Extreme Couponing Tip: Take Advantage of Free Samples

Extreme Couponing Tip: Take Advantage of Free Samples

This week’s Extreme Couponing Tip is on taking advantage of Free Samples.  I used to think Free Samples were a hassle.  Most of the time, I didn’t bother with a Free Sample.  I thought, is it worth my time to fill out a form just for a small sample? Well, over the years I’ve learned they are TOTALLY worth it!  I absolutely love the surprise in my mailbox so often from all the freebies I’ve signed up for.  It’s the best when you forget you requested something and are surprised at the mailbox!

Here are just a few of the benefits to claiming Free Samples and various Freebies:

  • First and foremost, as I always say, it’s FREE and we love FREE!
  • Many times the freebies are for full size products!  For example, I just received my Free full-size jar of Planter’s Nutrition Energy Mix Peanut Butter as well as my completely Free Schick Hydro Silk Razor!  The peanut butter retails for $3.00 + and the Schick Hydro Silk Razor retails for around $10!  These are products I love and make great use of.  Can I just say that Planters Peanut Butter is beyond delicious!
  • Free Samples often come with money saving coupons!
  • You might come across a product you really love from a freebie that you might have not given a chance if it weren’t free.
  • Freebies you might not use or have a need for can be donated to those who can make use of them!
  • Free samples are great and convenient to collect then use on a trip when you’re traveling or to store in your purse!

::Toiletry Basket for Guests

Another great idea is to make a nice toiletry basket for your guests.  I recently picked up this cute basket at Marshalls for around $7.99 and filled it with samples to place in the bathroom.  You could certainly find less expensive baskets at dollar stores however, I liked the shape of this as it fit nicely on the back of the toilet.

Extreme Couponing Tip - toiletry basket

How have you used your Free Samples?

Do you have an idea for an Extreme Couponing tip you’d like to see addressed?  Leave your ideas in the comments!


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  • Tiffany

    Great idea using the samples for the guest bathroom! I use my samples to send with the hubby when he goes on business trips as they are the perfect size to fit in his carry on luggage. I also received the Planter’s PB and it was yummy! 🙂

    • K.W.

      I use them for the same thing! Hubby travels a lot and these are perfect for traveling! Even the small packet toothpaste samples are great for overnight trips or when the kids sleep over at friends’ houses!

  • Elizabeth Kelly

    I also give free samples to friends and family for products that I would never use and I know that they would. For instance, I do not drink coffee, but I always get the kcup samples and hand those over to my inlaws who do own a Keurig machine. They like it because then they have a small assortment to what they would normally use for guests who come over as well.

  • Jennifer

    Missed the Planters PB (darn!), but have gotten some great free samples thanks to this site! Recent good one was the Bio True contact solution!

  • Linda

    Last Christmas I made a travel box for my daughter who loves to travel. I used free samples and trial sizes I got for free. They are all airplane size and just enough for a trip. I was able to fill the box (photo box from craft store decorated for travel)and she loved it!

  • Arianna

    havent gotten my planters yet! oh no!

    • Haven’t gotten mine yet either 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Yesterday i got my free sample of Woolite for Jeans. YIPPY!

    • Lady J

      I jump on the Woolite Dark samples when I see them. For starters, if you wear dark clothes, you need this product. Second, they usually come with a coupon. And 3, I save the sample packs to take with me so I can wash my clothes while I’m away without having to bring that huge bottle. I love coming home from vacation with a suitcase-full of clean clothes!

  • Anonymous

    Oh and I got the Peanut Butter too! That is soooo good. I actually might buy that, only of course if its on sale and a coupon is found…lol

  • chris

    My free sample and often other freebies go to the food/toiletry drives at school.

  • susan

    Great ideas. Question Can it be done without using facebook???? Thanks

    • Lady J

      No, but I have a fake facebook account. I only friend businessess and no people I know in real life. I don’t post pictures, or anything about myself. I only use the account to friend businesses, print coupons, and enter giveaways. That said, I don’t have a real facebook account, because I am a private person. I don’t need “friends” of “friends” of friends knowing what I did last weekend. I didn’t do anything I’m ashamed of, but I don’t need strangers asking me about it. I don’t know if you can have a fake account and a real acount.

      • Rocky

        Don’t know if it still applies, but, as of not so long ago, it was against the Facebook Terms of Service to have two accounts – personal ones. You could have a personal profile and a/more than one Fan Page (business), but, not two personal profiles.

  • Janelle S

    I am a true fan of free samples I will order free samples whether I can use them or not because I know that someone I know(and some I dont) can use them. I got free samples of toothpaste, mouthwash, zone bars/granola bars, miralax and tons of other things and then made care packages and donated them to soldiers overseas. I even got thankyou notes from some of them. It was really nice.

  • Lady J

    Haven’t tried the Planters PB yet, but I was surprised that it was a full sized sample. I was really expecting one of those single serving peanut butter packs. I usually tend not to bother with shampoo/conditioner samples though. My hair is very long and one of those single serving size pks is just not going to clean my hair. Maybe 2 or 3 of them, but not one.

    • Lady J

      P.S. I have a bunch of k-cup samples that I was keeping on my counter as a not-so-subtle hint that I wanted a Keuring for my birthday. Well, my printer went. You can’t write without a printer (or print coupons for that matter), so I got a printer. I am way too practical to buy one of these for myself, so I will pass on my k-cup sample collection to someone who does have a Keuring. I can use the counter space. Or, does anyone know if you can pour the contents of the k-cup into a mug and add hot water – like instant coffee?

      • MV

        Hi — No, the K-Cups are not instant coffee — it needs to be brewed. I have emptied them into a coffee filter through my regular coffee machine and it worked great. Hope this helps 🙂

  • I save my shampoo and conditioner samples and take them to the gym to use when I get out of the pool! The big bottles of shampoo take up too much room in my bag, and I don’t take samples on trips because I’m too busy filling up with the minis from the hotel! 🙂

    I save the razors to take on trips, too (I used to just take 1 disposable razor but I took a cruise and broke the razor on the first day… my husband was NOT happy about his face razor being used on my legs!) and the lotions go with my husband to work because his hands always get so dry but he doesn’t have a lot of space to store a big bottle.

    I have a bin in my laundry cupboard full of the detergent free samples, and I’ll use those if (BIG if) I ever run out of detergent, and the food samples go into a snack bin in my pantry.

    I LOVE free samples!! I can always use them!

  • Joanna

    I love getting my samples! Last year during the hurricane and October snow storm, many people in our town were without power for many days. (we were in the dark for four!) we went to family nearby to shower & recharge things, but our town opened the community ctr for people to shower & recharge phones, etc. I dropped off my stash of sample sized shampoo/ cond and lotion for people to use there. What a great lesson for my son to see! Also, I recently saw on pinterest that some people keep a ziploc bag of samples, etc in their car to give to someone less fortunate when they ask for money! I wish I had one when I was in morristown recently! You can have toiletries, snacks, even laundry soap!

    • Stephanie

      love the idea of the ziploc for the homeless. I usually donate my free samples to the food shelter, too. Many people forget that food shelters can use toiletry items just as much as food, especially razors, shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrushes, etc. Those items are always in need!

  • JerseyCityWoman

    Cindy, the basket looks lovely! Great idea!

  • neysa

    I love free samples!! I have them handy in the car in a Ziploc bag just incase. I also used the samples for my son who just recently left to college. That way, he can also share with him roommate as well.

  • Karen

    I use a lot of my free samples for stocking stuffers for my teenage nieces and nephew. They love trying new stuff and its great for sleepovers and their gym bags. Anything that doesn’t make sense for them goes to the food shelter.

  • Lisha

    I actually use my free smaples when I travel.. Most are under the 3 ounce regualtions, so I save on checked bag fees…

  • Kim D.

    I’ve started making gift baskets for family and friends, full of full sized products I get with my coupons and I’ve found that the sample sized products make great filler items! They nestle in so nice and snug in the front and they really round out the baskets well 🙂

    My favorite places to score free samples are Sephora and iHerb.com- they always have so many different ones available!

  • Jen

    I’m putting together little gift bags for an “End of the World” party on December 21st. Yes, it’s in good fun and not serious.

  • Amy STL

    What are the best sites for free samples?