Monday, January 3, 2011

Free Samples - Try Before You Buy

Throughout every year, manufacturer's produce new products.  When new products come out, new advertisements show up on television, online and on the radio.  Free samples are a way our family has been able to try new products without having to purchase them.  Some samples we love and some samples end up being not what works for our family.

Some free samples that we were able to try in 2010 include:
Aveeno Nourish, Pantene Color Shampoo and Conditioner, Head and Shoulders 2 in 1 for Men, Head and Shoulders Classic Clean, Kashi Go Lean cereal, Infusium 23, Ultra Downy with scent pearls, Wisk Laundry Detergent, Garnier Fructis Anti Dandruff Shampoo, Kleenex, Puff Plus Lotion, Fleishmann's Pizza Dough Mix, Post It Super Sticky Notes, Home Depot Martha Stewart Paint Sample, Pizza on the Grill book, Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Lotion, Nivea Happy Sensation Daily Lotion, Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel Fresh Clean Scent and Suave Kids Shampoo.

Most times to get free samples for new products or for products we have not tried yet, I browse the Manufacturer's website online.

Other times we get free samples and coupons for ourselves and to share with friends by joining groups such as Vocalpoint, to get their members opinions on their products.  I love being a part of Vocalpoint because they not only send their members free samples of products to try, they also give you a heads up on special movie nights, they have blogs and surveys that allow you to express your opinions on and they have useful information or recipes in case you want to browse their site.

Eversave or Quality Health sends free samples to their members as well.

Occasionally, we will run across high value coupons that will cover the cost of the item itself either when it is on sale or in conjunction with a sale and the coupon.  This is another great way to try new products that Manufacturer's produce each year.

CVS Pharmacy Extra Care Members sometimes will receive an email with a link to a coupon for a free item that they can print online and redeem in store.   We tried their CVS brand pocket hand sanitizer, CVS brand paper towels and CVS brand facial tissues.

CVS Extra CareRite Aid Up Rewards and Walgreen Rewards can also be redeemed for items that you use or items that you want like to try. 

If you write to the Manufacturer's of the products that you want to try, they may send you a coupon to try their new product.

Occasionally, the Manufacturer will put tags on their in store items for you to try their product for free after rebate.

Sometimes you can find rebates for products in the newspapers or online.  We have been able to try Sorrento String Cheeses.

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