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I love free samples as much as the next person. (It’s one of the reasons why I have a Costco membership. Mmmm samples.) But you know what I don’t like? Sifting through all the surveys and junk offers to get my freebies.
If you’re new to finding free stuff online, you’ll likely encounter spam in the form of junk offers. Here’s what you need to know to avoid it:
- Never submit your credit or debit card info in return for free samples. Junk offers will send you multiple samples and then try to get you to pay for something.
- Avoid questionable links. If the sample offer link redirects you to a sign-up page that’s not connected to a bigger website, it’s probably a junk offer.
- Be careful with emails. Some free sample ops will land in your spam folder, which is to be expected. If an address or link looks suspicious when you hover over it, though, it’s best to just avoid it.
Related: How to Become a Product Tester
Ready to rack up on free stuff and avoid the junk offers? Check out these sites to get free samples by mail (and be sure to download the KCL app to get the latest updates on free stuff!).
1. Get free samples organized by category from Free Stuff.
Free Stuff offers free samples by mail and is organized into categories like baby samples, beauty samples, cosmetic samples, etc.
To avoid having to fill out any surveys, look at the participation requirements listed under the sample before you spend any time chasing down the offer. If you see a mention of “… can include taking surveys” or “purchasing products,” then just skip it.
2. Order straightforward samples from I Love Free Things.
I Love Free Things has been featured by Fox and ABC TV and has been called “the link between companies and consumers” — and for good reason.
What I like about ILFT’s site is that they regularly update the samples so you don’t waste time signing up for expired deals. Be sure to check the comments section, too; their community will tell you what’s really free and what’s not.
3. Take advantage of a monthly box of free samples from PINCHme.
PINCHme requires you to fill out a questionnaire before you get access to free samples. But don’t skip this one! The questionnaire is just a one-time requirement that works as a filter so you only see samples that interest you.
After completing your profile, pick the free samples you want to receive, and — after four to five weeks’ shipping time — enjoy the benefits in a box chock-full of freebies!
4. Get free samples and free stuff with My Free Product Samples.
My Free Product Samples connects you with fresh, free samples with no strings attached. Not all the samples are sent by mail, but the site does a good job of showing you absolutely free stuff that you can find at stores and restaurants, which we all can appreciate.
5. Sign up for The Republic of Tea’s newsletter and catalog for free tea.
I signed up for The Republic of Tea’s free newsletter and catalog subscription and got a free Honeybush Vanilla Turmeric Super Digest Organic Tea sample a week later. You’ll continue to receive one free tea bag with every free catalog delivered.