Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.
Receiving packages in the mail is always exciting and a welcome reprieve from the string of bills and junk that tend to clutter up your mailbox. Most of the time, those packages in the mail are gifts to yourself from yourself. Maybe you've purchased something online or have a fun subscription box filled with goodies. Nowadays, there is a subscription box for just about anything you can imagine, but those can get pretty pricey. Sometimes they're just not in the budget.
Finding reputable websites for free stuff can be frustrating. Sometimes it can sound too good to be true, and there's always the worry of scams. In our age of technology, we have to be conscious of protecting our personal information. Before joining any site, I always search for reviews. I want to know if the site is reputable, if people have had success, the pros, the cons, and if it's worth my time.
3 Reputable Websites for Free Products to Review
Last year, I shared the top three websites where you could get complimentary, full-sized products to test and review. Well, I'm happy to report that I have three more websites to share! I am personally a member of each site. Below you can find a little information about what they are, how they work, and how to participate. All three are free to join, and I've included a few photos of real products that I've been sent to test out.
- The Insiders
- Home Tester Club
Please note this article is not sponsored. I truly enjoy being a member of these websites and want to share some information about them. The following is my honest opinion—the good and the bad.
1. The Insiders
The Insiders is a great website where you can apply to take part in campaigns, try out free products, and give your honest opinion about them. You simply sign up, fill out your profile, and apply to try products you're interested in. They have a variety of items to test out, including electronics and home appliances.
What's the Catch?
There is a catch with this one, though: For the electronic items, such as smart phones, TVs, and computers, you are required to submit a security deposit. The deposit is often close to the price of the item. They keep the deposit for the duration of your test period. At the end, you are sometimes allowed to keep the item, and sometimes there is a drawing for who can keep it. If you are able to keep it, they keep your deposit, but if you return the item, your deposit is returned.
Personally, I stay away from the bigger ticket items. If I wanted to pay money to try out something, I would cut out the middleman and just go to the store and buy it. I stick with the free campaigns from the Insiders.
Campaigns I've Tried
My first campaign was a weight-loss supplement called I-Remove. It was basically a fiber pill, and I didn't enjoy it. However, I did get to try the new Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls, and that was a great campaign! They sent me three vouchers that I redeemed at Walmart and a bunch of coupons to hand out to friends and family. That was a delicious campaign! As I write this, I'm currently wrapping up a beauty campaign from Olay. I was selected to test out an anti-aging eye cream and face cream.
My Overall Opinion
I enjoy being an Insider, and I recommend checking it out! Just be sure to read the details before applying to campaigns.
2. Home Tester Club
Home Tester Club is a great website where you can discover new products, read reviews, and share your honest opinion about products you've tried. You can also apply to try free, full-sized products. Each month, you can fill out a quick survey to be entered into a drawing for a prize pack.
What's the Catch?
The only requirement with this website is you have to fill out a survey about the product. It takes about five minutes to complete, and you have an opportunity to share your thoughts about the product. You also get an option to share your review on your Facebook page and sometimes on the retailer's website. Occasionally, they ask you to share a picture on social media.
Products I've Tried
I've been a member for a few years now, and I've tested out quite a few products. The first one I was invited to try was my favorite and much needed: a set of curtains. I was able to select the color and size, and I still have them up today.
My Overall Opinion
I recommend Home Tester Club to everyone! It's easy to join, and you don't have to put in a lot of effort. Simply log in a few times a month to check out what's new and apply to try out products you're interested in. You could also just wait for your monthly email to log in. Either way, it's one of the best sites to join to try out practical products that fit your lifestyle.
PinchMe is different from the other websites I mentioned. When you sign up, you fill out a bunch of information about you, your family, and your shopping habits. Then, on one Tuesday each month, at noon eastern standard time, you log in and claim samples you'd like to try.
In addition to free samples, PinchMe also offers special deals throughout the month. There are discounted subscription box services, magazine offers, coupons, etc.
What's the Catch?
It isn't guaranteed that you will receive any samples, and there are many people who walk away empty-handed. However, if you have time, log in 15–20 minutes early and monitor the website; most of the time, you can get a box of samples. This method has worked for me a few times.
The other way I've obtained samples to try is simply by checking my email. Often, PinchMe will send an email if you would be a good fit for the samples offered that month. This is actually how I received my first box.
Within the last two months, they've updated their website and started a new program called QwizMe. By completing surveys, you can win cash prizes or be guaranteed a PinchMe box.
I tried it out last month, but it's time-consuming to take surveys, so I ended up only completing one. I haven't done anymore since.
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on May 24, 2018:
You're welcome, Larry! I hope they were helpful!
Larry W Fish from Raleigh on May 22, 2018:
Thanks for the information on the websites, Alyssa. When you get to the age of my wife and I both living on Social Security anything free is welcomed.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2018:
You are an enterprising young woman. I suffer from a lack of time syndrome, but great ideas here.