Facebook is not only a place to connect with
friends and family, it can also be a place to save money and score
freebies. Rachel Gordon Singer, a Lombard mom and creator of the
popular couponing blog, Mashupmom.com, shares her tips for finding
freebies on Facebook.
What can people expect to find on
Companies set up fan pages and they'll give you a coupon
or a freebie (often sample sizes of products sent to your home) in
exchange for you becoming a fan or clicking "like" for their page
on Facebook. When you log on to Facebook, they show up on your
status update, so it's like free advertising for them.
How do you find the freebies?
I find a lot through other blogs. Everyone shares
information, so if I'm a fan and I see a freebie come through, I'll
post it (on mashupmom.com) and the info gets passed around that
way. Two sites I follow are Freebies4mom.com and Heyitsfree.net.
Is it worth the effort?
It's kind of fun. You get this free, random stuff in the
mail. Walgreens has some good freebies sometimes-for example, free
photo collages. So I'll remain a fan. With others, sometimes I'll
like them on Facebook long enough to get a freebie and then I'll
unlike them so it doesn't continue to clutter up my status page.
It's worth the minute it takes.
Do you have a separate Facebook account for
I don't, but some people do this. It's like setting up a
separate e-mail account. It keeps things from getting cluttered up
with stuff from marketers.
Other things to know?
Be careful if they ask you to install applications. Some
sites will ask you to play a silly little game to get a freebie.
There have been a lot of these lately to gather people's
information and they weren't legitimate. So that's one reason to
set up a separate Facebook.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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