Friday Freebies: free yoga, back to school supplies, hair care and Cheetos!

Friday freebies - photo of yoga practictionersThere is something for everyone in this week's wild and wacky list of Friday Freebies. Want to lose weight? Take advantage of free yoga classes and a seven-day free gym membership. Got a student at home? There are many free and practically-free deals on back-to-school supplies for the upcoming school year. And don't forget about the free Cheetos and free shampoo and conditioner from Aveeno. At the end of this post is my video on end of summer deals. Enjoy your weekend!

At the top of my list of favorite pseudo-holidays (like National Pancake Day) is National Yoga Month. This September, there are free yoga classes, free week-long yoga studio passes, and other events to celebrate a type of exercise that relaxes the body and the mind. I'm a yogi -- can you tell? If you are new to yoga, National Yoga Month offers a low-cost way to try it out! You don't have to buy a mat to take advantage of these deals. Many yoga studios offer free mats to borrow during class or charge a nominal fee, like $1. Just make sure to wash your hands after class. A lot of other yogis have sweated on that mat. Everything you need to know about National Yoga Month is on YogaMonth.org (see above link). The site has a list of 1,500-plus studios that are giving away free week long yoga passes. A smaller number of studios have free days. The "holiday" is also a promotional vehicle for the "Titans of Yoga" DVD, which is $25. (Expect lower prices as part of the month-long celebration). If you miss the free yoga or do not have an event close to you, look for donation and community classes for reduced rates.

I rounded up this week's free and ridiculously cheap back to school supplies. Here are the best deals I found for the week ending Aug. 28, 2010. Check back Monday for a new list. Deals at Staples include comp books for $.10, an 8-pack of pencils for $.25, and the following three items for $.50 each: 5-pack of Bic highlighters, translucent pencil boxes, and plastic 1-inch binders. Lastly, a 3-pack of Scotch invisible tape is $1. At Office Depot, acrylic rulers are $.01, 2-pocket paper folders are $.01, Office Depot Slider Pencil Boxes are $.01 and Sharp El-501 WB Scientific Calculators are $1. At Target rulers and scissors are $.75, packs of construction paper are $1, and uniform separates start at $8 each.

The Aveeno free sample offer is back! Get a free sample of Aveeno's Nourish line of shampoo and conditioner when you answer three questions about your hair-care habits. You can choose to receive a coupon instead of a free sample. The offer expires Dec. 31, 2010, but supplies will run out long before then. To get the deal, share your name, address, email and gender, plus answer four more questions about hair products. I got a free sample months ago and liked it. Each packet had enough to wash my hair twice. You can pick from the moisturize, volumize, revitalize or shine versions. Caveats: the free sample takes 4-6 weeks to arrive. Limit one sample per household. Must be 18 years of age and older or age of legal majority in your state at the time of registration. Offer limited to the United States.

Vista Print is very savvy. The company knows people are looking for back-to-school supplies and office products for their home work stations, so Vista Print comes along with an offer for their top 10 products -- free! The freebies include business cards, return address labels, postcards, rubber stamps, banners, photo calendars, pens, sticky notes, T-shirts and mugs. (Tote bags and mouse pads are free, too, when I last checked). It looks like you can take advantage of more than one of these freebies -- or even all 10! You pay shipping and handling for each order, which starts at about $5. The slowest shipping rate says 21 days, but the products often arrive sooner. The value of the freebies range from $5-$25. If you go for one of these freebies, Vista Print will tempt you many times to upgrade and buy matching accessories, like magnets and hats. Taking advantage of this deal supports WalletPop.

Get a free sample of Cheetos Mighty Zingers, a spicy food product, when you share your name, address, email, and date of birth. I've never tasted Cheetos Mighty Zingers, but they come in two flavors, Sharp Cheddar & Salsa Picante, and Ragin Cajun & Tangy Ranch. This deal is only available while supplies last. The sample is through Walmart, so you will begin receiving emails from the mass retailer if you sign up. However, you can unsubscribe later. Caveats: Expect the freebie to arrive in 4-6 weeks. One sample per household. It's available to U.S. residents 18 or older.

Get a free 7-day gym pass to any Gold's Gym when you share your name, email, ZIP code, and phone number. Select which gym you'd like to use for the 7-day free trial (you cannot use multiple gyms during the trial). Then answer three multiple choice questions about your fitness goals, habits, and preferred type of exercise. You'll need to choose a date to meet with a fitness pro for a fitness assessment. Then print out your pass. Unclear when this deal expires. Valid for first-time members only. Caveats: must be a local resident older than 18 years old. Valid at participating locations only. Amenities vary by location. Other restrictions may apply. Signing up supports WalletPop.

Looking for a hot bargain? Watch my video on end of summer deals to find out what is dropping in price -- a lot.

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