Getting things for free is a skill, or an art, but can be simple if you are prepared to be bold or you know how and when to make the effort to attempt it. If you think you do not possess it yet, then you should definitely consider learning it.
The simplest way of getting something for free is to ask for it. Some people are just too shy to ask and would rather get killed than risk getting NO for an answer. If you feel like you are one of them, I am afraid you will have to overcome your shyness in order to make the most out of every situation. Just relax, take a deep breath and be bold. If you are paying a large amount of money for something, particularly if it’s in cash, then don’t be scared to ask for extras. For example, if you went to a baby products store, and decided to purchase a high cost item, such as a pram, then simply asking for a free raincover, changing bag and footmuff accessory pack will often get you the extras. The worst that you can be told is “no” and it is worth a try. You never know, you might get even more thrown in for free.
Pay attention to any notices offering free trial products
In supermarkets, occasionally you will see a stall set up with freebie food or drink from a particular range. Often there will also be free items for you to take home, so wander over to take a look.
Sometimes on the actual products themselves, you will see a “Try Me Free” cut-out voucher, whereby you simply purchase the product, then send the package along with your till receipt to the company to get your money back. You are usually only allowed to send off one voucher per household and per person, so check any eligibility criteria before sending multiples.
Also in newspapers and magazines there are sometimes vouchers for free products, which you simply have to go into a supermarket or particular store to collect.
Pay a compliment
If you have bought something that you were impressed with, send a short email or letter thanking the supplier for their product. Often you will be rewarded with money off vouchers, or even a free item. Also remember to compliment hotels and restaurants for free accommodation or meals. Make sure your compliments are sincere and rest assured that your positive attitude will pay off in the long run.
If you have a genuine complaint, you could also send a note of complaint. Remember to state where and when your particular product was purchased. You might get a partial or full refund from the supplier.
Join mailing lists
Join mailing lists of your favourite products and companies for exclusive invitations to trial new products.