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Posted: February 15, 2017
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Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

How to Score FREEBIES

When completely free stuff comes around and I get all shaky and happy. I run and tell my husband about the freebie I’m getting and say “do you think it will come with some sick coupons??!?!” and he does this thing where he pretends he doesn’t know me. It’s our game really.  But if you don’t know how to tell legit freebies from fake ones, then you can lose out on the freebie game.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • How to determine legit freebies from spam.
  • Creating another email account.
  • Why companies giveaway freebies & why you want them!

In order to try to save you time from signing up for non-legit freebies, I have compiled a list of ways to tell the cuckoo freebies we love, from the spam we hate.

 How to determine legit freebies from spam

  • First, I screen all offers posted on my site. I make sure they are from legit companies.  Be careful with other deal sites you use, not all of them screen the freebies they post.
  • Make sure the web URL in the address bar includes the name of the company or the brand of product.   The exception is StartSampling which I have used and gotten samples from before.  But most of the time, the URL will be the main company or brand name.
  • Any freebie where you have to sign up for other offers in order to get the freebie is spam and don’t waste your time.  There are too many real freebies out there; no need to do these ones.
  • Beware of trial offers for freebies. If they ask for a credit card number, even if they don’t charge now they will usually charge after 14 or 30 days.   As a rule of thumb I never enter my credit card number or social security number for a freebie! You usually have to enter mailing address and email info – but never more!  *An exception to this is when you are using a promotion code that drops the price of an item you are buying to free, you typically still have to enter CC info.  But that is when you are buying an item, not filling out a form to get a freebie. 
  • Have you seen this before? “This promotion is conducted exclusively by (whateversite.com) and is subject to participation terms and conditions.” Or “Must complete participating gold, silver or platinum offers to get this sample”.  That means it is spam.  Run away!  They are just fishing for your information and are wanting to sell your email address. Yes, people want to buy your email address and spam you.
  • Beware of who is running the site!    Once I saw a freebie that seemed legit, but after browsing the site I couldn’t find any contact information.  Companies want contacted by their customers, no contact info= fake company.  Also, the page you are on may look legit, but I usually browse around new sites I haven’t seen before and make sure it is current, and for example if the company sells a product you can go through the motions of ordering it.  I have seen “fake” freebies before for Gloves.  They said fill out the form to get free gloves.   The site was nice-looking and seemed alright, but if you clicked on any page but the freebie page and tried to order the gloves you couldn’t.  Huge sign of a non-legit spammer site!  Go to whois.com to see how long the website has been up – only for a few days, probably a quick setup trick to get your info then they’ll close down the site.
  • Speaking of spams, read my post on the horrible paypal scams I avoided!

Why would I create yet another email account or Free phone number?

  • Because for most freebies, even legit ones, they are going to ask you to sign up for their email newsletter list.   If you are scoring 5 freebies a day, as we often do, that adds up quickly to a lot of emails you don’t necessary want.  I have a separate email that I sign up for all freebies with and rarely bother checking that email account.  You can get a free email account at gmail.com or hotmail.com
  • Also, set up a free voice mail box online at Google Voice and leave that number as your contact number.
  • Many people have freebies sent to P.O. boxes, but beware as many freebies and deals state they will not ship to P.O. boxes.

Why do companies giveaway free samples?

Most companies spend millions on tv ads and other forms of getting the knowledge about their product into your heads.   Why not use some of that budget and just let you see for yourself? Put the product directly in your hands.   Most companies know if you like  a freebies, you are more likely to buy it later.

Why sign up for tiny free samples?

Many free samples also include high-value coupons.  This is particularly true of new products on the market.   And as cuckoo coupon shoppers we can turn that free sample with it’s attached coupon into a killer deal on a full size product!

Ready to start requesting your freebies?

Scroll through my category of freebie offers

This is part of the“ABC’s of Couponing” series 

Posted: January 5, 2017
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Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide

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Have you ever worried you are costing a store money by getting freebies? Or how exactly getting free items with coupons can be legal and ethical? Let’s start at the very beginning:

Coupon Advertising

Manufacturer’s create food products, beverages, household and personal items.   It costs a lot of money to do ads on T.V. or elsewhere to inform consumers of these products, so another form of advertising for them is a coupon. Manufacturer’s create a coupon for an item to get the word out about the product, and get it directly in the hands of the consumer.  They want you (the consumer) to use the coupons. What a better way to get the word out about your product then having people try it out!

Where do I get coupons?

Manufacturer’s pay for the coupon to be distributed in Sunday coupon inserts, online, or through magazine ad placements.  This is to get the coupon in your hands.  See my video where I show you how to find coupons:

I want to use my Coupons

After you get the coupon in your hands, you create your shopping list and may even choose to use the coupon.  After you scan your coupon on the register, the store takes the amount off the total purchase.  You are stoked – if you follow my site, you may have just scored a freebie by combining a store sale/coupon with the manufacturer coupon! But the store is not reimbursed yet.  The coupon is sent to a coupon clearinghouse to verify it was used correctly.

What is a coupon clearinghouse?

A coupon clearinghouse is a third-party independent of the manufacturer and the store the coupon was redeemed at.  They determine the amount each manufacturer owes each store.  The manufacturer takes the “hit” for the coupon, not the store.  The store should get reimbursed for the amount of the coupon…but…if you scan a coupon on the wrong item, the coupon clearinghouse may find out and decide the manufacturer doesn’t owe the store that amount for that coupon.

Do not copy coupons

If  a coupon is a photocopied coupon, the clearinghouse will know and will not reimburse the store for the coupon.  This means if you use coupons fraudulently, stores don’t get reimbursed and they lose money.  That is stealing from the store!  Some stores have already decided that too many fraudulent coupons are being used, and they have stopped accepting coupons printed from the internet because they are worried they are photocopies and won’t get reimbursed.  So please don’t photocopy coupons; as a general rule, coupons can usually be printed twice online and should never be photocopied.

Store Coupons

Store coupons (coupons released by a store) are not reimbursed by the manufacturer.  The store releases these to attract customers. You can “stack” a store coupon or sale with a manufacturer coupon.  The manufacturer pays the store back for their coupon and the store is the one who takes the hit for the store coupon.

Everyone Wins with Coupons

It’s not all bad news for the stores! Many people uses manufacturer coupons legitimately and stores are getting reimbursed by the manufacturer – plus eight cents for handling.  Manufacturer’s are getting their products in the hands of consumers and are happy their ads were successful.  They hope once a consumer tries a new product, they may try it again even if they don’t have a coupon next time.  Consumers are getting to try products they may have never tried before at great prices.  In the end, if coupons are used properly then the consumer, manufacturer and store are stoked.  Using coupons to score freebies can be done completely legally and ethically without hurting anyone involved!

Posted: August 10, 2011
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Posted: August 9, 2011
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UPDATE: They just added more!  FREE Suave Sample Box from Walmart. Scroll clear down the page to see the area to get your freebie!

The box includes a sample of  Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo, Suave Naturals Sweet Pea & Violet Body Lotion and Suave Men Refreshing Body Wash.

Posted: August 3, 2011
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HURRY to Head and Shoulders Facebook page to request your freebie! Scroll clear down to Itchy Scalp Care! Thanks, EENdevours!

Posted: July 22, 2011
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Rent 2 movies at the same time from Redbox you’ll receive a code valid for a FREE one-night DVD rental!  You must do this from now until July 31st, and August first you’ll get your freebie code and can use it until the 14th.

Be sure to enter your email address at checkout (or whenever you reserve online)

(Thanks, Together We Save!)

Posted: July 21, 2011
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Like Eggland’s Eggs on Facebook, then go to this FREE Eggland’s eggs page and request your freebie coupon!  It will be mailed to your house.

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(Thanks Addicted to Saving)

Posted: July 14, 2011
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I went to get the  mail and there were no freebies and no netflix.   I am used to getting freebies nearly every day!   How about you?

I was thinking about how to tell if a freebie is legit or not, and came across a list of non-legit freebies from Gimmie Freebies that is awesome.  How do you know if a freebie is legit? Here is my post on what to look for – real freebies.

Oh and did you hear about Netflix raising prices? Some people are pretty mad about that. We really don’t use ours that much for streaming I think we’ll cancel that.

Posted: June 30, 2011
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Today, 06/30 ONLY you can score a free hardcover photo book + free shipping at Mixbook!

Here’s how to score this freebie:

  • Select the 11×8.5? Classic Landscape Hardcover photo book.
  • Un-check the box that says “give me a book that is almost done” (as shown below). You can’t get the book free unless you do this.

  • Get under 20 pages: Delete pages by picking a page (not the front or back cover) and finding the Page Tools box to the right, then clicking on “Remove Page”.
  • Use coupon code FREEBK to get the price moved to free with no shipping charges!

Warning, their site is pretty slow right now, I’d try this again in a few hours when more people are done with their books.

(Thanks, Mojo Savings!)

Posted: June 28, 2011
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I had a reader comment on this deal as their bonus entry to the weekly coupon insert giveaway, but I couldn’t find the $5/1 coupon so I didn’t post it.  Luckily Charlene found it!

Have you entered yet??  Anyways, on to the cuckoo deal – I love it when you can go stacking store coupons with a manufacturer coupon and get a freebie!

Tylenol Precise, $7.99
Use the $5/1 Tylenol Precise printable coupon
and use the $3/1 Precise coupon from the Walgreens July coupon book
Final Price: Free

Thanks, My Frugal Adventures!

Posted: June 24, 2011
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I’ve been waiting to post this until their site is back up, but it appears to be getting slammed right now!  And I don’t want to wait too long to post this so you don’t miss it.

Vocalpoint has free samples of glad trash bags!

Also, don’t forget the  I just posted! And view more freebies on my massive Freebie Friday list I just posted as well.

Posted: June 20, 2011
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On top  of the FREE hand sanitizer coupon (in the Shop Your Way Rewards coupon booklet, a different place then the coupons I’m about to tell you about.) Check your Kmart for their monthly ad which has coupons for free products, when you spend over $25 in a transaction.  This is usually before coupons, and you can only use one Super Coupon for a freebie per $25, so you may want to break up your transactions accordingly!

Plus, I went to Kmart and found 4 more deals which have been added to my Kmart Double Coupon masterlist!

Here’s my fav:

 

 

  • Use $0.50/1 Angel Soft Bath Tissue from 5/15 Red Plum insert
  • Final price: $4.00 ($0.16/regular or $0.33/double roll) after doubled coupon

 

 

 

 

– as you can see on my price points list, this is a stock up price!



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