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Cheap and Chic: Beauty Freebies

When I was growing up, the ladies on my street would gather 'round their windows come mid-afternoon. They anxiously awaited the sight of Phil the Postman striding down the street in his shorts, muscular calves bulging.  It was a bit like the old Diet Coke break commercial.

Now that I've discovered some great beauty freebies, I'll be watching the clock for my mailman as well.

Seriously, the free samples site from Wal-Mart is amazing. This stuff won't cost you a dime - no strings attached. Just fill out the form with your info and wait for the goodies to arrive in your mailbox.

Right now you can score samples of:

 - Aveeno hair care products

- Bodycology hand soap, lotion and mist

- Hawaiian body butter or sunscreen

- Garnier wrinkle cream

A word of advice:  set up a separate e-mail address (try Yahoo or Gmail) to use on freebie Web sites to avoid spam. According to Wal-Mart's privacy policy, they won't share your e-mail address without your consent - but other sites may.

Have fun shopping (I mean saving). And don't forget to offer your mail carrier a cold beverage. He/she will be working extra hard delivering all your beauty loot.