Woman reveals how she scooped £1,400 of freebies
When Kasia Dul was ill at the start of last year, she found herself needing to rest but still able to use her phone and decided to look for deals online.
A year later, she has managed to get over £1,400 worth of stuff for free by making couponing part of her day-to-day life.
Kasia, 35, from West Yorkshire, picked up an impressive collection of products, including a Pandora charm, Butterfly Twists flip flops, Boots No7, Elizabeth Arden and Dior beauty bundles, an Echo Dot, Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet, Fortnite Nerf gun, and YSL Touche Éclat Illuminating Pens.
‘I haven’t counted exactly how many free products I’ve managed to collect over the course of 2020 as there are so many but, at a guess, I’d say that my stash of freebie items and prizes is worth around £1,400,’ says Kasia.
‘It’s mostly made up of beauty products, which are worth around £1,000.
‘On top of this, I also earned £250 of Amazon vouchers for sharing links for free products. Plus, I won £50 in a live draw competition and £100 of PayPal Credit by taking part in a Facebook draw.’
The biggest success for Kasia was the beauty products as she was previosuly spending around £100 a month, but has blagged enough to last for months.
‘Some of the freebies I got were full-sized so they lasted for a long time,’ she added. ‘I even had enough to share with friends and family as gifts.’
It all started when she found she had a little extra time on her hands but realising how easy it was, she incorporated it into her life even after she returned to work after her sick leave.
She said: ‘I started applying for free stuff when I was at home on sick leave at the beginning of the year.
‘While I was recovering, I discovered LatestFreeStuff.co.uk. Every day there is something new to apply for. You also receive rewards for being an active member.’
Kasia signed up to the newsletter to get a heads-up on eight new freebies everyday, and also downloaded the app so she could keep up her new hobby while on the move – but she realised you needed to be quick and click as soon as you saw an offer.
She said: ‘My trick is to switch on the notifications via the app so you get a reminder every time a new free item is added.
‘Whenever I hear it ping, and I have some spare time, I immediately apply for it. You have to be fast, as there are lots of members and the samples run out quickly.’
Each application takes Kasia anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes.
‘The process is very clear, fast and simple. You usually need to fill out a short form,’ she said.
‘If there are any extra steps included, such as needing to pay postage and packaging, then it will be clearly stated so you can decide whether you want to go ahead or not. I usually avoid applying for freebies when I need to pay postage unless the postage amount is small or the products are full-sized.’
She’s also joined lots of groups online to help her connect with other freebie hunters.
She added: ‘There’s a Polish language group on Facebook called ‘Zaradni Polacy w UK Grupa’ that’s great for finding freebies and bargains, as well as tips and tricks on how to save money. Plus I’m a big fan of the Latest Deals freebies section.
‘It’s also worth signing up to tester panels, such as Home Tester Club, The Insiders, TryIt Sampling Community, First Beauty, Personal Perks and Vogue Insiders. You can also ask the salespeople at beauty counters at Boots, Debenhams, House of Fraser and The Perfume Shop if they have any free samples they can give away.’
And after getting into the swing of it, she plans to keep hunting out bargains in 2021.
She said: ‘What I enjoy the most about it are the mornings when I’m making my way to the kitchen to brew my coffee and I see all the packages that have been dropped through the letterbox onto my doormat.
‘Some days I get around five or more packages, so it’s like Christmas.
‘In 2021, I plan to keep on applying for freebies and competitions in 2021. This year has been difficult for everyone and I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year with lots of freebie fun and free stuff at the door.’
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