How to Get Free Stuff – Even in 2013

DeScott Evans: Free Sample, Try One' , ca. 1890, oil on canvas. 60,5 x 25,4 cm. Private Collection.

Getting your hands on free samples doesn’t have to hurt. (Photo Credit: Public Domain/De Scott Evans/Wikipedia)

Provided the merchandise you’re receiving isn’t caked with mold or the bodily fluids of the previous owner, their pets or the random passerby, it’s great to get free stuff. If you find out how to get free stuff early on in life – without having to break the law or use unspeakable favors as barter – you’ll save lots of cash. Here’s a haven of free stuff, free samples and freebies that will rock your cash-saving world.

How to get free stuff tip No. 1: Ask for it

If you like a certain company’s products, friend them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Some free offers will occasionally float down the pipeline. If that doesn’t work, however, write them a letter or call them and ask for freebies. If you blog about the stuff, that can increase your success rate.

How to get free stuff tip No. 2: Download the free stuff

While online piracy isn’t legal, there are plenty of ways to procure software freebies that do not violate the laws of the land. Ebooks and free apps are just two examples.

How to get free stuff tip No. 3: There are always surveys

I know they can be annoying, and who wants to be paid five cents for a survey, but some of the survey companies have great products for participating. Just the other year, I got my kids a year subscription to National Geographic, just by doing about ten surveys. I also recently got a $10 gift card to oriental trading company for participating in their “customer satisfaction” survey.

How to get free stuff tip No. 4: Be a giveaway joiner

Whether it’s the radio, a TV talk show, a podcast, Twitter, Facebook or a company’s webpage, be on the lookout for freebies that are given away as a part of a contest. Sure, you’ll be inundating yourself with advertising, but you’ll be giving yourself a chance to grab the swag.

Painting of a man and woman enjoying time at the beach.

They enjoy free stuff. Do you? (Photo Credit: CC BY-SA/Kádár Tamás/Wikipedia)

How to get free stuff tip No. 5: Enjoy the great outdoors

Most of the National Parks in this great nation don’t charge an entrance fee. If you’re looking for free entertainment, exercise and spiritual enlightenment, a day at the park is ideal. Sometimes, there are even guided nature tours.

How to get free stuff tip No. 6: Go to Craigslist

If you don’t mind of dings and cleanup, free stuff on Craigslist can be useful. Typically, you won’t find complete pieces like a sofa or dining set. Excess building materials and leftover firewood are common. Just be ready to transport it yourself.

How to get free stuff tip No. 7: Watch the trades

If you’re a member of a particular trade or union, you may be entitled to free magazine subscriptions. Even if you aren’t a pipe fitter and simply want the magazine, you might be able to fake it. But why would you want to do that, cheap skate?

How to get free stuff tip No. 8: Make Costco a meal

Warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club almost always have food samples on display, served by martronly employees. Whether you want mean, veggies and dip, hummus, fruit smoothie or nearly anything else, if you circle the aisles long enough, you can eat a free meal.

How to get free stuff tip No. 9: Compile free medical and dental samples

Doctors and dentists are paid a significant amount of money to hawk the products of big pharmaceuticals. Whether it’s over-the-counter medication samples, toothbrushes, dental floss, contact lenses or simply sound medical advice, ask your doctor, dentist, optometrist or other healthcare professional for free samples whenever possible.

How to get free stuff tip No. 10: Study free course material online

While you can’t get earn official college credentials for free, many universities like Harvard, Stanford and M.I.T. offer free online classes that will enable you to print out a certificate of completion at the end. The accumulated knowledge and sense of self-satisfaction are valuable.



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