I know we have all seen them, “Free Laptop Computer”, “Free $1,000 Gift Card” or the “Free Sample”. I have deleted them, blocked sender email address and everything else I could think of to make it stop. Including changing my email address for somehow or the other I got placed on a “free” mailing list, more than likely when I had ordered something and my email address was sold.
With the prices on the rise still, and no real relief in sit I decided it was time to revisit looking at the “free” stuff online. Which was not hard at all just typed free stuff into the Google search and it sent me into a strange subculture where fanatics’ hunt down freebies and then collect the offers in one place. Not really knowing what I was doing felt more overwhelmed than I could have ever guessed I would have felt.
I came a crossed “free sites” that you knew when you started reading it was there to get your personal information. You know the ones that say you won before you even submitted anything. Hours upon hours of taking the same survey’s over and over again but you never get anything.
Then I decided that there had to be a better way to do this. I started doing more surfing before I filled anything out. Number one thing I realized was that the free sample sites all had the same samples on them. I was able to find a few sites that I am still using that are wonderful.
Now how about the survey pages, I hate these they seem like the only want your information to load your email up with spam. I did come across some that not only paid you but you would get nice gift card from taking a few minutes and filling them out. I have received a $25.00 McDonald’s gift card, $10 visa card and a few others.
At the end of one very long month trying different things I came up with a basic survivor kit for any one starting out with “on-line freebies” and “surveys”.
- 1) CREATE A DEDICATED E-MAIL ADDRESS —To avoid polluting your regular inbox with span.
- 2) DO A SEARCH FOR “FREE STUFF ONLINE” — You’ll find hundreds of sites that collect all of the freebies being offered on a particular day.
- 3) LIMIT YOURSELF —Don’t follow too many sites because the same offers appear on all of them but should find sites that you are comfortable with.
- 4) BECOMEA SUBSCRIBER — Most sites give you this option through a button on the home page. The subscription is an RSS feed which send the offer the site collects directly to you, so you just need to long on to Google to see what’s brewing instead of constantly checking the site itself.
- 5) CHECK YOUR FEED AT LEAST TWICE A DAY. Some sites post multiple offers a day and if you don’t act fast the cool ones “sell” out.
- 6) CLICK TO THE FREEBIE — Each offer from the site will have a hotlink to the actual offer, where you must ill in your home address and email address. When asked for a phone number make one up.
- 7) KEEP A LOG — Note the offers you signed up for and when, and then check them off when the products arrive. This provides evidence that all your time and effort have managed to produce something.
- 8) EXPECT TO SPEND AT LEAST TWO HOURS DAILY— You should set aside at least two hours a day to check your websites and answer questions for them.