Freebies are awesome and you'll never hear me say otherwise. However there is one implied caveat that many people fail to overlook. When you request a freebie, you'll almost always be asked for an email address. Why? Because the companies want to spam the ever loving bejesus out of you. (I believe that's the scientific term.)
Luckily there's an incredibly simple solution to saving your work or personal inbox from a flood of spam: make a new email!
The more permanent solution, and the one I suggest, is to make a free account on Gmail. If you want to enter a fake name, feel free! Heck, I even made my email super easy to remember and direct to the point. [email protected] or [email protected] and other variations will always be available.
Freebie Pro Tip with Gmail
No matter what your gmail address is, you can add a plus sign then anything you want and you'll still be able to get the email. Most freebie that repeatedly return only allow for one free sample per email address. However, with this trick, most systems interpret your email as new and you always get the freebie. 😎
For instance, if your freebie email is [email protected], then use JohnSmith+Freebie[email protected] the first time. Then, when requesting the sample again later, use [email protected] the next time.
You can literally use [email protected] and the forms will always go through!
If you're looking to avoid creating an account altogether, then Generator Email is the way to go as of 2021. It's the best site available that I personally use on an almost daily basis. It lets you create a free and disposable email address with the simple click of a button. All email sent to that account can be immediately deleted after you click any confirmation links and you never have to remember any passwords.
If privacy is more your concern, then ProtonMail might be more up your alley. They offer secure, encrypted email based in Switzerland!
No matter what, make sure you use a freebie email account specifically for freebies!