Over here at Say Hello to Gorgeous, we’re a fan of freebies. They’re a great way to try out products before buying them and even to stretch out your next shampoo or mascara run. They’re great for us, because we might have a lot less products to review otherwise. So how does one get said freebies?
- Check freebie websites daily. The internet is a great tool. My favorite websites are icravefreebies and the freebie subreddit on reddit. These websites help you find out what companies are giving out free samples. Walmart and Target’s websites also have a sample section, but samples are not always available.
- Join a loyalty program. Many loyalty programs offer free samples with purchase, free deluxe samples after reaching so many points and free birthday gifts. Check out my post comparing loyalty program here.
- Order products you would go to the store to buy online. This one can be tricky. Many stores offer free samples with online purchases, but if you don’t qualify for free shipping, the value of your samples may not level out the cost of having your item shipped. If you decide to go this route, remember to check the website for additional freebie codes. I got a sample of Buxom foundation for free with purchase because of a discount code I found on Sephora’s website. They may be itty bitty, but Sephora is a great resource for freebie codes, if you already need to buy something from their website anyway.
- Become a couponing queen. Okay, no one is ever going to ask me to be on TLC because of this skill, but I have nabbed myself a free product or two before. The trick is to look for high value coupons (coupons for a few dollars off, or coupons that can be combined with other offers) and then use the coupon at a store that will double your coupon for you. Ex) I once got a $4 off Almay coupon and the grocery store I usually go to doubles coupons. This makes the coupon worth $8 off any product, making many Almay products free.
- Just ask. Here’s one I hear a lot. You go into a department store and try out a product. You then ask for a sample to take home to make sure it’s right. I would do this, but with a caveat: Don’t ask for a sample other than foundation. Most stores are lenient about giving out foundation samples, but stricter about other products, even moisturizers.
And the one thing I would absolutely NEVER recommend?
- DON’T blog for samples. Since I write a blog, I feel it is my obligation to say this. Don’t blog if you are only interested in free samples. I blog because it is fun and relaxing. Blogging for freebies simply isn’t worth it. With the amount of time it takes to create a good blog with a strong following, it is approximately 10000000 times cheaper to just buy stuff.
- Safeguard your privacy online. You have to determine ahead of time, how much information you are willing to give out. Personally, I use my initials whenever possible and I don’t give out my birthday, except for the loyalty rewards birthday programs. (And if we’re being honest, I only give them a date around my birthday).
- Get a spam email address. It sounds silly, but between the freebies I sign up for and the contests I enter, I created a whole separate email so my personal account wouldn’t be flooded with junk.
- Have fun! And if you don’t really want the product, no one says you have to take it because it’s free.
So what do you think? Any tips you use for scoring free products?