CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When I worked mornings, my friends who also had the early/overnight shifts would all get out of work at about noon, or 1 p.m. This meant going to happy hour (not for the drinks, but the food specials!).

We knew every happy hour spot in the city, and where the best deals and steals were. McCormick and Schmick s is one of them.

Check this out from their Facebook page for a free appetizer. The Happy Hour apps range depending on restaurant location, but can be things like a burger (in Kansas City, I remember they were something super cheap, like $1.99!) calamari rings, or shrimp cocktail. It depends.

Learn more about your free app here and make sure to call your location ahead of time for participation.

Up next, for all those crafts during the holidays when you need a precise cut, and scissors won t do adults, you can get an X-Acto Z Series blade sample free here.

Don t forget it s free chips and dip day at Qdoba Mexican Restaurants. No purchase is necessary, and you can get a three cheese queso and chips, or chips and guacamole, absolutely free.

Lastly for this gray, dreary day, a way to get free Blockbuster DVD rentals at their kiosks. Check out the codes below. Just make sure to return your DVD on time, or you ll be charged the extra night s rental fee: 73WHZS7, 82KJRD3, 82CDJS9, 49BPSP4, 27JBHG5, 48SGLM2, 28KWMR9, 77JRTW4.

See you on TV-- Dion

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