Friday Freebies: free beer, ice cream, tote bag, tampons, and more!

This may be the best freebie round up I have ever done. Who ever heard of scoring free beer? Free ice cream and tote bags? Free theater performances? Plus, there are free tampons, movie rentals, and a VIP membership to Zappos to be had. If these freebies don't kick-start your weekend, I don't know what will!

Mark your calenders for two hot freebies next week -- Sept 29 and 30. Free beer and ice cream is in the works! For bargain hunters age 21 or older, Wednesday Sept. 29, 2010 is THE day to score. Budweiser is hosting a "national happy hour" offering free beer samples at bars and restaurants across the country. The giveaway is part of a promotion to increase sales among a coveted group of beer drinkers -- the under-30 crowd. According to the Florida Times-Union, four out of 10 people in their mid-20s have never tasted a Bud. It's unclear exactly which bars and restaurants will be handing out free beer, so stay tuned. I'll update this post as soon as I get word.

On Sept. 30, 2010, from 5-8 p.m. get a free scoop of ice cream at Coldstone Creamery. The free ice cream is a concoction called "Katie's Creation," named after the little girl who dreamed up this flavor. It includes caramel apple ice cream with chocolate shavings, graham cracker pie crust, and apple pie filling. On second thought, maybe I'll pony up money for chocolate. The free serving is 3 ounces -- not huge, but who's complaining? The freebie is part of a fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which helps make wishes come true for sick kids. Roughly 85% of all the donations Coldstone receives in September go to the foundation. Caveats: waffle products and extra mix-ins cost extra. While supplies last. No substitutions. One freebie per customer.

Score a free tote bag courtesy of A Little Bit of Philly for a limited time. Share your name, e-mail, and address to get a free tote bag sent to you. It's unclear how many they are giving out. As part of this deal, your e-mail address will be added to its list, but the company promises not to sell it or share it with any third party. You can unsubscribe at any time. A Little Bit of Philly makes food and edible gift packages that are Philadelphia-centric.

Enjoy a free theater performance during the month of October as part of an arts promotion called Free Night of Theater. Make your reservation now for shows between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, 2010. Tickets for some shows might not yet be available as release dates vary by region. Start by finding free performances near you. Free performances are happening across the country. The free performances are a way for theaters to reach out to people who may become regular patrons. It is organized by the Theatre Communications Group, an advocate of not-for-profit professional theaters.

Get a free sample of Playtex's "sport tampons" promoted through Walmart. Just share your name, e-mail, address and date of birth and answer four questions about your tampon use. You can opt in or out of Playtex's e-mail list. The implication is that these tampons are designed to be worn while playing sports, though I've never used them and am not sure how they compare to regular tampons. It's unclear how long this freebie will be available because the site just says "while supplies last." The free sample takes 4 to 6 weeks to arrive. Caveats: one per household.

Get a free movie rental for one night with Blockbuster Express coupon code SSD19B. Expires Sept. 30, 2010. One time use per account. You'll need a credit card to rent, but not a Blockbuster account. I just got burned by a $1 movie rental that I kept three days. Aaaargh! Why am I so forgetful? Don't make my mistake and end up paying a lot for a so-so movie.

It's not too late to get a free Zappos VIP membership, which comes with free one-day shipping, when you share your name, e-mail and create a password for the site. Offer ends Oct. 8, 2010. Upgrading to one-day business shipping usually costs $25 per order. The VIP membership is valid as long as you keep the account open, I believe. Zappos offers non-VIPs (i.e. everyone) free shipping and free returns, costs that are factored into the price of its shoes. The site also sells clothes and accessories. Caveats: limit one invite per e-mail address. You must be 13 or older to sign up. Free overnight shipping is not available for shipments to Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. Territories, P.O. Boxes or AFO/FPO addresses. Orders placed before 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST on a business day will be delivered the next business day. For example, orders placed before 1 p.m. PST on a Monday will be arrive on Tuesday. But orders placed after 1 p.m. PST on a Monday will get there Wednesday. Orders placed on Friday after 1 p.m. PST Saturday or Sunday will be delivered on Tuesday.

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