Who doesn’t like getting free stuff? But many people shy away from freebie online sites because of the hoops that a lot of sites make you jump through. Other people don’t like getting tons of junk mail or spam email (actually nobody likes that). The sites listed below allow you to score freebies on items that people actually use. Rewards include free magazines, household goods and even birthday presents! What’s not to love?
Many freebie websites require you to register – and you’ll need to provide your address to receive samples and merchandise in the mail. How can you provide the information that is necessary to take advantage of freebies without giving up too much of your privacy or being deluged by junk mail? Technology and a bit of fudging can do the trick. The sites included below, listed in no particular order, are among the best for scoring cool freebies.
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If you love movies but don’t love movie ticket prices, check out Gofobo. Gofobo promotes free advance screenings of upcoming movies. You can search the website for screenings of upcoming movies or redeem codes for passes that you download as PDF documents to print out and take with you to the theatres. Passes are snapped up quickly and having a pass does not guarantee seating, so you’ll need to be fast on the draw plus willing to arrive early to see the movie. Joining Gofobo is totally free.
Target is one of several retailers that offer free samples to customers or potential customers. Go to samples.target.com to see available samples. Be forewarned, samples don’t last long, so if you see something you like, redeem the offer right away. On the other hand, don’t be discouraged if you don’t see available offers; the site is updated frequently. You just have to keep checking back and eventually you’ll find great deals.
Would you like to get free t-shirts, free magazines, free beauty and grooming supplies, free food etc.? If you answered yes, add the I Love Free Things website to your bookmarks. Browse the website or sign up to have the latest free offers sent directly by email. Check out free offers on the go with apps that are compatible with iOS and Android mobile devices.
4. P&G Everyday
Proctor and Gamble manufactures some of America’s favorite brands, including Pantene, Bounty, Crest, Mr. Clean, Metamucil – you get the idea. With P & G Everyday, you can receive free samples by mail or coupons to download and take to the store. The site also features product reviews and informative articles. Signing up with P&G Everyday is of course, free.
The cost of magazine subscriptions can really add up. With All Free Magazines, you can get free subscriptions to popular magazines like Us Weekly, GQ, Glamour and Men’s Health. You may have to answer a short survey or complete a similar activity to get the magazine, but nothing outrageous. There’s no signup required for All Free Magazines, but you will want to bookmark the site so you can visit often.
6. Visa Extras
Gift cards. Appliances and gadgets. Travel. Books. Clothing. All free. If that sounds too good to be true, it’s time to become familiar with the Visa Extras program. Sign up with your eligible Visa credit or debit card through the Visa Extras site, then begin racking up points by making purchases with your card. If you are unable to sign up, it means that the financial institution issuing that particular card does not participate in the program, which only means that you’ll need to try (or obtain) a different Visa card.
Just Free Stuff is an aggregator site, which means that it collects free offers from across the web and presents them in a single centralized location. Freebies are available from a wide variety of categories, including books, samples, pet items, etc. You can browse available freebies right on the website, which includes links for redeeming the offers you choose. This is another site that you will definitely want to bookmark.
8. Get It Free
Get It Free is like going to the mall to shop for freebies. Free books and e-books, albums, product samples, yummy treats and magazine subscriptions are just some of the categories of available merchandise. Redeem offers by clicking the links on the Get It Free website, which redirect you to the manufacturer’s or retailer’s website in another browser window. You can also sign up for the newsletter to get the latest offers delivered right to your email inbox.
Free Birthday Treats specializes in free offers available on or around your birthday, including free meals and desserts, free tickets and other treats. Many offers are available for your entire birthday month, so you have plenty of time to benefit from several of them. No registration is required to check out the freebies available on Free Birthday Treats, but you may be required to sign up with directly with some merchants to take advantage of specific offers.
Getting free samples of merchandise is great. Hunting down deals on the Internet? Not so much. Free Sample Monkey has your back. It’s an aggregator site that subscribes to really simple syndication (RSS) feeds to collect the best offers for free samples and present them in one easy-to-use website location. When you see an offer you like, simply click on the link, which redirects you to the manufacturer or retailer where you can complete the necessary steps to get your freebie. Bookmark this site and keep checking back – it’s updated every 15 minutes!
Freebies without SPAM
It’s smart to establish a separate e-mail address to use just for freebies. Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo offer free accounts that are ideal for this. Also, consider establishing a separate voice mail account to avoid giving out your home or mobile numbers. Google Talk and K7.Net both provide stand-alone phone numbers and both are free. If you plan to receive lots of samples or rewards through the mail, a post office box or commercial mailbox may be a worthwhile investment. Finally, an automatic form filler like RoboForm can save countless keystrokes.
While some of the information you provide to cash in on freebies – such as your mailing address – truly is necessary, a lot of data is collected strictly for marketing purposes. Opt out of third party merchandising offers (translation, junk mail). Provide only a month and day for offers that ask for your date of birth. If you must include a year, make up one that makes you older than age 21. You may not like fibbing, but it’s really nobody’s business how old you are, and providing your true date of birth could potentially leave you vulnerable to identity thieves. Likewise, think twice about offers that require you to provide a credit card number. If you go ahead, use a prepaid card that is not connected with your regular bank account. Following these safeguards can ensure that the freebies you receive truly are free and minimize your exposure to unwanted intrusions.