If you’re like me when someone tells you they want to give you something for “free,” red flags go up inside my head.

I tend to assume that any “free” giveaway must be a scam. Or there has to be a serious “gotcha” hidden somewhere.

But in reality, many legit websites give away free stuff. How could any website build a sustainable business model of giving away free products? We explain the process below.

Legit Freebie Sites

Once you have your new email account set up and ready to go, it’s time to start visiting some freebie sites. We’ve got a ton of them for you to check out below (not listed in any particular order).

If one site doesn’t seem to have many things that interest you, then try out another. Have fun!

1. Hunt4Freebies

Hunt4Freebies is my wife’s personal favorite freebie site and the one that she’s used the most. She’s gotten a TON of free stuff from this site.

Here are a few of the types of things that you can get for free on Hunt4Freebies.

  • Health and hygiene samples
  • Magazines and books (especially eBooks)
  • Food samples
  • Beauty and fragrance samples
  • Coupons for free things

They have a big following and are active on social media as well. Start your hunt for free stuff with Hunt4Freebies!

2. Women’s Freebies

Women’s Freebies is a site focused on finding freebies that will appeal to…surprise, surprise…women.

Some of their free product categories include:

  • Beauty
  • Baby
  • Fashion
  • Feminine
  • Perfume
  • Pet
  • Skincare
  • Recipe

Choose this site to go to for all things feminine and free!

3. Free Stuff Finder

Freebie websites are notorious for looking cluttered and unkempt. But not Free Stuff Finder.

From the moment you land on their homepage, you’ll be impressed with the professional job they’ve done on their web design.

But don’t be fooled into thinking that Free Stuff Finder is all looks and no substance.

They have one of the most robust inventories of free items on the web. And they have worked out partnerships with many well-known, large retailers.

You can even search by whichever retailer you prefer if you have a favorite. Examples include:

  • Amazon
  • Kohl’s
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • JCPenney
  • CVS
  • Walgreens

Also, they make weekly videos detailing all the new free items that are available on their site.

If we had chosen to order this list from best to worst, Free Stuff Finder would have been near the top.

4. Sweet Free Stuff

Sweet Free Stuff doesn’t seem to post updates quite as often as some of the other sites. But every once awhile they’ll post something that’s attractive.

Their most recent freebies were:

  • Acid moisturizer sample
  • Dog food seasoning samples
  • Fiber supplement sample
  • CeraVe moisturizing cream sample

It isn’t a site that I would check every day, but you can subscribe to get notified whenever they post something new.

If you do decide to give them your email, make sure it’s your “freebie-only” email address as we discussed earlier.

5. Hey It’s Free

The best part about Hey It’s Free is their HUGE list of places that will give you free stuff on your birthday.

You can sign up for each company’s rewards program right from Hey It’s Free to get all set up. Their list includes over 100 restaurant, over 25 retail, and ten entertainment birthday freebies.

So hurry on over to their site and get yourself all set up to get tons of free stuff on your birthday.

A little birthday self-love never hurt anyone.

6. Totally Free Stuff

Established in 1998, Totally Free Stuff is one of the oldest freebie websites on the web. The fact that they’ve been in business for so long is a testament to the genuine value they provide to their readers.

Some of their most recent freebies include:

  • Dry shampoo
  • Bag of coffee
  • Emoji cushion pillow
  • Health and beauty samples
  • Jug of driveway heat ice melt

As you can see, they have a wide variety of products and their site is updated regularly.

7. PINCHme

PINCHme is a freebie that takes a bit of a different angle than many of the others. They don’t post a big list of items for visitors to sort through.

Instead, PINCHme tries to match readers up with products that they think would most interest them.

First, PINCHme asks visitors to answer a series of questions about their household and shopping habits in their Member Profile.

Second, PINCHme will show you a list of samples that they personalize to your likes and interests. Third, you choose the ones you want. Then PINCHme sends them to you for free!

Once users have received their box and tried out their samples, PINCHme asks them to fill out short feedback surveys.

It gives brands information about what they’re doing right with their products. Or what may need to be tweaked to make their products even better.

8. Smiley360

Smiley360 has a very similar business model to PINCHme. They offer you free samples based off of your lifestyle and interests.

Smiley360 calls every free product or service that they send members to try out a “Mission.”

After receiving your “Mission” and trying it out, Smiley360 wants you to share your thoughts and opinions about the things that you were able to test out.

Smiley360 even gives members points and badges for everything they do on a Mission.

The more you share your opinion about products with brands and other members, the more points and badges you earn. And the more Missions they will send your way.

9. I Love Free Stuff

I Love Free Stuff has free products samples available like many of the other sites that we’ve already covered.

But the way they stay on top of free events, services and digital products is what separates them from the crowd.

For example, right now, they are advertising free Black Panther movie screening tickets when it returns to the theaters for a one-week engagement on February 1-7 for Black History Month.

They’re also advertising a free “Lego Movie 2” lego-building event at Target stores on February 16. Plus, free movies you can stream from IMDB, and free Redbox video game rentals.

Those aren’t your typical freebie website postings, but in my opinion, those are all super cool things to know about.

And when I Love Free Stuff does promote products, they tend to be the real deal. They don’t advertise “stickers” or other silly items.

Instead, here a few of the most recent free items that they’ve put up on their site:

  • Folgers coffee mug
  • Fiskars utility knife
  • Charmin roll extender
  • Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil
  • Tyson All-star spread chatterbox
  • Dove instant foaming body wash chatterbox kit

Those are all legitimate brands who make high-quality products. For all these reasons, I Love Free Stuff is one of my favorite freebie websites.

I recommend bookmarking their site and checking it at least every couple of days so that you don’t miss new deals as they become available.

10. SampleSource

SampleSource is a unique freebie site. They don’t have any public list of samples available for visitors to check out like other sites.

Instead, they first ask you to fill out your profile. Then they ask you to sit back and wait to receive an email about samples that they think would interest you.

SampleSource says that they have all kinds of samples, including:

  • Makeup
  • Beauty care products
  • Household cleaning products
  • Health products
  • Food products

There’s a good chance you may find some quality stuff on SampleSource, but quantity is another story. They only send out free products in the spring, summer, and fall, and you can only receive 2-4 boxes per year.

11. Freebie-Depot

Freebie-Depot is not the most beautifully designed of the websites in this list, but don’t let that scare you away. They get ahold of some great deals, especially if you visit their site at the right time.

The most recent deal Freebie-Depot had on their site was a free Essential oil diffuser WITH free shipping. That’s over a $15 value (according to their website) that you get completely free!

Their homepage has the deals listed in chronological order. Or you can filter deals by several different categories:

  • Birthday Freebies
  • FREEbates
  • Samples
  • Amazon Hot Deals
  • Upcoming
  • 5 Best Sellers
  • Free Coffee

Freebie-Depot isn’t as popular as some of the other sites on this list, but keep it in mind. You never know when you may find a hidden gem on smaller sites like this one.

12. Freebies.org

Freebies.org offers free products. Plus, they do a good job of educating their followers about how freebie websites work.

Also, they give Tips and Tricks to help you get more free stuff. And they tell you what warning sites to look for in freebie websites that aren’t legit.

13. I Crave Freebies

Some sites on this list are more active than others. I Crave Freebies is definitely one of the busiest sites on the list. They post new deals every day. And they usually have multiple deals per day.

I Crave Freebies also makes their readers aware of upcoming freebie events that businesses or non-profits will be hosting soon.

Here are there last five posts:

  • Free subscription to Traditional Home Magazine
  • Telling readers about a “Hockey for free” day for kids that is coming up across the country for kids age 4-9 on February 23rd.
  • Letting readers know that Hardees will be giving a free sausage biscuit on February 8th if a Pick 6 happens during the Super Bowl on February 3rd.
  • Three free Bagels at Bruegger’s Bagels
  • Sam’s Club — get $45 back

They try to search the web for high-quality, attractive deals that will interest their followers.

I Crave Freebies is one the few sites that I find myself reading about deals or events and often saying, “Oh wow, I didn’t know about that!”

They also tend to highlight a lot of deals or events that will appeal to kids, which I appreciate as a parent.

Family entertainment can be expensive. So the more options we have to enjoy some fun for free (or at least very cheap) the better!

14. GoFreebies

GoFreebies has a free daily newsletter that they utilize to keep their followers abreast of new free products. Sign up for their newsletter and GoFreebies says that you could win an Amazon gift card.

In addition to the freebies that they advertise on their site, GoFreebies also provides links to many paid surveys.

15. GimmeFreebies

GimmeFreebies is a fantastic freebies site. Wendy, the site’s founder and manager, does a great job keeping her site clean and up to date. And she is very active on social media (she has over 39,000 followers on Twitter alone!).

Wendy even has a dedicated section on her site to educate her followers on “Fake Free Samples to Avoid.”

GimmeFreebies is a great place to find products, samples, clothes, makeup, food, giveaways, printable grocery coupons and money-saving tips.

At times, they post down-right shocking deals. For example, yesterday they were offering a way for readers to apply for a FREE Bissell vacuum for a product test.

16. Vonbeau

Vonbeau provides links to freebies, coupons, sweepstakes, and many other contests and activities.

They have a vibrant community on their site. Members share comments and pictures of free products that they were able to get their hands on.

On their site, you can use any of the following filters to narrow down your freebie search:

  • Samples
  • Sweepstakes
  • Coupons
  • Kids
  • Men
  • Women
  • Magazines
  • Stickers
  • Health
  • Food
  • Pets

Vonbeau also stays active on social media. This can be a good way to keep up with the deals they are offering without having to sign up for their email newsletter.

17. Crowdtap

Crowdtap is a survey and poll site many people use to earn points that they can later redeem for gift cards. However, they also offer free product samples for users to test and give their feedback.

The idea behind their site is simple — share your opinion, get free stuff. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

Other Ways to Get Free Stuff Online

Freebie websites aren’t the only place to get free things on the web. There are two other main ways to get ahold of free items online:

Below, you’ll find several more websites that could land you some free stuff!

18. Craigslist

Most people think of Craigslist as being a site that helps people buy and sell things in their community.

But sometimes people just want to get rid of stuff, and they’ll list those items on Craigslist for free.

How do you find free stuff on Craigslist? First, search for whatever item that you’re wanting. For instance, if you’re in the market for a new coffee table, type that in. Then click Search.

It will bring you to a page filled with coffee table listings. At the top of the page, you’ll see a drop-down of categories that you can search by.

  • Next, you have to select “For Sale.” I know that seems weird since you’re specifically looking for things that AREN’T for sale, but that’s what you have to do.
  • Underneath the main “For Sale” category, there will be a large number of subcategories. One of those subcategories will be “Free Stuff.” Select that.

That’s all there is to it. Now it will only show items that are currently being given away for free in your area. Pretty awesome!

19. Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace is another great place where people in your community offer free stuff.

When you use Facebook Marketplace compared to using Craigslist, there’s less anonymity.

Everyone who posts something on the Marketplace has to be a Facebook member. So you can check out someone’s profile to decide if you feel comfortable reaching out.

If you’re going to meet someone that you’ve never met at their house, the more info you can have about the person, the more comfortable you will feel.

How do you find free stuff on the Facebook Marketplace? They make it super simple.

  • On the left-hand sidebar, you’ll notice a price filter. That’s where you can set the minimum and maximum price you’re willing to pay.
  • Underneath the minimum/maximum textboxes, you’ll see a checkbox for “Only show free listings.” Check that box and search for whatever you’re looking for.

There you have it. Now, every listing that you are shown should be items that are being offered entirely for free.

20. Letgo

Letgo is a fast growing app for buying and selling locally. They are another Craigslist competitor. According to them, they have over 100 million downloads and hundreds of millions of listings.

Also, Letgo has a beautifully designed website and app. They encourage members to verify their identity via their Facebook profile, Google account, or other ways.

Just go to the price filter on Letgo, select “Only show free listings,” and you’ll be good to go!

21. Freecycle

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of over 5,000 groups with over 9,000,000 members around the world.

Each group is trying to work together to keep more stuff out of landfills by helping people get and give free stuff for reuse. Each group has its own volunteer moderators, and membership is free.

Speaking of free, Freecycle strictly forbids selling things via their network. It’s all about communities developing a sense of generosity and taking better care of their environment.

Freecycle says that their groups around the world are keeping over a thousand tons of stuff a day out of landfills!

Join your local group today to see what free things you may be able to get ahold of. One man’s trash really can be another’s man’s treasure.

22. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a mega-popular website that pays its members in points for doing all sorts of online tasks. Some of the activities that can earn you points on Swagbucks include:

  • Taking surveys and daily polls
  • Watching videos
  • Shopping through their shopping portal
  • Printing and using coupons from their site
  • Completing tasks
  • Using Swagbucks search engine (as opposed to Google, Bing, etc.)
  • Playing video games and making in-game purchases
  • Installing Swagbucks toolbar or extension

Then, with over 140 gift cards to pick from, you can redeem your points for FREE gift cards. Or once you reach the $25 mark, you can choose to get paid via PayPal.

23. InboxDollars

InboxDollars is Swagbucks’ biggest competitor, and they will pay you for many of the same online activities. They also give points to their members just for opening up their emails.

Their $30 payment threshold is a bit higher than Swagbucks, and they do charge a $3.00 processing fee. But Gold members can avoid this fee by choosing to get paid via e-gift card.

They work with some huge companies like Netflix, Walmart and Groupon. And they do sometimes send free products to try out as well.

InboxDollars is also currently offering a $5 sign-up bonus, so it’s a great time to join!

24. Ebates

Ebates is a cashback website and app that offers its members special deals on products and stores. Simply “link” the offers that you plan to use before you head out to shop and then go do your shopping.

Unlike other cashback apps, you don’t have to upload any receipts with Ebates. Instead, use whichever debit card or credit card that Ebates has on file.

After Ebates sees that you’ve taken advantage of a linked offer (which could take a few hours to a few days), they add Cash Back to your account.

Then, every three months, Ebates sends out your Cash Back as a check (which they call a Big Fat Check) or via PayPal.

25. Harris Poll

Harris Poll is a survey site where you can earn rewards points for sharing your opinion. After completing your profile, you can expect to most likely receive 3-5 surveys per month.

Harris Poll has a mobile app for both Android and iOS. It’s nice because it gives you the ability to complete polls while you’re on the go.

Once you’ve reached at least $10 in your account, you can redeem your points for gift cards. Harris Poll offers a great gift card selection, with options like Amazon, iTunes, Starbucks, ESPN, Walmart and more.

26. AppNana

Ok, this last one is technically an app, not a website. But I had to include it because using AppNana could be one of the coolest ways to get free stuff online.

AppNana (available on Android and iPhone) rewards users with app store credits and gift cards just for trying out mobiles apps and games.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not. AppNana has over 10 million downloads on the Play Store alone.

How can they pay you to try out games and play apps? The same reason why the freebie websites can send you all that free stuff. Marketing.

Game and app developers partner with AppNana to advertise their product in hopes that you’ll:

  • Become a future regular user
  • Provide feedback about what you liked and didn’t like about the app or game so that they can continue to improve
  • Leave reviews on the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store

With most offers, you’ll only be required to download the app and use it for a few minutes to qualify for the reward.

For bigger rewards, AppNana may require longer and more involved engagement.

Once you’ve reached at least $1 in your AppNana account, you can get free Google Play credits. Also, you can redeem it for gift cards, including Amazon, iTunes, Xbox or PayPal.

How Can Websites Give You Free Stuff?

Websites give free stuff by partnering with brands who want to get their products in your hands. They hope to earn your future business.

As part of their marketing strategy, many companies will give away samples and starter packs to customers.

After all, if you use their product and like it, you are more likely to be a future customer than someone who simply saw an ad.

But with so many brands offering free stuff online, you’d almost have to make it your full-time job to find them all.

That’s where “freebie” websites come into play. They’ve already scoured the web to find all the free stuff available out there.

They combine all those deals into one place to make it super simple for you to get free stuff fast!

How Do Freebie Websites Make Money?

Most freebie websites develop affiliate relationships with brands that are giving away free stuff. Then they earn referral commissions on traffic that is sent from their site.

They also often get income from marketing emails…lots and LOTS of marketing emails. In fact, that’s something that we probably need to discuss before we get any further.

Don’t Let Freebie Websites Invade Your Inbox

You should be aware of a couple of things before you start signing up for free stuff.

It’s important to understand that many of these sites will ask you to create an account. Or at the least, fill out a form that will ask for your email address.

This is an essential part of a freebie website’s business model because brands will often pay them to market their products to their email list.

Also, individual brands may want to send you emails as well. Think about it — Let’s say you sign up to try to a free sample of XYZ Makeup Company. Without a doubt, XYZ will identify you as a potential future customer.

And they’re going to want to send emails to you to advertise those new products and deals.

Now imagine that you’re signing up for multiple free products from several freebie websites. Within days, you could see your inbox flooded with junk mail from all over the place!

How do you avoid this problem? It’s simple. Open up a new email account. Then use it to receive all the junk mail that you get as a result of your freebie website adventures.

Whenever you’re asked to create an account or fill out a form on freebie site, use your dedicated separate email account.

This way, you get to take advantage of the free stuff that these websites have to offer without blowing up your email inbox.

Summary

There’s a lot of free stuff to be found all over the internet. You just have to know where to look!

So stick to the websites that we’ve covered in this guide. That way, you can have confidence knowing you’re only visiting freebie sites that are legit.

Each one has a long track record of actually getting free stuff in people’s hands.

Which of these free stuff sites is your favorite? Connect with us on social media to let us know.