Friday Freebies: Valentine's Day Edition

Valentine's day - Friday freebiesThis week the focus is clear -- Valentine's Day Freebies are in the house! From free smartphones to free ice cream and free Redbox DVD rentals, there are many gratis goodies to share with your sweetheart -- or enjoy all by yourself. Single or taken, freebies abound this weekend.

T-Mobile is giving away tons of free phones in stores Feb. 11-12, 2011 and online through Feb. 14 to celebrate Valentine's Day. T-Mobile has enlisted the help of Khloe Kardashian to get the word out. But before you start counting the savings, let me point out the catches.
  • There are a limited number of free phones at each store.
  • You have to sign a 2-year contract.
  • Activation fees apply ($35) or a line upgrade ($18) applies if you are an eligible existing customer.
  • You pay taxes on the phone.
  • You have to send in a mail-in rebate on 13 of the 30 free phones available.
Still reading? Here's the good stuff. The giveaway is happening at all T-Mobile stores, and no phones are excluded. There are 30 phones total to choose from, including T-Mobile myTouch 4G, HTC HD7, T-Mobile G2 with Google, and the Samsung Vibrant. You can get one free device per eligible account. The idea is to get more people on the 4G network, the fastest available, while also snagging T-Mobile new customers. Caveats: No rain checks. One device per line. Your credit needs to be approved. An early termination fee of up to $200 per line applies. You must remain a T-Mobile customer until the rebate is processed to get the rebate.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with free ice cream at Marble Slab Creamery from 3-6 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2011. The freebie is for a mini scoop (about three ounces) of Tiramisu ice cream served in a cup. A pint is 16 ounces, to get an idea of how much free ice cream is at stake. Marble Slab Creamery has shops across the country but Texas has, by far, the most locations. Click on the above link, then look for the freebie promotion on the first of four scrolling images. Included in the first image is a link to participating stores so you can find one near you. Caveats: While supplies last. One freebie per guest. Valid only at participating U.S. stores. No purchase necessary.

Send free Redbox DVD rental coupons to friends via an electronic Valentine's Day card on the Redbox Facebook fan page. Each card you send has a free rental coupon for a $1, one-night movie rental, or $1 toward a Blu-ray rental, which usually cost $1.50. The coupon is valid on Feb. 14, 2011, only. You can send as many e-cards with free movie coupons as you want. To get your own, ask a friend to return the favor. You'll need to allow Redbox to access some of your Facebook information to get started.

In the wake of Taco Bell's meat, or lack of meat, scandal, the fast food chain is giving away 10 million coupons for a free crunchy taco. Not surprising, seeing how Taco Bell has tried to put a positive spin on the entire mess. In the New York Times and other publications, Taco Bell has run ads thanking the folks suing the company for bringing attention to its ingredients. The lawsuit claims Taco Bell's beef products are 35% beef, while the chain counters that they are at least 88% beef. Taco Bell will let you be the judge by offering a freebie through its Facebook page. The company says the free tacos are a thank you to its loyal customers. After 10 million free taco coupons are printed, Taco Bell will update its Facebook page letting you know the giveaway is over. A coupon printed recently has an expiration date of Feb. 15, 2011. There is only one free taco per person and the coupons are valid at participating Taco Bell restaurants.

Get a free sample of Emergen-C when you share a little info about yourself, including your name, address, email, date of birth and gender. You can opt into the Emergen-C email list if you wish. It's unclear how long this freebie will be around. Caveats: If you recently requested a free sample of Emergen-C, you may not be eligible for this freebie. If you're not sure, submit a request or wait a few months. One sample per email, per household. While supplies last. The free sample takes 4-6 weeks to arrive. Open to U.S. residents only. If you live in Canada, click the above link then look for a link at the bottom of the freebie giveaway form to get your sample.

Print a few of these Facebook coupons for free coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, tea or oatmeal and stuff them in your car's dashboard. They will keep you warm and alert next time you are on the road. Redeem them at Pilot Travel Centers (but not Pilot Food Marts or Restaurants) or at Flying J locations. They expire Mar. 31, 2011. Caveats: One coupon per customer. No purchase necessary. Participating locations only. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount. You need to have a Facebook account to log in to print this free coffee coupon.

Get a free portrait collage worth up to $45 at Sears with this photo coupon through Apr. 19, 2011. No purchase is necessary and there is no sitting fee, but I would call ahead (1-888-767-8724) to check if there are any other random fees associated with using this coupon. There should not be, but it's best to double check ahead of time. Caveats: One free photo collage coupon per family. Additional fee if you get any other design than the one shown on the coupon. Excludes online orders and reorders. You cannot combine this photo coupon with a photo portrait package. Valid only on the current session.

Lastly, win a $100 Amazon gift card through a free contest on my personal money-saving blog,
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