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Free movie rental, e-books and 'Plants vs. Zombies'

Entertain yourself with these and other freebies, including a 30-day trial of Amazon Prime and its assorted video content.

By Donna_Freedman Feb 27, 2013 12:06PM
Logo: Zombies (Renee Keith/Vetta/Getty Images)Given that this is America Saves Week, why not entertain yourself for free and send a few extra dollars to your bank account?

While not a gamer myself, I know that plenty of people find endless enjoyment in smartphone games (and are grateful for the way such games distract their offspring when stuck in long lines). A member of's "Free Stuff" forum has posted a link to free iPhone and iPad downloads of "Plants vs. Zombies" and "Plants vs. Zombies HD."

"Yes, plants killing zombies does not make much sense, but neither does flipping birds at pigs," the poster writes. "Some fun for free is never bad."

My sentiments exactly, which leads me to this week's other examples of gratis entertainment.

A post at's blog alerted me to the Kindle Buffet, a daily selection of free e-reads. If you're registered at Amazon you can download any book on the list during its free-availability period. No Kindle? Read with a free Kindle app on your phone or tablet, or with a Web browser.

Speaking of Amazon: You can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, which includes Amazon Video privileges. You must have a current, valid credit card -- and you will automatically be upgraded to a paid membership, so be sure to cancel before 30 days have passed. See the "Turn off your Amazon Prime membership renewal" link to avoid inadvertently paying for this freebie. That is, unless you like it so much you want to keep it.

More free stuff

Also up for grabs this week:

Redbox rental. According to Reward Port Freebies, the code DVDONME is good at Redbox kiosks. 

Family Circle magazine. Use this link to get two free issues; no credit card is required. After the sign-up you'll be given some other free magazine options. (Link courtesy of The Freebie Blogger.)

Build a toy race car. Kids ages 5 to 12 are invited to customize small wooden cars at participating Home Depot stores. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to  noon Saturday, March 2. All supplies are provided, and kids get free workshop aprons and pins. My nephews love these projects. (Thanks to


Free photocopying. Need to copy your income tax paperwork, a short story, a term paper or a resume? Print out this Office Depot coupon and use it for up to 25 black-and-white copies. The offer expires April 16. (Thanks to for the link.)

Incidentally, also has a Twitter feed, @FreeStuffROCKS! It's a good way to hear about freebies and giveaways as soon as they're announced. Since some offers are limited to supplies on hand, jump on any deals -- anywhere -- that interest you.

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Donna Freedman

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.