Hi there! My name is Goob and you've just discovered Hey, It's Free, or HIF as we call it. You can learn more about both the site and me over on our About page, but I wanted to also make a quick starter guide for new readers who are interested in freebies but aren't quite sure how to get started.
Basic Tips for Requesting Freebies
To start, you really only need 3 key things to use this site:
- USPS mailing address
- Freebie email address
- A sense of humor
Luckily those are all free! First, since we focus on freebies that are only available to United States residents, you'll need a valid USPS mailing address. This can be your home, work, or simply a random mailbox that you nailed to a tree down the road. As long as the post office can reach it, you'll be set.
Next is a freebie email address, which is fancy-pants for “make a new, free Gmail.” Why do you need a separate email for freebies? Because the vast majority of offers require you to join a company's newsletter or email list in order to request the sample. That's fine and dandy until you've requested 50 freebie down the road and wake up one day to find your personal or work email buried in spammy newsletters. However by creating a new email, you can dodge 100% of the spam associated with freebies!
And finally you'll want a sense of humor and, heck, even that's optional on some days around here.
How to Request Freebies
When companies decide to give away freebies, they post a signup form either on their own website or a third party's site that specializes in freebies. Then I step in and actually find these buried signup forms while simultaneously filtering out the junk offers. I then come up with a quick joke and publish the post to our homepage. When you read about a freebie that sounds interesting, click on the blue link and look for the signup form. I usually link directly to it, but sometimes you'll need to click on a button or image first (don't worry, I always include unique instructions whenever needed!)
Finally enter your info and hit submit. That's it! Now forget all about ordering the freebie and be pleasantly surprised in 6-8 weeks when you open the mailbox and find something other than bills and junk mail!
Please do not send me or post your mailing address here on HIF since we don't give away the freebies! This is a key fact many newbies overlook!
Important Facts to Remember
- Freebies typically take 4-8 weeks to arrive. Sometimes they're faster, sometimes they're slower, and sometimes they never come at all.
- Freebies tend to be in limited supply, so they “die” within days, sometimes even hours.
- If a freebie sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Mom was right on this one.