I will never tell you to shop just to earn a reward, but if you're already shopping, why not take the time to sign up at sites offering points toward future purchases, gift cards or other freebies.
■ Swagbucks offers points toward gift cards and merchandise, and you can even earn points for surfing the Web. If you sign up by Monday, you can get 50 points by using the promotional code "3rdBirthday71."
■ At MyPoints, earn points for gift cards, travel and dining by shopping online, reading e-mail, playing games and taking surveys.
■ Ebates offers a quarterly check for online purchases.
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■ ShopAtHome is one of the largest Web sites offering coupons, cash-back rewards, free samples, restaurant coupons and contests. Just sign up to start getting cash back for purchases made through the site.
Other free stuff
■ Get a free reusable freezer bag, worth $3.39, when you buy six frozen food items this week at Target.
■ Receive a $10 grocery prepaid MasterCard with purchase of specially marked Open Season 3 on DVD or Blu-ray.
■ Buy a Mr. Coffee 12-Cup programmable coffee maker at Kroger, on sale for $24.88, and receive a $10 mail-in rebate and free bag of Seattle's Best Coffee.
■ AT&T wireless customers can get a $20 gift card when signing up for auto pay using a MasterCard.
■ Sign up for Caregivers Marketplace to receive cash back on eligible products not typically covered by insurance or Medicare.
■ Coupon for $5 off a $15 purchase at T.G.I. Friday's.
■ Sign up for Bob Evans BEMail on its Facebook page to receive a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for side dishes.
■ Get a free Atkins Starter Welcome Diet Kit that contains a calorie counter, three diet bars and a quick-start guide.
■ Don't overlook the McDonald's free oatmeal coupons on the back of the coupon flier in Sunday's newspaper.
■ "Like" Ace Hardware on Facebook page to receive a buy-one-get-one free coupon for a single-cut key.
■ Thursday only, Walgreens is offering a free 8- by 10-inch collage print. On Friday, get 75 percent off a custom cover book. On Saturday get a collage mug for $2.99.
■ A L'Oreal Youth Code Starter Kit at Rite Aid is $34.99. Send in for a $5 Rite Aid Single Check Rebate, and use a $10 manufacturer's mail-in rebate along with an online coupon for $10 — you have to watch a video to get it — and the kit costs $10.
■ Print a coupon from Dollar General for 50 percent off your entire purchase of home décor, housewares, kitchen items, bed pillows, sheets and rugs.
■ Use a coupon from Target for $5 off women's denim. People are getting free pants with clearance prices.
■ Have a great recipe? Not only will you have a chance to win $1 million, you will get a $5 e-coupon loaded to your Kroger savings card for entering the Pillsbury Bake-Off.
■ Get a free TXTING KLLS thumb band to help someone to stop texting while driving.
■ Go to Redbox's Facebook page to receive a code for a free DVD rental.
■ Print out a coupon for $10 off a $25 purchase Friday and Saturday at JCPenney.
■ International House of Pancakes is celebrating National Pancake Day with free pancakes. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, receive a free short stack. IHOP is asking for donations to Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Also, receive a celebrity wake-up call to remind you about National Pancake Day by signing up online.
■ "Like" La-Z-Boy on its Facebook page, click on the RMHC tab and enter your ZIP code so La-Z-Boy can donate $1 to your local Ronald McDonald House.
■ A.J. Powell, a retired University of Kentucky turfgrass extension specialist, will give a free talk on environmentally friendly lawn care at 9 a.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. March 3 at The Arboretum on Alumni Drive. Call (859) 257-6955 for more information.
■ Cedar Lake Lodge, which serves people with intellectual disabilities, is looking for donated clothes, household items, furniture and other items. For pickup, call 1-800-489-6530 or (502) 964-2411.