Category: Free downloads (5)

Spooktacular list of free printable pumpkin-carving stencils


We always carve a big pumpkin on Halloween night at our house before we head out trick 'r treating, so when I came across several sources of free downloadable pumpkin-carving stencils, I wanted to scare, I mean, share them.

Print out a PDF of your fave pattern, tape the stencil to your pumpkin and poke the outline of the pattern with a push pin and start carving. You also can shrink or enlarge them on a copy machine to get just the right scale.

Mickey, Minnie, Tinkerbell, Jack Skellington, Goofy, Pooh, Cinderella, Tigger and all your favorite characters are available from

From the American flag to John Wayne to Comedy & Tragedy masks, has it all. The site also offers helpful carving tips.

10 fun spooky designs from Mars M&Ms Candy

Flamingos, bats, cats, stars and more from

Text Me "LOL," dog-breeds, spider, googly eyes, haunted tree and many more stencils and tips and ideas on carving from Better Homes and Gardens (you must register with an e-mail address).

Scary, traditional and momograms from

Witches, cats, spiders and more at Hershey's fun Halloween site, which also has other fun coloring and craft ideas for kids.

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Free "Kidz Bop" four-song download


Get a free four-song "Kidz Bop" download from Macy's.

The songs include "Let It Rock," "Party Like a Rockstar," "All the Right Moves" and "Say Hey."

You also can enter to win a trip to New York City, meet the Kitz Bop stars and win a $500 Macy's shopping spree in the Kitz Bop FANtasy Sweepstakes.

Click here for the deal.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free 9-song Mayhem Festival playlist featuring Rob Zombie on iTunes

Get a free 9-song download through iTunes featuring Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed, Winds of Plague, 3 Inches of Blood, In This Moment, Norma Jean and Atreyu. It's a digital sampler of the 2010 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour kicking off on July 7-Aug. 14.

The tour comes to Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach on Aug. 11.

Go to iTunes, click the REDEEM quick link (upper right corner) and enter code AMK6WRLKNTAF. It's good through Sept. 30.

Click here for the songs on the playlist and instructions.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Supercharge your phone with free Google Voice

Google has release its free Web-based platform Google Voice, a service that manages all your telephone communications. Think of it as a clearinghouse that consolidates all your phone numbers (cell, home, office) into a single number that puts you in full control of how, where and when yo get calls. It works with any type of phone and any carrier, even on the iPhone (more on that later). It had been in its testing phase (beta), offered by invitation only a little over a year ago.

You need a Google account to get the service.

Here's some of what it does:

- You get a single phone number that rings you anywhere.
- Online voice mail transcribes messages and delivers them to your e-mail inbox (how cool is that??)
- Free calls and text messages to the United States and Canada
- Block and screen your calls
- Sends SMS to e-mail

Click here to see a full overview of all its features and download it.

For instructions on using Google Voice on iPhone, visit in your mobile browser on your device. Read the InformationWeek report on using Google Voice for iPhones.

It's truly amazing.

-- Doreen Christensen

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Free downloads of PandaMania app and Smashing Pumpkins album


Here's a couple of free downloads:

Get the "PandaMania Bow Defense!" app for iPod, iPad or iPhones free. The game was featured in "New and Noteworthy" and "What's Hot" by Apple. It normally costs $1.99. Click here.

On May 25, Smashing Pumpkins offers the first installment of 11 albums with the four-song MP3 download of "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor."
Right now, you can get "Astral Planes," "A Stitch in Time," "Window Wake My Mind" and "Song for a Son." Check back Tuesday for the four new songs.
Click here.

-- Doreen Christensen

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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