Sizzling End-of-Summer Freebies
Tapped out from bargain hunting back to school sales? Worry not. This week's collection of deals will suit any budget because they're all free -- well, almost all. (Some require a purchase or have a shipping fee.) There are sweet treats to be had including Slurpees from 7-Eleven, Blizzards from DQ, or a free "freckled" lemonade from Red Robin, while Pizza Hut is offering free personal pan pizzas, and Arrowhead has a free six-pack of sparkling water. Or eat in and download a free recipe book from Amazon. For the kids, Toys R Us is giving away a Lego brick project, Tanga has free bug-banishing bracelets and a cute Bluetooth speaker, and select hotels in the Virgin Islands offer free hotel stays and even meals. Baseball fans can get a late-season fix with free MLB.tv, and classic literature buffs can download a free copy of everything ever written by Edgar Allen Poe. Last, but hardly least, Ulta shoppers can score a collection of extra goodies with their online order.
Why we love this deal: Even people who don't love Slurpees might appreciate a free one, which 7-Eleven is offering as part of the sweet, icy drink's 50th anniversary. Take advantage by texting SIXFLAGS to 711711 -- but be careful not to click "Redeem Offer" until ready to purchase, because the offer is valid for only 15 minutes from the time of redemption.
Why we love this deal: The Toys R Us Lego Marvel Super Heroes Building Event is a good excuse to retreat from midday heat and indulge a pint-size superhero-in-training. The event, which invites in kids to build and bring home a portrait of Captain America made of the famous bricks, runs from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at all Toys R Us stores.
Why we love this deal: The Red Robin burger chain offers a freebie of its classic strawberry-infused "freckled" lemonade Aug. 20 not just because it's National Lemonade Day, but as part of a fundraiser to support the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, with all donations going to support childhood cancer treatments.
Why we love this deal: Pay $5 for shipping to score this Tanga deal for a portable Bluetooth speaker with built-in clip and rechargeable battery good for two hours of continuous music. Even with shipping costs, it's still $3 cheaper than other online retailers, including Walmart.
Why we love this deal: Major League Baseball's promotion requires the purchase of a Frosty from Wendy's and a hashtagged share on a public Twitter or Instagram account, but the reward is free access to MLB.tv premium through the end of the 2016 season, Oct. 2.
Why we love this deal: This digital cookbook from Amazon is a good companion for the dog days of summer, when the sensible choice is to set it and forget it rather than slave over a hot stove for hours.
Why we love this deal: Part of Amazon's digital classics, this macabre collection from Edgar Allen Poe is good to have on hand as Halloween comes closer. Look for other copyright-free (and free to get) collections and classics from Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, James Joyce, and Jules Verne.
Why we love this deal: With 195 different qualifying products to choose from, Ulta Beauty shoppers should have no trouble making a qualifying purchase of $22 to nab this cosmetics grab-bag estimated to be worth $88.