Dress Like A Cow On July 13, Get Free Chick-Fil-A

Dress Like A Cow On July 13, Get Free Chick-Fil-A

Friday the 13th is probably not the day that some would want to test their luck by slapping on a cow costume and going out in public. But if you want free food from Chick-fil-A, it’s the risk you’ll have to take. [More]

Pizza Chain Offers Free Pies If You Order In Spanish

Pizza Chain Offers Free Pies If You Order In Spanish

In a move that is both savvy publicity stunt and topical button-pushing, Dallas-based pizza chain Pizza Patron says it will be handing out free large pies to customers who place their order in Spanish. [More]

Free Pancakes Tomorrow At IHOP

We know that many of you will be observing National Pancake Day tomorrow by spending time with your family and other loved ones, visiting your local pancake memorial/monument and generally pondering what Pancake Day means to you. But if you also want to eat pancakes, IHOP is once again rolling out the free short stacks. [More]

Tassimo Offers Free Coffee To Registered Customers, Then Won't Register Anyone

Tassimo Offers Free Coffee To Registered Customers, Then Won't Register Anyone

Tassimo, a Kraft brand, is probably best known as the “those single-serve coffee brewers that aren’t Keurig.” Anita has one, and she received an e-mail from Kraft offering two free packages of coffee if she registered her brewer. Yay, free coffee! So she did just that, only to hit a brick wall of customer disservice. Not what you expect after buying a coffeemaker that retails for $140. [More]

Blockbuster Wants To Lure You In On Christmas With Free Batteries

Blockbuster Wants To Lure You In On Christmas With Free Batteries

Apparently having given up on the whole movie rental thing as a way to lure customers into its few stores that remain open, Blockbuster is trotting out a free battery gimmick. Go into any participating store on Christmas and you can walk away with two packs of either AA or AAA batteries. If you need more than that, you can buy additional packs for a buck. [More]

Google Continues Free Voice Calls To U.S. & Canada Through 2012

Google Continues Free Voice Calls To U.S. & Canada Through 2012

If you use the “Call Phone” function in Gmail’s Chat menu to chat with your phone pals in the U.S. or Canada — or if you’re looking for a free way of doing so — Google has announced it will continue to offer this service for free through the upcoming calendar year. [More]

Where To Get Free Books For Your E-Reader

Where To Get Free Books For Your E-Reader

If you went out on Black Friday and snagged a cheap e-reader, it’s time to load it up with as many free e-books as it can hold. The amount of free stuff out there is astounding, ranging from public domain classics to new releases you can borrow from libraries. [More]

Cold Stone Treats Only 'Free' If You Make A Mandatory Donation

Cold Stone Treats Only 'Free' If You Make A Mandatory Donation

There’s an annual event at Cold Stone Creamery outlets called the World’s Largest Ice Cream Social. Part of the chain’s September fund-raising drive for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, it’s billed as an event offering free ice cream during a three-hour period on a certain day. Melissa had put this on her calendar weeks in advance, because she’s on a budget, and hey: free ice cream! But she arrived at the mall to find employees posted at the Cold Stone door, not allowing anyone in unless they made a donation first. That’s not free, that’s a cover charge. Isn’t it? [More]

Consumer Reports: Are New LED Lightbulbs As Good As The Inefficient Incandescents?

Consumer Reports: Are New LED Lightbulbs As Good As The Inefficient Incandescents?

Our scientific sisters over at Consumer Reports have set out to answer the question that’s on everyone’s minds lately: Is an LED lightbulb really a viable replacement for the controversial-and-soon-to-be-phased-out inefficient incandescent?

CR says:

After 3,000 hours of testing, the best LEDs were still as bright as the incandescents they replaced. But only about half were as bright as promised. All the LEDs reached full brightness instantly, even at frigid temperatures, providing warm white light that was unaffected by frequently turning them on and off. Energy use matched or exceeded claims, and LEDs don’t contain mercury (CFLs do in small amounts). Some LEDs dimmed as low as incandescents. But not all LEDs are good at shining light where you need it. [More]

Audit Stanford Computer Science Courses Online For Free

Audit Stanford Computer Science Courses Online For Free

Those who always wanted to tell people they studied at Stanford but lacked the grades or money to apply are in luck, because professors there have made some classes available online for free. Anyone can watch lectures and view class materials, submit assignments and receive feedback. Those who make the grade can receive “statements of accomplishments” from the instructor. [More]

Today Only: Get 24 Hours Of Free Access To Consumer Reports

Today Only: Get 24 Hours Of Free Access To Consumer Reports

If you’ve ever wanted to check out the all the product ratings published online by our smarter siblings at Consumer Reports but were hesitant to subscribe, you might want to keep reading. [More]

Free Stuff You Can Find At The Library

Free Stuff You Can Find At The Library

When you think of libraries, you think of book shelves. Well, book shelves and creepy dudes on computer terminals. But there is also a whole bunch of publicly-funded free stuff you can use and borrow if you know what to look for. [More]

Remember To Score Your Free Donuts Today At Krispy Kreme And Dunkin' Donuts

Remember To Score Your Free Donuts Today At Krispy Kreme And Dunkin' Donuts

In case you’d forgotten to mark it on your calendar, today is National Doughnut Day, a day on which we remember the true meaning of Christmas that we work hard and deserve a free damn donut every once in a while. Luckily, the folks at Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts are willing to oblige. [More]

Yelp Elite Reviewers Engage In Degenerate Feeding Frenzy, Terrify Waitstaff

Yelp Elite Reviewers Engage In Degenerate Feeding Frenzy, Terrify Waitstaff

The phrases “elite Yelp reviewer” and “ravenous horde” do not normally go together, but this e-mail from Yelp to its most insightful and prolific New York City users makes us wonder. In the e-mail, members of the Elite squad are scolded for poor etiquette, auctioning off their event invitations to the highest bidder(!), and swarming on trays of free food like a swarm of highly opinionated locusts, terrifying waitstaff and keeping less ravenous partygoers from tasting the snacks. [More]

At Subway, 'Any Purchase' Only Means A Sandwich

At Subway, 'Any Purchase' Only Means A Sandwich

Maggie stopped by Subway on Valentine’s Day for a free cookie promotion. Mmm, cookie. While the promotion ostensibly was for a free cookie with any purchase, Maggie wanted to purchase a one cookie to get her free cookie. According to the Subway franchise she visited, this doesn’t work. [More]

Target Cashier Didn't Charge Me For DVD. Should I Tell Them?

Target Cashier Didn't Charge Me For DVD. Should I Tell Them?

Reader Steve had every intention of paying for the two DVDs he purchased at Target the other day. Problem is, the cashier only rang up one of them and now he doesn’t know what to do. [More]

Guy Gets $273 Worth Of Free Stuff From Various Companies Just By Asking

Guy Gets $273 Worth Of Free Stuff From Various Companies Just By Asking

A blogger decided to stage an experiment, buying $39 worth of stamps to send letters to random companies asking them for free stuff. His haul justified the up-front expense several times over, netting him $273 worth of freebies. [More]

Pepsi Giving Away 10 Million Cans Of Sierra Mist Natural This Weekend

Pepsi Giving Away 10 Million Cans Of Sierra Mist Natural This Weekend

For years, Sierra Mist has toiled in the shadow of Sprite. But as we reported last month, PepsiCo is hoping to give the lemon-lime drink a competitive edge by replacing HFCS with real sugar and changing the name to Sierra Mist Natural. In an effort to win people over to their product, PepsiCo plans on giving away at least 10 million cans of the drink to Walmart shoppers this weekend. [More]