By Scott Kluth, CEO of CouponCabin
Freebies are a great way to score everyday products, food items, and samples without having to make a purchase. If you know where to look, there are guaranteed free offers on items ranging from makeup products to coffee to free gifts, workshops, yoga classes, eBooks and streaming services like Netflix.
One of the most popular freebies are food freebies. Places like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and IHOP regularly offer free items, but you have to be on the lookout to make sure you don’t miss them. For example, IHOP lets kids 12 and under eat for free every day from 4 to 7 p.m. Consumers can even find food freebies from restaurants like Ruby Tuesday and Denny’s, including free appetizers and breakfast entrees.
Another way to score food freebies is to sign up for loyalty programs. Often times restaurants will give you a sweet deal just for signing up and will even reward you again with special offers on your birthday. Chipotle offers free chips and guacamole when customer opt in to their text alerts and Dunkin’ Donuts extends a free beverage when users opt in for their loyalty program. Additionally, restaurants like Red Robin and Baskin Robbins offer a free burger and a free scoop of ice cream respectively to celebrate customers’ date of birth.
Loyalty programs are great because once you are onboard you will continue to receive additional offers and be the first to know of recurring free offers. However, a word of caution when it comes to loyalty programs, only sign up with stores, restaurants, etc. that are reputable and never sign up to receive freebies from a company that you’re not familiar with. If you’re still hesitant about signing up for loyalty programs, create a separate email account to check on a weekly basis for free offers, exclusive deals, etc. This will not only protect you and your email inbox, but it will also help you stay organized by relieving clutter in your day-to-day emails making it easier to spot deals.
Outside of food there are service freebies you can take advantage of as well. For example, Netflix offers a free one month trial upon signup and 24 Hour Fitness and Gold’s Gym both offers a free fitness passes. Additionally, you can find a number of free offers for workshops and other classes happening in your community. Home Depot and Michaels regularly offer free Do-It-Yourself workshops and Lululemon is notorious for offering its free yoga classes on Sundays at participating locations. Not only are the workshops free but they are also a great way to meet new people or learn a new skill.
Lastly, while freebies are usually great, some of them can be deceiving or ill-intended. Here are a couple of red flags to watch out for to make sure you protect yourself and don’t get duped:
- Never sign up for a promotional offer that requires you to provide your credit card number.
- If the offer seems way too good to be true, it probably is.
- Always double check that you are receiving the promised offer before you hit “checkout.”
Living in a world where everything is free is fantasy, but by following these simple tips and tricks we are a little closer to making it a reality and it’s the small wins that count.
Scott Kluth is the CEO of CouponCabin,
CouponCabin is a leading provider of online coupons, cashback offerings and deals. They offer the broadest selection of guaranteed savings at over 3,000 retailers all in one, convenient place.