Online freebies... can you really get something for nothing?

Online freebies: Something for nothing?

Who doesn't love free stuff?

The Web is full of free offers, but can you really get something for nothing?

Consumer Reports says that freebies are a great way to try new products. Just be aware that they're usually samples, and many of them are travel-sized.

ShopSmart says the best places to find free offers are aggregator sites, such as Freeflys.com , Hunt4Freebie.com and HeyItsFree.com .

Facebook is a good place to find freebies too. If you "like" a company or a brand, it may send you free samples.

Twitter is also worth checking.

And check out companies like Target (http://bit.ly/tgtsamples) and Procter & Gamble (http://bit.ly/pgsamples), which have free-sample pages on their websites. But be aware that you're going to have to enter some personal information.

But ShopSmart says don't give away too much, such as your birth date or any health information. All freebie offers require an email address. Create one specifically for freebies so that offers don't clog your inbox.
You have to be patient. ShopSmart ordered 44 items and only about half had arrived after almost three months.

ShopSmart says that you can also save on movies by joining frequent moviegoer programs, such as AMC Stubs and Regal Cinema Crown Club. Those offer free tickets and free concessions, and waive online booking fees.

Here's more information:

Freeflys.com calls itself the largest directory of free samples and coupons. Their motto is "Cheap is good…but FREE is better!" Sample/freebie categories for this website include: Featured, Food, Beauty, Children, Health and Other. The coupon section enables the consumer to find deals to their area by entering a zip code. Freeflys.com is free, but you must sign-up to use the website.

Hunt4Freebies.com is "Your One Stop Shop For Freebies & Deals".   With more than 40 categories to choose from, Hunt4Freebies.com is a comprehensive website for the latest coupons, freebies, contests and deals. The best part about Hunt4Freebies is that it uses several social media sites to keep you informed about when it's the best time to hunt for freebies. The website is updated 24/7.

Following a blog format, Heyitsfree.net is your one stop site for some of the best freebies. Under the "Top Rated Freebies" tab, there are compiled lists of free museums and travel guides for every state. Of course, HeyitFree.net posts coupons and freebies that can be easily found by category.

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