I have been doing these things for about a year now and I have had some success and some crap-shoot too. The best thing to do is keep trying and keep clipping to save money, and freebies are always a nice surprise in the mailbox. Also get a coupon holder, many dollar stores carry them, I have coupons that don’t expire for 2 years in mine and it’s good to hold them in the same place.
A few hints that help:
~you might need many social media accounts to get freebies (ie: Twitter, Facebook, Vine,etc) these help you find freebies and follow companies that give special deals to their customers.
~having more than one email, this way one is for personal things like family and friends and the other for companies that send out newsletters. Many newsletters contain printable coupons or even a link for free sample even recipes (also you can possibly snake extra samples with multiple emails)
~stores that have a customer card that costs nothing, you want to get. Big Lots for one sends newsletters about special deals that they don’t publish in the paper. Some stores also have loadable cards so you don’t have to clip so many coupons.
~this becomes your hobby, it pretty much it a part time job if you can manage it
~check many sites, they may have the same things listed but sometimes they don’t
http://www.couponclipinista.com/ This website has listings for coupons, free stuff, giveaways, deals, does a coupon matchup for you and if you are friends on Facebook she lists her winners for giveaways she puts on herself.
http://www.freestufffinder.com/ This site also has listings for free stuff, ad previews (some before they hit the newspaper), online deals, and printable coupons. This one also has a section on how to use coupons to the max.
http://www.influenster.com/ This site is more is a community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. Influenster invites its most active members to participate in exclusive VoxBox programs where members receive complimentary products to test and review. In exchange, we ask our members to do what they already love to do: share their opinions with their friends & followers on social media. This site uses a lot of those media accounts, I have does 5 boxes and won 2 larger prizes picked by the actual companies.