Free After Rebate

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

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.

How I got over $1400-worth of Christmas gifts for free, 2013

The following will explain in detail how I got over $1400-worth of Christmas gifts for free. For me, they were totally, completely and actually free. Some of the deals below would not have been free without all of the strategies that I applied. Yet, some were actually free as stand-alone offers and one even paid me $20! That was better than any offer I found last year or the year before. This is the third year in a row that I’ve performed this experiment.

free christmas gifts 2013

My first freebie strategy was to create a source of passive income. I consider sources of income with no start-up costs to be actually free. I also consider sources of passive income with minimal start-up costs to be actually free once the start-up costs are met and the source keeps providing income passively. My source of passive income is Cafe Press, which is a printing company that pays a commission to designers who submit designs. Once the design sells, Cafe Press prints it on the product and mails it to the customer. They handle everything from website maintenance to order fulfillment. Visit my Cafe Press store to see my designs. This is particularly free to me since I used free online tools and public domain clip art to create my designs. There are more details on this from my post last year. The only difference is I didn’t submit any designs this year, so it was 100% passive income. This year it totaled $193.95. I subtract 20% estimated taxes ($38.79) and keep it in a savings account until it is due. By keeping it in my own account instead of paying the taxes instantly, I earn interest instead of giving Uncle Sam an interest-free loan. After taxes, my Cafe Press income was $155.16. For tax purposes, all other freebies listed below were obtained after taxes or were declared on the coupon to be of no monetary value. I used my Cafe Press income as a buffer to cover all other expenses I incurred below, and since the Cafe Press income is free money, that means all my expenses below were actually free.

In September we had a garage sale where we were able to recover $58 from what we sold. This is not a source of income since we already owned the items. Yet, it was a way to get rid of stuff we didn’t want and maximize the original value that we paid. When I add the $58 from the garage sale, this makes my buffer $213.16.

I also thought about adding my credit card rewards to my buffer this year, which could have covered much more of the Christmas expenses. But I decided to let it keep increasing before I request the cash back refund. By next year, it may be up to $500. I might use it for Christmas next year, or sometime over the next few months I’ll create a Roth-IRA for me and my wife and a 529 for my kids. I’m still deciding. Cash back rewards credit cards are a great way to spend less if they’re used properly. By “properly” I mean the following: only use it to spend money that you have, pay it off in full every month, and collect the rewards without accruing any interest. If you let interest accrue then you’ll be paying more than the cash back rewards. Also, if you consciously think about the rewards when you’re shopping, then you’ll spend even more. It’s best to kind of forget about it until checking the monthly credit card statement where you can see the rewards grow over time.

With regards to credit in general: do not open more than 3 credit card accounts or obtain more than 5 lines of credit (a line of credit is any debt, including mortgage, school loans, etc). Always pay off credit cards in full from month to month or don’t use them, and never close your oldest card or the card with historically the most purchases and paid-in-full statements. This has been my personal credit card policy and it has resulted in a high credit score despite a large amount of debt from student loans. This is a task that requires a “type A” or rigidly organized personality and effort, and if that’s too difficult, then just stay away from credit cards completely.

There are plenty of rewards programs that do not require opening a credit account. These can also be beneficial if used correctly and some are even mentioned below. Throughout the year the rewards programs may offer free points, or the points can accrue on your every-day purchases. In these cases, you’re spending less and sometimes getting items that are actually free. However, it takes a conscious effort not to let the rewards program trick you into spending more money. If you’re considering a purchase that you would not make without the rewards program, then don’t make it based on the rewards program. Otherwise, the reward program has tricked you into spending more instead of helping you to spend less.

My first gift of Christmas is a charitable donation of $48.40. That leaves my buffer at $164.76. Also, I haven’t figured driving expenses in previous years and I could argue not to include them again since I either obtained a freebie while driving home from work or it was part of my normal Christmas shopping which I would have done anyway. Yet, this year I’ll assume it took a full take tank of gas ($35) which leaves my buffer at $129.76. I also mention other expenses below, such as the cost of an envelope and stamp for every mail-in rebate (10 cents per envelope and 46 cents per stamp). For the purpose of this article I’ll leave out the cost of printing a rebate form, which would have only been the price of ink per print job since I’m using paper that I got for free. Regarding time—I would have had to spend time shopping for Christmas anyway, so I didn’t figure time as a cost. (Total value of Christmas gifts = $48.40, buffer = $129.76)

Bank Bonuses:

Capital One 360 Black Friday

Capital One 360 Black Friday Offers Screenshot

Bank Bonuses are a fantastic way to get freebies that are actually free. I’ve loved bank bonuses ever since I first got $50 for free from ING Direct a few years ago just for opening an interest-earning checking account. ING Direct was purchased by Capital One and is now Capital One 360. During the Black Friday weekend they were offering $125 free for opening a checking account and $75 free for opening a savings account. This is the best offer they’ve ever had and they were offering $50 for referring friends. I wasn’t able to take advantage of that particular offer since I was already their client and none of my friends or blog readers took advantage of it. However, I did get a different offer. By signing my kids up for a Kid’s Savings account I got a $20 referral for each kid and each kid got $25 for opening an account for a total of $90 in free money. As part of Christmas I gave my two kids my entire referral bonuses and will continue to help them save and learn about saving as they get older.

Capital One 360 is still offering sign-up bonuses if you’re interested, just not as high as they were on Black Friday.

(Total value of Christmas gifts = $138.40, buffer = $129.76)

Samsung Tablet

I also signed up for a free checking account with 1st Bank. They have branches in Colorado, Arizona and California. By signing up and paying three bills with bill pay I was entitled to a free gift, which was a Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet worth $200. I’m not sure yet who is getting this for Christmas, but my wife could probably use it the most for multiple reasons.

The 1st Bank offer is still available if you’re interested. It even applies to their online banking echecking account which can be opened from anywhere and used online. However, if you like to be able to go to a brick-and-mortar bank, it will be most convenient if you live by a branch in Colorado, Arizona or California. (If you decide to open an account with 1st bank to receive a free Samsung tablet, please print this form and present it when you apply)

(Total value of Christmas gifts = $338.40, buffer = $129.76, this total already beats the first year I did this experiment and I’m just getting started)

Sweepstakes:

pixar cars and hot wheels

Entering sweepstakes is an activity I started doing this year which occasionally produces small prizes. Earlier this year O’Reilly Auto Parts had a sweepstakes where I won $5 almost daily for a period of time. I’m not including everything that I won here, but for Christmas I got my son some die-cast cars modeled after Pixar Cars characters and a couple of Hot Wheels cars. The Pixar cars were $6 each, so I paid $1 each time I bought one. Regularly I wouldn’t buy these for $6 since Wal Mart sells them for $3-4 each. I bought a total of six Pixar cars and two Hot Wheels cars and spent $6 (already rounded up after including sales tax). The total value of Christmas gifts for this article will be based on retail price (MSRP) or the price I would have had to pay without the coupon or rebate. In this case each Pixar car is calculated at a value of $6 even though I know I could’ve purchased them somewhere else for less. Total value of these gifts = (6 x $6) + (2 x $5) = $46.

(Total value of Christmas gifts = $338.40 + $46 = $384.40, buffer = $129.76 – $6 = $123.76)

During the Christmas season I completed surveys and entered sweepstakes for all offers on the store receipts. I also entered any sweepstakes that were advertised on Black Friday, including the $1 million given away by Old Navy. So far I haven’t won anything. Those who start entering sweepstakes should know that when you win anything substantial you have to pay income taxes on it.

Rewards Clubs, Email Clubs, and Mail Clubs:

Multiple times between October and Early December, Sears/Kmart/Shop Your Way rewards randomly gave me free rewards points; each was a limited time offer. This meant that the points didn’t accumulate; I had to use them before they expired. Here is what I got:

sears kmart shop your way rewards

  • Received random $5 in points, purchased a movie for $4.99 and paid 99 cents for shipping
  • Received random $6 in points, purchased a tool magnetizer/demagnetizer ($3.39) and a glass cutter ($2.97) for $6.38 total including sales tax, 38 cents for me with free local pick up.
  • Received random $8 in points, purchased rechargeable batteries for $8.21, which was 21 cents for me with free local pick up. When I went to pick up this item they didn’t have it and they have a guarantee where they “retrieve the item in 5 minutes or less or we give you $5 in store credit”. Since they didn’t have the item I wanted they gave me an upgraded package of rechargeable batteries worth $12 and the $5 coupon. With the $5 coupon I bought a Disney Planes action figure for $6 – $5 coupon = $1 (not pictured).
  • Received random $7 in points, purchased wire cutters for $7 with free local pick up (actually free).
  • Received random $5 in points, purchased women’s sunglasses for $6.07 – $5 = $1.07 with free local pick up.
  • Every time Sears gave me points I could have purchased something that was actually free, but I knew I had the buffer which gave me a little more flexibility, and these were the items that I wanted. Sears also gives $1 in rewards points for leaving product reviews. I left reviews for all six products that I purchased which gave me another $6 and I had some change left over in points from before. I purchased a small clamping hand tool for $1.69 that was actually free. I also bought a $5 gift for my wife that isn’t pictured since I want it to be a surprise. (This is one the few things she didn’t help me buy her for Christmas. This experiment sure helps with our Christmas budget, but it doesn’t leave much excitement for me and her since we know what many of our gifts will be. Yet, it’s still fun to be surprised every once in a while, so I’m keeping this gift hidden in case she reads this blog).
  • Received another random $10 in rewards after Black Friday, and I had even made purchases at Kmart on Black Friday. So I re-purchased an item for free and took back the duplicate that I actually paid for. With the $10 I purchased a Craftsman 13″ tool bag ($3.99), M&M stocking cane ($1), and two boxes of Honey Nut Chex ($5.33), and I paid a total of 33 cents with free local pick up.

Total for Sears/Kmart rewards = $58.69 (rounded for simplicity, sales tax is not calculated accurately for this entire article, but you’ll get the general idea), total spent from buffer = $4

(Total value of gifts = $384.40 + $58.69 = $443.09, buffer = $123.76 – $4 = $119.76)

disney movie rewards

muppet show

I’ve been a member of Disney Movie Rewards for about a year and a half. We’re pretty neat in my family so when we buy a movie we keep the case and all the case inserts that come with it. I had accumulated a few free points but not enough to purchase anything. So I took out all the inserts from all the Disney movies we had, some which we even purchased years ago, then entered and claimed all the rewards points. There was only one really old code that didn’t work. I even thought about doing the same thing with my in-law’s and my parent’s movies, but haven’t yet. Once I had entered all the codes, I had enough to order seasons two and three of the Muppet Show on DVD with free shipping. I’m estimating these to be valued at $30 total (it could easily be more at some stores in the mall).

(Total value of gifts = $443.09 + $30 = $473.09, buffer = $119.76)

JCPenny rewards

On two occasions JCPenney sent us a coupon in the mail which was good for $10 off any purchase of $10 or more. These are my favorite type of coupons to find during the holidays because if you purchase an item that is $10, the sales tax is calculated after the coupon price, which means the entire purchase is actually free! On the first occasion my wife bought an $18 necklace on sale for $10.87 – $10 coupon = 87 cents. On the second occasion I bought $25 gloves on sale for $12 – $10 coupon = $2. On both occasions we could have purchased items for $10 and received the items for free, but this is what we wanted or needed and we have the buffer.

(Total value of gifts = $473.09 + $43 = $516.09, buffer = $119.76 – $2.87 = $116.89)

Free After Rebates:

The big three retailers that provide deals with rebates are Newegg.com, Fry’s Electronics, and Tiger Direct. Sometimes there are others, like Micro Center or office stores, like Staples. Out of the three, the best one to buy from is Newegg, since their items often come with free shipping and there is no sales tax unless the item is shipped to one of their three states of operation. This may change in the future due to legislation, but this is how it is currently. When you can get an item for free after rebate with free shipping and no sales tax, it’s actually free! Fry’s Electronics comes in second due to the frequency of their free after rebate offers. Yet, they may charge for shipping, or sales tax will apply if the item is purchased in-store. The same is usually true for Tiger Direct, but not for me this year . . .

Tiger Direct Free after rebate:

tiger direct FAR

I purchased a software combo from Tiger Direct which included Dragon Naturally Speaking with headphones and mic and Total Defense Premium Security. It required activation of Total Defense Premium, which required entering credit card information, which means I will have to be conscious enough to cancel the subscription before they charge my credit card. I’ll probably do it immediately after I receive the rebate. The cost of the combo on sale was $60 + $5 shipping = $65. There was a $60 mail-in rebate (MIR) for the Total Defense software and a $25 mail-in rebate for Dragon Naturally speaking. Do the math: $65 – $60 MIR – $25 MIR = -$20. That’s a negative cost of $20, meaning I’m paid $20 to make this purchase! Last year I made a couple of purchases which paid $1-$5, but not $20. This purchase was made before Black Friday. Tiger Direct had other offers on Black Friday which I didn’t get in time before they sold out.

Claiming one of the rebates has been somewhat of a challenge. The rebate requires an invoice from Tiger Direct which they don’t send unless you request it. They only send a confirmation email of the purchase which doesn’t count as the invoice. So after I sent a copy of the confirmation email with the other documentation, Total Defense sent me an email saying my $60 rebate was denied since I didn’t include an invoice. They’re giving me more time. However, none of this was made clear initially, so there will probably be a few people who end up paying out of pocket for this one. Also, once you try to claim a rebate you’ve damaged the packaging since a rebate usually requires the proof of purchase. This means it can’t be returned to the retailer. Some rebates also come in the form of a pre-paid visa card which cannot be redeemed for cash. I often use these for every-day expenses like gas and groceries so that I’m consciously not allowing the rebate to trick me into spending more money. These cards have to be used within six months or there is a monthly maintenance fee which is deducted from the card’s total value. There was a student in the news who purchased every free after rebate deal he could find. He sold the items online for profit and used the pre-paid cards to pay for tuition. (Three envelopes and three stamps were used to claim the $60 rebate so far; hopefully it won’t take more).

(Total value of gifts = $516.09 + $85 = $601.09, buffer = $116.89 + $20 = $136.89)

Newegg.com Free after rebate:

newegg FAR

I purchased AVG Internet Security for one PC, regularly $49.99 – $19.99 instant discount – $30 mail-in rebate = $0 Free. There was free shipping and no sales tax, so this was actually free. Gotta love Newegg.com! This purchase was made before Black Friday; there were even better deals on Black Friday, like the same software for three PCs. I was kicking myself for not waiting. I didn’t attempt to buy the software again because I was concerned they wouldn’t send me two rebates from the same manufacturer.

(Total value of gifts = $601.09 + $50 = $651.09, buffer = $136.89)

Fry’s Electronics Free after rebate:

Fry's FAR

The first two Fry’s Electronics items were purchased before Black Friday, the others were purchased on Black Friday.

  • Sales & Marketing Pro software $59.99 – $60 MIR + $3.93 sales tax = $3.93
  • Winway Resume Deluxe $34.99 – $10 MIR – $25 MIR + $3.93 sales tax = $3.93
  • Rayovac 8-pack AAA batteries, $3 – $3 MIR = $0 + sales tax
  • Rayovac 8-pack AA batteries, $3 – $3 MIR = $0 + sales tax
  • TekNmotion 24 DVD/CD wallet, $3 – $3 MIR = $0 + sales tax (probably valued at $5-$8 for a similar item not on Black Friday)
  • Bytecc HDMI-VGA adapter, $15 – $15 MIR = $0 + sales tax (rebate was sent to Canada, postage was $1.10)
  • Wireless pen cam, $20 – $20 MIR = $0 + sales tax
  • Wagon 80 W power adapter, $11 – $11 MIR = $0 + sales tax (probably valued at $20 for a similar item not on Black Friday)
  • Tablet racing wheel, $40 – $40 MIR = $0 + sales tax
  • RC Helicopter, reg $30, on sale for $19.99 – $15 MIR = $4.99 + sales tax

Total value of items from Fry’s = $231 (some of this total is based on Black Friday sales prices; I know the pen cam sells for more), Total sales tax for Fry’s = $18.75. Total expenses for claiming all mail-in rebates above from Fry’s, Newegg and Tiger Direct = (16 envelopes x $0.1) + (15 stamps x $0.46) + $1.10 postage to Canada = $9.60, There was one item that was $5 after rebate, not free after rebate.

(Total value of gifts = $651.09 + $231 = $882.09, buffer = $136.89 – $18.75 – $9.60 – $5 = $103.54)

Staples Free after rebate on Black Friday:

Staples FAR

  • Staples paper ream, $6.99 x 2 = $13.98
  • Staples photo paper $14.79 x 2 = $29.58
  • Pentel Pens $4.29

Office supplies may not be very exciting gifts, but they are very practical. Total sales tax for Staples was $3.97; Staples rebates were entirely claimed online and did not require mailing or postage.

(Total value of gifts = $882.09 + $47.85 = $929.94, buffer = $103.54 – $3.97 = $99.57)

Black Friday Freebies:

Black Friday is one of the best days of the year for getting freebies that are actually free. The only other day that compares is your very own birthday. These are two days of the year where you can literally go from place to place and they hand you something for free with no monetary requirement. In order to fully take advantage of Black Friday freebies it is best to buy a newspaper on Thanksgiving, even though any savvy shopper will have already been looking at Black Friday ads online for weeks in advance. By “Black Friday” I mean basically the entire week of Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday due to recent trends over the last few years.

Black Friday Freebies

I bought two newspapers this year to get more coupons, which cost $4.22.

New York and Company gave out gift cards the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I got a $5 card and bought nail polish for my wife’s stocking at $6.07 including tax ($6.07 – $5 = $1.07)

Sports Authority gave out gift cards to the first 80 people in line. The first one I received was $10. I bought an RC toy car for $10, it was on sale and regularly $30. Since they had only given out about half of their gift cards by the time I was checking out, I asked if I could go out and come back in again, and they said yes! The second card I got was worth $10. I got a hand pump for intertubes and air mattresses for $10. I was really surprised at the low turnout of customers. When I talked to some of the people in line they didn’t even know Sports Authority was handing out gift cards. They were just waiting to do their Black Friday shopping.

Sports Authority actually gave out gift cards twice, once on Thursday evening and once on Friday morning. On Friday morning I had time to go to two different branches and got a gift card at each. One was worth $10 and the other was worth $25. I was able to combine them to get a pair of running shoes for my wife. The shoes were $62 – $35 = $27. I could have purchased an item worth $10 and an item worth $25 or an item worth $35 and they would have been actually free. However, this is what my wife wanted for Christmas. If I had saved all the cards I received then I could’ve spent $7 on the shoes, but I didn’t know that they could be combined until I tried towards the end.

Big Lots gave out gift cards to the first 100 customers. I got one worth $5. I bought a 20-pack of generic AA batteries for $5 and they were on sale, buy one get one free. Total value is $10 for 40 AA batteries.

Tilly’s gave out gift cards to the first 100 people in line. I got one worth $10. I bought earrings and bracelets for my wife for $10, actually free!

Stein Mart gave away gift cards in their Black Friday ad, the majority were worth $10. I bought two newspapers so my wife and I could both have a gift card. She purchased two 3-packs of belts. They were regularly $10 but there was also a coupon in the Black Friday ad for 50% off apparel and accessories on Black Friday, so she was able to get two packs instead of one. Total value is $20. I bought a coin separator machine for $10 which is a perfect gift for my parents.

JCPenney gave away snow globes on Black Friday, which I estimate to be worth about $5, although I could see them selling for up to $50 at a specialty store in the mall. Supposedly the reason why JCPenney gave out snow globes this year was because people complained that they didn’t do it last year. Last year JC Penney gave out Christmas buttons with codes on the back, some of which could be redeemed online for cash and prizes. I got $65-worth of Christmas gifts from that promotion last year which is substantially better than a $5 snow globe. If you asked me, I’d say people should complain that they didn’t do the buttons promotion this year.

CVS gave away a 4-pack of AA batteries on Thanksgiving Day. CVS card members had to scan their card at the in-store coupon Kiosk to get the coupon that was good for the entire price of the batteries which cost about $5.30. They also had a candy bar with 100% back in rewards. Normally I don’t consider 100% back in rewards to be actually free since it’s similar to “buy one, get one free” offers and those are not actually free. Yet, I was buying other items in the store anyway and the rewards could be used instantly. So I essentially got a 75 cent candy bar for free without spending anything extra.

For more reference on Black Friday freebies next year, go to my Black Friday Freebies post.

Total value of Black Friday freebies = $169.05, Total expenses for Black Friday above = $28.07 + $4.22 newspapers

(Total value of gifts = $929.94 + $169.05 = $1098.99, buffer = $99.57 – $28.07 – $4.22 = $67.28)

Free Samples, Gifts, Miscellaneous:

Misc Gifts

My wife and I found out that we’re having a baby! If you’ve ever had a baby then you’d know that nothing about it is ever free by a long shot. However, there are lots of sources to help reduce the baby expenses. When we went to the OB/GYN for the first ultrasound we received a sample bag that was full of magazines and coupons. One of the coupons was good for $10 at ToysRUs/BabiesRUs just for opening a baby registry. When I went to open the registry the associate told me she’d give me another $10 gift card for registering 140 items. I could have registered 140 boxes of diapers, wipes and formula and it would have counted, but I had a little fun with it. With these two $10 gift cards I bought a Razor scooter for my son on sale for Black Friday for $20, regularly $30. I had to pay about $1.30 in sales tax.

Also, BabiesRUs gives a percentage of purchases made from the registry back to the parents. We registered all our Black Friday purchases, so we’ll get 10% back, even though we were the ones that made the purchases. This is not actually free, but it was a great way to maximize the reduction in price of the items we purchased. This is our third baby, my wife probably won’t have a baby shower or even expect anyone else to use the registry. However, I could potentially win everything in the registry since I entered a sweepstakes.

We received many free samples from the OB/GYN and from BabiesRUs which will be great stocking stuffers. I’m estimating the value of these samples to be about $2, but they’re saving me a lot more than that since I could be spending more money to take up that space in a stocking. They’ll add to the baby theme of some of Santa’s gifts which will also be intended to surprise the in-laws on Christmas morning.

Last year I suggested using Halloween candy to fill Christmas stockings. This year I took my own advice and we spread the candy-eating out so much over the months that my son has no way of noticing how much is gone. The candy we selected for the stocking takes up about 1/5 of the stocking. The candy is probably worth about $4 or less, but it saved at least $10 in stocking stuffers.

Leftovers and hand-me-downs are free and when they look new they can be Christmas gifts. We had friends whose baby outgrew a toy walker, so they gave it to us. This walker is like new and the same one was advertised on Black Friday for $15. It will be an excellent gift for my daughter.

My sister purchased a clearance lot of dolls, and since she had an extra one from the lot, she gave it to us. This doll is estimated to be worth about $20 and it is brand new.

We receive WIC benefits, so we’re able to use some food items for my daughter’s Santa stash, particularly cereal from Santa, which would cost about $5 for the box.

O’Reilly Auto parts gave away coupons for $5 off a purchase of $5 or more for “liking” their facebook page. I purchased a seat belt clip for my son for $5.68 – $5 coupon = 68 cents

Total value of misc. gifts = $81, total expenses above = $1.98.

(Total value of gifts = $1098.99 + $81 = $1179.99, buffer = $67.28 – $1.98 = $65.30)

More Free with the buffer:

deals

Bank bonuses, sweepstakes, free after rebate deals, Black Friday freebies and the misc. freebies above are the extent of what I got for free (or nearly free) this year, which anybody can do without a buffer like the one I had from Café Press. Yet, I still have $65.30 from my Cafe Press, passive income, free money buffer, so here are some other smokin’ good deals that I found which were covered:

My wife and I purchased a Fischer Price Little People animal zoo for my daughter at Kohls. Regularly it’s $80. It was on sale on Black Friday for $35. We used a $10 off coupon that came with the newspaper and an additional 15% off coupon to get the item for about $23 including sales tax.

(Total value of gifts = $1179.99 + $80 = $1259.99, buffer = $65.30 – $23 = $42.30)

My wife and I purchased an Imaginex Pirate Ship for my son at Kohls. Regularly it’s $60. It was on sale on Black Friday for $25. With another $10 off newspaper coupon we got about $5 off this item when figuring the other stuff that I purchased, and we used an additional 15% off coupon to get the item for about $19 which includes sales tax. This is the only way to shop at Kohls since their marketing specifically caters to coupon-users, and when non-coupon-users shop at Kohls they over-pay. However, the entire process also makes returns a mathematical nightmare for the customer. When using a $10 off coupon for the entire purchase, their system splits the discount between all items, which is why we only got about $5 off this item when we were using a $10 off coupon. They also record all Kohls cash purchases which are deducted when making returns.

(Total value of gifts = $1259.99 + $60 = $1319.99, buffer = $42.30 – $19 = $23.30)

I purchased a like-new diaper bag at Goodwill for $12; it had the original tags and everything. At BabiesRUs the exact same bag in the exact same condition was $45.

(Total value of gifts = $1319.99 + $45 = $1364.99, buffer = $23.30 – $12 = $11.3)

I purchased a heart monitor watch on sale for $15 at Fry’s electronics on Black Friday. Usually a heart monitor of this type is $80 or more.

(Total value of gifts = $1364.99 + $80 = $1445 (rounded up 1 cent), buffer = $11.30 – $15 = -$3.70)

So there you have it. I got $1445-worth of Christmas gifts for $3.70 out of my own pocket. Not bad, huh? The $3.70 is actually covered by more Café Press buffer because the total used for this article was only the passive income from January to November, and sales even increase in December.

$1445 beats my record from last year and I wasn’t event trying as hard. I didn’t spend a lot of time scouring the internet for hidden freebies. I also didn’t include any dollar store items this year. However, one item that I noticed at the dollar store is a pedometer for $1. This particular pedometer is probably only worth $1. Yet, if you purchased a pedometer somewhere else it would cost about $8-15. Also not included in the calculations above was a $20 book that I bought at a thrift store for $3. Thrift stores are excellent places to buy discounted books.

UPDATE: Since this article was written I’ve received even more freebies. On the Saturday before Christmas, New York & Company gave out gift cards to the first 100 people in line. Between me and my accompanying family we got two cards worth $5 each and one worth $25. I ended up buying $40-worth of gifts – $35 gift cards = $5 + sales tax. The $5 and tax will be covered by December Cafe Press income. Also, H&M stores will be handing out gift cards to the first 100 people in line the day after Christmas.

 

Here are some other freebies that I missed which were not already mentioned above:

On two occasions I missed $7 in rewards from Sears/Kmart/Shop Your Way. The rewards had expired by the time I noticed them in my email.

Half Price Books had a free book day on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Any kid who went to their story time left with a free book.

As part of his gift to me this year, my brother-in-law went to Cabella’s at 3 am on Black Friday morning. He was attempting to get one of their door prizes valued up to $900, but we were expecting a $10 gift card. Cabella’s opens at 5 am and they were giving away 500 prizes. When my brother-in-law arrived two hours early, he estimated that there were about 1500 people in line, so he didn’t stay. He shops at Cabellas often and he also mentioned that he was surprised that many people were in line since Cabella’s Black Friday ad didn’t have anything super-discounted. The only thing special about the ad was the door prizes. So either a lot of people were in line just because they’re fans of Cabella’s or the people hoping for door prizes can’t count.

Had my brother-in-law stayed out shopping on Black Friday morning, he also would have gone to Half Price books for me to get their $5 coupon door prize and free tote. He may also have gone to Big Lots for me for an additional expected $5 gift card.

Costco gave away cook books again this year in which I would have been interested, but I didn’t get there in time. I had a busy Black Friday.

Coupon Mom sends out an email newsletter that updates members on items that they can get for free after coupons. Some of the coupons can only be obtained in the Sunday paper. Next year I might consider buying the Sunday paper from the dollar store starting in September to receive these items throughout the Holidays. Or I might try dumpster diving for these coupons. Generally these items would include food and personal hygiene products that can be included in stockings. You may have noticed that a lot of the items mentioned in this article can be put in a stocking. I planned it that way because I wasn’t happy with how much we had to spend on stocking stuffers last year. All those little items can add up.

For the last two years there was some kind of rebate for the most recent Pixar movie. If there was a rebate this year either for Disney’s Planes or Pixar’s Monsters University, I wasn’t able to find it.

I didn’t find any free movies with Hollywood Movie Money this year, which is really disappointing since I love going to the movies. Although I have already been to a couple of free screenings this month with passes from Gofobo.com and other sources.

I also didn’t discover any “12-days of Christmas” promotions that offered freebies, and this year I even created an email account just to get all the newsletters from every retailer for which I could sign up to make sure I didn’t miss any. Some retailers had 12-days promotions, but none that gave away freebies like one retailer did last year.

Sears Apparel Outlet had four free apparel days for kid’s apparel in October. I missed those and they haven’t had a free apparel day since then.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. All of these freebies are expired this year. However, the post itself can act as a good reference for what to expect next year. Absolutely anyone with a normal IQ, internet access and a means of transportation can do this. All it takes is some persistence and organization. Merry Christmas!

Cyber Monday Freebies 2013

As promised, here is the list for Cyber Monday Freebies, 2013. This list is not as extensive as the Black Friday Freebies 2013 list. Many of the freebies offered on Black Friday are intended to get customers into brick and mortar stores so that they’ll spend more. That tactic doesn’t work was well when getting people to make purchases online. Also, many freebies that are offered on Cyber Monday are not actually free since they often require shipping fees.

Capital One 360 Bank Freebies:

  • Open an interest-earning free checking account for $125 free
  • Open a savings account for $75 free
  • Get $150 for opening a Share Builder account and making 3 trades (may require fees, $6.95 per trade, see their page for details)
  • Fund a new IRA with share builder and get up to $1,000
  • Get $1,000 off closing costs for home loans and a $250 Amazon gift card
  • Also enter their sweepstakes for a chance to win $25,000

These offers were available starting Black Friday and they expire on Cyber Monday (Dec 2). Some of these accounts may require minimum deposits, but it’s still your money, so these deals are actually free. I usually advise against opening multiple credit card since too many credit cards can negatively affect your credit score. However, this is a checking and savings account, not a credit card account. Open as many different bank accounts as you want from as many different banks to get all kinds of bank freebies.

Newegg.com Free After Rebate:

No sales tax unless you live in one of their states of operation. Shipping is usually free unless otherwise stated above. A lot of the offers above were mentioned on the Black Friday post, those offers end on Dec 3. Check each offer for ending times.

Fry’s Electronics Free After Rebate:

Fry’s also has at least 8 software titles that are free after upgrade rebates, this means you must have the previous version of the software or its not actually free. See also Fry’s Featured Software page. Sales tax applies when purchasing in store, shipping fees apply when ordered online. Fry’s Electronics also has four different sweepstakes for chances to win merchandise. See the bottom of their ad pages.

Tiger Direct Free After Rebate:

Shipping fees apply unless specified. Sales tax applies when purchasing in-store.

ThredUp, the used clothes online store, is offering $15 off any order with no minimum requirement and $3 shipping (not actually free due to the shipping, but pretty close. There are many items for $15 or less). Use coupon code CYBER13. There are many other codes that can be used with ThredUp; unfortunately the checkout only allows the use of one code.

Free Redbox movie rental today only, use coupon code YY55NMPQ.

Since Cyber Monday is predominantly an online venture, I’ll also include some web freebies (digital, non-tangible):

Amazon.com

These are available throughout the year. Check frequently for updates and new titles. If you look, you may also be able to find other free downloads through iTunes and Google Play.

For non-free deals on Cyber Monday check out the list at DealNews.com.

You can also try searching deals websites like Slickdeals.net for coupons that offer 100% off, such as “$10 off a purchase of $10 or more” (just change the amount with each search, $5, $20, etc.) and combine it with an online code that offers free shipping (I found one of these super combinations last year). If you purchased toys or apparel on Black Friday, keep your receipts. Shopping experts say that toys go on sale at even bigger discounts than Black Friday at two weeks before Christmas and you may be able to recover the difference. Also, expect to see a Super Saturday two weeks before Christmas where most stores in the mall will have a 70% off everything sale. Also, Free Shipping Day is December 18. Try to find online codes that give you 100% off the price of the item which can be used on free shipping day for deals that are actually free. For December, you can expect to see at least three blog posts: one on free Christmas Holiday activities, one about reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas, and one that details all the free Christmas gifts I got this year, which is probably over $500 worth, but the exact amount will be revealed later on (I’m not done calculating it yet, and I may get more freebies throughout December).

Black Friday Freebies 2013

Here are the Black Friday Freebies 2013. For reference, most Black Friday ads can be found at www.BlackFriday.com, www.BFads.net, or the Black Friday page at www.SlickDeals.net. The pages cited below are scan numbers, not necessarily the actual page of the ad since some ad pages are split into two scans. Black Friday ads will also gradually become available on the respective website of each store if they are not already. For most “in line” or “first customers” prizes, expect to get there at least an hour early, maybe two hours. Pay attention to the wording of the ad; if they say “first customers” then they may not offer the prize until checking out, in which case it’s not actually free. For the Black Friday freebies post last year I verified that there was at least one item that could be acquired free – if there was a free $5 gift card I made sure there was an item for $5. This is the only case where it’s actually free. I didn’t do that for this post. However, any true freebie seeker would do that before going to the store if they intend to use any of these deals to get freebies that are actually free.

Academy Sports – Get $25 off your in-store purchase when you get an Academy Visa card. The ad does not specify a minimum purchase requirement, but there might be, and if there is then this deal is not actually free. See their ad, page 6. This is a credit card, so be careful. If you have more than 5 lines of credit (any debt) or if you have more than 3 credit cards, it can negatively affect your credit score. I’d only get the credit card if you shop at Academy Sports all the time and the credit card always gets you discounts and I’d only use a credit card period if you are “type A” or rigidly organized with your finances. If you don’t match those two descriptions then do NOT take this offer. There will be more on this topic for my “free Christmas gifts” post later in the season. Academy Sports is also holding a sweepstakes where three winners a day will receive $2,500 through December 2. See their ad, page 20 for details

Ashley Furniture – Free $50 gift card to the first 25 customers Friday, Nov 29, Sat, Nov 30, Sunday, Dec 1, and Monday, Dec 2. Opens at 9 am all four days. Uncertain if a furniture store would have anything for sale for $50. If they don’t then this is not actually free. See their ad, page 1.

Bass Pro Shops – Free Christmas Events: Santa’s Wonderland Free Games and Activities, Free Crafts for kids, and Free Photo with Santa between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. See their ad, pages 6, 7, and 8 for details and schedule. The first 125 kids to visit Santa’s Wonderland will receive a free backpack clip Thanksgiving day 3-5 pm and “Monday-Friday 5-7 pm” (unclear on the exact dates or if its all dates between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve). See page 7 of the their ad, top right, for details. Also Super Saturday and Sunday Events, November 30 and December 1: free drawings every hour and door prizes. Saturday, first 100 customers receive a Bass Pro Shops knife and there are drawings for prizes every hour. Sunday, first 100 customers receive a 3 pack of Cotton Cordell baits and there are drawings for prizes every hour. See their ad page 50 for details. Bass Pro Shops opens at 8 am both days for at least one location, but check your local store to confirm hours of operation. Drawings begin at 10:30 am both days as advertised.

Bath and Body Works – They may be giving away a VIP bag worth over “$100″ with things like soap and candles. The ad is vague; it doesn’t have a price and it doesn’t say it’s free or “while supplies last”. See their ad page 1. It doesn’t say when they open.

Bealls Florida – The first 100 people in line get a scratch-off card for a chance to win either a $5 gift card, a $100 gift card, or an iPad Mini. See their ad, page 2. Bealls opens at 8 pm Thursday. AT 11 pm on Thursday Bealls is also giving away $10,000 to two schools, the first 500 customers can vote for their favorite school to win and each customer that participates will get a $5 off coupon. The next offer is not actually free, but maybe it’s a good deal if you shop regularly at Bealls: At 7 am on Friday Bealls is also giving away a lifetime discount to one winner at each store. The first 200 customers at each store will receive an entry form.

Belk – The first 250 customers in the store will receive a free gift card. One of those gift cards will be worth $1,000. The majority will be worth $5. The prize could range between $5 – $1,000. see their ad, page 1. Belk opens Thursday, 8 pm.

Big Lots – First 100 customers in line will get a scratch and win gift card worth $5 – $100 off purchase. See their ad, page 4. Big Lots opens Friday at 6 am. (They’re also open Thanksgiving, but this deal starts on Friday)

Bon Ton Stores – Coupon for $10 off any item of $10 or more. The coupon is in their Black Friday ad, page 1. Buy an item that’s $10 and its actually free. No sales tax. Bon Ton’s Black Friday sale is from Thursday, 8 pm to Friday 2 pm. Since the coupon is in their ad you can potentially buy more than one newspaper and you and your spouse can each use one for more freebies.

Bon Ton has affiliated stores that share the exact same marketing, so they all have the same offer: Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, and Younkers. See their ads, page 1. They likely open at the same time, but check your local stores to confirm hours.

Burlington Coat Factory – Enter to win a $500 shopping spree. Go to BCFSweeps.com. Be sure to read the fine print. The winner will not be selected before Christmas.

Cabela’s – First 600 people in line get one of six possible prizes for free: Browning X-Bolt Medallion Riffle ($799.99 value), Go PRO sports camera ($399.99 value), a Cabela’s gift card up to $100 in value (but probably not all gift cards will be that much, and probably most people will get gift cards), Nikon ProStaff 5 Rangefinder ($249.99 value), Bushnell Trophy XLT Bone Collector Binoculars ($189.99 value), and Masterbuilt 30″ Smoker ($349.99 value). See page 1 of their ad. Cabela’s opens at 5 am on Friday. Also, free pictures with Santa December 7, 8, 14, and 15. See their ad page 21.

Costco – It’s not in the Costco ad scans that are online, but Costco will be giving out free cookbooks again this year while supplies last. It’s on the first and last page of the printed ad. Check your local Costco for store hours. It may open between 9-10 am on Friday.

Craft Warehouse – Free sticker organizer to the first 200 customers on Friday with the coupon in their ad, free junior mints on Saturday with coupon to the first 200 customers, free crystal bracelet on Sunday with coupon to the first 200 customers. Also on Saturday, small businesses with an American Express Card get $10 back after spending $10 or more (not actually free, it’s like a rewards program, small businesses may be interested). Also, on Saturday from 1-3 pm, make a Christmas tree ornament for $1 (not actually free, but may be a fun, cheap activity for the family). See page 1 of their Black Friday ad. The ad doesn’t specify store hours so check with your local branches for opening times.

CVS – On Thanksgiving day stop by the in-store coupon center to get a coupon for a free 4-pack of CVS AA or AAA batteries. See page 1 of their ad. The ad says to scan the batteries at the coupon dispenser. It requires a CVS card. This is a rare ad where something is free and it doesn’t have “free” in big bold letters. CVS may also have Mars Chocolate Bars and GUM toothbrushes for free after rebate. UPDATE: The Mars bars and GUM toothbrushes were “free” after rewards, which is not actually free, but actually did work out to be a good deal for me since I was buying other items in the store anyway.

Fred Meyer – Free doughnuts and coffee, 5 am – noon, Friday, Nov 29. See pages 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 10 of their ad.

Frys Electronics Pre Black Friday Week (Free After Rebate deals valid from now until Black Friday):

If the deal requires an “upgrade” rebate, that means you must have the previous version in order to get the updated version for free (generally the barcode of the previous version). Sales tax applies when buying in-store. Shipping fees may apply when buying online. Fry’s Electronics also has many other good deals.

Frys Electronics Black Friday Sale:

  • Rayovac 8 pack of AA or AAA batteries, free after $3 mail in rebate
  • Rhino DC to USB adapter, free after $5.99 mail in rebate
  • Rhino AC to USB power adapter, free after $5 mail in rebate
  • Wagon Tech 80 watt power inverter, free after $11 mail in rebate
  • Antec Formula 7 Thermal Paste, free after $6 mail in rebate
  • Antec True Quiet 120 mm case fan, free after $6 mail in rebate
  • Antec Accent Lighting, free after $5 mail in rebate
  • Bytec 2.5″ USB 3.0 to SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drive Enclosure, free after $15 mail in rebate
  • Swan PennCam Mini Video Camera & Recorder, free after $20 mail in rebate
  • BlueTooth Headset, free after $10 mail in rebate
  • 16 Software titles, free after mail in rebate
  • 8 Software titles, free after upgrade rebates (this means you must have the previous version of the software or its not actually free)

Most of the software titles are Anti-virus/security, utilities, clipart, language learning, business tools, and a couple of media-editing titles. Black Friday deals start on Thanksgiving day online. You can buy anything and reserve it, then pick it up on Friday morning. Different sales start at different times. If the time is not specified then I’d try first at 9 am PST and keep trying at the right times later if it’s not yet available. When you go to Frys, bring the item number or a copy of the ad with you so a sales associate can look it up on their computer. They usually aren’t as familiar with the ad as the customers, but they know where to find something. Frys also has an item for 5 cents that you’d only want if you build computers and store parts. See their system-builds upgrades Black Friday ad. They also have many other items for less than $1 either before or after rebate.

UPDATE: FRY’S ELECTRONICS HAD 25 OTHER ITEMS FOR FREE AFTER REBATE WHICH WERE ONLY ADVERTISED ON BLACK FRIDAY:

  • ProHT Pro-Display Titan LCD Mount, free after $8 mail in rebate
  • CD/DVD Wallet 24 Capacity, free after $3 mail in rebate
  • Universal Racing Gaming Wheel Stand for 7″ to 10.1″ Tablets, free after $40 mail in rebate
  • HDMI to VGA Adapter, free after $15 mail in rebate
  • Cooler Master Cooler Fits Up to 15.6″ Notebooks, free after $11 mail in rebate
  • Antec 100% Natural Spray Cleaning Kit, free after $5 mail in rebate
  • Antec 100% Natural Cleaning Wipes, free after $3 mail in rebate
  • inland 1.3 Megapixel USB 2.0 Webcam, free after $5 mail in rebate
  • ProHT Universal 10″ Tablet Sleeve, free after $3 mail in rebate
  • Stylus for Tablets, iPads and Smart Phones, free after $5 mail in rebate
  • Remanufactured Black Ink Cartridge for Epson TO69 Series, free after $4.50 mail in rebate
  • Capatible Black Ink Cartridge for Brother LC61/LC65 High Capacity, free after $3 mail in rebate
  • belkin 6ft VGA Cable, free after $3 mail in rebate
  • ProHT 8″ HDMI Cable, free after $2 mail in rebate
  • Slim Compact CD/DVD Black Case 10PK, free after $3 mail in rebate
  • NuGiant Universal USB AC Adapter, free after $6 mail in rebate
  • SIIG Wake Stylus, free after $6 mail in rebate
  • belkin 6 Outlet Surge Protector, free after $5.15 mail in rebate
  • belkin 4-Port USB 2.0 Hub, free after $6.05 mail in rebate
  • inland Pro All in 1 USB 2.0 Card Reader, free after $4 mail in rebate
  • NuGiant Galaxy Series Wall Tap Surge Power Protector, free after $5 mail in rebate
  • inland 4 Port USB 2.0 HUB, free after $4 mail in rebate
  • inland Lightweight Headset with Mic and Volume Control, free after $4 mail in rebate
  • inland USB Power Speaker with Built-in Volume Control, free after $3 mail in rebate

Fry’s Electronics is rebate heaven! The only kicker is that sales tax applies. But if you’re a savvy shopper like me, you’ll find a way to not have to pay for that out of your own pocket. More details on that will be in the “Free Christmas Gifts” post in December. [If you’re reading this, you’re probably too late to take advantage of the 25 rebates above. This post will continue to be updated as freebies are found for Black Friday, even if they’re expired now that Black Friday is almost over. This will serve for reference for next year.]

Gander Mountain – Package of gun accessories free after rebate (1 Bushmaster Carbon 15 .223 Rem AR, 1 Tactical Field Cleaning System, 4 Intrafuse 30-round mags) “$125 value free after mfr’s mail-in rebate”. Top right of page 5 and page 6 on their Black Friday ad. Gander Mountain will be open on Thursday and 12:01 Friday morning. However, this particular deal is available at 6 am on Friday and 6 am on Saturday.

Gordmans – On Friday the first 30 customers get a free bag and 25% off anything they can fit in the bag (not actually free, but may be a good deal). Some lucky customers on Saturday and Sunday will get their entire purchase free from $50 to $1,000. “Get an extra $10, $20, $50 off, or even your entire purchase for free, up to $1,000, when you spend $50 or more.” The first 300 customers will receive a mystery discount card. See their Black Friday ad, page 1. My guess is one or two customers who only spend $50 might get their entire purchase for free and one will get their entire purchase for free up to $1,000. The rest will end up paying something if their “mystery card” is worth less than $50. Most people should go expecting to receive $10 off their purchase of $50 or more. Gordmans opens at 5 am on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday they open at 8 am.

Guitar Center – Free Promark LA Special [drum] Sticks, Free for the first 30 people in line. Also, “free post-holiday guitar lessons, see store for details.” They also have a guitar stand for $1 (not actually free, but still a good deal). See their ad, page 4. Guitar Center opens Friday at 6 am.

h.h. gregg – One winner per store will win their entire Black Friday purchase free. See their ad page 2 and www.hhgregg.com/BlackFridayonUs for details. This is not exactly something you can plan on, but it might offer a nice surprise if you already shop at hh gregg. They open Thursday at 8 pm.

Half Price Books – First 100 customers will receive a tote and a $5 gift card. One tote bag will contain a $100 gift card. See their ad (or flyer), page 1. Half Price Books opens on Friday at 7 am. Half Price Books is also having a “Booksgiving day” on Saturday, Nov 23. Any child who comes to story time from 1-2 pm will get a free book. See details here.

Hastings (goHastings.com) – Free movie rentals all day Friday from 6 pm to close. See their ad, page 6.

JCPenney – Free snow globes while supplies last, starting Friday at 4 pm. See page 1 of their ad.

Just Cabinets – First 10 people in line get a $25 gift card. Also, enter to win a $1,000 gift card. See their ad, page 1. They open at 7 am on Friday.

Kohls – One winner every hour for the first 4 hours starting at 8 pm Thurs will receive the entire purchase free. This applies at every participating branch and online. See their ad, page 61. It’s not exactly something you can plan on, but if you shop at Kohls you might get pleasantly surprised. They may also be having a winner every day from Black Friday to Christmas Eve. More details will be at www.Kohls.com/dreamreceipt when it’s live.

Micro Center – Kingwin 80 mm advance case fan, free after $2 mail in rebate, see their ad page 19.

Mills Fleet Farm – First 500 customers will receive a free plush cow stuffed animal. See their ad page 1. They open at 6 am Friday.

New York & Company – First 100 customers on Wednesday, November 27 will receive a gift card up to $100. Two people will win $100, 18 will win $25, 40 will win $10 and 40 will win $5. This was announced to their email club. They may open between 10-11 am on Wednesday. Check your local branch for exact hours.

Newegg  (Pre-Black Friday Free After Rebate deals):

Free after rebate deals from Newegg are actually free. Other rebate offers may require sales tax or shipping fees. Newegg most often has free shipping and sales tax only applies if you live in one of their three or four states of operation. The rebate may come in the form of a prepaid debit card which cannot be redeemed for cash. It just has to be used liked you’d use cash.

Newegg – Free After Rebate Black Friday deals available Thursday

Check each offer for details, but in general Newegg rebate offers come with free shipping and no sales tax except in three or four states, making these offers actually free.

Office Depot – Free batteries after rebate. Energizer Max Alkaline batteries are on sale 2 for $4 and there is a $4 rebate. This is not in any of the ads. I got this one from freebies.about.com.

Office Max – QuickBooks Online Simple Start Free after 9.99 instant rebate and $90 mail-in rebate. See their ad page 6. Office Max opens Thursday at 8 pm. Sales tax applies.

Old Navy – The first 500 people in line will have a chance to win $1 million. see the details in their Black Friday ad, page 4. There will probably just be one winner among all the branches. Old Navy opens on Thursday at 7 pm.

Origins – Free $10 gift card in their Black Friday ad, page 2. The fine print isn’t available in the ad so it must be on the card itself. Origins opens on Friday. Their Black Friday ad does not specify any special hours. UPDATE: The gift card wasn’t in my newspaper. This might have been an offer that was mailed to their email or snail mail list members.

Pep Boys Auto – Platinum Spark Plugs free after $2 mail in rebate, limit 16 plugs per person. See page 2 of their ad. Pep boys opens on Friday. The hours are not specified in the ad.

PetSmart – Free stocking for the first 100 customers and “over $100 in coupons”. The coupon deals may not actually be free, but they might be good deals for pet owners. Each free stocking will be filled with dog and cat treats. See their ad, page 1. PetSmart opens at 7 am on Friday.

Seattle’s Best Coffee – Free medium coffee for those who are working on Black Friday for “liking” their facebook page.

Shoe Carnival – First 100 customers will receive a gift card worth at least $10. One lucky customer will receive a gift card worth $100. Shoe Carnival opens Thursday at 6 pm. Also “Thursday 9 PM and Friday 9 PM win a $100 shopping spree.” See their ad, page 1.

Sierra Trading Post – First 50 guests will receive a gift card up to $500. They open at 6 am on Friday. Most guests will probably get a card worth about $10, but it could be more or less. See their ad, or flyer, page 1.

Sports Authority – First 80 people in line on Thursday AND Friday get a free gift card. The highest gift card (probably one per store per day) will be worth $500 bucks. If you happen to receive a gift card valued at $125 or more, you can also buy $125 worth of The North Face or Columbia merchandise for an additional $25 per brand. Also, enter to win a $500,000 sweepstakes at the website listed on their Black Friday ad. Sports Authority opens at 6 pm Thursday and 6 am Friday. See their ad, page 1.

Stage – First 50 customers Thursday & Friday get a scratch-off gift card. 48 customers will get a $10 coupon, 1 customer will get a $50 gift card and 1 will get a $100 gift card. Stage opens at 6 pm on Thursday and 6 am on Friday. See their ad, page 1.

Stage-affiliated stores will have the exact same offer: Bealls (no relation to Bealls Florida above), Palais Royal, Peebles, and Goody’s. See their ads, page 1 of each. Check each local store for their hours.

Staples – Free After Rebate Black Friday Deals:

  • QuickBooks Online Simple Start 2014, 1 year subscription, free after discount and $90 mail-in rebate. See their Black Friday ad, page 8.
  • Kaspersky Internet Security 2014, 1 PC, free after discount and $45 easy rebate. See their Black Friday ad, page 9.
  • Staples 8.5″ x 11″ multipurpose paper, 500 sheets/ream, free after $6.99 easy rebate. See their Black Friday ad, page 11. Staples photo supreme 8.5″ x 11″, double-sided matte, 50/pack, free after $14.99 easy rebate. See their Black Friday ad, page 11.
  • Pentel RSVP assorted pens, 5/pack, free after $5.29 easy rebate. See their Black Friday ad, page 11.
  • Staples 8.5″ x 11″ multipurpose paper, 10-ream case, Buy it for $54.99 and get 100% back in rewards. Normally I don’t consider these “100% back in rewards” to be actually free, because you have to spend money to get it. But Staples is a rare circumstance since they also offer Free After Rebate deals in addition to their “100% back in rewards deals”. Here’s how to do it. Buy the item that gives you 100% in rewards, then use the rewards to buy an item that is Free After Rebate, and you get both items for free with the exception of some small sales tax. It’s a bit of a gamble since there is no guarantee that they’ll have a Free After Rebate deal when the rewards become available. But it usually pays off when I’ve done it in the past. Be sure to read any fine print.

Staples is honest when they describe their rebates as “easy”. Based on previous experience, Staples rebates are, indeed, some of the easiest rebates to claim. Staples opens on Thursday at 8 pm-midnight and Friday at 6 am. Sales tax applies.

Stein Mart – Their Black Friday ad will have a scratch-off gift card. A sales associate at the store must scratch it off. Do not scratch it before arriving. The card could either be worth $10, $20, $50 or $100. Stein Mart is expecting customers to come in the store and buy what interests them, take it all to the counter and then have the associate scratch it off. If the customer is buying $50 worth of items and the coupon is worth $100 then they lose $50 of the coupon’s value. If they are buying $50 worth of stuff and the coupon is $10, then the customer pays $40. Neither of these situations is actually free. Last year I had an associate scratch the card before I started shopping and I knew exactly how much I had to spend without pulling much out of my own pocket. Also, if you buy more than one newspaper with the Black Friday ads, then you’ll have more than one scratch-off gift card. You and a spouse could use one for more freebies. See their ad, page 1. Steinmart opens at 7 am on Friday.

Tiger Direct – Free After Rebate deals on Thanksgiving (Early Black Friday deals):

The Nuance Dragon-Total Defense combo was available for a lower price earlier this month and with rebates it actually paid $20 to buy it. There will be more details on that in my “free Christmas gifts” post later in December. The PayPal card reader may be available directly from PayPal without having to bother with rebates.

Tiger Direct – Free After Rebate deals (Available in stores Friday at 5 am):

  • CuiZen 6 cup rice cooker, free after $10 mail in rebate, see their ad page 2
  • 120 disc carrying case for CDs/DVDs, free after $10 mail in rebate, see their ad page 8
  • Eastware 15.6″ laptop backpack, free after $10 mail in rebate, see their ad page 11

These are very unique free after rebate deals, especially the rice cooker. Kitchen appliances for free after rebate are somewhat rare. I’ve only seen it on one other occasion. If you buy these items online then shipping fees may apply. When buying in store then sales tax may apply. Tiger Direct is also holding a sweepstakes with cash and prizes. UPDATE: The ad says to shop online on Thursday, but these deals were not available when checked on Thursday. They may only be available online when they’re available in store.

Tilly’s – First 100 customers will receive a Tilly’s gift card worth $10 – $100. There will be 97 $10 cards, one $25 card, one $50 card, and one $100 card. See their ad, page 1. Tilly’s opens on Friday, the ad doesn’t specify what time. Also, enter to win a $500 shopping spree while you’re there. Fill out a card and give it to the cashier to enter.

World Market – On Friday at 7 am the first 100 in-store customers receive a free Downton Abby tea cup in gift box.

 

Be sure to read the fine print for each offer, on the coupon itself or on the gift card. Many exclusions may apply. For instance, they won’t allow the deal to be combined with other offers or certain items in the store may be excluded, such as clearance items. The gift card deals are often treated as cash with very few limitations within the store itself.

Bartering and trading may be another way to get freebies without spending cash. Game Stop accepts old video games and game systems for store credit. Although the trade-in value may not be very satisfying, even if it is more on Black Friday. Walmart is also offering store credit when you trade in your smart phone. Gander Mountain buys, sells and trades used firearms.

Extreme couponers may be able to find more freebies at places like Dollar General, Walgreens, CVS, and other food stores and pharmacies when they combine coupons with discounts for items like food and hygiene products. Check with CouponMom.com. Yet, be careful since CouponMom.com considers that rewards freebies are actually free when they’re not.

Advance shoppers may also buy gift cards from one establishment to get the rewards for money they’ll be spending anyway. For example, if your local grocery store offers gas rewards for all purchases and you know you’ll be spending $20 at Old Navy, then buy a $20 Old Navy gift card from the grocery store to get the gas rewards. This is not actually free, but it is a great way to maximize the value of the money you’re already spending. Meijer is offering $25 when you buy $100 in gift cards on Thanksgiving Day. See their ad, page 24. At 25% of the total cost that may be the best offer I’ve seen advertised, regarding gift card benefits. But then again, I don’t look that closely for non-freebie deals.

There are many other Buy One Get One Free offers, or Buy One Get a Gift Card free, or Buy One Get a Separate Item Free. There are many where you get additional store credit if you spend a certain amount ($15 Kohl’s cash when you spend $100 or more, or $10 off your purchase of $25 or more, etc.). These are not actually free, but they can be fantastic deals if they’re offered with products that you’re already looking for. If you’re not already looking for those items, then be weary of spending more than you would have otherwise. It’s easy to inflate the price on two items just to say that one of them is “free”. The Retail Industry About.com guide has put together the most extensive list of freebies with purchases on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

I’ll mention one buy one get one free deal: At BJ’s wholesale club, you can buy forever stamps 100 count and get a box of luxury cards free. I mention this offer because stamps are a kind of currency, so it’s essentially just trading one currency for another. Also, buying forever stamps now will help you spend less over time since the price of stamps will eventually increase. This is not a bad deal.

Some stores will have “free after rewards” deals. These are not actually free since they’re similar to “buy one, get one free” type offers. However, they can be very good deals. Especially if you shop at the establishment regularly. For example, I know I will eventually buy printer ink from an office store. So if I take the full advantage of a “free after rewards” deal, then I can get something for free with the printer ink that I’m going to buy anyway. I do not intend to let any advertisement or deal trick me into spending more money than I would have otherwise, and I suggest the same for anyone else. Expected stores to have “free after rewards” deals are CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Staples, Office Depot, and Office Max.

Some retailers are offering very nice “free” smart phones. These are not actually free since they require purchase of cell phone service. Yet, they may also be good deals if you’re in the market for a new phone.

Some retailers are also offering a donation to charity with certain purchases. Some of these may be worth looking at.

You may find additional rewards or even freebies when you sign up for credit cards. Be weary not to sign up for more than 3 credit cards total, including the one(s) you already have, or it could negatively affect your credit score. As a general rule credit cards should be avoided unless you can be “type A” or rigidly organized enough to pay off the balance every month and collect the rewards. I can’t say this enough. There will be more on this in my “Free Christmas Gifts” blog post sometime in December.

There may be more offers on Cyber Monday. Free after rebate deals will probably pop up continually between now and Christmas Eve.

From Black Friday to Christmas Eve there may also be “12 days of Christmas” promotions which may include freebies. Also expect a day where most retailers offer 70% off all items in the store and an online free shipping day.

For more local freebies, check out the Black Friday ads in the local newspapers and visit the websites of local news stations. They may have additional freebies in your area.

Other stores that aren’t yet listed above which are expected to offer freebies for the Holidays based on previous history: Sears apparel outlets, local furniture stores and possibly car dealerships. Find the sears apparel outlet facebook page and check it often for a free apparel day. This year, their free apparel days are usually just for kids apparel. Fry’s Electronics, Newegg.com, Micro Center, and occasionally office stores will have software, small electronics and computer accessories for free after rebate probably through the rest of the holiday season. Local furniture stores may offer free food on Black Friday, like hot dogs and soda. Car dealerships might offer something similar too. This post will be updated as more freebies are discovered. So bookmark it and check back often. There will also be a Cyber Monday Freebies 2013 post, but it probably won’t be as extensive as this one. A lot of freebies are offered to get people in the stores. That tactic doesn’t apply for online shoppers.

Free Stuff Friday, March 8, 2013

Welcome to Free Stuff Friday, March 8, 2013. Here are today’s freebies:

Bring a friend to IKEA on 3/9 for giveaways, free blue bags and breakfast.

Free breakfast sandwich and coffee from Subway at select locations in Virginia and Tennessee. Valid March 11 – 16.

Free individual dessert at Boston Market. Print coupon and present in-store before 3/18. The coupon is not provided by an official Boston Market sources, this has not been tested by Actually Free.

Free Original Glazed Doughnut from Krispy Kreme on March 10 only.

Free quart of Clark-Kensington Paint at Ace Hardware. Print coupon and present in-store. Valid on March 9 only.

Kingwin Case Fan Free After Rebate at Tiger Direct. Shipping is about $4.

Free Sample 2-pack of Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner. Print coupon and present at participating salons. Expires June 30.

Free Cleaning Wipes and multiple software titles Free After Rebate at Fry’s Electronics. See their ad, pages 7 and 8. Rebate does not cover sales tax.

Free After Rebate software at Newegg. Shipping is free and there is no sales tax except in 4 states.

Free After Rebate software at MicroCenter. See their ad page page 49.

Free movie rental at RedBox. Use the code DVDNIGHT. (Might be expired)

Free Stuff Friday, February 15, 2013

Welcome to Free Stuff Friday, February 15, 2013. Here are today’s freebies:

Get a Free Appetizer when you download the TGI Friday’s mobile app. Not tested, uncertain if a purchase is required. A tip is probably still expected.

Free 8 oz. Bottle of Cuties Juice. Print the coupon and present in store.

Free Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara after rebate. Purchase the mascara at any price up to $9.95 at any retailer then print, fill out and mail the rebate form with required additional documents.

Free After Rebate from Newegg:
-ARCTIC COOLING A7P-75000023 92mm CPU Cooler, Free after $19.99 mail in rebate in the form of a prepaid card.
-Nero Burn Express 2, Free after $20 mail in rebate in the form of a check.
-Panda Security Antivirus Pro 2013 – 3 PCs, Free after $20 mail in rebate in the form of a check.
-AVG AntiVirus 2013 – 1 PC, Free after $20 mail in rebate in the form of a prepaid card.
-SmithMicro Anime Studio Debut 8, Free after $40 mail in rebate in the form of a check.
-Total Defense Premium Internet Security – 5 User, Free after $50 mail in rebate in the form of a prepaid card.
-SmithMicro StuffIt Deluxe, Free after $40 mail in rebate in the form of a check.
-Total Defense Anti-Virus – 3 PCs, Free after $50 mail in rebate in the form of a prepaid card.
-McAfee Internet Security 2013 – 1 PC, Free after $45 mail in rebate in the form of a prepaid card.
-Total Defense Unlimited Security Subscription, Free after $10 mail in rebate in the form of a prepaid card.
-Shipping is free. There is no sales tax unless the item is delivered to one of Newegg’s states of operation.

Free After Rebate from Staples (see their ad, 2/17 – 2/23):
-Staples Photo Supreme 8.5 x 11 paper, double sided matte, 50/pack, Free after $14.99 mail in rebate, limit 2 per household.
-BIC-Matic Grip 0.7mm mechanical pencils, 5/pack, Free after $4.29 mail in rebate, limit 1 per household.
-Free earbuds with coupon and $25 minimum purchase, the items for free after rebate can be applied to the minimum purchase
-100% back in Staples rewards when you buy Lysol Disinfecting Wipes. Rewards programs are often not considered to be “actually free” since they’re more like “buy one get one free” promotions. In other words, you have to spend money to get the deal. However, Staples offers items for free after rebate often enough so that it can make sense to take advantage of their rewards program. First buy the items that offer 100% back in Staples rewards. Then use the rewards cash to buy items that are Free After Rebate to get most of your money back minus sales tax. The rewards get funded to your account within a couple weeks of purchase and you have 3 months to use them or print them for use even further in the future. Technically the rewards expire after 3 months so it is safest to use them within that time frame. However, more than one sales clerk at Staples has told me that they can apply the funds to your purchase even after their expiration date as long as they were printed within their valid time frame.
-Staples also has other deals this week for $1-$5.

Free After Rebate from Fry’s Electronics:
-Cooler Master USB Powered Notebook Cooler, Free after $10 mail in rebate, see page 4 of their ad.
-inland Headsound 500 headphones, Free after $3 mail in rebate, see pg 4.
-Titanium Anti-Virus 2013 – 3 PCs, Free after $50 mail in rebate, see pg 8.
-Panda Internet Security 2013 – 3 PCs, Free after $35 mail in rebate, see pg 8.
-Webroot Internet Security Plus 2013 – 3 Devices, Free after $50 mail in rebate, see pg 8.
-Fry’s has many other software items that are free after upgrade rebates.
-Sales tax applies when purchasing in store.

Free Stuff Friday, February 8, 2013

Welcome to Free Stuff Friday, February 8, 2013. Here are today’s freebies:

Vibe Mini USB Cooling Fan from Tiger Direct, Free after $10 mail in rebate with free shipping, today only (2/8)

Free Valentine’s Day Personal Greeting Card from Treat.com. Enter the promo code MYHABIT at the checkout and select “send it to me first” for free shipping.

Neosporin Essentials Trial Pack Free after $13.99 mail in rebate. Purchase anywhere for $13.99 or less to get it free.

Free TRUEresult Blood Glucose Monitor after $14.99 mail in rebate from Walgreens. Use Walgreens rewards card to get the device for $14.99. The rebate is on the product package. See page 12 of their weekly ad.

(possibly) Free Rogaine 3 ct or 4 ct products after $20 mail in rebate. Print the rebate from Healthy Essentials coupon page. If you can find any 3 ct or 4 ct Rogaine product for $20 or less then it’s free.

Free After Rebate from Fry’s Electronics:
-iPad Portfolio Cases, Free after $10 mail in rebate, pg 4
-Antec Vcool Blower, Free after $5 mail in rebate, pg 7
-iolo Search & Recover 5, Free after $10 mail in rebate and $20 mail in rebate, pg 8
-Nuance PDF Converter 8.0, Free after $40 mail in rebate, pg 8
-Webeasy 8 Professional, Free after $10 mail in rebate and $20 mail in rebate
-Many other software titles are free after upgrade rebates or free after rebate with tax software purchase
-Sales tax applies when purchasing in store.

Free After Rebate from Newegg:
-SmithMicro Anime Studio Debut 8.
-AVG AntiVirus 2013 – 3 PC.
-SmithMicro StuffIt Deluxe.
-SmithMicro Manga Studio Debut 4.0.
-AhnLab V3 Click.
-McAfee Internet Security 2013 – 3 PCs.
-SmithMicro Voila.
-Total Defense Anti-Virus – 3 PCs.
-Total Defense Unlimited Security Subscription.
-Shipping is free. There is no sales tax unless the delivery address is in one of Newegg’s states of operation.

Free Stuff Friday, February 1, 2013

Welcome to Free Stuff Friday, February 1, 2013. Here are today’s freebies:

The Superbowl is this Sunday. Freebies have been advertised during the game for the last few years in a row, so stay alert. Also look for local promotions and extreme discounts on products with game-related packaging after the Superbowl is over.

Free Cup of Soup at Mimi’s Cafe Today Only (2/1). Wear red to the restaurant to get a free cup of soup.

Free 4 pack of muffins when you join Mimi’s Cafe email list.

Free Calendar from Office Depot. Print coupon a present in-store. Exp 3/15.

Free 25 Black and White Copies from Office Depot. Print coupon and present in-store. Exp 4/16.

Free Pizza Hut Samples on 2/5 between 4-7 pm. Get a free sample of one of their newest creations for each time a quarterback says “hut” during the Superbowl this Sunday.

Free Stuffed Pizza Rollers when you sign up for Pizza Hut’s email list.

Mark your Calendar. IKEA giveaways on 3/9. Bring friends to IKEA for gift card giveaways, free blue bags, and free breakfast. RSVP at the link to receive the coupon.

Free After Rebate from Walgreens:
-Arctic Naturals Total Omega Full Spectrum Support for Joint Skin and Heart Health Supplement S Lemon
-Arctic Naturals Ultra Omega-3 Ultra Concentrated EPA/DHA for Advanced Support Supplement Sftgl Lemon
-Arctic Naturals Daily Omega-3 Purified Fish Oil Supplement Softgels Lemon
-Limit one rebate per product. The same rebate form can be used for all three.
-See other offers for free after rebate from Walgreens.
-Free shipping with online orders when subtotal is greater than $25. Sales tax probably applies since Walgreens operates in every state. You can also purchase in store.

Free 10×13 custom wall portrait. Print coupon and present at any Sears Portrait Studio.

Free 16×20 custom wall portrait. Print coupon and present at any Sears Portrait Studio.

Free Short Stack of IHOP Pancakes on 2/5 (National Pancake Day). “Guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.” Also if you have a waiter s/he may expect a tip.

Free Waffle from Waffle House. Print coupon and present in the restaurant. Exp 2/7.

Free $15 credit at Fab.com. When this was tested, only the $10 credit was eligible, not the $5 credit. Also, there were very few products found at Fab.com that were $15 or less, so don’t let this offer trick you into spending money. Shipping for a $10 watch was $4.95. Uncertain if the credit can be applied towards shipping even if you’re able to get the full $15.

Free Admission to Family Attractions when you sign up for Scott Shared Values Rewards. Once you sign up you must answer a question related to your consumer habits related to Scott brand products. You receive up to 4 vouchers per year, each is good for admission for one person to select attractions. You and a friend can each sign up so that you can each get the vouchers and go together. Must be 18 years or older to sign up for Scott rewards so you’d probably have to pay for younger kids.

Free Admission to Museums for Bank of America Card holders on the first full weekend of every month. If you open an account at Bank of America to claim this offer, be sure you can avoid their fees.

Free slice of NY Cheese Pizza from Sbarros when you sign up for their email list, on your birthday and on the one-year anniversary of signing up.

Free After Rebate from Newegg:
-SmithMicro Anime Studio Debut 8, Free after $40 mail in rebate in the form of a check
-Panda Security Internet Security 2013 – 3 PCs, Free after $30 mail in rebate in the form of a check
-Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete 2013 – 5 Devices, Free after $55 mail in rebate in the form of a check
-SmithMicro StuffIt Deluxe, Free after $40 mail in rebate in the form of a check
-TREND MICRO Titanium Maximum Security 2013 – 3 User, Free after $60 mail in rebate in the form of a prepaid card
-Total Defense Anti-Virus – 3 PCs, Free after $50 mail in rebate in the form of a prepaid card
-AhnLab V3 Click, Free after $30 mail in rebate in the form of a prepaid card
-Total Defense Unlimited Security Subscription, Free after $10 mail in rebate in the form of a prepaid card
-Shipping is free on these items. Sales tax does not apply unless the order is shipped to one of Newegg’s 4 states of operation.

Free After Rebate from Fry’s Electronics:
-12-in-1 Memory Card Reader/Writer, Free after $4 mail in rebate, pg 4
-Uniden Bluetooth Headset, Free after $10 mail in rebate, pg 5
-Avanquest Drive Erase Professional, Free after $10 mail in rebate and $15 mail in rebate, pg 8
-Webroot Antivirus 2013, Free after $35 mail in rebate, pg 8
-Many other software titles are free with upgrade rebates or when you buy the new Microsoft Office, pg 8
-Sales tax applies when purchasing in-store.

Free After Rebate from Microcenter:
-System Suite 12 Pro, Free after $20 mail in rebate and $30 mail in rebate
-Total Defense Unlimited Security, Free after $20 mail in rebate
-Many other titles are free after upgrade rebates or with purchase of the new Microsoft Office
-See their ad, page 49. Sales tax applies when purchasing in-store. Check back on a monthly basis to see freebies from Microcenter.

Free Stuff Friday, January 4, 2012

Welcome to Free Stuff Friday, January 4, 2012. Here are today’s freebies:

Free $10 gift card to Tanger Outlets when you “like” them on facebook, Offer expires Jan 4 (today)

Four free 12 oz bottles of soda to SafeWay Club Card Holders. Create an account online and click the “just for u” tab, click coupon center, click beverages, click “add”. Expires 1/8. (Not tested by Actually Free)

Free $2 Target gift card from ShopKick. Download the free ShopKick app on your smartphone and register your number. Then enter your number here to get the $2 gift card. (Not tested by Actually Free)

Complete a survey on facebook to get a free stainless steel travel mug from Normand Marketing Group. (not tested by Actually Free)

Get 2 Free Quest Bars when you “like” them on facebook.

In at least some locations, Jan 9th might be a free buscuit day at Carl’s Jr. (Not confirmed)

Free After Rebate from Newegg
-McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013 – 1 PC, Free after $35 mail in rebate in the form of a prepaid card
-Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus 2013 – 3 Devices, Free after $35 mail in rebate in the form of a check

Free After Rebate from Fry’s Electronics
-Pro All-In-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader, Free after $4 mail in rebate
-Toy Story Headphones, Free after $10 mail in rebate
-inland White Stereo Earbuds, Free after $3 mail in rebate
-Hornettek Portfolio Case for iPad, Free after $10 mail in rebate
-2 Pack Multi Purpose Cleaning Wipes, Free after $4 mail in rebate
-DesignCAD 3D Max V20, Free after $50 mail in rebate
-Drive Erase Professional, Free after $15 mail in rebate and $10 mail in rebate
-Nero Burn Express 2, Free after $20 mail in rebate
-Other software titles are free after competitive upgrade rebates, this means you have to prove you own the previous version for the upgrade to be free. Other software titles are free when you purchase tax software
-See their ads, page 4, 7, 8. Rebates do not refund sales tax which is applicable when purchasing in-store. Shipping fees can apply when purchasing online.

Free After Rebate from Tiger Direct:
-Total Defense TDUSCDTDCCUE Unlimited Internet Security – Monthly Subscription, Free after $20 mail in rebate
-Monster ScreenClean MCCLNKITGPS Travel-Size LCD Screen Cleaning Kit, Free after $10 mail in rebate, free shipping today, expires 1/4 (today), hurry if interested while supplies last
-Shipping usually apply when purchasing online, sales tax applies when purchasing in-store.
-This gaming headset was free after $20 MIR and $20 MIR and it had free shipping, but it sold out the same night it was offered. This bluetooth headset was also free after rebate. Frequently check deals websites like SlickDeals.net to catch items like that before they sell out. Sales tax also does not apply when purchasing online as long as the shipping address is not in the same state as the retailer.

Free After Rebate from MicroCenter
-Perfect Image Professional, Free after $30 mail in rebate
-Titanium Antivirus 2013 – 3 user, Free after $50 mail in rebate
-Total Defense Unlimited Security, Free after $20 mail in rebate
-CheckIt Registry Cleaner, Free after $30 mail in rebate
-PCmover Ultimate, Free after $35 mail in rebate
-Web Easy Professional 8, free after $10 mail in rebate and $25 mail in rebate
-Other titles are free after competitive upgrade rebates, 1 title is free with TurboTax purchase
-See their ad page 49, sales tax applies when purchasing in-store
-Check back to see freebies from MicroCenter on a monthly basis

Office Depot:
-McAfee Internet Security 2013, Free after $60 mail in rebate, see their ad page 17, expires Jan 5
-Coupon for 25 free black and white copies.

Due to some conflicts in the author’s schedule there will probably not be a Free Stuff Friday or other blog posts for the next 2-3 weeks, starting Jan 7. Here are some deals websites where some of these freebies are often found: DealNews.com, SlickDeals.net, Dealigg.com, Deals.Woot.com. These sites don’t always aggregate the freebies together like I do and they don’t separate the web freebies (like ebooks and music) from free stuff (like food, accessories, samples, etc.). But they’re better than nothing for the next couple of weeks.

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