Freebies at Your Favorite Stores

Try these clever tips to get more bang for your buck next time you hit the mall.

By Laura Daily

Sign up for rewards

Enroll in the Cost Plus Wold Market Explorer rewards program. Activate your profile and get 10 percent off your next purchase. Then get one 12-ounce bag of World Market coffee free for every six bags you buy.

Staples give you 5 percent back on almost every purchase, including technology and services, plus free shipping on staples.com.

Earn points through the Walgreens Balance Rewards program by buying products and prescriptions, getting immunized, and even logging miles you walk or run (20 points per mile, up to 1,000 points per month). Redeem 5,000 points for $5 off a future purchase or wait until you hit 40,000 for a $50 credit.

Drop in for free services

Stop at Cohen's Fashion Optical, LensCrafters, or Visionworks. Many locations offer free eyeglasses cleaning and adjustment.

Sam's Club offers monthly health screenings for members and nonmembers alike. Tests vary each month but can include blood pressure, body-mass index, cholesterol, and vision. CVS is also planning hundreds of free health-screening events this year. 

Pull into a bay at Big O Tires or Discount Tire and technicians will check the air pressure in your tires and adjust it if necessary—no charge!

Take a survey

Sign up at mysurvey.com and earn points for each survey you take. Turn points into cash, gift cards (for retailers or restaurants) or other goodies. For instance, redeem 2.750 points for a $25 gift card from Autozone, Kohl's, Michaels, Panera, or Payless ShoeSource.