MUST READ: The Freeloader's Guide To Facebook

Here's how to score the best freebies on Facebook without getting spammed or making yourself look like a coupon fanatic.

Who doesn’t love a good deal? More and more companies are offering freebies through Facebook, most frequently to get you to like their page. Some are contests that try to get you to make repeat visits or supply your contact information. However, there are ways to snag these deals without being spammed or looking like a coupon-crazed lunatic.

You used to be able to simply like a company’s Facebook page and get something free. Now, companies are concentrating on making their pages more interactive to keep you coming back rather than just giving away free stuff.

One way to stay in the know is to set up a Google alert for “Facebook freebie.” Whenever a discussion of a Facebook freebie pops up, Google will send you an email with a link to the article. If you don’t want your inbox flooded with alerts, set up a new account just for freebies.

Being a true freeloader requires patience and dedication. It can take weeks to receive free samples or coupons from companies. You also have to be quick because the deals run out quickly. Freebies are available on Facebook for a specific time, so set up a reminder on your smartphone or any other calendar software you use.

One way to receive instantaneous coupons is by liking the Facebook page of a site devoted to freebies like Free Samples or Hey, It’s Free.

There are tons of these pages and many are updated with daily deals, usually from their own site. Following TV show fan pages like Extreme Couponing will also get you some great deals.

Groups like Free Food Events post birthday coupons, email sign-up coupons, free eats and other opportunities.

Using Facebook places on your mobile device can help you find deals businesses nearby are offering. After checking in, you can claim the deal. Sometimes, there are more instructions like friend deals that require you to tag a certain number of friends to get or loyalty deals that require you to check in a number of times before getting the deal.

Facebook is getting in on the daily coupon market with its Groupon-like Deals service. It’s currently only available in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and San Francisco but it is expanding. Payments can be made by credit card, PayPal or Facebook Credits.

Most importantly, check your privacy settings to make sure you are comfortable with what you are sharing because companies can access your information when you agree to these deals and like their page. Companies mostly use your information for research, but it can also be used for promotional and marketing purposes.

What ways do you use Facebook to get free stuff?