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Friday freebies: Food, music and bus trips

Free Christmas songs for iTunes and Amazon, plus a free poinsettia.

By Teresa Mears Dec 11, 2009 1:22PM

It’s time for Friday freebies and food deals, but the deal makers seem to be settling down for a long winter’s nap, or at least a holiday hiatus. Some of last week’s deals are still good.


To make up for the lack of free food, we’ve found you some free music, free kids’ craft workshops, a free poinsettia and even a free bus trip.


For your post-holiday travel needs, Megabus is giving away 100,000 free tickets for travel between Jan. 6 and March 20.


Here are a few new food deals we found, with some help from our friends at Cities on the Cheap:

  • McDonald’s has unveiled a new $1 breakfast menu and will offer sausage McMuffins, sausage biscuits, sausage burritos, hash browns or a 12-ounce coffee for $1 each, starting in January.
  • El Pollo Loco is offering a skinless chicken breast meal, which includes steamed vegetables and a salad, for $2.75 with this coupon. The meal has 275 calories, the chain says. The coupon is good through Dec. 17.
  •’s discount dining certificates are 80% off through Dec. 14. Use promo code SHARE to get a $25 certificate for $2. The normal price is $10.
  • The Swedish Meatball Plate at IKEA, regularly $4.29, is just $1 this weekend, Dec. 12-13. The plate includes 10 meatballs, mashed potatoes and cream sauce.

How about a few Christmas freebies?

  • Get a free six-inch poinsettia with this coupon when you make a purchase at Earth Fare Supermarket.
  • Take your kids to Lowe’s at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, to learn to make Christmas ornaments at the chain’s free Build-and-Grow clinics. Advance registration is suggested. Bass Pro Shops and Michael’s craft stores also offer free craft workshops.
  • Download the 20 free songs that make up the iTunes holiday sampler. Artists include Amy Grant, Sarah McLachlan, Barry Manilow, Mannheim Steamroller, Aretha Franklin and Rascal Flatts.
  • Amazon’s 25 Days of Free gives you a free Christmas song every day through Dec. 25. You can go back and download the songs you missed. Amazon also has a free Sampler Claus with seven songs. And Jennifer Maciejewski of Cities on the Cheap found a whole list of additional free Christmas songs on Amazon.
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