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Free Stuff is Making a Comeback

Posted on Thursday, April 8th, 2010 at 5:52 am
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It looks like free product coupons are making a return for dedicated couponers, and this is a welcome development.  Years ago, when I first got started with coupons and refunds, it was common to save UPCs and proofs of purchase and send them in with forms for refunds and free coupons.  This practice dropped off as manufacturers had to deal with widespread fraud.  However, it’s coming back, and the good news is that many times you don’t even have to mail it in, you can submit your information online.

With Facebook submissions, and online submissions on manufacturer websites, it’s now possible to enter your information, and have them send the free coupon to you.  There’s less likelihood for fraud, since the computer tracking is pretty effective.  Best of all, with many freebies such as those offered on Facebook, you don’t have to buy a thing to get the coupon.  The free item coupons themselves come with holographic seals which are a high tech alternative to fraudulent duplication.

Recently I have received free item or buy one get one free coupons from Stacey’s Pita Chips, Sun Chips, Oreos, Cat’s Pride Cat Litter, Vitamin Water, MIchelinas Dinners, and others.  Some have the holograph.  All were completely free just for internet sign ups.

I love this new development!  Facebook helps, and let’s hope manufacturers continue to put sign ups for free trials on their websites.

Here’s a nice deal: Print this coupon for a free ream of paper at Staples.  It expires this weekend. It should ring free at the register. If not, you can go to Staples Easy Rebate page and enter the information from your register to receive the rebate.

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