How to Find Free Stuff & Coupons – Tip #1


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Have you ever wondered how people find all this free stuff on the Internet? What about all the coupons people seem to be able to locate with ease? If you’ve ever wondered how “they” do it, this article series is for you.

One very important tidbit to keep in mind before you begin – if you spend a lot of time on the Internet, you will be able to snag a lot of things. On the other hand, if you don’t spend a lot of time online, you won’t. It’s as simple as that. Fortunately, I work on the Internet all day long, which is how I’m able to snag all my goodies. I’ve learned a trick or two over the course of the last year & half since I started doing this, and now I’m going to pass on what I’ve learned to you. So without further adieu, Tip #1 to help you do it too!

Tip #1 – Create Separate Accounts

Facebook Accounts

I probably follow no fewer than 100 different blogs and/or Facebook pages, plus Twitter accounts. Yes, my Newsfeed is chock full, but it does not matter. I use my secondary Facebook & Twitter accounts and I have one or two free Internet email accounts for sign-up and e-newsletter purposes. I have what I call my “Personal Facebook” page, which includes all my friends, family & clients and then I have what I call my “Freebie/Couponing” page, which contains all my couponing friends, company Facebook pages and freebie connections. Never the two shall meet! Well, never say never, but it’s pretty close!

Email Accounts

Then there are the email accounts. I’m sure you’re aware, but there are many free services out there for creating email accounts. There’s Google, MSN/Hotmail and Yahoo, to name the top 3. I probably have 5 email accounts all together and there’s a reason for that, which I’ll explain in a minute. Then I have what I call my “regular email address,” which I use with Outlook. That email is only for my family, friends & clients. Again, never the two shall meet.

If I’m signing up for a freebie or a coupon or something, that will more than likely generate spam, I use one of my free accounts. The reason for that is simple. I do not want my friends & family to get lost in the mire of company emails, newsletters and spam, but on the other hand, I don’t want to miss out on free stuff and awesome high value coupons either! Once one of my freebie accounts is generating 1000s of emails a day, I just close it down and create a new one. There’s no limit to how many of these free accounts you can have so go nuts if you need to.

Why So Many Email Accounts?

The reason I have 5 free accounts is because I have 5 computers at home. My desktop & laptop, my husband’s desktop & laptop and one older laptop I only use now for printing coupons. Many times there will be a coupon available, but you have to give them an email address to send it to. 5 Computers mean I can usually print 10 coupons (two for each one), which I have been known to do if the coupon is really good, so I would need 5 different emails to give them.

As a side note, if I come across a coupon, on Facebook for example, and they are telling me they only want us to print 1 or 2 coupons, 1 or 2 coupons is all I’ll print. Many times they will have a coupon available, but only to say, the first 5,000 people. It’s a personal choice, but frankly, I think 1 or 2 is fair, in order to leave the others available to other people, so I will not print 10 in cases like that, only my 1 or 2. I believe in karma and that karma can be a bitch, so I won’t push my luck! Coupons.com and sites like that? If I can used 10 coupons, I’ll print them.

Now I could go totally nuts and print from my phone and iTouch, Kindle, etc., but with only 2 adults & 5 animals in our household, no matter how excellent the coupon is, 10 will usually do me just fine. Have a huge family? Create more addresses. Remember, there’s no limit! For me, having 3 Facebook accounts (one of which is hubby’s, which I have been known to use from time to time) and 5 email addresses , to go with my 5 computers, works for me. You may need less, you may need more. You may think I’m totally out of my mind, but the freebies never stop coming and my printer barely takes a day off! The important thing to remember is, have at least one separate email that you use for your freebie and couponing needs. The extra Facebook account is optional, but that’s what works best for me. I for one know that my family & friends DO NOT want their newsfeeds filling up with all my online activities!

Stay tuned for my next tip in this series – Tip #2 – Roboform is My Very Best Friend!

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Comments

  1. I created a second account too when I started signing up for freebies and contests. It just made things easier. And then I don’t worry if I sign up for something that turns out to be spam. :/ I always tell me friends the same thing when they start signing up for things. I think this is a great article series you are starting! 😀

  2. Randi Greene says

    We also have a dedicated coupon email address. It keeps things so much neater and more organized!

  3. THanks for the post!!!

  4. I’ve been thinking about doing that too, so I know what I’m doing this weekend….

  5. Kleptos Mommie says

    And dont forget that you can get All You Samples from their website which changes daily. The other thing too is talk to family, and neighbors because if they dont want the samples or use the product maybe they wouldnt mind getting it in their name but giving it to you. My mother in law always gives me the samples she doesnt want which is about 98 percent of them.

  6. Susan Clark says

    Great post. I keep telling myself I am going to do that. Now I just need to DO IT! LOL Got a new computer for X-mas so now is a good time to start. 🙂

  7. I use those email addresses for swagbucks offers too, they generate a ton of spam.

  8. Christine Smatlak says

    this is a great idea cause my email acct is crazy

  9. Kasey Unruh says

    I have already bombarded my FB acct with all these entries. How do I switch now to clean up my FB feed?

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