Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fru-Gal Collumn 6-1-2010

When I meet new people and they ask me what I do, I tell them that I teach people how to save money. It is a passion of mine.

There are a variety of ways to get something for free. You can sign up for a sample, use coupons or buy something and get a free product with your purchase.

If you read the Sunday newspaper flyers, you will see that this is a common practice with many stores. Stores and brand-name products also offer rebates for certain purchase. So remember: Always look for that extra freebie to sweeten the deal.

Here are some freebies to take advantage of:

Receive $10 off a purchase of $10 or more at Medco Health Store. Through the same Web site, send away for a free first-aid kit when you buy three Band-Aid, Neosporin or Purell products. When checking out use coupon code FIRST10.

Free first-aid kit.

Spend $30 on Neutrogena products and receive a $10 rebate this month at Walgreens. Also, if you buy three Neutrogena products, you’ll get $10 in register rewards.

In June, receive a $20 gift card from RiteAid when you purchase $50 of Olay products. and

Buy Toy Story or Toy Story 2 on Blu-Ray or a DVD combo pack and get a free movie ticket for Toy Story 3.

Buy 10 bags of Owens Corning Atticat loose-fill blown insulation at Home Depot and get a free blower rental for installation. (This will qualify for an energy tax credit.)

Buy a 25-foot Stanley Powerlock measuring tape at Home Depot and get a free 16-foot measuring tape.

Get a $10 gift card when you bring a new prescription or transfer a prescription to a Target pharmacy. Coupon in flyer.

New customers receive $20 off purchases of $20 or more at

Receive $10 off your purchase when you buy $10 or more in clothing at Just enter promotional code DADROCKS when checking out.

Rent a runway dress by June 11 and get $25 off your order.

Rent two Redbox movies at the same time from a Redbox kiosk and get an e-mail code for a free night's rental.

Kroger, Redbox and PepsiCo have just launched a yearlong promo called “Make it a Movie Night!” Buy any three Pepsi, Frito Lay or other participating products in a single transaction and receive a coupon with a code for a free RedBox rental. Or buy three Twizzler products (they qualify for the free movie promo) and get one free Twizzler product.

Buy one case of Staples Bright White Multi-Use Paper 5 ream case (Item 728375) for $24.99 and one Hammerhill Copyplus Copy Paper 500-sheet ream at Staples (Item 122408) $6.49. Use $10-$25 Office Depot coupon (Staples accepts competitor coupons). Get back $12 for the multi-use paper and $5.49 for the copy paper and your final price is $4 for both.

Receive a free cooler with portable grill ($40 value) with any $30 men’s or women fragrance purchase at ULTRA.

When you buy any three Hello Kitty Band-Aid boxes for $1.89 each you will receive a free first aid bag. Print 75 cent coupon from Print online coupons

Buy five gallons of Edy’s Ice Cream $2.50 each. Receive a $5 Target gift card and use two $1 coupon from 5/16 Sunday coupon. Your final price is $1.10 each.

Other freebies or close to it

Free photo magnet from Kodak. Just enter promotional code FREEMAGNET.

Free Father’s Day card from Kodak Gallery.

Aquafresh Bubblegum Kids Toothpaste two for $2. Get an on-line $1 coupon and your final price is free.

Reach toothbrush are 99 cents at Walgreens. Get a coupon for two for $2 off at, and your final price is free.

Use the coupon in the June 6 newspaper for a free regular size Limeade Sparkler and Margarita Fruitista Freeze at Taco Bell (no purchase necessary).

Buy four Windex Cleaners at CVS . Receive $5 in extracare bucks. Print four $1 online coupons at Send in for $5 rebate on three Johnson and Johnson products. Get the form at this Web site: The product is free.

Free deluxe sample of Too Faced Lash Injection Pinpoint mascara from JCPenney.

Free recipe book from California Olive Company.

Sign up for IHOP’s Pancake Revolution. When you join, receive a free meal plus a free meal on your birthday and a free meal on your first anniversary of signing up for this offer.

Print out form to get a free Newcastle Beer Glass.

When you sign up for SpaTranslations newsletter, receive a free pocket notepad.

Get a free movie at Blockbuster Express just enter promotional code GT14A

Free sample of HEAROS earplugs.

Free sample of Enfamil Baby formula.

Free age appropriate book each month to your child 5 and younger from Dolly’s Imagination Library.

Want a sneak peek at Walgreens ads for the next week? Just sign up to receive them via e-mail.

Download your “secret coupon” from Toys R Us and redeem it on a grand-opening weekend to receive a shopping discount. It could be as much as 50 percent off any single item. The grand opening at the Nicholasville Road Toys R Us is June 25 through June 27. The first 100 moms to visit on June 25 will receive a free gift bag.

Horse whisperer Dennis Reis will be at the Kentucky Horse Park 10 a.m. to 5p.m. June 12 and 13 for horse training, problem horse demonstrations and entertainment. Call 1-800-732-8220 or go to for a free weekend pass.

At 7 p.m. June 29, watch Twilight: New Moon, and Eclipse 3 back-to-back at The Movie Tavern. Advance tickets on sale now at

Children younger than 15 are eligible to register for two free games a day at Collins Bowling Centers all summer until Aug. 15.

Free bridal seminar 1 to 4 p.m. June 13 at Shelia Bayes fine jewelers, 410 West Vine Street. Each bride receives a gift bag.

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