Samples, Freebies, Coupons, and Why You Need a Separate Email Address

I love going to the mail box and getting free samples! It is amazing how many companies are willing to give away free samples to show off new products or remind consumers to keep buying their products.

I get many my free samples by going directly to my favorite companies websites and looking around to see what types of promotions they are offering. It is surprising how many companies and sub-companies have websites. Companies like Kraft or Kellogg’s have their main sites, and so do many of their products. There is a never ending supply of product promotions, enough to find a few new ones every day. Many times, even if theses sites are not offering free samples, they will be offering great coupons. I’m not sure which is better, free samples or the coupons that come with them! Walmart, Target, P&Geveryday BrandSavers and StartSampling are a few other places that you can find samples and coupons.

When you go to a website to request a free sample, many times you will be given an option to receive emails and offers from that company with the option to receive email from their partners. You don’t always have to sign up for the email to receive the sample, but the emails sometimes contain links to the latest samples they are sending out along with coupons to their most popular products. That is a great way to always be on top of the latest samples heading out in the mail!

If you are worried about your email inbox getting filled up with tons to junk mail, you are right, once you sign up you will probably get hit with all sorts of emails…the best way to avoid getting your personal email from getting slammed with all sorts of junk, is to create an email address just for signing up to receive your free sample or coupon. This email will only be used when you are signing up for free samples, coupon sites, reward programs, and your local grocery stores. Now you have everything you need in one place and it is easier to keep track of the local sales and quickly look to see if you can find a coupon to match it.

There is also a website that you can add your home address to, that will help keep junk mail down…in case you are worried about getting hit with tons of junk mail. I have never noticed an overwhelming amount of extra junk mail that usually goes along with signing up for some random thing, but I did add my mailing address to a few lists and have noticed a decrease in junk mail overall…including all of those annoying credit card offers that I will never sign up for but that have my name and address all over. This article here from the Today Show “Sick of a mailbox full of flyers and credit card offers?” has a great list of places to sign up for to stop receiving unwanted mail, is one of the best ones to sign up for! I also signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry and that helps too. Even if you never sign up to receive a Free Sample or Coupon online, it is a good idea to sign up with these places just to keep the junk down and to help keep from getting reeled into the credit card trap.

Many times when I fill out the form to receive the sample, freebie or coupon, I use my initials for my first and middle name, that way if I receive any junk mail that is complete nonsense addressed to my initials, I know where it came from.

I love searching the interwebs, looking for Free Samples and Coupons and spend a few minutes almost every day looking around. If I don’t want to sign up for any newsletters from companies, I don’t mind going back weekly. As long as I am checking websites every day, it only takes a few minutes out of my day and helps me to find the best deals before they are gone.



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