Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Current Obsession

I have found a new addiction in the world of frugality—free samples! At first, I kind of scoffed at this. I mean, can you actually save any money on little trial-size items? But, I think I have. Here is a partial list of the things I've gotten for free in the past few months:

  • Small boxes of Total (2), Honey Nut Cheerios, Fiber One (2), All-Bran
  • Fiber One granola bar
  • All-Bran drink mix (like Crystal Light)
  • Small bag of Bear Naked granola
  • Bounce dryer bar (full-size! for writing a review on Viewpoints)
  • Eos lip gloss (full-size)
  • Ziploc quart-size baggie
  • Several paper towels (the good, thick kind . . . not the generic stuff I'm used to)
  • Tide total care detergent
  • Tons of "feminine" products
  • Dove, Aveeno, and Pantene Pro-V shampoos and conditioners

There have been others that I'm forgetting, I'm sure. Anyway, it's so fun to see what's in the mailbox each day! And, I think all total I've probably saved at least $15, which isn't too bad, considering all I do is fill out a little online form. Plus, many of the samples come with high-value coupons, so that's even more money saved.

I only sign up for samples of stuff I would actually buy or use. Otherwise, it can get a little crazy; there's so much free stuff out there. My friend Jenn e-mails a list of freebies every Friday, and I find lots of deals on Hey, It's Free, Money Saving Mom, and Deal Seeking Mom. One note of caution: If you do sign up for freebies, it'd probably be wise to set up a separate e-mail account just to put on online forms. I did not do that, and I've noticed a big increase in the amount of Spam I get. Luckily, I use Gmail, which has a good Spam filter, so it's not too much of an issue.


The Lances said...

Wow! That's great that you have gotten all that stuff! Glad to hear that it's paying off! Talk to you on the next Freebie Friday! ;-)

Kalyn Gensic said...

You know the word verification thing they make you do to post a comment? I was about to post a comment, but I got distracted because the squiggly line of letters reads "condom". Now I can't remember what my original comment was going to be.