Amazon and 7 Other Retailers That Give Away Free Stuff

Do you like free stuff? If you’re like most shoppers, we bet you do. Shopping for food, clothing, and items for your home can bust your budget. One of the best ways to cut back on spending is to hunt for deals and freebies. Fortunately, there are plenty of retailers that are willing to share the love and offer free items to their customers. Here are eight retailers that give away free stuff.

1. Ikea


It can make your dream home a reality. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Freebie: A home makeover

If you’ve always dreamed of living in a home that looked like it could be featured on HGTV, Ikea can give you a chance at making your dream a reality. Each year, Ikea offers one lucky person a home design makeover absolutely free of charge through its Ikea Home Tour contest. All you have to do is submit an application explaining why you deserve to get a home makeover. If you’re chosen, the store will send in its design team to give your space a facelift. You can see videos of past makeover winners here.

2. Williams-Sonoma


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Freebie: Cooking technique classes and home decorating

If you’re not too handy in the kitchen or if you’re a cooking whiz looking to learn a few new tricks, Williams-Sonoma has you covered. The cooking-supply store hosts several technique classes free to the public. And standard cooking instruction is available for a small fee. There is also expert instruction available for children. Participants who make a store purchase the same day as their class can receive 10% off. Williams-Sonoma also offers free home styling instruction.

3. Amazon

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Prime gets you all sorts of benefits. | Sam Becker/The Cheat Sheet

Freebie: Free books, shipping, and more

If you’re a bibliophile and you have Amazon Prime, you’re in for a real treat. One of the best free offers available to Amazon Prime members is free e-books on select titles. You can choose from a variety of genres, such as romance, history, and the classics. You can also get free two-day shipping and access to free movies and TV shows. In addition, if you’re a music lover and you have Amazon Prime, you can listen to music for free through Prime Music.

4. Walmart

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Freebie: Product samples

Do you love collecting product samples? Then, Walmart is your store. Stop by its website, and sign up for samples to try out products before you commit. Expecting parents can also receive a free Walmart Baby Box. Your best bet is to check the website or social media pages frequently because sample offers change quickly. Walmart also gives out samples in its stores. Call ahead, and ask your local store representative for upcoming store event dates.

5. Bath & Body Works

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Get the jump on any new products. | Bath & Body Works via Facebook

Freebie: Lotions and perfumes

Smelling good and staying smooth can get expensive. However, you can still indulge in a few fragrance and bath items without breaking the bank. Bath & Body Works usually gives away free samples whenever there’s a new product launch. One way to ensure you keep on top of the latest giveaway is to follow the store on one of its social media pages. This way, you’ll be the first to know about new items that are up for grabs.

6. iHop

International House of Pancakes

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Freebie: Kids meals and more

From time to time, iHop lets kids eat free (at participating restaurants) when you order an adult entree. The special is usually offered for a few weeks at a time each year. In addition, when you sign up for the Pancake Revolution email club, you can get a free meal on your birthday. You’ll also be eligible to receive a free stack of Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity pancakes just for joining its mailing list.

7. Chick-Fil-A

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You can get free food as long as you don’t mind getting dressed up. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Freebie: Breakfast and beverages

If you don’t have time to eat breakfast at home, you can head on over to Chick-Fil-A for a great deal. Every couple of weeks, the restaurant promotes free food and beverage offers. One of its most unusual offers is a free entree to customers who dress up as cows. This is its wacky way to show appreciation to cows for Cow Appreciation Day in July.

8. Peapod

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Find a sweet deal on groceries. | Peapod Delivers via Facebook.

Freebie: Shipping and grocery items

Shopping for groceries online can yield some sweet deals. It’s a great alternative to getting groceries in the store if you don’t feel like going outside or you’re just too busy to shop. One online grocery store, Peapod by Stop and Shop, occasionally offers unlimited free delivery for up to one year when you sign up for its PodPass trial. The store also throws in a free gift with qualifying food orders.

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