Friday Freebies: Halloween pumpkin ideas, lotion, and more

There are freebies I've never heard of -- like Halloween pumpkin stencils -- and old standbys (a free movie rental and sample of Emergen-C) in this week's collection of Friday Freebies. Get pumpkin carving ideas with free stencils, a free sample of Vaseline Intense Rescue lotion, and free sample of coffee. Plus, my latest video reveals my secrets to taking advantage of Groupon. Who's ready for the weekend?!

Headed to the movies tonight? Print out this coupon for a free drink at any Regal Cinemas, United Artists, or Edwards theater. Valid today, Oct. 15, 2010 only. You need to buy popcorn to get the free soda. One coupon per person. This coupon is being issued through Facebook, so you'll need a log in to print the coupon out. Click on the coupon tab on the Regal Entertainment Group's Facebook page if you do not see it. Caveats: valid only at participating locations. Not valid with any other offers or coupons.

Download 10 free Halloween pumpkin stencils courtesy of M&Ms. The designs range from traditional scary jack-o-lanterns to bats, a skull and a skinny ghost. Each one is its own PDF file so you don't have to download more than you want. Click on the link above, then scroll over the pumpkin design you want to download. The site automatically plays spooky music when you open it, so mute your volume if you open this at work. Using the stencils to outline a drawing is a great way for kids who are too young to handle a knife to "carve" a pumpkin. If you're looking for something less ... predictable, check out these pumpkin carving ideas.

Get a free sample of Vaseline Intensive Rescue lotion through Unilever, which owns the Vaseline brand. Share your name, sex, date of birth, address, and e-mail to get the freebie. You can opt in or out of Unilever's e-mail list. The company is giving out one million samples, so this should last a few days. The lotion claims to accelerate the healing of dry skin with a non-greasy formula. I have used this lotion as a general body moisturizer and like it, although I use a richer lotion for my hands and feet. Caveats: one sample per household. You must be 18 or older to receive this sample.

Get a free sample of Emergen-C -- just in time for flu season -- when you share your name, address, e-mail, sex, and year of your birth. The freebie form also asks three questions about your use of Emergen-C. You can opt in or out of the company's e-mail newsletter. It's unclear how long supplies of this freebie will last. You can request one free sample per e-mail address or check the status of an existing free sample request. If you have a free sample pending, you are not eligible to get this freebie (I tried). Caveats: valid for residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

Get a free one-night DVD rental using Redbox coupon code CHANCEMONOP. Unclear if the coupon code is case sensitive. If you keep the disc longer than one night, you'll pay $1 per night plus tax. Browse titles and reserve the movie you want to watch online, then go to your nearest grocery store or gas station to pick it up. Expiration date unknown. You will need a credit card to rent a movie from Redbox. New releases include "The Karate Kid" (2010), which I saw and really enjoyed, "Just Wright" with Queen Latifah, and "Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare."

Every Monday morning you can get a free sample of Green Mountain Coffee when you "like" their Facebook page. Note, there are only 2,500 free samples given out each week, so make sure to check early Monday morning to get this freebie or you'll have to wait another week. The freebie is part of a promotion for Green Mountain's Fair Trade-Out e-Taste, a live, guided coffee tasting on Oct. 26, 2010 at 4 p.m. EST. Share your name, address, e-mail and date of birth to get the freebie. You can opt into an e-mail reminder about the free e-tasting or not. Caveats: one sample per household, while supplies last.

Plus, check out my latest video on Groupon secrets.
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