Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More Freebies - Find them Online!

Here is an alphabetical list of free samples which we've found available across the web:
  1. Arm & Hammer will send a tube of their sensitive toothpaste.
  2. Aveda offers a free birthday gift just for signing up.
  3. Epiderme Repair Cleansing Milk.
  4. Garnier Fructus Pure Clean Clear 2-in-1 Shampoo and Garnier Ultra-Lift Serum and Moisturizer.
  5. Lacoste fragrance sample (for men or women).
  6. Lipton Tea & Honey will mail a mango pineapple sample.
  7. L'Occitane offers a free in-store facial via their Facebook page (after you "like" them you'll receive store info to call and book an appointment).
  8. Nordic Naturals will send you a free vitamin pack (wellness, sport, or pet).
  9. Pristine Skin Care products customizes offerings to fit your skin type.
  10. Propel Zero will send a powder stick if you like them on Facebook.
  11. Target.com mails free samples - the selection changes often and they go fast.
  12. Uni-ball sends a Jetstream 101 pen sample.
  13. Walmart also lists a changing menu of free samples on its web site.
Of course, free offers change all the time, so find the latest and greatest on these web sites:
  1. Bionic-Beauty.com
  2. Coupon Cabin
  3. Free Stuff Times
  4. MySavings.com
Want more freebies?  Click here for a list of stores that are generous with their free samples.  You might also be interested in checking out our list of travel freebies - extras that you'll find handy when you're on the road. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

365 Ways to Save - May

Here are some ideas for saving money in the month of May:

While Mother's Day may not seem like the time to save money (after all, we all know our mothers deserve the best!), consider that not only does your mom want you to be happy (which you won't be if you splurge and go into debt on a lavish gift) but she would certainly prefer a gift from the heart over something purchased quickly, no matter what the price, without much thought.

117.  Start by making her a card rather than buying a pricey one from Hallmark.  If you are crafty, get inspiration from the lovely designs you'll find here.  You could also try your hand at a poem.  Or just write down all the things that make you love and admire her... the thought really is what counts here.
118.  Prefer to be ecologically correct?  Send your mom an ecard from a site like egreetings.com.
119.  Flowers are always nice -- if you are lucky enough to have a garden you could make a beautiful bouquet from blossoms you pick yourself,  rather than relying on the folks at FTD.  Or plan in advance and force some bulbs or plant some seeds in a pretty container.
120.  An herb garden is another thoughtful gift.  Many herbs are easy to grow from seed and flourish on the window sill throughout the year.  And they are both pretty and practical.
121. Turn a photo collection into a pretty scrapbook.
122. Create a bound coffee table book using family photos via sites like Pinhole Press, MyPublisher.com (which also offers cards and calendars), iphoto (also a source for cards and calendars), Shutterfly, or Blurb.com.  Just drag your digital imaes onto a web page and choose a layout.    
123. Surprise your mother with your talents as a director by creating a "home movie" with GifShop for iPhone or GifStitch for Android. Both $1 apps help you link smartphone pictures into a flipbook-like animated video.
124. Use your photos to make a mug: sites like Snapfish help you upload digital photos into a collage that can be printed on a 15 ounce mug (or a variety of other items). 
125. Want more ideas for gifts you can make for your mom?  Be inspired by the make-it-yourself items at scrapbooks.com.

Memorial Day is another day that, at first glance, might not seem ripe for saving money.  But consider this:

126. Already, in early May, the annual wave of ads for Memorial Day sales is beginning to roll in.  Sure you can save big on, say, a new grill or bathing suit if you are sucked into participating in Memorial Day as an excuse to shop, but you'll save even more if you remember what the day was intended for - to honor those who served our country.  So instead of heading to the mall, attend a local parade, memorial activity, or just take a moment to think about someone is special to you.

Want to see more of our 365 ways to save? Check out the list of tightwad tips from January, February, March and April.