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HOW TO GET YOUR HANDS ON FREE SAMPLES

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How Do You Get Free Samples With No Strings Attached?

 

Free samples are usually associated with long surveys, tricks, scams and most of the things that people try hard to avoid. While this happens in many cases, there are actually ways to get samples without any strings attached. I am going to offer you all of the information needed to get your hands on tons of free stuff without all of the strings. The reality is that it is possible to get free samples from some companies by simply asking for them.

 

The first thing we are going to focus on is how to write to companies and ask them for free samples. What kind of samples are you interested in? Food products? Cosmetics? Other things? Regardless of what you want, you can write to companies and request free samples.

 

The second focus will be on websites that offer free samples to consumers. There are websites available that specialize in all kinds of categories, so you will have the chance to get your hands on all kinds of things. Everything mentioned here is tried and true and I offer nothing but the very best info.

 

Write Companies To Request Free Stuff

 

I know someone who sent letters to companies and asked them for free samples so he could try their products. When he told me this, I had a difficult time believing it. After seeing all of the merchandise he received, it piqued my interest. Most of the companies that he wrote letters to sent him samples and return letters filled with compliments.

 

This is when I decided to try it for myself. I wrote to all kinds of companies and requested samples of their products. I received a bunch of things in return.

 

How To Do This

 

Decide which companies you want to request samples from. Once you figure out what you want, locate the address of the company that manufactures it. You can typically find the company’s address in the “Contact Us” or “About Us” section of their website. Now you have to work on creating the perfect letter. Here is the format that has worked for me time and time again.

 

Praise – Let them know how much you like their company/ Let them know why you like the products they offer. What makes them so much better than the competition.

 

Personal Experience – What meaning do their offerings have to your life? Share a personal experience that involves the use of their products. Once you give them proof that you are actually a fan, they will start to send you free samples.

 

Trust – Let them know that you are loyal to the brand because you have no question about the quality of the items they offer.

 

Ask – The next step is to let them know you would love to try more of their offerings. At this point, you can request samples.

 

Websites

 

There are countless sites out there that are filled with free products that are yours for the taking. Some of them will ask you to complete surveys and forms that have a scammy angle to them. There are others that are legitimate and they will offer samples offered directly by the company. This information will help you make the distinction between the good sites and the bad ones.

 

WOW FreeStuff

 

In my opinion, this is a fantastic option. WOW FreeStuff is updated daily, so there are more samples available all the time. It shows you many ways to get samples, including heading to the company website and liking their social media pages.

 

While there are some links where questionnaires will be required in order to get samples, there are others that are easier to obtain. The site is a little tacky looking, but don’t let that scare you away. The main point is that they did all of the work finding samples so you don’t need to. It is not recommended that you fill out any questionnaires. This usually leads to all kinds of spam. The goal is to get samples without offering your identity in return.

 

Offer Oasis

 

This website definitely lives up to its name. You can use it to get your hands on all kinds of free samples, including magazines, food and makeup. The best thing about this site is that it is not filled with all kinds of clutter that has to be waded through before finding free samples. The site does not have the samples available directly, but it offers links and coupons from all over the Web. They even mention promotions at stores in your local area. I would recommend this site to anyone looking for samples with being bombarded by a bunch of nonsense.

 

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HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH SURVEY SITES

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I have spoken at length before about a fantastic survey site Prolific Academic, survey sites are a great way of making extra money and vouchers, you would be surprised at how easy and quickly you can earn by just answering a few questions.

 

You could earn as much as £5 for completing questions which could take up to 30 minutes of your time.  It is easy to do in your lunch break!

 

Survey sites do differ in what they offer in terms of number of questions, time you need to take, types of questions you are asked to complete and the amount of money you are paid.

 

Below I have listed a further two survey sites which I recommend as a way of making extra cash…

 

 

Reward TV UK

RewardTV has been around for approximately 10 years.  You sign up and answer questions about your viewing habits and other likes and dislikes in relation to TV programmes.

 

It’s a very easy to register and start earning.  Basically you watch TV as you normally do, you then login to their website and answer questions about what you watched.

 

Answering questions allows you to accumulate points which you save up and then get to spend.

 

Why not register today and see how much you can accumulate?

 

 

 

Pinecone 

 

This is a great site, where you get to help influence tomorrow’s products!  You complete surveys from the comfort and convenience and get paid for sharing your thoughts.  Membership is totally free and only takes a few minutes to sign up.

 

Pinecone is very generous in terms of payment – you can earn up to £3 per survey so really worth signing up to now!

 

Why not register here and start earning now?

 

 

Happy money making!

 

 

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HOW TO FIND FREE ONLINE TRAINING COURSES

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I love all things free and that also means free online training courses!

 

I wanted to share with you a wonderful free way to study online and choose from hundreds of courses from top universities as well as specialist organisations.

 

FutureLearn is an online learning company set up by The Open University which offers totally free courses that you can study at your own pace and during your own time.

 

There are many courses to choose from – the complete list can be found here – there is such a vast array of subjects and the courses are from six to ten weeks long but of course there are shorter courses too.

 

The courses are very interactive and contain various activities to keep you interested and motivated including videos, audio and articles to read.  There are also short quizzes you can take as you go along.

 

Some of the courses that have just started are:

 

Business Fundamentals:  Effective Communication from The Open University

 

Cancer in the 21st Century from University of Glasgow

 

Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease by Trinity College Dublin

 

Innovation: The Key to Business Success of University of Leeds

 

Spanish for Beginners by The Open University

 

 

Each task you complete the easy to navigate system allows you to tick it off from your “To Do List” so you can move on to the next task.

 

There are also discussion sessions where you can chat to others who are taking the course – this is a great interactive tool to allow you to compare notes!

 

There are assignments that you can complete and at the end of most courses you will be given the opportunity to purchase a Certificate of Achievement.  The price for this really does depend on the course but you really don’t have to purchase one – it is up to you.

 

Whether you are studying for pleasure or considering a career change, FutureLearn is an excellent tool for increasing your knowledge or a way to increase your confidence in learning again.

 

Whatever the reason it is an infectious resource that you can continue to use again and again – totally free!

 

Happy learning!

 

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WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR BANK BALANCE THIS JANUARY

 

Ok so as Christmas Day comes to a close and as the New Year beckons it’s a great time to start some new habits especially in terms of your finances.

 

A nationwide poll which was commissioned by BBC1’s Watchdog noted that after Christmas people experience debt.  The amount is on average likely to be around £250 per person with younger adults more likely to experience it.

 

Below I have listed a few tips to help you start to boost that bank balance.

 

 

INCOME VERSUS EXPENDITURE

I highly recommend noting down your income and expenditure – in fact to help you along the way I am offering you a FREE printable income and expenditure sheet all set up for you to enter your income and expenditure.

Once you have done that set yourself a budget for the next few months that is both realistic and achievable.

 

 

GET SMART – SHOP AROUND

After you have completed the income and expenditure sheet start shopping around for better deals on things such as your buildings and contents insurance, pet insurance, health insurance or indeed your credit cards.  Have a look at Go Compare to get quote for your insurance needs including your gas and electric to see if you are on the best deals – if not then change!  You could save yourself hundreds each year.

 

 

USE CASHBACK APPS & COUPONS

Hunt for coupons and vouchers to cut down on those grocery costs.  Coupons are not just for food either, you can also get them for beauty products!  Not forgetting the apps that you can download to your phone and get cash back from.  Here is the list…

CheckoutSmart

First download the app from the link here.  The cashback offers can be valid for in-store and online but there are terms and conditions for each so check carefully.  There is also an expiry date on the purchase – again check this carefully.

 

First look at what offers are listed on the app, buy the product and then take a photo of the receipt, upload it and get the cashback credited to your account.  Once you reach the £5.00 minimum payment you can transfer the amount to either your Paypal account or your bank account.

 

ClickSnap / Quidco

In order to access ClickSnap you will need to sign up to Quidco, just click here.  Once you sign up to Quidco, download the ClickSnap app.  Once you enter the app you will see a selection of what is on offer.  You purchase the product, take a photo of your receipt, upload it and cashback is credited to your account.

 

You can withdraw your cash once you reach £1 and this can be paid either via your Paypal account or your bank account.

 

TopCashback Snap and Save

Again download the app from here and set up your account.  Buy the product you are looking to get cashback on, take a photo of your receipt, upload it and get the cashback credited to your account.

 

Shopitize

Download the app from here.  Each cashback offer can only be redeemed once per offer period.  They normally change each Tuesday.  Purchase any of the products you wish to have cashback on, scan the barcode (I would suggest doing this instore to make sure you have the correct product), take a photo of your receipt, upload it and get credited for the cashback amount.

 

Once you reach £4.00 you can transfer your cashback to either your Paypal account or your bank account.

 

Shopmium

Download the app and if you wish to sign up with my referral code KMHECCCP you’ll also get cashback for a FREE Green & Blacks Organic chocolate bar!  The site is straightforward, the products you can claim cashback for are listed, purchase the product, scan the barcode, take a photo of your receipt and upload, credit is normally within the hour and is automatically transferred to your bank or Paypal account each claim you make.

 

GreenJinn App (for iphones only)

Download the app, register, select what kind of coupons you are interested in and hey presto cashback options will appear on your phone. Please note GreenJinn only works in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

 

 

 

START A WEEKLY MEAL PLANNER

Another great way to save money is to plan ahead particularly when it comes to meals.  The first step to planning meal times is to look through your store cupboard, your fridge and your freezer to see what is lurking there.  Plan meals around what is already there – if you need additional items for that particular meal then just note those done and get what is on your list ONLY!

 

This will surely cut down on your grocery bill and together with the cashback apps you could save even more!

 

If you find a weekly meal plan daunting don’t worry – just take it a few days at a time that way you will start to get in the swing of planning meals and saving money!

 

 

 

AVOID IMPULSE BUYING

When you do go out, leave those credit cards behind and use cash only!  It’s amazing how having cash stops you from making impulse buys, it also stops you from buying items you really don’t need.  If you start this new habit it will most certainly bolster that bank balance not just in January but in the longer term.

 

 

SIDE HUSTLE

It’s not just about cutting back it is also about increasing your income.  There are many ways to do that.  If you have time to spare you could try out  mystery shopping, or completing surveys during your lunch break or indeed you could start a blog.  You could also sell your unwanted clothes, CDs, and DVDs online or if you have a hobby – sell your handmade items at craft fairs or online.

 

If you are receiving benefits, visit your local Citizen’s Advice to make sure you are claiming everything you are entitled to.  There are so many people that miss out because they are unaware of what they can claim.  Make sure you are not one of them!

 

I have no doubt if you do the above you will be on a journey to reduce your outgoings and increas your income.

 

Happy Money Saving!

 

Elf x

 

 

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