Friday, March 05, 2010
Favorite Ways to Get Free Stuff | Family Economics
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!