5 Spring Deals & Steals

Spring brings special deals, steals and discounts

March 20, 2014 -- intro: 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.

quicklist: 1title: Miracle-Grocategory: media: 22991762text: 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.

quicklist: 2title: Starbucks Iced Coffeecategory: media: 22991862text: 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

quicklist: 3title: Mainstays patio furniture category:media: 22991689text: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.

quicklist: 4title: Ben & Jerry's ice cream conecategory: media: text: 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.

quicklist: 5title: Kingsford Charcoal Grillcategory: media: 22991587text: 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.