Expert Interview with Kelli Bhattacharjee on Freebies for Mint

Kelli Bhattacharjee has managed millions of dollars as an investment expert, has an MBA in finance and has been enjoying finance since childhood. She views her best work, though, as what she does as the Freebie Finding Mom. She talked with us about freebies, how to find them and how to use them.

Why are freebies so important to parents?

Freebies are a great way for parents to try new products without spending any of their own money. It allows them to determine if they want to purchase the item in the future or not. Plus, freebies make great travel-size items and can come in handy when you run out of an item.

Is there ever a time when a freebie isn't worth it?

If you are not going to use the freebie or give it to someone who will, there is no need to request it. Pass on those freebies and leave them for people who need them and will use them.

What criteria do you use when looking at freebies and coupons to share? What makes them stand out?

I will only share freebies and coupons from reputable sites. Now that I have been sharing freebies and coupons for years, I am pretty savvy at spotting freebies that are scams. I only share those offers that I have the confidence are legitimate.

What's the future of free? Will we see more free stuff, less?

I think we will always be offered free stuff because that is one of the ways companies get consumers to try their products. I will say with the changes with Facebook, it has become somewhat harder to find freebies in a timely manner because Facebook now limits the content that is shared to all followers. In the past you could "like" a company's Facebook page and be notified of all of their posts, so you would be informed instantly when a new freebie or coupon was made available; that is not the case anymore, which makes it harder to find as many great freebies.

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