Friday Freebies: Free Starbucks, IHOP Pancakes, and Mini Photo-Album

maple syrup and pancakes - friday freebiesDoes it get any better than free food? Nope! I'm not a tease, so without further ado let me share the four amazing free food deals in this week's Friday Freebies. Plus there is a free mini-photo book and free sample of shampoo and conditioner. Yee-haw!

Fill your belly with a short stack of free pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2011. The tasty freebie is part of the restaurant's annual fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. A short stack has three pancakes and is quite filling (I took it upon myself to test this freebie, ahem, for research.)

You can get the free pancakes between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Tuesday. In exchange, IHOP asks that you leave a donation for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Last year, IHOP guests raised more than $2.1 million. This year the goal is to raise $2.3 million. Since the charity freebie began in 2006, IHOP has given away more than 10.1 million pancakes!As a fun twist, you can set up a reminder call about free pancake day from a celebrity. Your celebrity wake up call options include NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young, 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan, Children's Miracle Network co-founder Marie Osmond, Dukes of Hazzard and Smallville star John Schneider, or David Archuleta of American Idol.

Caveats: One free short stack of pancakes per guest. Dine in only at participating restaurants. Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon.

Grab a free cup of Starbucks coffee this Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, when you take a guided tour of the newish NOOK Color device at Barnes & Noble. Previously, the Nook was only available in black and white. The free coffee is available while supplies last and must be a non-customized, tall size drink. You can get it hot or iced. No coupon needed. With Nook Color you can read newspapers, magazines and books in color. The Color version has WiFi built in so you can also search the Web on the 7-inch screen and listen to music. The Associated Press calls the device the Best Dedicated eReader. It retails for $249.

Free coffee caveats: One per customer at participating Barnes & Noble Cafés. May not be combined with any other coupon or offer. Not valid at Starbucks Coffee locations, Cafés operated by Starbucks at Barnes & Noble retail stores, BN.COM or Barnes & Noble College Bookstores.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is introducing a new line of peach-flavored beverages by giving a bunch away on Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2011, from 4-7 p.m. The freebie is for a 12-ounce sample, which is very generous. The peachy drinks are to celebrate spring, although at least in my neck of the woods, that's still wishful thinking.

The drinks include a Peach Tea Latte, which has "notes of honey," a Peach Iced Tea Latte, and a Peach FruTea, which is an ice blended beverage that has a hint of green tea. Caveats: The freebie giveaway is happening at participating locations only. Not valid at Ralphs locations. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.

Make friends with SOYJOY on Facebook and get a free SOYJOY bar, a combination of baked whole soy and fruit. Available while supplies last or until Apr. 1, 2011. The bars come in three flavors, blueberry, strawberry, and banana. I hope I get strawberry!

Start by clicking the link above, then "like" the company's fan page and click where it says "Click here, if you dare?" Allow SOYJOY basic access to your profile, then take one of six dares. I chose the foodie dare (I dare to eat kale!) then uploaded a picture of my dog to "document" the dare.

You can also upload a video. Almost immediately I received an email from SOYJOY with a link to claim my freebie. The link took me to a request form where I shared my name, address, email, date of birth and gender. That's a lot of steps -- and about seven minutes of my time -- to get free food. As a shortcut, you might be able to go straight to the freebie request page here.

Caveats: Available to U.S. residents only. One SOYJOY bar per person, household address, code and/or email address. Once you submit the final request form, the free bar takes 6-8 weeks to arrive.

You don't need to be a Costco member to get a free sample of the warehouse's Kirkland Signature Professional Salon Quality Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. (Kirkland is Costco's in-house brand).

Available while supplies last. To get a free sample, share your name, address, email and date of birth. Filling in your gender is optional. You'll also be asked four multiple choice questions about your shampoo habits. By requesting the freebie, you're also joining Costco's email list. You can unsubscribe later, however.

This line of hair cleaners purports to be ultra-luxurious, sulfate-free and safe enough for color-treated hair. The formula is paraben-free and gluten-free, so it is vegan. Caveats: The free sample will take 4-6 weeks to arrive. Available to U.S. residents only. One sample per household. You must be 18 or older to receive this sample.

Get a free mini photo album from Eco Photo Imaging, a processing and printing company based in Baltimore. The freebie is yours when you share your name, address, and email. On top of the free mini photo album, you'll receive by mail a packet of info about the photo company (i.e. a sales pitch). It is unclear how long this freebie will last.

Eco Photo Imaging says it does not use your data for any purpose other than sending you the info and mini photo album. However, if you decide to place an order, your info will already be in its sales system. I would expect a few emails and mailers about the company, too. Just a hunch.

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