Friday Freebies: free mascara, magazines, and Kotex pads

The Friday Freebies this week are geared toward ladies, including free mascara from Sephora, free samples of Aleve, free Kotex pads and a free issue of Gardening Club magazine. Plus, don't forget to take advantage of the free Zappos VIP membership. Enjoy your weekend!

Wow! Print out this coupon for free mascara from Sephora inside JC Penney. No purchase necessary. Note, this is not valid at stand-alone Sephoras. Expires Oct. 22, 2010, but it is likely supplies will run out before that, so don't delay! The freebie is for the Buxom Mascara line, which I have never used. You'll need to log in or register on FreeFly's -- which is offering the freebie in conjunction with JCPenney and Sephora -- to print the coupon. Caveats: cannot be combined with any other coupons or discounts. Valid only at Sephoras inside JCPenney. Taking advantage of this deal supports WalletPop.

Sam's Club is offering free samples of Aleve and you don't have to be a warehouse member to qualify. Share your name, address, e-mail and date of birth to get the freebie. The form asks for your membership number, but it is not a required field. You'll also need to answer three questions about your use of pain relievers. Once you submit the form, your sample will arrive in 4-6 weeks. Caveats: one sample per household. You must be 18 or older to be eligible to receive this freebie.

Get a free issue of Gardening How-To magazine from the National Home Gardening Club when you sign up for a free trial club membership, which will cost $1 a month when the trial ends. You can receive the first issue of the bi-monthly magazine free, then cancel the membership bill if you do not want to join and continue getting the magazine. Get more info about the magazine, which features tips and advice, on the Garden Club's website before signing up. By signing up you will receive e-mails from the Garden Club, which you can unsubscribe from any time. The club sounds a tad pushy, as the fine print says the company will occasionally send you books and videos for purchase. If you don't want them, use the pre-paid postage to return to sender. Signing up supports WalletPop.

It is still not too late to nab 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 their 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.

Get a free sample of Kotex pads when you share your name, address, e-mail, sex and date of birth. You'll also need to answer three questions about your use of pads. You can opt in or out of the Kotex Extras newsletter. Once you fill out the form, expect your free sample to arrive in about 10 weeks. It's unclear how quickly this freebie will run out! You can choose from four combination of Kotex pads and tampons, including the newish line U by Kotex. You'll need to log in or register on FreeFly's, which is offering the freebie in conjunction with Kotex, to submit a freebie request. Caveats: while supplies last. Offer limited to US residents only, including Alaska and Hawaii. You must be 13 or older to receive the sample. One sample kit per request, with a limit of two requests per household. Signing up supports WalletPop.

With school back in season this Amazon deal for a free Prime memberships, which cost $79 per year, deserves another shot in the spotlight. The freebie is for college students taking at least one class. The main benefit of Amazon Prime is free two-day shipping. I'm guessing this is a not-so-subtle way for Amazon to encourage students to order textbooks through them. There is no minimum order to get the free fast shipping and you can upgrade to one-day shipping for $4 an item. It looks like grad students are eligible, too. To get this deal, you must have a valid .edu e-mail address, which they check by sending a message to the address. You will also need to share the state in which you attend school, your level of study, and your major. It's OK if your .edu email is not the same as the one associated with your existing Amazon account (if you have one). This membership does NOT auto-renew, and the freebie deal may be extended past one year, according to Amazon's fine print.

Get a free issue of Cooking Club magazine when you sign up for a free 30-day trial membership with the Cooking Club of America. The magazine has recipes, advice, and articles on making tasty meals at home. Share your name, address, and e-mail to get the free magazine. Signing up does not require a credit card or payment, so if you don't want to continue your membership (it costs $1 per month and includes the free magazine), write "cancel" on the bill and send it back. You can unsubscribe from their email list at any time, too. As part of your membership, the club may send you books and videos for purchase. You can return them with the paid postage included if you do not want to buy them. Is this worth one free cooking magazine? For me it depends on the quality of the magazine. You can browse the first eight pages of the current issue here. Signing up supports WalletPop.

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