How To Get Free Products

When you go shopping for needed items, don't forget to try for the freebies that may be available for products you use.

Isn't it fun to get free stuff? A free sample arrives in the mail, making your day. Your boss hands over a chocolate bar that she bought from her son's fund-raiser. Unexpected free things have a way of making us feel like kids again, receiving a special gift.

But expected freebies can be exciting, too. Trying for and receiving a free product is like playing the lottery, only you're not risking anything when you try the methods that follow below.

1. Collect coupons. Scan newspapers, magazines, mailers, and Websites to find coupons for the items you most enjoy. Manufacturers and store managers often hand out coupons or slash prices to get customers to buy in quantity, especially if they weren't in the habit of buying the product previously. Ask neighbors and family members to save coupons they don't use for products that you can't do without. Exchange for those that they prefer to foster a win-win set-up.

2. Use frequent shopper cards. Most people tend to purchase repeatedly from vendors whose wares they enjoy. Consequently, some stores now offer frequent shopper cards, which means that buyers can get a discount after purchasing a certain number of items or spending a specific amount of money. For example, Borders Book Store offers a frequent shopper card for cafe purchases; after ten you receive a free beverage of your choice. Even if you normally buy the small size, your free one can be larger. Card stores, supermarkets, and even car repair shops offer a free item or service after you have met the quote indicated on the card.

3. Contact manufacturers for samples. Companies want you to try their product, so they are more than willing to send you free samples of anything you might be interested in trying. Hair care products, cosmetics, and a host of other goods can be requested in sample sizes from the companies you like to shop with. Contact the customer service department to find out how to order samples of new products.

4. Barter services for products. Look around your community for small-town companies whose products you use. For example, a small grocery store may be willing to provide a certain amount of grocery stock in exchange for your typing a few hours of invoices to vendors. Or a printing company might be eager to make copies of your resume in exchange for a proof editing service. While some businesses are not set up to do this kind of exchange, others may be able to accommodate your suggestion. Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained!

5. Use two-for-one deals. Remember those Entertainment coupon books that entice new customers to try their products or services by offering the second one free or half-price? That type of deal can be found in some telephone directories that feature area coupon vendors as well as in periodic newspaper entertainment listings. Shop creatively or call a vendor of choice to ask if you can try their cuisine or sample a service the first time in a two-for-one introductory offer.

"There's no such thing as a free lunch" just isn't true any longer! Go after the things you want and find out if samples are available through options like those outlined above.

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