|

Freebie heaven!

We found out where all the great giveaways live online

ShopSmart: July 2012

Photo: Lisa Shin

Who doesn’t love free stuff? I know I do! In fact, I haven’t bought eye shadow in years because I have so many (full-sized!) samples thanks to Clinique Bonus Time. And I’ve been known to skip a meal before heading to my local warehouse club, where samples often abound (last time it was cheese ravioli with dried fruit for dessert!).

These days, you don’t have to hope you get lucky in stores, though; the Internet makes it super easy to score freebies anytime. For our July article “Freebie heaven,” on newsstands now, we gathered up all the insider tips for finding the best giveaways, plus the gotchas to avoid.

Here are some great sites to click for free stuff:

Many giveaways are sample sizes of new (or revamped) products companies want you to try. Play your cards right and you’ll never have to pay for travel-sized toiletries again! Plus you can try new products and decide if you like them before you spend your money on a full-sized version. You can also get full-sized goodies, but they’re harder to find.

You’ll find more places to score, plus those pesky gotchas, in our July issue. Please let us know about any great giveaways you find!

—Jody Rohlena, senior editor

   

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters!
Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Latest From Consumer Reports

2015 july Consumer Reports magazine
APPLIANCES GUIDE
Does 'Made in America' mean what it used to?Video Sometimes it’s hard for you to tell what’s real and what’s not.
MOWER & TRACTOR REVIEWS
Don't miss these holiday weekend home center sales Look for deep discounts on some of Consumer Reports' top-rated products.
NEW CAR REVIEWS
Top deals on American cars for Memorial Day 2015 Our analysts spotlight notable nationwide savings below sticker price.
LUGGAGE BRAND REVIEWS
Best luggage brands revealed in our new surveyVideo Durability and wheelability are the top two attributes our subscribers look for.
FOOD SAFETY GUIDE
Soon you'll know if your steak was mechanically tenderized A new USDA labeling rule will help protect you from food poisoning.
WIRELESS SPEAKER REVIEWS
4 great wireless speakers for less than $300 These models will get your Memorial Day weekend party started.

Connect

and safety with
subscribers and fans

Follow us on:

Cars

Cars Build & Buy Car Buying Service
Save thousands off MSRP with upfront dealer pricing information and a transparent car buying experience.

See your savings

Mobile

Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more