Friday Freebies: 12 fabulously free offers!

There are so many freebies this week that it's a tad overwhelming. But not so much that I wouldn't take advantage of all 12 of them. Here's the round up of this week's free deals. Enjoy your weekend!

Add your e-mail to Ben & Jerry's ChunkMail list and you'll get a free ice cream coupon on your birthday and a buy-one, get-one-free coupon on your half birthday. When you sign up, chose the location that is most convenient because the coupons will be for that specific store. Each coupon has your full name on it and your member ID number to make sure the coupon doesn't spread across cyberspace. The coupons can only be printed once.


Post-It has come out with a super sticky version of their popular yellow office notes. Take the "super sticky challenge" by requesting a free sample of the new, stickier notes. This will involve sharing your name, address, e-mail, and birth year. Then answer five multiple choice questions about your use of sticky notes. You can opt in or out of Post-It's e-mail newsletter that included coupons and special offers. Expires Dec. 31, 2010 or when supplies run out. Your freebie will arrive in 6-8 weeks.

I've been doing a weekly round up of back to school deals and freebies, which are useful even if you don't have school-aged children at home. Why not stock up your home office? Here are the best deals I found for the week ending Aug. 7, 2010 at Target. Paper portfolios are $.10, erasers (pack of 2) are $.20, plastic rulers are $.20, glue is $.20 (4-oz bottle), 12-pack of colored pencils are $.50 and you get a free 24-pack of crayons with the purchase! Mead notebooks are $.50, 10-pack of Bic pens are $.50 and 100-count of 4" x 6" index cards are $.50. See this week's back to school deals from Office Depot and Staples.

Snag a free sample of Dove damage therapy daily treatment conditioner when you share your name, email, date of birth, address, marital status, and sex. You can opt in or out of two newsletters. This product claims to reduce signs of damage to your hair, but I have never tried it. Your free sample will arrive in 8-12 weeks, so be patient. That's a long time to wait! It's unclear how long this offer will last, so don't wait to sign up if you're interested.

If you missed the June free trial at ThredUp, an online kids clothing swap, here's your chance. Join ThredUp now and get two months free OR 20% off in August. Use coupon code mysavings. Not sure if the code is case sensitive. Expires September 1, 2010. Get the free ThredUp trial. Here's how the site works: You pay $13 to receive a box of clothes; sending a box is free. Each box has an average of 15 items, or about 87 cents per item. You can chose from dozens of boxes listed and search by sex, age, and types of clothes you want. The free trial is for ThredUp's PRO membership, which is $20 for six months or $30 for a year. A basic membership is free. I'd go for the freebie and you can always cancel if the program does not meet your needs. Signing up supports WalletPop.

This week's best free sample offers from Freeflys -- a site devoted to collecting free sample and coupon offers -- are below. You have to register on FreeFlys for access to these freebies, which means sharing your name, address, e-mail, phone number, gender, birthday and marital status.You will also need to vote yay or nay on about 30 other offers to join various e-mail lists to get to the free sample form. Kind of a pain. On the other hand, free is free. Get a coupon for free oatmeal. Get a free sample of men's cologne. (requires you to like Freeflys Facebook page). Get free samples of energy and sport vitamins. Lastly, get a free sample of high quality lotion you can use every day. Requesting a sample supports WalletPop.

Get a free 7-day gym pass to Bally Total Fitness when you click on the image at right. The pass is good for seven consecutive days and you have to take a club tour and club presentation before getting to work out. Expires Dec. 31, 2010. Start by entering your zip code to find your nearest Bally's. If there is not one within 25 miles, you may not be eligible for this deal. Pick which club you'd like to use during your free trial. Share your name, email and phone number. Then they will email you the pass. Make sure to start it within 30 days. Bally's gyms have group exercise classes, personal trainers, and new equipment. Get the free gym pass.

Semi-freebie: Get a free root beer float at A&W with any purchase through Aug. 21, 2010. Print this A&W coupon to get the deal, which is for a regular float only. The freebie is part of A&W's celebration of National Root Beer Float day, which ranks right up there with National Cheesecake Day. But hey, if there is a nice coupon involved, I'm not going to grumble too loudly.

Semi-freebie: Every day in August, kids eat free at IHOP from 4 to 10 p.m. -- one free kids meal for each adult entree you order. The idea is to save money on your restaurant tab while back-to-school shopping. It's probably cheaper to eat at home, unless you stick to the most basic pancake order and avoid all extras. Kids must be aged 12 or under to eat free. The freebie must be ordered from the kids menu.
Lastly, read my interview with the CouponMom for her secrets on getting 86% off at the grocery store!

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