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Friday, April 25, 2008

Freebies for Frugal Moms

As a Stay-At-Home-Mom, I find it important to contribute to our family's financial status in whatever little ways I can. I cut coupons and chase grocery ads as much as my sanity will allow, for example. I can save an average of $25-$40 per shopping trip just by spending half an hour clipping and perusing to formulate my plan of attack! I like to think of it as making that much an hour; seeing it in that light helps keep my motivation rolling. I know it's not a lot, and it's certainly not for everyone, but that's how I feel contributory to our finances. Heck, sometimes I "cash it in" for a dinner out, and who can argue with that?!

My latest in the penny-pinching department is thanks to my sister-in-law Angela, who introduced me to freebies4mom. She compiles all the free samples being offered from lots of different companies and genres into a nice blog. I love the updates on how and where I can suck up some free stuff. Obviously this is not interesting to everyone, but I love trial-sized lotions (perfect for diaper bags!) and shampoos (travelling!) and any free diaper is welcome in my house! On it's way to my mail box is a coupon for a free regular sized flavored coffee creamer of my choice from CoffeeMate!

This blog also has links to contests and hints for being a Frugal Mom. I added it to my RSS feed and love all the listings for more little free samples!
So the moral of the story is that I put a link-button on my side-bar (it's bright pink, you can't miss it... yeah, right over there -----> ) and encourage anyone else interested in free make-up, diapers, lotions, food, coupons to check it out! Oh, and to indulge my curiosity I'll invite anyone who does check it out to leave me a comment about what they found - just because I'm nosy, I guess, and want to make sure I didn't miss out on anything!

Oh, by the way, one of the biggest ways I help save us money is by exercising self-control when shopping among pretty dresses for my little one. That one is the hardest way yet! Happy Saving!!

2 comments:

Angela said...

Yay freebies! Gotta love the suprises in the mail :) I just ordered my free sample of caulk..what in the world am I gonna do with that?! I don't know, but it's free!!! :) BTW--Kate, I have a sample of some Tide laundry soap for you! (It came in the mail yesterday, but it's not HE)

Kathy said...

Kate, you can go to www.couponmom.com and they have all the sales for the week at the groccery stores and the coupons to use them them.