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How to Get Free Stuff Online (NEW VIDEO!)

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This was my favorite video to make (so far), because this topic is at the heart of what Free Stuff Finder was about when it was first started in 2006 — way before we ventured into couponing and online deals. I hope you enjoy the video.

Show Notes:

Here are the resource links of tools I mentioned in the video:

  • Google Voice – If you already have a gmail account, you can sign in with your gmail account to get setup. Or if you are new to gmail or google accounts, you can sign up here. With google voice, you can get a Free phone number in your local area code. The phone number can accept calls, receive voice mails and text messages. Never fill out an online form with your real number.
  • RoboForm – You can read more about and download RoboForm here. It was designed to be a password manager, with plugins for your web browser. But it has auto fill feature to fill in commonly used web fields.
  • LastPassLastPass is an alternative to RoboForm. Another very cool password manager with browser plugins, and can help to fill out forms faster.
  • The video was based on the 5 Tips for Free Stuff Finding article from last year. :)

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  • *New Video* How to Shop for Free at Staples

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    Several people had asked how the Staples Easy Rebate works, because the word “rebate” sound a little daunting. I wanted to bring you along to Staples this week to demonstrate how simple the easy rebate submission is. As a couponer, we really shouldn’t need to pay retail for paper, especially with the frequent Staples Easy Rebate deals that comes out. Anyway, hope the video was helpful to ya. :) Hit subscribe on YouTube to be notified of other new videos on money saving tips and frugal living.

    If you want to follow along and do the deal this week (Ends 11/15/2014), go here for details on the two deals I mentioned in the video. Very simple and good for beginners to try. Let me know how it goes for you. :)

    You can also access to both coupons here. Again, you can show the coupons from your phone or you can print them out on paper.

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  • How to Save at Starbucks – Never Pay Full Price (New Video)

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    NOTES: Quick Links from Video: Raise Starbucks Gift Cards Here and Starbucks Reward Program Here

    I love Starbucks. But I don’t love the premium pricing on their highly addicting and yummy treats. As a habitual deal chaser and frugal couponer, I’m always looking for ways to avoid paying full price for items, and Starbucks is no exception.  Even if the savings is small, every little bit helps.

    Here is my strategy for never paying full price at Starbucks. Yes, I have a strategy. And when my husband violates any part of this strategy… well let’s just say, it ain’t pretty. :) (j/k)

    Step #1

    Sign up for the Starbucks Reward Program, either online or from your phone. Next, download the Starbucks app to your phone and then link your Starbucks Reward Program to your phone’s app.

    Step #2

    Go to Raise.com, which is a marketplace for buying and selling discounted gift cards, and buy a discounted Starbucks gift card. This is really very easy to do and the gift cards can either be physically mailed to you or sent electronically to your email. The discounts range from 5% to 20%, depending entirely on what’s available and how competitive the Raise.com marketplace is at that moment. The best price I’ve gotten for a Starbucks gift card was a 19% discount.

    I always choose the electronic gift card and in just a few minutes, once I have received the gift card’s code in my email, I can then enter that code into my Starbucks’ Reward Program via my phone’s app (or from a computer) and I’m off and running.

    Step #3

    Always use your phone’s Starbucks app to pay while shopping at Starbucks. When you do this, you are using the money from your discounted gift card you bought from Raise.com (savings tip number 1) and you are also racking up reward points on your Starbucks Reward Program (savings tip number 2).

    One additional tip I have, and this is the step that gets my husband in deep doo-doo because he’s too embarrassed to actually do this: If you are buying multiple items at Starbucks, buy them in separate transactions. So if you are buying two coffees and a food item, let the cashier know that you will be paying for them in 3 separate transactions. We do this, because a reward point (or “Star”) is given for every transaction.  This way, you can rack up points quicker than if you (like my husband) pay for multiple items in one transaction.

    How the Starbucks Reward Program Work

    By paying with your Starbucks app you are tracking your transactions in your Starbucks Reward Program. Once you hit 5 stars within a 12 month period, you’ll be in the Green level status. Once you have racked up 30 stars within a 12 month period, you will have achieved Gold Status.

    With Green level, you’ll get a Freebie (any drink or food item) on your birthday. And Free in-store refills on coffee or tea.

    With Gold level, you’ll get the benefits of Green level, plus you get a FREE ITEM every time you hit your 12th star. The free item is good on any drink or food item in the store. You can get the largest drink with multiple shots. But from my experience, you’ll get the most value by getting their pre-packaged gourmet salads. They are the most expensive food or drink item carried at the store at $6.99. My favorite is the Chicken Quinoa Salad. Awesome lunch. FREE makes it the more delicious! :)

    Using Raise.com to Sell Unused Gift Cards

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    Have you ever gotten a gift card to a store that you just don’t like shopping at? Or maybe the amount you were given isn’t enough to buy anything useful at that store without spending more money? Then consider selling the gift card for cash!

    Raise.com is not only a great place to buy discounted gift cards but also a great place to sell your unused gift cards to other shoppers for cash. You can sell physical gift cards and cards with merchandise credit that have a minimum of $20. And you can sell eGift cards that have a minimum of $10 on them.

    How To Sell Gift Cards

    Let’s say you have a $20 gift card for Nordstrom and you don’t want to use it because you would most likely have to add more cash to the transaction.

    • Head over to raise.com Sell Gift Card page
    • Enter in the basics (card retailer, serial number, etc.) This info is kept private at all times.
    • For each gift card sold, raise.com takes a 15% commission of the sale price. They provide you with prepaid shipping labels.
    • Choose how much to sell the card for. Depending on brand cards sell faster with at least a 5% discount.
    • Choose how to be paid, check out PayPal.

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  • Extreme Couponing – How to Start a Stockpile (New Video!)

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    Note #1: Here is a similar shelf made by the same company on Amazon with Free Shipping.

    Note #2: Here are the exact shelves I got from Home Depot. No longer carried on amazon.

    Hello! I just uploaded a video that gives a sneak peek into my ever growing Stockpile on YouTube. :)  By the way, if you haven’t already, make sure to Click the Subscribe Button on YouTube to be notified when I upload new videos. And if you have any questions for me that you would like to see me address in a future video or blog post, go here to ask your questions.

    Today, we’re going to talk about Stockpiling. I cover in detail the concept of stockpiling in the Couponing 101 – How to Coupon Stack lesson. Go there to learn more. But the basic gist of stockpiling is waiting for items to go onsale, stacking available coupons, getting items at the lowest possible price and buying enough of them to last until the next sale.

    As you can see in the video, I went a little crazy with my stockpile, and it borders on the side of Extreme Couponing – which isn’t required, or even needed or even recommended. :) Seriously, I had a lot of fun building the stockpile, but I’m not sure I would do it again to this extreme. I have 12 shelving units full like the ones shown in this video (you see 4 in the video) and it’s becoming a problem now that we are getting ready to move.

    Where to Get Shelves?

    The number one question I get asked related to stockpiling is, where I get my shelves from? The quick answer is: Amazon or Home Depot. If you find the exact same shelves on amazon that also sells at home depot, some home depot will allow you to price match amazon.com prices and give you an additional 10% over the difference.

    I recommend investing in these metal shelves instead of the plastic ones. They are more sturdy, have adjustable shelves, and look nicer. Plus, the shelves themselves don’t bow as badly when you put heavy items on them.

    You can also get metal shelves at Costco. Some of my friends got theirs from Costco and are happy with them.

    Pros to Stockpiling

    1. The obvious pro to having a stockpile is that you never have to pay full price for non-perishable items on which you can stock up. Things like laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towel, diapers, canned food, etc. It’s so nice when you run out of paper towel to be able to walk into your “personal store”. No more stress of needing to get to the store to pick up more.

    2. Nice to look at – c’mon, I’m not gonna lie. I like looking at my stockpile. Call me crazy. But I love my cleaning supply stockpile. I actually found organizing my stockpile to be an enjoyable pass time. Some people sew, some people bake. Me? I organize my stockpile. :)

    3. Giving Back – While its nice to save money and to have a beautiful stockpile, couponing and stockpiling also allows you the opportunity to easily give back. You can donate stockpile items to others in need, make a generous basket for a neighbor, or allow your friends and family to shop in your “store” for Free.

    Cons to Stockpiling

    1. Space – Depending on how extreme you get, stockpiling can take up a lot of space. I seriously started with one shelving unit in the garage, and somehow grew into 4, then 8, then 12. lol. I’m really embarrassed to admit, but now I have a storage unit for the extras. However, I am actively working on reducing the amount I coupon for and donating the extras I have in storage.

    2. “You Can’t Use Anything” – This is a joke among extreme couponers. Because stockpiling can bring out the OCD animal in you, if you use one item from your shelves, you’ll be annoyed by the missing space where that item used to live. So often times, couponers will go out to get 10 things just so they can replace the one item. My Tip is: Don’t get too obsessive with replacing what you use. Move the items forward, so the missing space is at the back of the shelf.

    3. People may call you a “hoarder” or  a “doomsday prepper”. :) lol. As my friends make jokes about my stockpile, they continue to enjoy the benefits of my couponing by getting Free Stuff. To each their own!

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  • *NEW* My YouTube Channel + Free Couponing 101 Class

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    Hey You! So I launched my NEW YouTube Channel last week. Make sure to Hit the Subscribe Button to be notified of future videos (I’ve got some fun videos coming up – in the making as I type this).

    I didn’t mention it here yet, since I was kind of embarrassed. LOL. Seriously. Making videos is hard and watching yourself on these videos is even harder. :) You never quite get used to it. Hopefully, with more practice, I’ll get better at it.

    Anyway, the first set of videos is a Free Online Coupon Class for beginner couponers. Go here to get started in learning How to Coupon. :) In the future, you can access this training series from the site menu. Just click “Beginner’s Guide” from the menu bar above to find it. If you have a friend who is new to couponing and would like to learn, please pass this link on to them.

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  • Walgreens Coupon Policy Update

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    (May 30, 2014) If you shop at Walgreens, you might be interested to know that their Coupon Policy has been updated recently. Here are the two major changes

    “Walgreens will not accept coupons that exceed the selling price of an item.”

    This change will probably affect a lot of Walgreens shoppers, as it will prevent us from using a coupon with a value that exceeds the price of the item the coupon is being used on. For example, if Walgreens has a product on sale for $2.90 and you have a $3.00 off one product coupon, Walgreens cashiers will no longer be able to manually adjust the value of the coupon down.

    In the past, their coupon policy allowed cashier to manually adjust coupons down to the cost of the product being sold. But that won’t be allowed anymore. :(

    “For offers when multiple items are purchased and additional items are free (buy 1 get 1 free; buy 2 get 1 free, etc.), the number of coupons applied to that offer cannot exceed the number of items required in the “buy” portion of the offer. Coupons may not be applied against any free item received in any offer.”

    What this means is that we will no longer be able to use a coupon on the Free item in a Buy One Get One Free sale. For example, if Almay makeup remover is on buy one get one free sale, you can use one $4/1 coupon when you buy two makeup removers instead of two coupons.  So only one coupon for the item we are buying, and no coupons for the item(s) that is free.

    Sad day for some couponers, but I think we will be able to get through it! There are still so many awesome deals and savings to be had! :) Here’s the link to the full Walgreens Coupon Policy. 

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  • Help! Want a Box of Freebies?

    Update: It’s not too late to sign up. We will be giving away free $25 gift cards once the goodie boxes are gone. Still a few boxes left.

    Hey you,

    My name is Tina and I’m the mama behind Free Stuff Finder. I thought to pop in and say hello, and to confess to a problem I have. Perhaps you can help me.

    Here’s my problem…

    I have WAY too many free samples and other freebies sent to my house. More than I know what to do with.

    Can you take some off my hands? Please help!

    Because we try every offer that we post on Free Stuff Finder, we end up with a large surplus of goodies without homes.

    They are literally sitting in the corner of my office collecting dust. If I don’t give these away soon, I’ll end up on the show Hoarders. :)

    Here is a picture of one such corner. Excuse the mess. Every box and bag and stash you see here contain Freebies I’ve received or picked up, just from the last 6 months.

    I’ve been meaning to take photos of these for you, but ya know how it is when you are juggling kids, family and work — you end up saying “I’ll do it next week”. And before you know it, you end up with what I have pictured above: an overwhelming disaster. *smiles*

    Anyway, I want to give this stuff away to you. If you want it, that is. :)

    Here’s my solution: I recently started our VIP Freebie List (which will replace the daily emails on June 1st and becoming a Bi-Weekly newsletter. It will also be the coolest and best weekly freebie report in the planet! *wink*).

    We will be randomly giving away boxes of goodies we’ve received to members of the VIP list. Membership is Free (C’mon, we’re free stuff finder. Everything’s gotta be Free baby!).

    Join the list here and you could be a winner for a box of freebie goodies.

    To sweeten the deal, we’ll also be doing weekly giveaways of $25 gift cards to members, and we will be announcing winners on the list only.

    Additionally, we will also be holding special surprise and private giveaways during the year of cool stuff. Cool stuff like iPads, Kindles, Blenders and other goodness. You don’t want to miss it.

    You can join the VIP list by clicking here or completing this short form below:

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  • How to See All Our Posts in Your Facebook Newsfeed

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    There has been an update to Facebook recently and you are most likely missing out on a lot of our freebie Facebook posts.

    By following these steps you can be sure to see ALL of our freebie Facebook posts in your news feed – never miss a freebie again!

    1. Hover over the ‘Like’ button on Free Stuff Finder’s Facebook page and click on ‘Settings’.  (see below) [Read more...]

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  • 5 Tips for Free Stuff Finding

    The number one question I hear from people is, “I’ve been signing up for freebies, but still haven’t received anything – Where is my stuff?” If you’ve been a Freebie Finder for some time, you may recall feeling this way when you first started. :)

    UPDATE: I just created this video to address this common question. Watch it below or on YouTube Here.

    To address the “I’m not getting any freebies” concern, I’ve compiled the following advice (based on my own experience):

    1. Get a Free Email Account and use it just for your freebie hunting.  I recommend and love gmail.  Never use your personal every-day email address when signing up for freebies – unless you love spam!
    2. Get a Free Phone Number and use it just for your freebie hunting.  Google Voice offers free phone numbers in ANY area code.  This is a great freebie all on its own!  Again, never give out your own personal phone number when signing up for freebies – unless you love solicitation calls!  Get Google Voice.  Also great for that creepy guy that keeps asking for your number.
    3. Sign up for a lot of offers. Since not every offer will deliver, signing up for as many offers as possible will increase your chances. We do our best to filter out offers and only post ones we believe will deliver.
    4. Be patient. Most freebies take a long time to deliver, sometimes up to 8 weeks or longer.  I didn’t start receiving a flow of freebies into my mailbox until 2-3 months after I started signing up for stuff.
    5. Expectations. Expect nothing, so that when you receive something in the mail, you’ll be surprised and thankful. Having no expectation has made freebie hunting much more fun and exciting for me. Going to the mailbox (once a week) has been a bit like Christmas. :)
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  • Tip: Never Miss a Freebie Update

    Facebook has made some changes and even if you have liked our page on Facebook, you are most likely not getting all of our Freebie Offer Updates.

    To make sure that you are not missing out on any of the Freebies that we post on Facebook, we have put together this short step by step guide that shows you how to create a Facebook List.

    You will then have a tab on the side of your Facebook page that you can click on to quickly see all of our Freebie Offers.

    Step 1

    Go to the Free Stuff Finder Facebook page and make sure you’ve “liked” the page.  Then hover your cursor over the “liked” button and in the drop down menu click on “Add to Interest Lists…”

    Step 2

    In the drop down menu you then need to click on “New List”.

    Step 3

    Make sure Free Stuff Finder is “checked” as a page to feature in your list.  Click Next.

    Step 4

    Choose a name for your list, like – Free Stuff Finder.  Click Done.

    Step 5

    You will be back at your own Facebook page now and you will notice that now in the left column you will see Free Stuff Finder under “Lists”.  You can click on this to quickly see all of our Freebie Offer Updates!

     

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