Freebies available online

Websites, Facebook, Twitter can lead to free samples

For consumers looking for free samples, the Internet can be a gold mine.

Companies often offer free samples of their products to get consumers to try them.

Consumer Reports ShopSmart checked out dozens of offers and found some companies give much bigger samples than others.  Samples typically are travel-sized.

Any easy way to find freebies is to look at aggregator sites like www.freeflys.com, www.hunt4freebies.com and www.heyitsfree.net.

Facebook is another place to score free stuff.  If you "like" a company or brand, they may send free samples.

If you follow companies on Twitter, you may also receive free stuff.

Companies such as Target and Procter and Gamble have free sample pages on their websites.  But, be aware you will have to enter some personal information.

Consumer Reports advises not to give away too much information like your date of birth or health information.

All freebie offers require an email address, so it can be a good idea to creat one just for freebies. That way, offers won't clog your inbox.

And, you'll have to be patient.  Some freebies take weeks or even months to arrive.

You can also save on movies by joining frequent moviegoer programs like AMC Stubs and Regal Cinema Crown Club.  These offer free tickets, free concessions and waive online booking fees.


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