NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- The only thing we like more than getting a deal is getting a freebie. And we're not talking about those buy-one, get-one-free deals, either - we mean a true, no-purchase-necessary freebie.
So where should you go to find all this free stuff? There are Web sites such as FreeStuffTimes and IHeartFreebies that aggregate free sample offers, and we also try to bring freebie offers to your attention on our Free Stuff page. But if you'd rather go right to the source, there are several retailers and companies that regularly give stuff away. Here are a few.
|Some businesses just love giving you free stuff, Wal-Mart among them with its free sample tables.|
No, Ikea doesn't give its furniture away, but the Swedish furniture store is almost as famous for its food as for its hard-to-assemble bookcases, and it's often willing to give away food for free if it gets people in the door. Usually that takes the form of a free breakfast - this past weekend, for instance, shoppers could come in Saturday through Monday before 11 a.m. and get a platter of eggs, bacon and hash browns, plus a cup of coffee, on the house.
The usual price of that breakfast is only $1.78 (99 cents for the breakfast and 75 cents for the coffee), so it's not as if you're making out like a bandit here. To keep up on all the free food offers from Ikea in the future, bookmark the retailer's special offers page.Panda Express
We know, Panda Express has its share of detractors, but if there's one thing to be said of the Chinese fast-food chain, it's that it tends to be fast and loose with the freebies. It seems every time Panda Express launches a product it offers up a coupon to get a free serving of the item. And while it has received complaints for the tiny portions it serves for these promotions, you can't really complain about something you got for free. To keep up with all these offers, follow Panda Express on Facebook. Kmart
Kmart's Web site has what may be a freebie fiend's dream come true: The SampleCenter. Every week the retailer links to a number of manufacturers offering samples of their products, and this week there are links to samples of Emergen-C powder and Purex laundry detergent, among several other things. Put the site in your bookmarks and check back weekly to see what you can get for free.