Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Getting It Free: Before We Start

I've gotten a whole slew of requests about how to snag your own freebies! So I have decided to create a master list of everyplace that I have found and received freebies from! While it has takes a little bit of time to get into the swing of things, signing up for websites and such, you can be receiving your first freebies within the next four to six weeks! But first, I would like to address some concerns that we all have when it comes to getting something for free.

Phone Numbers
Sometimes, but not always, many websites might require you to give out your phone number before they will allow you to request a freebie. I agree with not giving out your personal phone number. Who wants spammy calls at all hours of the night? Not me. Luckily, there is a way around this! While there are many paid options for disposable numbers, such as Burner, Hushed, INumbr, and NotMyNumber, I don't really see the value in paying money in order to get something for free. That, and I don't really have the extra money, but I am letting you know about them, because some of them offer free trials, so it might be worth a try for you!

Another option is Google Voice, which is currently only available in the United States, is a good option if you own an Android powered phone. The application allows you to mask your mobile phone number with your Google Voice number instead. Honestly, I haven't gotten nearly any phone calls when it comes to freebies. I use my cell phone number. The other option is, if you're skeptical about a number, just don't answer it, or you can block the number from your carrier's website in a few simple clicks. 


I'm pretty protective of my e-mail address, though. Beings I use my e-mail mostly for my job correspondence for much of my freelance writing, I absolutely cannot stand to see the thing fill up with spam all the time. It just miffs me. Fortunately, there are plenty of free options out there to give you a quick and easy disposable e-mail address which you can use when requesting freebies and samples, and you won't ever see a lick of that spam. Mmm. Spam.... I'll detail some of my favorite disposable e-mail options below. 

MailDrop This is one of my personal favorites. I use it all the time. I think what probably draws me to MailDrop so much is because I love words. Everything about words. Which I guess is why I'm a writer. But I'm getting off track here. MailDrop combines two extremely random words into an e-mail address that you never have to use again. Awesome thing? If you want to check that inbox, you can! Don't like the random address it gave you? Hit the refresh button for a new e-mail address!

Mailinator is pretty similar to MailDrop, but you get to choose the e-mail address. It doesn't go away, and you can always check it should you ever have the inkling to do so. 

AirMail This is another great option. Plus, you don't have the hassle of signing up or registering. Just navigate to their page, copy the e-mail address, and you're good to go!

The thing that I love most about Guerilla Mail is that it is no muss, no fuss. Just a random and disposable e-mail address made up of randomly generated numbers and letters. Quick and easy, wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

Alrighty, now we can get onto the really good to get those amazing freebies you've all been seeing me post about lately! There's really no secret to it, it just takes some time and dedication to tracking down the freebies! So, to begin, I would love to share with you a short list of some of the best stuff that I have gotten for free so far! 

Hug Me Elmo
Last year, I received a Hug Me Elmo for free. My son absolutely loves playing with this cool toy!

I received all FOUR of these tee shirts! Still love wearing them.
There is so much more, but I don't want to take up all the space here with photos. So, now to get onto the really good stuff. Click the respective links below to be taken to the master list of where to snag your own freebies!

Freebies & Free Samples

Survey Websites

Rewards Websites

Review Websites

Mobile Apps

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