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6 simple ways to score free stuff

Coupons aplenty on the Web
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Coupons aren't just for groceries anymore. You can nab DVDs, pharmaceuticals, toys and other free stuff.

"Manufacturers of all types have jumped on the bandwagon," says Jeanette Pavini, a household savings expert. "Lots of websites offer free coupons." is a social networking site for swapping coupons. But Pavini says you also can find coupons on Facebook, where many companies now distribute them. For example, Nordstrom Beauty runs a sampling program on Saturdays on Facebook.

Getting free deals means mixing and matching coupons. Barrand recommends matching store promotions with manufacturers' coupons that can cancel out prices after all the rebates are taken. "I don't purchase anything unless it's a least 75 percent off," Barrand says.

But watch out for rip-offs. According to a report by security software company McAfee Inc., searching for "free" goods makes you 300 percent more likely to turn up risky sites that can infect your computer with viruses and malware.




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