Sunday, December 2, 2007

Free Samples -- December

Welcome to the December edition of Free Sample Quest. "Jingle all the way!" Well, it may be a bit early for that but there are some great Christmas themed freebies coming up this month. Some are time sensitive so lets get to them right away. Since this is a special month, I'm linking right to some great freebies and special free things for families to enjoy. Plus a few cools facts about Christmas and Hanukkah. So, let's get to it!



Chat With Santa

ChatwithSantadot.com is a spectacular treat for any child. It's free to register and free to chat with Santa on his specially made North Pole web cast. This wonderfull experience is starting on December 10th and running for 3 days. Registering gets you all the information, such as the time to link up with Santa. So you have to register very soon. You'll receive a toll free number that links to Jolly Old St. Nick himself and your child gets to chat with Santa, live on his web cast. The page to register still says December of 2006 but all you have to do is check the schedule up at the top. A absolute must see!



Santa Claus Letters Online

You remember writing Santa those long letters full of present ideas? Remember how sometimes he wrote back? Well now it's time for your children to get there own personalized letter or email from Santa. This website helps you put together a wonderful printable letter from Santa. Personalized with your child's name, best friend, most wanted gift, and even their greatest accomplishment this year. But my printer is broken right now! Okay, I hear you and so does this site. Luckily for you, Santa is one old guy that is technologically savvy. He'll send an email right to your child's inbox. A great treat for kids.



ToTally Bright

December isn't just about Christmas. This is also the time of year that our Jewish friends and neighbors are celebrating Chanukah. It starts at sunset on December 4 and runs until sunset December 12 this year. So here's a great freebie for those who are Jewish or simply want to know more about the Festival of Lights. This site is offering a free copy of ToTally Bright - a fun guide to everything Chanukah. This is a great opportunity to perhaps learn something about someone else or just to immerse yourself in your own culture. A must see.



Santa's Net

This is fun site for the whole family. It includes recipes, stories, Merry Christmas in other languages, and even a good and bad list. Type in your name to see if you've been good or bad. Yes, Santa knows what you were REALLY doing this weekend. Santa has even given us links to the most popular toys this year. Check it out for lots of fun.



Happy Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is celebrated on December 26th this year so lets not forget. In celebration of this holiday check out this site for all the history, symbols, music, and recipes. A great site full of great information.



Christmas Fun and Games

This time of year is so expensive so how about a site full of free games and free fun ideas for the family. This site has it. Check it out for some holiday fun.





Christmas Myths and Legends


- A child born on Christmas Day will have a special fortune.
- Snow on Christmas means that Easter will be green.
- In Greece, some people burn their old shoes during the Christmas season to prevent misfortunes in the coming year.
- To have good health throughout the next year, eat an apple on Christmas Eve.
- And old Irish legend states that the gates of Heaven open at midnight on Christmas Eve. Those who die then go straight to Heaven.
- Christmas candles should be left burning until Christmas morning and should rest undisturbed from time of lighting until they are snuffed.
- The yule log should be lit by a piece of the log used on the previous Christmas. Once that is done, no evil spirit can then enter into the house. The remains of the Yule log were also considered lucky, and would be a protection against lightning or fire.



Christmas Holiday Trivia


- The word Christmas is Old English, a contraction of Christ's Mass.
- The first president to decorate the white house Christmas tree in the United States was Franklin Pierce, the only president to come out of New Hampshire.
- Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.
- "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion.
- "Jingle Bells" was first written for Thanksgiving and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs.
- If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas", you would receive 364 presents.
- In 1843, "A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.
- The first state to recognize the Christmas holiday officially was Alabama
- Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.
- In Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word "X-Mas" comes from.
- More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.
- In Mexico, wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve is said to bring new love in the upcoming year.



No matter what you're celebrating this year, make it a wonderful day or days and cherish the love around you. I'll see you all in 2008!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Free Samples -- November

Welcome to the November edition of Free Sample Quest. It's taken me awhile to gather more reputable sites but I've done it. Plus I have a few more tips to make your freebie hunting experience worthwhile and fun. So make sure you bookmark my blog because December's is right around the corner. And don't forget to come back December 1st for some Christmas themed freebies. A few notes this month. Some sites will bring you only true freebies and some will bring you to anything that has the word free in it's name. When going for freebies please be careful. Freebies will NEVER require a credit card with very few exceptions.

When actually going for a freebie from a site never tell them that you were linked there from a freebie site. Many great freebies have been taken down because the company offering the product didn't intend them for freebie hunters. And last note this month. If there is a freebie from what looks like it will be coming from an individual or a non-profit organization and you do NOT need or want the item then do not order it. People and non-profits go through a lot of trouble to make something nice for people that really need or benefit from something. So think before you order. Now on to the freebies!



Twisted Branches

Twisted Branches is a wonderful site full of great freebies. Not to mention it's a great site to look at. It's neatly laid out into easy to check out categories. The best part about this site is the very first paragraph which states

"Welcome to Twisted Branches - Home of the Real Freebies where everything listed on our site is always 100% Free and there's never a hassle to sign up for anything! You won't have to complete another offer to receive your free stuff, and you won't find any of those "yes-yes," "no-no," type questionnaires here either. Those aren't real freebies and we just don't put them on our site!"

Any site that tells you right away that they don't deal in free* offers plus gives you an email to contact in case that happens is a reputable site. The big plus on this site is the forum. Which has great members and lots of great stuff. This site also features a monthly drawing, a chatroom, and recipes. There is a optional newsletter to sign up for. I haven't signed up so I don't know if it's spammy. This is a must see site! 8/10




Zenas Freebies

Zenas Freebies is a site that has a lot of listed freebies but the site itself can be a bit confusing to check out. There are a lot of links to various things but the main thing to check out are the day links. Each freebie is listed under the day it came out. While checking out the freebies I came across true freebies and free* offers. And one that linked to some kind of offsite freebie newsletter. Check this site out but with caution. If you click a link it says anything about completing offers then click the x. This site does have a disclaimer at the bottom stating: All of the Free Stuff listed is free to the best of my knowledge. So links to bad freebies is almost surely unintentional. This is also a good site for international freebie seekers as it links to Canada and UK freebies. There is a newsletter but once again I have not signed up yet so I can't tell you if it's spammy. 6/10



FreebieCat

FreebieCat is really well put together site. It's easy to use. This site links not only to the basic freebies but also deals for different items such as book club deals or picture prints deals. This is a solid site and a must see. Check everyday for new freebies. There is an optional newsletter. It delivers about 2-4 newsletters a month. Don't forget to check out the adorable cat of the day! 7/10



Freaky Freddies

Welcome to Freaky Freddies Funhouse of Free Stuff and Freebies. Freaky Freddies is a huge site with 72 categories. But this site a huge ?. Right on the front page are many links to free* offers. This is a site that seems to make no distinction between free and free*. It's probably split right down the middle between good quality freebies and crap. But this is by no means a crap site to write off. It has it's redeeming qualities. The person who runs the site seems to honestly want to give you only the best freebies and the site itself is a pleasure to see. The newsletter is somewhat spammy but of course it is opt-in and it a fun newsletter. I wonder if the guy who runs it is a barber? 5/10



Free Stuff Time

Free Stuff Times is another really nice put together site with easy to navigate categories. The huge plus on this site is that after each sample are comments left by users. This is a must check everyday site. As one of the authors wrote after a freebie: "Not much more to say about this". It's an awesome site and links only to great freebies. It has the option to register for the site but you don't have to be registered to leave comments. 10/10



TeenFreeway

TeenFreeway is a great site for teens. A lot of these freebies are intended just for the younger set and ask for a date of birth when ordering but some can be used by people of all ages. The language used on the site is proof that's geared for teens. Good site and must check out. It does offer a newsletter and it's in no way spammy. 8/10



FreeStuffHotDeals

The main point of this site is the forums. And they do not disappoint. The forums are divided into countries so this is a great site for international freebie seekers. This site offers the basics in the freebie universe but they are all posted by users of the forum. So no free* offers here. The owner even goes so far as telling people not to post those on the site. This is a reputable forum that gets a huge thumbs up for monitoring the posts. You don't have to register to check out the freebies but it is recommended. 9/10



FansFreebies

This is another forum. The plus of course is that there no fake freebies here. They are all posted by users. The only drawback to this is that you will find a bunch of expired freebies but they are usually spotted pretty quickly by other users. This is a basic user forum where you don't have to register to check it out but it is recommended. The great thing about forums that you can sometimes strike gold and find the best freebies that the actual sites don't have listed. 9/10



Hey, It's Free

Hey It's Free is a blog run by a few people. But it doesn't make it any less great. It links right to the freebie itself versus my blog which links you to the site and is run only by me =) What makes this site awesome is the freebies are listed with commentary from the writer. So you know the freebies are going to be genuine. It looks great and is well organized. This is another must check everyday. There is an optional newsletter sign up but I haven't gotten a chance to sign up so I can't tell you if it's spammy.10/10


Animal Rescue Site

Okay this is not technically a freebie for you. But it for a rescued animal. Click this link everyday and the sponsers will donate food to rescued animals. You don't have to do anything, just click the link and you've donated. This is a great way for those of us who really can't donate money to make a difference. A must click every day.

Thank You — your click has been counted!

You have given .6 bowls of food to rescued animals. 10/10



FreeRice

Like the link above this is a great site. It's a way to donate food to needy families and get a little smarter. For every word you get right the site donates 10 grains of rice to hungry people. It may not seem like a lot but I was able to donate 2000 grains of rice in about 30 minutes. It's fun, free, and life affirming. A must check everyday. 10/10







*Notes:


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MySavings.com now has an optional newsletter. No spam and about one email a week.


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Fatboymedia.com is still up and running but has many broken and old links when it comes to tv shows.


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YesAll4Free.com is now Shop4freebies.com. It was incorrectly listed as being two different sites in last months blog. YesAll4Free.com no longer exists and is staying up to let people know of the new site.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

My Quest for Free Samples


Recently I found many sites that offer free samples. Some offer specific samples and some offer free software. This is my quest to get free samples.


Anything I post is free with no strings attached. People will be amazed at what you can get for free. At what companies will offer to draw you in and buy their product. Try before you buy is a personal motto of mine. And most companies will let you try before you make that decision.


I am not responsible for any of these sites. I am merely providing links to sites that I personally use. All these sites are self explanatory but you should always read all information given. When signing up for
anything please read all the small print. Most if not all of these sites have links to other free sites on them. I have not evaluated these sites. Once again, the sites I put here are sites that I have looked over and recommend.

Remember, never pay for a free* sample. If you're paying for shipping and handling then it's not free. And if you have to sign up for free* offers to get your sample then click the x and move on.


If you have other sites you'd like to recommend then let me know. Plus I'll be adding to this every so often to bring you only quality freebie sites.


To become a true freebie seeker there are a few things that you will need. Many sites that offer you a free sample require you to sign up for a newsletter. You have many options. You can simply wait for them to come and spam them. You can wait and unsubscribe. But most companies
will sell your email. So neither of these is really a good option.



Must Haves For Freebie Seekers



1.
A "spam" email. This is an email you use when you need to sign up to receive a sample. Simply set up a free email (I suggest gmail because it has no limit) and you're ready to go. This is the address that will be spammed like nuts but since you won't use this email for anything other then spam you don't really need to check it very often. Either once a month to keep it active and delete the spam or right after you sign up as some samples require you to confirm your email.

2. An autofill. Any freebie seeker can tell you how annoying it is to fill out form after form. Depending on the browser you're using, you should have some sort of autofill. And they're definitely useful but to be ready to fill out form after form, you need the ultimate autofill. Roboform not only lets you fill out all forms with one click but will also save all your logins. The best part is that it's completely free to use. The free version saves 10 logins whereas the pro version saves them all.





MySavings

MySavings offers the best overview of free samples out there. It's neatly organized into easy to navigate categories. This site does not require you to sign up. But to be able to rate the samples on the the site itself, registration is required. I have been a member for several months and have received absolutely no spam from this site. A plus for this site is the forum. The forum has freebies that are not listed on the main site. Plus it has the feedback of the users. Such as, which samples never come and which ones are not what was promised. 10/10



YesAll4Free

YesAll4Free is another site that offers an easy to use site. The samples here are diverse but don't update all that often. The best part about this site is The Free Vault. A newly updated daily list of freebies. The samples featured on this page are there for only one day then are replaced. For new freebies, check this page daily. This site requires no sign up. 7/10



JustFreeStuff

This one is interesting. It has the basic categories but also some unique ones. Such as browsers, guestbooks, and screensavers. This one has alot to go through so take some time to check out. This is one of the few sites out there that actually give you an email if you have questions. This one is pretty solid. This one requires no registration but there is an option to receive the newsletter in email format. I have not yet signed up for the email so I can't evaluate if it's spammy. 8/10



Shop4Freebies

This is another interesting site. This one brings you more unique freebies and samples. Ones that you won't find on other sites. Such as a link to dateamillionaire.com. I'd say your chance of actually finding a millionaire to date is pretty slim but hey, it's fun to dream. This one also has page that is updated everyday. While some of the samples on this site are great and interesting, this site will also bring you to free* samples. So don't get to excited. Just check out each offer thoroughly and you should be fine. 6/10



FileHippo

This is the ultimate in free software. Filehippo can get just about everything for free. Accidentally deleted Quicktime and you suddenly need Itunes and a Microsoft Tweak? Then you can find it all right here. This is one of the ultimate sites for those of us who either want to try something out before you buy it or you just don't want to pay for it. This software is clean and stable. A must see. 10/10



Fatboymedia

This is the site to go if you want to watch free movies (some of which are still in theaters), free shows, cartoons, and everything in between. This site is a list of all the free movie and tv watching sites with ratings of each one. The first one listed is one of my favorites. Another must see. 10/10



TrulyFree

Love to read? The this site is definitely for you. The Burgomeister's Books are ebooks that a truly giving person is lending to us for free. The list is huge and it's easy to use. Just download and unzip the file. This site is free and no registration is required. While it is free this site is being run by one person. There is a paypal banner at the bottom for donations. This is a site that I would to donate to. 10/10




FreeGeekery

This is a site entitled 22 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Get for Free. This one is great. It lists real life items you can get for free. Certain times of the year you can get free ice cream and coffee. You can get free photos and even free classes at MIT! Check it out for some great ideas. 9/10




FreeGiveAwayoftheDay

This is possibly the coolest website I've visited in a while. Need some high priced software? Well, wait a few weeks and it might end up here. Everyday you can download a piece of software for free for exactly 24 hours. This is not trial software. This is the full product. It's also not some weird software you'll never use and never heard of. A company will put it's software up for free for one day, you can can download it and use it free and clear. Of course you don't get the updates or the technical support but the software is free. Plus the sister site, Game Giveaway of the Day offers a free game everyday. This is a must check daily. 10/10



Walmart

Walmart occasional offers great free samples. It rarely updates though. The pluses on Walmart samples are that they come very quickly and it's always a full sample. This is a good one to check maybe once a week. No registration required but you can sign up on the site. 5/10



RetailMeNot

This site is wonderful for people who make purchases on the internet. This site lists coupon codes that will get you free items and huge discounts on orders. It also includes the success rate of each coupon. For instance they have a coupon that will get you 10% off one item with an 85% success rate. It has a handy search feature. A must see. 9/10



The Freebie Source

This is a really nice put together site. It doesn't have a huge amount of freebies (about 200) but it seems to be growing. This is great site to spend about an hour checking out. No registration required but there is an option to sign up for the newsletter. 6/10



AbsurdlyCool

This site looks pretty new. It doesn't have alot of freebies but it is updated everyday and it does link to a few freebies that other sites don't. More traffic means a site grows and more freebies come along. So check out this site. No registration required. 6/10



Prospector

This one is pretty big. It deals more with freeware software. The categories are intensive. This one will take a while to look through but there is a handy search function to skip the browsing. Be careful as this one does link to free* items. The freeware is solid stuff but other then that, best to just avoid anything else here. No need to register. 6/10
 

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