5 Spring Deals & Steals

PHOTO: An employee of Ben & Jerrys scoops ice cream into a cone outside Union Station in Washington, June 18, 2013.
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In spring, a young man's (or lady's) fancy turns to freebies, deals and steals.

Want $144 off on a Snapper lawn mower, $148 off a snazzy backyard grill, or a 7-piece set of patio furniture on the cheap? Walmart is prepared to gratify your craving. The retailer's "Spring Savings Event" kicks off Friday morning at 8 a.m. and runs through March 29.

That's just the tip of the discount iceberg.

Here's a bouquet of special promotions now in bud.

PHOTO: Walmart is offering Miracle Gro Garden Soil on sale as part of a spring promotion.
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Miracle-Gro

Walmart's special Spring promotion, featuring what the retailer calls "Black Friday-like prices," starts Friday, March 21, and runs through March 29. Among the goodies: Miracle-Gro garden soil, five bags for $10.

PHOTO: Starbucks is offering free iced coffee as part of a spring promotion.
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Starbucks Iced Coffee

Now through March 23, you can get a free iced coffee in the afternoon from Starbucks, provided you've got your receipt from a morning purchase. Such a deal! Starbucks also has an end-of-winter sale on tumblers and mugs, with savings of up to 30 percent

PHOTO: Walmart is offering this 7-piece Mainstays patio furniture set on sale as part of a spring promotion.
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Mainstays patio furniture

almart, as part of its Spring fling, is selling this 7-piece set of Mainstays patio furniture for $298, a savings, says Walmart, of $100. For that you can't afford to stay indoors.

Ben & Jerry's ice cream cone

The loveable scamps at Ben & Jerry's, every year since the company's founding in 1979, have offered free ice cream cones once a year. It's Free Cone Day, which this year falls on April 8.

PHOTO: Walmart is offering this Kingsford Charcoal Grill on sale as part of a spring promotion.
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Kingsford Charcoal Grill

Why not rush summer and start grilling right now? This Kingsford Charcoal Grill is on sale at Walmart for $88. If you want a bigger blaze, you can opt for a Backyard Grill 4-burner gas grill with side burner (for those who like to burn on the side) priced by Walmart at $148.

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