry sheets a few weeks ago, but apparently they’re still available.  Sign up for this free stuff now, and you’ll get a free 2-pack.
  6. Free vegetable gardening guide. I’ve got 2 brown thumbs, but I can’t help wondering if this free gardening guide could change that.  You know I’ll be ordering it just to find out…I suggest you do the same, since I’ve heard that gardening is extremely therapeutic (and, of course, having your own produce can save you a fortune!).
  7. Free coupon book. Proctor & Gamble’s “Home Made Simple” program is giving away free coupon books containing $30 in P&G coupons.  Pair the coupons with in-store specials to save extra money.

6 More Freebies, by Popular Demand

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Since yesterday’s free samples by mail generated such a frenzy, I figured you’d want another chance to fill up your mailbox.  Once again, I’ve tested all of these freebies to make sure that they’re still available.  But I urge you to sign up now, as most of them are only good while supplies last!  Here are 6 more freebies that I hope will make you smile.  If you come across any others, please let me know!


  1. Free sample by mail of Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner. What’s great about this freebie is that you can choose from Intensive Repair or Daily Moisture.   It’s only a shame you can’t order both!
  2. Free pair of panties at Lane Bryant. Back by popular demand, Lane Bryant is once again giving away a free pair of panties.  This time, no coupon is required.  The offer is good until Wednesday, May 19th (or while supplies last, so head on over there now).
  3. Free sample of eb5 anti-aging face cream. It’s probably not a good idea to wait until you’ve got wrinkles to use anti-aging face cream…why not try eb5 for free and see if you like it?
  4. Free First Hug baby blanket. I’ve got to admit that I’m not quite sure what the novelty of this baby blanket is, but if you’re an expectant mother you might like it.  Or, if you know an expectant mother, pass this deal along.  Sorry, if you’re not pregnant, you don’t qualify for this freebie.  The good news is that you can choose between white, blue and pink baby blankets.
  5. Free digital subscription to Mothering Magazine. If you’re looking for interesting (and sometimes provocative) articles about parenting that you can share easily with your friends, you’ll love this free subscription to Mothering Magazine.
  6. Free museum entrance(s), courtesy of Target. Just one more reason why Target is one of my all-time favorite stores – they’re sponsoring free museum entrance and cultural events throughout the country.  Check for events in your area here.

7 Great Free Samples by Mail

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Nothing is more fun than coming home to a mailbox filled with freebies. And if you’ve never ordered free samples by mail, now is the time, because there are so many great free samples that are available right now. These promotions usually expire when the stock is finished, so it’s best to order your free samples immediately, to prevent you from missing out on the giveaway. Here are some free samples by mail that I’ve confirmed are still available as of May 11, 2010.

  1. Free deodorant from Dove. Walmart is currently offering a free sample of Dove Ultimate Beauty Care Deodorant. Sign up here and you should receive your free deodorant by mail in about 4 weeks.
  2. Free clinical strength deodorant from Secret. This sample is also offered by Walmart. Consider putting these free deodorant samples in your gym bag or travel bag, or just use them every day to save money.
  3. Free Odor Blocker body wash from Old Spice. I’ve never tried this particular product, but in general, I love the manly smell that Old Spice has. This is one freebie that I’m doubly excited about.
  4. Free Glowelle beauty drink. I’ve never heard of a beauty drink, but if it’s possible to maintain my flawless skin just by drinking, I’m all for that…since they’re offering free samples by mail, it’s definitely worth a try!
  5. Free sample of John Freida’s Sheer Blonde. I’m not sure if you need to be a blond to enjoy this sample of Sheer Blonde, but test it out for yourself and see.
  6. Free luggage tags. KLM Airlines is offering 2 free personalized luggage tags to their new Facebook fans.
  7. Free sample of Touch of Happiness by Nivea. This freebie is sponsored by the Ellen DeGeneres show and you’ll be required to confirm your email address before the sample can be sent.

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.

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!).