Another Free Breakfast From IKEA

If the old saying holds true, perhaps there is no such thing as a free lunch. However, for a period of four days, from Friday, February 13, 2009 through Monday, February 16, 2009, many regional IKEA stores will again offer free breakfast to its customers.

Coping With the Economy

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    Denny's gave away Grand Slam breakfasts for one day in its 1,152 restaurants nationwide.

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    Salvage groceries are items that get returned to warehouses for some reason -- dented cans, over-ordering, use-by dates are getting close or items that don't sell well. This "remainders" business is getting hot in our bad economy.

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    Many libraries across the country are experiencing an increase in patrons, especially job seekers who use the Internet to look for work and borrow DVDs for cheap entertainment. Even with budget cutbacks, some are thinking of buying more computer terminals and expanding wi-fi options.

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    To try to spur tourism and help out local businesses, the state of Massachusetts is sponsoring a new program called MassValuePass which has coupons, special offers and huge discounts.

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    You don't have to just let unwanted gifts sit around in your house, gathering dust. With belts tightening, you need to make use of all your assets, so a new site, barterquest.com has found a way to match up people and their stuff to barter.

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    To deal with the rising cost of food, Royal Caribbean is adding a surcharge for steaks served in its dining rooms.

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    Blaming inflation and rising food and energy prices, the 99 Cents Only discount store announced it was bumping its top price to 99.99 cents -- or one-hundredth of a cent less than a dollar -- the first price increase in the chain's 26-year history.

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    As economic troubles keep diners at home, restaurants are starting to cut back on portion sizes and are using cheaper ingredients -- even high-end hot spots. In New York, restaurant owners admit to shrinking lobsters, subbing shiitake mushrooms for morels and offering discount appetizers.

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IKEA's free breakfast promotion is limited to one per customer and only while supplies last. Of course, you won't be treated to a mega home-run, super-sausage and multi-egg special breakfast plate, but IKEA will include a cup of java in the deal, and free food is always appreciated just the same.


Use the link provided above, and scroll down to see the fine print and locations taking part in the offer, tied in to IKEA's Seize the Days promotion. Some IKEA locations are not taking part, so you'll probably want to check this out before you appear at your local IKEA store with a bib tied under your chin.

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