This is how you get free samples and freebies

Most love a freebie and here is how you can easily score free samples online with not very much effort.  The first thing I suggest you do is establish a junk E-mail address that you don’t mind getting spam to.  Sometimes getting a free sample requires that you sign up for their newsletter or whatnot.  Fine, whatever.

The next thing you should do is be aware of scams disguised as free samples.  It’s quite popular for E-mail harvesters/phishers to disguise their intent with an offer of free samples. I’m going to Google right now “Free Make Up Samples”.  So 494 million hits later, there is nothing but shady offers.  Here are key phrases/words you should avoid if you happen upon a free sample offer you’re interested in: “Complete Offers”, “Meet Program Requirements”, “Affiliate(s)”.  They are everywhere, just stay away.

One of the easiest and trustiest free sample sites is Wal-Mart’s page of free samples. Their stuff always comes and they switch out their samples practically daily. Every once in a while they’ll come with coupons too. I rarely shop at WalMart but I use that site as a freebies resource often.

The path of least resistance for free samples is hitting up a forum that just lists free samples. Here is my favorite. There, people do the work for you. If it’s a bad offer, people there will let you know so you can move on. Most smaller Web sites that lists freebies 8/10 times get their information from the exact Web site I just listed.

Another resource is P&G’s own Sample page. Obviously you have to sign up for their newsletter, but it’s actually sort of interesting. They don’t have a lot of samples-sometimes none-but they usually have coupons there to print out too.

Another P&G resource is Vocalpoint.com. It used to be just for moms but I’m not a mom and they accepted me, so anything goes I guess. They send all kinds of stuff to you in the mail. I can’t even keep track of everything they’ve sent me. The point is you go back to the Web site and let P&G know how you like what they sent. They’re looking for bona fide feedback.

Kraft First Taste is really pretty cool too. Like Vocalpoint, they want your feedback on the freebies they send you. About once a month you can expect something from them. I’m in the midst of a diet change, so their offers aren’t quite as useful to me, but still a great resource.

I’d suggest using your “real” E-mail address for Vocalpoint and Kraft. I trust they’re responsible with E-mail addresses and you have to stay on top of your E-mail from them for your offers.

There are so many other free samples out there but using the links here, you’ll have yourself covered well. What’s helpful is to set up a folder in your browser’s bookmarks labeled “Freebies” and put all these links in there. Check them all almost daily and you’ll score loads of freebies and coupons. Have fun

Rite Aid this week: Made $6.15 [pic]

I should just rename my blog “Rite Aid”.   Anyway…. took 2 trips to Rite Aid this week and ended up making $6 for buying some things I needed. See pic below. Here’s the run down:

2 Gain laundry detergent
2 Boxes of Kleenex
1 Colgate toothpaste
1 Blink eye drops
1 Pack of Trident
2 Nature’s Bounty Vitamin D
2 Nature’s Bounty Vitamin C
2 Flex a Min
1 Cottonelle 12-pack
=$60.84 before coupons

Coupons used:
1 $1 off Colgate (Sunday paper)
2 $6 off Flex a Min (Sunday paper)
4 $5 off Nature’s Bounty vitamins (their Web site)
2 $1 off Nature’s Bounty vitamins Rite Aid coupon (Rite Aid’s Web site)
1 $2 off Blink Tears (Sunday paper)
2 $5 off $20 purchase Rite Aid coupon (Rite Aid’s Web site)

=$13.84

Rebates I’ll get back:

$7.99 for Blink Tears
$2 for Colgate
$10 for buying over $25 worth of vitamins

Grand total = -$6.15

I was not fully paying attention when I planned my 2 trips, so I forgot about coupons I could have used on the Kleenex and toilet paper. No biggie, but still slightly bothersome since this is like a game to me.

For each product, you can use 1 manufacture’s coupon and 1 Rite Aid coupon if there happens to be both available. This is key to maximizing savings: finding a product on sale that has a manufacturer’s coupon you can use on it AND a store coupon you can use on it. Store coupons are ones that are put out by the store and you can only use them in that specific store and no where else. You usually find these coupons in the Rite Aid circulars. Walgreen’s always has their own coupons in their circulars too. Manufacturer coupons are the ones from the Sunday paper, coupons.com, etc. They say “Manufacturer’s Coupon” on the top of it.

Sometimes it’s tricky because Rite Aid’s store coupons will say Manufacturer’s Coupon at the top, but they are still Rite Aid’s own store coupon and you can’t use them anywhere else. You can tell it is a store coupon even though it says Manufacturer’s Coupon on top because it has Rite Aid’s logo on it AND the barcode starts with RA… so/and it will only scan at Rite Aids.  Same applies to pretty much every other store coupon in the world.

Made $6 and some change buying this.

I love it when this happens! [pic]

I wasn’t expecting much from Rite Aid today. I needed TP and decided to grab it at RA because I had coupons for Quilted Northern. I was going to get some free Crest and cheap Robitussin anyway, and the TP was a good excuse to get my total above $25 so i could use a $5 off a $25 purchase coupon. I expected my out-of-pocket expense for the trip to be around $10 or so, I didn’t really care how much the total was. Toilet paper is an inelastic good in this house, I will pay what I need to for it. However, when I got home and entered my receipt in the Excel spending tracker spreadsheet I made, I learned that I only spent $2.80 on my RA trip! Reg price was $36.84, sale price was $24.24 so I saved 92.40% on this trip. PTL! Pic below is what I got for $2.80.
Coupon breakdown:
(note: RA allows you to use 1 RA coupon and 1 manufacture coupon on any 1 item)
Total: $24.24
-$5/25 Rite Aid coupon
-$5 off any 2 Quilted Northern 12pk or higher RA coupon
-$1 any Quilted Northern
-$1 any Quilted Northern
-$2 Robitussin
-$.75 Crest coupon
-$6.69 in rebates I will get back from RA for the Crest and Robitussin

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$2.80

How I develop strategies…

Wednesdays are when Harris Teeter (HT) ads drop, so I took a look at one yesterday. I’m like a kid in a candystore when I get a new store ad because I can’t wait to see what new and different deals there are.
When I get a new HT ad, here is how I crush it:
1. I quickly peruse through the ad from the first to the last page.
2. I start over and take a slower look at the ad. I look over the products and stop at the ones I have-or may have-a coupon for. Regular couponers pretty much know their coupons right off the bat. So, for instance, when I saw Arm & Hammer detergent was BOGO… this is what transpired:
a.) There is a coupon for that!
b.) HT charges 1/2 price for their BOGO items, so what is the price of 1 bottle of detergent?
c.) Sign on to HT Express Lane and find out the price. Doing this, I found that 1 bottle of detergent during the BOGO sale is $2.99.
d.) ROCK! Buy 1 at $2.99 and use the $1 coupon and I’m getting 32 loads of laundry for $1.99!

Another example: I noticed Mueller’s spaghetti noodles are 5/$5. So, they are $1/each. I know there were coupons for these in the past but I can’t recall if there are any right now. So I make my way to Taylortown where she maintains a list of all unexpired newspaper coupons. And there I see we have a Mueller’s pasta coupon for $.55/2 that came out earlier this month. HT doubles coupons up to $.99. This is how much the pasta will cost: Buy 2 (per coupon) = $2. $2-$.55(2)= $.90 for 2 boxes of the Mueller pasta. Not so bad!

So there’s a brief glimpse of how I crush a grocery store ad.

My trip to Rite Aid today: Spent $105, will get $125 back! [pic]

Rite Aid has been most generous in Octobers! This week is no exception. See pic below. I got paid $25.41 for all of that. Here is how it breaks down:
$105.27 = my total with tax
-$24 = coupons that I handed over
-$21.00 = Rebates I will get back for the Bee MD cough drops, and $20 for the Olay Regenerist
-$10 = Rebate from Procter & Gamble for spending +$30 in p&g products
-$55.68 = Rebates offered by Rite Aid on qualifying products.
-$20 = Rebate offered by RA for buying $100 worth of anything
=-25.41
Next week is supposed to shape up to offer just as many freebies! I am so thankful for Rite Aid. I just wish more of my friends and family were interested in saving like this as well… but it is a bit time consuming, just like any other hobby.

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How I’ll make $2.19 at Rite Aid this week

I’ll be making several trips that cost nothing to Rite Aid this week.  Here’s what I’m starting out with:

2 Aveeno face products
1 Gillette Fusion razor
1 Crest with Scope
1 Sunday paper

=28.50 (includes tax)
-[1] $4 Gillette MFQ – coming out in 9/26’s Sunday paper
-[1] $1 Crest w/ Scope MFQ – coming out in 9/26’s Sunday paper
-[2] $2.00 Aveeno MFQs – from this link. After the first coupon prints, immediately press your Backspace (or Delete on a Mac) button.  A box may come up, press “Resend” and a second coupon will print.
-[2] $3.00 RAvvQs Found here after watching a short video
-$5/20 RAQ Found at video link above
-$5 Gillette SCR – Rite Aid will snail mail you a check
-$3 Aveeno SCR – Rite Aid will snail mail you a check
-$2.69 Crest SCR – Rite Aid will snail mail you a check

=-$2.19 MM

You can do this super easy trip too.  No previous coupon collection needed. Print out those necessary coupons and the Gillette and Crest coupons you can take from the paper before you buy it (they’re in the pink “P&G Brand Saver” insert).

*MFQ = manufacture coupon from Sunday Paper
*MM = moneymaker
*RAvvQ = Rite Aid Video Value Coupon
*SCR = Single Check Rebate, the name of RA’s rebate program (all info entered online!)

I have seen the apocalypse of…

expired coupons. I finally put in a hefty-almost irrational-amount of time going through each and every coupon in my binder, hunting for the expired ones. The amount I ended up with is most unprecedented for me.
Military families can use expired coupons up to 6-months after their expiration date. There are a few guidelines to follow, but sending in expired coupons to the military is a darn good way to feel like you’re still getting your $$’s worth out of your Sunday paper. Here is a site for more information on the expired coupons program.

An infamous record for me.

An infamous record for me.