Believe it or not, there are a few things you can do to get your hands on free samples of food.
While free samples of food won’t feed your family for the month, they are great for helping you try new products and for having snacks on the go so you can avoid those restaurant drive-thru trips.
Along with food samples, you can get samples of other items too at many of these places, such as health and beauty samples, cleaning samples, etc. Today we’ll share five of the most common places you can get free samples of food, and as a bonus some places may have other types of free samples as well.
1. Your Local Walmart
Walmart is notorious for having sample stands available in their grocery section. Yogurt, snack bars and other food samples are available from friendly brand ambassadors whose goal is to get you to try their product.
In my area at least, most free sample events at Walmart happen on Thursday, Friday and on the weekends. If you happen to be in or near your Walmart location on those days, stop in and see what they have to offer.
2. Your Neighborhood Grocer
As with Walmart, many neighborhood grocery stores have certain days in which they promote various brands of foods and give away free samples.
The number of events where you can get free samples of foods will vary depending on the size of the grocer and their marketing plan, but generally independent stores like to up the “friendly” in order to compete with big box stores so they tend to have free sample events and other community events to draw consumers in.
Talk to your local neighborhood grocery store to find out details about specific times and dates where they might have free samples to give away or brand ambassadors present.
3. Warehouse Club Stores
I remember when my kids were little; we’d go to Sam’s Club almost every weekend to pick up the items we need – and to get the kids a free lunch out.
There is usually an abundance of free sample foods stands at the warehouse clubs on the weekends. We really could get a full meal when we visited the sample stands on the weekends at Sam’s Club.
For some reason brand ambassador booths do really well at warehouse clubs and it can be a great way for you to try new things as well. One weekend when I happened to be at Costco, I bought every single product I tried a sample of – they were all delicious and we still buy most of those products today.
Check your local warehouse club for details on dates, hours and vendors.
4. Freebie Sample Sites
There are several freebie sample sites that can tell you exactly where to get free samples, either by visiting a store or restaurant during a promotional event, or by following directions from manufacturers to get free samples mailed to you.
Here’s a list of some of the more popular freebie sites.
Freeflys shares information about lots of different available freebies, but they also have a page dedicated solely to free food samples, at least as of this writing.
It’s free to join Freeflys, and you’ll get first notice of available freebies via email when you become a member.
Free Stuff Times
Free Stuff Times also has a page devoted strictly to free food samples. This site also shares information on coupons, contests and sweepstakes, and more. It’s free to join here as well.
Bzz Agent is a site that lets you sign up to be an agent to give your opinions on free food and other samples they send you.
By becoming a Bzz Agent you can get first dibs at trying new food and other products when they send you samples, and then you share what you thought of the product with the company, and they give feedback to the manufacturer.
It’s free to join and a great way to get free food samples and help manufacturers test up and coming products.
Free Samples.org is a site dedicated to getting you free samples of food and other things. When I checked their site for my research I found info on free samples for Dairy Queen, a few other restaurants, and several food manufacturers such as Pillsbury.
Sign up to get on their mailing list for fast notice regarding freebies.
Go Freebies is another freebie site that shares information on where you can get free samples of restaurant foods and of manufactured food products. They also share how to get freebies in a host of other categories, such as Health and Beauty, pet stuff, free stickers and more.
Sweet Free Stuff
The Sweet Free Stuff site is simply laid out and helps visitors by organizing available free samples into different categories. And yes, they’ve got a “free food” category. It’s an easy-to-use site and shares lots of information on how to get free food and other samples.
My Free Product Samples
My Free Product Samples is another site that is designed nicely and is helps visitors easily find free food samples and other types of samples. This site also offers sweepstakes and giveaway information from various stores and websites.
5. Direct from Manufacturers
Food manufacturers often give out free food samples just for the asking, or during certain promotions.
Although it might be a bit more bothersome to contact manufactures directly for samples than it would to just find free food samples through a freebie website, some manufactures have mailing lists for consumers to get on that would give them quick notification of free samples they can get by mail.
When you sign up to get on a food manufacturer’s mailing list, you’ll likely also be able to get coupons for discounts on their products too. Check your favorite food manufacturers’ website for more details. You may also be able to find coupons for free food on Coupons.com.
Taking advantage of the above methods for getting free samples of food can be a great way to try new things and to accrue a stockpile of snacks and small meals.
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Have you ever used any of the above methods for getting free food samples? If so, what was your experience? Share in the comments below.