Tuesday, March 31, 2009
You do have to register with Hallmark.com (I was already registered for e-card purposes). Use promo code TRIAL at checkout and your 5x7 folded card will magically become FREE! I just sent an awesome Easter card and I don't care who knows it.
Jeez, did I just talk myself out of a job? Happy spring break/Easter, everybody!
Then, sign up for the birthday club and get a free product valued at up to $25 on your next birthday! And "custom blended with the aroma of your choice," no less. Now that's fancy.
"Contains cheese descriptions, cheese storage guidelines, buying tips, handling and cooking guidelines and tips on serving a Wisconsin Cheese Course."
I hope curds are on there somewhere...
Unfortunately, the form won't process unless you agree to subscribe to the newsletter, but just give 'em a junk address and you're done. Never go in ignorance of your ring size again!
Now you can get your own for free by going here and requesting one! I have no idea what CubeBix is, but you can always use another car-washing or laundry-day shirt, right? Plus, you get the novelty value of watching the tiny t-shirt slowly grow to an adult-sized garment. Cheap thrills!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sometimes a sandwich is just a sandwich... but this is not one of those times.
Seattle Metro expects to serve its 3-billionth rider by this Tuesday night, so to celebrate, they're giving away 20,000 commemorative buttons at locations around Seattle.
"From 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, staff will distribute the buttons from all transit tunnel stations; Third and Union in downtown Seattle; the West Seattle Junction (California/Alaska); the Burien Transit Center, 14900 4th Ave. S.W.; the Bellevue Transit Center, 10850 N.E .6th St.; and the Northgate Transit Center, 10200 1st Ave. N.E."
It just so happens that I swing through two of those stops on my morning commute, so I should be able to grab one with minimal effort. It occurs to me that this could be one of those "free frenzy" situations where the fact that you're getting SOMETHING for free outweighs the fact that the free item is, objectively, crap, but... it's a FREE BUTTON! Look, something shiny!
Find a location near you (downtown Seattleites, there's one at the IGA Kress at 3rd and Pike)and get renting - free!
(There don't seem to be any locations in the Seattle area, but if you know of one, leave it in the comments! Not that we don't have plenty of other coffee options here.)
I can't promise it'll work, or that people won't give you suspicious looks if you live somewhere sunless like Seattle, but it might give you a glimpse of a sunnier, more summery future to hold on to while winter grinds on.
In case you're wondering, the "blue" part refers not only to the mixed-berry flavor and the color of the drink, but also the Oceans Of Our Planet. "A percentage of Emergen-C BLUE’s profits support the Surfrider Foundation® – dedicated to cleaning up the world's oceans, waterways, and drinking water for 20 years. " So you can feel morally smug about your free sampling!
If you've done your taxes early, consider it a special pat on the back. And if you're waiting until the bitter end to give The Man your money, maybe some free junk food will sweeten the sting.
Anyway, click the link at the bottom of the page (you don't have to play the game thing) and get a free sample, and probably coupons too. Based on the nutritional-info research I did, they're not super-great as far as the health-to-sugary-calories ratio, but they're still marginally better than crunching into a Butterfinger.
Friday, March 27, 2009
- BOGO medium or large mocha latte through April 28 - also good in Borders' cafes (print the coupon)
- April 6 - Enjoy a complimentary small coffee
- April 7–28 - All 39-year-olds receive a free medium cup of coffee
- April 10–12 - Buy a pastry; get a free medium cup of Anniversary Roast coffee
- April 17-19 - Get a $.39 (plus tax) medium cup of Anniversary Roast coffee
I'll try to remind you as we get closer to these days, but, you know, that's a lot of numbers to remember.
Anyway, you can send away for a free recipe book chock-full of new ideas for the world's cheapest muffin mixes. Jelly rolls, sausage wraps, broccoli cornbread, Hawaiian cream cake, chili cheese bread... the list goes on and on.
You can get them for free online too, but I'm guessing the physical book has some cute old-timey graphics and retro fonts that make baking more fun. Plus, it has camping recipes, the hobo chef's friend.
This website rules. First it riles you up with a news feed of global disasters and scary words like "terrorism" and "unpredictable events," then it hints ominously about the exponentially rising costs of feeding YOUR AMERICAN FAMILY an all-freedom diet, then it casually slips in a mention about how fun, easy, and affordable its freeze-dried canisters of food powder are. When you run out of space in your survivalist cave, you can store your extras under your bed!
OK, I'm sold. Send me one, Daily Bread. Maybe I can finally unload those 50-gallon drums of applesauce in the basement.
I don't know about you, but my hair's jet-setting lifestyle demands PURE CASSIA ESSENCE and nothing else. Sometimes it wants a giant punch bowl full of it in its dressing room, with a bag of green M&Ms on the side.
On April 26, aka National Pretzel Day, you can hit up your favorite Pretzel Time or Pretzel Maker for a FREE SOFT PRETZEL. No word on whether it's a coupon or you just walk up and get one or what, but I bet details will be revealed on the website.
You can also play a weird Guitar Hero knockoff game called "Pretzelmaker Rocks" for your chance at fabulous prizes, such as a Wii, a large flat-screen television, or a $10 gift certificate for MOAR PRETZELS!
"Pretzel" is hard to type, but fun to say. Pretzel pretzel pretzel.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"An inmate hankering for hot sausage got in hot water when the cooking fire he set in his toilet forced the evacuation of a prison wing... The smoke was traced to the inmate's cell, and he admitted trying to heat up snack sausage bought from an inmate store in the stainless steel toilet, Larson says. The toilet chef was placed in segregation pending discipline, while the other prisoners were returned to their cells by midnight."
Get your hair manly-clean with Aveda's man shampoo (manpoo?). Click the Request an Aveda Men Sample button on the bottom right, and you'll get a coupon that you must then take to a "participating Aveda Salon/Spa."
Sounds a bit complicated, yes, but I hear that Aveda products are good, so maybe it's worth the rigmarole. Seattleites, there are tons of participating locations here, including an Aveda store in Pacific Place, so at least it won't take you too far out of your way to use the coupon.
Of course it's all meant to get you into the store, but there's no reason you can't stick it to them by taking their free samples and never giving them any of your money. That's what I'd recommend, anyway.
I've historically been a Claritin (or generic Target equivalent) girl, but am open to trying new options to fight my pernicious seasonal allergies and hay fever misery.
Lots of cities are on the list, so check for a screening near you! (Sorry, Seattleites, our screening is full.)
Readers from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, you're in luck: Entertainment Weekly is sponsoring a free screening of the HBO movie "Grey Gardens," starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.
I've always been kind of curious to see the original documentary after "Gilmore Girls" made such a fuss about it, and since Seattle isn't one of the chosen few, I guess that'll be the closest I can get to a free screening. Sniff.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
You guys know about the legendary mythical beast that is the Lakewood rummage sale, right? A two-day, multi-level community sale of such epic proportions that they have shuttle buses running all day to siphon off the traffic? An extravaganza of vintage and designer apparel, antiques, jewelry, home stuff, art, books, electronics, sporting goods and MORE? A sale so big it used to be housed in an airplane hangar... until they outgrew it?!
I've never dared to go, but I think this might be the year. Print out the flyer here, which gives directions, hours, and shuttle lot locations. The sale runs 9-4 on Sat. and 9-12 on Sun., so there is no excuse for not getting yourself up there to score some awesome deals! Or just marvel at the sheer insanity.
Register with Eucerin and they'll send you your sample, plus maybe other free stuff in the future.
Browse by category or type in a search term to find out how long it's safe to store an item, fridge vs. freezer life, and storage tips to get longer life out of your food. Also, answers to burning food-safety questions like the ones above (the answers are no, no, and two weeks, by the way). I'm thinking I should probably toss my salad dressing that expired in 2007, though.
Not quite as obnoxious as the omnipresent pink ribbons, so I'm permitting it to be on the HTN.
This is a pretty awesome deal if you're an existing BofA customer, meaning you have a BofA check, ATM, or credit card. (The guy at the museum said "anything with a BofA logo on it will work.") On the first weekend of every month, take your card to participating museums in your area for free admission. That's it! You can also sign up for email or text-message reminders if you're the forgetful type.
In Seattle, that includes MOHAI, the Wing Luke Asian Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum. More than 70 museums are included so far in the program, so check it out!
Sounds like you get a punch card when you sign up, and you present it each month to get your free gift, so there's a little keeping track involved, but nothing a quick Outlook reminder won't solve. And the March gift is a sunny yellow tote that's actually pretty cute, so I think I'm going to try this one tomorrow. Stay tuned!
Sadly, there is no Del Taco location in Seattle - the closest one is 33 miles away in Federal Way. It's a shame, because I secretly love their ingenious combination menu. We shouldn't have to choose between tacos and French fries, and Del Taco doesn't make you.
Note: If you specify your "home store," they'll also send you a coupon for a free cookie, but then the coupon is ONLY good at that location, so avoid that option if you want to be able to use your coupon wherever you please.
I don't buy it very much, but I'm a fan of Victoria's Secret body products, especially their super-rich hand cream. Starting April 1, you can print this email and take it to a Victoria's Secret store to get your free mini body lotion from their new line, Naturally Victoria's Secret.
Although they do have stores that are just bath and body stuff, it looks like you can take this to any store to cash it in. In my experience, though, they never send enough samples to the individual stores and they don't tell them when additional shipments will be coming (if ever), so if you intend to use this, get down there on April 1 and put your cracked, dry hand out.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Join, join, JOIN!
Basically, you're helping them develop new applications by performing tasks while narrating your thought processes and answering questions. Sometimes, however, they just want remote testing or online surveys. I thought it was pretty fun, and you don't need any technical expertise - they need people from all walks of life to do testing. Plus, from the moment you get in there, they shower you with free drinks, pens, T-shirts (okay, the T-shirts are pretty ugly) and $100 checks. What could be better?
The only downside is you need to be near a Google office to do the in-person testing, and they do it during business hours, so you might have to rearrange your schedule. But when else is your time going to be worth $65/hour? Unless you answer that phone-sex ad, I guess.
(Sorry, Seattleites, there are no locations in Washington.)
I wonder if it would have twice the healing powers if you mixed it up with their energized health water?
Get a free sample here, but know that the offer is sponsored by Walmart, which makes me even more suspicious.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Of course, the longer you wait, the cruddier the selection will be, and even at $1, some things still aren't a bargain. "Super Troopers," I'm looking at you.
Also, if you happen to be near these lucky locations on April 2, you can get a free full-size thing of A Perfect World™ Intensely hydrating body cream with White Tea, just by bringing in your crappy old empty bottles. But, you know, be nice and rinse them out first, so the poor recycling-facility employees don't have to smell your rancid beauty products until they barf.
No word on whether they expect you to go out to the closest intersection and dance for traffic while handing out said sample bottles, but if it keeps me from catching colds, maybe I will. MAYBE I WILL.
It's unclear whether all stores are participating or just the ones that feel like it, so as always, call first and check, as Seattleites generally get screwed on these offers by our fun-hating local Ben & Jerry franchisees.
I have a feeling your pet would be more interested in Vitameatavegamin, but if they want meat, tell 'em to go get a job and start bringing home some bacon.
Shipping is an ouchy $6.95, but promo code CAROLINA saves you an additional 50% if your order is over $15. Oh, and you get a subscription to Teen Vogue with your $15 order, if you care. Go in on an order with your friends and save!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Check out this guide for freebies like coupons to DSW, burritos, lots of ice cream, more pizza and sandwiches, and kids' freebies too.
Know of another good birthday freebie or club? Leave it in the comments!
(Yes, this is pretty far advance notice, but I saw it on the bus commute this morning and didn't want to forget. Reminders will be forthcoming closer to 4/15.)
That's kind of like BOGO, except you're giving THEM an extra buck to celebrate their anniversary, but it's good at all Ivar's locations, so if you wanna get your fish and chips on, Monday's the day to do it.
(Thanks to Tiffany S. for the tip!)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
(Thanks to Sarah H. for the tip!)
Of course, that breakfast is only 99 cents without the coupon, so is it worth standing in line for an hour with all the other hobos and freeloaders? Then again, what is IKEA about, if not standing in line for hours?
$3.95 shipping, or there's a link to find locations where you can pick-up in person for free.
I enjoy frying my hair, and sometimes my unwary fingers, with a straightening iron first thing in the morning, so I guess I'd be going for the Heat Defense stuff. It apparently even has a "repairing serum" in it, whatever that means.
I wouldn't say I have a ton of confidence in Airborne's ability to destroy a virus, but since I'll be leavin' on a jet plane soon, this sample should arrive just in time for me to breathe cold-blocking orange fumes into my fellow travelers' faces.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Apparently you can get free in-store makeovers too, but I'd rather just grab my free stuff and go.
Select up to five magazines from eight TIME subsidiaries: Time, Sports Illustrated, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Money, In Style, Golf, and Travel + Leisure. Editors pre-select the content that will go in, and voila! You can choose print or digital format for your reading pleasure.
The first issue arrives in early April, so I'll let you know how it is when it gets here. Can you guess which five magazines I picked?
Of course, if you're unemployed, you may not have much to write in that shiny new planner, but maybe it'll help you feel better, like when old people force themselves to leave the house once a day.
9 am: Sleep
12 pm: Think about getting up, decide there's no point
1 pm: Get free AM/PM cheeseburger for lunch, read Craigslist job listings
2 pm - 3 am: Play video games, drink beer
Well, actually, the website says "free cheeseburger sample," so hopefully that doesn't mean they're cutting one into little cubes and sticking toothpicks in them. Though if it's good enough for Costco shoppers, it's good enough for you, right?
Monday, March 16, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I'm assuming this is a "first one's free, kid" method to get you hooked on their copying services as your job search drags on month after month, but 25 resumes ought to at least get you started, right?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Normally, high-tech cinematic gimmicks like 3-D and IMAX just make me feel queasy and worn out, but I'm sure a big, greasy sack of buttered carbs will settle my stomach as I gaze raptly at "Watchmen" this weekend.