The amount of money you can save when you sign up for freebies from various retailers and manufacturers is staggering. If you take the time to sign up for programs that will send you free products in the mail, as well as free coupons, you will thank yourself for the effort quite a bit in the future.
A surprising number of people don’t sign up for these types of programs. Oftentimes, this is because they feel like it is simply too much work. Those who don’t think the workload is too heavy often think that the free products and coupons aren’t all that great a deal. Others are concerned that their mailboxes, both real and virtual, will start to fill up with nothing but spam. Still more people would sign up if they knew where to start, but aren’t really sure where they should begin.
The reality is that it might not really be worth it to sign up for only one of these programs, but if you sign up for enough of them you will find that your overall expenses will start to drop quite dramatically if they are the types of products that you already use on a regular basis. By following a few basic principles, you can make the most out of this strategy for saving money on the internet.
Start by looking for information sources that reliably provide people with the latest offers. You will most likely find the best results by searching Facebook and other social networks for socially branded websites, rather than sites which are completely advertisement centric.
These sites provide real information that will help you find good deals and places to sign up. This is far more helpful than starting with websites that immediately ask you to fill out a form and spend the rest of their domain space telling you why you should. You will eventually sign up for these sites, but only after receiving recommendations from authoritative blogs on the subject.
You will also want to set up a separate email account specifically for these programs. In this way email from your friends won’t get buried in the coupons and, yes, the spam that will quickly accumulate when you start signing up for these programs.
Only sign up for products that you need. Before signing up for any program, ask yourself if it is something that you already use, or that you have been planning to use for a long time but haven’t quite gotten around to it. If not, there is a good chance you are simply being sucked in by the good deals, which isn’t a good way to save money if you don’t need the products.
Finally, it is a good idea to set up an automatic form filler on your internet browser. This allows you to automatically complete each form so that you don’t have to waste your precious time entering in this information every time you sign up for a new program. It won’t necessarily work every time, but in most cases it will.
Sally is an elementary school teacher in the Chicago area. She enjoys blogging and traveling and is currently awaiting the arrival of her first child. @eatbreatheblog on Twitter.