Looking to save money? Insider look at 10 websites that offer free articles.


STATEN ISLAND, NY – With inflation at an all-time high, coupons and weekly sales are a shopper’s best friend. A $2 discount on mac and cheese? Yes please. But how about an even bigger discount? A selection of beauty products, baby equipment or gently used clothing and furniture for free? According to lifehacker.com, there are a slew of websites currently offering “free trusted brand samples” to those who request them. And while not every product is swoon-worthy (DeWalt drill bits?), some items are worth all the quizzes and spam.

Here’s a look at 10 sites that give it, literally.

Freebies.com. Visit the site daily and take quizzes or take a survey to win ‘ballots’, each of which counts as a chance to win a giveaway – which includes items like Dove beauty products, MAC makeup palettes and Victoria’s Secret slides. There are also exclusive giveaways and coupons – the more quizzes you take on the site, the more chances you have of winning the goods.

Project without purchase. Founded in 2013 with a mission to build community by connecting people through hyperlocal donations, this site has a strong focus on reducing waste and saving money. Search “Staten Island Buy Nothing” on Facebook to access your local chapter (there are currently two groups, one for Midland Beach/Dongan Hills, another for Oakwood/New Dorp), and you can connect with like-minded residents. ideas in your community. . Anyone with something to donate can post a message (usually with a photo of the item), and all you have to do to claim it is request it and arrange pickup. Most of the items on offer include children’s toys and clothes, as well as plenty of furniture that needs a new home.

Just free stuff. Launched in 1997, Just Free Stuff offers plenty of clickbait, but ultimately connects consumers with companies willing to give away their product in hopes of attracting a new repeat customer. Gift categories include clothing, books, baby accessories and more. There are also frequent contests held here for high-end products, from an old-fashioned ice cream maker to a family vacation in Colorado.

The Penny Hoarder. Founded in 2010, The Penny Hoarder is one of the nation’s largest personal finance websites. Its goal is to help people take control of their personal finances and make smart financial decisions by sharing actionable articles and resources on how to earn, save and manage money. The best part of this site? Its handy birthday gift list, which details 101 free offers to celebrate your big day. While most of these freebies are food-related, you can also cash in on things like a free movie rental from RedBox.

Facebook Marketplace. The items on this site may not all be free, but there are an unlimited number of “sellers” on this social media tool looking to get rid of some pretty awesome products fast. Shoppers can take advantage of sales and deals on dining sets for $1.

Good readings. Founded in 2007, this Amazon affiliate offers frequent opportunities to score free books, both physical and digital, and an opportunity to get good reviews on tomes that are currently trending. Periodically check the giveaways tab for titles on offer; generally, to try to win, it is enough to click on a button.

Krazy coupon lady. Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer, two busy stay-at-home moms, started this site after discovering the art of strategic couponing. Approaching their local cashiers with binders full of coupons and complex stacking formulas that earned them the title “Krazy Coupon Lady”, the duo figured out the secret to keeping their growing grocery bills down – then decided to share their passion with others. Featured on The Today Show and TLC, their site has plenty of coupon links and an awesome “gifts” tab. Sign up for their newsletter to access and learn how to get your hands on free food, beauty products, and pharmaceuticals.

r/gifts. Created in 2008 to connect users to free products, this Reddit community now has over 800,000 members. Common gifts listed here include shirts, magazines, stickers, and food. It’s a well-moderated community, so all posts are generally well-vetted.

I like free stuff. There is a cultivated directory of free foods, baby products, and pet items found here. You can subscribe to the newsletter if you wish, but it is not mandatory to access the gifts directory.

Craigslist. Its design is basic and its content sometimes sketchy, but this haven of free stuff has been around for decades, and it’s essentially the classifieds of the Internet. By using the site locator feature, you can see what people in your area are trying to give up. But buyer beware: Craigslist items and sellers aren’t vetted or verified, so always bring a friend with you for pickup.

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