Want Free Stuff on Black Friday? Here are 12 Stores to Visit…
Everyone loves a freebie. But sometimes, you have to work for it.
In the case of Black Friday, it means you’re going to have to get up early. You’re going to have to wait in line. And you might even need to buy something to get that “free” bonus product or gift card.
But if you’re already planning to visit these 12 retailers on Black Friday, pay attention to these opportunities to score some free bonuses.
JCPenney will give out free Disney snow globes starting at 3 p.m. on Black Friday.
Free snow globes have been a tradition at the store since 2002, but 2015 will be the last year you can snag a Disney collectible snow globe from the retailer.
Head to PetSmart, where the first 100 customers on Black Friday will receive a free paw-print ornament.
You’ll also get a $3 movie rental credit via Visa Digital Rewards Card. Be sure to bring your PetPerks card to get these freebies. Stores open at 7 a.m.
Early-birds get a free gift card just for being one of the first 250 people to arrive at their local Belk store.
Gift card amounts range from $5 to $1,000, and there’s a guaranteed $1,000 winner at every store. Stores open at 6 a.m.
The first 600 people to arrive at Cabela’s for its 5 a.m. Black Friday-opening might win one of several freebies.
If you want a pair of Zeiss Terra binoculars (valued at $399.00), a Masterbuilt Sportsman Smoker priced at $349.99 or a $100 Cabela’s gift card, you’ll have to set your alarm clock.
Since REI will be closed on Friday, Cabela’s might be your best spot for outdoor deals.
If you’re planning to buy handheld devices on Black Friday, Target is the place to go to get rewards beyond sale prices.
Several products come with a free gift card, but the offer is only valid while supplies last -- so you’ll have to shop quickly!
The best freebies include:
- A free $20 Target gift card when you buy a Samsung 40-inch Smart LED TV, on sale for $317.99
- A free $30 Target gift card when you buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7-inch 16GB tablet, on sale for $229.99
- A free $150 Target gift card when you buy any iPad Air 2, starting at $399
- A free $100 Target gift card when you buy any iPad Air 4, starting at $269
- A free $80 Target gift card when you buy any iPad Mini 2, starting at $399
- A free $100 Target gift card when you buy any iPad Air
- A free $100 Target gift card when you buy any Apple Watch
6. Sports Authority
Get a $15 cash card at Sports Authority when you spend at least $50 on footwear.
The offer is good Nov. 26 through 28, but you’ll need to clip the coupon from your local Black Friday ad to get the bonus.
But if you can’t wait for Friday, line up on Thanksgiving night, when stores open at 6 p.m. -- the first 80 customers in line at each store will get a $15 cash card.
If one new TV isn’t enough, head to HHGregg. Buy a Samsung Smart TV of at least 55” and go home with a free 32” Samsung TV.
Meanwhile, if you buy the Samsung 60” 4K Ultra HD Smart TV, you can take home a free Samsung Soundbar speaker system.
8. Best Buy
If you need a new phone, an installment billing plan or to lease a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone, you’ll earn a $250 Best Buy gift card.
Shutterbugs, buy a Canon Powershot SX710 camera and receive a free camera case and memory card.
Gamers, buy the Rise of the Tomb Raider bundle for XBOX One and receive a free XBOX One wireless controller (and then invite a friend over for leftovers and games!).
Visit Thanksgiving night starting at 5 p.m., or wait until Black Friday at 8 a.m. to shop.
Buy an Activeon CX HD Action Camera at GameStop and get a free 16 GB MicroSD card to go with it.
Doors open at midnight on Black Friday.
You might need these if you’re planning a Black Friday shopping marathon: Sears is offering a buy one, get one free deal on athletic shoes for the whole family.
Stores open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night, but this is one deal you don’t have to rush to get. The sneaker deal is good through Saturday.
11. Bath & Body Works
OK, there’s nothing free about this deal -- but it’s all about extra value when it comes to Bath & Body Works.
Each year, the smell-good emporium offers a VIP tote to Black Friday shoppers who spend a certain amount, typically $40.
The tote usually costs $20, but is packed with $100 worth of products -- including a few best-sellers. The bag tends to be cute, too. Stay tuned for more details about this year’s tote!
12. Half Price Books
Get ready, bookworms. Head to Half Price Books on Black Friday, where the first 100 shoppers will receive a $5 gift card and a free tote bag to haul all your books home in.
But keep your eyes peeled -- one lucky customer’s gift card at each location will really be worth $100. Stores don’t open until 9 a.m., so plan your morning accordingly.
And a Few Nontraditional Bonuses...
It’s not all about the shopping. OK, maybe it is -- but you might find some nontraditional Black Friday freebies in your area. Here are a few examples:
Free State Park Admission
Entrance fees to all 76 state parks in Minnesota will be waived on Nov. 27 for what the state is calling Free Park Friday.
"We are very fortunate to have such outstanding state parks and trails in Minnesota," Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr said in a statement. "So get out there, walk off your turkey dinner and have some fun on Friday!"
Free Bus Rides
Live in Spokane, Washington? Take the bus for free. The Spokane Transit Authority (STA) will offer free bus rides on all routes on Black Friday.
It’s a yearly tradition in the city, with the goal of easing the stress of navigating traffic and finding parking in major shopping areas.
Your Turn: Which Black Friday freebies are you most excited about?
Lisa Rowan is a writer, editor and podcaster living in Washington, D.C.