|A little bit of everything made its way into March's freebies.|
February was officially out-freebied last month! February's collection, as you might recall, fit easily in one photo, but capturing March's haul in a single frame took a bit of work. Here's what we scored and how we did it:
- Two boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, courtesy of the "Macsurance" promotion they ran earlier this year on Facebook. The rules allowed three boxes to be claimed per household, but the coupons went so quickly that we counted ourselves lucky to have even snagged one.
- Two boxes of Pop Secret popcorn, used with the last of the free product coupons we earned from the Disney Rewards program throughout 2011. (Note: We earned these points without buying Disney products, using all-purpose codes Disney Rewards issues every month.) Pop Secret is no longer available as a prize there but has returned periodically in the past, so we continue to amass points in the hope that it will pop up again later this year.
- One package of Kraft Fresh Take, which we bought using a free product coupon offered through the Kraft First Taste website. I've been a member for over a year and was never invited to take part in previous free product promotions, so being selected for this one was exciting.
- Three bottles of Up & Up ibuprofen, purchased at Target using a $1 coupon that was offered on Target's website. The 24-ct. bottles of their store brand ibuprofen are regularly priced at $0.97, making them free after coupon. (The hard part is finding the bottles in stock.)
- Two Tide Pods laundry detergent samples. Tide ran a free sample promo twice in the span of a week or so and we tried it both times and both times it came through. You can't always count on that happening with freebies, so it's always a nice surprise when it works.
- Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal sample, requested via Facebook. They run a similar offer every month or two, so keep an eye on their Facebook page if you'd like to try this cereal for free.
- A Keebler Jumbo Fudge bar, another offer that has already popped up two or three times this year, once through Keebler and once through an affiliated website.
- One Purex UltraPack laundry detergent sample and one Purex liquid laundry detergent sample, both requested through the Purex website during a limited-time offer.
- Beneful Baked Delights dog treats, requested through their website, and this was a neat, unusually generous one because they shipped two bags in one box, each a different flavor.
- One can each of Purina Pro Plan dog food and Hill's Science Diet cat food, picked up for free at Petco using coupons offered to Petco Pals rewards members. It's free to join and many of the coupons can be printed right from your computer.
- Two Simple-brand facial wash products, one full-size and one sample-size. The full-size was offered to qualifying SheSpeaks members, the sample was offered through the CVS website.
- One package of Always panty-liners and one package of Carefree panty-liners, both free at Target after using $1 manufacturer's coupons.
- Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm, regularly priced $2.99 at Target, or free after stacking a $2 manufacturer's coupon with a $1 Target coupon.
- CoverGirl LashBlast mascara, won through a Facebook promotion.
- Up & Up dental floss, regularly priced at $0.97, was free after using a $1 Target coupon.
- Free Always and Tampax samples are offered with great frequency, sometimes through Facebook, sometimes through the manufacturer's site and sometimes through other P&G promotions. I don't remember the origins of the samples we received in March.
- Mucinex sinus medication and Garnier shampoo and conditioner samples were requested via Facebook.
- Prilosec, Crest toothpaste and whitening strips, Scope mouthwash, Dawn dish-washing soap, Downy Unstoppables and Pampers samples came via Procter & Gamble promotions. (The Pampers will go to a neighbor.)
- Gevalia coffee sample, requested via Facebook and, once this picture was taken, passed along to my father.
Not pictured: A small sample jar of Valspar paint that came with two complimentary tiny rollers.
Phew, that's a lot of free stuff! Sometimes, I must admit, I don't like waiting around on a Facebook page, hitting "refresh" and hoping the application doesn't crash or the connection doesn't time out just so we can get a tiny bottle of mouthwash or a packet of laundry detergent. It sounds silly, since it's an activity I personally choose to take part in, but it can still get a little exhausting.
There's a snowball effect though, once you've done it long enough that you've built a stockpile of, say, allergy pill samples or lip balm or lotion. Suddenly, if your household is as small as ours, there are a number of items you probably won't have to buy for at least a year or two (or maybe longer, if similar offers continually surface). And samples often come with coupons that, if used during the right sale, can yield even more free, or nearly free, products. So, for the time being, I'll keep hitting "refresh" - and keep taking pictures of the results, because it helps me see that we really are getting something for our efforts.