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Who said, “Nothing in life is free”? Well they were wrong (for the most part). While there are scams out there, there are definitely legit ways to get things you would normally pay for and not just tiny samples; although, you can get those too (great for travel and for trying new products before you buy). I am going to go through a whole bunch of ways to get free stuff and give you tips on how to avoid scams and keep yourself organized and stress free in the process. I am also going to share with you why companies give away free stuff so that you understand why there is such a thing as “FREE”.

Whether it’s a free sample, free service, product, meal or a free education, there is sure to be something for you in this FREE STUFF Series so keep on reading!

WHY WOULD COMPANIES GIVE OUT FREE STUFF?

Companies give away free stuff for many different reasons. In many cases it’s part of their overall marketing strategy and a way for them to find new customers. Companies are trying to build a brand, so giving away a free product or service gives them good press and they can then turn around and use that good press to sell premium products and services that they offer.

Some large brands give away free samples of their products or software with the hope that you’ll like what you get and decide to buy something from them later.

Some retailers use what they call a loss leader strategy. Loss leaders are goods or services offered at steep discounts or free in some cases, which I will explain in more detail, in order to attract customers to the store. It is a popular practice that has been met with lots of success, especially by large retailers. The intent of this pricing strategy is to not only have the customer buy the loss leader item, but other products that are not discounted since most people usually buy more than a few items in a shopping trip.

Other companies, particularly service-based ones, offer free trials, limited plans or samples in the hopes to convert some of their free customers to paid customers.  And then there are companies that give away free stuff because they want something in return from you, such as feedback on their product or service or for you to help them spread the word on their brand through social media and so on.

So as you can see, giving away free stuff is in the best interest of the companies that are doing it, and you will see as you go through the different freebies what type of strategy is being used by the company.

Now that you understand why companies would give out free stuff we can move to the next part in this FREE STUFF SERIES. For this series I will refer to a free Item as a “freebie.” Make sure you read the whole series and you are sure to find lots of free alternatives to what you may be currently paying for!  So stay tuned for the first part of our series coming soon (be sure to bookmark our site and sign up for our newsletter to be reminded).

1. GETTING FREE FULL SIZE PRODUCTS FROM YOUR LOCAL DRUGSTORE! COMING SOON!

 

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Apply to Host a Healthy Baby Home Party! #SeventhGeneration

Seventh Generation Party

Now is your chance to host a healthy baby home party, its can be super fun and you get to try out some great products for free! Check out the information below to apply! I applied myself and get a free entry to host for sharing the party with all of you.

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party?

Seventh Generation’s Healthy Baby Home Parties are fun and informative for you and your guests, and together you will create a healthy environment for your families!

The Healthy Baby Home Party kit contains educational information from non-profit partner Healthy Child Healthy World, a fun party game to help you share tips, and products and coupons from Seventh Generation, bobble, Zarbee’s Naturals, and other brands.

Hosts and guests will also be invited to join Seventh Generation in asking our U.S. Senators to reform chemical policy. For more information on our perspective, visit:www.seventhgeneration.com/responsibility.

What is the Application Process?

  • Sign up at generationgood.net to join the Generation Good community first.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified in mid August on whether or not they have been selected to host a party via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then be asked to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission and confirming their shipping address before they are sent the Healthy Baby Home Party Kit.
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the “Healthy Baby Home Party Application” offer.

Good Luck!  Feel free to come back and let me know if you get chosen!

 

 

 

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Save on Blue Bunny Ice Cream!

Save on Blue Bunny Ice Cream! This summer you can keep the good times rolling with Blue Bunny! Check your local newspaper on Sunday, August 2 for a special offer on Blue Bunny ice cream cartons, cones, sandwiches and bars redeemable at a retailer near you. Whether it’s the signature Bunny Tracks, classic Simply Vanilla ice cream sandwiches or irresistibly fun Mini Swirls, ice cream aficionados throughout all 50 states can choose from tantalizingly tasty Blue Bunny ice cream flavors and a delectable collection of cones, sandwiches and bars.

Blue Bunny is made in Le Mars, Iowa. Blue Bunny uses fresh milk sourced from local dairy farms and turns it into delicious ice cream within 24 hours.

For more information about Blue Bunny, visit www.bluebunny.com.

Share this port to let your friends know about Blue Bunny and the coupon that’s coming out Sunday!

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New High Value Huggies Coupons!

Save money on your baby diapers. Right now you can grab a high value Huggies coupon worth $3 off a pack of Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers!


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Be sure to check out our Coupon Savings Center for more great coupons for baby products and more.  You can also search our coupon database for any coupons you need!

 

 

 

 

 

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Back to School Deals at Target! #BacktoSchool

 

Target has some awesome back to school deals this week! This weeks flyer has some great coupons to go along with the sales. One of them is a 40% off women’s apparel which I think will make for some awesome deals on back to school clothes or even clothes for next summer.

Target Clearance

Have kids going to college this year? Target has two coupons that will make for some great deals. This weeks flyer has two coupons inside that you can cut out and bring with you to the store but even easier you can also text COLLEGE10 (for $10 coupon) and COLLEGE25 (for $25 coupon) to TARGET (827438) to get a $10 off $50 or $25 off $100 on bedding and bath, great for the dorm room.

Target Back to School

To save even more be sure to check Target Cartwheel and if you have a Target Redcard be sure to use it to save an additional 5%!

What deals where you able to snag at target this week? Be sure to come over to our Facebook Page and share your finds or comment on this post.

 

 

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Target Baby Registry Free Gift and 15% Discount!

Target is a great place to create your baby registry and if you register now you can score the following:

  • A free welcome gift.

    Just pick up your gift at Guest Services. $60 worth of coupons and handpicked samples of our favorite brands!

  • A 15% discount.

    8 weeks prior to your event date, get a 15% discount for you, plus your friends and family, to complete your registry.

  • Hassle-free returns.

    You will have up to one year after your event date to return or exchange items from your registry which is awesome because sometimes you never know what you will use and what you won’t!

  • Free shipping.

    Friends and family will get free shipping on all orders of $25+.

  • Access your registry on the go.

    You can create or manage your registry anytime, anywhere, with our Target Registry app for iOS and Android™.

  • Save even more.

    Get 5% off when you subscribe to select baby items , or check out Cartwheel for great baby offers. I love Target Cartwheel and you will too!

So go on over and create your free Target Baby Registry and grab these great offers.

 

 

 

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FREE Ben & Jerry’s® Mini Cup! #SavingStar

SavingStar

Right now you can save 100% when you buy ONE (1) 3 – 4 oz. Ben & Jerry’s® Mini Cup! Its super easy and no coupon clipping required. If you are already a member of SavingStar just add this freebie to your account and then go grab your Mini Cup! If you’re not a member, it is quick, easy & FREE to sign up! After you sign up just add your loyalty cards to your account to automatically get your cashback in your account. You can sign up for free here.

 

 

 

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Turbo-Charge Your Savings!

Savings
Everybody wants to save more money. It doesn’t matter whether you need to save up for your kids’ college educations, you want to pad (or start) a retirement account, or you simply feel better having the heftiest rainy day/emergency fund possible. What matters is that you commit to a savings plan and grow that account as much as you can.

There are lots of “big” ways to do this, via investments and passive income and other methods. Today let’s look at some of the (seemingly) small things that you can do.

Play With Your Budget

If you don’t already have a budget for your household, now is the time to start one. Once you have your budget set up, inflate the amount you’re setting aside for your expenses by 10%. This will give you some wiggle room in case something costs more than you think it will. And, if not, (with the exception of the amount you’re putting toward your debts) you can put the amount “left over” into your savings account.  For example, let’s say you’ve budgeted $150 for gas but only spent $90. That’s an extra $60 for your savings account!

The trick here is not to see that extra 10% as available money. Your goal should still be to come in as far under-budget as possible every month.

Reduce Your Discretionary Spending

The key to coming in under budget is to spend as little as possible. There are lots of ways to reduce your spending that won’t make you feel like you have to give up the things that you love.

The library is your friend. Libraries aren’t just for physical books anymore. Now you can borrow eBooks, movies, music and–in some branches–games. “Shop” here before you shop elsewhere. Lots of libraries also have free movie nights, lecture series and other entertainment for those nights when you just need to get out of the house for a while.

Cheap entertainment doesn’t have to feel cheap. There are so many ways to reduce what you spend on things like going out to dinner, seeing movies, going to concerts, etc. For example, volunteer to take tickets or sell merch for bands you love in exchange for the cost of admission. Join rewards clubs and mailing lists for your local theaters, so you can learn about opportunities for free screenings.

Reduce Your Fixed Expenses

If you’re not under a contract with your cable and cellular companies, try negotiating down your rate or shopping around for new providers. For example, do you actually use all of the movie channels you’re convinced you need? Do you actually use a ton of data every month or would a limited data plan still give you plenty of freedom?

This can even work with your utility bills, if you’re lucky enough to live in a state with a deregulated energy industry. In states like Illinois and Texas, residents can shop around for their power company the way they’d shop around for a car or anything else. Check out comparison shopping sites like LocalElectricityCompanies.com to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Once you know that you’ve got the lowest rate available in your neighborhood, it’s time to reduce your energy and utility consumption:
Use less water. This isn’t just a good way to save money, it’s also eco-friendly (important since a lot of the country is dealing with droughts right now)! Military showers (where you only run the water to wet your skin and rinse off soap), collecting rainwater, redoing your landscaping, etc–all reduce your water bills.

Use less power. During the warmer months, you can line-dry your clothing. Turn off lights, switch to solar chargers, wear sweaters, use fans instead of AC, grill your food instead of roasting it, etc. There are lots of ways to reduce your energy consumption and, by extension, your power bill.

Dealing With Debt

One of the most popular schools of thought when it comes to debt and budgeting says that, when you finish paying off one account, to take the monthly payment you’d been sending to that debt and distribute it evenly across the others. This helps you pay down those debts even more quickly and doesn’t wreak havoc on your budget.

If you’re trying to aggressively pad your savings account, though, we’re going to suggest something different. Put 50% of that payment into your savings account and then distribute the other 50% across your remaining debts. This way you’re accomplishing both goals.

There are lots of ways to reduce what you spend and increase your savings without having to get third jobs or live a life of destitution. These are just some of them.

What are some of the things you’ve done to save more money?

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5 Ways to Save Money on Organic Foods

Save Money on Organic Foods

Want to save money on organic foods? I have a lot of people ask me how they can save money on organic food. While organic food is more expensive you can definitely save money and make it very affordable. I put together a list of different ways you can save below, be sure to leave a comment on how you save money!

1. Coupons: My favorite and easiest way to save on organic food is to use coupons. You can find a lot of coupons online at sites like CommonKindness.com, MamboSprouts.com & Earthfare.com. You can also search our Coupon Database. Just type in the word or brand you want a coupon for and it will populate the results and tell you where to find that coupon! You can even just type in “organic” and it will bring up different organic brands and coupons like in the example below:Organic Coupons

Stores like Whole foods have a bunch of coupons in store (look by the door usually and you will find the Whole Deal Value Guide filled with Coupons) and online here and what’s great is that you can combine them with manufacturer’s coupons to get an even better deal. Go right to the source! You can also check out the website of your favorite organic brand to look for coupons. Or even write to your favorite brand and tell them how much you love their products and usually they will mail you coupons. If you are new to couponing be sure to check out our Coupon Series to learn more.

Also check out money saving apps like iBotta & Savingstar to get cashback on your organic and regular purchases!

2. Grow your own food: Have a green thumb? Consider starting a garden. If not you can always buy or barter fresh organic food from neighbors and friends! Lots of people who have gardens often have lots of extra fruits and veggies that they end of giving away or even throwing away!

3. Shop in season: Usually seasoned foods are on sale if you buy them then freeze them you will save money. Markets will usually have those one or two items that are on deep discount, they usually use those items to drive people into the store. Buy lots and freeze them to save money.

4. Shop Online: Stores like ePantry (get a $10 Credit & Free Gift), Vitacost and Abe’s Market have coupons and if you stock up when they have sales you can save a lot of money. You can also find deals right on Amazon!

5. Buy the “Clean Fifteen” non organic and the “Dirty Dozen organic to save money. The Enviornmental Working Group (EWG.org) put together a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides & Produce which lists a dozen fruits & veggies you should always buy organic and a list of 15 that you can get non-organic if needed.  Thanks EWG for this awesome list, I have it handy at all times!

Dirty Dozen:

  1. Apples
  2. Peaches
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Grapes
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas – imported
  12. Potatoes

*******Hot Peppers + & Kale / Collard greens + (added)

Clean Fifteen:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas frozen
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes

Go ahead and signup at http://www.ewg.org/foodnews and get a PDF List. They also have an App you can download on your phone so you can have it handy at the store!

Dirty Dozen

Source: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

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Aspartame Free Mints and Gum #KICKASPARTAME

I first want to thank PUR for sending me samples of their new PUR Mints before they hit store shelves! I actually did not even know about aspartame until I discovered this product. I am always looking for healthy products to try and this one looks like a great product for lots of people. Its Naturally Sweet, Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Nut & Soy Free and Diabetic friendly! I really liked all the flavors but the Mojito Lime Mint was by far my favorite!!

If you want to give them a try I have an exclusive coupon code for Esavingsblog readers to save $10 off your order. Plus they are giving away 2 FREE bags of PUR Mints and free shipping with every order over $29.99! You choose your preferred flavors and they will include it with your order. Use Coupon Code” ESAVE10” for $10 toward your purchase!

PUR MINTS COUPON

How can you get the most out of this awesome promo?

To receive your two free bags of mints, simply select the items you wish to purchase and proceed to the CART page. If your order is above $29.99, before checking out, please select your TWO preferred flavours of mints you wish to receive located above the CHECKOUT button. That’s it! Make sure to also include your exclusive savings coupon for $10 off, use code: ESAVE10. 

Checkout the sample order below I added two Gum Bundles (8 packs total) and a tray of 12 mints (PLUS the two you get free for spending $29.99). Thats a total of 22 products shipped to your door for only $30.68 so just $1.39 a pack!

PUR MINTS COUPON

 

There are so many different scenarios that is just one so take a look around the PUR GUM site and let me know what you get. Thanks and please share this with your friends so they can save too!

 

 

 

 

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