Friday, April 30, 2010
Seattle's portion of this event takes place at Fantagraphics down in Georgetown, but there's stuff happening all over, so find a participating store near you.
Today is a painfully slow day in the freebieverse, so I'm going to do what I normally do when things are slow: talk about Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a search-and-win website that awards you points for searching online and completing special offers, which you can use to buy merchandise and (more importantly) gift cards from Amazon, Paypal, Starbucks, and more. You can sign up here (full disclosure: that's my referral link and when you sign up and earn points, it awards me points, too). Read my online review of it if you want to learn more.
I earn enough points for $25 worth of Amazon gift cards a month, enough for a little personal shopping spree every month.
Plus, if you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you'll see the Swagbucks widget. This little gadget tracks SB promo codes that are available on the SB blog, Twitter, Facebook, and more, so it's a handy thing to check throughout the day. If you like free stuff, then I think you'll like Swagbucks!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I've been talking Borders up as an unexpected source of girly gift items for Mother's Day, and now it's time to take my own advice. Mother's Day is May 9, and if you live in a different city or state, you're going to want to get those greeting cards and macaroni necklaces off in the mail pretty soon...
30% off everything in the entire store through Sunday, May 2. This deal can't be combined with other offers or promotions - so, for example, if there's also a 2-for-$10 deal on tank tops, you can't get the two-fer pricing AND the 30% discount on top of that - you must choose one or the other. But you can live with that, right?
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Unlike the Glitter Sale, which is mostly for the ladies, this event will have more stuff for men and kids — but it's all designer labels, so while things may be marked up to 90% off, they still won't be, like, $2. However, the shelves will be continuously stocked both days, so there will be things to see no matter when you go.
I can't say I'm particularly fetishy about designer labels, but a bargain's a bargain, so this one could be fun to check out.
Too bad - that sandwich looks kind of warm and toasty.
Tonight, April 28, Baskin Robbins is having their 31-cent Scoop Night, where a single scoop cone will be just 31 cents from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. (i.e., after you finish all your vegetables). There's a limit of three scoops per person, so please try to restrain yourselves.
Find a store and remember, it's "participating stores only," so it may be worth calling ahead.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I gave it a try, so I'll let you know if I open my mailbox one day and two piping-hot, fresh loaves of bread come tumbling out.
This one's only good through April 28, though, so use it or lose it.
If you're not familiar with this, how it works is you buy a "gift certificate" for a participating restaurant, which is actually more like a coupon because it usually excludes alcohol and requires a minimum purchase. For example, many of them require a $35 total purchase to apply the discount. You're still getting $25 off your bill, but with all the restrictions, I think it's effectively more like you're purchasing a coupon for $2.
Still, there are a lot of participating restaurants, so if you see one you've been meaning to try anyway, it could be a good deal. Just make sure to read all the fine print on each offer, and be ready to possibly get a sniffy reception when you present your gift certificate/coupon.
If you're having trouble with that link, try just printing off this image, which is the actual coupon.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Column A: Smoothing, Refining, Youthening, Renewing, Defining, Silky, Extra, Radiant
Column B: Diamond, Fragrance, Enchantment, Defense, Glow, 24-Hour
Column C: Moisturizer, Creme, Butter, Infusion, Potion, Concoction, Slurry
See, it works. Renewing 24-Hour Creme! Radiant Glow Butter! Caress Silky Fragrance Infusion!
Don't forget, the 50% off sale is still going, too, through April 30.
Yes, today is the long-awaited National Pretzel Day, and Pretzel Time/Pretzelmaker is celebrating by offering free soft pretzels for all. Customers are "encouraged" to sing a snippet from a song of their choosing in exchange for said pretzel, but since I think I can guarantee that those bored mall employees don't want you to sing any more than you do, you can just mention Pretzel Day and get a free one.
Find a participating location here. Seattleites, rejoice: Southcenter has not one but two locations. Mall shoppers must really like their soft pretzels.
I think the Cheese & Bacon flavor sounds pretty good, but it's not about me... it's about your faithful canine who likes to snack. Sign up for your freebie!
Friday, April 23, 2010
You know how those cheapie Bic plastic pens seem to last friggin' forever? If you can manage to kill one (try creating a reproduction of a Vermeer masterpiece), mail in the empty pen corpse and they will send you a cheque (hee!) for ten pounds. Then you can put it in your chequing account.
Britons... they're just like us!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
1. On April 23-May 1, buy your mom $30 worth of cat calendars. Receive your coupon.
2. On May 14-20, come back and buy two $15 cookbooks, and one of those will be free with the coupon.
If you've got several purchases to make in the next few weeks anyway, this might be worth it for you, but don't automatically get sucked in by the strings-attached "free book" part. It's nice to see that Borders is trying something new, but I think they're making this more complicated than it needs to be.
New York Avenue
Target has plenty of reusable bags to choose from, and the basic model is 99 cents, so you're essentially trading in 5 plastic bags for a nice, new, sturdy, reusable one that will last for years. Plus, Target - and many other stores - give you $0.05 off your purchase every time you use a reusable bag. Every little bit helps!
HOWEVER, some FB users have reported that individual stores aren't participating, demand two of your products for one of theirs, or refuse to honor the offer if you've tried their facial cleansers before, so if you try this one, keep your expectations low. And pretend you ain't never heard of no fancy frothin' Or-y-gins face warsh before.
There are plenty to choose from, but here are some highlights:
- Cosmopolitan – $7.50
- ESPN – $7.50
- Esquire – $4
- Good Housekeeping – $4
- Harper’s BAZAAR – $8
- Inc. – $5
- Marie Claire -$4
- Maxim – $5
- O, The Oprah Magazine – $9
- Popular Mechanics – $4
- Redbook – $4
- Seventeen – $5
- Vegetarian Times – $6
- Yoga Journal – $8
And you know, these would make excellent (and economical) Mother's Day gifts. Well, maybe not Maxim. But the others.
They're trying to put an environmentally-friendly angle on it, i.e. their tampons are better because they don't have as much wasteful packaging and so on. But really, just look at that case!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The thank-you graphic that displays after you finish seems to imply that you'll be getting Dove chocolate bars, Reese's peanut butter cups, Secret deodorant, Shower to Shower body powder, Taster's Choice instant coffee, Aveeno skin care, and Grill Mates seasoning, so that's got to be something for everyone, right? Plus, it's like a whole Xmas stocking of freebies all in one!
(Thanks, Hey It's Free!)
Their goal is to serve 25% of the beverages made in their stores in reusable serveware or tumblers by 2015. Judging by the number of people I see in my building stopping at the lobby's Starbucks and bringing paper/plastic cups directly upstairs to their desks, that seems rather optimistic, but good luck with that!
Anyway, save the planet, save a dime. Then donate that dime to Greenpeace.
Find a store and remember, it's "participating stores only," so it may be worth calling ahead if you've got your heart set on a chilly dessert or three.
It's a WAR against skin dryness, and this lotion is (wait for it) THE BOMB!
Thank you, I'll be here all week. Don't forget your free sample.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I've put myself on a reusable-tote moratorium at the moment, because I really kind of have a lot. They're a very popular giveaway item these days, and while I do seem to have hundreds of uses for bags to put crap in, it's not all that earth-friendly to amass a mountain of these plastic bags. So get one if you need one, and think of the planet!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Oh, the agony of defeat.
Find a participating location here. Strangely, Seattleites, Southcenter has not one but two locations. Mall shoppers must really like their soft pretzels.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Ack! There's so much going on this weekend already, but I have to make a point of visiting the Friends of the Library book sale. Over 200,000 items will be on sale, and most books are just $1 each! They'll also have videos, CDs, audiobooks, art prints, rare books, and more. Definitely bring some boxes or bags with you, because you'll have an armload before you know it and you won't want to stop!
Here are the dates:
- Friday, April 16: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m: Member Preview and Rare Book Auction. Members may buy up to 25 items each.
- Saturday, April 17: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Sunday, April 18: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This is one of my favorite events for stocking up on reading material, so I never miss it. Support a good cause and get yourself some amazing deals on books!
I got a weird error message when I signed up, saying that I had already requested one, but don't worry, this is just a glitch - others have reported the same thing and then they got an email confirming that their sample was on the way.
Learn more about Unicorn Booty here and what they're all about. Sounds like a cool idea, so let's hope it sticks around and shares many delightful prizes!
Technically, you're supposed to belong to the Wiener Lovers' Club in order to use this offer, but don't we all belong to the Wiener Lovers' Club in one sense or another? Think about that, why don't you.
Print this coupon for a free Original Chili Dog. Valid through 4/30/10 at participating locations in AZ, CA, CO, LA, NM, NV, TX, UT, WA, and Guam.
I think it's intended for you to get a head start on Mother's Day, but honestly, I don't even know when Mother's Day is this year, so I am way behind. Also, I like cards that cost 99 cents, so you don't NEED a coupon, but that's just me.
Seattleites, there is a store at Bellevue Square, so if you're over that way before May 9, print this coupon and collect your free box. There's also a 20% discount with promo code DISCOUNT20, but you have to go to a physical store to get the Moose Munch.
I actually own the series, which is available for a pretty good price over at Amazon, and if you really agree with me on the Oprah thing, you can pre-order the David Attenborough version of "Life," without her cornball script that tries to turn animals into courageous single moms. Bleh.
I'm sure you've got this one marked on your freebie calendar, but just in case it slipped your mind, Target is giving out 1.5 million reusable shopping bags on Sunday, April 18 to kick off Earth Week. The bags are pretty cute - bright green with a fun eco-design - and they look pretty spacious and sturdy. I use Target's regular reusable 99-cent shopping bags, have had mine for several years, and regularly get compliments from checkers at other stores on the cute design.
I'll take any excuse to go to Target, really, so the greenwashing of my rationalizations is just eco-icing on the shoppers' cake.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Looking at their Facebook page, that seems to mean that Cupcake Royale is selling tix to this event directly, and with the purchase of a cupcake, you can get BOGO tix to the show.
Sometimes themes seem to emerge with freebies, and today's theme seems to be "music events in Seattle." So, uh, sorry, everybody else... we'll get you tomorrow.
Every store will have slightly different items, so check out the list and plot your trip to make sure you get all the goodies you want. It's mostly for vinyl nerds, but there are some CDs and other items, including free cupcakes and in-store performances. Rock on!
So what does your $22 get you? Admission to the grounds, art exhibits, music, comedy shows, literary panels and discussions, and other performances. If you hate paying a premium to subsidize a big-name band you're not interested in anyway, this is a cost-effective way to see the sights and get the experience, while still having some cash left over for $8 beers and $10 hot dogs.
- Sushi molds, chopsticks, rice paddles
- Pyrex glass bowls
- Ekco coffee scoops, measuring spoon sets, cheese slicers, parchment paper
- Corn skewers, party picks, kitchen tongs
- TINY LOAF PAN
Shipping starts at $7, but if you're picking up an assortment of kitchen gadgets, you can still save some $$$ while stocking up.
On the way, I peeked into the downtown post office, where about 25 people were standing grimly in line waiting for the gate to go up. I guess they're all waiting to get their tax returns off today. I will spare them (and you) the wagging finger, but that's that much less time that they could be off getting free coffee, cupcakes, ice cream, tacos, food, and MOAR today.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
- McCormick & Schmick's is offering $10.40 entrees in the bar on April 15, and you also get a gift certificate for $10.40 off a future meal.
- Boston Market has a "Tax Break" promotion: buy any individual plate and get the second one free.
- Maggie Moo's is offering a free slice of their new ice cream pizza at any participating location from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
- Bring your reusable go-cup to Starbucks on April 15, and they'll fill it with piping-hot, free coffee.
- Cinnabon will give you two free Cupcake Bites from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
- Fill out the form and Taco Del Mar will email you a "taco 1099" good for a free taco.
- P.F. Chang's is offering 15% off your bill on April 15.
- Seattle: Capitol Hill is throwing Elliott Bay Book Co. a "welcome to the 'hood" party with food, drinks, live music, and more. 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
There are probably even more to discover, so get out there and make it a tax-tastic day!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Note: this one isn't an in-store coupon, so don't print it out and get all huffy when they won't redeem it at a physical store. I'm sure there will be an in-store coupon any minute now, though.
Don't worry, tax professionals, you get your day too... specifically, April 16. Show your business card and you'll get a free dessert, as well as a $10.40 gift certificate of your own.
Man, this tax day extravaganza is gaining a life of its own! I hope I can remember all the freebies out there when it's time to pull them all together for your tax day freebie checklist.
Boy, you're going to be busy on Thursday, what with all the discounts, freebies, and events flying around! Don't worry, I'll post a big Tax Day Roundup later this week so you won't miss any of them.
Good April 15-18.
Good through April 25, so you have some time to hunt down a participating location.
I bet that would be 0.5 billion if they didn't always double-up on the paper cups to provide insulation and a heat buffer between your delicate hand and the scalding-hot coffee. Maybe I'll put that in the suggestion box while I'm enjoying my free coffee on Thursday.
Monday, April 12, 2010
If I told my BF about this, he'd probably take it as a divine omen to start collecting "Star Trek: The Next Generation" boxed sets, so let's keep it between ourselves, shall we?
Free small fries for everyone on Friday, April 16, at your local Jack in the Box. It doesn't look like any coupons are necessary - just stop in, claim your fried potatoes, and enjoy.
It's Fast Food Week at the HTN! Gulp.
Actually, now that I look at it, your choices are CHEESY EXPLOSION CHEDDAR EXPLOSION, EXTREME CHEESE EXPLOSION, and GRILLED CHEESE EXPLOSION. None of those sound like things I'd want happening in my kitchen or my mouth, but I might want them on a T-shirt. Just saying, Kraft.
There's already a huge backlash against the poor thing, although at 540 calories and 32g of fat, it is, sad to say, NOT the worst fast-food sandwich out there. Which really isn't saying a lot, and I still hope you don't ever go anywhere near this thing, because you're going to need a lot more than one soda to flush it out of your system.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
- Good Housekeeping
- and whenever they fix the link, you can find the full list here, in the upper right-hand corner.
Friday, April 9, 2010
After this weekend, the regular discount is 10% off your purchases, which is still pretty nice. But if you were planning on buying an easel or that super-sized Sculpey set, now's your chance to score the real deal.
The grand opening is April 22, and they will be having free demos, DJ sets from Emerald City Soul Club, and probably some other sales, so stay tuned!
The event is Thursday, April 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. Customers are invited to mingle with Wu and shop the collection. Dessert and champagne will be served and there will be informal modeling of the clothes.
If I go, that will probably be the most fashionable I will ever be, in my whole life.
- Buy a 2- or 3-entree item plate and get a free single item at Panda Express. And don't worry if your friend keeps looking back and forth from your overflowing plate to their paltry scoop of sweet 'n' sour - they're probably just speechless with gratitude.
- 30% off Borders coupons for you and a friend. I'm not sure how this differs from, say, just printing the normal coupons twice, since it's not like they have unique identifiers on the coupons that are specific to your account. But when you hand your friend their coupon, they won't be able to forget your gesture. No, I mean they really won't be able to - it's printed across the top.
Sounds like someone's got a freebie friend date with their BFF!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Word on the street is that there will be live music, a beer garden, and snacks courtesy of Via Tribunali, Café Vita, Pike Street Fish Fry, and Quinn's. Should be a fun event, weather permitting, so if you're in the neighborhood or just reeling from sending in your taxes, stop by!
- Cinnabon will give you two free Cupcake Bites from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
- Fill out the form and Taco Del Mar will email you a "taco 1099" good for a free taco.
- P.F. Chang's is offering 15% off your bill on April 15.
If you see another tax day special, leave it in the comments!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
- Buy 3 packages of Pilot FriXion pens at $1.19 each. Use $1/1 coupon found in Walgreen’s April Coupon Book (found near store entrance).
- Pay around $.60 out of pocket.
- Send in the rebate found on the pen packages. It says you’ll get a $4.50 rebate.
- Make $3.90!
Rebates aren't exactly instant gratification, but if you have the patience to fill them out thoroughly and wait for the check, it's fun to get free money in the mail. This one seems like a good deal, although I hear the pens have been flying off the shelves, so you may have to hit a Walgreens or two in order to find them.
Of course, green may not be all that green, says the New York Times. But never mind about that - we're doing it for the planet!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I mean, that probably narrows it down to shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, or a hair styling product, but why ruin the fun? Just sign up and see what you get.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Or had it? Apparently not, because they sent me a 12-oz bottle of Stress Relief lotion, along with a somewhat perplexing card that implied that I'd received the offer at my gynecologist's office while giving birth. Well, whatever. I may not have offspring, but I have stress that needs to be lotioned away. Do they make this stuff in bathtub sizes?
They ran a similar promotion before, except you had to get these specially marked bags that had a promotional label on the front, and surprise surprise, those bags mysteriously disappeared off shelves WELL before the end date of the offer. This one just seems to be any bag of Hershey's Kisses, Reese's peanut butter cups, Hershey's miniatures, or York peppermint patties.
Now if only a candy-centric holiday had just occurred, so that we could stock up on four bags of qualifying candy at 50% off or more. Huh. Too bad.
If your love of cinnamon buns has you waxing poetic, you can also participate in their essay contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Just tell them why your life needs Cinnabon frosting in 500 words or less, and the prize could be yours.
You do have to sign up for their "For the Love of Goat Cheese" club, but it sounds like that's just an e-newsletter that you can have sent to your junk email. What should I make with my free goat cheese? Maybe a spinach and mushroom goat pizza?
Saturday, April 3, 2010
- Good Housekeeping - 2 years, $8
- Marie Claire - 2 years, $8
- Esquire - 2 years, $8
- O Magazine - 2 years, $18
- Cosmo - 2 years, $15
Friday, April 2, 2010
They're also advertising their new $2/$4/$6/$8 value menu. You get your free sundae when you order an item off that menu, or just any old entree. PANCAKE PUPPEHS!
Good through April 9.
- AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NC, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV
- CO and WY
- AK, AZ, ID
- OR, WA
- AK, CA, ID, OR, UT
- CA, IL, IN, NE
This doesn't include all states (again, NEEDLESSLY COMPLICATED), so I hope yours is one of the lucky ones on the list.
- Free "Green Kitchen" Kit - Evidently you'll be receiving coupons for free Green Kitchen Kits are in your CurbWaste & Conserve newsletter, which arrives in mailboxes this week! (This may be more for homeowners - I live in an apartment building and don't recall ever getting one of these.) Starting April 15, you can redeem your coupons for free Green Kitchen Kits, including an EcoSafe Kitchen Collector, compostable bags for storing food scraps, a food scraper, a CFL light bulb, and a reusable shopping bag, at various neighborhood service centers.
- Free Gardening Classes - Starting April 3, the City of Seattle will be offering free gardening classes. Savvy Gardener classes will focus on native plants and food gardening, encouraging gardeners to make choices this spring that will help them save water during Seattle’s typical dry summers. Check out the class schedule here.
(Thanks, Laura P.!)
Thursday, April 1, 2010
OK, so I guess what it is, is that you just fill out the form to receive a coupon for a free Butterfinger. BUT if you feel creative, you can also write a little story about how someone laid a finger on your Butterfinger, which they choose to call a "crime report." If you do this, your story could be posted on their website and you're entered to win some fabulous prizes, like an iPhone or a year's supply of Butterfingers. One bar is just about a year's supply of Butterfingers for me, so I think I'm good with just the coupon.
I do know some cupcake-lovers who are non-coffee-drinkers, so hopefully they'll be cool about letting you substitute tea, a carton of milk, etc. for that coffee.
I'm not sure if guys will go for a body wash that says "Dove" and has a little picture of a bird on it, but maybe the hipsters are comfortable enough with their shower masculinity not to care. Prove me right, fellas!
Of course I'm sure they'd like you to buy something while you're there, and waffles are tasty. Just saying.
I'm not a big buyer of bottled convenience drinks (ask me about my feelings on the value of bottled water), but one time someone gave me an Honest Tea, so I actually have tried this brand. I thought it was pretty awful, but if you like organic hippie tea that's sweetened with only honey, maybe this is your bag.