Apr 14 2008

My favorite sources for freebies

I love going to the mailbox! There’s usually something fun inside for me. Today was an especially exciting day.

  • Two free samples: A Quaker Oats mini granola bar (delicious), and a Schick Quattro Titanium razor (offer no longer valid).
  • I got a coupon for a free panty from Victoria’s Secret.
  • A $3 check from Pinecone Research (hey–don’t knock the amount. This is the third I’ve received this month. $9 isn’t bad!)
  • A magazine (I subscribe to a ton, and I get at least a few each week)

If you’d like to have a bit more fun going to the mailbox, consider signing up for free samples. They’re always a nice surprise when they arrive.

I use samples when I travel, when guests come to stay with me and need a tiny tube of toothpaste, or to use when I run out of something. Sometimes, a sample is simply a nice treat. Once, I got two mini packs of Betty Crocker Warm Delights–yum!.

I find out about freebies from blogs like Mommy Gets PAID and iMommies.

I also frequently visit Start Sampling. Thanks to that site, I’ve gotten several free magazine subscriptions and a few toiletries.

You won’t want to miss this great post from Frugal Hacks that lists 20 great freebies, or this list of free toiletries from Handprints on the Wall (I’ve linked to that one before).

To save time when reading blogs, I subscribe to several freebie sites in a separate folder in Google Reader (if you’re not reading blogs in a feed reader, you really need to. You’ll save soooo much time!).

I can quickly scan the titles to see if an offer is right for me. Those sites include Free Stuff Times, Freebies4Mom, Slick Deals, and Free After Rebate.

Where do you find your freebies?

8 Responses to “My favorite sources for freebies”

  1. Thanks so much for the mention! :)

    Take Care


  2. http://budgethelpers.blogspot.com/




    And occasionally….http://100megsfree3.com/arlana/freebies/new.htm

    These are my favorite freebie spots!

  3. Thanks Kacie, awesome sites. I have seen some of them but only a couple – I’ll checkem out when the kiddos go to sleep.

  4. Thanks so much for the link to my blog and to my “Top 20 Free Samples” post. Gotta love those freebies, and I’ve got another great guest post coming up later this week on Frugal Hacks “My 10 Favorite Ways to Get Things for Free”. Enjoy your freebies!

  5. I just went to roboform, signed up and filled out about 25 freebies – thank you!!!

  6. Not to sound like a fuddy-duddy, because I think samples can be a great way to save money, but I’d like to encourage people to be careful what they sign up for. Often times lots and LOTS of packaging is used to mail those samples (for example, I requested a sample of eye drops and the bottle held less than a teaspoon of liquid was wrapped in a box that was 4x6x3 inches with lots of non-reclyclable paper and plastic packaging inside–ridiculous!). It’s bad for the environment, it’s more that you have to throw away, and if you don’t really need it, it’s just clutter.

  7. Catie–You make an excellent point. I try to reuse or recycle packaging as much as possible. Sometimes, I’ll turn a box inside out and use it to send a small item to a family member back home.

    Or, I’ll try to find another way to repurpose it, if I can’t directly recycle it.

    The companies who send freebies would be much better off if they used efficient, recyclable packaging.

  8. I love Pinecone research! They’ve sent me grocery freebie coupons and a huge tin of coffee to test, as well as cash.

    Erica’s last blog post..Introducing…Bondage Bunny!

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