Free Case of Water at Staples

Today and tomorrow (Expires October 19, 2014) you can get a free case of spring water at Staples with the coupon. It doesn't appear to have a minimum purchase requirement so you can walk into your local Staples and just get the free case of water. The brand of water that you will get depends on your local area.
Valid 10/18/14–10/19/14 in Staples® U.S. stores only. Discount applies to regional spring water, cases only, item nos. 322918, 383829, 395312, 396724, 396936, 396727 and 452168. Not valid in NYC metro markets. While supplies last. Plus tax and deposit where applicable. Limit one coupon per customer, nontransferable. Each item purchased can only be discounted by one coupon, applied by cashier in the order received and prior to tax. Coupon not valid if purchased or sold and must be surrendered. No cash/credit back. Not valid on prior purchases or purchases made with Staples® Procurement or Convenience Cards.

Free Screenings of Dumb and Dumber To (Select Cities)

The long awaited sequel to Dumb and Dumber is almost here. Regal Theaters will be hosting pre-screenings of the new film before it opens to the public. Dates and times will be different depending on what location you select. As of this posting you can get free passes to Dumb and Dumber To for the following locations:

  • Austin, TX
  • Beavercreek, OH
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Columbus, OH
  • Greenville, SC
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • High Point, NC
  • Irving, TX
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Live Oak, TX
  • Omaha, NE
  • Richmond, VA
  • San Marcos, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Swansea, MA
  • Washington, PA
  • Waterbury, CT
  • Wilder, KT
  • Williamsville, NY

Free Passes to See Gone Girl (Select Cities)

You can get free passes to see Gone Girl, with Ben Affleck, before it reaches theaters. Passes differ in time and date depending on the location. As of this posting, tickets are still available in

  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • McLean, VA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Toronto, ON

27 Free Apps on Amazon

Does Amazon need a reason to give away free premium apps? I doubt it. Through Saturday (Wednesday, September 27, 2014) you can get the 27 apps listed below for free. These apps normally range in price from $0.99 to $59.

Some of the apps will work on all Android devices while others will only function on Kindles.

Reminder: Free Admission to National Parks

This is a pre-scheduled reminder post of information originally posted in January 2014. Please check with the National Park Service to make sure the program hasn't changed.

The U.S. National Park Service has announced the dates for 2014's free entrance days in the national parks. This deal is only for national parks and will not be valid at state parks.
  • January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 15-17 - Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20 - opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day
*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
Once again, I will create pre-scheduled reminders for each free day so you don't forget.

Free Country Music Playlist from People

The new issue of People Magazine's country special is out and with it comes a new free country sampler on iTunes. The promotional code is one time use, but just head over to People's website for a fresh code. The current batch of codes will expire on October 10, 2014.

  • The Swon Brothers - Later On
  • Jo Dee Messina - Not Dead Yet
  • Sundy Best - I Wanna Go Home
  • Sunny Sweeney - Bad Girl Phase
  • Leah Turner - My Finger
  • Paul Sikes - Out of the Mud
  • Native Run - Good On You
  • Dakota Bradley - Wild Child

$75 For a $100 iTunes Gift Card on eBay

eBay has its own daily deal site and today you can get a $100 iTunes gift card for only $75. This is sure to sell out fast so check it out.
Terms & Conditions

Valid only on iTunes Store for U.S. Requires iTunes account and prior acceptance of licenseand usage terms. To open an account you must be 13+ and in the U.S. Compatible software,hardware, and Internet access required. Not redeemable for cash, no refunds or exchanges(except as required by law). Card may not be used to purchase any other merchandise,allowances or iTunes gifting. Data collection and use subject to Apple Customer Privacy Policy,see, unless stated otherwise. Risk of loss and title for card passes topurchaser on transfer. Cards are issued and managed by Apple Value Services, LLC (“Issuer”).Neither Apple nor Issuer is responsible for any loss or damage resulting from lost or stolencards or use without permission. Apple and its licensees, affiliates, and licensors make nowarranties, express or implied, with respect to card or the iTunes Store and disclaim anywarranty to the fullest extent available. These limitations may not apply to you. Void whereprohibited. Not for resale. Subject to full terms and conditions, see Content and pricing subject to availability at the time of actual download.Content purchased from the iTunes Store is for personal lawful use only. Don’t steal music.© 2014 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

Shipping Information

Standard - All packages are shipped using USPS Critical Mail. You will receive a tracking number from U.S. Post Office that will track your package to your delivery address. You should expect your order to arrive in 3-5 business days
All orders of $250 or more require a signature upon delivery and cannot be shipped to a P.O. Box.

All items sold are plastic gift cards. We are unable to email you the gift card number at this time, but look out for this great feature in the future.
Your card will arrive within a 9 x 6 inch envelope. You will receive an email confirming your purchase details, and a shipment notification email with tracking # sent to the billing email address associated with the PayPal account used for payment.

Free Download of U2 Album Songs of Innocence

iTunes has an exclusive offer for the new album by U2, Songs of Innocence. The album is free, but it's a little tricky to download if you don't know where to look.

When you open iTunes, go to the store window. Instead of searching for the album, click "purchased" from the quick links menu on the right. You will see the album in your library with the iCloud logo. You can download the tracks by clicking the iCloud image.

Possible Free $5 Credit on Paypal

Right now, PayPal is trying to spread the word that they are good for more than just eBay. To do this, they are offering deals to customers to try out.

Click through their slideshow which demonstrates how PayPal is more secure than a credit card for online purchasing. On the final slide, you will be told to choose your offer. The last offer on the bottom is a $5 PayPal credit. It will ask you for your PayPal email address (no password required) to send the credit. Within a week, you should receive an email with more details.
Terms and Conditions
Purchases made on international websites should be paid with the Visa, MasterCard or Amex credit card associated to the user's PayPal account. Purchases may be subject to taxes and/or fees. It is the user's responsibility to verify and pay for any additional fees as well as to ensure that the import of the product is allowed to his or her country of residence. The user should also be in agreement with the delivery schedule.

This PayPal coupon is non-transferable and valid for a single purchase from select merchants who accept coupons from PayPal. Coupon expires September 30th, 2014.

PayPal and/or 3rd party merchants reserve the right to cancel offers at any time without notice. 3rd party merchant offers may be subject to additional terms and conditions.

Source: Slick Deals

Never Trust A Deal Without a Valid Source

Throughout Labor Day weekend, a certain "deal" have been circulating social media and getting people really excited. The problem is, the deal was just an image with text over it. I contacted the original company to verify the deal and they replied that they were unaware of any such promotion.

Some random person made this image and it quickly went viral as people were sharing what they thought was good news. Now the company looks like a bad guy for turning customers away. True it's only a select type of customer, in this case educators, however that doesn't stop the fact that they are upset.

Should a company be forced to give away free products because someone spread a wrong message? If the company had accidentally released the coupon I could understand them having to honor it out of fairness. This once happened to a different company when they released a limited location coupon without typing "select stores" in the fine print. They went on to honor the promotion nation-wide for the mistake. However in this social media case, what is to stop any random person from creating their own coupon when they want something.

The moral of this post? Check your sources. If you see a great deal being shared by your friend, or a blog you read, look for their link back. For example if it's a deal on Facebook, it should link back to the official page for the company. Not some fan page, or a random person's image. I always try to link back to the direct source or at least try to tell you where I heard something. This allows you as a reader to feel confident in the promotions and deals posted on Making Cents of It.

Spend $10 for a $15 iTunes Giftcard

Groupon has a great deal today for iTunes. You can get a $15 iTunes code for only $10. The sale is listed as four days, but I'm sure supplies will run out long before that.
Requires iTunes account and prior acceptance of license and usage terms. Must be 13+ and in the U.S. Compatible software/hardware/Internet access required. Codes are issued and managed by Apple Value Services, LLC (“Issuer”). Neither Apple nor Issuer is responsible for any loss or damage resulting from lost or stolen codes or use without permission. Apple and its licensees, affiliates, and licensors make no warranties, express or implied, with respect to code or the iTunes Store and disclaim any warranty to the fullest extent available. These limitations may not apply to you. Void where prohibited. Not for resale.

See Begin Again For Free This Weekend

If you're looking for something to do this weekend, I recommend checking out Begin Again at AMC. The coupon for four free tickets to see Begin Again is valid from August 29, 2014 through September 1, 2014. The following tweet was published by @AMCindependent:
Get 4 FREE tix to #BeginAgain from 8/29 - 9/1 with this coupon! RT the news & find showtimes!

I have sent a tweet to AMC to confirm that AMCindependent is a legit source of coupons, but AMC's main page does follow them. If I learn otherwise, I will update this post.

PetHub Tags as Low as $3.25 (After Shipping)

Today is National Dog Day and PetHub is offering a great discount on QR code dog tags. The basic tag is on sale for $1 with the promotional code NATDOGDAY. With shipping, the cost is $3.25. The basic tag offers a QR code, website address, and toll free phone number. You can also use the promotional code to upgrade to any other tag or collar. NATDOGDAY will take $13.95 off any purchase on PetHub. This promotional code is only valid on August 26, 2014.

You are able to create a free profile for your pet and the web address on the tag leads directly to your page. You can include as much, or as little, information as you choose. Benny's profile includes my name and number along with his vet's information. The website also includes a link for people to send an email with GPS coordinates of where the tag was scanned. This helps you find your missing pet faster. For people that don't have a smart phone or don't understand QR codes, the phone number directs them to an 24/7 operator that has access to all your information.

Benny has an upgraded tag with was personalized with his name and my phone number. I prefer this because if Benny does get out and the person that finds him doesn't understand QR codes, they will still have my number. The QR code gives the added benefit of the profile and GPS location if the person knows how to scan it.

Free Screenings of As Above/As Below (Select Cities)

Universal Pictures is currently offering free screenings of As Above/So Below. Dates and times will vary based on the location. As of this posting, the following cities still have passes available:

  • Atlanta - Morrow, GA
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Boston - Braintree, MA
  • Charlotte - Concord, NC
  • Chicago - Schererville, IL
  • Cincinnati - Newport , KY
  • Dallas, TX
  • Dallas - Mesquite, TX
  • Denver - Westminster, CO
  • Detroit - Dearborn, MI
  • Hartford - Plainville, CT
  • Houston, TX
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Kansas City - Independence, MO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Madison - Fitchburg, WI
  • Milwaukee - Wauwatosa, WI
  • Minneapolis - Edina, MN
  • Minneapolis - Roseville , MN
  • New York City - Middletown, NY
  • Norfolk - Hampton, VA
  • Orange County - Orange, CA
  • Philadelphia - Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Phoenix - Glendale, AZ
  • Pittsburgh - West Homestead, PA
  • Raleigh - Durham, NC
  • Sacramento - Manteca, CA
  • San Francisco - Santa Clara, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Seattle - Lynnwood, WA
  • Washington, DC - Alexandria, VA
  • Washington, DC - McLean, VA

Free Copy of Katy Perry's Album Prism From Google Play

Right now on Google Play, you can get Katy Perry's album Prism for free. I'm not sure how long this promotion will last but it's a great deal. The individual songs are still listed as $1.29 each, but on the top of the page you'll see the "free" button for the album.

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