In an attempt to try various products and broaden my horizons, I have become a free sample queen. About a year ago one of the women I knew from Facebook made a group specifically for deals and free samples. When I joined I knew nothing about how to get samples or coupons to use towards products. As I started using the group more and more, I was able to get a small stockpile of free samples saved. This is how I get the samples and how much money a year it saves me.
Where I get them
There are a few sites I frequent. One of them is Razordeals, and it offers daily freebies. I have gotten t-shirts from there, dish soap samples, and more. If you start "liking" your favorite brands on Facebook, you will notice a lot of the pages offer free samples or coupons. Sign up to as many places as you can, but make sure you have made a junk email address. These sites will spam your email every day, sometimes more than once.
What I do with them
I use almost everything I get in the mail. Right now, I have 38 shampoo and conditioner samples sitting in my stockpile. As things add up, they become more useful. Companies will often send out full-size bottles, and those are always handy. I use a lot of the samples to travel with, especially because they are the perfect size. If I counted what I have in stock right now, I would have to say I have over 200 samples in my bedroom and a few more in the closet in the kids' room.
How much money it saves me
We are just weeks into 2013 and already I have saved $8 by using samples I have stockpiled. Last year, I estimated I saved around $100. If I use all the shampoo samples I have, it is one month without buying hair products, which saves $6 alone. I continuously get free samples of formula and diapers in the mail, which come in handy with an infant. If I would estimate the amount of money saved per month, it would come down to about $8. Some months are better than others, but $8 is what the average comes out to be.
Getting free samples is something small, and it takes very little effort. If I can save my family $100 a year, it is worth it. Freebies are one of my favorite things, and when it helps my family, it makes me very happy!
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