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Friday, March 5, 2010

Favorite Ways to Get Free Stuff | Family Economics

By Christina

Free stuff can help you stretch your budget, and not just because you’re getting an item for free. When you get something for free, you’re also able to try it risk-free. If you don’t like the product, you won’t be out anything except for the time it took you to get the freebie.

Freebies are one of my favorite ways to save on groceries and household goods. And it’s not that hard to find quality freebies if you know where to look. Here are a few of my favorite resources for free stuff:

Free sample requests. Visit the websites of your favorite brands and you just might find they have a link for a free samples. Sign up for their e-mail alerts and you’ll often be the first to hear about freebies they’re giving away. Many stores also offer free samples both online and in stores during special promotions, too.

Social media and blogs. Many companies have started to use Facebook and Twitter to share coupons and free samples with their fans and followers. In addition, there are many bloggers who write about freebies, making it simple to find quality free things online.

Mail-in rebates. Many companies offer mail-in-rebates that allow you to try a full-size product for free. In addition, you may also see money-back guarantee offers. If you don’t like the product, you may be able to get your money refunded. Just remember to read the fine print of every mail-in rebate offer and get the forms turned in on time or you’ll miss out on the savings.

Coupons. You’ll find coupons for free items in your local Sunday newspaper and online. And you’ll find high value coupons that you can use on a sale items to make items free or nearly free.

Libraries. Libraries are a great place to load up on freebies. You can check out books, movies, and music for free. Many libraries offer free MP3 downloads for members and access to databases on topics from car repairs to college scholarships. In addition, your local library offers quality, free programs for both adults and children. They say knowledge is power. Free knowledge is even better!

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On Friday, June 28, 2013, Terri from New Jersey wrote

I like to get samples of products so I know how good the product is before I buy it.

On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, robin levecsque wrote

sounds great, i think to try before i buy means saving money and may make me buy things i may not have wanted to try before.

On Sunday, March 25, 2012, Ash from Arkansas wrote

Samples have simply been a huge huge help being a single mmother of a 3 year old. I can try before I buy, as well as getting that tiny bi of of help with the samples.

On Thursday, September 22, 2011, bockey wrote

i love your item keeps my home clean and smelling good

On Wednesday, August 10, 2011, GABBY FROM LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA wrote

I REALLY LOVE YOUR PROUCT IT HELPS ME KEEP MY HOUSE CLEANER FOR MY CHILDREN.

On Sunday, August 7, 2011, amina hisri wrote

this is wonderful web site.thanks

On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, kathryn mcmahon wrote

HI this is a wonderful web site

On Saturday, October 9, 2010, Matt from New Jersey wrote

I just tried your "Lasting Impressions" Alternating Fragrancer. Boy, it make the whole house smell like the fresh outdoors. I be sure to buy Glade products for now on!! Thank you

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Toni from Fort Dodge wrote

Thank you for the oppurtunity of trying the product first, Toni

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, Tami from Salisbury, NC wrote

I love getting the samples. Lets me know if I want to buy the product in the future.

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