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Coupon Mom: How to Get Free Samples by Mail
I love getting mail. Even better than that, I love getting free things in my mail. It is nearly every day that the mailman brings me a sample of something, whether it is toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, or something even more fun like nail polish or flower seeds. Here is how you can get these things in the mail too, in only fifteen minutes a day.
The photos you see throughout this article are of many of the free things I got in the mail within the last 30 days. It’s not everything, but it is a good representation. I don’t spend hours searching the web for them, I do not give out my credit card number, nor do I ever give out my real phone number. If you can spend an hour or so getting yourself set up properly (a one-time thing) you can get lots of free things with just fifteen minutes a day. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to get set up, and then what to do every day afterward.
1. Get a form filler. My favorite is Roboform. You can purchase this program, or you can use the free one. For the purposes we will be using it for, the free one is perfectly fine. If you use windows, there is a Firefox add on that will place a little button next to your bookmarks button. I recommend Firefox for signing up for free things (Even if you don’t use it for anything else) because the form filler won’t crash it, and most sites work better with that browser.
If you are on a Mac, you will want to go to Roboform’s site, and download the program. Do not install just the toolbar because you will have to pay after the trial. Choose the one that lets you store your pass cards only on your computer, not sync with all of your computers. Usually this is the top option under “downloads” on the Roboform site.
Now, set up an identity with your name, address, a fake phone number, birth date (you have to enter this to prove you are over eighteen. You can always put in a fake one if you are worried about this) and any other relevant information. You are now ready to quickly submit for free samples.
2. You will want to find some great free sample sites and bookmark them. My favorite is at MySavings where they update their list every day, and they never give you junk or scam links. Up at the top toward the right, you can click on the flag for your country - even people not in the US can take advantage of this fantastic site. Freebielist.com is also a good site, but sometimes the links are expired and they don’t list what date they posted it. If you are only going to check one site each day, let it be MySavings. Google free samples and check out other sites too. You might find a good one you can bookmark that works well for you
3. Now that you have your form filler and sites bookmarked, you are ready to go. Pick a schedule that works for you. I like to wake up in the morning, and check Facebook and such while I am eating breakfast. Once I have caught up on that, I take note of the clock and head to my first website. Choose your freebie, and then once the form has loaded click on your Roboform button to fill in the blanks. It’s just a program so sometimes there are mistakes so just glance over the filled forms to be sure they are correct. It sure beats typing in your info over and over. Make any corrections, fill in where it might not have, and enter any captcha codes. Submit, and you are done!
4. You may want to keep a record of what you have signed up for, because often if you sign up for a freebie twice they throw out both sign ups to eliminate fraud or greed. I have a notepad where I jot down the freebie and when I signed up for it. If you have a good memory though, this is not necessary.
5. Don’t be alarmed if your freebie doesn’t show up right away. Sometimes companies don’t even begin processing the freebie orders until the sign ups are closed. Then, it can take another 6-8 weeks for it to arrive. I’ve had things show up four months after I signed up for it. It’s a nice surprise though, because I don’t even remember asking for it by then.
Once you start getting all of these freebies, what now? What can you do with five trial size tubes of toothpaste, ten little packets of shampoo, a baby toy, various tampons and pads, a book about plants, and so forth?
I have four boxes in my stockpile closet. The first one is for all of my travel/trial sized items. My husband and I travel a lot, and when we travel I open the box, and we grab what we will need. No going to the store, no digging through the cabinet underneath the sink, it is just simple and convenient. This box is also nice when people come to visit. It is often that a guest will ask, “Do you have [insert any item here], because I forgot mine”. I can just show them the box and let them help themselves.
The second box is for things I do not use, but others will enjoy. Included in this box are a full sized baby toy (I have no baby), a box of apple cider K-Cups (I have no Keurig) and so forth. I toss these in along with gifts as a bonus, or just bring them to somebody to brighten their day.
The third box is full of random things that will be useful at some point including a blue paint sample that I will probably use for painting a photo frame eventually.
The fourth box is the donation box. These things will go in care packages for deployed soldiers, or to a local shelter or food bank. Sanitary napkins, adult diapers, personal care items that we won’t use, all go into this box.
Now that you have all the tools to get free things in the mail, get to it! Enjoy those freebies!
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