Friday Freebies: More Veteran's Day, Tacos, Wifi, Shipping, Holiday Photos

American flag and the Washington MonumentThe list of Friday Freebies is HUGE this week, thanks in part to so many retailers celebrating Veteran's Day with freebies that extend beyond yesterday's holiday. Many of these freebies are tied to the holidays and will be around for weeks, like free shipping at Walmart and free in-flight Wifi on Virgin America, AirTran and Delta. Happy weekend!

Get not one but TWO free tacos at Jack in the Box on Nov. 16, 2010, after 2 p.m. No purchase necessary and you do not need a coupon to get this deal. One order per person. I'm guessing Jack is trying to drum up afternoon business? Caveats: while supplies last. At participating locations only (call ahead to confirm).

Here's a freebie that's bound to save you moolah. Walmart announced free shipping on 60,000 holiday items, including electronics, video games, toys, jewelry, and furniture. There is no minimum purchase amount and returns are free, too. The free shipping offer ends Dec. 20, 2010. Walmart estimates the free shipping offer will save spenders $25 million this holiday season. Shipping items to your local Walmart store is already free. Caveats: iPods, iPads, tires, and Walmart Marketplace items are excluded, among other items. Shipping charges may apply in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

Get free in-flight Wi-Fi on all domestic flights on Virgin America, AirTran, and Delta between Nov. 20, 2010 and Jan. 2, 2011. The airlines are partnering with Google Chrome, an internet browser, to offer this holiday gift to customers. Every single airplane on these carriers is outfitted with GoGo Inflight Internet, according to Google. All you need is your laptop or smart phone to get connected. GoGo costs about $13 for a cross-country trip and less for shorter flights. I've used the airlines internet service at 35,000 feet and it works surprisingly well. Once I had a video chat with a friend while I was miles above Kansas.

Get one free custom photo portrait at Sears through Nov. 14, 2010. There is no session fee and no purchase is necessary, so why not use this to create holiday photos? The freebie is for a 10 x 13 photo with enhancements such as getting the print as a black and white or selecting a border. One free photo portrait per family. You can combine this freebie with a package using the same pose. New sessions only. Make sure to print the coupon through the above link and bring it to the sitting to get the deal. Ask a photo associate for details. A custom photo portrait of this size normally sells for $45. Caveats: excludes online orders and reorders.

A few freebies from my Veteran's Day 2010 freebies post are still valid. Military fianceés can get a free wedding dress Nov. 8-13 at select retailers across the county. The dresses are donated by a slew of designers and sell for $500 to $3,000. Sizes range from 4 to 22. At Golden Corral on Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 from 5-9 p.m., veterans, active duty, reserve, and national guard members can get a free dinner buffet. Last year they fed 335,000 people! Veterans get a 10% military discount year round at The Home Depot and Lowe's. Show your military ID at checkout. Through Nov. 24, 2010, admission to Knott's Berry Farm is free to veterans or active duty military personnel plus one guest. Get up to six extra tickets for $15 each. ID required. Eligible person must be present. Dependent I.D.s will not be accepted.

Veterans can get a free cane from AMG Medical at participating Sam's Clubs Nov. 10-12, 2010. They are giving out 36,000 canes total. Membership not required. Admission is free for active military duty personnel and up to three dependents for Sea World Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or Williamsburg, Sesame Place, Adventure Island, or Water Country USA. Some exclusions. One per person per year. ID required. Veterans get a mattress discount, free shipping on bed sets, and special discounts through Nov. 14, 2010 at Sleep Number.

Including today, there are three more Fridays in November to grab a free, 12-ounce cup of Seattle's Best coffee at Burger King. Click to find a participating BK near you to get your free coffee, then click on the link under "Coffee's On At BK." No purchase necessary. One per customer during breakfast hours, which presumably end at noon or thereabouts. Caveats: while supplies last. Not valid on flavored shots or whipped topping. Free coffee at participating Burger King restaurants only.

I almost never blog about contests, but I singled out this contest to win a free subscription to Better Homes & Gardens because 10,000 winners will receive the mag for a year. Sign up by Dec. 17, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. EST to qualify. The contest is being run by Avon, which is paying for the prizes. A year-long subscription to Better Homes & Gardens normally costs $6. You will be getting e-mails and mailed materials from Avon if you sign up, no doubt. The entry form also asks for your phone number. In fact, by entering this contest, you are sharing your info with a number of businesses beyond Avon, the contest sponsor. "Sponsor may also include your name and postal address in postal address lists that Sponsor sells or rents to third parties for marketing purposes." Is saving $6 worth it? You be the judge. Caveats: you must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the United States, excluding Puerto Rico, to be eligible to win.

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