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

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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.

Rite Aid scenario

This is what I’m doing tomorrow at Rite Aid:

1 Got2B Hair Spray $4.99 (stinks but works!)
2 Schick Razors $11.49
1 Charles Worthington Conditioner $5.99
1 Easy Off BBQ Cleaner $2.85
=$25.32

-$5 RA coupon
-2 $4 Schick coupons
-$.75 Easy Off coupon
-$11.99 SCR
=-$.42 +tax

Weak week for triple coupon shopping

One of my grocery stores is doing another triple coupon promotion starting today and ending in a week. They’ll triple any coupon up to $.99. Rumor has it that they’ll be doing it monthly as opposed to every 2nd-3rd month or so.
This was one of the more really, super not exciting rounds of tripling. I’m starting to think that they plan what items they put on sale during triples around what coupons/coupon amounts are out there, and not to the couponer’s benefit. Which is fine, it’s just getting boring.

This cost $7.

This cost $7.

Obliged only to Rite Aid this week

I’ll most likely ignore Walgreen’s and CVS this week because Rite Aid has a lot to offer. Ah… Capitalism.
I’ve already made 1 trip and I have 1 more planned. I’ll most likely have at least 3 trips in the bag at week’s end.
Two majors things I will have accomplished here: Lots of toilet paper in the house along with some Dove shampoo and conditioner that I really like (but only ever experienced through tiny free samples). So here’s the low-down:

Trip 1:
4 – Cottonelle 4-pk
1 – Bengay Ultra
1 – RA brand Ceterizine (like Zyrtec)
1 – Sunday paper
=$26.44
-$3 in Sunday paper coupons
-$10 in Rite Aid-specific coupons
-$6 SCR for Bengay (rebate)
=$7.44 out of pocket

Trip 2
1 – Compound W Freeze Off Kit
1 – Wartner Wart Removal Kit
1 – Dove Shampoo
1 – Dove Conditioner
=$25.98
– $2.50 in Sunday paper coupons
– $21.98 in SCRs
-$5 in Rite Aid-specific coupons
= -$3.5 moneymaker

So, those 2 trips will only cost me $3.94 +tax altogether.

The wart remover is going to in-laws with kiddies and I just remembered Listerine is a great price this week. It’ll be worked into a run and I’ll hopefully get it free.

Recent Grocery Trip

So one of my grocery stores had a triple coupon promotion last week. I didn’t go all out for it but I was happy with what I got out of it for just a few coins.

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This all cost $.36, including tax. There are 3 coupons there for a free gallon of milk too (3 gals total).