Fourth of July freebies and deals and sales (July 4, 2010)

Whip out your red, white, and blue and celebrate the July 4, 2010 holiday with this huge list of freebies. From sandwiches to books, these freebies will make the long holiday weekend even sweeter. Thank goodness for independence!

Buy any drink, excluding coffee and value drinks, at an Arby's on Monday, July 5 and receive a free Junior Deluxe Sandwich -- a new item on the value menu not officially available until next week. The sandwiches will be available any time of day. The Junior Deluxe Sandwich is made of roast beef, lettuce and tomato on a toasted sesame seed bun. Once it hits the value menu, the sandwich will sell for $1. With the drink exclusions, you'll likely spend $1.50 to get this freebie. Find an Arby's near you.
Barnes & Noble is offering freebies for book lovers - 21 free ebook downloads celebrating American writers. Free titles include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Scarlet Letter. B&N Classics normally go for $2 and up, so this deal is worth $42 or more if you download all the books. The free downloads expire Monday, July 5. If you don't already have Barnes & Noble's free book reader, you can download that too. It is compatible with most systems.

Help others, get ice cream. That's a proposition I like. Target and Ben & Jerry's have teamed up to give free ice cream to folks who volunteer. Sign up for a project in your neighborhood through Volunteer Match, then look for an e-mail with a coupon for a free scoop, which you can redeem at any Target that sells Ben & Jerry's. In my neighborhood, the projects included volunteering at a library sale, helping literacy teachers and hosting an exchange student. Once you earn your coupon, you can pass the coupon onto five friends. Think of it as an ice cream party at Target! Ben & Jerry's created two new flavors in honor of volunteers, including Berry Voluntary and Brownie Chew Gooder. While supplies last.

Join ThredUp, an online clothing swapping site that recently branched out to include kids wear, and get two months of free swapping. The way the site works is you fill a box with gently used clothes that your child no longer needs, then offer it up for grabs. Meanwhile, you can pick a box of clothes you want to receive from the dozens that are listed. You can pick by gender, size, and season. You pay $13 to receive a box; sending boxes is free. Click here to join.

This is the last weekend to get a free 60-day BJ's membership. The membership is valid from the time you start it, but you must begin no later than July 5. The free membership comes with a secondary free membership for a member of your household.

Need a reason to clip coupons? Here are three drugstore products you can get free by saving and clipping coupons. One of my favorite bloggers who matches coupons with sales, Bargain Briana, found three freebies at Walgreens this week, among others. Among the coupons are free Dentyne Gum, Johnson & Johnson Floss, Reach Crystal Clean toothbrush and free Finesse Hair Care products.

If you live near a Waffle House, print out this coupon for a free slice of pie and head on over before July 10, when the coupon expires. Valid on dine-in orders only. One per customer. It's unclear if you need to make a regular purchase to get this deal, but it does not sound like it. Find a Waffle House near you. Caveats: not valid on take out. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid at participating Waffle House restaurants only.

Get six free red, white, and blueberry pancake puppies at Denny's in honor of the July 4th holiday when you spend at least $2 and print this Facebook coupon. Pancake puppies are small balls of fried pancake dough. It looks like the puppies are tinted red, they have blueberries inside, and you can drizzle white chocolate on top for an American flag look. This offer expires July 25. Caveats: one coupon per check per table. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Valid at participating restaurants only. Photocopies of the coupon are not accepted.

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