How to freecycle

How to freecycle

How to freecycle

The Freecycle Network is a website where you can get all kinds of free stuff in your area or give away items that you don’t need or want anymore. It’s really a great way to get freebies, but also an ideal method of reusing something that might have ended up in a landfill otherwise.

Types of Free Stuff You Can Find on Freecycle

You can find just about anything for free on Freecycle! Whether you’re looking for free furniture, baby stuff, collectibles, craft supplies, kids’ clothes, or even free books, you’ll find them plus a whole lot more.

Someone’s trash is indeed someone else’s treasure.

How To Join Your Local Freecycle Group

From Freecycle’s Find a Town page, enter your city and state in the box. Select the town’s Freecycle group you’d like to join. You can join up to five, so if you live close to other towns, you may want to join those groups as well. Keep in mind that the more groups you belong to, the more free stuff you’ll have access to.

If it’s your first time using this site, it’s a good idea to read the notices at the top of the group forum to get more details on how to use your city’s Freecycle board and the rules and etiquette for the group.

There are two categories of posts for each city: people offering items and people requesting items. It’s easy to find whatever post type you’re looking for. Use the tabs at the top of the page to filter by OFFER and WANTED items.

Browsing is fine for guests, but to reply to a post, you’ll need to create a free account.

How To Get Free Stuff From Freecycle

After you’ve become a member of a town, you can immediately begin exploring the items that are being offered or requested of the other members.

Be sure to read the member rules to read how and where to post to get the free stuff. Each group operates a little differently on how they want you to do things. For instance, some groups may want you to give away something for free before you request free stuff from other members. So make sure you read the rules and browse the posts before requesting any free stuff to make sure that you’re following the rules of your group.

If you can’t quite figure out how to navigate around the site, check out the Freecycle knowledge base for help. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to your local town moderators as well.

How To Give Away Your Stuff for Free at Freecycle

If you’d like to give away your stuff for free on Freecycle, you’re encouraged to do so. After you’ve been accepted to your local group, you’ll want to read the rules on how to give away your stuff. Again, each group operates a little differently, so be sure to follow the rules.

Freecycle Alternative

If you’re not finding what you want on Freecycle, you can find out how to get free stuff on Craigslist. There’s a dedicated section within each city’s page just for free stuff people are offering up.

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Don’t Throw It Away, Give It Away

Any good working item with a plug would be better off in use than in a landfill. From coffee grinders to refrigerators, there are times when people decide they simply have no more use for an item. Understandable, but dumping an item when there others struggling to afford that same item is fundamentally wrong. A computer is a sought after freecycle item. While you might have the need for the latest and greatest, a child will flourish fine with word processing and internet capability to do his or her homework.

Furniture is a popular freecycle item. As our life changes so does the need for beds, dressers or tables. But just as your need is waining, rest assure that someone out there is considering buying that same item. Child-size furniture is probably the most evident in this cycle. Adding to furnitures’ freecycle popularity is the potential for a cheap makeover. A light sanding and a $5.00 coat of varnish or paint and the piece fits into your decor so well that it looks like you shopped for months to find it. But please, let your guests know that it’s freecycled to help spread the word.

Structures such as homes, mobile homes, greenhouses or sheds are also good freecycle items. The amount of debris going into landfills from these items when discarded is great. Likewise, the difference a free living space or a greenhouse can make in someone’s life is great. The logistics of freecycling a structure can be more time consuming but the end result is also more satisfying.

Children’s play equipment such as swing sets and trampolines to baby rattles are also popular. The need for these items often change before the life of the product ends. But please check all aspects of safety on the product before allowing your child contact. Obviously the safety of a child is more important than decreasing landfill space so make sure the item is in good condition. Also check with the product manufacturer and government agencies such as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to see if any problems have been discovered with the product.

Clothing is also a good freecycle product. Whether you’ve been fortunate enough drop a few pant sizes or your child has hit a growth spurt, often clothing can be put to good use even when you are done. A good tip for child-size clothing is pairing up with someone in your group who has a child at the right age and size to take advantage of your child’s hand-me-downs. Take note of the rules in your group before posting anything about such an arrangement. The best bet might be asking someone who answers your offer of clothing if they would be interested.

Constant collectibles are items frequently used and discarded in a household that people have found another use for. For example, a gardener might use egg cartons to plant seedlings or egg shells as a soil supplement. If you are someone who has a constant collectible need be on the look out for a group member who also has one. This is another pair-up opportunity. Again, take note of your group’s rules before posting anything. You could save up another group members constant collectible item then ask the member if they would be interested in saving up your constant collectible for a regular swap.

What is freecycling and how does it work?

The idea of freecycling is to promote the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) by making it easy for people to give away their unwanted but reusable items to people who can use them.

You can post Offers for items you want to give away or Requests for items you need. You can give and get almost anything on trash nothing including food, clothes, furniture, electronics, books, plants, toys and much more. Just make sure you follow the rules and guidelines when posting and replying.

Even things you might not consider reusable like cloth scraps, scratched CDs and broken appliances sometimes find homes with artists looking for materials or tinkerers looking for an interesting project or spare parts. Items you offer aren’t expected to be in perfect condition as long as you accurately describe their condition when you offer them.

For example, here is how offering an item works:

  1. You have a bike you don’t need and you want to give it away.
  2. You post an Offer that describes your bike.
  3. People in your local area who are interested in your bike will reply to your post to contact you privately.
  4. You choose which person you would like to give the bike to.
  5. Between the two of you, you arrange a time and place for them to come and pick up the bike.
  6. Your bike is picked up and you mark your Offer post as gifted so other people know that it is no longer available.
  7. You’ve given away your bike with little effort to someone who can use it, met someone new from your community and kept something out of the landfill. Great for you and the planet!

Similarly, when you need something, you can post a Request and if someone has what you need, they will contact you to offer it.

So next time you’re cleaning out the garage, moving to a new place or about to throw something away, don’t forget that someone on your local freecycling group might be able to use your unwanted stuff.

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Over 8 million people around the world are giving and getting free things in their local communities.

What people say

How it works

Simply take a photo and briefly describe the item you’re giving away.

You can include any preferences you have about the pickup time or location.

Choose a recipient

People in your area will message you if they are interested in your item.

You choose who to gift your item to.

Schedule a time and place for the other person to come pick up your item.

Most pickups are left on a porch or at the curb or by meeting in a public place.

Save money and keep usable items out of the trash by reusing them.

If you just want to give something away, like your old laptop, you have any number of outlets. Your local newspaper probably has a free section in the classifieds; you can post it on Craig’s List; you can drop it off at a thrift store or donate it to a charity that will refurbish and resell it. But if you want to give away your old laptop and be part of a potential revolution in the process, you might turn to Freecycle.org. The Freecycle Network hopes to encourage a “worldwide gift economy” — one old laptop, bottle of nail polish, gas stove or People magazine at a time.

In this article, we’ll find out how the Freecycle Network got started, how the process works and how you can start giving your unwanted stuff away to people who’ll use it.

The Freecycle Network has a lofty goal: to establish a “worldwide gift economy” that cuts down on waste, decreases consumerism and connects people through giving. Freecycle members post e-mail offers for stuff they don’t want anymore to a listserv for their local group. If another member is interested in the stuff, he replies to the poster. The poster then lets the interested party know when and where he can pick up the stuff. If more than one member is interested, the giver has to pick someone from all of the interested members. Many local charities join Freecycle groups, and most groups ask that you give a nonprofit first dibs. That way, your local thrift store doesn’t lose out through the success of Freecycle.

If you’re thinking, “Sweet, presents!”, think again — according to the official Web site, your local Freecycle group is not a place to just grab up “free stuff for nothing.” A gift economy is a two-way street. Don’t take it if you don’t need it, and remember that it’s a gift, not a freebie. If you’re looking to get something for nothing, you should probably just check out the “Free” section of your local Craig’s list or newspaper.

Freecycle is an idealistic endeavor, to be sure, but it’s working. The network was born in 2003 in Arizona, the brainchild of Deron Beal. Beal worked for an environmentalist group in Tucson, trying to keep usable goods out of landfills through education. The nonprofit he worked for had a bunch of office supplies it didn’t need, and Beal spent hours locating other nonprofit groups that needed what his group was trying to give away. He realized he could easily set up a listserv where people could see what was available and what was needed and save everyone a lot of time in the process. Thus began Freecycle.

In December 2005, there are more than 1.8 million members in 3,200 Freecycle communities in 50 countries around the world. The Freecycle Network reports that its members are keeping 55 tons of goods out of landfills each day. Let’s find out how it works.

According to the EPA, people in the United States keep 64 million tons of garbage out of landfills every year through recycling.

The Freecycle Process

Joining a Freecycle group takes about two minutes. You visit Freecycle.org and click on the link for your region.

The next page lists all of the Freecycle groups in that region. In the U.S. Central region, for example, there are 833 groups as of December 2005. So you look for a group in your area. If there’s no group near you, you can actually start one up (see “Starting Your Own Freecycle Group” below). If there is already a group in your city or town, you can click on its “GoTo” link to visit the Web page for that group or just click on “Join” to register. Some groups require membership approval. If your local group does, you just fill out a few profile details and write a short message explaining why you want to join. The volunteer moderator for that group approves your membership and sends you a series of e-mails explaining how the process works.

Freecycle groups accept a huge range of free stuff, but there are some rules about what you can offer. It has to be legal, meaning no moonshine or drug paraphernalia, and it must be “family friendly” — if you’re looking to give away your old girlie mags, a bottle of vodka or a gun you bought on a whim, look elsewhere. You’re usually allowed to offer a pet to a loving home, but you cannot offer an animal for breeding or other purposes.

Let’s say we have an old printer just collecting dust in the closet. Our local Freecycle group might want it, so we’ll offer it to our fellow group members. The system is pretty simple:

  1. To post an offer, we’ll send an e-mail to the group’s e-mail address or visit the group Web site and click on “Messages.” The subject line of our message should be short an simple: “OFFER: Item, general location” is the framework. So our e-mail subject will read “OFFER: Working HP inkjet printer, 15th and Main.”
  2. Once we receive a response, meaning one of our group members wants it, we set up a way to deliver the gift. We can set up any delivery method that works for us. We might give the receiver our address and leave the gift on the porch; we could meet at the mall parking lot and hand over the printer in front of Macy’s; we could bring the gift to our workplace and ask the receiver to meet us there. The one thing to keep in mind besides convenience is safety: If it’s raining and you can’t leave the printer on your front porch, it’s probably not a good idea to leave it in your garage and give a perfect stranger your garage door entry code. Just wait until it stops raining.
  3. Once the interested party picks up the printer, we send out another e-mail with the subject line “TAKEN: Working HP inkjet printer, 15th and Main.” One good thing about the Freecycle listserv is that while offers go out to every member in the group, responses come only to the member who made the offer. This saves a lot of inbox space, but it also means we need to let everybody know the printer is no longer available so we don’t get any more responses for it.

Although giving is the main idea, you can ask for things you need, too. It’s important not to abuse this privilege or ask for luxury items, because you’ll quickly get a reputation for being greedy (and therefore not worthy of receiving gifts). But if you need something, and it’s the kind of thing someone might stick in the basement and forget about, like an old space heater, it’s okay to let people know you want it. You simply send out a message with the subject line “WANTED: Space heater.” If you get any responses, you arrange a pick up, followed by another message with the subject line “Received: Space heater” so everyone knows your need has been met and they don’t have to keep combing through their attic for that space heater they swore they stuck up there 10 years ago.

And that’s it! A few e-mails, a short exchange with a fellow member and you get to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Everybody wins — so it might seem strange that many people are angry with the Freecycle Network for what they perceive as the corruption of a good thing.

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Donate to Freecycle

In just a few short years, Freecycle™ has generated a spectacular worldwide outpouring of generosity. Those with used items happily share; those who need, gracefully receive; all without judgement – or any funds – passed.

Freecycle™ performs many wonderful functions: building bonds and community, keeping material items from the landfills, and redeeming the clutter that consumes us by moving it forward to a new, productive life.

Owing to the incredible efforts of thousands of local volunteers, Freecycle™ is able to keep its administrative expenses quite low. However, as the largest recycling and reuse website in the world, we have rather substantial server, bandwidth and coding expenses. Your help to keep this incredible grassroots effort going is deeply appreciated.

We depend upon donations to help meet these expenses and to continue to refine and spread our extraordinarily successful Freecycle™ infrastructure.Your generous donations are tax deductible as we are a registered charitable nonprofit.

Thank you for your support in “changing the world one gift at a time.”

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Hotel rooms. Groceries. Movie tickets. When it comes to saving money on the things you want and need, you can’t beat getting them for free. What you may not realize is that there are ways to score almost anything without paying.

Here are 11 things you can do to get free stuff.

1. Check online community marketplaces

Craigslist, Nextdoor and Facebook groups are great resources for free goods and services. You can find advertisements for a wide variety of things people want to give away, such as furniture, appliances, moving boxes and plants.

2. Sample products

Look for free samples at stores. You can graze on food at Costco and other wholesale clubs or ask for beauty and fragrance samples at department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s.

Can’t find samples in person? Request them online. You can get samples by mail from manufacturers like Procter & Gamble and Unilever, sometimes in exchange for testing or reviewing products. Amazon Prime members can buy sample boxes in a variety of categories — including nutrition, skin care and pet supplies — and get reimbursed in Amazon credit that they can redeem for select items.

3. Enroll in loyalty programs

Sign up for rewards programs at your favorite businesses. Many restaurants and retailers give members special perks for their birthdays or based on how much they spend. You could get free food , shipping, gift cards, merchandise, movie tickets and other freebies.

4. Use your library card

Libraries provide plenty of free educational and entertainment resources besides books. With a valid library card, you could get access to movies, music, games, audiobooks, classes, museums and more. Check with your library for details.

5. Take online surveys

You can earn gift cards, money and sweepstakes entries by answering questions on sites like Swagbucks and Global Test Market . Taking surveys is usually easy work, but time-consuming — and the payout can be low. See our survey site reviews to learn more.

6. Cash in on credit card rewards

Have a rewards credit card ? You can redeem points, miles or cash back for things like hotel stays, flights and gift cards. Some cards come with additional perks such as free checked bags, travel insurance and access to airport lounges. Explore what types of rewards you can get with your card.

7. Download an app for freebies

Cash-back and rewards apps can hook you up with free stuff. With Shopkick, you earn points for visiting certain stores, viewing products online or making purchases. You can redeem points for gift cards to places like Target and Starbucks. A gas app like GetUpside is another way to earn perks on a necessary purchase.

8. Use coupons

Coupons aren’t just for discounts; They can also help you score freebies. Many stores and brands issue free items, buy one, get one free or free gift with purchase offers. You can get coupons from places like online databases and the Sunday newspaper. Make sure to read the terms, conditions and store policies.

9. Indulge in national food holidays

If you use social media, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a “holiday” to honor almost every food item. Find local restaurants or chains that participate and you could get free food or drink. For example, Cinnabon treated customers to a free cup of coffee on National Coffee Day in September.

10. Sign up for a free trial

Subscription boxes and services are all the rage, but they can be expensive. However, you can get free TV , music streaming, audiobooks, snacks, meals, coffee and more by signing up for trial periods. For example, Crunch Fitness offers a free one-day gym pass, and Netflix is free for one month. Mark your calendar for the dates free trials end so you can cancel and avoid surprise charges.

11. Enter sweepstakes

Contests give you opportunities to win all sorts of cool prizes. Radio stations reward lucky callers with concert tickets. HGTV does a dream home giveaway. Vacations, merchandise and gift cards may also be at stake. Even if the odds of winning are low, it’s usually easy to enter.

Sometimes, you’ll get entries for leaving a product review on a website or tagging a brand in an Instagram post. Keep your eyes peeled for sweepstakes from your favorite companies. Read the rules carefully, and never enter a contest that asks for sensitive information like your credit card or Social Security numbers.

Interested in finding more ways to get a great deal on the stuff you want? Check out NerdWallet’s online shopping guide .

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Freecycling is a popular way to get rid of things you don’t want, while helping out those in your community with tight budgets.

If you’re cleaning out your garage this summer, or looking over what didn’t sell in your yard sale, you could post it on Craigslist, drop it off at a thrift store, or donate it to charity. However, if you want to become closer to your community by helping those interested in helping others, a freecycling group might be the answer.

Freecycling is a popular way to get rid of things you don’t want, while helping out those in your community with tight budgets, and keeping more stuff out of dumps and landfills.

Here’s how it works:

If you have an item in relatively good condition that you no longer want, there’s a strong chance someone else could benefit from it. You post a message to a Freecycle group, and if another member is interested, they will reply. Once the item has been claimed, you’ve not only helped to declutter your home, but you’ve also helped out somebody within the community, and saved space in a landfill.

Although giving is the primary focus within these groups, Freecycling works both ways. If there’s something that you want, before you go to a store and buy it, check your local freecycle group to see if somebody has one listed for free. I used Freecycle a few summers ago. It was incredibly hot, and I wanted to buy a fan. Before going to the store, I browsed a Freecycle group online, and found someone in my neighbourhood giving one away. I quickly e-mailed her, and picked up the fan a few hours later.

There are Freecycling groups located around the world. Through RecyclingGroupFinder.com, there are almost 1,400 members in my neighbourhood in Vancouver. Stuttgart, Germany where I am now has a membership of almost 500 people.

Other Freecycling websites include Freecycle.org and Freecycling Group Finder.

Freecycling tips:

• Some Freecycle groups have specific rules, so before you join, make sure you read up on exactly how the group functions.

• When somebody contacts you, do not request compensation or try to make a trade. Likewise if you’re asking for an item – do not offer compensation beyond a thank you.

• Non-profit organizations often join Freecycle groups in order to stretch their budgets with donated equipment. These non-profit groups usually get priority over other members.

• Be aware of consumer product recalls, and items that must meet regulatory requirements. Check out the Health Canada website for information and precautions.

• If you are offering heavy or bulky items, make sure to mention that the recipient will need a truck or van for transport. Make it clear if you are able to help the recipient load the item into their vehicle.

• Items move fast, so if there’s something you want, e-mail the owner as soon as possible. Clothing is always popular among freecycling groups, as well as kitchenware, household furniture, and appliances.

• Don’t let somebody into your home to pick up an item if you’re concerned for your safety. Have a friend come to your home when you plan to meet the recipient, place the item out on your front step for them to take away, or offer to meet them in a public place.

Coupons for discounts or two-for-one are great, who doesn’t love a good deal? But coupons for free products are even better. Companies make their products available to spread word-of-mouth and to encourage you to tell your friends about them. Often this is done to debut a new product, or as a relaunch when a product has a new design or packaging. At other times, it’s done to promote seasonal products, such as grilling sauces in the summer or holiday items. Here’s how to snag your share of freebies.

Like Companies on Facebook

Everyone is on Facebook, including your favorite brands. They have fan pages for their company and individual products. Like their fan page, and you could be rewarded with free product coupons, either when you sign up or in the future. Be aware that you won’t see every posting that a brand makes to their fan page, so it is smart to stop by their page frequently to look for free offers.

Companies That Like to Show the Facebook-Freebie Love

  • Bath and Body Works
  • Redbox
  • Suave
  • Yankee Candle

Tip: Set up a Google Alert for the phrase “Facebook freebie,” and you’ll be among the first to know when a new deal goes live. You’ll receive an email that will have links to announcements about freebies. You can set how often to receive them – as they are found or daily.

Rebates

Get serious about redeeming rebates. It’s a great way to earn both rebate checks and free product coupons. You may want to explore using an app to find and organize your rebates. You will be amazed how a little technology opens up many more opportunities to get money back, plus freebies.

Contact Manufacturers

Make a list of the products that you regularly use (food, cleaners, toiletries, etc.). Then, email the manufacturer of each one to let them know what you think of their product, either good or bad. A bit of feedback could (and likely will) net you a mailbox full of coupons for freebies.

Sign Up for Product Tests

If you agree to test products for companies, they’ll hook you up with plenty of loot. What you receive to test may not be the final product that ends up on the shelves, and you’ll be part of the development process. Free product coupons are often a benefit that is included.

A Couple Test Sites

  • Kraft
  • Vocalpoint (P&G)
  • 6 More Consumer Test Panels to Sign Up For

Spread the Word About New Products

Businesses know word-of-mouth advertising (WOM) is powerful stuff. This is even more true with social media. You aren’t just talking to neighbors over the back fence or co-workers around the water cooler anymore. If you have a lot of social media friends and followers, you will be especially desirable to get hooked up with freebies. Sign up to spread the word about new products, and they’ll send you coupons so that you can try them first.

Buying free stuff online ain’t that the dream of today’s generation. I know that cause I am that person who buys everything online, every single thing in my apartment is bought on e-commerce website, trust me everything. We are in a generation where e-commerce has boomed so rapidly that there is no stopping it. Alibaba has set a new record with more than $30.8 billion in sales in just 24 hours, just give that a moment to settle in.

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Yet the mechanism behind all these transactions taking place is just bits of information flowing all over giant interconnected web of devices, we call as internet. Anyone who understands the science behind how these transactions take place can figure out a way to shop online forever and that too free of cost.

Most of the security personnels reading the article might be thinking it is just a clickbait but I just want you to keep your mind open and follow through as I explain to you the three level of difficulties in which you can hack a payment gateway for a e-commerce brand.

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  1. The easy way
  2. The tricky way
  3. The next to impossible way

These three points they are the stepping stones to hack and being able to manipulate any payment gateway.

1. The easy way

Now this is the easiest way you can manipulate the amount of the product that you are buying. So this is when the cost / amount of the product is present in the hidden element of the form in the HTML page. So, while we are choosing a item that we are planning to buy the price of the item gets added to the total amount of the product and that price is taken from the hidden field that gets filled into the form and then presented as the grand total.

How to bypass it –

To change the price of the product all you have to do is to change it in the hidden form field where the price is mentioned before adding the product to the cart. In this way the actual price is never added to the cart and you can buy the product literally for free.

2. The tricky way

This is the second way of how to manipulate the amount of the product that you are buying online and change the price to your liking. So, in this process we use a intercept tool like Burp Suite. The price isn’t in the hidden field in the form, so we can’t change it like the way before and we add the product to the cart.

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How to bypass it –

So, once we are at the payment gateway we turn on the intercept and manipulate the cost manually in the packet we just intercepted. After editing the price in the intercepter we then forward the packet and just like that we have ourselves our another free product.

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3. The next to impossible way

The people who have been working with payment gateways and online transaction, the steps leading till here might be well known to them and they must have had security in place which might have taken care of the vulnerabilities I just mentioned above. The most well known way to protect from these vulnerabilities is to use a hash.

Hashes are used as a method to check the integrity of the message that has been sent over from the e-commerce website to the payment gateway. The hash and the other values including the price of the product is then send over for verification and if the hashes before and after the payment gateway matches only then transaction is allowed.

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How to bypass it –

This is the method that most of the security vendors consider to be secure, the problem arise when you start to dig a little deeper and begin to focus on one e-commerce website at a time.

The first that you learn as a hacker, is never to give up and find a solution no matter how crazy it is. So, I started digging regarding the hash and how they formulate it. To make things easier for the developers to integrate their e-commerce website with the payment gateway these companies publish articles in the public domain regarding how they formulate the hash and other details.

A little bit of reconnaissance and you can find these documentaion i.e. the parameters that are involved and the hashing technique they use in creating the hash. Now once you have the required parameters most of them are present in the packet you have intercepted, mostly one of the parameters is the password that is also utilised, which is known only to the e-commerce admin.

So the next step is to put together the parameters and either brute force or use a dictionary attack to find that password and once you do then you can create your own hash according to the modified price of the product that you change it to and buy unlimited free products from that vendor as long as they don’t change the password.

This step is really difficult, but some of the developers just copy the code with the same password as it is in the documentation and thus leading to this security vulnerability and allowing to buy free online products.

Every security vulnerability that I just exposed and showed above are caused due to the lack of awareness in the developers where they are unaware of the security risks of their code and how it can cost the company thousands or even million of dollars worth of damage.

If the developers focus more on the security perspective of things and keeping secure coding in mind more than 90% of the errors can be solved straight away and no security risk will arise.

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Craigslist is a great place to buy and sell things, but did you know that you can also find a ton of free stuff there? It’s true that not everything free is of high quality, but nothing quite beats a zero-cost pickup, especially if you’re on a tight budget.

Expect to find pretty much anything: TVs, couches, pianos, clothes, music CDs, firewood, grills, mattresses, toilets. you name it! More often than not, people just want to get rid of things that are taking up unnecessary space in their house. You can use this to your advantage, and the best part is that it’s extremely easy to start by browsing through the dozens of listings from the comfort of your home.

Choose Your Craigslist Location

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Visit Craigslist and select the city that’s closest to where you live. Countries and continents are located at the very top of the page, and then more specific areas further down.

If your location isn’t listed, see Step 3 below; there might still be a way to find what you need.

Find the Free Stuff Section

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On the classified ads for your chosen city, select free under the for sale section.

Narrow Down the Listings

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To help find something specific, you’re given a few search options on the left of the page.

You can filter by items that have an image to be sure you know what you’re getting, or make sure the listing was posted today only, search for items a specific distance from another location, filter by condition (new, salvage, excellent, etc.), locate only items that are deliverable, etc. The search bar is how you narrow down the results by keyword.

The search tools are, of course, optional. You can also just browse through the listings manually.

Select Your Free Stuff

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Browse through the listings of free stuff until you see one that sounds like it might be something you like. Select the item’s title or image to view more information about it.

Be sure to read over the description. If you’d like to get the Craigslist item for free, you might need to contact the person ahead of time, before you arrive. They may want you to call or email, or a porch or curbside pickup might be preferred, so follow whatever directions they have.

If the description doesn’t state how to contact the person, choose reply and then the show email button near the top of the page to message them.

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Everybody loves getting free stuff — especially when it’s delivered right to your door. Believe it or not, there are tons of great resources out there to get free stuff by mail, without much effort on your part!

Free samples and loyalty programs are actually a crucial way for brands to market their products. It allows consumers like you to try new products and be rewarded for purchasing them again. But you don’t always have to go through the companies themselves to take advantage of these free offers.

The 10 Best Sites To Get Free Stuff By Mail (or Email)

There are some great websites that can send you free stuff from a variety of companies, from household products to fashion to food, and everything in between. All you have to do is sign up, and sometimes review or rate the free products you get.

1. Voiced Market: Right here on Voiced Market you can get your hands on freebies all year round. Not only does the site feature a freebies section on a wide variety of products and services (some of which might be sent to you by mail), but it’ll also alert you to new available exclusives, deals, and freebies if you sign up for the free newsletter.

2. Aspiration: This FDIC insured online bank account will send you a debit card in the mail that will give you up to 10% cash back on your purchases. Free ATM withdrawals at over 55,000 locations. You’ll even qualify for a $100 bonus if you sign up and spend $1,000 with your Aspiration debit card. It takes two minutes to sign up online now.

3. Truebill: 80% of people save money by using Truebill to find and cancel unwanted subscriptions! Download this app for free now and it will automatically negotiate your current mobile and cable bills with your provider to get it lowered as well. That could free up a lot of extra cash.

4. Credible: Get up to a $300 e-gift card bonus when you refinance your student loans with Credible. Refinancing could save you thousands. Refinancing means replacing your current student loans with a lower cost loan that might also have better terms. Credible will show you up to 10 top lender student loan refinance options in just 2 minutes and give you $200 if you find a better rate elsewhere (terms apply).

5. Cash Back Credit Card: If you’re going to spend money, get rewarded and keep more money. Like this top credit card choice that offers a $150 bonus, 1.5% cash back, and no annual fee. Make sure to pay your credit card on time so that you don’t get hit with any interest fees, while still enjoying the perks.

6. Swagbucks ($5 bonus) and MyPoints ($10 bonus): These rewards sites have a few different ways to earn. Such as watching videos, taking surveys, and shopping.

7. Ibotta: Get real cash back in-store or online on everyday purchases at places like Walmart, Target, Instacart, Domino’s Pizza, Walgreens, and much more. Get a $20 welcome bonus just for using the app.

8. InboxDollars: Brands pay this company for consumer input. They, in turn, pay its members in cash to do online activities like take surveys, watch videos and tv, plus more. They even give you a $5 bonus just for signing up.

9. Pinch Me: All you have to do is sign up, and this site will send you free samples. You just provide feedback by telling them what you think of the products. No credit card required.

10. Daily Goodie Box: This company will send you a box of goodies by mail with no credit card required. Shipping is free. All you have to do is let them know what you thought of the goodies.

How To Avoid “Free” Stuff Scams

Sadly, not every “free stuff” site out there is as great as it seems. There are some scams you need to look out for. Before you sign up for an online free sample service, keep these tips in mind:

1. A free trial isn’t the same as a free sample. If you ever have to put your card number down to get a sample of a product, they are probably going to charge you for continuing the service later on. Never sign up for “free” services that require your credit card information.

2. Do your research! If a website is really as good as it claims, there will be positive reviews of it online. Check out a few reviews from other people who have tried the service before you sign up.

3. Time is money, too. A lot of “free stuff” services out there require you to fill out surveys or questionnaires in exchange for the products — that’s fine, but the amount of time you have to put into surveys might not always be worth it for the stuff you’re getting. Again, make sure you read the reviews of any freebie site before you sign up.

4. Follow or “like” your favorite brands on social media. They’ll probably post their legit freebie deals and giveaways, so you can check if something sounds too good to be true.

5. Never give out more information than necessary. A free sample service will require your email, name, and address — and that’s it. If you’re asked to put down your social security number or a credit card, it’s probably a scam.

Why Wait — It’s Free!

Ready to start getting free stuff by mail? Take a look through all the sites mentioned on this list and pick the ones that sound right for you! It’s super easy, and it puts totally free stuff right into your hands.

Since all the sites listed here are free, why not sign up for as many as you can now? The more services you sign up for, the more freebies you’ll get on a regular basis.

20th Aug 2019 – by Katie

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Coupons are excellent for reducing the grand total at checkout – but what if they could do more than that? What if you could use coupons to get free stuff?

Most coupons require that you pay some dollar amount for a product, even if it’s severely marked down from the original price. While this can’t be entirely avoided, by using a few clever tactics, you can get additional items in your cart for the great price of “free.”

Keep reading to learn how!

Tips for Using Coupons to Get Free Stuff

If you want to use coupons to get free stuff, keep these strategies in mind when you hit the store.

Buy the Smallest Size Possible

Smaller sizes are nearly always cheaper than larger sizes. Double-check to make sure that your coupons don’t have any size restrictions in the fine print.

If they don’t, use the coupons on the smallest size available – which is usually a travel-size product. The savings will likely be greater than the original price of the product, helping you to avoid spending any money!

Check the Clearance Section

If an item isn’t selling very well or has been overstocked, it may end up in the clearance section at a lower price. Many of these items can still be bought with coupons. With the lowered price, your coupon will likely help you get the item for free!

Purchase Mail-In Rebate Items

If you submit a mail-in rebate form after buying a product, you can often get money back – sometimes all of your money back, especially if you used a coupon in the store. For example, if the item is $2.00 and you use a $0.50 coupon in the store, you will pay $1.50 to the cashier. Then, when you get home you submit a mail-in rebate for $1.50. Your total cost ends up being zero!

Just be sure that there aren’t rules in the fine print of the rebate form, restricting the use of coupons!

Use Coupons on Sale Items

It never hurts to hold onto your coupon and wait for the perfect sale. With a little patience, you can save even more money by using the coupon on products that are on sale!

Stuff That You Can ALWAYS Get Free with Coupons

Now that you know how to use coupons to get free stuff, let’s determine which products are the best to target.

Toothpaste

Here’s good news for your dental hygiene: drugstores absolutely love to give away coupons for toothpaste! With very little coupon hunting, you will never need to pay for toothpaste again.

Floss

Like toothpaste, floss can almost always be found for free with the right coupon! Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS offer these deals.

Deodorant

Deodorant is usually priced at two dollars or less, and two-dollar coupons for deodorant are very common – especially if you buy the travel sizes! Old Spice and Secret are brands that often offer coupons resulting in free products.

Toothbrush

You don’t have to visit the dentist to gain a free toothbrush! Rite Aid, CVS, and Walgreens all offer coupons for free toothbrushes (especially the Oral-B brand).

Feminine Pads/Liners/Tampons

Don’t want to pay for feminine hygiene products again?Match a product rebate with a coupon, and you’ll get it free! Stayfree is the brand that most often offers mail-in rebates and coupons for their products.

Candles

If you’re shopping around Christmas time, coupons that bring your favorite candles down to the price of ‘free’ are very popular.

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners usually cost around a dollar when they’re on sale, and one-dollar coupons for Glade air fresheners are easy to come by.

Pain Relievers

While prices vary depending on the type of pain relief and the brands involved, Tylenol and Aspirin are two kinds that consistently offer free deals through coupons.

Canned Soup

As a well-loved brand, Campbell’s canned soup is often on sale, especially during the colder months. Match this sale price to a money-off coupon, and you can stock up for free!

What Can You Occasionally Get for Free with Coupons?

With good timing and the right coupons, you can (sometimes) get items for free.

Body Wash

Want free body wash products from a variety of brands?You can find coupon deals at drugstores like Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS, as well as stores like Walmart and Target.

Bananas

You can often get single bananas for free thanks to rebate apps! Find them at Target or Walmart.

Mustard

Deals on mustard are most commonly found at grocery stores, such as Safeway, Kroger, Publix, and Walmart.

Mascara

Drugstores such as CVS are great places for earning free mascara, especially with buy-one-get-one deals.

Disposable Razors

Disposable razors for both men and women can often be found for free at Walgreens or Target.

Facial Cleanser

Acne washes and other kinds of facial cleansers often have coupons that make them free, especially at Target.

Shave Gel

If you are a coupon user who frequents Target, then you’ve likely noticed how often they offer freebie deals on shaving cream.

Shampoo

Many shampoo brands offer free shampoo coupons, though the most common brands are Suave, TRESemme, and Pantene. Occasionally, Garnier coupons can be used at Target, so keep an eye out.

Greeting Cards

If you’re trying to stock up on greeting cards, so no occasion or family member goes uncelebrated, check out CVS for their freebie deals.

String Cheese Singles

Walmart commonly offers deals for free string cheese.

Mouthwash

You can find mouthwash freebee deals at drugstores like Rite Aid and Target.

Candy

Walmart and drugstores love to offer freebie candy coupons, especially after the holidays!

Gum/Mints

Check out the “impulse buy” section right before the register at Target, Kroger, or Walgreens for gum and mints. These are often free with coupons.

Contact Solution

Yes, even contact solution can be free with coupons! Check out CVS for the best deals.

Vitamins

Rite Aid, Walgreens, and other drugstores often provide freebie vitamin deals, especially during autumn and winter.

Why Sunday Coupon Inserts?

Interested in using coupons to get free stuff? Want to get started right away? Then you should check out Sunday Coupon Inserts!

With their Weekly Subscriptions program, this coupon packaging service delivers coupon packets to your front door every week. You can take advantage of freebie deals without having to hunt down coupons! Best of all, you can start or stop your subscription at any time, giving you complete control.

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Need rocks to edge your flower beds, lay a patio or build a wall? Here’s how to get all the free materials you need to landscape your garden with rocks.

Visit Construction Sites

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Find a construction site where there’s excavation work going on, and they’ll probably be more than happy to give you the rocks they’ve unearthed. To you, they’re the start of a rock garden; to them, they’re just a nuisance that has to be hauled off at the end of the job.

Help a Farmer

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A rocky field isn’t desirable if you’re a farmer. So, find a farmer, and offer to help remove rocks from his fields. If you’re lucky, he may already have a pile of rocks at the edge of the field just waiting to be hauled away.

Talk to Road Construction Crews

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Know of a big road construction project that involves lots of blasting? Put in a call to the job foreman, and you may have your source for free rocks. Just don’t bother them at the job site, where your presence could be both a distraction and a safety hazard.

Go Rockhounding

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Rockhounding is the hobby of searching for and collecting rocks, and while it’s not allowed in National Parks, it is allowed in most National Forests and on most properties managed by the Bureau of Land Management. You can collect up to 250 pounds of rock a day in Utah without a permit. Now, that’s a lot of free rock

Curb Shop for It

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When homeowners’ dive into their yard work and garden design in the spring, lots of good stuff gets hauled to the curb – including rocks. Take a Sunday drive, and you may just find some beautiful rocks to add to your garden.

Tip: Broken up concrete is a good stand in for rock if you’re working on edging your garden.

Shop Craigslist and Freecycle

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Craigslist and Freecycle can be a good source for free rocks, but you’ll have to check both sites regularly and be quick on the draw when an offer comes up.

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For those of us who’ve been arguing for the creative reuse of empty space as part of a response to the recession, there was exciting news last week. The Department for Communities and Local Government announced £3m in small grants to help people reuse empty shops for creative and socially beneficial projects. Here’s what they say:

People are increasingly worried about boarded-up shops and vacant land in their towns and cities. It is vital that we do all we can to enable vacant properties to be used for temporary purposes until demand for retail premises starts to improve. Not only will this help to ensure that our towns and high streets are attractive places where people want to go, it can also stimulate a wide range of other uses such as community hubs, arts and cultural venues, and informal learning centres, which can unlock people’s talent and creativity.

This kind of temporary use of empty premises has great potential for those “real world spaces which reflect the collaborative values of social media” that I’ve been writing about. (Thanks to Noel for first drawing my attention to the “slack space” movement in the comments on the original Social Media vs the Recession post.) And the turnout for the second London Alternative Third Spaces meetup at the Hub a couple of weeks ago was a sign of the amount of energy gathering around these projects.

Last week’s announcement wasn’t just about funding, although that was what made the headlines. Plans for encouraging temporary use also include:

  • a simpler process for local authorities to waive “change of use” planning permission requirements
  • providing specimen documents for landlords making temporary use agreements
  • a pilot project in five town centres, in which local authorities act as intermediary – agreeing a temporary lease with a landlord on behalf of a local community group
  • and, of course, funding for grants “to help with cleaning and decorating vacant premises, basic refit for temporary uses, publicity posters, and other activities that can help town centres attract and retain visitors”

It sounds like the details of how these grants will work are still being worked out, but all in all this an extremely promising set of proposals.

One further thought, prompted by a conversation with Dan Littler. Last week’s announcement accompanied the launch of a guide for town centre managers on ‘Looking after our town centres’. To make sure the widest range of people have access to information about the grants and other measures, though – and to contribute to the success of the projects they create – it would be great to see a practical handbook for “How to Freecycle Woolworths!” (At least, that’s what we’d have called it in the days of Pick Me Up. )

Once you start looking, there are a lot of existing examples of the creative and constructive reuse of empty space, around the UK and beyond – and a lot of knowledge of what to do (and what not to do) has been accumulated by those involved. It feels like time that knowledge was tapped.

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The most dreaded task for any organization is to solicit donations. Most people dislike asking others for things, especially when they want them for free.

If you can overcome this discomfort, you can yield great benefits for your organization. That’s why I’m going to share some tips to help make this task easier—that way you can be the superhero of your organization.

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Before you start pounding the pavement to solicit donations, you need to make sure you are heading out on your mission well prepared.

Mental Preparation

If you really want your efforts to be well rewarded, you need to be in the right frame of mind from the start. Make sure you really understand and believe in the purpose for your mission. You’ll be far more successful in persuading others if you are passionate about your cause.

Our high school hosts an after-prom party to keep the students in a safe environment and away from drinking, drugs, and general mischief. Since I have two teenagers, I am a big fan and supporter of this event.

Mental preparation also involves being prepared for rejection. This might seem obvious, but many a do-gooder has been undone after the 20 th straight rejection. It’s hard to stay motivated when it seems like all you are hearing is “no.”

Most companies have guidelines regarding who they will donate to and when. Though your cause might be a worthy one, it might not be the right one for them. It isn’t your fault and it doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the cause you are supporting. It doesn’t hurt to have a backup request, something smaller the company can donate or do that will help your organization without creating a large burden for them.

For after-prom, we were seeking large donations to raffle off at the event in the hopes that the opportunity to win valuable prizes would lure more students. When a business told us that they couldn’t help us with a large donation, we offered them the option of providing coupons for our “swag bags” instead. Most businesses liked this option because it helped us by providing an item we could give out to attendees and them since it would bring those individuals to their business when they redeemed the coupons.

Supplies

Nothing is worse than being turned down when soliciting donations except for losing the sponsorship of a willing party. While some businesses will need time to put something together, many will be ready to provide you with a donation on the spot. They can typically only do this if you have certain items and information with you at the time you make the request.

  • Request Letter – almost all businesses will require an official letter to keep for their records. Be sure your letter includes:
    • Date and time of the event
    • Deadline for submitting donations
    • Details of the event and purpose of the donation
    • Tax-deductibility of the donation (if applicable)
    • Contact information
    • Employer Identification Number (EIN) – some businesses will want this information so they can confirm your organization’s nonprofit status. Some companies have policies prohibiting them from donating to organizations that don’t also have 501(c)(3) status as well so know your organization’s status before you start soliciting.
  • Examples – Have a list of items you are seeking or what will be purchased with cash donations.
  • Clipboard, Pen, and Paper – A potential sponsor might ask you to jot down an additional contact number, or provide you with their corporate contact information. Don’t lose the opportunity because you’re searching for something to write with or a surface to write on.

Click the button below to get the free checklist to track your donations and to find out what you need to do AFTER you make your request and after you receive donations.

Not too long ago I came across this article written by Tom Locke. In that article he talks about an experiment he tried. He wrote to 100 different companies just to simply ask them for free stuff, and the outcome was amazing. So i said to myself “why not try this myself” and i did.

You may not know this, but you can get free stuff from companies by just simply asking them!, it might seem a little weird and annoying to ask a company for free stuff but trust me it is worth it, and i can assure you that they will be glad you asked.

Companies don’t use big percentage of their products and they end up getting donated or even thrown away.

And even tho it seems to good to be true, let me tell you that from a personal experience, it is true and it can be done in only 3 easy steps.

Step #1

My first step was to find the companies i wanted to reach out to. After about 30 minutes of looking around my house for things i use on a daily basis, I found 10 different stores i wanted to write to, then after that, I proceeded to find some way to contact them via email, I also did some research and asked around to see if other people had gotten free stuff from them before just to make sure that I at least had a small chance of getting something.

Step #2

The next step was to write the email, here i did use some help from some online websites and i did some research on how to approach a company.

I started off by telling the company who I was and how much I loved their products, I also included for how long I had been using their product and how loyal of a costumer I was, then towards the end I proceeded to ask them for sample products. Writing each email took me about 15–30 minutes.

At first I didn’t think this was going to work, since you are asking for stuff that other people have to pay for, and like I said before, I thought it was too good to be true but I did it anyways because i didn’t have anything to lose so why not give it a shot.

Step #3

The final step was to wait, Either wait for a response or for a package.

The outcome was surprising, I ended up getting a response from 6 out of the 10 companies i wrote to, which was really awesome.

I ended up receiving multiple packages on different days, mostly stickers which some stores do give away for free, but i was really surprised to get cologne samples, I love wearing cologne so this was a big win for me, plus the cologne samples I got will most likely last me 2–3 weeks which is awesome.

So as you can see, this is a game of luck, some stores might answer you back or some might not even see your email since they probably get thousands of emails on a daily basis. but there is a big chance of you getting a response so why not give it a shot, especially during this time when you cant really go out shopping and you have lots of time at home.

Honest Reviews Will Get You Free Stuff at Smiley360

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Smiley360 is a website that sends you free stuff in exchange for your honest opinion about the product that you try. You’ll share your feedback through your social media accounts and reviews on various websites.

Smiley360 is similar to other product test websites like BzzAgent and Influenster. There are also other programs that give out boxes of free samples and programs where you get to product test and keep those products for free.

Companies are genuinely interested in what you have to say about their products. They ask Smiley360 to get people to test these products so they can figure out what people like and dislike about the products. They also want people to share positive experiences with those products through online reviews that are shared through social media.

Signing up for Smiley360

You’ll need to sign up for a free Smiley360 account as a first step to getting free stuff from them. You can use your email address to sign up or pick to log in with your Facebook or Twitter account.

After you’ve created an account, you’ll need to complete any surveys on your Dashboard (up at the top of the page) so Smiley360 can get to know you better and what types of products they want to get your opinion on. You’ll see available, in progress, and complete missions (product tests), offers, and surveys. It’s important that you fill out all surveys that are offered, this is how you qualify for a new mission.

Smiley360 Introduction Mission

When you first join Smiley360, you’ll be automatically signed up for an introduction mission so you can practice using the website and the sharing tools. You’ll need to earn 20 points to complete the mission.

It’s important that you complete most of the activities in this introduction mission to show Smiley360 that you’re willing to participate and leave your feedback.

How to Get Free Stuff from Smiley360

To get free stuff to try, you’ll need to qualify for a Smiley360 Mission. Missions are what they call it when you get a free product to try, and you have various activities to complete surrounding that product.

To get your box of free stuff from Smiley360, you’ll want to:

  • Complete surveys
  • Keep your profile up-to-date
  • Participate in community discussions

The more you do these activities, the greater chance you have of being accepted for a Smiley360 Mission.

Racking Up Smiley360 Points

Smiley360 points are earned every time you participate in a survey, discussion, or Mission activity. They can’t be redeemed for anything but they show how active you are on Smiley360.

Qualifying for a Smiley360 Mission

You’ll get an email if you qualify for a Smiley360 Mission. This will include a link to your Mission page and information about the product you’ll be receiving.

The Smiley360 boxes take around 2-4 weeks to arrive to you by mail. This will include a sample or full-sized product, a sharing guide, and a bookmark. Sometimes you’ll also get coupons or additional samples to share with friends.

Participating in a Smiley360 Mission

After you’re received and used the product you’re testing, you’ll be able to share your feedback directly with Smiley360 as well as with social media.

The Missions last at least 10 weeks so that gives you plenty of time to try out the new product and give your honest opinion about it.

To complete each mission you’ll need to use each required sharing tool specified by the mission and earn the points required.

Tips to Getting More Free Stuff from Smiley360

Here are a few tips that will help you get boxes of free stuff time and time again from Smiley360:

  • Be as detailed as possible. You’ll get more points for the detailed information you provide.
  • Participate, participate, participate. The more your participate in the missions the more you’re likely to get picked for another one.
  • Complete all your surveys. Taking the surveys is the key to Smiley360 knowing if you’ll be a good candidate for the next mission.

Smiley360 Restrictions

Smiley360 is only open to those in the United States. You must be older than 13 to sign up.

Each member of the household can join Smiley360, but only one household member can be taking part in a specific Mission.

Many of the products you buy each day come from companies that will send you tons of free stuff — you just have to ask. Keep reading for more details!

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Saving money is difficult when you still have a family to feed and bills to pay, sometimes it seems impossible to cut corners as often as you may want. Companies like General Mills, Nestle, and Kraft take a huge chunk of your money every single month. So don’t you think it’s time that they gave back?

Fortunately for us, many of them do! Believe it or not, many of the products you buy every day come from companies that offer anything from free products, free swag to coupons. If you play your cards right, you can score hundreds of dollars of free products!

And if you love getting free stuff, make sure you after to check our list of current freebies available

Here’s how to get started:

Think of a few companies you’d love freebies from and head to their websites. There is where you’ll typically find a contact form, where you can provide thoughts and feedback on the company’s products. Be sure to let the company know just how much you love their products, and don’t be too shy to get specific! Next, let them know that you’re a loyal customer, one who’s always bought the company’s latest products and continues to do so.

Now, ask the company if, being the loyal customer that you are, they would be interested in sending you any free products or swag that you can try out. In the end, you should always include your address if the form doesn’t already ask for it.

Here’s a simple example of what your email should look like:

Hi, My name is _____ and I absolutely love the products your company makes, especially _____. I’ve always been such a loyal customer and love telling all my friends/family about your best products. As someone who always shops with your top brands, I was wondering if there might be any freebies you would be willing to send me to test out? I always enjoy all your latest products, so anything you send for me to try would be fantastic! Thank you so much for your time. Best, _____

While you can contact literally any company to ask for freebies (it never hurts to ask!), here’s a huge list of companies that may be willing to send you free stuff if you contact them:

Corona Receive bottle openers, branded beer sleeves & more

Neutrogena Receive shower & bath gel and body oil products in the mail

Johnson’s Baby Receive baby wash, baby oil, baby lotion samples

Chobani Receive coupons for free products + $0.50 off coupons

Friendly’s. Ask and Friendly’s will send you a $10 gift card.

Traditional Medicinal’s Tea. Score two coupons for a free box of tea each!

Chuck E. Cheese. You can get a gift card for free tokens and pizza.

Bird’s Eye. Get one coupon for a free viola meal.

Jose Ole. One coupon will get you a free box of taquitos.

Mrs. T. Perrogies. Score cents of coupons.

Celestial Seasonings. Contact this company for two coupons for a free box of tea.

One A Day Vitamins. Get $1 off coupons.

Cabot Cheese. Just one coupon will get you a free package of cheese.

Yogi Tea. Get one coupon for a free box of tea.

Bausch and Lom. Score one coupon for a free bottle of solution.

Aubrey Organics Inc. One coupon gets you one free product.

Perdue Chicken. $1 off coupons.

Science Diet Dog Food. One coupon for a free bag of dog food.

Tom’s of Maine Toiletries. You can get free samples of toothpaste and small bar of soap.

Cape Cod Potato Chips. One coupon for a free bag of chips.

Red Robin. One gift certificate is good for two free burgers.

American Dairy Brands. $1 off coupons.

Herr’s Potato Chips. One coupon for a free bag of chips.

Scott Paper Towels. $1 off coupons.

Eden Foods. Get a full box of free samples.

Caldrea Laundry Products. Get free samples of hand soap.

Ellio’s Pizza. One coupon for a free box of pizza.

Alpine Lace Cheese. One coupon for some free cheese.

Small Planet Foods. $1 off coupons.

On-Cor Frozen Foods. Two coupons for one free frozen meal each.

La Yogurt. 4 coupons for 1 free yogurt each.

New England Coffee. $1 off coupons

Pure Protein Bars. Get 2 free bars sent to your home.

Simply Potatoes. Score 2 coupons for any simply potato product.

Blue Diamond Almonds. You can get 2 free packages of almonds sent to your home for free.

Jimmy Dean Breakfast. Get one coupon for a free box of breakfast sandwiches.

Sephora. Sign up for emails to get more information on free products.

Tree Top Inc. 3 coupons for a free bottle of apple juice each.

Wholesome Sweetener’s. You can actually get 5 coupons for a free package of sweetener each.

Firestone Tires. Get an awesome discount for oil change coupons.

Colonial Candle. 2 free small candle holders.

Neil George Hair Care. 2 full size bottles of shampoo/conditioner sent to your home.

Earth Therapeutics. You can have 1 free sample sent to your home.

President Cheese. Act now to get one coupon for a free package of brie cheese.

Are you looking for a way to view Patreon content for free? The good news is that there aree Patreon unlockers and tools to bypass the Patreon Paywall.

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In this post we are going to show you the best tools to use for bypassing the Patreon Paywall.

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What is Patreon?

Patreon is a website that allows artists to collect donations without requiring them to pay for their own hosting. The site offers a diverse range of patrons, from a few dollars to many thousands of dollars in donations.

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The service offers the ability for patrons to earn rewards for contributing money toward the production of art and other creative endeavors.

How much does it cost to use Patreon?

Patreon is priced in terms of percentage of donations. The platform fee is between 5% for Lite, 8% for pro and 12% for premium memberships. There are also processing fees of 2.9% +$0.30 on payments over $3 and 5% +$0.10. That is alot of cuts from a donation if you are an artist looking to make money from your talents.

There is an upper limit to the amount of money you can donate to a Patreon account, and once that limit is reached, new donations are not allowed. This may seem odd at first, but there is actually a quite simple way to circumvent the system: be transparent about your finances.

When you start a new Patreon account (or renew an existing one), you should state whether or not you have reached your Patreon goal. People who want to support you can know how much they are going to pay for your content.

How to Bypass The Patreon Paywall?

There is no known method to bypassing the Patreon paywall directly throught the Patreon Website. Those who have managed to do so, including System Era founder Thomas Heath, have had their accounts permanently banned.

The only way to get around this is to either subscribe to an unlimited amount of projects (which may or may not be DCU) or pay to have your name out there publicly on other sites that allow patrons to interact with you directly. The latter option is probably best for anyone looking to make a living through Patreon like a designer or independent video creator.

There are alternative solutions on how to bypass the Patreon lock by using websites such as PatViewer or PatStreamer.

What is PatViewer?

PatViewer is a website that streams Patreon videos, all you have to do is enter the username of the person whose videos you want to watch view.
There is no restrictions in watching premium videos through the PatViewer website.

What is PatStreamer?

PatStreamer is a website that has become popular by those looking to bypass the Patreon lock. On thie website you can view most Patreon posts.

Is there a Patreon Unlocker?

There are talks of Patreon unlockers online including browser extensions that you would download. There are various options, however these extensions run the risk of carrying malware that can affect your device or steal your personal information. It is best to avoid such options in order to access premium Patreon content.

If you are looking for a way to bypass the Patreon paywall and get access to premium content for free, try the solutions above. If you have found other ways to bypass the Patreon Paywall, add your comment below.

Cycling Fun , Outdoor Fun

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I am really, really interested in buying a new (used) bike and getting into biking. I think it would be a great activity for me and my daughter to do together, as well as much needed, non-weight bearing exercise for me. All of that said, can you recommend some good places to seek out a decent used bike? I’m a single mom who doesn’t have a large budget.

Following is the information I shared with Ginger (…who, by the way, found a cheap bike really quickly and has been biking regularly ever since).

Hopefully, this will help others who are considering getting back into cycling as well.

Cheap bikes are relatively easy to find — if you know where to look!

How To Find A Free Or Cheap Bike

To find a budget-friendly bike, I would try these first:

#1 – Craigslist

To keep tabs on all free and low-cost things that appear on Craigslist for my area, I subscribe to the RSS feeds for “free stuff in nashville” and “general for sale in nashville”.

If you’re not in a hurry, you might just keep your eyes on those feeds for free or cheap bikes that are posted occasionally.

#2 – Freecycle

I also signed up for the Freecycle email list for my area (several years ago), and I’ve given and receive a lot of items for free!

I’d say that bikes aren’t nearly as popular as say, computers and kitchen items — but you’ll see a listing for a bike every once in awhile.

The best part about Freecycle is that everything is being given away for FREE. (And no… things usually are not in crappy condition. I’ve been quite impressed with the many treasures I’ve found through Freecycle!)

Another good thing about Freecycle is you can post “WANTED: A Bike” — mention some of the features you’re looking for (or don’t limit it at all) and you’re likely to get emails from a handful of people who have been contemplating cleaning out their garages and passing on their bikes — for FREE.

#3 – Used Sporting Goods Stores

Used sporting goods stores (or consignment stores that only sell sports items & outdoor equipment) would be a great place to check for a gently used bike.

My favorite is Play It Again Sports — they have stores all across the U.S.

#4 – Local Bike Shops

All bike shops have a bulletin board somewhere in the store where people post bikes for sale, bikes wanted, etc. I would check there. Be sure to take a thumbtack with you, so you can easily post your own note describing that you’re looking for a basic women’s (or men’s or children’s) bike.

Be honest and to-the-point in your description, such as “nothing fancy (or expensive)” — because some of the bike postings found in bike shops will be for the more expensive bikes used by serious cyclists.

#5 – eBay & Amazon

Both eBay and Amazon have an amazing section of new and used bicycles online!

Personally, I would start with used bikes on Amazon under $100, then check out the used bikes on eBay next. From there, it’s easy to compare the price for those same bikes in brand new condition. And, who knows, you might find that it’s worth it to you to spend a few more dollars to buy the brand new version.

On both Amazon and eBay, you can get as specific as you want with the search filters. For example, you can even set an exact price range — as well as the brand, wheel size, mens/womens/unisex, and type (cruiser, road bike, mountain bike).

#6 – Garage Sales

You really need to be patient if yard sales and garage sales are your chosen method of obtaining a cheap bike. Unfortunately, bikes are few and far between at garage sales.

So, unless you make a habit of visiting yard sales quite regularly… this option could take awhile. It’s a fun process though — and you’ll eventually find bikes dirt cheap this way!

So, if you’re searching for a new “gently used” cheap bike, I hope the above information helps a bit. Hopefully, you will be able to find a bike and start riding soon.

Bicycling is tons of fun. And you don’t have to be serious about cycling and going fast in order to truly enjoy it. (That’s my favorite part.)

The photo above is me when I started cycling regularly back in 1995. My passion for cycling hasn’t stopped since!

I represent the non-competitive cyclists, runners, and swimmers of the group. I mostly write about all the ways that biking, jogging, and swimming are fun when you’re not a serious athlete.

If you are looking for FREE photo prints, you are at the right place! Nowadays, we store all of our digital pictures on our devices or in the Cloud, which is super convenient. But a printed picture is something special. They make a great gift for events like Mother’s day, great decor for your home and great keepsakes of memorable and cherished moments. We’ve put together a list of the best ways to get pictures printed for free. We’ve compiled all the ways you can get free photo prints for you here to save you time and the hassle. As new free photo print offers happen, we’ll make sure to update this article!

FREE PHOTO PRINTS FROM WALGREENS

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Walgreens regularly offers FREE photo prints to new and existing customers, about twice a month on average. The code is valid for a few days and the promotion often happens on weekends. It’s often a FREE 8×10 photo print offer but Walgreens also offers coupon codes for other free photo print products such as photo collages, photo cards or 5×7 & 4×6 prints. To get them compeltely free, you need to choose “in-store pick” at checkout.

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Snapfish is another company that regularly offers FREE photo prints, typically 10 free 4×6 photo prints and they ship them to you for free. And this offer is valid for both new and existing customers!

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CVS also offers FREE photo prints from time to time to its existing and new customers. In the past they’ve offered free 5×7, 4×6 and 8×10 photo prints. Just like Walgreens, to get them compeltely free, you need to choose “in-store pick” at checkout.

If you have a Sam’s Club account, you can get 50 FREE 4×6 photo prints when you sign-up for a Sam’s Club Photo account.

To celebrate various Holidays throughout the year, such as Mother’s Day, Halloween, Easter or Christmas, Bass Pro offers FREE photo prints in their stores. No purchase is necessary. Just show up dressed for the occasion. You might have to pick up a ticket at the front of store.

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Just download the Shutterfly’s mobile app and you will get unlimited free 4×6 and 4×4 prints; You’ll just pay the shipping. Economy shipping will vary based on the number of prints that you order. They also offer other photo deals and promotions. Another perk: Shutterfly provides completely free and unlimited picture storage. They will never delete your pictures; You can store as many photos as you want for free!

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FreePrints is an app that offers up to 1,000 free 4×6 photo prints. But they do charge a shipping fee (starting at $1.99 and max. $9.99). Just open the FreePrints app and select the photos that you want to print from your phone, Facebook or Instagram. Your free photo prints will be delivered to your doorstep in just days!

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YorkPhoto offers a great promotion: Get 100 FREE photo prints when you enter code Y100FREE at checkout. They do charge a shipping fee of $6.24.

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A few things to know: Remember to be patient, samples may take 2 to 8 weeks to arrive in the mail and they are shipped directly from the manufacturer, not Freeflys. Freeflys is a directory, we cover freebies like a news outlet covers the news.

The best way to get the most freebies is to sign-up for text alerts so you know right away when a freebie goes live and you can be amongst the first to claim one. If you need some help getting freebies, visit this page.

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Tips & tricks on getting a VoxBox from Influenster

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Influenster is a program that sends out thousands of boxes a month full of free stuff in hopes that you’ll use your social media influence to tell everyone you know what you think of these products.

If you like Influenster, you’ll want to also check out BzzAgent, PINCHme, and L’Oreal Consumer Testing Program as well as other programs that give out boxes of free samples.

All about the Influenster VoxBox

An Influenster VoxBox is a box full of full-sized free products that you get to review and keep. These boxes are often based on a theme but are sometimes a single product or group of products from the same company.

These are truly awesome boxes that can contain hundreds of dollars worth of free stuff. In the past, I’ve seen VoxBoxes that contain a Keurig coffee brewer, a skincare line, make-up, clothes, and all kinds of other products.

How to Join Influenster

You can visit Influenster and register by email or sign up with Facebook. You’ll then receive a link in your email that you can visit to fill out your profile.

Influenster is a completely free program to join and you don’t need an invite.

Connecting Your Social Media Accounts

The first thing you want to do after your join Influenster is to connect your social media accounts by visiting your social impact page. The more of an influencer you are on social media, the more likely you are to get a box full of freebies sent to you.

At the top of the page, you’ll see your impact score. The higher your score, the more likely you are to get sent a VoxBox full of free products. Your impact score is the best way to get a VoxBox, so be sure to put some effort into increasing it.

Go through and connect all of your social media accounts on this page. These include Influenster, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, Google+, Pinterest, Blogger, and WordPress. It may take a few hours for your impact score to be calculated.

If you still have a low impact score after your social media accounts are connected, here are some things you can do to increase it:

  • Increase your social media followers
  • Invite friends to join Influenster, the more social the friend the better
  • If you have a blog, add the Influenster widget to it

Improving Your Chances of Getting a VoxBox by Answering Snaps

On your profile, you’ll see a section called Snaps. Snaps are quick questions that determine if you qualify for a VoxBox.

You’ll want to make sure that you check your Influenster dashboard frequently and answer any Snaps that you have available.

Pay Attention to the Influenster Emails

Influenster will sometimes send out emails with surveys that may qualify you to receive a VoxBox. Make sure you take these surveys as soon as you can so you can possibly snag up a box full of free products.

When Influenster is going to send you a VoxBox, they’ll send you an email letting you know that it’s coming.

Receiving a VoxBox

If you’ve qualified for a campaign, you’ll receive your VoxBox in the mail. Be sure to visit the Campaigns section on your dashboard at this time to see what tasks you can do with your VoxBox.

Your VoxBox Campaign is your Ticket to Receiving Another VoxBox

When you’ve received your VoxBox you’ll have certain social media tasks you can do to get a campaign badge. This may include filming an unboxing video, blogging about the VoxBox, tweeting photos of the products, and posting reviews on Facebook.

Make sure you complete as many of these activities as you can, the more active you are, the greater the chance that you’ll receive another VoxBox.

Close to, or when your Influenster VoxBox campaign starts, you’ll receive a survey in your email. Be sure to fill this survey out because it greatly increases your chances of getting another box full of free stuff.

You can rack up points and prizes with the Microsoft Rewards program. Here’s how to get free stuff by using programs like Edge and Bing.

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Interested in getting some cool stuff for free? The Microsoft Rewards program allows you to build up points by performing certain tasks, such as taking online quizzes, browsing with Microsoft Edge, and searching for items using Microsoft Bing.

In return, you can score gift cards for popular retail stores, get discounts on certain products, win apparel, get entered into sweepstakes for more lucrative items, and donate to charitable causes. Let’s see how this works.

Microsoft Account

Get Started

Microsoft welcomes you to its Rewards program with different quizzes, polls, and other tasks that you can accomplish to start racking up points. Each task lists the points you can gain as a reward. Find one that interests you and click the link that states how many points you can earn.

Complete Tasks

Discover Goals

Set Goals

Complete Goals

You’re returned to the main Rewards page. Scroll down the screen to the Your Goal window to see how many points are required to redeem the goal you chose. If you have enough points, click the Redeem Now link to redeem them for this goal.

At the goal’s page, click the button to Donate if you chose a charitable cause or program, the button to Enter Sweepstakes if you selected a sweepstakes, or the button to Redeem Reward if you chose another type of reward. Then confirm the reward.

Remove Goals

Redeem Points

Choose Rewards

How to Earn Points

If you sign in with your Microsoft Account, there are other ways to earn points (Opens in a new window) without having to take quizzes or fill out polls. As previously stated, you can earn points by using Microsoft’s Edge browser or searching with Bing. Use them together to earn even more.

Other search activities eligible for rewards include: using the search box on the taskbar of your Windows 10 device and searching with Bing through Cortana, and buying items from the online Microsoft Store (Opens in a new window) using your mobile device, an Xbox One, the Microsoft Store app in Windows 10 or 8.1, or the web. If you play select games or complete certain quests on the Xbox One, you also get points.

Earn with Microsoft Family

Rewards Status

Next, click the Status heading at the top of the page. Here, you’ll find the full details on your rewards status, including points earned, your level (each higher level brings with it more benefits), points redeemed, badges earned, your progress, and your recent rewards.

Wondering what the extra benefits are for leveling up? Click See my level benefits to view what you get at Level 1, Level 2, and Level 2 with Xbox Live Gold.

View Badges

View Progress

Recent Rewards

View Previous Winners

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