The Best Things in Life are Free
Although scouring the sales racks and coupon-clipping for discounts can be great ways to save money, scoring products and services for no money at all is much easier than you might think.
For starters, sites such as Offers.com, BeFrugal.com, MyFrugalHome.com, Freebies4Mom.com and FreeStuffFinder.com regularly post details on freebies. You can also get free offers through mail-in rebates and company rewards programs, or by “liking” a brand on Facebook or following it on Twitter, says Jon Lal, BeFrugal.com founder.
To get you started on a season full of savings, we’ve found nine great freebies that are offered this spring — from doughnuts to comic books to smartphones. Click through the slides to get the full details on each.
Free Comic Books
Are your kids crazy for comic books or are you a lifelong comic collector? Either way, on Saturday, May 4, participating comic book shops across the country will be offering complimentary comics as part of Free Comic Book Day, an annual event celebrated on the first Saturday in May each year. To find out which comic book shops near your home are offering freebies this year, simply visit FreeComicBookDay.com and enter your Zip code in the store locator.
Forget your spring diet on Friday, June 7, and indulge in a free doughnut at Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts in honor of National Doughnut Day. While both chains allow you to choose a doughnut of any variety, Dunkin’ Donuts requires you to purchase a beverage in order to get your freebie, while Krispy Kreme will give you a free doughnut with no purchase necessary. Whichever you choose, it’ll be sure to make your day a little sweeter.
Free Home Improvement Workshops
Eager to learn some new do-it-yourself skills? Home Depot offers a variety of free workshops for adults and children – just sign up in advance at a location near you. Adult workshops this spring include “Deck Staining, Maintenance & Cleaning” on Sunday, May 12, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., while children can build their own herb planter during the “Come Discover the EPIC World Right in Your Own Back Yard!” workshop on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Home Depot also offers free “Do-It-Herself” workshops just for women, including “Inspired by Pinterest: Succulent Gardens” on Thursday, May 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., which teaches participants about the benefits of container gardening.
Free Pilates & Yoga Coaching
Although the Internet abounds with fitness videos you can watch from your computer, MyBOD Wellness offers something more personal – live one-on-one coaching sessions with pilates and yoga instructors via Skype, Google+ or FaceTime. Regular sessions are 45 minutes and cost $43 to $55, but during the month of May, you can sign up for a free 20-minute personal pilates or yoga session. Just visit this link to reserve a date and time.
“It’s perfect for folks who want their fitness DVDs to come to life, who are too busy to get to the gym or who have a real need for in-home personal training but never thought they could afford it,” says owner Denise Posnak. “You can work one-on-one with an expert in your home, office or on your travels.”
Free Admission to Public Gardens
Need a fun activity to kick off Mother’s Day weekend? In Honor of National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 10, Better Homes and Gardens and the American Public Garden Association are offering free admission to several public gardens around the country. You can reserve your free tickets by filling out this form and choosing a garden near your home.
Who knew your last name could help you score a free burger? To celebrate National Hamburger Day on Tuesday, May 28, Smashburger is offering a free “Classic Smash” burger at all locations in the U.S. to customers with the last name “Burger” or variations of the name (think “Berger,” “Weinberger,” “Rosenberger,” etc.). But Smashburger won’t just take your word for it – the casual eatery requires proof of last name, so be ready to present a valid driver’s license, passport, picture ID or other form of identification. And in case you’re wondering, the “Classic Smash” burger includes American cheese, Smash sauce, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions on an egg bun.
Free Dessert for Prom-Goers
From the dress to the flowers to the limo, prom can be an expensive event for teens. Luckily, prom couples can enjoy a free dessert on the house at the Olive Garden now through June 2. In order to receive a free dessert, couples must dine at Olive Garden for dinner, dress for the event and mention the word “prom.”
Free Android Smartphones
Thanks to a promotion currently offered by social video chat provider ooVoo, you can get your hands on a new Android smartphone this spring. Available while supplies last, phones up for grabs include the DROID RAZR M by Motorola, HTC’s DROID INCREDIBLE, the Kyocera Rise, Samsung’s Galaxy S Blaze and more. To order your phone, log onto ooVoo.com/android and select your wireless carrier and model. The promotion is offered to anyone 18 or older, and a new or upgraded two-year activation through your wireless carrier is required.
Pottery Barn Kids is offering free workshops for children this spring to help them make special gifts for Mom and Dad http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html. In honor of Mother’s Day, your little one can participate in the store’s “Mother’s Day Crafting Station” the week of May 6, in which kids create a complimentary Mother’s Day badge. Bring your children to the store again any day during the week of June 10 and they can create a special greeting card for Dad or Grandpa just in time for Father’s Day.