Free lately. I think my mailman hates me.

I gave my mailman some homemade chocolate covered pretzels for Christmas. Do you think that makes up for all this stuff he has to lug around for me? No, I didn’t think so either.

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Here are a couple pictures of some of the things I have received lately (some more recently than others). I received most of the items in the mail after filling out forms online for free products or coupons for free products.  As you can see, some of the samples even come with high-dollar coupons.  Although not all samples come with coupons, many do.  Because of this, I always sign up for samples for the products I know that we like in hopes they send a coupon or two my way with the little sample.  It’s so fun to go to my mail box every day and see what is waiting for me.  As you can see, I also receive many magazine subscriptions or free single issues in the mail.  Since taking the picture I have even received a copy of “Traditional Home.”

A few tips regarding freebies:

Get an email address to use for when you sign up for freebies, offers, clubs, word of mouth programs, etc.  Decide what information you feel comfortable giving out and what you don’t.  On a few occasions I was not comfortable with the amount of information they were wanting or I did not feel that the site looked very reputable and I passed on their offer.

Try to only sign up for samples that your family or a close friend could use.  Many of these samples have limits so I refrain from signing up for them if I am not very interested in them (in order to save them for someone else).  Also, because of their packaging, they can create some waste.  Always be sure to recycle the packaging and get the sample to someone who can use it.

This is also true with magazines.  I have passed up a few free magazine subscriptions because I knew that I would not be interested enough in the magazine to justify the waste they create.

Have you gotten anything free lately?  I want to hear about it!

Also, let me know if you have any questions at all!

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