Wouldn’t it be great if you could get products for your family for FREE (or almost free)? I’ve done it for years and today I’m going to give you tips on how you to get free products for your family!
My husband and I fell in love as teenagers and got married at just 18 and 19 years old. I wouldn’t change a thing about marrying him (he’s amazing!). I wouldn’t even change a thing about those first few years of financial struggle we went through. They taught me how to really stretch a dollar and it’s the skills I learned during that time that continue to save our family money as it grows. Since we are very soon going to be a family of 7, saving my family money is more important than ever before!
Today I’m going to share with you my top FOUR tips on how to get free products for your family.
How To Get FREE Products (or Almost Free)
This post is sponsored by Rebate Key.
Coupons Are Worth the Work
Food is something that everyone needs and you can save thousands of dollars a year by utilizing coupons and shopping at the right stores. The first thing you should do is research to find out which stores in your area allow double (or even triple) coupons. By taking advantage of a store’s double (or triple) coupon policy, you can get items that are often times 75% or more off of their regular price.
The real way to maximize your savings with coupons is to wait for the items to go on sale.
That means you will stock up on a specific item sometimes for a few weeks (depending on how many coupons you have to use). For example, I often find coupons for $.75 off of cereal our family frequently eats. I will wait until our local store offers a promotion such as “purchase 4 boxes of cereal and get an automatic $8 credit”. I then use 4 of my $.75 off coupons (which double to $1.50 off of each box) and in the end, I’m saving a total of $14 off of 4 boxes of cereal ($8 credit plus $6 savings in coupons). Many times this means they are free or practically free!
You can find coupons in the Sunday newspaper and online. My local library also has a coupon box where I score lots of great coupons that are even already clipped for me! You could also check with friends and relatives who usually just throw coupons away. Many are willing to save for you if you just ask.
Utilize Rebates to Get Free Products
Rebates are GREAT! Sure, you are having to pay for the product up-front, but when you are refunded a large portion of the purchase price (or ALL of it!) they are totally worth it and should not be neglected! It’s one of the best ways I’ve found when researching how to get free products for my family.
I have used rebates to get so many items for free over the years, from food and beverages to diapers, to motor oil. Finding rebates for our family used to take me a bit of research time as I searched the internet for the best ones out there, but I just discovered a new website that pulls rebates for a number of stores (like Walmart, Amazon, etc.) all together in one place!
The website is called Rebate Key.
After signing up for a free account with Rebate Key, you can buy products through their site and get a rebate in 35 days in the mail. Many rebates are for the full 100% purchase prices (with free shipping too!), others are between 60-80% off.
My husband has been needing a new flashlight (what is it with kids always wanting to play with flashlights….and then losing them?!) and Rebate Key has a great one right now with a 100% rebate! It’s sold on Amazon so with my Prime account, shipping is also free. Woohoo!!!
Purchasing the item and qualifying for the rebate is easy! First, you click on the link for the product you want. That will open up a new window for you to purchase the product through the retailer where the rebate is offered. Then, you purchase it the same way you’d purchase anything else.
Once you’ve placed your order, you’ll immediately go back to Rebate Key and provide your order number to verify your purchase. You have an hour to verify your order. Then, just wait about a month for your rebate check to show up in the mail!
Why Do Companies Offer Rebates?
Simple – they realize that one of the best ways to market their product is by word-of-mouth. By sending out a few units to consumers like you and me, they are hoping you will love the product as much as they do and share with people you know.
They also know that if they can get you to try one of their products, you’re more likely to try other products in their lineup.
Take Up Mystery Shopping
Have you heard of mystery shopping and wondered if it was legit? Well, I’m here to tell you it IS. I’ve been paid many times from a number of companies for mystery shopping. I haven’t done it in a few years (because of time restraints) but it’s definitely a real way to get things for free and sometimes earn additional income in addition to the free things you receive.
I’ve completed mystery shopping assignments for McDonald’s, Dominos, Chili’s, and Family Dollar, plus a few other places, in the past. When my husband and I were too poor to afford date nights, it was mystery shopping that provided us that luxury.
Much like a rebate, with mystery shopping, you will usually need to complete the work first and then you’ll receive a check in the mail a few weeks later after completing the requirements as reimbursement.
Legitimate mystery shopping companies should never ask for you to pay to see a list of their jobs but you will need to apply to be accepted into their program and for each individual assignment. Before applying, check to see if they mystery shopping company is a member of the MSPA.
Enter Giveaways and Sweepstakes
I’ve won so many great prizes over the years just by taking the time to enter a simple giveaway or sweepstakes. You can search for specific items your family currently needs or just follow blogs (like this one!) who frequently host giveaways. I’ve given out prizes ranging from gift cards, Paypal cash, baby gear, tickets to events, household appliances, diapers, beauty, fashion…just about anything you can think of!