How often do you request the free samples that companies offer? I’ve gone back and forth with this, sometimes feeling like too much time is required to fill out the forms online. However, some browsers have “auto-fill” features that make this far easier and quicker!

The biggest advantage I’ve seen to requesting samples is finding out if you actually like a product before paying for a full-sized one. If you do like the product, then it gives you one more option for products to rotate for sales. For example, if I decide I like a particular hair product, I can now add that to my list of acceptable products for which to find sales and coupons.  If I don’t like the product, I haven’t wasted my money.

Also, when you are in stores and you see someone demonstrating products, they will often have coupons. As a product demonstrator myself, I know it is common to have FAR more coupons than I can give out during my shift.  Ask the demonstrator if you can have a few coupons. If they say no, check the sales flyer area the next time you are in the store. I know when I leave a store, if the manager allows for it (most do), I leave the extra coupons with the sales flyers.  I’ve also had times when I have stopped at a demonstrator’s table right before their shift ended and they handed me all their leftover samples!  I think I once ended up with a month’s supply of shampoo/conditioner that way!

Did you know that Walmart offers free samples and coupons from their website? They rotate periodically, but you can find those here. And I know Costco and Sam’s Club also occasionally offer some for their members. And other helpful site to join is Start Sampling.  This site actually gives you points for logging in, answering a daily poll, and providing feedback for samples. The points are redeemable for prizes, although it might take a long time to have enough! Go check it out!

Here are some links to some helpful articles I found on Sample Stuff

How to Save Money on Groceries Besides Clipping Coupons

Hot, Fresh Snacks for a Fraction of the Cost

Easy Ways to Save Money Around the House

Cutting Technology Bills to Save Cash

You might also want to check out if you have items to sell or are looking for certain things to buy.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “super deals” list for 5/24-5/30/2012, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 5/24-5/30/2012, please clickhere.

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