So when I first discovered coupon blogs, I also discovered that companies do a lot of PR via Facebook, websites and Twitter. And often give away freebies. I signed up for every little thing I could find. From hair care to laundry to perfume samples. You name it, I waited eagerly by my mailbox for it to arrive.
So now 15 months after I started couponing, I have more samples than I know what to do with.
I took some time last fall to re-organize pretty much everything and at that time, I also had some sample realizations. First, I never ever use the perfume samples. So I stopped requesting those. And put all that I had into my donate box for the rescue mission. Second, I do use hair care samples but only for specific brands. So I have stopped requesting samples unless it is for one of the few brands I know I will actually use. Third, I LOVE baby samples. I do not have a baby but I do donate every baby product I can get my hands on every month to the Regional Food Bank via the Junior League of Albany. I think it is absolutely awesome to make a big donation of truly needed things such as diapers and formula that were free for me. Fourth, I LOVE laundry samples. I've actually come to love a lot of new-to-me brands via those samples. See companies, the samples are actually working as marketing. I love free magazines and will only subscribe if it is completely free actually. I've been doing that for about four years- well before my super couponing. But for a few years, I was signing up for any subscription just because it was free. As a result, I was tossing mags straight into the recycle bin each month. That paper waste just kills me. So now I only sign up for the magazines that I know I will love reading. And finally, even though it's so fun to get free products in the mail, if I am not going to use it, it's a waste for everyone involved. I don't want to waste a product by not using it.
This doesn't mean I won't get back to posting fun freebies when I also get back to posting about coupon deals. I will. Because just because something isn't what I am looking for, it doesn't mean you might not really love perfume samples.
Have you found yourself overflowing in free samples at some point? Have you cut back anywhere?