Feb. 29, 2012 at 7:58 AM ET
Free seems to be the retail buzzword of the day.
Companies are giving away stuff — from food to lip gloss — to either get a customer in the door or to get them to sign up for loyalty cards and/or social media accounts.
Here is a round-up of some of what you can get now, no purchase necessary!
IKEA food deals
Stop by any Ikea on Monday before 11 a.m. and you can get a free plate of scrambled eggs, bacon and potatoes. The offer does not include a drink, but IKEA also offers free coffee to anyone who gets to the store 30 minutes before opening.
Also kids under 12 eat free on Tuesdays. They can pick from one of three meals: chicken fingers and fries with milk, mac & cheese with steamed vegetable and juice or Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes and a soft drink.
Join Godiva’s free loyalty program, the Chocolate Rewards Club, and you can pick up a piece of free chocolate of your choosing every month at any Godiva boutique. The card also brings all kinds of rewards and discounts.
Vistaprint.com’s business cards
This company has given away 6.5 billion business cards since it started its free business card offer 10 years ago. Go to the site and choose from one of 30 different designs, use their online design tools to customize your card and they will send you 250 without charge.
Amazon Kindle e-books
The Kindle Owners' Lending Library offers more than 100,000 books that Prime members with Kindles can borrow for free. These e-books include more than 100 New York Times Best Sellers like "The Hunger Games" trilogy and "Water for Elephants."
Printable Paper deal
This site allows you to print all kinds of paper — graph, lined, music, ect. — for free. It's such a life-saver for a busy mother!
Call or stop by any Clarins counter in a major department store and book a "Skin Time" appointment. You will get a free 20-minute customized facial based on your skin needs. Clarins facials at Clarins Skin Spas start at $90 — this free appointment is an express version of that, but uses the same products.
If someone in your family forgets to wish you a happy birthday, don’t fret! Here is a grouping of companies who will treat you on your special day — all for free!
Sign up for IHOP’s Pancake Revolution e-club and you will receive three free meals in the first year: one when you sign up, one on your birthday and one on your one-year anniversary of joining the e-club.
Each year after that on your birthday, you receive a free RootyTooty Fresh ‘N Fruity entree consisting of two eggs, two bacon strips, two pork sausage links and two buttermilk pancakes crowned with cool strawberry topping, warm blueberry or cinnamon apple compote and whipped cream. Or you can choose another entree of equal or lesser value.
Baskin-Robbins ice cream
Anyone who signs up for the Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club on the website will get a coupon for a free 2.5 oz. scoop on their birthday. Birthday Club members can also get $3 off a Baskin-Robbins Birthday Cake.
Activate a Starbucks Reward Card and you're automatically entitled to receive a birthday postcard for a complimentary beverage of your choice.
Sign up to receive Old Navy emails and you will be sent an exclusive treat on your birthday — usually a coupon for money to use toward your next purchase. Go here and scroll down to the "Sign up and Save" area.
Sign up to be a Beauty Insider, Sephora’s loyalty rewards program, and aside from racking up points for every dollar you spend, you will receive a free birthday gift on your birthday. The current gift is a Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini Lip Duo. Just stop into any Sephora during your birthday month to collect.
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