We frugalistas work hard to get freebies and free samples! Free samples are a huge help to frugal homemakers in offsetting your grocery bill if they get used. To find out how we save money with freebies, read our Top 13 Free Things to Stop Paying For Now.
The problem with getting so many free samples is making sure they get used first instead of your full size bottles. Sometimes samples get shoved in drawers and lost underneath other things, they end up in baskets, containers, and all other fashion of out-of-sight places. How can you make sure that your samples get used?
Using Free Samples in the Shower
Make samples accessible to your family by putting them in a convenient location where they will be used! Shampoos, conditioners, and body washes go in the shower; toothpastes go with toothbrushes, etc. If samples are available for use WHERE they will be used, they’ll be visible and ready for your family to grab.
The photos show how I’ve used this tip in my shower.
I’ve used three Ziploc Twist & Seal containers without lids. Any container will work as long as it fits on your shower shelf.
Each is labeled accordingly and filled up with samples: shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. (To keep the labels waterproof, use masking tape on the inside of the container and write on the adhesive side.)
I also usually remove most of the full-size products from the shower. This ensures that the free samples will be used up first. Only put your regular shampoos, conditioners, and soaps back in the shower when the samples are all gone (if you ever run out of them, that is!).
If you like the idea of saving money with free samples, read How to Save Money by Getting Almost Everything for Free.
This article was originally published May 16, 2008.