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Freebies: It's all about the beverages

This week you can get baby formula, specialty tea or a $5 Starbucks card. Krispy Kreme doughnuts are up for grabs, too.

By Donna_Freedman Mar 6, 2013 11:47AM

Logo: A Starbucks Corp. sign is displayed outside a coffee shop in London, U.K. / Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesMarch is here, and plenty of us would like to think that means "spring." But it ain't necessarily so -- just ask anyone who lives in the Midwest or on the East Coast, where so-called "heart attack snow" has been falling. And falling.

The folks who sell shovels and hot drinks are rejoicing. Those who have to do the shoveling? Not so much.

But here are a couple of chances to get free hot drinks. They won't make the snow go away, but they'll provide a little warmth and comfort.

And savings: The money you don't spend on coffee or tea can be put toward the ibuprofen you might need after clearing off your front steps.

The Teavana chain routinely offers tasty samples of whatever specialty teas are brewing that day. But over on the Free Stuff forum, a deal hound named "Bluefw" posted this printable coupon good for a free 16-ounce cup of Teavana's featured brews. Use it before March 31 at participating locations.

If you haven't joined the Starbucks Rewards loyalty program, here's a little incentive: Join and register your loyalty card and you'll get $5 in coffeehouse credit. Jen at says this offer expires March 14.

All this talk of free coffee and tea might make you think of doughnuts. You might not have to pay for those, either.

Wendi at The Freebie Blogger reports that Krispy Kreme is running a Daylight Savings Time promotion on Sunday, March 10: a free glazed doughnut at all participating locations. She calls it "a sweet reason to wake up earlier."

Can't get to the doughnut store that day? Through April 21 you can get a free glazed doughnut if you buy a glass of milk at Krispy Kreme. (Thanks to the Thrifty NW Mom blog.)


More gratis grabs
Airborne hobbits:
Deal hound "Goop" at FatWallet brings us "Hobbit Jetpack Runner," a free download for iPhone. Yes, I used "jetpack" and "hobbit" in the same sentence. If you're willing to pay 99 cents you can get the no-ad version.

Baby your baby: Up to $250 in freebies plus infant development advice can be yours if you join the Enfamil Family Beginnings program. (Thanks to

Antivirus protection:
Don't pay for this! Erin Huffstetler of suggests getting a free download of Microsoft Security Essentials. She's been using it for several years now with great results. (Microsoft owns and publishes MSN Money.)


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Mar 6, 2013 7:28PM
Hiya Donna!

This isn't a freebie, but I thought it was worth mentioning: Burger King has a coffee promo going on until March 10: 25 cents for a small iced or hot coffee. I tried the iced one; it was good!

Mar 6, 2013 5:12PM
ummmm... I'm at a loss.  at least next time put some deals in that are worth wasting gas to drive to one of these places for.  a free doughnut?  that's got to be worth nearly 50cents but not worth the time for anyone to make a stop out of their way!
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Donna Freedman, a writer based in Anchorage, Alaska, writes the Frugal Nation blog for MSN Money. She won regional and national prizes during an 18-year newspaper career and earned a college degree in midlife without taking out student loans. Donna also writes about the frugal life for her own site, Surviving and Thriving.