This is how you get free samples and freebies

Most love a freebie and here is how you can easily score free samples online with not very much effort.  The first thing I suggest you do is establish a junk E-mail address that you don’t mind getting spam to.  Sometimes getting a free sample requires that you sign up for their newsletter or whatnot.  Fine, whatever.

The next thing you should do is be aware of scams disguised as free samples.  It’s quite popular for E-mail harvesters/phishers to disguise their intent with an offer of free samples. I’m going to Google right now “Free Make Up Samples”.  So 494 million hits later, there is nothing but shady offers.  Here are key phrases/words you should avoid if you happen upon a free sample offer you’re interested in: “Complete Offers”, “Meet Program Requirements”, “Affiliate(s)”.  They are everywhere, just stay away.

One of the easiest and trustiest free sample sites is Wal-Mart’s page of free samples. Their stuff always comes and they switch out their samples practically daily. Every once in a while they’ll come with coupons too. I rarely shop at WalMart but I use that site as a freebies resource often.

The path of least resistance for free samples is hitting up a forum that just lists free samples. Here is my favorite. There, people do the work for you. If it’s a bad offer, people there will let you know so you can move on. Most smaller Web sites that lists freebies 8/10 times get their information from the exact Web site I just listed.

Another resource is P&G’s own Sample page. Obviously you have to sign up for their newsletter, but it’s actually sort of interesting. They don’t have a lot of samples-sometimes none-but they usually have coupons there to print out too.

Another P&G resource is Vocalpoint.com. It used to be just for moms but I’m not a mom and they accepted me, so anything goes I guess. They send all kinds of stuff to you in the mail. I can’t even keep track of everything they’ve sent me. The point is you go back to the Web site and let P&G know how you like what they sent. They’re looking for bona fide feedback.

Kraft First Taste is really pretty cool too. Like Vocalpoint, they want your feedback on the freebies they send you. About once a month you can expect something from them. I’m in the midst of a diet change, so their offers aren’t quite as useful to me, but still a great resource.

I’d suggest using your “real” E-mail address for Vocalpoint and Kraft. I trust they’re responsible with E-mail addresses and you have to stay on top of your E-mail from them for your offers.

There are so many other free samples out there but using the links here, you’ll have yourself covered well. What’s helpful is to set up a folder in your browser’s bookmarks labeled “Freebies” and put all these links in there. Check them all almost daily and you’ll score loads of freebies and coupons. Have fun

Thankfully I love the Pike's Place roast…

at Starbucks as long as the kids behind the counter don’t slack off and make it taste like water with a hint of dirt and wood. In observance of Earth Week, Starbucks locations inside of Targets are giving away free coffee when you bring in your own mug through Saturday. I called ahead to confirm the one closest to me was participating. Indeed, so I’ve loaded up on Pike’s Place quite a bit this week, and it was for free and very good.
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Three certainties… death, taxes and freebies

Here is a slight bright side to a soul-stealing day known as Tax Day: freebies!
Here’s a popular run-down occupying the Internet right now:

•Free ice cream. MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery will give away single-scoop servings to customers at 200 stores in what it calls an “e-cone-omic ice cream stimulus package.”

•Free sweets. Snack chain Cinnabon will give out Tax Day Bites, free bite-size cinnamon rolls usually known as Classic Bites, from 5 to 8 p.m. at its 700 outlets on tax day.

•Free tacos. At its 275 restaurants in the West, Taco Del Mar will run a promotion: “Taxes Suck. Tacos Don’t.” People can register at the Taco Del Mar website for an e-mailed coupon for a free tax day taco.

•Free gift cards. T.G.I. Friday’s will give Wednesday customers $5 Bonus Bites gift cards for food and beverage purchases of $15 to $25 and $10 cards for those who spend more than $25. Members of the 1,000-outlet chain’s frequent-customer program also will get double points.

It’s safe to call ahead if you’re going to try and take advantage of one of these deals to make sure your location is participating.