Friday Freebies: Free Shipping, Glasses, MP3s, and More!

friday freebies; free shippingThe cherry on top of this week's Friday Freebies is Free Shipping Day. More than a thousand stores are banding together to offer free shipping today, Dec. 17, 2010 with guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery. More on that below. The other freebies include free perfume, MP3s, prescription glasses, photocopies, a Tide sample, and an appetizer at Chevys. If this doesn't get you in the holiday spirit, I don't know what will!Of the free shipping offers, more than half the retailers participating -- some 60% -- are offering free shipping with no minimums. The rest have minimums or other qualifications to get free shipping. If you have not finished your Christmas shopping, this Friday is a great day to cross everyone else off your list. The online event is organized by FreeShipping.org, a site devoted to free shipping coupon codes. So far 1,260 retailers are on board. Some sites may allow you to combine the free shipping offer with other coupon codes, while others may not. A small selection of participating merchants include Macy's, Sears, Ralph Lauren, Office Max, Sephora, Victoria's Secret, JCPenney, Harry & David, Melissa & Doug, Nike, Levi's, UGG, Kmart and the Apple Store. Don't forget to take advantage of rivaling free shipping offers from Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon. Shipping is one thing you don't want to pay for this Christmas!

CoastalContacts.com is giving away another 10,000 pairs of free prescription glasses this Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. To get the freebie, like the retailer's Facebook fan page and click on the "FREE FOR ALL!!" tab. Then go to CoastalContacts.com, pick out a pair you like, and use coupon code FREE4ALL to get the glasses for free. You pay for shipping, which starts at about $10 to $15. Progressives, coatings, transitions, and tints are 50% off during the one-day promotion. Contacts are 10% off when you order glasses. I took advantage of a similar promotion last month and was extremely happy with the ordering process and the way my glasses turned out. Figuring out which size glasses I needed was particularly easy with Coastal Contacts. If you must buy your glasses in person, here are the best places to buy glasses, including average price estimates. Caveats: If you have already received a free pair of glasses through Coastal Contacts, you are not eligible for this promotion.

Here's a quick $5. "Like" the HobNob Wines page on Facebook and get a $5 credit on Rhapsody that you can redeem for free MP3s. This is a sweet deal. Rhapsody has more than 10 million tracks to choose from. Offer ends Dec. 25, 2010, or when supplies run out. You have 10 days to redeem the free $5 MP3 credit before it expires. Share your name, email, state of residence and date of birth to get the coupon code. By getting the free music credit, you are signing up for HobNob's email list. For some reason, this promotion is not available to folks who live in California. Caveats: One credit per email address. Available to U.S. residents aged 21 or older. No purchase necessary.

Print this Sephora coupon then head to your nearest JCPenney that has a Sephora makeup counter to get a free sample of Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist Liquid Nude scent and a free Express Service. The 10-minute Express Service is a mini-lesson in how to do your eyes, work with concealer or make your skin glow. One sample per person. Available while supplies last or until Jan. 12, 2011. If the Sephora counter at JCPenney is out of Cashmere Mist Liquid Nude, they will give you a sample of something else. Caveats: Not valid online at sephora.com or jcp.com/sephora. Cannot be used with any other coupons or offers.

Get 25 free photocopies at Office Depot with the printable coupon available through the above link. The deal expires Dec. 29, 2010. You'll need to join Office Depot's free Worklife Rewards loyalty program to take advantage of this deal. With the Worklife card, when you buy stuff, you earn rewards that can be used toward future purchases. The free copies must be black and white, one-sided and letter or legal size. You must make the 25 free copies at the self service counter. Make sure to present your Worklife card and the coupon when you make the purchase. Extra copies cost money. Caveats: One coupon per household or business. Cannot be combined with any other coupons or offers.

Tide is giving away free samples of its Washing Machine Cleaner to the first 5,000 Facebook fans who register for the freebie on its page starting at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. These samples will go extremely quickly -- I'm guessing within a few minutes -- so be logged onto Facebook and on the Tide fan page before 4 p.m. EST tomorrow. It's unclear if there are any age or residence restrictions, or if getting a previous sample from Tide precludes you from qualifying for this one. Try it and see. Before seeing this promotion, I never knew washing machine cleaner existed!

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free appetizer at Chevys Fresh Mex when you join the restaurant's "compadres club," aka its email list. Share your name, email, gender, address, birthday month and year, your favorite entree, which location you visit most often and your annual household income to get the deal. Plus, create a password for the site. Chevys is asking a lot for this freebie! The sign-up form promises perks for joining, including birthday treats, cantina parties and coupons. Caveats: You must be 21 or older to join the email list. It's unclear if a purchase is required to get your free appetizer.

Don't forget to watch my latest video on how to persuade merchants to give you a discount. Consider it free entertainment that will save you money in the future.

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