Saturday is annual Free Comic Book Day, and thousands of
independent comic book shops across the country, including in Wethersfield,
Newington, Rocky Hill and Manchester, will be giving away comic books, no
purchase necessary. Last year, more than 2 million comic books were distributed.
Information and locations: www.freecomicbookday.com.
Shop at Sam’s Club without paying for a membership. The warehouse club chain is holding a free open house Friday through Sunday, April 26 to 28. Visitors can stop in, sample foods and shop with no added surcharge and pick up a free cookbook, while supplies last. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Information: SamsClub.com.
Friday, April 26, is National Pretzel Day, and Pretzelmaker shops are handing out pretzels – no dough needed — but you’ll have to tell a joke or mention “National Pretzel Day” to get your complimentary snack. There are 11 Connecticut locations including stores in Westfarms mall in Farmington, Crystal Mall in Waterford, Buckland Mall in Manchester and Meriden Square Mall. More information at Pretzelmaker.com.
Just Between Friends holds a children’s and maternity consignment sale at Nomads Adventure Quest, 100 Bidwell Road, South Windsor, on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale features clothing, furniture, strollers, toys, baby items and more. Admission is $2 on Saturday, but you can get in free by printing out the pass shown here. There’s no charge to shop Sunday, when select items are half-off. Information: www.hartford.jbfsale.com.
Nonprofits and charities will get a 25 percent discount at Pepperidge Farm Bakery Outlet by bringing their organization’s federal tax exempt number on letterhead. The outlet is at 1414 Blue Hills Avenue, Bloomfield. Information: 860-286-6400.
Planning your summer vacation? The Courant’s Daytrips and Destinations Travel & Family Fun Expo will be held on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell. Tickets are regularly $8, but if you act quick, you can get two free. Send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s greener than saving money? Green deals! On Earth Day, you can honor the planet and snag some eco-bargains at the same time.
Bring five empty plastic bags into any Disney Store, and you’ll get a free “Brave” or “Cars” reusable bag. (One per customer, while supplies last.)
In honor of National Parks Week and just in time for Earth Day, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to all national parks from April 22 to 26.
Send green love and save trees with free Earth Day e-cards at 123Greetings.com.
Origins will plant a tree for each limited edition Origins Earth Day product purchased between April 21 and 28. (The company has planted more than 250,000 trees around the world.) Spend $55 or more from April 21 to 28, 2013, and you’ll get a free, limited edition Earth Month 2013 tote bag.
Return any six empty MAC containers to a MAC counter or store for a free lipstick of your choice. (This promotion is ongoing.) At Westfarms mall, there’s a MAC store and a MAC counter at Nordstom. MAC counters are also in Macy’s stores in Manchester and Meriden. Find other locations at www.maccosmetics.com.
Light Bulb Finder, a free app for Android and iOS, offers recommendations for each lighting fixture and location in your home and calculates energy savings, cost and environmental impact. Once you’ve determined which bulbs you need, you can purchase them directly through the app or at suggested local retailers. Information: www.lightbulbfinder.net.
Sonia Plumb Dance Company gives a taste of its latest choreography on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Masonic Temple, 11 S. Main St. in West Hartford. Spectators also can taste Ben & Jerry’s latest flavors, Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt and Candy Bar Pie Ice Cream. Admission is free. For more deals, visit Courant.com/savvyshopper.
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