Having free samples delivered to you is heaps of fun, and most rewarding - see article - 'Where to get Free Samples Online' - but there are other ways you can instantly score yourself even more fantastic goodies.
I have been wandering through parks in the city and been given chocolate, bottles of water, packets of lollies, throat lozenges and coupons.You could be walking down the street, through a mall or even sitting at a bar. I was sitting outside an Irish pub on St Patrick's day when all the patrons received free green Guinness sunglasses.
While to a large extent it is a case of being in the right place at the right time, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of getting things for free.
There are certain places where street and shopping centre promotions tend to happen, and with greater frequency. A good rule of thumb is that you can expect freebies to be given out in areas where a lot of people congregate. When new products come out, companies know they can advertise by accessing lots of people at these busy spots - and that means free stuff.
Major train stations and transport interchanges in larger cities between 7 and 9 am can be a great time to score free stuff, as can lunch hour, so be on the lookout at these locations. Visit shopping centers, particularly on weekends and during late night shopping as well.
One of the less common - but equally rewarding - ways of getting free things is by participating in product trials. Usually reserved for beauty products and occasionally for new food products, product trials are a great way to get larger amounts of the free product. This is because you will be issued with enough to allow you to give adequate feedback.
Like other less common free samples, you will need to be on the lookout for them when they are advertised, but usually freebies sites like Buckscoop, for example, will alert you to product trials. Alternatively, you may get notifications on the companies' Facebook page or website. All you need to do is sign up and wait for the product to arrive. Then once you have tried it, give feedback about the product on the designated website.
Parades and other community events can be great places to score free things, especially street fairs like those held by most city and town councils each year. This can include free entertainment, complimentary samples of exotic food, and free knickknacks - but do visit each of the individual stalls to be sure to find these giveaways. Parades that mark holidays and celebrations also provide similar freebies opportunities.
University open days, as well as those held by other organisations, can be great for getting free stuff. The items may be as simple as a bookmark or stickers, or as handy as reusable coffee cups or drinks bottles.
Keep a look out for free events that companies hold to promote products or services. Companies are always looking for clients, so are happy to find people who will agree to be marketed to, and who may potentially spread the word of their product - without obligation for you to commit to a purchase. Many different types of companies do this, so keep your ears open. Often they will give out goody bags and coupons, along with their promotional material.
Bed manufacturer Wenatex is a company that advertises exclusively in this manner, and offers a free dinner and gifts to its seminar attendees. You can register to attend one of these seminars in your local area, here.
Go volunteer for a cause you are passionate about - and sometimes you may be lucky enough to get a little token of appreciation. While the items you receive may not be truly free - as you are giving your time - they are close to free. And often they are great goodies sponsored by companies that support the cause.
Free stuff for volunteering at the Sydney Writer's Festival - 2013