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How I Got a Mailbox Full of Freebies This Week!

Get fun FREEBIES in your mailbox all year long with these simple steps!

Want to get freebies in your mailbox? I’ll show you how in this post!

At the beginning of the year, I decided to start signing up for freebies again. I don’t know why I had ever stopped, honestly. I think life just got busy and it felt like “one more thing”.

But then I noticed that I no longer had any free travel-sized lotion or body wash or razors or feminine products or travel-sized toothpaste or shampoo/conditioner samples… and I was actually having to pay for stuff that I had always gotten as freebies in the mail.

So at the beginning of the year, I started signing up for freebies hardcore again. And I’m having so much fun getting all these freebies in my mailbox again!

For those of you who think I’m a little crazy or weird to be this excited about freebies, I have to tell you, I used to think signing up for freebies was weird, too. I knew this one girl who was all into freebies and she spent what seemed like enormous amounts of time finding and signing up for freebies online. She’d post pictures on her blog of what she got in the mail and it pretty much looked like junk to me.

It seemed like signing up for freebies meant spending lots of time searching online and filling out forms all just to get tiny little samples of stuff I didn’t need and wouldn’t use in the first place. Needless to say, I was unimpressed.

However, this friend kept raving about her free samples and I finally decided, “Okay, what’s it going to hurt me just to try it for a few months?”

So I did… and, I got hooked. I learned that signing up for freebies doesn’t have to be a waste of time. In fact, it is fun — and it can save you a nice little amount on your grocery bill.

Plus, who doesn’t like to get free stuff in the mail! It’s a whole lot better than bills! 😉

Here’s how to get started filling up your mailbox with freebies: 

1. Set Up A Separate Email Account

Do NOT sign up for freebies with your main email account. Instead, set up a separate account through GMail or Juno or some other free service and only give out that email address when signing up.

You will get emails from companies that you sign up for offers and deals with. The main reason they are usually offering a freebie or coupon is so they’ll get your email address.

To prevent your main inbox from becoming overrun with offers and company emails, set up a separate email account to use for freebies and coupons. This is simple to do and will save you from dealing with a lot of spam or unwanted email in your main account.

2. Check December212012.info Often

We do our best to keep you updated on the best freebies that are available — from samples to free coupons to full-sized products. Often, the really hot freebies only last for a few hours, so if you’re able to, I’d recommend checking in here at least one to three times per day in order to not to miss out.

Go here to see all of the freebies we’ve posted recently. (Some of those are digital downloads or other types of freebies, but everything on that section of our site is free — and many of the items we post there are free physical products/product samples. You can bookmark that page and just check that page a few times per day if you’re looking for new freebies! There are usually at least 1-2 new product sample freebies every day!)

I’d highly recommend signing up for our free daily email newsletter as it has all of the deals, freebies, coupons, and money-saving content we post every day — and we’ll deliver it straight to your inbox every afternoon. Sign up for free email newsletter here (and you’ll get my brand-new ebook, 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget as soon as you sign up!)

You can also follow us on or to be notified when something new has been posted.

3. Sign Up for Freebies That Interest You

When you see a freebie I’ve posted that you’re interested in, I’d recommend signing up immediately so you don’t miss out in case supplies are exhausted. However, I recommend that you don’t sign up for every freebie posted — only those you know you’ll use. If you won’t use it, there’s no point in having it clutter up your home, right?

4. Be Patient

It usually takes around 4-6 weeks for freebies to start arriving. It’s easy to be discouraged if you sign up for freebies faithfully for a few weeks and see nothing in return. Don’t be disheartened.

Just keep plugging away at signing up for those you’re interested and by week four or six, you should start to see a real return on your effort.

After faithfully signing up for freebies since the beginning of this year, my mailbox was brimming with freebies this past week.

A Word of Caution

Don’t Sign Up for Shady Freebies

If it sounds too good to be true, it often is. I try my best to vet deals before posting them, but occasionally something will slip past me.

Always check a site out if something looks off. Is it hosted on the main company’s site? Does the Facebook Page have a lot of entries and likes (there are a lot of scam Facebook Pages)? Is the offer mentioned on the company’s website or Facebook Page?

Some tell-tale signs of possible scams are:

  • Blatant typos on a page
  • A high-value freebie that’s hosted on a non-company site
  • A bunch of hoops you have to jump through to get the freebie
  • A site offering a free product that doesn’t tell you where you can actually buy the product (no shopping cart on the site and no links to where you can purchase it)
  • A freebie advertised for a product that doesn’t seem to be available anywhere.

These aren’t always scams, but these are things I look for when deciding whether something is legit or not.

If you’re not 100% sure that an offer is legit, don’t sign up for it. And if you see a freebie posted here that seems like something is off with it, please, please leave a comment to let us know!

Don’t Give Out Your Phone Number

Unless you’re comfortable with it, don’t give out your phone number. Spam emails are not fun, but sales calls and texts are even much more disruptive in my opinion. Just skip offers that require a phone number and save yourself the headache!

What’s the best freebie you’ve ever gotten? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

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15 Comments

  • Amanda says:

    I am running low on my travel size samples too. Time to step up my game!!

    Did anyone ever receive that free quick mop from a while ago? I never got mine.

    Waiting patiently for freebies is good … casting your bread on the water, haha!

    • Diane says:

      No, I never received the mop either. That’s another thing that’s important to know about freebies…some of them just never show up, even if they appear to be from legitimate sites. I suspect too many people sign up, and they simply can’t fulfill all of the requests. But it’s always a fun surprise when something does show up in your mailbox!

      • Jo says:

        On the mop, I don’t know that they ended up sending them out to more than a few thousand people. I think they got flooded and overwhelmed with requests. That happens sometimes — especially with a really amazing freebie like that.

  • says:

    I second not giving out your phone number. Some of these sites will “slam” your phone number, signing you up for some “service” that you pay for on your phone bill. It’s probably not illegal because it was in the fine print somewhere, but it’s a super shady practice and can be very difficult to get out of. If you must, sign up for Google Voice or something like that to get an additional number.

  • says:

    Come to mention it, I haven’t signed up for freebies in a long time, either. We have a vacation in a few months, so I need to get started on this! I especially love the sample detergent…so much easier to travel with than big bottles of liquid.

  • Tracy says:

    The best sample I received was for a full size can of men’s Degree spray deodorant. I requested it for my pre-teen son. He really did not like using deodorant but he was at that stage where he really needed to use some. Well he always gets excited when I get packages, even though they are hardly ever for him. When I opened this one though I said oh I think this is for you not me. Well once he saw it he was hooked. He even asked if he could use it right away. Since he liked his so much the rest of the family decided to try a spray deodorant as well. Now we all are hooked.

  • Kerry Hunt says:

    I loved the full size deodorant we got. My favorite though is free cat food samples. I use the dry pellets as treats for my cats and they gobble them up!

    I used to sign up for all the freebies I could, but many of them come in multiple layers of packaging. I recycle all I can, but have stopped requesting samples I’m not certain I will use.

  • Julie says:

    Check out pinchme.com They have samples each month, you do have to answer questions (household,shopping habits ect…) but I have gotten lots of samples for products that I would not have purchased without a sample first.
    Also I have noticed when getting samples in the mail, most companys will put in high value coupons for their products. SWEET !!

    • Jen says:

      I agree!

      My PinchMe samples finally showed up about a week ago. I got a free reusable microfiber kitchen washcloth, but a small shower gel and a coupon for a free jar of Barilla pesto multiple $1 off coupons. Sweet!

  • Allie d says:

    Yesterday I received Real Simple magazine for free in the mail from signing up from your site! I was so happy!

  • says:

    love your blog its my favorite out of so many! With starting and working on my own blog I do not have much time ..4 kids alone..but I always read our newsletters! Thanks for such great content! I have so many ideas I use daily to share with you..I will not be posting about it..would rather share with you..can you please email me when you have time..these apps and ideas I use daily and do not require anything! Nothing at all and I bring in gift cards and cash every month! I am doing a class on it at skillshare in a month but other than that I am not posting the information..you have many loyal readers and the exact audience for this ..why I want to share it with you only.

  • Ioana says:

    if you are like me, it’s nice to get a surprise package when you forgot what freebie you signed up for. Currently have 11 boxes waiting for me when I get to my new address in a few weeks. I totally forgot until I got the emails saying that the items were shipped! Perks of being forgetful due to epilepsy and having to wait 6-8 weeks for items. 😀

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