Christine Park

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Best Freebie Websites

Getting free stuff is great, and many companies are more than happy to give it to you.

These sites are recommended by Consumer Reports because each meets their requirements for privacy and spam. When we searched the sites we came up with some fabulous free finds. makes it easy to find what you're looking for, whether it's food or beauty products, and it's updated often throughout the day. If you have a little one, check out the site's baby freebies section for formula and diaper samples. is really easy to navigate and has a great freebies and giveaways section. A recent search turned up a free sample of Dove Daily Treatment Conditioner and Nivea Touch Of Happiness Body Wash. rounds up offers from retailers that give you deals if you "like" their brands or products on Facebook. From Frito Lay Chips and free songs download, to free Neilmed Sinus Rinse. is sorted by category so it's easy to zero in on the stuff you want. The admissions and tickets section recently posted free one way Greyhound bus tickets to Las Vegas. And we found a free subscription to Kiplinger's magazine.

So what's the catch? You could be opening yourself up to a flood of e-mails and spam in your inbox. So here's how to minimize that:

- Create a separate e-mail address for receiving freebies. That way, your usual address won't be inundated with newsletters and offers.

- Read the privacy policy on retailer sites before typing in contact info, especially if you're giving out your mailing address to get your freebies.

- Opt out of related deals. Some offers come bundled with newsletter subscriptions and related offer e-mail messages. So uncheck those boxes that automatically opt you in.

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