How to go around getting free stuff?

Getting Free Stuff is Simple

If you want something completely free and mailed to you, ask yourself:

What types of free products am I interested in?

What you want and what is available for free are going to differ dramatically in most cases. Something you can ask yourself before you start is, “Is it a realistic expectation that a company will offer this product to me?” For example, companies dealing in health, beauty, and grooming products are more likely to offer free samples of their products than an electronics company is to offer one of their mp3 players.

What information am I willing to share to get these free products?

At the very minimum, receiving free products will require:

    • an email address
    • your name
    • your phone number
    • a valid mailing address for the products to be sent to

If you want some instant gratification, you’ll want to ask yourself these questions:

Is it my birthday?

Birthday incentives are becoming popular bonuses to customers. Many dining establishments offer free appetizers, desserts, or even a complimentary meal on your birthday. Denny’s and IHOP have offered free birthday meals for years—and still do—anytime they’re open, with ID, and Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins offer a complimentary birthday treat.

Is it a holiday or Tax Day (April 15th)?

Restaurants and retailers will often have free gifts or services on specific holidays, or customer appreciation days. For example, this past Tax Day, Office Depot offered to make free copies—limited to 25 pages—of the tax filer’s income taxes, and AMC Theaters gave away a free small popcorn to anyone that visited between April 12th-15th, 2013.

Other Helpful Tips

  • Like and check in: “Liking” a brand or retailer on Facebook, or checking in via Yelp!, Facebook, or Foursquare, is a growing way to receive free or discounted items and services.
  • There’s an app for that: Many retailers now provide free apps for smartphones that provide special freebies or discounts that can be redeemable without printing a coupon.
  • Check online: Websites like RetailMeNot.com, provide coupon codes for popular retailers and are updated frequently. Many retailers also have email programs that occasionally send promotions offering free items or major sales.
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