2010 Freebies Review & $50 GC Contest

So, let's see. 2010 for HIF saw:

  • 1,242 Freebies Posted
  • 1,026 Freebies Received (including movie rental codes and online free points)
  • 268 Magazines Received
  • 1 $50 Gift Card being given away in this post

These stats don't count anything I got in January 2010 since I didn't start the Freebies Received series until February. It also doesn't count freebies that were posted in the past few weeks that I'll receive in the future, so I have to be ecstatic with those numbers.

One thing I noticed while going over the past year was the number of food items given away this year. Granola bars, oatmeal, cookies, tea, coffee, cereal, crackers, popcorn, candy, gum, deli meat, bacon, macaroni, Bisquick, chips, energy bars. I've always food is one of the three most common freebies, but geez, you don't realize how much we got until you add it all up.

But what about my absolute favorite freebies? I thought for a bit, looked around to see what freebies I still use to this day, and came up with the following.

Top 10 Favorite Freebies of 2010

  1. US Postal Office Sample Showcase – This box came with 12 freebies and it was glorious. Coffee, shampoo, steak seasonings, lotions, soap, and more – it was all put to good use!
  2. Uniball Super Ink pen – I haven't used a different pen since the day this baby arrived. I actually lost it a few weeks ago and bought a few packages of them at the store. Anybody who says freebies don't convert to paying customers should think again.
  3. Multi-tool pocket knife – No more opening packages with my teeth!
  4. Kraft Sample Pack – Ten food products (including three free full-sized ones) came in the box. I buy Wheat Thins now due to this freebie alone.
  5. Kraft Coupon Book – Kraft again? You better believe it. One tiny brochure brought six coupons for free full-sized Kraft products from deli meat to macaroni to a free pizza. I ate well that week.
  6. American Apparel thong – Only because I had a heck of a time explaining it to my friends who saw me open it.
  7. Tena Adult Underwear – These freebies helped me execute a longterm prank where I convinced my youngest brother that I wasn't potty trained. It ended when his teachers started sending home notes about the topic he brought up during “Share Time” in class.
  8. LED UFO light – Let me paint a picture for you: I'm alone in the mountains in the middle of a monsoon when my car breaks down. I had an idea what the problem was, but both the bulb in my hood and my cell phone were dead. Enter the UFO light, which I had inexplicably thrown into my glove box. Long story short I slept in my bed instead of my truck that night.
  9. Extra Dessert Delights gum – I selected the mint ice cream gum and it tasted so genuine that I bought both of the other flavors. I am now addicted to the Key Lime Pie and am begging my friends and family for an intervention.
  10. Playboy and Macworld magazine subscriptions – Both of these tie for the final spot as they're wonderful reads. Seriously. I read them for the articles!

Another realization I had while going through the archives was the number of full sized freebies that I received, be it through the mail, coupon, or rebate. For the list below, I didn't include anything that could (or should I say, should) be used or consumed in one sitting. Doing so would have more than tripled the list as there were plenty of drinks and travel sized toiletries handed out.

Full Size Freebies

  1. Bar of Dove soap
  2. Package of Double Stuf Oreos
  3. 7 bottles of Excedrin medicine – Did anyone else remember that in addition to the free coupons Excedrin has recently bombarded us with, they also gave away a few in January / February of 2010? I sure didn't.
  4. Bottle of Louisiana hot sauce
  5. Package of Heluva Good Dip
  6. Package of Borden cheese
  7. Bag of Reese's Pieces
  8. Pantene Nature Fusion shampoo
  9. 2 bags of Planters Trail Mix
  10. Pack of 5 React gum
  11. Pack of Stride gum
  12. Jar of Enfamil baby formula
  13. Bottle of Renu Multi-Purpose contact solution
  14. Package of Oscar Mayer turkey bacon
  15. Box of Kraft macaroni
  16. Package of Oscar Mayer deli meat
  17. Package of Uncle Ben’s rice
  18. Package of Kraft Cheesy macaroni
  19. Jug of Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice
  20. Box of Kool-Aid
  21. Box of Mac & Cheese
  22. One DiGiorno’s pizza
  23. Box of 100 calorie cheese bites
  24. Package of Oscar Mayer deli meat
  25. Box of Ritz Crackerfuls
  26. Package of Pilot pens
  27. Bottle of Suave Professionals shampoo
  28. DiGiorno deep dish pizza
  29. Bottle of Pure Scent~sation hair remover
  30. Bottle of V8 V-fusion green tea
  31. Glade candle
  32. EasyGlide Bic pen
  33. Mrs. Fields cookie tin
  34. 2-liter of refreshe soda
  35. Package of Cottonelle flushable moist wipes
  36. Two Proforce cleaning kits
  37. Bag of Natura Advantage dog food
  38. Pack of Extra Dessert Delights gum
  39. Can of Pringles Xtreme chips
  40. Box of Barilla pasta
  41. Bag of Food Should Taste Good chips
  42. Bottle of free Dream Water

Forty-two full sized freebies! How can anybody hate on that?!

So what was your favorite freebie of 2010? Share it with us in the comments below and you'll be entered to win one of the $50 prepaid American Express gift cards given to me by P&G last month!

If you're reading this via Facebook, email, or an RSS feed, then please click here to comment and enter. I’ll use Random.org to pick a comment on Wednesday, January 5, at 8:00pm est and email the winner!

1,518 comments on “2010 Freebies Review & $50 GC Contest”

  1. I would like to be considered for these freebies that you always say that people get but i have nevere ever recieved any why! Iwould like to know why and when could i start recieving some myself.

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  2. My favorite was the coffee sample this year. EXCEPT my dog got into it before I did and made my house smell like hyper dog and coffee.

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  3. My favorite was the Bag of Natura Advantage dog food. With two full grown Siberian Huskys, free dog food is always a plus!

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  4. I like the Extra dessert gum and the Barilla pasta. It seems I missed out on the USPS and Kraft boxes (ugh). Started this site later in the year but now I’m hooked!!!!

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  5. Although i never recieved half of the freebies i asked for…some of which i see others have…i enjoyed what i did get. Thank you for the site..i am kinda new so i hope i learn some tricks to get the better things. hugzz hope you and yours had a great holiday.

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  6. Thanks to the small size deodorants, my travel bag is set and I won’t need to buy them for at least a year. (For my husband and myself)

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  7. The Extra Desserts gum was my #1 as I got the mint ice cream flavor. I’m powerless over anything mint chocolate and don’t want the cure . Free Oreos was a near 2nd. Had they been mint chocolate too I would have had to go into a 12 step program…

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  8. My favorite was the Black and Mild Smokers Jacket t-shirt! I gave it to my boyfriend and he has got lots of reactions from it! Thanks!

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  9. Forbes magazine, Atkins bars, and Extra dessert gum–key lime pie, and since I got a whole pack, there was enough to share with my daughters who absolutely love that gum!

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  10. Gosh that’s a hard one, there are just so many to choose from, but I would say receiving a few free full size bottles of shampoo and conditioner.

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  11. There are many (I JUST started in the middle of this year, so I’m kinda new to the whole thing) that I’ve thought were great, but I will pick the free bottles of Excedrin because they were the most useful to me. I LOVE Excedrin for tough headaches & to get 2 free bottles (which, if you read the label closely, they are the same ingredients… ahem… but anyway), and the 2 bottles that SHOULD be on their way to me. Great stuff! πŸ™‚

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  12. I loved the full size Suave shampoo – that’s such a welcome freebie. The others are good, but anything food or hygiene-related are always so much more useful!

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  13. I love, love, love the UniBall Super Ink pen!! It’s the only pen I use now, and I hope it never runs dry, ’cause our nearby Staples does not carry them!!!

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  14. I loved the promotion that Cooking Light magazine did back in the summer. I sent in two UPCs for McCormick Recipe Inspirations and got an apron, a sleep mask, another McCormick Recipe Inspiration packet, a few other random samples, and several coupons for absolutely free products! Definitely my favorite thing to open, and it came in the biggest box!

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  15. Actually, I never received any of the freebies on the list. Requested a lot of them but never actually received them. Someone must be stealing my freebies. My favorite was the Jose Cuervo freebies, I received all the items that I requested and was very pleased with that. It was the best freebie of 2010.

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  16. Well I must admit all the freebies I received were amazing but when my dad and my fiance received the free playboy subscriptions that I signed them up for their reactions were priceless! But my new favorite freebie would definitely be the giftcard. πŸ˜‰ THANKS!

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  17. I don’t know if this counts, but I saved up all of those free Disney Movie Rewards points and got a free DVD–Enchanted, which I love!!

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  18. I would have to say the smokers jacket t-shirt was my favorite, that or the playboy subscription. My husband was please with both. I was just so shocked when the playboy ACTUALLY came I couldn’t believe it. Love your site, thanks so much for providing us with such a cool service!!!!!!

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  19. By far my favorite freebie of 2010 was a pair of free ski day passes to Northstar at Tahoe for the 2010/2011 season, valid any day. Got a hot tip one day that a local dealership was offering them with any test drive – no purchase necessary. Went down and had tickets in hand that evening.
    Valued at $91 each! Woo Hoo!

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  20. defenetly the shampoo samples, i honestly live off of those!!! whos needs to buy a ton of shampoos and conditioners your not gunna like in the end?! totally worth it!

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  21. Honestly, I think that everything was my favorite sample. By that I mean, that everything was awesome!! I can’t just choose one thing. This website is awesome!! Thanks GOOB!

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  22. My favorite freebie was the free Tropicana OJ. I won’t drink any other OJ unless I’m dying of thirst. So it was a nice treat to get free juice.

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  23. my fave freebie was the pantene shampoo… i thought they would send me a sample but i got a full size in the mail… love getting full size things for free.

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  24. I loved the Extra Dessert Delights gum freebie. I’m a sweet-aholic, and there was nothing in my house one dreary winter’s day, and I suddenly remembered the gum, and I was in sugary, dessert heaven!

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  25. Disney Movie Reward Points. I didn’t know anything about them until you posted points. Because of HIF, I registered on the site and entered all the points from my family and my dad (who is a DVD collector). I now have 4400 points. Thank you!

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  26. I missed out on the Kraft and some of the other great freebies while in the hospital and recuperating from surgeries this year but I did receive all the coffee samples which I love (especially the full sized ones). I would have to say the coffee freebies were my favorites.

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  27. The free hearing batteries you posted just recently are my all time favorite! I have to replace the batteries in my cochlear implant every three days, so getting a free “sample” is a real treat!!

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  28. I received two different full size beauty samples: A fancy Olay face wash and a fancy curl spray. I have no idea how I got them, but I have used both and LOVED. THEM.

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  29. The Extra Dessert Gum in Mint was awesome and the Uniball pen was great too!! But I really appreciated all the free shampoo and conditioner samples as I travel a great deal. Thanks!!!

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  30. The Excedrin Migraine was my favorite! It came at the perfect time because I was running out and I opted to try the geltabs which I never would not have otherwise tried because I am so use to the tablets and I know how well they work for my migraines if I catch it before it turns into a full on migraine.

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  31. Since I am new to this & have only gotten a few items, my favorite so far is the dog & cat food samples, also the free advil! Thanks So much!

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  32. My favorite freebie was the box of Barilla pasta. That sample convinced me that my family should and because of that sample, did, switch to wheat pasta. I loved the flavor, and knowing that I was doing something healthy for my family.

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  33. Goob, I was fortunate to have found your site on 01/01/2011, however, unfortunately I did NOT receive ANY freebies last year. I too would have been happy with the Uniball Super Ink pen or the LED UFO light . In any regard, I started the NEW YEAR off right with your site. Thank you for that!

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  34. I liked the free gum that you told us about..I am losing weight because I pop in some gum instead of treats thanks soo much you rock

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  35. my favorite was the free 6 month subscription to Wall Street Journal since my dad pays over $100 per year for an online subscription. He still doesn’t know i got it for free πŸ™‚

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  36. My favorites were the all the awesome samples from Vocal Point….The dryer bar was AWESOME!!!! Love your site! you keep me laughing everyday lol πŸ™‚

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  37. I definitly have to say my package from Secret Deodorant. I got 2 full sized deodorants and 2 full sized body splashes! It made my whole year!!! YAY! I love you and your site! The funny comments you make are just hilarious! Keep it up! ?Lynda

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  38. Hmm…it’s difficult to narrow it down, especially if I go back to when I joined in the Spring and the distributors were being generous. So I will say the full bottle of Aveeno lotion which I love but never would have paid $8 for without trying it firts, the Kraft sample pack, especially the yummy Homestyle mac n cheese which really does taste homemade and I’d certainly buy it now if I as in a rush–and I LOVE all beef hot dogs, and the Degree and Dove deodorants, because I really needed to find a new deodorant and these are two that I wouldn’t have thought would do the trick! But they are now regular purchases for me!!

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  39. I found out about this website late in the year, so haven’t had a chance to get many freebies. But I’ve enjoyed using the codes for Blockbuster Express and Redbox to get free movies. I was kinda amazed the first time when it really worked!

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  40. I agree, lots of great samples and coupons. Hard to pick,- so I’ll go w/ the excedrins… I redeemed coupons and got free 50 reg excedrins and 50 excedrin migraine… same ingredients! 100 pain pills for FREE! Gosh THANKS so much!

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  41. The free Kashi Go-Lean cereal was awesome! Being a broke college student, getting any sort of free food (or freebies in general) helps πŸ™‚

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  42. Without a doubt the US Postal Service Sampler was the best freebie I’ve received. But I’m also lovin’ the free things I’ve been able to earn through the various points programs (Disney, Huggies, Pampers).

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  43. oh my gosh, so many to choose from that’s for sure! love the extra gum defiently has been my fun fav freebie! so addicted! cannot wait to see all the new things to come!

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  44. Hmm, so hard to choose! But I think that the smoking jacket tee was pretty darned cool, and the multiple Marlboro (or was it Copenhagen??) canteens. Oh yeah, and the schnazzy black and red bandana too! All tobacco promos it seems!

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  45. I, too, have gotten many free things this past year. One of my favorite things was getting a gift basket from Kraft with coupons for free products and a $25 American Express card.

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  46. Hard to pick just one. So many great ones…. My favorites were the dog food samples. Our dog was going through a picky eating stage and a couple of free samples arrived one week. Turns out our dog loves the Purina One.

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  47. The Kraft sampler pack FTW! The full size olive oil mayo was awesome, and I would have never tried that homestyle mac & cheese otherwise.

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  48. My favorite freebie of 2010 was the Uniball Super Ink pen. I thought I had lost it a couple months back until I found it about a week ago, my husband had taken it, I guess I have to buy him his own now.

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  49. My favorite freebie was from the Spanish language version of Betty Crocker. It came with 2 full sized food products and a few samples!
    Ellesjunkmail at gmail dot com

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  50. My favorite freebie wasn’t listed! It was the Veria full size Vanilla organic lip balm. That stuff was AWESOME!

    Also, the Emergen-C freebies were a VERY close second.

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  51. Received a lot fo freebies this year. Can’t really say what my favorite was because there was so many. I really liked the postit ones

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  52. My favorite was the awesome Mary Kay fragrance box! It’s a nice magnetic box that came with four quarter oz. vials of perfume, and a lip gloss that has 2 ends — one that is the gloss and the other you can screw in a perfume sample and take it with you =3. It’s so cool, I take it everywhere! My favorite scent is Warm Amber :). TY!

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  53. My favorite were the Starbucks infusion via packets! Sooo good! I love HIF! I check it about 10 times a day!! πŸ™‚

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  54. I love all the free samples weather it is a sample or they send the full size. I’m now on a fixed income and every item helps and it introduces me to new items I’ve never tried or never knew of, So Thanks for everything you have sent our way!
    Greatly apreciated, Denise

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  55. My absolute favorite is the key lime pie gum. I’m diabetic so the “dessert” after lunch is great b’cause its sugar free. The Uniball pen is awesome (stolen shortly after) and the American Apparel thong was cute. Gave it to my boss lady..who ended up pregnant a short time later. Now when she makes me mad i imagine her thong all stretched to….well.. nevermind. u get the picture.

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  56. I like all the free points (Disney rewards, Pampers, Huggies). I’m not sure what I am saving them up for, but I’m sure it’ll be something good!

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  57. There was a P&G Coupon book giveaway and it resulted in multiple boxes of free Swiffers (wet and dry). Also, loved the Que Rida Vica and the Bisquick with directions in Spanish! The pancakes still came out great!

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  58. I am a new freebie-aholic. oh my gosh, your site is the best. my favorite is the dog food samples. My 75 pound 1 year Old puppy luvs it.

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  59. I enjoy the free magazine subscriptions. I got Maxim for my boyfriend and I always end up reading the entire thing before he even gets to look at it, haha! But I also like all the rewards points posted. I got a theatrical Lion King poster from Disney Movie Rewards and I don’t know what is classier than that.

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  60. I love getting these freebies! My husband has opened some of the boxes and didn’t believe that they were free! Like the flask! Tried for a second one, but never got it! But I am happy with the one! And I have a samples basket in my guest bathroom for when friends come and stay!

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  61. With HIF I received so many different freebies, that it would be terrible of me to just say one was my favorite. So I am going to say HEY IT’S FREE was my favorite. Without HIF I wouldn’t have had such a great year saving. Thank you HIF and HIFFERS for such a GREAT year with savings and all the free Samples.
    GREAT JOB…. I’m looking forward to 2011… πŸ™‚

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  62. I have gotten so many great “free” items throughout the year. I love all of the magazines that come each month. It is always exciting to see what comes in the mail each week.

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  63. Awesome job! And awesome site!! Love it here, I think my favorite might have to be all the free snack bars/granola bars. I love them, especially any one with chocolate πŸ™‚

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  64. Hmm, let’s see….we just made guacamole with our free avocados, use all the free bars and snacks for breakfast at work, love the free travel size toothpastes (Tom’s of Maine) and toilet paper. I have enjoyed the free Women’s Health magazines. Perhaps the best was all the free meals and food during my birthday—enough to spread over an entire month!

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  65. My favorite freebie was the US Postal Office Sample Showcase. I also really liked the uniball pen and was very disapointed when I lost it.

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  66. I loved the Kraft box as there was so much in it, and came at just the time of the month money is low. My dog loves the dog food samples though, and he sits at my feet just waiting when I go out and get the mail.

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  67. Right when I went to throw out the trash, iIdecided to check the mail. Just my luck….a free odorshield w/febeeze trashbag was waiting for me! It went straight into the garbage pail! Kids fight over who “gets” to open freebies and eat them if they are food samples! THANKS

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  68. I got started kinda late in the year (August 2010) so my favorite freebie over the past couple months has been all the magazine subscriptions! I get Marie Claire, Redbook, Glamour, Cosmo, Self, Allure…every month…for free!

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  69. My love and faves were the Magazine subscriptions did not know that I would really get them but I did..I felt like a kid in the candy store with all of these freebies thanks again:)

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  70. I moved into a new house so I don’t get a lot of mail…until I started using your website that is!!! I look forward to your postings as well as my snail mail items too. Thanks for making my day bright and filled with freebies πŸ™‚

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  71. I loved the Mujer sample pack! I also liked the Pampers codes. I save them for my sister, who is a single mother. Every little bit helps. Nothing makes a long day better than getting home, checking the mail and having free samples! Thank you for all the time you spend finding these freebies for us!!

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  72. I would have to say that the ear plugs were my favorite freebee. Nothing has ever given me a better nights sleep when lying next to my snoring husband.

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  73. Mt favorite was the Purina cat food! I got it right when I had run out of cat food… and the hungry beast was lookin’ like he was going to sample “people” instead of finding himself a mouse.

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  74. My favorite thing I got for free this year has to be my PS3 Move gift pack with EA Sports Active 2 from Coke. I may have won it but it was still Free!

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  75. My favorite was the Harley poster as well. Very nice, much nicer than I actually expected. Either that, or the shampoo samples. I like trying new stuff on my hair.

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  76. I just started sampling this past year and it really has helped out especially when your on fixed income. So many of the samples would arrive in my mail right at the time I would be out of that item. Also i’ve had opportunities thru sampling to try products that i’ve been wanting to try before I buy. I have tried several things this year that I really liked and because i liked it, I went to store and purchased items and am now using products that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about. Thank you and God bless you thruout this year….

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  77. Wow- to just pick one… i love getting stuff in mail that are NOT bills!
    Well the one piece of bounty paper towel was def the best, was laughing for days that someone would pay postage to send me ONE piece of paper towel. LOL

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  78. My favorite freebie was definitely the “Thumb Socks!” … every time I get in my car, they remind not to text and drive and are sure to give me a good chuckle. πŸ™‚

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  79. My favourite was the free good housekeeping subscription! and the cottonelle flushable wipes…and alot of other stuff! πŸ™‚

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  80. My favorite freebie was the Melissa and Doug agnetic wooden dress up doll I got with the discount from Gilt.com. Didn’t even pay shipping. I gave it to my 3 year old niece for Christmas and she has spent hours dressing up the princess.

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  81. I would have to say that the free subscription to Playboy has been my favorite freebie. It continues to arrive in my mailbox each month! Can’t lose with the great articles in this mag! Oh and the naked women are just an added bonus.

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  82. my favorite is the Glamour magazine subscription because its been a long time since I was able to treat myself to a magazine subscription in the mail.

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  83. I love all the freebies. If I can’t use it, then someone I know can! If I have to pick one, then it would probably be the Schwan $10.00 freebie with free shipping! I got the mini corn dogs and my family loved them.

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  84. My favorite freebie of 2010 would have to be the free Playboy subscription. The look on my boyfriend’s face when the first issue came in the mail was priceless. He said that if there were a Best Girlfriend Award, I’d have it, hands down. πŸ™‚

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  85. This is the greatest site ever!! I mean who doesn’t love to get free stuff. I have received a lot of free samples of things that I would not normally try without getting a freebee first – love it!!

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  86. My favorite freebie during the past year was a pedometer that I received, although I haven’t used it in a couple of months, it is very nice to motivate me to do some walking. I walked 2 to 3 miles, 3 times a week until the weather changed and my walking partner went into labor. When it warms up again, I will be sure to start that walking program again.

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  87. I luuuuved the USPS samples — I’ve already mailed out two late Christmas packages using the free boxes they sent me — pack as much as you can in a box — pay one low price, no matter the weight.

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  88. Wow! – This was a great year filled some fabulous freebies … but I would have to say my absolutely favorite freebie was getting a FREE medium size pizza from Papa John’s Pizza. Free food even tastes better.

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  89. My favorite freebie had to be the Kraft box. That was a great freebie and I LOVED getting it in the mail because I was broke and really needed the freebies from it.

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  90. Definitely the post office sample pack! I get so frustrated having to go there in person-it was nice to get something in return!

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  91. I liked the thong also, because I sent MANY of them to family members and friends, who then had to explain, to whoever saw them open it, why they ordered a thong in the mail.

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  92. I loved that I could trust Wal-Mart and Target to send their freebies–that wasn’t always the case with other companies! Kraft sent out a few full-size samples, which rocked.

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  93. Although I really loved all the FREE items I recieved in 2010 the Purina One dog food samples were the best. They came in handy between trips to the store!

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  94. My favorites are always the free Blockbuster and Redbox movie rentals. My son and I are on such a tight budget that we rarely get to see 1st run movies. This really gives us a chance to see movies that most people see the week they come out. Thanks for posting them.

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  95. My favorite was the full size bag of Sun Chips. I wouldn’t have known they made Peppercorn Ranch flavor without the free sample!!

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  96. One of my favorite samples was the cat food from Purina. Also the free Bic pen and all of the free coupons which I love! Thanks HIF!

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  97. I loved the Natura Dog Food one, it really helped us out in tough times, and was one of the few foods our dog with sensitive allergies did well with! Thanks!

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  98. My favorite freebiee was the Secret Extra Strength Deodorant from Wal-Mart a few times ;D. Perfect sample size to stow away in my purse and gym bag.

    Also the Crest White Strips πŸ˜€ (people kept asking where I got my teeth whitened, amazing little suckers!)

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  99. Definately the US Postal Office Sample Showcase. My daughter was jealous about it. I told her abou the HIF. Hopefully she joined.

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  100. I loved all of the freebies. The kraft pack was breat. Barilla pasta was awesome. I loved the Aveeno full sized lotion that I still use every night.

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  101. There was a 25lb bag of dog food that was UPS’d to me from Sam’s. Didn’t have to pick the bag up and used my neighbors Sam’s card #. Classic.
    Thanks…HIF.

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  102. Hi Goob! My favorites were…
    4 pack of cascade action packs
    Free product coupons – Advil, Excedrin, Cottonelle, Suave
    Full size bottle of Aveeno Stress Relief Lotion
    and all the mini deoderant samples!

    So many freebies to choose from I can list forever!

    Thanks for all the hard work!

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  103. Well, if I win this gift card, that will definitely be my favorite:)

    But up to now, guess it’s the carton of Tropicana orange juice.

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  104. The Extra desserts gum is amazing! I never would have bought it on my own..now I am addicted!! Thanks for letting us know all the offers.

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  105. I loved the excedrin and the starbucks via packs!! But really… I love all the gree stuff I get in the mail! Goob, YOU are THE MAN!!! πŸ™‚

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  106. My favorite freebie was the Copenhaagan silver thermos!!!! I was not happy to part with it but gave it to my brother for Christmas because money is tight. BUT, SO GRATEFUL to you for telling us about it. You have saved me lots of money and given me so much Goob, thanks for all you hard work!

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  107. I would have to say the flushable moist wipe from Cottonelle. They always come handy during a car ride to wash up before the kids eat anything.

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  108. I received many awesome things this year. I really enjoyed the free 1 year of Norton Security from Vocalpoint. By the way, Jan 5 is my 40th birthday. I really hope my name gets picked.

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  109. I have to say I love all the free things that I received. Thanks to HIF! my fav things were those bottles of excederins! now I can get worry free headaches!

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  110. I liked the Kraft sampler & there were some dog treats one time that my Italian Greyhound went nuts over! It was a full size product.

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  111. my favorite sample would have to be the free gillette proglide razors.my boyfriend always jumps my case cause i always check the site when i get on the computer.when i started getting cool stuff that he liked,he shut up :]

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  112. They are all very much appreciated. The ones I don’t use myself, I give to friends and family members!
    If I had to pick just one it would be the Glidden paint samples. In June 2009 I got a free pint of their paint through HIF, then in June of 2010, I got free paint samples with a brush in the lid, in the same color. Since I hadn’t used the free pint yet, the samples came in very handy!

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  113. I really, really enjoyed using your birthday list! I got so many freebies and BOGO’s for my birthday in 2010. My birthday is a month away and I’ve already received 2 freebies for 2011!

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  114. Oh, there are too many to choose, I guess I would have to say the free food samples or full size products with a coupon were nice to have. My husband always asks where did you get this, and I say “Hey it’s Free” site. Thanks Guys for all your freebie posts!!!!!

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  115. I loved all the free dog food samples! I could almost feed my mini Pom ‘Little Bit’ for the whole year and these very healthy sample packages.

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  116. Lots of favorites, but the most recent that I can remember were Shout Color Catcher, it worked well and Scotch blue painters tape, which was a full size roll and I was just about to start painting a bedroom.

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  117. I was most excited about the dog leash from Snapfish – but never got it since they cancelled my order when they ran out πŸ™ However, I really did appreciate the Nicorette Gum – it can really help me with my new year’s resoultion to stop smoking! πŸ™‚

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  118. mine was either the post office sampler pack or the mrs fields cookies. Wait – now that i am typing this i realize it was in fact the cookies. I mean UPS shows up and brings me yummy free cookies in a tin…it was a happy day.

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  119. I was so excited to find out about this site and all the freebies I could receive! It almost becomes an addiction. I love the postings about free food at restaurants, like ice cream, coffee, fries, and especially free Chick-Fil-A. Those are always fun. Thanks Adam and Goob!!

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  120. Have loved all the coffee samples that have come in the mail: Starbucks Via most, but also Taster’s Choice, Folgers, and 4 oz. of Seattle’s Best.

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  121. My facorite freebies are the Disney Movie Rewards Points. I’ve got over 1000 points now, and I’m trying to decide if I should spend them on something or keep saving for those lion king broadway tickets. πŸ™‚

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  122. mine were the HK Anderson pretzels and the jose quervo margarita ball. we were having a get together at my family’s house and one of the condiment bottles busted so to the rescue i used the margarita ball for the ketchup. lol. everyone loved it!!!

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  123. Scotch painter’s tape was much much needed to do our tshirt aligning project and those mini Kashi snacks were a lifesaving when hunger attacked.

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  124. My favorite thing is opening the mailbox and finding more free things! I was able to gift several items, razor for my son-in-law, hunting hat for my step son and Harley poster for my grandson. We are on a very tight budget and freebies rule!

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  125. I’m still waiting on playboy, hoping it comes. I liked all the kraft freebies and my pets love getting treats when the mail comes.

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  126. My favorite freebie of 2010 was free spicy chicken sandwich from Chikfila…we got a whole meal…sandwich, waffle fries and drink with V.I.P. treatment! Loved it!

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  127. My favorite was also one of yours … the Uniball Super Ink pen. I love writing with it; it actually makes me *want* to write! Thanks for the best freebie blog around!

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  128. My favorite was the thong, I just have to say what an icebreaker LOL, it was fun and used to make a redneck dream catcher as a gag gift along with some other “free” stuff, it was great πŸ™‚

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  129. It is so hard to pick just one thing. Everytime I opened my mailbox I would wonder what would be in there. The extra dessert gum was pretty amazing I got the mint chocolate chip.YUMMY!!!!!!

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  130. My favorite was the free 6 lb organic dog food. It was worth $12.00 at the pet store. My dog didn’t really like it better than Kibble & Bits but it got us through 3 weeks without spending anything.

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  131. I love all the freebies! My grandson loved the Harley Motorcycle Poster the best! He thought it was so cool and we had it framed and put in his room!

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  132. My favorite and biggest surprise was the Food Should Taste Good bag! I would never have tried it otherwise. I can’t stop buying the stuff now!

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  133. I’d have to say all the samples of laundry detergent – I haven’t bought that stuff in over six months thanks to all these freebies!

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  134. I LOOOOVED the Uniball pen and the fact that I am surprised on a regular basis by what I receive in the mail. (Mostly because I don’t remember signing up for a particular freebie)

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  135. My favorite freebie was the Kraft Sample Pack. I wish I didn’t have to pick one favorite – I enjoy receiving freebies every day!

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  136. Goob has made going to the mailbox like a box of chocolates, You never know what you are going to get!!! MY DAUGHTERS LOVE IT and so do I!!!!!

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  137. All the free Disney reward points as well as the free workshops at Lowes are my Fav of 2010. Looking forward to new favs for 2011.

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  138. I loved the Mrs. Field cookie sampler. For referring a handful of people
    (I forgot how many). I received a nice basket of many delicious cookie and brownie samples, I wouldn’t have bought, because they are so overpriced, but for free they were greeat. Especially since all the email addresses I used to confirm the referrals were my own. I still have the nice wicker basket that I use for bread and rolls.

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  139. I love all the freebies I get but I like the recipe books the best. Or maybe the food samples? There are too many choices to pick just one.

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  140. The Picaboo free photo book. We had a low cost wedding, and I always felt that skimping may have meant I missed out a little, but no more. For just the cost of shipping, I have a perfect book which reminds me how beautiful the day was in its simplicity and which allows me to show off in a big way.

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  141. Believe it or not out of all the freebies I’ve received here my most favorite one is the Uniball Super Ink pen. You took the words right of my mouth of what you said about it in this post, I never used another pen since and actually bought a few packages for myself and my family, needless to say we can’t go back to using other pens it just doesn’t feel right. So thanks for sharing that freebie with us!

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  142. My favorite freebie was the sample from vocal point. It was the barilla pasta with the free pasta and tons of coupons. It came in a cute bowl with a family game. My kids loved the game

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  143. My favorite freebie was a sample of Crystal Light- the sample was 3 packets and came with several $2 off coupons- I used these when the product was on sale and got 3 packages for free!

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  144. I got lots of great freebies, but my favorite has to be the antislip pad that I got. I have been having troubles with my memory foam mattress topper sliding and I put this under it and it hasn’t moved since. Love it! I had no idea this freebie would be so large, I expected a 6×6 square.

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  145. Despite the fact that some may disagree with me given the website’s performance and the expired coupons received, the Sobe game was fun. I won so many Sobe’s. My kids loved them, but yes, still trying to get the expired coupons taken care of. (Headache)

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  146. I actually have 2 favorites – a highest $ value favorite and a most-used favorite. The highest $ value favorite is a Creative Zen 1GB MP3 player from Napster. My most used favorite was the 6,001 (okay, maybe not quite THAT many) BOGO SoBe LifeWater coupons I received during their Aug/Sep promotion game. Combined with numerous sales on SoBe in my area, this was an AWESOME freebie!

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  147. My favorite was the free bag of expensive petfood from Naturapet. They sell extraordinarily high-quality food and it is EXPENSIVE. One free bag for my dog and later one free bag for my cat. That was over $50 in savings. Even the pet shop owner said, “That is an AMAZING deal!”

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  148. The ferguson plumbing camoflauge hat was definatly my favorite. I wear it all the time and now i feel so ‘hip’ and ‘chill’ like my kids.

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  149. My fav was the copenhagen (chew tabacco) thermos. I use it all the time!! I get two full cups of hot tea or coffee at work everyday!! Thank you and my co-workers thank you as I am not so cranky

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  150. My favorite freebie was the US Postal Service sample showcase- it was like getting a Christmas present in the summer- so many goodies!

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  151. My favorite freebies were a big surprise. I was having difficulty printing coupons for Genesis Today beverages (50 cents off).

    I emailed them and they sent me 6 coupons for FREE products.

    That was so great. Too bad they don’t carry those drinks where I live now. πŸ™

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  152. Sounds like I missed out on a great freebie, the Kraft ample pack, but I looooove the thermos and t~shirt from the tobacco comp.

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  153. We loved them all! From posters to silly bands!! But, my son loved the Extra Desserts Delight gum the best! Thanks HIF for all you do, going to the mailbox is fun again!! Happy New Year!

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  154. My favorite was the Excedrin migraine. I get bad migraines, so this was greatly needed and appreciated. Thank you Goob, Adam, and the rest of the HIF staff for finding all of the great freebies! Awesome job and Happy New Year!

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  155. My favorite was the free box of Barilla Pasta that came with 5 buy1 get 1 free coupons. I wish I had gotten the kraft and usps freebies! hopefully there’ll be more like them this year!

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  156. Really hard to pick just one, but I’m going to have to agree with a very popular responseβ€”that Uniball pen! THAT’S how you do freebies!

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  157. Suave Professionals shampoo, loved this freebie and is one of those product try and then buy that makes me love this site. Gets me to try new things and bonus in saving me cash.

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  158. my fav was the hard cover photo book from picaboo (had to pay for shipping, but way worth it). i documented my fam’s trip to sea world!

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  159. All the free dog food. I didn’t hav.e to buy dog food for a full week with all of it. Really helps since my bank account is less than full at the moment.

    Hope I win πŸ™‚ The 5th is my anniversary, and my fiances birthday too. Good day to win $50.

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  160. the full size piece of tarp supposedly for a garage floor but I use it under my cat’s food dishes, it works great to keep the food off the floor. also the thermos bottle from copenhagen are my favorites.

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  161. um… I have LOTS of favorites! Right now my favorite is the Newcastle Brown Ale cup I got this past New Year’s Eve. It was my cup of choice for hanging out at my sister’s while we drank beer and watched movies New Year’s Eve. It’s scientifically engineered to give the best beer taste!

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  162. hiya Goob…I love your site and my favorite Freebie so far was the litre size thermos from Copehagan. Also took a loooong survey for the mini-tanto knife by SOG; Got it tho!

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  163. Due to my not infrequent migraines and Excedrin’s wonderful combination of aspirin, acepteminophen and caffeine – the free Excedrin is definitely my fave!

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  164. My favorite was the free Melissa & Doug toys ( band in a box) from Gilt Credit. That what one of my girls favorite Christmas prestnes from Santa. THANKS

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  165. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my Copenhagen flask. Great quality, that’s my favorite I’ve gotten in the past year.

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  166. The best freebie I received thanks to HIF and the Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards point codes was a copy of the children’s story “On Top of Spaghetti.” The kid loves the book and its kind of funny that she partially “earned” the book purely by refusing to potty train thus far. To be fair, though, she’s only 18 months old . . . plenty of time yet to be potty trained.

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  167. The free Kraft Sample pack was one of the first freebies I signed up for this year, and was probably my favorite. The little bags of Wheat Thins made for a great travel snack and the free Mac & Cheese was great.

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  168. I love freebies! So it’s hard to choose one, but my husband loves my uniball pen and claiming it’s his pen now πŸ™‚
    For me, I love the Mrs. Fields cookies freebie.

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  169. My favorite freebie would have to be the free Advil coupon. A close second would be the Extra Dessert Delights gum. I chose the strawberry shortcake variety and it was so good! Unfortunately, I have not been able to find it in the stores.

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  170. Package of Cottonelle flushable moist wipes. i have a 3yr old who is has a high acid in her urine and these thing did wonders for her skin

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  171. I love the Kikkoman’s silicone basting brush and use it often. I also have to plug the free bag of “Food Should Taste Good” chips because they taste great (especially with hummus) and are healthy too. My vote for strangest freebie of the year was the Jose Cuervo margarita ball, which I somehow ended up receiving 4 of!

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  172. this sounds kind of dorky but my favorite is actually the sample packet of nature bounty gummy vitamins that i went to my walgreens in between class to look for them!

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  173. boo hoo… by the time I try, most of the actual real free items are all gone. A multi-tool knife? I get offered a cents-off coupon in exchange for my firstborn.

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  174. Hillshire Farm Smokies. There were 6 packages that were vacumn-sealed. It was a challenge to get into them because of the packaging but they were so fresh and delightful. Also gluten-free. Everybody who tasted them couldn’t believe how good they were. This made a consumer of me!

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  175. I loved all the Kashi products! I’ve already used all the coupons they send with the freebies. Also, I gave my dad the Harley Davidson poster (thank goodness I chose the right model) and he loves it. :]

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  176. Loved the Kraft free products and coupons. Also, we are saving for Disney and the extra Disney points are adding to our count My grandson was in Huggies and we still have our rewards account, now we pass the free huggies to the church.

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  177. I really loved The US Postal Service one – it came with a lot of cool stuff. I also like the any of the adult underwear ones, I send them to my parents and grandma as a joke. lol

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  178. My favorite freebies that I received this year were my $80 skirt, a 13″ Where The Wild Things Are monster, hungry hungry hippo game, exedrin and about 18 magazine subscriptions! Hopefully I can start 2011 off with $50 πŸ˜‰

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  179. The bite sized sausages. They made my husband oh so happy, which made me happy. And of course the extra deserts gum was awesomel

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  180. I can’t decide if my favorite was the SOG pocketknife, the Natura dog food or the Glidden paint. I was able to redo my bathroom with the paint for free. Thanks for your hard work

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  181. I just started really getting into all the freebies…but i got a lot from allyou.com…Most everyday i get something in the mail!

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  182. I really love the samples.It is hard to choose.They give my family a chance to try new products before spending hard earned money. The pens were my fav amoung the non food items and the deli bites were from the food catergory. Thank you so much for all you do to bring these tidbits to my mailbox Happy New Year!!!

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  183. My favorites: glasses from Coastal Contacts, Excedrin Coupons, Kraft Coupons and the coffee. Thank you HIF! We love you!

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  184. Definitely enjoyed the excedrin coupons the most… it is so expensive to buy, but really works great… thanks hif for all the great things you get us all!

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  185. I signed up for the right at home sample pack and ended up getting two full sized lysol canisters and two packages of lysol wipes- awesome!

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  186. My favorite freebie was the MegaRed Fish Oil sample. I got it for my dad as well and he really liked them. His health is not the greatest so I was super happy to get him something that is good for him and he can continue to use! Thanks!

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  187. I think my fav was the Kraft box,, all things I would use and tasty too,, loved the coupons to enjoy after we ate up the box contents

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  188. I loved the diaper samples and the coffeeeeee!!!! with a new baby i never realized how much coffee i would be drinking and how expensive diapers are!!

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  189. my favorite was one I didn’t see you list. I got a package of Johnsonville(I think that is what they were), deli bites. In that package were 5 or 6 sample packages. they were great. thanks for your great site, love your weekly pictures of free stuff.

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  190. My fave was the 5# bag of Natura dog food. Have 5 rescued Dals, and the 14 yr old was not eating well, until she tasted this stuff & regained an appetite. Was astounded to learn that one small bag of dog food was $17 at the pet store –gulp!

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  191. I really enjoyed most of the freebies that were listed. It definitly helps to save a dime or two around these times. And of course free stuff is always awesome!

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