All About Free Samples {3 Questions Answered} - Joyful Thrifty Home
Jul 182013
 

Welcome to part one of a two part series on free samples. Part one answers a few questions I often hear about free samples and part two is all about where to get samples as well as some of my most useful tips.

How to get free samples

It is so much fun to find great deals and even more fun to get things for free so when I found out that you can actually get free stuff delivered your mailbox I jumped at the chance. I was honestly a bit skeptical at first, but I went ahead anyway because I figured I didn’t really have anything to lose.

It was about a year ago when I started signing up for freebies and I am so glad that I did. Each time something new comes it feels like Christmas as I open up the package with anticipation to see what’s inside. There was even one time that I got five different packages in the mail on the same day, all with free stuff!

That being said, I know there is a lot of questions lurking around in the back of your mind about getting free samples in the mail, so here are my answers to what I consider to be the top three questions about free samples.

Top Three Questions About Free Samples

1. Is it safe?

This is probably the question I hear the most, and it is a legitimate concern. The short answer is, yes. If you are using a reputable site, you should not be concerned about your safety. When signing up for free samples the most information you need to give is your name, address, email and sometimes phone number and birthday.

Please keep in mind that it is NEVER a good idea to give out your social security number to ANYONE…EVER (unless of course it has to do with your bank, a background check or something like that, but you know what I mean). If they are asking for this, it is a scam. Run far, far away! On that note, I would steer very clear of anything asking for bank account information too.

For more about whether signing up for free samples is safe, see this post by Money Saving Mom. She answered this question on her blog a while ago, so check that out if you still have questions or concerns.

2. Does it really work?

Yes. You can actually get free things in your mailbox. I am proof that it does work. The picture above shows only some of the free samples that I have received. Many things I’ve used already or forgot to add when taking these pictures.

3. What can you get for free?

Well, lets see. There are samples for tons of things but mostly food, beverage, health and beauty or household items. You can even get full size products or coupons for free full size products. Here’s a look at some of the things I have been able to get for free.

 food and drink samples

For food and beverage, some of the samples I have received include;  many different teas and coffee, including k-cups as well as cereal, granola bars and coupons for full sized coffee creamer.

healthy and beauty samples

For health and beauty care, some of the samples I have received include; a lot shampoo and conditioner samples as well as lotions (including a full travel size), deodorant,  vitamins, toothpaste, hair gel, pain relievers, contact solution, a full size Smashbox lip gloss and coupons for full size Nivea lip products.

Household samples

For household items, some of the samples I have received include; laundry detergent, fabric softener, stain remover, wrinkle release spray, static remover spray, iced drink cup with lid and straw, bottle, pens, air freshener, post its, socket sealers and a free one year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens.

Now, I am sure your next question is; where do you go to sign up for all this free stuff!?! Well I am glad you asked because part two is about where to get free samples and a few tips to keep in mind. Stay tuned for that post.

In the meantime, start dreaming about all the awesome stuff you could be getting in your mailbox.

 

I’d love to know…

  • Have you ever gotten free samples in the mail?
  • If not, is there a specific reason you’ve never tried signing up for free samples?

 

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Ashley has been happily married to her husband since July 2010. She is a thrifty girl at heart with a bit of a crafty side. She is also a once disaster in the kitchen turned aspiring home chef. She loves coffee and herbal tea and is a self proclaimed library nerd. But her real passions are encouraging others in their Christian faith and to show people that it is possible to live well even if you are on a tight budget.

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  19 Responses to “All About Free Samples {3 Questions Answered}”

  1. I love to get free stuff!!! My only thing that makes me leery about signing up for free stuff is with all of our food allergies/skin issues I don’t think I could use 90% of the stuff. And then I’d feel wasteful :-( Maybe I could sign up for it and make gift baskets to give to my friends for birthdays and stuff. Hmmm… I may have to think on that one more! :-)

    • That is understandable Crystal, I had not thought of that. There are samples available for other things as well and I am sure I have seen some more natural ones too. Just the other day I got a package of full size sheets of sand paper, I don’t even remember signing up for it so it was a bit of a surprise. That is a great idea for using them to make gift baskets too! :)

  2. I have a friend who years ago, had a receptionist job that was somewhat boring. So to kill time, she would write to companies reviewing their products. Sometimes they were glowing reviews and sometimes they were funny reviews. Now this was years ago, before the internet and blogging and she had to hand write each one. She said most companies would send her samples no matter what she said. She claims she was able to feed herself with her review letters.

    I love free stuff!

  3. I’ve always wondered about the ins and outs of this, I can’t wait to see the next post with all that information! Thanks for sharing with us =)

  4. I tried to get samples one time, but holy cow could they throw more surveys at me? You’re almost ready! Fill out this short survey for these 3 free samples. Then it’d be another one, but you need to fill this one out as well. I think if I try again I’ll have to have you tell me which places you go.

  5. Free stuff…yes! Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m gonna have to check this out. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

  6. Who doesn’t love free samples?? :-) When I was planning my wedding I tried to get samples for everything I could: veil, invitation cards, etc.

  7. Nothing I love better than getting free stuff in the mail. Granted lately it’s all been for Madison but I would so love to get some of that beauty stuff for myself. I can’t wait for part 2. :)

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  9. I just started “sampling” a few weeks ago! I’ve already gotten a lot of cool stuff including codes for free products, such as 25 free prints at walgreens, and free greeting cards. I’m kinda addicted! I don’t remember why I started searching for samples, but I also don’t know why I never was!!!! :)

  10. I’m doing something wrong. I’ve signed up for free stuff several pages and so far only received 1. Many of the ones will say get freebies, but you have to do a survey and then purchase something???

    • It has been a while since I signed up for any samples but in my experience, it can take a while to get the free samples in the mail. You also need to be careful where you are going to sign up for samples and if they are trying to get to you pay for something don’t go through with it.

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