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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.

Why Wait? Get Free Stuff Now!

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

By now you know that I love to find great deals on everything that I pay for…but I also love getting stuff entirely free.  While I can’t get my entire gas bill for free (yet!), I delight in the ability to find free stuff and to use these items to replace things that I would otherwise purchase.  I sign up for all sorts of free food samples, for example, which saves me from needing to purchase other snacks. Sometimes, however, I just love to get free stuff just for the sake of getting free stuff.  For example, last week I ordered free pearl earrings for my niece.  It wasn’t her birthday or anything, but it was a deal that I couldn’t refuse.

brands Facebook is a great place to get free stuff online.  Many companies offer free giveaways for becoming a fan of their page, and sometimes they even offer occasional coupons or other deals for their fans.  Here are some great Facebook giveaways that are going on now. While you’re at it, become a fan of on Facebook to get up-to-the-minute updates about great deals and freebies.

Hope you enjoy getting all this free stuff online!

Firstly, here are some that are good today (Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17) only:

  1. Become a fan of Baja Burritos and get a free burrito. The fan page lists full (easy) instructions listing how to get your free meal.
  2. Become a fan of Redbox movie rentals and get a free rental.
    And here are some Facebook giveaways that are ongoing (but may end at any time, so sign up now!):
  3. Become a fan of Ritz crackers on Facebook and get a free sample of Ritz Munchables Pretzel Crisps.
  4. Become a fan of Physicians Formula on Facebook and get a Buy One Get One Free coupon worth up to $19.99 on their entire makeup line.
  5. Become a fan of Nescafe and get 6 single serving samples.
  6. Become a fan of Vaska herbal detergent and get a free sample.  Unlike most giveaways, this is a two-step process. Become a fan and then sign up for the sample.
    There are also other free giveaways going on in March, so mark your calendars:
  7. Free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s is on March 23rd from 12-8pm.
  8. Target and Kodak are giving away free 5 x 5 ¾” photo books until March 21st. New members also get 50 free prints.  Use coupon code TGTFREEBOOK during checkout to get this free stuff online.
  9. Get a free sample of Lever 2000 soap.  This giveaway is offered by Costco, but Costco membership is not required.
  10. Playtex and Kotex are both offering free samples in March.  The Playtex sample comes with 3 tampons, while the Kotex sample comes with samples of 4 different products. Two Kotex samples can be ordered per household, so don’t hesitate to sign up for extra free stuff.

Where to Get Free Stuff on Your Birthday

Monday, January 18th, 2010

My birthday is coming up, and even though it’s not until February, I’m already starting to feel the excitement (and the bittersweet recognition that I’m yet another year older).  And so, as I start to prepare for the big day, I’ve been thinking about how I can take advantage of my birthday to enjoy birthday freebies and other birthday giveaways.  Many birthday freebies aren’t things you can just show up for- you need to register in advance- and whether your birthday is next month or not for another year, there’s no harm in signing up for as many birthday giveaways as possible- then you can celebrate your birthday for weeks!

While there are hundreds of places to get free stuff on your birthday, here are some of my favorites- and I’d be thrilled to hear about some of yours too!

  1. Free entrée at Houlihan’s.
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  3. Get a free ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery (my absolute favorite!) if you join their birthday club.
  4. Friendly’s offers a free 3-scoop sundae for members of their birthday club.
  5. Benihana’s Japanese restaurant provides a $30 gift certificate to be used during the month of your birthday.
  6. Free dessert at the Hard Rock Café (who doesn’t love a free dessert?).
  7. If you have a registered gift card at Starbucks, you can get free stuff on your birthday- and by that, of course, I mean a cup of great coffee.
  8. Aveda gives away different birthday free stuff- within 28 days of your birthday.  Right now they’re giving away a sample of Carribean Therapy Body Crème.
  9. With Sephora’s Beauty Insider Club you get points for each purchase plus a gift for your birthday.
  10. Get a free meal for your birthday at Tony Roma’s (definitely try the ribs!).
  11. Free dinner up to $15 at Lone Star.

And, of course, while it’s always fun to get free stuff on your birthday, it’s also great to get free stuff on your kids’ birthdays- stay tuned for my next post that will offer 10 more ways to get free birthday stuff.