Black Friday Secrets That Stores Don't Want You to Know

Here's where to score Thanksgiving and Black Friday freebies

There's a perk to being an early bird at holiday sales: freebies.

For Thanksgiving and Black Friday, some stores are pushing special coupons that savvy shoppers can turn into free items, and early customers have first dibs on items free after rebate at stores like Macy's.          

There are some other treats too, like free coffee and cookies, which Walmart will give out from 4 to 6 p.m. before it starts its sale Thanksgiving Day. 

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But just like the doorbusters, these freebies are limited and available only while supplies last.

Need a different kind of perk? Black Friday also is National Espresso Day, and Dunkin' has a freebie and a deal.

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Thanksgiving Day freebies

BelkThe first 200 customers Thursday when doors at 4 p.m. get a mystery gift card worth $5 to $500. There will be a similar giveaway Friday morning.              

CVSThe pharmacy chain has 10 freebies after ExtraBucks Rewards in its three-day Black Friday sale from Thanksgiving through Saturday. Deals include free gum, a roll of paper towels, a box of store brand ibuprofen or acetaminophen, and a free 23andMe genetic DNA starter kit. For the starter kit, pay $29.99 and get $29.99 in ExtraBucks Rewards. A CVS loyalty card needed to get the deals, and each limit one per household.   

J.C. PenneyThe first customers at the department store, which opens 2 p.m. Thanksgiving, receive a mystery coupon. The majority will be $10 off $10, but there will be a few $100 off $100 and one $500 off $500 coupon per store. Some exclusions apply.          

KmartThe store is offering cash-back savings for members of the free Shop Your Way loyalty program. Members will get "$50 CASHBACK in Points” on purchases of $50 or more in store. If they spend $250 or more in store or online Thursday to Sunday, they are qualified to receive “$250 CASHBACK in Points.” Members can earn “FREECASH in Points” by texting the words GRAVY and TURKEY to 73277.          

Macy’sIn-store only, 12 items will be free after mail-in rebates, including select tote bags, men’s Gold Toe slippers, glassware sets and Lauren Ralph Lauren logo pillows. These deals and other in-store doorbusters will be available 5 p.m. Thanksgiving to 2 a.m. Friday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.           

Office Depot/OfficeMaxNow through 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday or while supplies last, store loyalty members can get free select packs of Duracell Coppertop alkaline batteries for free after rewards. Rewards are limited to two per member, and this offer is available in-store, online, by phone and fax. Stores are closed Thanksgiving Day.

SearsLike Kmart, Sears is offering cash-back savings for Shop Your Way members, who will get "$50 CASHBACK in Points” on purchases of $50 or more in store. If they spend $250 or more in store or online Thursday to Sunday, they are qualified to receive “$250 CASHBACK in Points.” Members can earn “FREECASH in Points” by texting the words GRAVY and TURKEY to 73277.          

Stage storesThe first 75 people when stores open 1 p.m. Thanksgiving get special coupons or gift cards at Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage stores. Most will get $10 coupons, but there’s also a chance to win a $50 or $200 gift card. There’s a different deal for early Friday shoppers.

WalmartBefore the retailer's n-store Black Friday sale starts 6 p.m. Thanksgiving, stores will hold "Light Up Black Friday” parties from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring free coffee and cookies.          

Wendy's: Through Black Friday, get a free Junior Bacon Cheeseburger with any purchase using the fast-food chain's smartphone app. The offer resets daily.

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Black Friday freebies

BelkThe first 100 customers at 6 a.m. Friday will receive a scratch off card worth anywhere from $5 to $500.          

DoorDashThe online restaurant delivery service is giving away 15,000 orders of free fries for what it has dubbed "Black FRYday." Use the code BLACKFRYDAY on an order $5 or more from Wendy’s, Wingstop, Jack in the Box, Applebee's, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Buffalo Wild Wings and Five Guys. While supplies last.          

Dunkin'Get a free Lyft ride to a Dunkin' restaurant from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST Friday with promo code SipDunkin. Up to 25,000 can redeem the code. And since Black Friday is National Espresso Day, get discounted espresso shots in drinks for 50 cents. Also through Sunday, medium lattes or cappuccinos are $2 all day.          

Half Price BooksThe first 100 shoppers 16 and older will get a free tote bag and a $5 store gift card when stores open at 9 a.m. One random $100 gift card winner at each location.          

Lowe'sFrom 6 to 8 a.m. local time Friday, early in-store shoppers will have the chance to win a gift card ranging from $5 to $500. Find rules of the promotion at http://lowesblackfriday.rewardpromo.com.          

Petco:  With a store rewards card and any in-store purchase, get a free pair of holiday antlers for your dog or cat Friday.          

Stage storesThe first 75 people 6 a.m. Friday get a free holiday tote bag and a $5 coupon at Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage stores.          

Stein MartThe first 100 customers in the door before 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday get a scratch-off ticket worth $5, $25 or $100.          

Wendy'sThe week of free burgers ends Black Friday. With any purchase using the Wendy's app, get a free Junior Bacon Cheeseburger.          

World MarketThe first 100 customers in-store Friday, Saturday and Sunday get a $10 certificate and free tote bag.

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Beyond Friday

Baskin-RobbinsThis is a Cyber Monday deal. From 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, the chain will be giving out free samples of the Red Velvet Roll Cake. Also Monday, get $5 off any cake purchase of $20 or more in-shop or online.          

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela'sStores will have free crafts, free photos with Santa and other kids’ activities through Christmas Eve. This Saturday and Sunday, the first 300 customers in line when stores open get a free light up Christmas spinner and chance to win other prizes. Also donate a new toy in-store to Toys for Tots and get a free photo package, a $20 value. Learn more at www.basspro.com/santa and at www.cabelas.com/santa.           

J.C. PenneyThe “Black Friday Extended” sale starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and early shoppers can get a $10 off $10 in-store coupon, while supplies last.          

World Market:  The first 100 customers in-store Saturday and Sunday get a $10 certificate and free tote bag.          

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