Stores are giving away gift cards, coffee, tote bags and more to lure shoppers
Shop Black Friday sales without spending a dime.
Nearly seven in 10 Americans (69%) — 164 million of us — say they plan to shop during Thanksgiving weekend, which runs from Turkey Day through Cyber Monday, according to the National Retail Federation. And roughly three in four of those shoppers say they plan to either spend the same amount or more as they did last year.
Retailers are hoping to get you into their stores to drop that dough, which is why many are offering freebies to shoppers. Here are 10 free items that shoppers can get this Thanksgiving weekend — just be sure to check your local location for times and participation and read the fine print on every deal.
Barnes & Noble: Coffee
Shop at the bookseller on Nov. 24th and you can get a complimentary tall hot coffee until 10 am at participating stores.
Belk: $5 – $1,000 gift cards
Retailer Belk is giving away 250 gift cards per participating store to in-store customers, beginning at 4 pm on Nov. 23rd, while supplies last. The gift cards will range in value from $5 to $1,000.
Bon Ton: $5 – $250 gift cards
The first 200 people through participating Bon Ton’s doors on Thursday will get a gift card valued at between $5 – $250.
Fred Meyer: Coffee, juice, donuts and gift cards
On Friday, the store is offering free gift cards to the first 100 customers in its doors, as well as coffee juice and donuts while supplies last.
Half Price Books: Tote bag + gift card
The first 100 people in participating stores’ doors on Friday will get a tote bag and a $5 gift card.
Shopko: $15 gift cards
The first 50 people in participating Shopko’s doors on Black Friday get a $15 bonus card.
Petco: Pet antlers
Okay, so you have to purchase something using your Petco rewards card to get these antlers, but we’re throwing them on the list anyway because they sure are cute. The pet products retailer will also be handing out scratch-off cards to the first 25 people in participating stores. The prize: $5 or $10 to spend in store or a mystery gift.
World Market: $10 gift cards
Look for a $10 gift card to the first 100 people in participating stores on Friday.
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