Finding Freebies Online

Who doesn't love free stuff? The Web is full of free offers, but can you really get something for nothing?

Consumer Reports ShopSmart has the scoop on which freebies are worthwhile, and what to look for.

Jody Rohlena of Consumer Reports says, "Freebies are a great way to try new products. Just be aware that they're typically samples and many of them are travel-sized."

Some companies give you a lot more than other. Compare a 4-mililiter packet of Eucerin lotion to a 50-mililiter bottle of Simple Facial Wash Gel.

Rohlena says, "This is a good-sized sample. It's enough to use the product a few times and decide if you like it."

ShopSmart says the best place to find free offers are aggregator sits, such as Free-flys, Hunt-4-Freebies, and Hey-Its-Free.

Rohlena says, "Facebook is a good place to find freebies. If you "like" a brand, they may send you free samples."

Twitter is also worth checking. There's an offer for a free Clif Bar, if you follow the company.

And check out companies like Target and Procter and Gamble that have free sample pages on their websites. Just be aware you're going to have to enter some personal information.

Rohlena says, "But don't give away too much, like your birth date or any health information."

All freebie offers require an e-mail address. So create one specifically for freebies so offers don't clog your inbox.

Rohlena says, "When you are trying to score freebies, you have to be patient. We ordered 44 items, and just about half had arrived after almost three months."

This Rachel Ray Just 6 Dog Food took 10 weeks, but when it arrived it did come in a good-sized sample.

ShopSmart says you can also have on movies by joining frequent moviegoer programs, like AMC Stubs and Regal Cinema Crown Club.

These offer free tickets, free concessions, and waive online booking fees.

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