Cyber Monday Freebies 2016

Bass Pro Shops (pg 26 and 27 of their Black Friday ad)

  • Free photo with santa through December 24
  • Free Games and Activities for Kids Wednesday to Sunday
  • Free crafts 7 days a week through December 24

 

Fry’s Electronics Weekly and Promo Code Emails 11/27 to 12/3

  • $20,000 Giveaway, www.frys.com/contest
  • McAfee AntiVirus 2017, Free after MIR and promo code
  • McAfee Total Protection 2017, Free after MIR and promo code
  • AVG Internet Security 2017, Free after MIR and promo code
  • ProHT 6ft Cable w/Ethernet, Free after MIR and promo code
  • Acronis Disk Director 12, Free after MIR and promo code
  • Norton Security Deluxe + Utilities Bundle, Free after MIR and promo code

 

Not free, but deals under $1 from Fry’s:

  • iPad Case for iPad 2, 3, 4, 60 cents with promo code
  • Charge/Sync Micro USB Cable, 69 cents
  • PayDoh Single Can, 50 cents with promo code
  • Full size candy bars, 33 cents each with promo code, Snickers, Reese’s, Almond Joy, limit 3 each

 

Newegg.com

 

Micro Center (pg 49 of their catalog)

  • System Suite 12 Professional, Free after $20 and $30 MIR
  • Perfect Image Professional, Free after $40 MIR

 

Free T-Shirt from Thit, fill out the form to get a free T-Shirt

Coupon Mom, join the website and email list to get freebies with coupons (beware, Coupon Mom often considers rewards programs as “free” when they’re not actually free, although they’re often good deals)

Free Noosa Yogurt (“for your friend”)

Free Sample of Liv Relief, fill out the form to get the sample, good stocking stuffer for athletic types.

Free $5 Target Gift card for getting your flu shot at CVS Pharmacy, click to read details

 

Digital Freebies (Music, Ebooks, Software, anything you can download)

MacX Video Converter Pro, Free Holiday Download

Rapid Prototyping for Entrepreneurs| Build a Demo in 2 hours, Free Udemy Online Course

Relapse Records Fall 2016 Sampler, Free music on Google Play

Black Friday Freebies 2016

For multiple years in a row now, this blog has published this list on Black Friday Freebies. Black Friday is one of two days of the year where you can literally go from place to place to get freebies with no purchase required (The other is your birthday). For super savers, coupon clippers, cheapskates, and die hard holiday shoppers, you should be aware that this blog only lists freebies that are actually free. There may be many other good deals on Black Friday that are not listed here, depending on your personal situation.

The Following Types of Promotions are Actually Free:

  • Door prizes
  • Sweepstakes
  • Free Food and activities
  • Coupon for $10 off $10 or more (or $5 or any other increment)
  • Free after rebate (sales tax and postage may apply)

Free after rebate deals still make the list since the savings are around 99% even with sales tax and postage. Use a cash back credit card (without carrying any debt from month to month) to offset some of that cost.

 

The Following Types of Promotions are NOT Actually Free and are not on this list:

  • Free with purchase
  • Free gift card with purchase
  • Free with activation
  • Free after points (this is like a BOGO, which is not actually free)

While these are not actually free by themselves, they can potentially be combined with other offers to get even more freebies. For example, get an item that is free after points, then use the points to buy an item that is free after mail in rebate (MIR), and both items are actually free. Even without combining offers, “free after points” offers can still be very good for stocking stuffers.

 

Academy Sports+Outdoors

 

Bass Pro Shops (pg 26 and 27 of their ad)

  • Free photo with santa through December 24
  • Free Games and Activities for Kids Wednesday to Sunday
  • Free crafts 7 days a week through December 24
  • Drawings for prizes every hour on 26th and 27th starting at 10:30 am
  • Saturday 26th, Free Bass Pro Shops Gun Sock to first 100 customers
  • Sunday 27th, Free Truetimber Camo Beanie to first 100 customers

 

Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles, Stage

  • First 75 people in line get a gift card, 72 will receive a $10 gift card, 1 will receive $50, 1 will receive $75, one will receive $100
  • One winner will receive a 4-ft teddy bear

 

Bealls Florida

  • First 200 people in line get a chance to win a kayak, 1 winner per store, Thursday 6 pm
  • Register to win a boat, www.facebook.com/beallsflorida
  • Win $1,000 shopping spree, enter to win in store on Friday between 5 am to 8 am

 

Belk

  • Thursday 4 pm, First 200 customers in line receive gift card, $5 to $1,000, one $1,000 per store
  • Friday 6 am, First 200 customers in line receive gift card, $5 to $1,000, one $1,000 per store
  • Free Beauty and fragrance samples

 

Bon Ton  (and probably these: Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Younkers) (Thursday 5 pm)

  • Clip coupon in their ad for $10 off an item of $10 or more
  • Free gift card for first 200 customers in line, card value between $5 and $500

 

Cabela’s (Friday 5 am)

  • Prizes for first 600 in line, Browning Rifle $600 value, Cuddeback Camera $100 value, Vortex Rifle Site $300 value, Bradley Smoker $350 value, Cabela’s cash card, Pfleuger fishing reel $60 value, Cabela’s bow $120 value, Badlands backpack $100 value, Worksharp sharpener $30 value, autographed Ken Onion knife $30 value, Ken Onion tool package $270 value

 

CVS

  • Colgate Toothpaste, $3 – $2.50 CVS kiosk coupon – $0.50 printable coupon from CVS.com = Free

 

Express

  • Win a trip to NYC, see page 2 of their ad

 

Farm & Home Supply (Friday 7 am)

  • 2 Pk Nkok Realtree Ford F-150 and F-250 RC truck, Free after F&H erebate online, see page 8 of their ad)

 

Fred Meyer (Friday 5 am)

  • Free coffee, juice, donuts

 

Fry’s Electronics 11/20 to 11/23

  • Inland 12 ft HDMI cable, free after $4 MIR and email promo code
  • Enermax Twister Storm 120mm case fan, free after $10 MIR
  • Avanquest Driver Genius Pro 12, free after $15 MIR
  • Fry’s $20,000 Holiday Shopping Spree Giveaway (ends 11/20), www.frys.com/contest

 

Fry’s Electronics Black Friday Promo Code Preview

  • ProHT Bluetooth Stereo Headsets, Free after $10 MIR and $9.99 promo code
  • Inland lightning to USB sync and charge cable, Free after $7 MIR and $7.99 promo code
  • Norton Security Deluxe Plus Utilities, Free after $50 MIR and $10 promo code

 

Fry’s Electronics Promo Code Email Thursday 5 PM, 6 am online

  • Asus Cereberus Gaming Headset, Free after $35 MIR and email promo code
  • 6′ HDMI Cable with Ethernet & Gold Connectors, Free after $4 MIR and email promo code
  • McAfee Total Protection 2017, Free after $55 MIR and email promo code
  • Kaspersky Total Security 2017, Free after $65 MIR and email promo code
  • Acronis Disk Director 12, Free after $30 MIR and email promo code

 

Fry’s Electronics Promo Code Email Thursday 5 pm, 9 am online

  • Inland 15.6″ Laptop sleeve, Free w/MIR and promo code
  • Inland 8ft HDMI cable, Free w/MIR and promo code, limit 3
  • Bytecc 6′ USB 2.0 mirco USB, Free w/MIR and promo code, limit 3
  • ProHT Bluetooth Earbuds, Free w/MIR and promo code, limit 2
  • Smartbean Bluetooth Receiver, Free w/MIR and promo code
  • ProHT Lightning to USB sync and charge 3 ft, Free/MIR and promo code, limit 2
  • Inland USB 3.1 to type C cable, Free w/ MIR and promo code, limit 2
  • Tenergy 4-pack AA batteries, 6 cents ea, limit 10, in-store only

 

Fry’s Electronics Promo Code Email Friday 8 am, 6 am online

  • Asus bluetooth 4.0 USB adapter, Free w/MIR and promo code, limit 2
  • inland Lightning to USB Sync and charge, free w/MIR and promo code, limit 2
  • Patriot Fuel Active, free w/MIR and promo code
  • Tenergy 4-pack AA batteries, 6 cents each, limit 10, in-store only

 

Fry’s Electronics Promo code Email Friday 8 am, 9 am online

  • EVGA GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 32-Bit DDR3, Free w/MIR and promo code
  • ProHT Metalic Earbuds with Built-in Mircophone, Free w/MIR and promo code
  • inland PC Chat Headset, Free w/MIR and promo code
  • inland 6′ HDMI cable with Ethernet, free w/MIR and promo code
  • ProHT Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds, free w/MIR and promo code, limit 2
  • Adreama USB Car Charging Adapter, 49 cents

 

Fry’s Electronics Weekly Deals 11/24 to 11/26

  • ProHT 3.5mm Analog Desktop mic, free after MIR
  • Spanish Premier, multiple language, free after $10 and $20 MIR

 

Gander Mountain

  • First 100 customers receive free giveaway or chance to win $500 gift card

 

Half Price Books, Friday 9 am

  • First 100 customers get tote bag with $5 gift card, one tote bag will have $100 gift card

 

Home Depot (Saturday 9 am to noon)

  • Free picture frame workshop for kids (not verified by Black Friday ad)

 

JC Penney, Thursday 3 pm

  • Receive a coupon for $10 off purchase of $10 or more, $100 off purchase of $100 or more, or $500 off purchase of $500 or more

 

Macy’s (Thursday 5 pm)

  • Bella Slow Cooker OR Bella waffle maker, free after $10 MIR

 

Mill’s Fleet Farm (Friday, 6 am)

  • Free Mill’s Fleet Farm Plush Koala Bear to first 500 customers.

 

New York & Company (Wednesday morning)

 

Newegg

 

Old Navy Thursday 4 pm

  • 10 days of scratch and win million dollar giveaway, $100,000 given away each day, 2 codes allowed per person per day, get codes at checkout, no purchase necessary.

 

Rural King

  • Energizer Batteries 16 pack, AA or AAA, free after $10 MIR, limit 4 (Friday, 6 am, purchase online?)
  • Enter to Win Monster Moto Mini Bike or $400 Rual King gift card (pg 9 of ad)

 

Sears

 

Staples, Friday 6 am

  • Kapersky Internet Security, 1 user, 1 cent after $45 easy rebate
  • Staples multipurpose paper ream, 1 cent after $7.98 easy rebate, limit 4

 

Shopko, Thursday 4 pm

  • Free $10 gift card to first 100 customers plus coupon book

 

Victoria’s Secret (Thursday, 5 pm)

  • Free tote for angel card holders
  • “Mystery surprise for members on Saturday” (unknown if it’s actually free)

 

World Market (Friday 7 am)

  • Free tote and $10 certificate for first 100 customers

 

RIP: Sports Authority went out of business this year, they’ll be missed, especially on Black Friday

Your local paper may have additional freebies. The local paper in Henderson, NV had gift cards and free food from local stores.

A lot of retailers sent freebies by direct mail, which is a trend that seems to have increased this year. Here are samples of retailers that have sent freebies:

  • Harbor Freight Tools: emailed 4 coupons for free items with no purchase required
  • JC Penney: Coupon for $10 off purchase of $10 or more
  • Beauty Brands: Coupons for $10 off any purchase
  • Kohls: Coupon for $5 off any purchase of $5 or more

Cyber Monday Freebies 2015

Fry’s Electronics:

Items ship free if you select in-store pickup, otherwise additional shipping fees may apply. Sales tax may apply if the shipping address is to a same state as operation. Postage may be required to request the rebates. Rebates may come as a debit card.

Newegg.com: Samsung S Health Activity Tracker, Free after $20 mail in rebate

Tiger Direct:

Shipping fees apply. Sales tax applies if the shipping address is in the same state as a state of operation. Postage may be required to request the rebate. **LIMIT ONE MCAFEE REBATE, ONLY CHOOSE ONE OF THE MCAFEE OFFERS

Not free, but still a cool gift for $5: Tech Toyz Remote Control Helicopter – Built in LED Lights, 3 Channel Remote Control, Strong Polymer Body – RHC3-12/6030, $5 after $10 mail in rebate

Micro Center

  • Fix It Utilities 12 Professional, Free after $20 mail in rebate
  • Photo Explosion 5, Free after two $10 mail in rebates
  • Partition Commander Professional 10, Free after $40 mail in rebate
  • Smart Business Pack, Free after $20 mail in rebate

See page 49 of their November Catalog.

Free Elli Quark Yogart Cup – Fill out the form to have it mailed.

Free 8×10 photo print at Walgreens – Apply the coupon code 1FREE8X10.

Free Redbox Movie Rental – Use code 8MA574WW

Walgreens – Free blood glucose monitor after rebate, see their ad, may only be available in certain areas.

Bass Pro Shops – Free games, crafts, photo with Santa, and activities for kids through December 24th.

Black Friday Freebies 2015

Ashley Furniture Home Store

  • Free $50 gift card to first 25 customers at every store on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • Ashley Furniture has locations in Arizona, check ads for local furniture stores in your area for similar deals.

 

Bass Pro Shops

  • Free Bass Pro Shops Knife to the first 100 customers on Saturday, November 28, store opens at 10:30.
  • Free Rattlin’ Rapala Lure to the first 100 customers on Sunday, November 29, store opens at 10:30.
  • Drawings for multiple free Bass Pro Gift Cards every hour from 10:30 to 5:30 on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Free Crafts & Activities for Kids at Santa’s Wonderland 7 days a week, every week through December 24. Free photo with Santa every day through December 24th.
  • Free outdoor plush buddy (stuffed toy) for the first 100 kids to visit Santa’s Wonderland each weeknight.
  • See pages 47-50 of their ad for details.

 

Bealls Florida

  • First 200 customers in store between 6 pm to 7 pm recevie an entry to Win a Guy Harvey paddle board. One winner in every store. See page 2 of add for details.
  • Register to win Hewes Redfisher 16 (motorboat) Custom Wrapped in Guy Harvey artwork. See page 2 of ad for details.

 

Bealls (Stage Stores, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles)

  • $100 Gift Card Giveaway. First 75 customers in line Thursday get a scratch-off card, open Thursday 2 pm. 3 customers will receive $100, $75 or $50. 72 will receive a $10 coupon. Everyone is a winner! See page 1 of their ad.

 

Belk

  • Million Dollar Gift Card Giveaway. Free gift card 6 pm, Nov 26, for first 250 customers at every store. Guaranteed $1,000 winner in every store. Cards value between $5 to $1,000.

 

Bergners (Bon Ton, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder Beerman, Herberger’s, Younkers)

  • $10 off an item of $10 or more, Thursday and Friday. Open 5 pm Thursday. See coupon on page 1 of ad. Limit one per customer.

 

Black Lapel

  • Free mystery gifts when you follow them on twitter and retweat one of their tweats. Details here.

 

Boscov’s

  • Win a $100 bonus card every hour, Thursday 6 pm to 1 am and Friday 6 am to 1 pm. One winner in every store. Winner will be chosen at random (may not be free if you have to be buying something at checkout). See ad, pages 1, 6, see store for details.

 

Cabella’s

  • Be one of the first 600 people in line by 5 am, Friday, Nov 27 to get one of many giveaways – over $15,000 in prizes.
    • 5 x Winchester XPR Bolt-Action Rifle Combo ($640 value)
    • Zeiss Terra ED 8×42 Binoculars ($400 value)
    • Masterbuilt Sportsman 30″ Elite Window Smoker ($350 value)
    • Cabela’s Polar Cap 40-qt. Equalizer Cooler ($300 value)
    • Cabella’s Gift Card – up to $100 value
    • Vortex Diamondback HP 3-12×42 Riflescope ($400 value)
    • Bushnell Legend M Series 10×42 Binoculars ($380 value)
    • Leupold RX-12006 Rangefinder ($350 value)
    • Cabela’s Ranger 54″ Recurve Bow ($120 value)
    • Boss Audio Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($100 value)
    • Badlands Release Day Pack ($100 value)
    • Plus clothing and footware up to $180 value. See page 1 and 2 of ad for dettails.

 

C-A-L Ranch Stores

  • Free gift card for first 100 customers on Friday at 6 am, worth up to $100.

 

Cost Plus World Market

  • Exclusive Downtown Abbey Tea Cup In A Gift Box for first 100 customers in store. Collect a different cup each day. Stores open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See details at worldmarket.tumblr.com/blackfriday, also in their ad.

 

Craft Warehouse

  • Free 16 oz. Christmas Mug to the first 100 customers. Stores open early Friday, November 27 (various hours for different locations). See page 1 of their ad for details.

 

CVS Pharmacy

  • Free Colgate Toothpaste, $3 – $2.50 coupon printed from in-store kiosk – $0.50 coupon from online = Free
  • CVS also has multiple rewards offers which are not actually free, but can be good deals for stocking stuffers.

 

Dick’s Sporting Goods

  • Be one of the first 200 eligible participants for a chance to win $500! Santa’s Safe Gift Card Giveaway. Thurs 11/26 drawing at 6:15 pm. Friday 11/27 drawing at 5:15 am. See their ad, page 2 for details.
  • Updated note: the local ad in Arizona didn’t say anything about this giveaway.

 

The Dump Furniture Store

  • Free breakfast
  • Free fit bands
  • Free Ray Bans Sunglasses
  • Free “bed in a bag” bedding set
  • The ad is vague, it doesn’t say if a purchase is required for any of the freebies.

 

Fred Meyer

  • Free Coffee & Donuts. Black Friday 5 am to 1 pm. See page 31 of their ad.

 

Fry’s Electronics, Weekly Deals 11/22 to 11/25

  • HDMI to VGA Coverter, Free after $15 mail in rebate
  • Kaspersky Internet Securty 2016, Free after $50 mail in rebate
  • AVG Ultimate 2016, Free after $40 mail in rebate
  • McAfee Antivirus Plus 2016, Free after $40 mail in rebate
  • AVG AntiVirus 2016, Free after $20 mail in rebate
  • Laplink PC Mover Ultimate, Free after $30 mail in rebate
  • Webeasy 8 Professional, Free after $10 mail in rebate and $20 mail in rebate
  • Free Inkjet Printer Cartridge Refills, limit 1 per customer, Good 11/27 – 11/29

 

Fry’s Electronics Online Only Deals Thanksgiving Day (everything ships free):

  • GeFprce 8400 GS 512MB 32-Bit DDR3, Free after promo code and $20 mail in rebate
  • Kids Volume Limiting Headphones with Disney theme, free after promo code and $10 mail in rebate
  • ACDelco Batteries, 4-pack 9V, 8-pack D, or 8-pack C Alkaline Batteries, limit 1 per household, Free after promo code and $5.25 mail in rebate
  • Norton Utilities, Free after promo code and $30 mail in rebate
  • eset Smart Security 2016, Free after promo code and $50 mail in rebate

 

Fry’s Electronics In-Store Only Promo Code Deals Thanksgiving Day

  • Tenergy 4-pack AA Heavy-Duty Batteris, Limit 10 per customer, 6 cents each
  • Antec Game Console Cooler, compatible with Xbox One and PS4, Free after promo code and $10 mail in rebate
  • Kaspersky Total Security 2016, 3 Devices, 1 Year, Free with promo code and mail in rebate + GET $5 FRYS GIFT CARD
  • McAfee Total Protection 2016, Unlimited Devices, 1 Year, Free with promo code and mail in rebate + GET $5 FRYS GIFT CARD
  • AVG Protection 2016, Unlimited Devices, 2 years, Free with promo code and mail in rebate + GET $5 FRYS GIFT CARD
  • AVG Performance, Unlimited Devices, 1 year, Free with promo code and mail in rebate + GET $5 FRYS GIFT CARD
  • Berlitz Language Software, multiple languages available, limit 1 per customer, Free with promo code and mail in rebate + GET $5 FRYS GIFT CARD

 

Fry’s Electronics Black Friday Online Promo Code Deals, 11/27

  • Cerberus Gaming Headset, Free after promo code and mail in rebate
  • 6′ High Speed HDMI Cable, Free after promo code and $1.80 mail in rebate
  • eset Smart Security 2016, Free after promo code and $50 mail in rebate
  • Norton Utilities, Free after promo code and $30 mail in rebate
  • Kaspersky Total Security 2016, 3 Devices, 1 Year, Free with promo code and mail in rebate
  • McAfee Total Protection 2016, Unlimited Devices, 1 Year, Free with promo code and mail in rebate
  • AVG Protection 2016, Unlimited Devices, 2 years, Free with promo code and mail in rebate
  • Berlitz Language Software, multiple languages available, limit 1 per customer, Free with promo code and mail in rebate

 

Fry’s Electronics Black Friday In-Store Only Promo Code Deals, 11/27

  • 2.5″ to 3.5″ Hard Drive Mounting Bracket, Free after promo code and $4 mail in rebate
  • Wagan Tech Companion Go DC Charger with 2 USB Outputs, Free after promo code and $5 mail in rebate

Items that are free after rebate are not totally free since sales tax is still required and mail postage is required to claim the rebate. Sign up for promo codes via email at frys.com/signmeup.

Gander Mtn

  • First 100 through the door Black Friday will receive a free giveaway or savings up to 50% off your purchase. (They open at 5 am). Plus a chance to win a $500 Gift Card. (May not be free). See details on page 1 of their ad.

 

Gold’s Gym

  • Free 1-day membership/access on Friday, http://strength-exchange.goldsgym.com/2015/11/06/trim-the-fat-is-back/

 

Half Price Books

  • Giving away hundreds of prizes, one prize per day, December 1-12. Visit HPB.com/giveaways to enter.
  • Free tote bag and $5 gift card for first 100 customers Friday at 9 am. See their website for details.

 

JC Penney

  • Receive a gift card that could be $10 off $10 or more, $100 off $100 or more, or $500 off $500 or more, while supplies last. Store opens at 3 pm Thursday.
  • Also chance to win one of ten $10,000 cash prizes.
  • (Rumored, not in the ad or on their website – Free Disney Snow Globe, Friday, November 27, 3 pm)

 

Kmart

  • First 100 shoppers a free goodie bag. Store opens 7 pm Thursday.

 

Kohl’s

  • First 100 people at any Kohl’s store on Thursday, November 26th, 2015 will receive a Fandago Promotional card good towards 2 movie tickets to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. See their website for details.

 

Macy’s

  • Walk in and win, a chance to win up to $1 Million in prizes. Learn to play at macys.com/win. See page 1 of their ad for details.

 

Michaels

  • First 21 customers at every store get a free Michael’s Gift Card. One $20 and twenty $5 cards available at each location. Stores open Thursday, 4 pm.

 

Mills Fleet Farm

  • Free Mills Fleet Farm Plush Pillow Hedgehog given to the first 500 customers at each store Friday, see page 1 of their ad, stores open 6 am.

 

Minnesota State Parks

  • Free entry to any of the 76 state parks in Minnesota.

 

Newegg

Most deals have free shipping and no sales tax if you don’t live in the same state as operation

From Newegg Black Friday Page:

Most or all these items require $2.99 shipping.

New York & Company

  • Wednesday, First 100 customers receive a mystery card to save up to $100. See page 3 of their ad.

 

Office Depot/Office Max

  • Free McAfee AntiVirus Basic, 1 PC, 1 Year, after $30 mail-in rebate.
  • Office Depot also has a few items that are 1 cent “after rewards”. By itself this is not actually free; it’s more like buy one, get one free. However, if you buy the items that give you the rewards first, then use the rewards credit to purchase the McAfee AntiVirus, then get the McAfee rebate, then it is all free. Items for 1 cent after rewards include: Office Depot Brand Copy & Print Paper ($10, limit 2 per household) and Duracell Coppertop AA/AAA Alkaline Batteries 16 pk ($13.99, limit 2 per household).

 

Old Navy

  • The first 50 shoppers will have a chance to win $1,000,000. Stores open Thursday, 4 pm. See page 8 of their ad for details.

 

Pep Boys

  • Free Autolite Platinum Spark Plugs after $2 mail-in rebate. See page 4 of their ad.

 

Petsmart

  • Free paw print ornament and movie rental for first 100 customers in stores. Stores open Friday at 7 am. See page 6 of their ad.

 

Rural King

  • Energizer Batteries 16 pack AA & AAA, free after $10 rebate, limit 4. See page 9 of their ad.

 

Sam’s Club

  • Free breakfast for members from 7 am to 11:30 am on Friday morning (rumored)

 

Shoe Carnival

  • First 100 customers Thursday receive a reward card worth at least $10. One lucky customer will receive $100.

 

Sierra Trading Post

  • First 100 shoppers through the door on Friday receive gift cards ranging from $25 – $500.
  • First 300 shoppers through the door on Friday receive a complimentary tote bag. Stores open on Friday at 6 am. See page 1 of their ad.
  • Big Gift Giveaway – enter in-store for a chance to win. Grand prize is a GoPro Hero4 Camera plus 11 inch macbook air plus a $300 sierra trading post gift card. Second prize is a Apple TV and $100 Sierra Trading Post gift card. See page 4 of their ad for details.

 

Sports Authority

  • Free $15 Sports Authority cash card for the first 80 customers in line. See page 1 of their ad. Stores open 6 pm Thursday and 6 am Friday.

 

Staples

  • Staples Multipurpos Paper, 1 cent after rebate, limit 4 per household. See page 7 of their ad.

 

Steinmart

  • Scratch and win gift card on page 1 of their ad. A store associate must scratch to reveal the amount. The amount could be $10, $20, $50 or $100.

 

Tiger Direct Weekly Deals

 

Tilly’s

  • Free gift card for first 100 customers Thursday night.

 

Deals that say they’re free, but they’re not actually free:

  • By One Get One Free (and variations, Buy Two Get One Free, etc.)
  • Free with purchase
  • Free gift card with purchase
  • Free with activation or contract (cell phones, etc.)
  • Free after upgrade rebate (requires that you have the previous version of the software)
  • Free after rewards (this is similar to Buy One Get One Free; however, this can be made in to a super free deal when opportunity allows it to be combined with coupons or rebates, see Office Max above)
  • There’s a valid argument that “free after rebate” deals are not actually free if you have to pay sales tax, shipping and/or postage to request the rebate.
  • Coupons or gift cards that aren’t valid for anything in the store at that price. Example: a coupon that says “$10 off a purchase of $10 or more” usually cannot be used on an item that is $9.99 and everything else would be priced at $12, $15, $20 or more. This may or may not be a good deal, but it is not actually free.

He Is the Gift

Now that I got the annual “Free Christmas Gifts” post out of the way yesterday, something I also like to do on this blog is take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Yes, freebies and super saving tips can help a family budget during the holidays which makes for an enjoyable Christmas. However, if you put all that aside, it would still be Christmas and we’d all still have the greatest gift of all. Enjoy the video and Merry Christmas!

How I Got Over $2,000 Worth of Christmas Gifts for Free, 2014

free christmas gifts 2014(some items listed below are not pictured)

This is the fourth year in a row that I’ve written an article explaining how I got free Christmas gifts. I may leave out some details since they are the same as previous years. Read the previous years here: 2011, 2012, 2013. When I explain the expenses below, I don’t account for the expense of driving to buy or pick up the gift. This is something I would have to do anyway for the holiday season. I do account for the expenses of claiming a rebate, such as shipping when purchasing the item online, sales tax when purchasing the item in the store, and the postage required for claiming the rebates. Envelopes were 2 cents each and the stamps were 49 cents each. The paper I used to print rebate forms was free and I don’t account for printer ink costs. The overall calculation for the value of these gifts is based on retail value.

Cafe Press Commissions is my buffer for all  freebies that weren’t actually free:

I get passive income from Cafe Press, a printing company online. This passive income was actually free since I had no startup costs. Read more details on this from previous years. This year, Cafe Press commissions total $73.33. This will be my buffer that makes all other freebies below actually free. See all my designs which you can print on demand on almost any product you can think of.

Buffer = $73.33

Bank Bonuses and Charitable Contribution:

I referred my son to open a Kid Savings account with Capital One 360. This got me a $40 referral bonus and my son got a $25 sign up bonus. My son will keep the $25 as a gift. I’ll add the $40 to my buffer.

When you refer adults to sign up for a Checking and/or Savings account with Capital One 360, the bonuses are much higher, especially during their Black Friday sales. I’ve always been happy with Capital One 360. Sign up for your own high-interest savings account and interest-earning checking account.

Value of Gifts: $25, Buffer = $113.33

Technically my buffer up to this point is income, so I have to pay taxes which I estimate to be 20% or $22.66. All remaining gifts were paid for after income taxes, they were a business expense, or they were redeemed with a coupon that stated it had no monetary value.

Value of Gifts: $25, Buffer = $90.67

My first gift of the year is a charitable contribution of $13.83.

Value of Gifts: $38.33, Buffer = $76.84

I started a business this year:

business freebies

If you’ve ever started or owned a business, you understand that the business should be treated as a separate entity and there are many benefits of being a business owner. If you have a legitimate business expense, then that expense can be applied before taxes (not after). It can also reduce the amount of personal expenses. Here are some legitimate business expenses that the business paid for (not me):

-Samsung Chromebook, normally $229, on sale for $199 plus I got a $50 Walmart gift card
-Formal Pants x 3 (as part of a uniform), normally $20 each, on sale for $14 each

I could technically include many of the tech and office items below and then count the rebates as contributing to my buffer, but that’s a little overkill for this article. The main point here is that if the business pays for it, there are tax benefits and as far as your personal money goes, it’s actually free. I bought a dual screen DVD player with the $50 Walmart gift card that came with the Chromebook.

Since I’m a business owner that also means I can join certain clubs and associations, including a barter network. Since I was new, the barter network decided to give me $500 in barter dollars (the value is dollar for dollar). I used these for 2 hours of massages, a woman’s haircut, a night in a hotel and $250 worth of meal vouchers that can be used at many restaurants all over town. Using these barter dollars did require a $58 transaction fee in actual money. However this is not a personal expense, it’s a business expense. Visiting each of these businesses and claiming each voucher will be a marketing effort for my business, especially since I provide business to business services. (See www.MirexMarketing.com).

Value of Gifts: $877.33, Buffer = $76.84

Freebies before and after Black Friday:

peri black friday freebies

I won a $50 Staples gift card at a real estate event. I’m not counting this yet since I could maximize the value of it with rebates as explained below under “Black Friday”.

I won a $10 Target gift card from a “scratch and win” card that one of my clients received in the mail and gave to me randomly. I used this to buy a Doodle toy on Black Friday for $10. It came out to 10.81 after tax. Normally the item is $20 when not on sale for Black Friday.

JCPenney mailed a coupon to JCP club members that was $10 off a purchase of $10 or more. I purchased a shirt that was $12.15 including tax, which came out to $2.15 after the coupon. The shirt was on sale and is normally $20.

I got a door prize at a real estate event, which was a 2-CD set of a recording of a John Burley seminar. If you don’t know who John Burley is, he is one of 8 or 9 of the men that the “rich dad” represented in the book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. An info product like this from an expert real estate investor could easily sell for $75. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for me. (Thanks Santa)

I collect Disney Movie Rewards. Throughout the year they give rewards away for free on social media sites, for your birthday and membership anniversary. Those rewards combined with rewards that we get for Disney movies we’ve already purchased gave me enough rewards to order Disney Pixar Short Films on DVD. Shipping was included and no sales tax was charged. When I receive the item, it will likely have a rewards code inside which will contribute to a free item next year, along with other Disney movies that we might get for Christmas. This DVD retails for about $20. (Not pictured in other photos above, it didn’t arrive by the time we took the photos and started wrapping gifts).

I got coupons for three excellent stocking stuffers for our particular family on shopping deals websites like Slickdeals.net and Dealigg.com. The coupons were good for a free lens cloth (for cleaning glasses) from Walmart, free contacts solution from Walmart, and free body wash from CVS pharmacy. I didn’t check the prices, but I’ll estimate these to be worth about $7.50 at least. Something I’ve mentioned in articles for previous years is that you could get quite a few stocking stuffers by looking on coupons sites like CouponMom.com and requesting coupons and free samples directly from the manufacturers.

About a week or two after Black Friday, Groupon had a digital coupon for $10 off any purchase of $10 or more. I found the coupon code on SlickDeals.net. Shipping was not included and it would have cost about $4. I actually ordered an item that was more than $10 because it was something I wanted more. If I wanted to order something for $10 and just pay shipping, I could have. And for this scenario, that’s what I’m counting (that’s what one of the clothes items in the pictures represents).

I purchased a like-new digital photo frame for $3 at garage sale. A digital picture frame like this would normally cost anywhere between $15 to $35. I’ll count the more conservative estimate ($15) for this article.

Sears/Kmart sent me $10-worth of “shop your way” rewards points. I used the rewards points to buy an SD card. I had enough points that I previously aggregated for any tax and it was shipped to a local store for free pickup. This is an excellent combination for the digital picture frame.

Harbor Freight Tools sent me 7 different coupons in the mail before and after Black Friday that were good for a free item each, no purchase required (actually free)! These items included a tape measure, two work lights (flashlights), a multimeter, scissors, a rope and a screwdriver set. I didn’t record the exact retail value of each, but I estimate that they’re each worth $5, except the multimeter which is about $10 (total value $40). No sales tax was charged. After browsing the store I could also tell that they had distributed other coupons through other marketing channels which I didn’t not receive. Harbor Freight was nice this year.

Delsym had a free after rebate offer to encourage people to try their cold medicine. The rebate was good for a product up to $14, but I only purchased one that was $11.92 + $0.97 sales tax. Cold medicine will be a perfect stocking stuffer for anyone that might have a cold on Christmas. Hopefully no one will, but there is nothing better to receive than cold medicine when you actually have a cold. Expenses = 0.97 sales tax +  2 cents envelope + 49 cents for a stamp = $1.48.

Value of Gifts: $1106.75, Buffer = 65.40

Black Friday Freebies:

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The “free after rebate” deals that I got on Black Friday are mentioned separately below. For more information on Black Friday Freebies read the Black Friday Freebies posts: 2012, 2013, 2014.

JCPenny was giving away door prize coupons good for $10 off any purchase of $10 or more. Between me and the other people shopping with me, we got 5 of these coupons. We were able to use each of them as long as they were each used in a separate transaction. Here’s what we got:

-memory foam pillow, normally $15, on sale for $10, free after coupon
-Cuisinart 12 pc knife set, normally $40, on sale for $17, $7 after coupon
-kids jeans, normally $15, on sale for $11.06 including tax, $1.06 after coupon
-set of socks and 2 pairs of gloves, normally $30 ($10 each), on sale for $11.50, 1.50 after coupon
-baby PJs and pair of gloves, normally $35 total ($15 and $10), on sale for $11.25, $1.25 after coupon
Total expenses: $10.81
Total retail value: at least $135

Macy’s had a scan and win promotion on Black Friday. I had to download their app and scan QR codes in the store. Only one QR code could be scanned every hour. After scanning a QR code a game was played with 5 attempts to win. I played the game a handful of times and won a gift code for $10. There were many nice kitchen appliances that were on sale at Macy’s for $10 (valued at $40 to $50). My wife and I considered many of them but we already had many of our gifts planned out. So, ultimately we went with an outfit for our son. It was normally at least $20, on sale for Black Friday for $10.80 including sales tax, $0.80 after the coupon code.

Costco gave away cookbooks on Black Friday again this year. Similar cookbooks would cost about $10 or more.

Stein Mart had a “scratch and win” coupon in their Black Friday ad. I had to buy two newspapers to get this ($6) and my wife and I each used a coupon which we correctly guessed was going to be $10. We could have won up to $100, but according to the rules a store associate had to scratch the coupon the reveal the reward and this year the associate wouldn’t do it before the purchase. In previous years the associate scratched it upon request when I came into the store so I knew how much I had to spend. In two transactions my wife and I purchased a blanket, two craft kits for kids, and kitchen clips to bring the one of the transactions over $10. The total value was $40, the items were on sale for $24 total, and they were $4 after the coupons. Expenses = $6 for two newspapers + $4 = $10

The day before Thanksgiving, New York & Co gave out “peel and win” gift cards. My wife and I each got one worth $5. In two transactions we purchased a hat and gloves that retail for $24 each ($48 total). They were on sale for Black Friday for $8 each ($16 total). After the coupons, they were $3 each ($6 total).

Note: Even after coupons these items were still more expensive than the same thing at JCPenney. Part of what we paid for was the brand name and this looks like a nicer gift for the person that we’ll give it to. However, a savvy shopper, extreme saver and freebie seeker will understand that this deal probably wasn’t worth it. As mentioned below, New York & Co had different pricing later in the season.

Value of Gifts: $1359.75, Buffer = $37.79

Free After Rebate from Staples:

staples FAR

-Staples paper reams x 4 = $31.16 – $31.12 easy rebate = 4 cents + tax

Total retail value = $31.16
Staples easy rebates do not require envelopes or stamps. It’s all done online. Total expenses = 2.52 sales tax + 4 cents = $2.56

Remember I mentioned above that I won a $50 gift card to staples. I used this gift card to buy these items that were “free” after rebate, so this rebate actually adds to the buffer. And there is still $18.84 on the card.

Value of Gifts: $1409.75, Buffer = $66.35

Free After Rebate from Fry’s Electronics:

frys electronics FAR

-Rhino 40 Pc socket set: 8.99 – 3.99 instant savings – $5 MIR = Free + tax
-Wagan LED work light: 9.99 – 2.50 instant savings – $7 MIR – $0.50 + tax
-Wagon cupholder 2 DC and USB adapter: 16.99 – 6.99 instant savings – $10 MIR = Free + tax
-Rhino 31 pc screwdriver set: 9.99 – 4.99 instant savings – $5 MIR = Free + tax
-Antec Cleaning Kit: $4 – $4 MIR = Free + tax
-Signalex USB LED Light: $4 – $ MIR = Free + tax
-Thermaltake Allways Simple Cooler: $13 – $13 MIR = Free + tax
-Antec Accent Lighting: $5 – $5 MIR = Free + tax
-Antec XL Mircrofiber Cloth: $2 – $2 MIR = Free + tax
-Duracell 4000mAh Power Bank: $10 – $10 MIR = Free + tax
-Rhino USB Mini Vacuum: $3 – $4 MIR = -$1 + tax (that means it paid $1)
-Inland 15.6” Carrying Case: $7 – $7 MIR = Free + tax
-GG Cruiser XB200 Gaming Headset: $35 – $35 MIR = Free + tax
-Nuance Dragon Premium 12: $49.99 – $50 MIR + $5 Fry’s Gift card with promo code = Free + $5 gift card + tax
-Berlitz Italian Premier: $29.99 – $20 MIR – $10 MIR + $5 Fry’s Gift card with promo code = Free + $5 gift card + tax
-AVG Protection, Unlimited, 1 year: $44.99 – $45 MIR = Free + tax
-Artist Bundle: $78.99 – $79 MIR + $10 Fry’s Gift card with promo code = Free + $10 gift card + tax
-Manicure set: $8 – promo code = $1
-Pack of 4 AA batteries x 10 ($10), $1 ea – 0.93 ea on sale with promo code = $0.07 x 10 = $0.70

With promo codes sent through the Frys email club, I got a total of $20 in Fry’s Electronics gift cards with three of the purchases mentioned above. I used those for the following:

-Stick immersion blender ($15)
-Despicable Me 2 Blu Ray DVD combo (normally $20, on sale)
Total about $24 – $20 gift card = $4 including tax

Total retail value: $385.92
Total expenses = $25.47 sales tax + 18 envelopes and stamps (9.18) = $34.65

Total Value of Gifts: $1795.67, Buffer = $31.70

Free After Rebate from Tiger Direct:

tiger direct FAR

-Inveo 3-port HDMI Switch and 2 cables: $24.99 – $25 MIR = Free + shipping
-Kensington Virtuoso Metro Stylus and Pen: 5.99 – 5.99 MIR = Free + shipping
-Starlite DVD player: $14.99 – $15 MIR = Free + shipping
-Proscan 7” tablet and McAfee 2015 multi access 1 user 5 devices: $69.99 – $70 MIR = Free + Shipping
-Logitech Stereo Speakers: $14.99 – 14.99 = Free + shipping
-Family Software Suite Deluxe: $14.99 – $15 MIR = Free + shipping
-Raygo Wireless Optical Mouse: 9.99 – 9.99 MIR = Free + shipping
-Ultra Universal GPS dash mount: 9.99 – 9.99 MIR = Free + shipping
-Complete Software Suite: $14.99 – $15 MIR = Free + shipping

Note: The McAfee rebate required activation of annual renewal, which required credit card information. I’ll cancel the automatic renewal when I receive the rebate.

Total retail value: $180.91 (or over $1,700 depending on how you look at it, more details below)
Total expenses = $0 sales tax + 21.88 shipping for multiple orders + 9 envelopes and stamps ($4.59) = $26.47

Total Value of Gifts: $1976.58, Buffer = $5.23

Super Saturday Freebies:

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There are multiple “Super Saturday” sales throughout the year. One common “Super Saturday” is the Saturday before Christmas. Since I was subscribed to their email lists, I found out about promotions at two retailers that were similar to promotions you’d see on Black Friday.

New York & Company gave out a “peel and win” gift card to the first 100 customers in the store. This was exactly like their promotion the day before Thanksgiving. I won $5. I bought earrings that are normally $10, on sale for $6, $1.06 after the coupon and including tax. The pricing throughout the store was very different on Super Saturday than it was the day before Thanksgiving. All prices were lower, not just the jewelry.

Dick’s Sporting Goods gave a $10 coupon to the first 100 or 200 customers in the store (I forgot the exact number). I purchased sweat bands for jogging and a hand warmer for camping which came out to 9.98. Some coupons like this require that you exceed the amount of the coupon, but this particular one didn’t. There was no sales tax since a percentage of 0 is 0.

Total value of gifts: 1996.56 + $4.17 left over from the buffer = $2000.73
Last year’s total was $1445

Valid arguments as to whether I actually beat last year’s total:

I was sloppy in the accounting this year. I didn’t have exact amounts for everything listed above, but my estimates were pretty close. One could say that I was cheating by having my business pay for stuff and say it was free, since technically I make less profit if my business spends more. However, that’s a legal and legitimate way of lowering income taxes. If you don’t count the business purchases ($789), then the total is this year is $1211.73, which didn’t beat last year’s total, but still came close. If I wanted to, I could have purchased more items from Tigerdirect and Newegg to bring the total up. There were also two software discs that I purchased for $15 each (both free after rebate + shipping) which were worth over “$1,700” combined. That’s because together they contain over 30 software programs that could cost that much if purchased separately. So arguably, I beat last year’s total just by purchasing these two software discs from Tigerdirect (although I didn’t count it this way in the math above).

1700 software

The important points are these:

Did I get free Christmas gifts that were actually free? Yes, absolutely. Every time an item is listed above where the buffer didn’t change (i.e. no expenses), those transactions were actually free, even if you don’t count the business purchases.

Are there strategies included here that can help you do your Christmas shopping without breaking the bank? Absolutely. It just takes some planning and “type A” organization.

Freebies I missed:

Normally I explain the freebies I missed in detail. I’m not sure how helpful that is to readers, so this year I’ll just list what I could’ve received if I had the time. What might be more helpful to readers is the Black Friday Freebies posts of previous years (2012, 2013, 2014), which can be used for reference next Black Friday.

On Black Friday I missed Sports Authority’s Thursday and Friday “peel and win” gift cards, PetSmart’s free pet stocking, Old Navy’s win a million dollars sweepstakes (I didn’t win), and Bass Pro Shops’ door prize and raffle on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Also I didn’t buy anything from Newegg this year. Usually if Newegg has something that I want for free after rebate, then I’ll buy it from Newegg instead of Fry’s Electronics or other competitors since shipping is usually free from Newegg and you don’t pay sales tax unless you live in one of their three states of operation (this means it’s actually free).

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Cyber Monday Freebies 2014

Cyber Monday usually doesn’t offer nearly as many freebies as Black Friday. However, there are still plenty of deals where you can score free stuff. Not all of the freebies listed below are available online. Some are only available in the store.

Here is the list of Cyber Monday Freebies 2014:

Bass Pro Shops

Free Games & Activities: Laser Arcade, Soft Gun Arcade, Model Trains, Slot Car Racing, Craft & Activity Tables, Remote Control Trucks, Receive an email from Santa, from now until Dec 24.
Free photo with Santa, now through Dec 24.

Free After Rebate from Tiger Direct:

Complete Software Suite (17 Super Software Titles on one DVD) worth over $900, Free after $15 mail in rebate.
Complete Software Suite and Snap Secure Combo, Free after $55 mail in rebate ($49.99 – $55 MIR = +$5.01!)
Family Software Suite Deluxe (14 Fantastic Family Software Titles on one DVD) worth over $800, Free after $15 mail in rebate.
Raygo Wireless Optical Mouse (black), Free after $9.99 mail in rebate.
Raygo Wireless Optical Mouse (red), Free after $9.99 mail in rebate.
Raygo Wireless Optical Mouse (blue), Free after $9.99 mail in rebate.
Targus 13.3 Ultrabook Executive Leather Sleeve, Free after $19.99 mail in rebate.
PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive and McAfee 2015 Multi Acess 1 User 5 Devices Bundle, Free after $70 mail in rebate.
Snap Secure 200GB 1 User 10 Devices w/McAfee Multi Access 1 User 5 Devices, Free after $110 mail in rebate.
Kingwin 120mm Red LED Case Fan, Free after $4 mail in rebate.
Ultra Universal GPS Dash Mount, Free after $9.99 mail in rebate.
Peerless Dual Screen Desktop Mount, Free after $60 mail in rebate (this is $50 – $60 rebate = +$10!).
Visioneer RoadWarrior 3 Lite Portable Scanner and Snap One Family 350GB Cloud Storage and McAfee 2015 Multi Access 1 User 5 Devices, Free after $140 mail in rebate (129 – 140 MIR = +$11!).
Logitech 2.1 Multimedia Speakers and McAfee 2015 Multi Access 1 User 5 Devices, Free after $70 mail in rebate.
Internal IDE 5.25 CD/DVD-ROM Drive OEM and McAfee 2015 Multi Access 1 User 5 Devices, Free after $70 mail in rebate ($49.99 – $70 MIR = +$20.01!).
Kingston HyperX Fury Red 4GB Memory Module and McAfee 2015 Multi Access 1 User 5 Devices, free after $90 mail in rebate ($79.99 – $90 MIR = +10.01!).
HP OfficeJet 6100 Inject e-Printer and Snap One Family 350 GB Cloud Storage 6 Users and McAfee 2015 Multi Access, Free after $140 mail in rebate.
Notes: You could probably only claim one deal with McAfee and still get a full rebate, and only one of the three wireless mouse deals, read the fine print to be sure. Shipping fees apply when you purchase online, sales tax applies when you purchase in store.

Free After Rebate from Newegg.com:

AVG Performance 2015 – Unlimited Devices/2 Years, Free after $30 rebate card.
AVG Performance 2015 – Unlimited Devices/1 Year, Free after $30 rebate card.
AVG AntiVirus 2015 – 3 PCs/2 Years, Free after $30 rebate card.
AVG AntiVirus 2015 – 1 PC/2 Years, Free after $25 rebate card.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2015 – 3 PCs, Free after $50 mail in rebate.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 – 3 PCs, Free after $40 rebate.
Panda Global Protection 2015 – 3 PCs, Free after $45 rebate.
Nuance PDF Converter 8.0, Free after $40 rebate card.
Nuance PDF Create 8.0, Free after $40 rebate card.
Palo Alto Start Run & Grow, Free after $25 rebate.
SmithMicro Manga Studio EX 4 (PC & MAC), Free after $15 rebate card.
Notes: When shipping is free (and it is free for most or all titles above) and when you don’t reside in one of their 3 states of operation, there is not sales tax and no shipping, so these are actually free!

Free After Rebate from Fry’s Electronics:

AVG Protection 2015 – Unlimited Devices/1 Year, Free after $45 mail in rebate.
AVG Performance 2015 – Unlimited Devices/2 Years, Free after $40 mail in rebate.
Kaspersky Pure Total Security 3.0 – 3 PCs, Free after $60 mail in rebate.
McAfee Total Protection 2015 – 3 PCs, Free after $53 mail in rebate.
Panda Global Protection 2015 – Multi-Devices, Free after $65 mail in rebate.
Bitdefender Total Security 2015 3 PCs/2 Years, Free after $100 mail in rebate.
Snap Secure Family 200GB – 6 Users/Unlimited Device, Free after $50 mail in rebate.
Palo Alto Sales and Marketing Pro, Free after $60 mail in rebate.
PC Mover Ultimate, Free after $30 mail in rebate.
Berlitz English Premier, Free after $30 mail in rebate.
Berlitz Spanish Premier, Free after $30 mail in rebate.
Berlitz French Premier, Free after $30 mail in rebate.
Berlitz German Premier, Free after $30 mail in rebate.
Berlitz Italian Premier, Free after $30 mail in rebate.
Berlitz Chinese & Japanese Premier, Free after $30 mail in rebate.
Live Plan, Free after $50 mail in rebate.
Photo Explosion Deluxe 5.0, Free after $40 mail in rebate.
Driver Genius Pro 12, Free after $15 mail in rebate.
Registry Utilities Pro – 3 PCs, Free after $20 mail in rebate.
Drive Erase Professional, Free after $20 mail in rebate.
Scrapbook Factory Deluxe 5.0, Free after $30 mail in rebate.
Sony Movie Studio 13 Suite, Free after $105 mail in rebate.
Sony Sound Forge Audio 10, Free after $45 mail in rebate.
PDF Converter 8.0, Free after $40 mail in rebate.
PDF Create 8.0, Free after $40 mail in rebate.
The Artist Bundle, Free after $79 mail in rebate.
Duracell 4000mAh Portable Charger – Red, Free after $10 mail in rebate.
Duracell 4000mAh Portable Charger – Purple, Free after $10 mail in rebate.
Duracell 4000mAh Portable Charger – Silver, Free after $10 mail in rebate.
Duracell 4000mAh Portable Charger – Black, Free after $10 mail in rebate.
Inland 15.6″ Laptop Carrying Case – Black, Free after $7 mail in rebate.
Thermaltake Allways Simple Laptop Cooler, Free after $13 mail in rebate.
Inland Hub Green 8808 Mini 4 Port USB 2.0, Free after $4 mail in rebate.
Inland Hub Red 8809 Mini 4 Port USB 2.0, Free after $4 mail in rebate.
Inland Hub Blue 8810 Mini 4 Port USB 2.0, Free after $4 mail in rebate.
Inland USB 2.0 Card Reader, Free after $3 mail in rebate.
Swann Yard Stake for Seurveillance Notice, Free after $7 mail in rebate.
Antec TriCool 120mm Red LED Case Fan, Free after $7 mail in rebate.
Antec TriCool 120mm Blue LED Case Fan, Free after $7 mail in rebate.
Antec Accent Lighting Red, Free after $5 mail in rebate.
Antec Accent Lighting Blue, Free after $5 mail in rebate.
Antec Thermal Compound Formula 6, Free after $5 mail in rebate.
LEPA Vortex 120mm Case Fan, Free after $5 mail in rebate.
Thermaltake Luna 14 White LED Case Fan, Free after $11 mail in rebate.
Thermaltake Luna 14 Blue LED Case Fan, Free after $11 mail in rebate.
Thermaltake Luna 14 Red LED Case Fan, Free after $11 mail in rebate.
Antec 60ml Cleaner Spray and Microfiber Cloth Kit, Free after $4 mail in rebate.
Antec XL MicroFiber Cleaning Cloth, Free after $2 mail in rebate.
ProHT Universal 10″ Neoprene Tablet Sleeve with Zipper – Black, Free after $4 mail in rebate.
Notes: Fry’s may offer additional freebies after promo code and rebate, sign up for their email to get your personal code. Shipping fees apply when purchasing online unless you select store pick up, sales tax applies when purchasing in store or in the same state of operation. You could probably only claim one rebate from each brand or manufacturer. For example, you could probably only get one of the colors of the Duracell chargers listed above. Read the fine print of each rebate to be sure. Some of the offers above include upgrade rebates which are not actually free unless you have the previous version of the software!

Free After Rebate from Microcenter:

Drive Erase Professional, Free after $10 and $10 mail in rebates.
Perfect Image Professional, Free after $40 mail in rebate.
Scrapbook Factory Deluxe 5.0, Free after $10 and $20 mail in rebates.
Photo Explosion Deluxe 5, Free after $20 and $20 mail in rebates.
Quicken Starter Edition 2015, Free after $40 mail in rebate.
Note: Rebates available in store only. See the offers in their catalog. Other items are offer for free after upgrade rebate which is not actually free unless you have a barcode for a previous version of the software. Sales tax applies when purchasing in store.

Free One-Day Rental at Redbox: Use coupon code 2WM22W3R

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

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Actually Free and Mirex Marketing wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Give thanks for God, Family and Country. Enjoy the parade, dinner and the Black Friday Freebies!

Black Friday Freebies 2014

It’s been a while since I posted on this site since I’ve been working on a new business this year: www.MirexMarketing.com. If you’re a business owner, check it out. Our business is to help you grow yours.

Once the Mirex Marketing staff is built up to a sufficient level, then we’ll be maintaining ActuallyFree.com on a regular basis (Yep, I acquired the .com this year, no more telling people it’s a .info domain and hoping they remember it). Until then, we won’t forget a couple of our most important blog posts for the year: Black Friday Freebies, Cyber Monday Freebies, Holiday Posts and the post on How I Got Free Christmas Gifts.

Here is this year’s list of Black Friday Freebies:

AAFES (Exchange)

Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes. For military personnel and employees of the Army and Air Force. For official rules go to www.MyECP.com/CustomerAds/Page/Exchange.com. Sweepstakes are included because there has to be a free method of entry if it’s called a sweepstakes and if you win, it’s actually free.

Academy Sports and Outdoors

Scratch and win 2 tickets to the Super Bowl. No purchase necessary. See ad for official rules.

Anna’s Linens

First 100 customers in line or who come through the door will receive a $10 savings certificate.
Stores open Friday at 6 am.

Bass Pro Shops

Free Games & Activities: Laser Arcade, Soft Gun Arcade, Model Trains, Slot Car Racing, Craft & Activity Tables, Remote Control Trucks, Receive an email from Santa, from now until Dec 24.
Free photo with Santa, now through Dec 24.
Free Woodland Character Backpack Clip, Collect all 6 clips, Nov 24-28 to first 125 kids to visit Santa’s Wonderland.
Win a new 2015 Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition, Nov 26-30, visit basspro.com/pbstundra for official rules.
Nov 29 & 30 Super Saturday & Super Sunday Giveaways, Free Drawings every hour and door prizes, drawings begin 10:30 am both days, see their ad for prizes.
Free Bass Pro Shops Knife to first 100 customers (Nov 29 & 30, maybe just Nov 29).
Free Rapala Shad Rap Lure to first 100 customers (Nov 29 & 30, maybe just Nov 30).

Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles, Stage (Different names, same family of stores)

First 50 customers in line Thursday & Friday get a surprise scratch-off card, 48 customers get a $10 coupon, 1 customer gets a $50 gift card, 1 customer gets $100 gift card.
Arrive before doors open on Thursday to enjoy games, free giveaways and activities.
Stores open Thanksgiving 4pm – 1 am and Black Friday 6 am to 3 pm.

Bealls Florida

First 200 customers receive an entry form to win a Guy Harvey Paddle Board ($1,500 cash value, one winner per store) and a $5 coupon to use toward a purchase.
Stores open 6 pm Thursday.

Belk

250 gift cards given out per store valued between $5 to $1,000 on Thurs Nov, 27 at 6 pm.

Bon Ton (and probably these: Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Younkers)

$10 off an item of $10 or more coupon in the ad. Valid Thursday and Friday.
Stores open 6 pm Thursday.

Cabela’s

First 600 people in line get one of the following prizes: Browning AB3 Composite Stalker Rifle ($529 value), Champion Power Washer ($1,290 value), Zeiss Terra 3X Riflescope ($399 value), Masterbuilt 30″ Window Smoker ($349 value), Cabela’s Gift Card up to $100 value, Bushnell The Truth Rangefinder with Clearshot ($279 value), Men’s or Women’s The North Face Thermoball Jacket ($199 value), Under Armour Brow Tine 400-Grams Hunting Boots ($194 value), Nikon PROSTAFF 5 Binoculars ($179 value), Men’s or Women’s Keen Utility Detroit Work Boots ($149 value), ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ($129 value), Leatherman Fishing Tool ($39 value), Plano Hip Roof Tackle Box ($39 value), Cabela’s Women’s Varsity Hoodie or Full-Zip Hoodie ($29 value), Duck Dynasty Short Sleeve T-shirt ($19 value), Rapala Pliers and Superline Scissors Combo ($14 value), Polartec Beanie ($9 value).
Stores open Friday, 5 am.
Hunt for Bucks Sweepstakes, Nov 13th – Dec 13th, enter daily for a chance to win $1,000 – $5,000 gift cards, winners selected daily, enter on Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday to be entered to win $10,000 gift card, Enter Here.

Costco

Free cookbook, Fabulous Food The Costco Way, while supplies last.
Stores open at 10 am Friday.

Craft Warehouse

Get $10 back when you spend $10 or more with an enrolled AmEx card on Nov 29 (if this is store credit only, then this deal is not actually free, it’s a BOGO free hybrid).

Fry’s Electronics (Thursday)

Sign up for their email list to get a personal promo code, which is required to get any of their free after rebate deals.
GeForce GT 620 1 GB 64-bit DDR3, Free after promo code and $30 mail-in rebate.
Slimcompact CD/DVD 10-Pack Storage, Free after promo code and $3 mail-in rebate.
ProHT 8′ HDMI Cable M/M, Free after promo code and $2 mail-in rebate.
Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 12 with head set, Free after promo code and $50 mail-in rebate.
Berlitz Language software (7 languages advertised as individual items), Free after $20 and $10 mail-in rebate plus get $5 Fry’s gift card with promo code (There are many items advertised for $5 or less)
Sales tax may apply when purchasing in-store, shipping fees may apply when purchasing online
Sale begins online at 5 am, stores open at 5 pm

Fry’s Electronics (Friday)

Sign up for their email to get a personal promo code.
HDMI to VGA Adapter, Free after promo code and $15 mail-in rebate.
Inland PC Chat Headset, Free after promo code and $4 mail-in rebate.
ProHT Metalic iBuds, Free after promo code and $3 mail-in rebate.
Tenergy 4-pack AA Heavy-Duty Batteries, 7 cents after promo code, limit 5 per customer
31-Piece Screwdriver Set, Free after promo code and $5 mail-in rebate.
40-Piece SAE & Metric Socket Set, Free after promo code and $5 mail-in rebate.
Wagan Tech Twin USB/DC Cup Holder Adapter, Free after promo code and $10 mail-in rebate.
ESET Smart Security 2015, Free after promo code and $50 mail-in rebate.
AVG Protection 2015, Free after $45 mail in rebate, plus get $5 gift card with promo code.
Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 12 with head set, Free after promo code and $50 mail-in rebate.
Berlitz Language software (7 languages advertised as individual items), Free after $20 and $10 mail-in rebate plus get $5 Fry’s gift card with promo code (There are many items advertised for $5 or less)
Smith Micro The Artist Bundle, free after $79 mail in rebate, plus get $10 Frys gift card with promo code (There are many items advertised for $10 or less)
Sales tax may apply when purchasing in-store, shipping fees may apply when purchasing online.
Sale begins online at 3 am, stores open at 5 am.

Fry’s Electronics (more freebies in additional ads, a promo code is not required for the freebies below)

ProHT Leather iPad Case with Multi-Stand, Free after $8 mail in rebate.
Duracell Portable Charger, Free after $10 mail in rebate.
2.5 Inch to 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Disk Drive Mounting Kit, Free after $4 mail in rebate.
ProHT 15.6″ Laptop Carrying Case, Free after $7 mail in rebate.
Tt Laptop Cooler, Free after $13 mail in rebate.
Mini 4 Port USB 2.0 Hub, Free after $4 mail in rebate.
ProHT USB 2.0 Card Reader, Free after $3 mail in rebate.
Yard Stake for Surveillance Notice (for Swan surveillance products), Free after $7 mail in rebate.
Kaspersky Pure 3.0 Total Security, Free after $60 mail in rebate.
AVG Protection 2015, Free after $45 mail in rebate.
Laplink PC Mover Ultimate, Free after $30 mail in rebate.
McAfee Total Protection 2015, Free after $40 mail in rebate.
Snap Secure Family 200GB, Free after $50 mail in rebate.
Nuance PDF Converter 8.0 OR Nuance PDF Create 8.0, Free after $40 mail in rebate.
PaloAltoSoftware Sales Marketing Pro, Free after $60 mail in rebate.
PaloAltoSoftware Live Plan, Free after $50 mail in rebate.
The Artist Bundle, Free after $79 mail in rebate.
Registry Utilities, Free after $20 mail in rebate.
Driver Erase, Free after $20 mail in rebate.
Driver Genius Pro 12, Free after $15 mail in rebate.
Photo Explosion Deluxe 5.0, Free after $20 mail in rebate and $20 mail in rebate.
Berlitz Language Learning Software (6 lanaguages/titles in the ad), Free after $20 and $10 mail in rebates.
Scrapbook Factory Deluxe, Free after $10 and $20 mail in rebate.
Antec TriCool 120mm Fan, Free after $7 mail in rebate.
Antec Accent Lighting, Free after $5 mail in rebate.
Antec Formula 6 Thermal Compound, Free after $5 mail in rebate.
Lepr Vortex 120mm LEPA Case Fan, Free after $5 mail in rebate.
Thermaltake Luna 14 Case Fan, Free after $11 mail in rebate.
Antec Screen Cleaning Kit, Free after $4 mail in rebate.
Antec XL Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Free after $2 mail in rebate.
ProHT Universal 10″ Tablet Sleeve, Free after $4 mail in rebate.
GamesterGear Gaming Headset, Free after $35 mail in rebate.
Fry’s Electronics also had many other free after rebate deals that were not advertised; sometimes you’d find them next to a deal that was advertised.

Gander Mountain

First 100 people in line will receive a free giveaway: Gopro Hero 3+ sports camera ($300 value, 1 per store), Mitchel 300 Limited Edition Spinning Reel ($300 value, 1 per store), Delorme inReach SE Two Way Satellite Communication ($300 value, 1 per store), Costa Sunglasses ($160 value, 1 per store), Gander Mtn 125 Lumen Flashlight ($35 value, 20 per store), $20 in Gander Cash (76 per store).
Giveaways are based on first come, first served! This is not a random drawing.
Stores open Friday at 5 am.

Guitar Center

Free group guitar lessons from Dec 27 through Dec 29.

Half Price Books

First 100 people in line get a tote and $5 gift card, one tote bag will contain a $100 gift card.
Opens Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7 am.

JC Penney’s

Coupon giveaway at the door while supplies last, $10 off $10 or more, valid Thursday and Friday only.
1 in every 100 coupon giveaways is a $100 off $100 or more, valid until Dec 24 (they’re probably giving away 100 coupons at each location).
Stores open 5 pm on Thanksgiving.

Micro Center

Partition Commander Professional 10 (software), Free after $40 mfr mail-in rebate.
Print Artist Platinum 25 (software), Free after two $20 mfr. mail-in rebates.

Macy’s

“Macy’s Million Dollar Giveaway”. Download the Macy’s app and scan codes in the store for a chance to win a gift code worth $10, $25, $50 or $250 instantly. There will be lots of winners from when they open 6 pm Thurs to Fri at 1 pm and on Saturday. Visit www.macys.com/million for rules.

Mills Fleet Farm

Free Mills Fleet Farm plush pillow fox stuffed animal given to the first 500 customers at each store.
Stores open Friday, 6 am.

New York & Company

On Wed, Nov 26, the first 100 customers to every store will receive a savings card up to $100.
On Thursday, the first 200 people in line or to enter the store will receive an entry card for a chance to win $100,000. Every store will have a $500 winner. (Each card probably has some store value which is a guess based on previous promotions). For official rules go to http://nycosweeps.com. (The ad doesn’t indicate what time stores open, official rules page says 6 pm Thursday).

Newegg (72 Hour Black Friday Preview)

AVG Protection 2015, Unlimited Devices, 2 years (internet security), Free after $45 mail-in rebate.
Kaspersky Anti-virus 2015, 3 PCs, Free after $40 mail-in rebate.
AVG Antivirus 2015, 1 PC, 2 years, Free after $25 mail-in rebate (read the fine print, may not be eligible if you claim the rebate for AVG Protection, which is the better deal)
Online purchases only, shipping may or may not be free, there is no sales tax unless you reside in on of their three states of operation.

Newegg (LIVE BLACK FRIDAY page)

Smith Micro Anime Studio Debut, Free after $15 mail-in rebate, shipping is $1.99
Smith Micro Manga Studio, Free after $15 mail-in rebate
Panda Global Protection, 3 PCs, Free after $45 mail-in rebate.

Newegg (Valid until price changes)

Kaspersky Internet Security, 3 PCs, Free after $50 mail-in rebate.
Panda Globa Protection 2015, 3 PCs, Free after $45 mail-in rebate.
Kaspersky Antivirus 2015, 3 PCs, Free after $40 mail-in rebate.
Nuance PDF Creator 8.0, Free after $40 mail-in rebate.
Nuance PDF Create 8.0, Free after $40 mail-in rebate.
Total Defense Premium Internet Security, 5 user, Free after $40 mail-in rebate.

Old Navy

First 100 people in line get a chance to win a million dollars according to the ad. See the official rules here.
Stores open Thursday at 4 pm.

Petco

Free ornament picture frame (maybe while supplies last)

PetSmart

First 100 customers in store get a free stocking which includes dog treats and scratch card with chances to win prizes, grand prize winner gets a trip for four and their pet to Beverly Hills and 1 winner per store gets a $100 gift card.
Stores open 7 am on Friday.

RC Willey

Free hot dogs and drinks, November 28 and 29, Noon to 4 pm, while supplies last.

Rural King

Energizer Batteries 16 pack, Free after $10 rebate, limit 4 (sales tax may apply when purchasing in-store).

Sierra Trading Post

First 100 customers get a gift card valued at $25 – $500.
Stores open Friday at 6 am.

Sports Authority

First 50 people in line on Thursday 11/27/14 are eligible for a free sports authority camping chair.
First 80 people at each store on 11/27/14 and 11/28/14 will receive a bonus card worth $10-$500.
The League Membership Program sweepstakes, 5 members will win $5,000 in league rewards, visit sportsauthority.com/sweepstakes for official rules.
Most stores open Thursday 11/27, 6 pm to 12 am, and Fri 11/28, 8 am to 10 pm.

Staples

Multi-purpose printing paper 1 cent after rebate.
Kaspersky Internet Security for one user 1 cent after rebate.
(Sales tax may apply when purchasing in-store, shipping may apply when purchasing online).

Stein Mart

Scratch and win coupon in their ad worth $10, $20, $50 or $100 off your purchase. Not sure if there is a minimum purchase requirement, but in previous years it was $10. A store associate has to scratch the coupon to reveal what the prize is so they’re expecting you to go and shop and then get it scratched at the checkout, but every previous year I had an associate do it when I walked in the store so I was able to buy something for the exact amount that my coupon was worth.

Target

“Pop goes the cracker. Be one of the first guests at each store on Black Friday to get your very own holiday cracker. Each one has a special surprise in side”. This is not like a cracker that you eat; it’s like a party confetti popper.

TigerDirect

PNY 128 GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive + McAfee Security Software Bundle, Free after $50 rebate.
Logitech LS11 Stereo Speakers, Free after $10 price reduction and $14.99 rebate.
Asus Bluetooth 4.0 Network Adapter, Free after $15 rebate.
Sales tax may apply when purchased in-store, shipping fees may apply when buying online, offers may different online since the ad was for store purchases.

Tilly’s

First 100 customers on Thursday and Friday will receive a gift card worth $10 – $500.
See Tillys.com for details and store hours.

World Market

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, First 100 people to the store get a free Downton Abby tea cup. There is a different cup each day.
World Market Downton Abby sweepstakes, see official rules at www.worldmarketsweepstakes.com.

There are probably many other sweepstakes occurring from Black Friday to Christmas. The ones mentioned above were the ones mentioned in Black Friday ads. Most ads were viewed at BlackFriday.com.

Check your newspaper for circulars from local retailers. Some may have similar offers as those above. Large furniture stores and other stores for large ticket items might have free food.

More Freebies local to Las Vegas, NV (with possible locations in other states):

  • Walker Furnituture: Free doughnuts & coffee (Friday 7:30), free votive candle holder (Friday 7:30), free hot dogs and soda (Sat & Sun 11am-3pm), live entertainment (Fri, Sat, Sun 12-4 pm).
  • Sheplers Western Stores: Free $10 gift card to first 50 customers on Friday.
  • C-A-L Ranch Stores: Free gift card worth $5, $25 or $100 to first 100 customers per store, opens Friday 6 am
  • Rack Room Shoes: Enter to win a $25,000 holiday for up to 10, see official rules here.

 

The word FREE is one of the most effective words used in marketing, even though most promotions that use the word are not actually free. The ones above are actually free. The following are NOT actually free:

  • Anything that says “buy one get one free”.
  • Anything that says “free with purchase of . . .”
  • Most rewards programs (without tweaking or combining with coupons)
  • Walgreens Register Rewards (however, if you’re making purchases at Walgreens already, you could purchase these first and then purchase what you were going to purchase, then you get these items free with your purchase)
  • Rite Aid Rewards
  • CVS Extrabucks rewards
  • Kohl’s Cash
  • Sears Rewards
  • Office Max Rewards (Max Perk Rewards)
  • Possibly Craft Warehouse get $10 back when you spend $10 or more on Nov 29.
  • Free [store name] gift card when you buy [a featured product] (although, these could make very good deals and help with your Christmas budget)
  • Free Phone with activation and/or 2 year contract.
  • Free after upgrade rebate (this requires that you have the previous version of the software)
  • IKEA’s “eat free” deal

 

Also, don’t get fooled by the word “save”. You’re only saving if you put money in a savings account in the bank. A sale doesn’t mean you save, because you’re spending money. You’re not saving; you’re only spending less, and that’s if you were already intending to purchase the item before it went on sale.

This post will be updated if more freebies are discovered. Some deals may even be added after they expire so that this list can be a reference for next year.

Happy New Year 2014!

Go ahead, write it out many, many times to get into the new habit – 2014, 2014, 2014, not 2013 any more.

Enjoy these videos of the 2013 in review from Google (try here if video doesn’t work) and Jib Jab (Jib Jab has some non-family-friendly themes). Also, here is Yahoo’s top news stories slide show of 2013.

Happy New Year 2014!

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