Free Information About Freebies

Kelly Ann Butterbaugh

When looking for freebies, why not start with free information? Several websites gather all the free samples, coupons, and great offers in one place to save you time looking for your latest bargain. A few have a hidden agenda that makes their operation look a bit shady, but others are legitimate sites that are harmless free fun.

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Free Samples

Start Sampling is an interesting site that provides instant links to free samples from a variety of recognizable companies. The samples are for products that have been on the market for years as well as some newer products, and the process is easy. Signing up is harmless as long as you have a good spam filter on your e-mail. Browse through the offers and click on the one that you like. A new window will open linking you directly to the offer, no searching through the company's website or other time consuming tasks.

For the two dozen offers I requested four weeks ago, I have not received one yet. Many said that it would take eight weeks for my free sample to arrive, so I assume they all move that slowly. Every offer requested my address, of course, and my e-mail. Again, install that spam filter on your e-mail program, and you won't notice the congestion.

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The beauty of the free samples comes in two parts. Not only will the free sample allow you to try a new product before you buy it, but it also offers completely portable products that can come in handy for travel or overnight bags.

The website also offers a program called Tryer Miles. There are a variety of ways to earn these miles: take a survey, browse samples, offer feedback, and so on. It's a harmless program that accumulates points as you use the site, and the points never expire. The points can be traded in for prizes on a first come first serve basis. The first level is 1,000 points; after all my research and trial requests I have 170 points. It will be a while until I cash out for the free tote bag.

Visit Start Sampling at http://www.startsampling.com

Free Stuff

As basic as its name, the website Hey It's Free lists free items that can be yours with some submitted information. It's a blog with imbedded links to free items, and most of them are free samples like the previous site. How much can we expect for free?

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There is no sign-up required for this site, and the free items that are offered have variety. The best part of the site is the jovial blog entries. There's a lot of personality on this site, so it's a pleasant daily read.

For free stuff check out http://www.heyitsfree.net

Birthday Freebies

You can really enjoy the freebies if it's your birthday, that is, if you can visit all the places in one day. While birthday freebies aren't limited to restaurants, they dominate the list. Look through several lists of free birthday treats, and sign up ahead of time in order to receive your birthday vouchers early. If you miss your birthday, you'll have to wait until next year to reap the rewards. Quite a few of the offers are good for a week or so around your birthday, so you won't have to visit all the places on the same day.

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When something's free everyone's on board, so the list of birthday freebies can be found on many websites including the previously mentioned Hey It's Free site. Another easily navigable place to find the list is Frugal Coupon Living at http://www.frugalcouponliving.com. With a category listing of giveaways, a coupon bank, and a birthday freebie list, it's a good place to spend some time surfing for free.

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