Every year, thousands of Canadians sign up for paid survey websites like Survey Junkie or Swagbucks to earn a few dollars that they can convert to gift cards or PayPal Cash. And while paid surveys can be a legit way to earn a few extra bucks, you can get way more value by signing up to receive free samples by mail.
In this article, I’ll show you how you can receive free makeup, diapers, baby formula, restaurant appetizers, pet food, perfume, skin care products, and more by signing up with free sample websites.
These sites are free to join, and no purchase is required. All you need to do to qualify is be willing to provide your email address, share information on your product preferences, and in some cases, leave a review of the free samples once you’ve used them.
Sound interesting? Let’s get to the list!
Red Flag Deals
Red Flag Deals is an aggregator of online deals and coupons in Canada. Their staff scours the internet to find the best deals and list them on their website. According to Red Flag Deals, they have close to four million monthly visitors and over 700,000 members. They may not specialize in free samples, but you will find plenty of freebies and other great deals from hundreds of Canadian retailers. For example, I found a free Domino’s Stuffed Cheesy Bread coupon for Fido members.
Sample Source operates in Canada and the US. They are a dedicated sample website that sends free samples based on the profile you fill out when you sign up. You may be asked to rate the products you receive.
Getting started with Sample Source is easy. Register on their website, letting them know a little about you and your favorite products. Sample Source will present you with a menu of possible samples, and you can select the ones you’d like to try. Sample Source will package the items and send them to you for free.
Sample Source sends out products a few times yearly, so watch your email inbox for future opportunities. Note that you can only receive one package of samples at a time.
Free Stuff Canada
Free Stuff Canada is a blog-style website that publishes the latest free samples, coupons, and other deals. They also inform you about contests you can join to win free stuff. For example, you can click on an offer to participate in a poll from Heinz Canada to help them re-brand their ketchup. In return, you’ll be entered into a draw to win a limited edition bottle of Heinz ketchup. Most free samples at Free Stuff Canada are related to health and beauty, personal care, and food.
SaveaLoonie is a popular deal website and one of the best ways to find new samples. You can sign up for their free newsletter and receive alerts for coupons, freebies, deals, and contests directly to your inbox. Or, you can browse their website for offers. I found the following freebies while scrolling through SaveaLoonie:
- London Drugs Baby Welcome Package
- Free Eucerin Complete Repair Sample
- Free Pampers Newborn Diapers & Wipes Sample Kit
- Amazon Kids+ Free Trial
- Free Lego Life Magazine Subscription
Butterly is the creation of Chick Advisor, Canada’s first product review website for women. They have years of experience in running pre-launch review campaigns for various brands. With Butterly, there are four ways you can interact with brands and receive freebies, coupons, and free samples in exchange: Sign up as a brand ambassador, participate in free product trials, access exclusive coupon offers, and sign up for online surveys.
Home Tester Club
Home Tester Club is an international community of shoppers who test products and complete reviews in exchange for free product samples. The community is free to join. If you want a voice regarding the development and types of products released to the market, try out Home Tester Club. They will have you complete a pre-qualifying survey to ensure they send you the right products. For example, they won’t send you baby products if you don’t have an infant at home.
Sampler calls itself the “Ultimate Product Experience Platform,” and it’s easy to see why. They work with hundreds of brands across many industries to help them deliver the best possible products. That’s where you come in. After signing up with Sampler, you’ll receive emails when they have samples for you to try (They’ll find suitable products based on the profile you create when you sign up).
After receiving your samples in the mail and testing the products, you’ll be asked to leave an honest review. Sampler compiles the feedback from its users and sends the data to the relevant partner brands.
Influenster is another dedicated free sample website, similar to Sampler Source or Sampler. When you sign up with Influenster and complete your profile, they will send you a VoxBox, a package filled with free samples for you to try. You can use the products and review them on the Influenster app. They want your honest opinion, so feel free to share the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Unlike other free sample websites geared to a specific niche, like babies, health and beauty, or feed, Influenster offers free products across a wide range of categories, including Grocery, Sports, Toys & Games, Beverages, Pets & Animals, Home & Garden, Arts & Crafts, and Electronics.
Bzz Agent is another dedicated free sample website. With Bzz Agent, the process is simple. To get started, sign up for free on their website. Bzz Agent asks you to complete your profile and keep it updated to ensure they always send products you want to be considered for. You’ll receive product invites via email.
Once you’ve received your free samples, try the products and follow Bzz Agent’s instructions to submit reviews and share them with your friends and followers. Bzz Agent says their most active and influential members are invited to participate in more campaigns.
The Kit is a Canadian digital and print magazine for women. In addition to publishing beauty, style, and cultural content, they have a Shop Smart Guide that connects women to various health and beauty brands, where you can obtain freebies and coupons from time to time.
Shopper’s Voice gathers valuable consumer insights for brands they work with through their annual online consumer opinion survey. You only complete the survey once per year, but according to Shopper’s Voice, you’ll get free samples, coupons, and special offers in exchange.
Keep in mind that Shopper’s Voice only accepts one member per household. When you complete their survey, you are doing so on behalf of everyone in your household. You will also be eligible to win prizes in their free survey sweepstakes. For 2022, 12 Sweepstakes Winners each won a $1500 prepaid gift card.
Other Free Samples in Canada
In addition to getting free products from the free sample websites listed above, there are other ways to qualify for freebies and other giveaways in Canada. Here are some things you can try:
Sign Up for Newsletters
Several websites will send you free samples when you sign up for their newsletter. SaveaLoonie is one example. The nice thing about the newsletter is that the offers are sent to you – you don’t have to go out and look for them. Of course, if you’re like me, you may get annoyed by the number of emails in your inbox. Remember that you can always unsubscribe at any time.
Free Perfume Samples
When people think of free samples, perfume often comes to mind. The best way to get free perfume samples is by signing up for a sample website specializing in beauty products. The Kit, Chick Advisor, and Butterly are good examples. Sephora will often have online promotions, where you can receive a free sample bag when you spend over a certain amount via their online store. The sample bags may or may not contain perfume samples, but you will get free stuff. Here’s a link to their current free sample promotion.
Free Food Samples
Several popular Canadian restaurants will send you deals and free food when you sign up for their loyalty programs. Boston Pizza is a good example. For signing up to MyBP, you’ll receive two free starter meals, a free dessert on your birthday, and a 2-topping individual pizza on your first MyBP anniversary. Another restaurant, Milestones, has a similar offer (free apps, free birthday dessert) if you sign up for their newsletter.
Get Free Baby Samples
There is no shortage of coupons and free samples available for new parents. For example, by signing up for their newsletter, London Drugs will send you a free Baby Welcome Package.
Nestle has a similar offer when you join their Nestle Baby & Me club for new parents. According to their website, infant formula maker Similac will send you free samples, coupons, and rebate cheques with a value of up to $200 when you join Similac Club. For more information, check out this article on the Best Baby Freebies for Canadians.
What are the top websites to find free samples in Canada?
I’ve covered most of the top free sample websites in this article, but here are a few more sites you can try out also: Chick Advisor, Canadian Free Stuff, Mom’s Meet Canada, Get Me Free Samples, and Free.ca.
Does Costco still do free samples?
Costco is famous for its free food samples. Of course, you’ll have to head to a Costco store and look for the free samples as you shop. They did away with food samples during the COVID-19 pandemic for obvious reasons, but they’re back. It’s a great way to test out Costco products before buying.
What day is Costco’s sample day?
There isn’t a designated day, but the best time to go to Costco to try free samples is on Mondays and Tuesdays when the store isn’t as busy.
The Bottom Line on Free Samples for Canadians
Canadian savers love getting free stuff. Not only is it money they don’t have to spend, but free samples are a great way to test new products before buying. The best part is that all of the websites on our list are free to join. As long as you don’t mind sharing personal information about your shopping habits or product preferences, you can sign up today and receive free samples in the mail within a few weeks.