The Top 3 Sites To Score Freebies

The Top 3 Sites To Score Freebies

Because who doesn't love getting free stuff?
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I've never found myself to be one of those extreme coupon people that have bunkers full of things but I know that everyone appreciates the chance to get free samples. Who doesn't love getting things that you use in your daily life or even new things to try without spending anything? Nowadays there'e websites where they claim to have "free samples," the scary part is that who knows if it's a scam or even legit? I personally have found three sites that feed my sample crave, completely free and everything gets sent straight to my door.

No credit card needed. When I said free, I meant it!

1. Influenster

Influenster is a site that you can review, ask questions and even discover new products. The more you do these activities and questionnaires you fill out will help you earn badges. The answers you provide and badges will help you qualify for VoxBox.

A VoxBox is in a way like a monthly subscription box full of brand name products. You'll get a pre-qualifying survey and then if you qualify, a box will be sent the address you give to the site. Once you get the box, you check it in and then do any duties they may ask, this may be making an unboxing video, writing a blog review, post a photo on social media or answer post- campaign questions.

Personal Review on site:

Pros: Nice way to review the products you know and see others input on items you may be interested in. The VoxBoxes are really cool, since joining in December, I qualified for a Covergirl and Dry Spray Deodorant box. The tasks they ask you to do are easy and take very little time. Influenster App is wonderful, as you can scan items with a bar code to make review easier to do.

Cons: The website can be confusing at times, there's so many products and things that you can do. Questionnaires and surveys are random-- you can have a lot to almost a dry spell of nothing. Qualifying for a VoxBox may take some time amd even if you get an email about being a candidate for one, you may not get it.

Interested? Click here to sign up and try for yourself.

2. BzzAgent

Similar to Influenster, BzzAgent is a website the you fill out questionnaires or answer surveys on products or your life style to be qualified for campaigns. This site is a bit more simple but when you qualify for a campaign, there's usually more things to due: product reviews (that get graded in a poor to great kind of scale, reviews on the brand sites, blog posts, videos, social media sharing, etc. This site is different as you try new products that may be new in stores, so in a sense your the middle man to the brand and store to give feedback.

Personal Review on site:

Pros: Getting to try new products and the fact that it's free is exciting, and having them be full sized is also a nice touch. Since joining I've gotten clinical strength deodorant, swiffer products and dishwasher pods. Sometimes it's nice to not have to spend money of daily life products and you may find a new item that you love. Surveys & questionnaires again are easy and take little time.

Cons: You may get into more campaigns then on Influenster, but these campaigns last quite a bit (I've had one last over a month) and during that time, other campaigns won't be available.

Want to become a BzzAgent? Click here

3. PINCHme

PINCHme is quite different than the other sites mention. Every Tuesday out of the month, PINCHme will have sample days where whatever samples you may qualify for you are able to claim. When you sign up, you fill out a member profile that allows the site to know which samples you may like or prefer to try. The profile deals with life style (you and your family, shopping habits, pets and bonus questions. On these Tuesdays (12 p.m. ET) you log in and claim up to four samples to fill your box. Quite simple and something interesting to due each month. Once you get your box, you do a review and answer any questions they have.

Personal Review on site:

Pros: Monthly incentive where you get samples mailed straight to your door. Each Tuesday of the month has different samples, I so far have gotten no repeats and have gotten samples for things such as dog food to sleep aids to lotions. Every sample you get in your box, a coupon comes with so if you like the product you're able to get a full size version.

Cons: Samples go quick, I log in on the dot and in a matter of minutes the samples are gone. The boxes take a couple weeks to get in the mail (usually around three to five weeks). Unlike the other sites mentioned, these are sample and not full sizes, great for traveling or just testing but daily usage may be cut short.

Want to give it a try next month? Click here

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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8 Reasons I'll Take In-Store Shopping Over Online Shopping Any Day

In-store shopping shouldn't be disregarded.

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Lately, there have been many department stores closing due to the rise of online shopping as opposed to in-store shopping. According to Fox Business, this includes department stores such as Payless, Gymboree, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Dress Barn. The close of so many retail stores has led to more questions as to whether online shopping will become the only method of shopping.

However, just like with reading on a Kindle versus reading an actual book, not everyone prefers shopping online. At least, I don't prefer online shopping, and yes, I have tried shopping online for almost everything.

Here are eight reasons why shopping in the store will always be better than online shopping, no matter what other people have stated.

1. You can try on clothes

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This is one of the biggest problems I have with online shopping! You can't try on the clothes before buying them online. Sure, you can try on the clothes you get once they've been shipped. But if you have trouble finding the right size, especially since for women every size in almost any store varies, then it becomes more of a hassle.

Yes, a lot of online shopping sites have a "find the right size" menu where it gives you multiple measurements that match certain sizes. But most of those measurements include waist, hip, stomach sizes, and who has time to measure all of that?

2. You can expect what you're going to get

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With in-store shopping, you usually know what you get with buying an item. You know what the item looks like from seeing it in person, or with clothes you've felt the fabric and seen what it looks like in person. With online shopping, you basically don't know for sure what to expect until you receive the item in the mail. There are a lot of sites that may try to scam you where they'll present you with a clothing item that looks nice on the model until you receive it and it looks nothing like what you saw online. At least with in-store shopping, this doesn't happen as often.

3. No shipping expenses

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The nice part with in-store shopping is you don't have to spend extra expenses on shipping. Although there are times when online shopping sites offer free shipping, on some sites, it's hard to find free shipping. And on a lot of sites, they will try to offer free shipping only if you buy items that are $50 or more, which means you have to pay for more to receive free shipping.

4. No wait to receive what you buy

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The great part about in-store shopping is you get the item right away, unless you ask for the item to be ordered in the store. With online shopping, you have to wait for the item to be sent. And although there are some shipping options that allow one-day shipping, you'll sometimes be charged more to receive the item early. With in-store shopping, at least you get the outfit you want or item you need as soon as you pay for it.

5. You can avoid additional shipping hazards

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There are a lot of other shipping hassles that you have to go through besides waiting for the item to be shipped and the cost of shipping. You also have to worry about the item getting lost in the mail or if you'll receive it at the right address. And sometimes the item can get damaged during transit, which makes you feel like you wasted all of your money on buying the it.

6. You can speak to a sales representative in person

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This is especially helpful for buying bras or a dress. With in-store shopping, you can talk to a sales representative and get their opinion before buying the item. Sure, online shopping has someone you can talk to online, but it's not the same since you aren't talking to them in person or trying on the clothes in front of them. With in-store shopping, they can give you advice when you try on the item and offer you alternatives if it doesn't fit, whereas with online shopping, they can only offer you general advice without seeing you try on the item.

7. The option to pay with cash

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If you hate paying with a debit card, then you probably would prefer in-store shopping. The problem with online shopping is that you can't pay with cash since you can't exactly transfer real money online except through a debit card. With in-store shopping, you at least always have the option of paying with cash.

8. You miss the experience of shopping in person

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Lastly, what most people don't seem to understand is that with online shopping, you don't get the whole experience with in-store shopping. You don't get to walk through a mall, try on clothes, finger through the fabric, or see clothes or items in person. Instead, you have to sit behind a computer and shop. Though many people may like online shopping because you don't have to go through the hassle of dealing with people or lines in a store, you still miss out on real experiences with shopping.

So many people are already found in their houses behind a computer screen or buried in their phones. We already miss out on real experiences because we're too caught up in the digital world. So why should we do the same with shopping?

As you can see, shopping in person can have its own benefits to it. I'm not saying that online shopping is completely bad where you may not be able to purchase the item in the store. However, I also don't think that in-store shopping should be disregarded for online shopping. Not everyone enjoys shopping online completely, and by getting rid of in-store shopping, we miss out on the many different experiences that come with it.

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