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How to Save Money and Get Freebies Using the Internet

Zip! Zero! Free! Three little words that really get our attention. But what can you get for free anymore? I have received free T-shirts, hats, 1-pound bags of coffee beans, film, candy, magazines, stickers, crayons, candles and earrings, just to name a few. Obtaining freebies from the Web is easy and fun to do. Sometimes coupons will arrive for a full-size product. However, some will just be one-time use samples. You may wonder why you even sent for them in the first place. But collect them all for the dreaded day your teen leaves for college, and she'll have shampoo, soap, toothpaste, perfume and candy -- all without spending a dime.

For my children it's a great thrill to get mail now. They have grown accustomed to the manila envelopes that appear in our mailbox. It's a fun idea to address freebies that pertain to kids with your kids' names. Soon their mail will be filled with bills and it won't be so exciting to see an envelope addressed to them.

Just the Freebies, Please

There are hundreds of Web sites that list free samples, coupons and other give-away offers. I have also received some great coupon offers from e-mail newsletters. Practically every Web site you visit has the option of signing up for the company's newsletter. An online store may e-mail you a coupon code for $10 off, with no minimum purchase required. Purchase something for $10 and all you pay is a minimal shipping charge.

Most of the freebie sites list the same offers. The sites below are great because of their attractive layout and easy navigation. These sites are updated daily and offer a variety of items.

Totally Free Stuff. Daily freebies with a description of the freebie before you decide to send for it.

Free Clutter. Daily freebie listing. Scroll down for the daily feature.

Freemania. Daily freebie listing. Scroll down to the "Newest Freebies" or "Hot Freebies" to get started.

Start Sampling. Usually three or four samples are available. However, you can only choose one sample in a 24-hour period. New samples are added periodically.

Free Sample Club. Although the small box of samples you receive is generous, the survey you have to complete is a bit time-consuming.

Ongoing Free Offers
Here are some ongoing offers to get you started:

Jelly Belly. Who doesn't love Jelly Belly jelly beans? Each day (Jelly Belly changes the time for fairness) at least 600 1-ounce bags of Jelly Belly jelly beans are given away. Click on the "free offer" icon and take a short survey. If the samples have been given away for the day, the window will let you know right away so you don't waste time filling out the survey.

Payless. Expecting? How does a free pair of baby shoes sound? Payless Shoe Source is giving each baby born in the year 2000 a free pair of shoes. Just bring in your baby to the store and fill out a short form to get your free shoes.

Ingredients.com. Your mail never smelled so good! This online retailer sells bath and beauty products. The free sample includes two products with a wonderful fragrance.

TCBY. Get a free waffle cone on your birthday. Make sure to register in advance to get your certificate in time.

So Many Offers, So Little Time
The Web is full of sites to help us save money and get freebies -- so full that it can be can be overwhelming. Whether you chose one method or all of them, the end result will be a little more money left in the bank for your family.

The money you save can be used toward a new purchase for the family, summer vacations or eating out. Perhaps you could even post a "wish list" including small- and big-ticket items to shoot for. And saving money is always a good lesson for kids to learn -- especially as they're about to head off to college with checking accounts of their own!

Freebie Sites Outside the U.S.
Freebie Site. U.K. freebies and special offers.

Free Guide. U.K. freebies, special offers and coupons.

Canadian Free Stuff. Freebies and special offers for Canada and abroad.

International Freebies. Freebies and special offers for the U.S. and abroad.

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