Freebies: What do you want for FREE???

@kelly60 (4548)
United States
February 8, 2007 10:55am CST
I love to get freebies whether I send for them online, from one of our local stores that offers rebates, or sometimes I get free stuff from our local freecycle or recycling programs. Any way you look at it, freebies are great! Many places offer free product samples. These are pretty easy to find, and are plentiful online. Some other places I have found actually offer full size samples. These are nice. I have gotten full sized bottles of shampoos and conditioners, styling gels, hair spray, body wash, soaps, cough and cold medicines, white out, super glue, razors, T-shirts, hats, note books, music cds, pens, mouse pads, calculators, and much more. Also, if you have a freecycle or other similar recycling group in your area, you may be able to find lots of good used items that other people in your area no longer need. You can also find others who may be able to use the things that you are no longer using. This is a great way to get rid of those things that are just taking up space while helping others. Do you enjoy getting freebies too? Where do you get most of your freebies? What are some of the best freebies you have gotten?
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@Bee1955 (3886)
• United States
19 Feb 07
We all love them and save money using them. Here's my contribution: Free education courses from GED to college - no books, no hidden fees: www.free-ed.net Free Dove deoderant: www.dove.us/insideout/english/default.asp Free Enfamil sample (your choice): www.enfamil.com/NGARsample Free Tea Samples (your choice of herbal or regular): www.yogitea.com/freesamples/freesamples.asp Free printable grocery coupons: www.coupons.com Free samples: www.startsampling.com
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
20 Feb 07
You have added some good ones here. I just took a look at the free education courses link. It's amazing how many courses they offer. Of course, I always love the free samples too. Thanks for your response.
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@peaceful (3301)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Bee1955, I going to send you the biggest cyber hug, ever! Tha education link and the others, truly rock! :)
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@Bee1955 (3886)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Freebies! - freebies 101
Glad I could help! Thanks for best response!
@peaceful (3301)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I'm of the mind that tells me: If you look and search diligently enough, you can find darn near anything you could ever want for free or as close to free as you can get... When I go searching for stuff, I don't rule out anything! Sources and Resources are part and parcel of my Life and when it comes to finding what I want, I spare no energy! :) I get free stuff and perks from trade magazine subscriptions, to professional marketing seminars that cost $1,500 to others. HINT: Want to open the door to a blizzard of freebies? Write complimentary letters directly to the company of the products that you use! HUH?,you say?... That's one way of getting on "the radar-screen" as an ACTIVE consumer! Dudes and Dudesses, when you earn that title, Marketing people in every one of those companies will go into, well... "heat", that's sort of the most accurate way to describe how they respond when they sense that they've got a "Live-One!"... When it comes to saving money, why not try to affiliate with the companies that you buy from?... The are affiliate programs for everything in the whole wide world, and most will allow you to buy products through your own affiliate link... not only do you get a discount, you'll earn a commission check... I've affiliated with a well-known company that sells dollar store items, to dollar store owners and to regular folks, too... He has 25,000 items ranging from school supplies to groceries and clothing... when I buy through my affiliate link, I earn a 5% commission, that's not much, you say, right? But, what if I bought and re-sold those great items, for the price that I wanted? Say: I bought 200 DVD movies that cost me $0.25 cents each and sold them at $1.00, now do you get the picture? How about families that need large supplies of food and clothing? They could save bigtime here, and maybe earn some money as well... buying low and selling high is the oldest way to make money on the planet, well it might not be, but I won't go there! :) All I'm saying is try to Master The Art of Freebies, you'll enhance your life and help others, too! By the way, I've found stuff that really valuable by just walking around town, I about to put a very valuable work of art up for sale at http://www.igavel.com a free auction site run by one the guys you've seen on Antiques Roadshow... The money that I make from this one might just be enough to buy the custom super home that I'm affiliated with! LOL!
@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Yea, you are right. I wrote to many companies and complimented them on their products and then they send me their products for free. I think companies love to get happy letters and are willing to send you free samples. I love that and I would recommend that to anyone who wants something for free :D Pablo
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
2 Mar 07
You're right. Sometimes you can get free stuff from the companies. Are you talking about online affiliate programs? There is a difference between free and buying products through an affiliate link. I have done that before and sometimes it ends up costing more than it's worth. This may not be true in all cases, but many have either minimum amounts you have to either buy or sell before you earn anything, or there are some kind of fees you have to pay. I don't know for sure about the programs you are mentioning, but this was the case in the ones I tried.
@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
26 Feb 07
About.com has a freebies list and I am love with that list. They offer so many things for free and they are actually legitimate, not the scams that someone can find on the internet. Also a lot of times you can find nice stuff that people are giving away for free on craigslist.org, just search your city on there and then look under for sale and then "free". Have a nice day Pablo
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I have gotten some nice freebies from about.com before. They do have some good free stuff there. Someone had mentioned craiglist to me before, but there was no listing anywhere near my area. I use several of the local FreeCycle sites though, since these are available nearby.
@chello63 (305)
• Philippines
26 Feb 07
i love receiving freebies too.. but unfortunately most of them are not applicable here in our country philippines that why im also looking available here... im trying to signup all that i see freebies and wait for their arrivals to my doorstep if got lucky to arrive..
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
2 Mar 07
There are quite a few that have the Philippines as an option in the drop down menu of countries to choose from, so hopefully you will be able to get some good freebies from some of the sites. Good luck to you.
@freak369 (5019)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Go to the Wal-Mart homepage and look for the link for their freebies; I got five samples from them over the past two weeks. They do change these often so check the site once a week so you can take advantage of all of them :] www.walmart.com
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I have gotten some pretty nice samples from there in the past too. I do forget to go back and check them as often as I should though. I know I end up missing out on a lot of them.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I love freebies too and do a lot of online requests. I love trying new shampoos before buying as well as makeup, medicine, etc. Can't knock anything that is free! I also belong to the local freecycle club and have given away a lot of my teenagers out grown clothes. It's a great way to help others locally!
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I haven't been sending for as many lately because I have been busy with a lot of other things, but when I am really active with sending for the freebies, I have times when I have freebies in my mailbox every day. I also gave away boxes and boxes of clothes, both my children’s and mine. I have also had people who were thrilled to see things I had listed like the free dishwasher when I got my new one, free computer parts, as well as some of the smaller items I gave away. I also got some great things too including a refrigerator, and a pair of fish.
• United States
23 Feb 07
I love freebies. Mostly I have received sample products, but they are useful and have more than one use (most of the time). The small samples are easily packed into a bag when going off for the weekend. I have just recently started checking out freecycle more often. There are many things available there. It is still pretty new to my area so I am going to check out nearby towns to see what they have to offer.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I get many free product samples too. The are great for travel, or just for trying a new product before I buy it. There have been quite a few things I would have probably never bought if I hadn't tried the free samples first. I am also a member of several freecycle sites from surrounding areas. I have both gotten and given away many items through freecycle. It's a great way to give away and to get free stuff, and to save the earth by recycling things your usable items. As they say, "one man's trash is another man's treasure".
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I belong to 4 freecycle sites. This is where I find the most useful freebies. Almost anything else is strings of some sort attached. We had a housefire a few years ago and we have the most help through the freecycle group system. It keeps things from being thrown away and eases the strain on landfills. Glad to know you know of the freecycle system. We have a clothing bank in a town near me, I live rural. They have clothing, books, toys and some kitchen things for free. You just sign in. We also are know there since we had that housefire. We actually got a bed from them. Then a bed, from freecycle, for my boy who was the last one off the floor. They are been a very big help.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I have also given, and gotten many things through freecycle. The clothing bank near us was a big help to us after our house fire too. That was way before I ever heard of freecycle. In fact, it was before I even had a computer. It is wonderful to have so many people whether on freecycle, clothing banks, friends, neighbors, or others help out when they see others in need.
@freak369 (5019)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Most of the freebie sites on the internet today as scams; you have to do special offers or buy things to get something for free. Years ago, when there were tons of reward programs, StartSampling.com was a great place to get freebies but people abused it and it became harder and harder to get them. If there are free things attached to products at the store it does make me think twice about buying something that I normally wouldn't. Some of the freebies I've gotten include the usual stuff like shampoo, conditioner, laundry deergent, room fresheners, dryer sheets etc. The stranger things are office supplies, shoes (a site was giving away shoes if you spent over $200.00), video games and computer monitor wipes. These days sending away for freebies online from companie sites is the best way to go. Post-It, Johnson & Johnson, Bausch & Lomb, Plamolive, Kraft and the other big names put up things at their site where you fill in your info to get a specific freebie from them or when they are available, you get them automatically.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
20 Feb 07
You're right. That's your best bet as far as getting free things online. I have found some pretty good freebies in unexpected places online though. Most of those I stumbled across though. I really hate those sites that offer all the goodies and then tell you that you have to complete 6 offers or something like that to get them. What a waste of time!
8 Feb 07
YEH I DO....BUT dont know where to find them.....all the ones that i look are mostly for USA....n im in uk!!!! do u knw any for uk?/?
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
20 Feb 07
In the USA some of our stores have refunds and rebates available. Some also offer coupons where you end up getting things for free. Do you have any of those available there? Also I suggest checking the company websites for free items. Quite often I find sites that offer items to those of us in the US, but there are also some available to those in the UK. Here are a couple, but there are lots more out there: Bold 2 in 1 replacement dosing device from 'Bold' - order a measuring cup (powder) or a rollerball (liquid). http://www.bold2in1.com/en_UK/dosing_command.html free WHISKAS Kitten Care Pack http://www.whiskas.co.uk/Whiskas/en-GB/KittenPack/kittenpackform.asp
• United States
24 Feb 07
I found that mysavings.com is really easy to use. I found it the other night. You do not need to complete offers for most of the samples. I have not received any yet, but they were all easy to request.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
2 Mar 07
You say that you haven't recieved any of the samples yet. I was wondering how long ago you requested them. I would like to know if they really come.
@niinii (12)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I haven't tried getting free stuff in the internet but I'm currently signed up for http://www.giftmonkey.com/?r=6966. It seems to be reliable since I can't find any scam links of it on the internet.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
21 Feb 07
This is the kind of site we were talking about above that asks you to complete so many 'offers' or recruit so many people in order to get your so called 'free' products. If this weren't the case, you wouldn't need to ask people to visit your referral link here. I don't consider these as being free because they end up wasting a lot of time, and often end up costing you money. I have never heard of anyone actually getting any of these so called 'free' things for free.