With the one-year anniversary of my Green Dad column fast approaching, I thought it might be a fine idea to change gears and switch colors. It's a bit too early for White Christmas Dad, and Periwinkle Dad sounds a bit goofy, even for me. With the most important dealnews holiday also fast approaching, I figured I'd don black for the occasion: Say hello to Black Friday Dad.
And so, with the blessing of my dealnews boss (whose color and code name I am not allowed to disclose, as that's a trade secret), I present to you these 10 Black Friday freebies. (Keep in mind that several of these offers are still just rumored, so you should keep an eye on our Black Friday page to see when they're confirmed.) The way I see it, you should get rewarded for all that standing in line and scoping for the best bargains around. Play your cards right, and I'm sure you can grab several of these in the same shopping weekend. And our list includes some of the most trusted retailers around, from Toys "R" Us to Old Navy. So read on, save big, and Season's Freebies to you!
1. Old Navy
Freebie: Spend $40 or more at Old Navy, starting at 10 pm on Thursday, and snag a free Kodak EasyShare Sport Camera Bundle.
Black Friday Dad Intelligence: Head to Old Navy and snap more than just a free camera bundle. Check out their Black Friday deals on fleece, t-shirts, jeans, and more for the whole family. For more Old Navy Black Friday deals, click here.
2. Toys "R" Us
Freebie: The first 100 customers in-store, starting Thursday at 9 pm, will receive a free Holiday Savings Coupon Book with $500 in discounts to name-brand retailers like Eddie Bauer, Aéropostale, and more.
Black Friday Dad Intelligence: Sign up for a dealnews email alert for more Black Friday deals at Toys "R" Us.
Freebie: JCPenney is giving away up to 5,000 free 2011 Disney Mini-Snow Globes to each store's first Black Friday shoppers. Giveaway quantities vary by store.
Black Friday Dad Intelligence: Check out all of the JCPenney Black Friday ads for sales on apparel, home goods, and more, here.
Freebie: More than a half-dozen items are free after rebates, including QuickBooks Online Simple Start 2012 (currently $49.99) and McAfee Total Protection 2012 for 3 PCs (currently $79.99).
Black Friday Dad Intelligence: Just press the Easy Button for more Black Friday deals at Staples.
Freebie: More than two dozen CVS items are free this Black Friday after CVS ExtraBucks discounts. (Look for the offers that include ExtraBucks.) Prices and items vary by store.
Black Friday Dad Intelligence: Make sure to sign up for a CVS Extra Care Card in order to qualify for ExtraBucks, which will be printed on your receipt. Also, be sure to register for email alerts for CVS.
6. Ace Hardware
Freebie: Head to Ace Hardware this Black Friday to get both an LED Flashlight and an 8" Marlin Lockback Pocket Knife for free after $4 rebates! Limit two rebates per item, per customer.
Black Friday Dad Intelligence: On Black Saturday there's rumored to be an additional 50% off coupon, good for any regularly-priced item under $30 at Ace Hardware. Be sure to set up an email alert to receive the coupon once this deal is confirmed.
Freebie: Free Godiva Chocolate Bar for the first 100 Customers.
Black Friday Dad Intelligence: Get sustenance for Black Friday shopping by visiting Michaels early for a tasty treat. While you're at it, take a gander at Michaels' other discounted offers here.
Freebie: It's rumored that the first 100 shoppers lined up at midnight on Black Friday will receive a scratch-off card and the chance to win an iPad2, a $250 gift card, or $5 in Bealls Bucks.
Black Friday Dad Intelligence: Not only will early birds save up to 60% off their favorite clothing styles and accessories, but while supplies last each Bealls shopper will receive a free holiday ornament.
9. Pep Boys
Freebie: Roll into Pep Boys on Black Friday and you'll nab at least four freebies: a Peak 100 Watt Power Invertor (after $20 rebate) and a Peak 1-Million Candlepower Spotlight (after $10 rebate), plus two more.
Black Friday Dad Intelligence: Pep Boys also plans to offer tire installation specials: buy 3 tires, get the fourth free, and a free oil change with two installed tires.
Freebie: Walgreens rounds out our Black Friday Freebies List with its offerings of at least 15 items for free after Register Rewards, including this $10 goodies, the Renew Life Ultimate Chialife Seeds.
Freebie: These offers and more are available via Register Rewards at Walgreens. To learn more about the program, click here.
Front page photo credit: Shop-O-Matic