Friday Freebies: Get lucky on Friday the 13th with back-to-school 2010 bonanza!

Friday freebies, lucky friday the 13th back to school stuffThis week's Friday Freebies is devoted to all things back-to-school. There are school supplies, free meals for students, free 2-day shipping, and even a last-ditch free vacation before school starts. Enjoy!

Get free back-to-school supplies for the 2010-11 school year through Vista Print, which continues to be generous with its free offers. You pay a few bucks for shipping, but that's it. The free back-to-school offer currently includes these supplies: wall calenders, perhaps with summer vacation photos (orig. $16); photo flip book, 10 pages of 4" x 6" photos and captions of your choosing (orig. $10); 100 postcards to announce a new address, a birth, a party, or something else (orig. $25); and a stamp with black ink good for approximately 5,000 impressions (orig. $13). Click here to get these free school supplies.

This is bizarre. Starbucks is giving away free business cards that you can customize with your name, phone number, and email. It's a bit of a joke as the titles you can chose between include "CEO of everything," "that guy," and "center of the universe," among others. I'm guessing the company is using the stunt to collect email addresses for their mailing list. Call me pessimistic, but time will tell. You can also get a free Doubleshot Energy+Coffee drink when you buy one. Print the Starbucks coupon here.

More back-to-school deals! Here are the best freebies I found for the week ending Aug. 14, 2010, starting with deals at Staples. A 12-pack of stickies are FREE, a 4-pack of Pentel highlights are FREE, Scotch grip-tape dispenser is FREE, 120-sheets of Staples filler paper is $.01, a 20GB flash drive is $1, a ream of Staples brand paper is $1, 50-sheets of photo paper is $1, there is a buy-two, get-one-free offer on binders and notebooks, all Jansport backpacks are 25% off, all HP laptops and computers are 25% off, get $5 off a $50 purchase with in-flyer coupon (expires Aug. 14) and any lunch accessory is 50% off. Check out Target and Office Depot's back-to-school deals.Students can get a free Love Your Body membership, which normally costs $10 per year, from The Body Shop when they sign up with an .edu email before Aug. 26, 2010. Look for a free membership voucher in your email and bring it to any store with a valid student ID by Aug. 29, 2010.

Gotta love rivalry. Jamba Juice is upping the ante in its battle against McDonald's to win smoothie lovers by accepting all McDonald's smoothie coupons through Aug. 15, 2010. Jamba Juice is even accepting McDonald's coupons for FREE smoothies. You will recall that McDonald's abruptly canceled its free smoothie promo last month. The deal is only happening in select cities, however, so if you do not live in Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City, San Francisco, Sacramento, Miami, Chicago, or Denver, you're out of luck. But no matter where you live you can print this Jamba Juice coupon to get $1 off your next smoothie. Expires Sept. 1, 2010.

Join Swagbucks, a site that gives you points for randomly searching the Internet, and you'll earn 70 swagbucks -- 30 for signing up and a bonus 40 for using Swagbucks coupon code BackToSchool. Join by Sunday, August 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST to get the bonus. You'll also get 50 swagbucks on your birthday, assuming you choose to share the date. I installed the Swagbucks search engine toolbar and use it regularly to search the Internet. There's no formula for what searches will earn you swagbucks but you'll get them in increments of 1 to 20. On Mega Swagbucks days, the increments go higher. You can earn extra swagbucks by searching for swagcodes (they show up in emails sometimes). Keep reading for details on prizes.

My fellow WalletPop blogger Jason Cochran shares a hot freebie at the National Parks this weekend. "In a midsummer treat, the National Park Service announced it will not charge entrance fees on Aug. 14 and 15, a Saturday and a Sunday, in an effort to introduce more Americans to their country's natural and historic treasures. The free entry applies to 392 national parks, which are found in 49 states. Of those, 146 usually charge fees ranging from $3 to $25. Camping fees, tours, food, souvenirs, and other expenses will still be charged. A list of parks and their amenities can be found at the official site of the National Park Service."

Can you trust a restaurant that doesn't have locations in the city or state it is named after? If yes, print this Boston's coupon for a free kid's meal through Friday, August 13, 2010 when you purchase an adult entree. Dine in only. The kid has got to be 12 or under. Boston's has locations in 24 states, including: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, IA, IL, IN, MD, MI, MN, MT, NJ, NH, OH, OR, PA, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY, and in Mexico. Caveats: Valid at participating locations only. Not valid with any other discount or offer. Must present coupon to get the deal. Does not include tax or gratuity.

Lastly, don't forget to take advantage of Amazon's generous offer for free Amazon Prime membership for students, including college and grad school. Prime usually costs $79 a year and once a member 2-day shipping is free. Taking even one class makes you eligible. Score!
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