Freebies on Friday: Concerts!

I'm posting Friday Freebies a day early this week. Why? Because tomorrow's freebie comes at an ungodly hour and therefore no one will be reading this until this event has passed by. Good Morning America has started their Summer Concert Series at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, also venue of Summerstage where outdoor concerts rock out.
John Legend performs at previous GMA Concert at Bryant Park

Each Friday morning, GMA will feature a different musical act performing live with talents ranging from Green Day to the Jonas Brothers to Kelly Clarkson to Jamie Foxx, in addition to my beloved GMA news team (Robin Roberts, I really think we'd be great friends). While the performances generally don't start until 8:30am, the field opens at 6:00am. Since these events are ticketless, all standing room is first come, first served so I suggest leaving yourself plenty of time. Devotees will note that GMA is only on air until 9:00am, so the performances are short-lived...but what else would you expect for FREE? Bonus: Since they are over by 9am, you can still slide into work fairly on time. Tomorrow's performance features Lionel Richie and next Friday is one of my faves, John Legend. For a complete summer line up, as well as directions to the stage, check out GMA Summer Concerts.

Freebies on Friday: CHOCOLATE!

MARS is giving away free full-sized chocolate bars! It's all part of their Real Chocolate campaign, promoting their use of real cocoa butter, not vegetable oil or fake chocolate flavoring. Personally, chocolate has never been my favorite indulgence, but who can turn down FREE items? Not this Manhattan chick.

Every Friday, from now through September, MARS will issues 250,000 coupons for a FREE, full-sized chocolate bar. In case you didn't know, MARS is the mastermind behind 3 Musketeers, M&M's, Milky Way, Dove, Twix, and Snickers. For me, always a toss up between Twix and do I turn down nougat? Yet Twix is the only candy bar with the cookie crunch...Anyhow, you can learn all about the promotion on, including the upside of putting Real Chocolate into your body, as opposed to evil vegetable oil and other, long worded items.
1) Every time I tried to navigate through the site, I had to enter my birthday. Why? I'm not sure, but got a bit fed up while trying to learn more about their offer.
2) The coupon is mailed to you via snail mail. I'm not trying to be snooty and go on about how did people survive before cell phones, Internet, toilets, or whatever, but really this is 2009...wouldn't a printable coupon be more effective? Of course, I was not aware of this or the 6 week (eeek!) delivery time until after I submitted my name. But I suppose it will be a nice surprise after I've forgotten about this promotion 6 weeks from now.