Freebies are great, aren’t they? Have you ever scored a freebie and felt mega smug? It’s a good feeling, isn’t it? I love it!
Bagging yourself a freebie doesn’t have to be a one-off, though.
What if I told you that you could get free stuff delivered to your front door every day?
I enjoy looking for free stuff so much, I even managed to bag a job as a freebie finder for one of the biggest UK’s freebie websites. (Yes, that’s a real job!)
I swear my friends and family still don’t believe me when I show them everything I get for free, but it’s true!
The best part is, most freebies get posted straight to your front door, FOR FREE.
I want to share with you lovely people how to get free stuff for you and your family.
There are so many up for grabs!
I’m suspicious, why do companies give away freebies?
Practically every market is crowded now. Companies are absolutely dying for new and loyal customers like you and me.
Giving away free stuff, whether that’s free samples or full-sized freebies, is a great way for them to get you on board and raise brand awareness.
Surely you’ve heard of the phrase ‘try before you buy’ right? Well, that’s literally what it means!
They hope that giving away free samples will help you become a loyal customer.
Ok… what’s the catch though?
Honestly, there isn’t one! You really can get something for nothing. All you have to do is look for freebies and tell them where to send your free stuff.
It gets better! When your freebie arrives, you’ll often get a discount code to use on your first purchase of that product as well.
What can I get for free?
You can get almost anything for free. I’ve had some right random things come through my post box!
The main freebies I get on a daily basis include things like:
- Free makeup and beauty samples – like perfumes, mascara, foundation, eyeliner, etc.
- Free food and drink – anything from cereal bars to free meals out
- Free health & medicine samples – vitamins, protein drinks, herbal teas and so on
You can also get really useful freebies like:
- Freebies for your pets
- Free stuff for your kids
- Big household items like vacuums and mops
- Freebies for special occasions, like Valentine’s Day cards, Christmas stocking fillers and more
Freebies come in all shapes and sizes. With one giveaway you could get a sachet or a miniature sample bottle and the next a full-sized product.
It all depends on the company and what they have to give away!
You can even score yourself things like expensive experiences like a free meal like a starter or dessert. Even free entry into a popular attractions venue. Sounds exciting, right?
Ok, sold! How can I get free stuff by mail?
A lot of people think claiming freebies is as simple as filling in one form and then expect every freebie known to man to come flooding through their post box.
I’m not saying it’s difficult to claim free stuff at all. BUT it doesn’t quite work like that… Firstly, you have to find the freebies and giveaways, which is so easy.
Freebies are everywhere, sometimes right under your nose!
5 easy ways to find free stuff online:
- Sign up to freebie site email newsletters (like Magic Freebies UK where I used to work)
- Sign up to your favourite brand email newsletters
- Look on competition database sites (like Prize Finder and Competition Database)
- Follow brands on social media
- Join Facebook groups and follow other freebie finders on social media (Instagram and Twitter are good for this)
Freebie sites and Facebook groups are really good because they do all the hard for you! They find the freebies and share them on their site and in groups, but don’t forget to share a good freebie in these groups if you find something too.
Once you’ve sniffed out a freebie, you can claim it in a number of ways:
- Filling out a form – so the company can post your freebie straight to your front door
- Adding a discount code when you checkout – checkout for free and get the freebie in the post (sometimes P&P applies)
- Being sent a free voucher or coupon – to scan in a supermarket or High Street store
I’m a big believer in the old phrase you get out what you put in. You’ve got to be willing to apply for each freebie you see to get it through the post!
Applying for freebies – is it safe to give away my information?
Yes, it’s 100% safe. I wouldn’t do it myself if I didn’t trust it, and I’m very suspicious of everything!
According to new laws that are coming in, companies aren’t allowed to pass on your details or send you emails or junk mail without your permission.
They weren’t supposed to do this anyway, but now there is a mega crackdown with these new laws, so you’re safer than ever!
You might also notice those pesky pre-checked marketing boxes with hidden T&Cs.
These allow them and their partners to harass you if you enter your phone number or email?
You now have to manually tick these to give them permission to contact you. If I were you, I’d give them a miss.
Will I ever have to pay for freebies?
It’s very rare that you’ll be asked to pay postage for a freebie, but sometimes you might be asked to. They will often hide this detail in their T&Cs until you get to checkout and realise you have to put in your details. It doesn’t mean it’s not genuine or unsafe, but it’s worth weighing up if you want the freebie enough. Skin Chemists, for example, have a product testing scheme where you can try their products for free. I received a Skin Chemists Caviar Moisturiser, worth a whopping £49.99! I did have to pay £5.99 for postage, but I really wanted to try it and it was still a bargain so I went for it. I also got this beard oil from Amazon for 26p! Again, not quite a freebie but they were giving away discount codes every day for a week.
I guess as a new company they have to make something. Avoid sites that ask for your credit card details that look dodgy though!
If you don’t feel comfortable, I would give it a miss or wait until someone else confirms it is genuine. This is why groups are good to join on Facebook 🙂
Secret tips to help you get free stuff sent to your front door
Set up a separate email for freebie hunting
When you start signing up to newsletters from brands and freebie sites, you will get A LOT of emails.
Brands usually ask for your email to send you follow up offers and discounts or to let you know when their next giveaway is.
If you don’t want to waste your time sorting through or risk missing out on important emails, then it’s best to set up a separate account completely.
I have a gmail account because I just find it easier to use but hotmail and other email providers are perfectly fine, too.
HINT: I wouldn’t create an email using words like ‘freebies’ ‘comper’ or ‘win’ in your email. It might put companies off choosing you as a winner or sending your freebies.
Only apply for freebies that come from genuine brands (or legit product testing sites)
If you google ‘free stuff’ you’ll get all sorts of spammy websites popping up offering you the latest iPhone if you complete their survey.
These are NOT genuine sites. I would stick to sites from brands and companies you know and trust.
High Street brands and household names that do loads of giveaways include:
- Lee Kum Kee
- Higgidy pies
- Papa John’s
Just to name a few! There are also external product testing sites that I use. These guys send lots of lovely freebies to my front door in exchange for an honest opinion.
Product testing sites that I use and approve of include:
- The Insiders
- Home Tester Club
- Super Savvy Me (owned by P&G)
- Victoria (Also owned by P&G)
There are potentially more out there but I tend to stick with these ones. It’s all about how comfortable you are with giving out your details.
I personally never put my phone number in, or I use my old phone number if it requires it.
If you win a prize or giveaway, companies also contact you via email so there’s often no need to give your number as well and often these fields are optional on a form.
I’d also skip over any lengthy surveys where they ask you to sign up to loads of things.
They look like this: And just stick to ones that are genuine like this: Check the url as well to avoid any long and dodgy looking links.
Things to look out for:
- A clean looking link like marmitegiveaway.co.uk
- A green padlock at the top left of the url search bar, which means the site is secure
- Copyright signs and T&Cs
If you’re still unsure, you can look on a site called WHOIS to see who owns the site.
If it looks like it’s registered to a genuine company, great!
If it’s registered to someone’s random house or street address, maybe give it a miss.
Use autofill to fill out forms quickly
If you get a bit tired filling in the same old fields in an online form, then use google auto fill to help you save time and energy.
It’s free so you might as well! It’s also handy for swiping flash giveaway freebies, where there is a limited number up for grabs or a short amount of time to claim.
Always check your spam and junk folder
Even in your new freebie email inbox, things tend to appear in your junk.
I don’t know about you but for me there’s nothing worse than finding out I’ve scored a freebie weeks later once it has expired or they’ve given it away to someone else.
Set yourself a reminder to pop into your spam every now and again, but be careful for pesky scam and phishing emails.
Di Coke, the queen of comping, has written a fab post about how to spot a scam email.
This will help keep you safe when entering giveaways and sussing out which emails are legit and which are fake.
Apply ASAP when you see freebies you like
When you see a freebie you like the sound of, apply rapid!
Especially if there are only a selected amount up for grabs.
Don’t be fooled by the ‘5,000 to give away’ description, there are hundreds of thousands of people jumping on these freebies.
Trust me, you’ll feel such a rush when you score a freebie and get it in the post.
Don’t miss out on the joy!
Join freebie and money-saving communities
Facebook is a great place to join freebie and money-saving communities.
Most of the big freebie sites have Facebook groups and there are also independent groups.
These guys are hot on new freebies so it’s great to add them to your newsfeed because you will always be in the know.
Likewise, if you see a good freebie and it hasn’t been posted yet, sharing is caring!
Pop a little post with the link and earn yourself some brownie points from fellow freebie finders. Some of the freebie groups I’ve joined are:
I try and check these daily to see if there are any new freebies to apply for.
Sign up to all your favourite brands email newsletters
This is a good way to get freebies because they come directly to your inbox. On every brand website, you’ll see a ‘sign up to our newsletter option’. When you sign up, you usually get a welcome discount voucher. On top of this, you also get exclusive freebie opportunities and even freebies or discounts on your birthday!
A few lifestyle websites I also use for freebies include:
Sometimes brands will give away freebies to all new people who sign up to their newsletter too.
They usually announce on their social media pages, which leads me nicely onto my next point.
Follow your favourite brands on social media
Think about your favourite hair and beauty brands, your choice of snacks and biccies, even your choice of household appliances.
They ALL have social media pages, and they run giveaways on these pages ALL THE TIME.
If you don’t want to miss out, follow these brands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and keep your eyes peeled on your feed for new giveaways.
Write to companies to ask for freebies
If there’s a company you absolutely love then why not write to them to ask for a free taster or sample?
I’ll write more about this at some point but can you imagine the amount of complaints a company gets every day?
A compliment would brighten up their day so I’m all about showering a company or brand with compliments.
It might be that they are discontinuing your fave lippy or bringing out a new perfume you’d like to try?
If you really want to go the extra distance, I’d buy funky stamps and envelopes and send them a physical letter to show them you’ve put the effort in.
They usually either pop vouchers or actual products in the post.
You can also offer an honest review in exchange to sweeten the deal. Don’t forget to include your address…
Look out for ‘try me for free’ campaigns
Have you ever looked at packaging in stores? It’s not exactly getting freebies to your front door, but I never used to notice but there are so many competitions and giveaway opportunities!
My favourite one is when you buy the product and claim your money back online, but they might send you another freebie or discount on top.
It might even lead to a competition win! Here is an example of what to look out for:
Always check the T&Cs
Sometimes you might not be eligible to receive freebies like if they’re looking for women over 50 or someone with kids under 5.
That’s ok, but it’s good to check the T&Cs, which are usually located at the bottom of the website.
Don’t be greedy
It can be tempting to get carried away and claim ALL the freebies, but it would be a shame for someone to miss out on something you’ve claimed and then just thrown in the bin, wouldn’t it?
In the same way, it’s pretty bad to claim multiple times and get more than one of the same freebie.
That being said, if you are going to use it or pass it on, then I guess it’s ok and I know people that do this.
When I worked for Magic Freebies UK, it was my job to test every freebie before it went on site.
This meant a lot of filling out forms and hunting down High Street freebies. I claimed baby freebies, pet freebies, and loads more.
I don’t have a dog and I’m 99.9% sure I don’t have kids! So I always tried to save them up and give them to a local food bank, which is what we all did at Christmas.
If you’re going to do the same and it’s going to a good cause, then by all means, claim away until your heart’s content.
I’ve done everything! Why haven’t my freebies arrived yet?
If you feel like you’re jumping through hoops and not getting anywhere, be patient.
Each giveaway all depends on:
- How many they have to give away
- How long their giveaway is running for
- When they distribute the freebies (either while their giveaway is still running or after the end date)
Freebies from a company called So Post, who host flash giveaways for brands, often get posted out quite quickly. Sometimes in the same week! Whereas companies like L’Oreal, who often do 80,000+ sample giveaways, are more likely to wait until they have all been claimed to send them out.
Every company is different. Plus sometimes sadly, if you haven’t received it within a few months, it might mean you haven’t won and won’t receive it at all.
Companies aren’t obliged to email you to confirm you’ll be receiving a freebie (can you imagine emailing 80,000 people?!)
If you have received an email and haven’t received your freebie it won’t hurt to drop them an email to query when you will be receiving it.
Again, Facebook groups and following people across social media will help because you can see if and when other people have received their free stuff.
What happens if my freebies get damaged in the post?
Touch wood this has never happened to me, but I have seen some cases where things like Garnier Micellar Water Bottles have burst in the post or boxes have shown up crushed to pieces.
Even worse, I’ve seen ones where people have received empty envelopes or boxes, gutted!
I would say the best thing to do is email both the company and the Royal Mail or whichever courier has sent it.
The company might send you another as a goodwill gesture, but I can’t say this for sure.
Over to you…
Hopefully, this guide will help you claim loads of fab freebies! Let me know what you manage to score 🙂