CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When I first heard about Splenda adding things like fiber and nutrition supplements to their sweetener, I thought they were nuts. But after awhile, I figured, hey, why not? If it helps some folks get their vitamins, then so be it!

Splenda Essentials is offering up sample packets here. They include vitamins or antioxidants-- limit two samples per household.

When you sign up for various restaurant newsletters, they ll often send you a freebie, and then perhaps an offer for a discounted or free item on your birthday. Pizza Hut is offering free breadsticks when you join their email list. I personally along with a lot of deals bloggers open separate email accounts just for newsletters and offers like this so they don t clog up our regular emails.

For today only, Men s Journal at is on sale for just $2.50 for an entire year s subscription. You ll need to enter the coupon code JOURNAL during checkout in order to take the price down from $19.99 to $2.50. You should see the number of magazines we get at our house now thanks to free, or near free subscriptions. It s to the point I take the extras and leave them at the YMCA or library to share.

Over at Starbucks, there s an offer running through July 17 where if you buy their new Iced Via coffee their instant coffee line you ll get a free tall drink. Anybody who goes to Starbucks knows their coffee isn t the cheapest, so this could be a good offer if you already wanted to buy the Iced Via.

Also, don t forget your coupon for a free order of Panda Express Garlic Lovers Chicken with any purchase, today only.

And have you heard of Vocalpoint? One of my co-workers and friends here at the station, Michelle, is a Vocalpoint member and told me she got an entire free bag of salad last night!

Vocalpoint is a focus group, word-of-mouth, review site where you join for free, and then blog and talk about products and services. For example, members recently got free Venus Breeze Razors (valued at what, over 5 bucks, right?) to try out and review. Check it out at

You know the deal don t forget to check the fine print of all deals, and remember they re subject to change at any time, or run out. As with any restaurant coupon or deal, it s a good idea to call your location ahead of time in order to make sure that particular store is participating. Enjoy and see you on TV at 4pm and 5:30pm!

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