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.

2 comments:

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.