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Each Monday, I post all the freebies that I got in the mail last week on my Instagram page.  This week, I got a ton of free magazines, a coupon book, dishwasher detergent, scent booster, air freshener, hair oil and vitamins!  What did you get in the mail last week?

I wasn’t paid by any of these companies to post their products.  I only post what I’ve gotten absolutely, 100% free from sample offers, contests, newsletters, etc.

As promised, I am going to start posting ways that I get free stuff in the mail.  I don’t think you have to spend a ton of time online in order to get a happy mailbox.  It just takes some strategic planning and some good websites to follow.  That said, here is one trick you should follow if you start getting freebies.

Create a free email address that it dedicated to your freebies.  No one wants to clog their email with a ton of junk that they never read.  So go to yahoo or gmail, whichever you choose and get a free email that you put on all your forms for free stuff.  That way, when you get bombarded with emails that you don’t want, you can just periodically go and delete them all at once!

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One site that it reliable and worth your time is pgtryit.com.  They are run by Proctor & Gamble so every time they have a new product or something they want to focus on, they give out samples. Every once in awhile, they allow you to get a sample box of products.  It’s nice because it’s stuff that you actually use!

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Here’s one that I recently received in the mail.  (You’re getting a sneak peek at Mailbox Monday, if you follow my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!)

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That little booklet is filled with coupons!  They will even email you when it’s time to get more samples. I’ve seen people post P&G boxes with 5 or samples at a time too. You can then rate them on the site or tweet about your experiences (#TryitLoveit).  I love telling everyone about freebies I’ve gotten or how well (or not so well) a new product works.  Companies love feedback too.  I feel that this site is well worth my time.  How about you?  So, go sign up and watch the freebies start rolling in.

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This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated to tell you about this product/website.

Yes!  You just have to have an open mind and a closed wallet. Haha!  One of the things my family loves is trying different restaurants and going out to eat.  However, we stick to a very strict weekly budget and it takes some creative planning on my part.  When we go out to a restaurant, we utilize as many of these tips as possible.  Order up!

1. Plan Ahead– Just like with most things in life, a plan helps things go smoothly.  We decide early in the week that we are/have to eat out this week.  Then I search for coupons in the newspaper, online, or just by asking friends.   I decide on a restaurant and then sign up for their email newsletter (in advance and I use my ‘freebie email address’ but I’ll have another post about that later).  Then in a day or two, you usually get a coupon for a free appetizer or a percentage off your meal!  Gift cards are also a great buy.  If you get them at certain times of the year, they offer extras.  For example, if you buy $50 in gift cards, you’ll get a free $10 gift card for you.  They don’t know that they are all for you!  Then use them throughout the year, combined with coupons/deals to save even more without breaking your budget.

2. Drink water– This one sucks sometimes but it’s totally worth it.  Sodas can rack up a bill, costing as much at $3 and some places don’t have free refills!  Don’t get me started on cocktails!  Water is free.  If you really can’t stand water, ask for lemons, squeeze them in your water, and then sneakily put a packet or two of sweetener for a makeshift lemonade.  Hey, I said I was thrifty!  You might get embarrassed by some methods.  To each his own.

3. Eat locally & know the specials– Remember tip #1.  See?  It comes in handy.  Local restaurants like local customers because you will come back if you enjoy it.  Therefore, eat when they are having a special deal.  Kids eat free some nights, certain meals will be cheaper, etc.  One local diner in our town has Italian Night every Wednesday and you can get homemade Eggplant Parmigiana, spaghetti, garlic bread, and all you can eat salad bar for $6.  It’s enough for two meals plus, I bought a locals card from the area high school that gets us an extra 20% every time we eat there after 4pm.  Seriously.  It pays to know the specials.

4. Waste not. Want not – We never waste food.  If they give us free bread and we don’t eat all of it, I take it home.  Someone will eat it, even if it’s our dog.  You can even tell them how much you love the sauce/bread/whatever and a lot of times, the server will wrap up an extra one for you.  It pays to be nice to your server.  Take all your leftovers home!  Even a tiny bit of veggies or meat can be added into tomorrow’s dinner.

5.  Happy Hour– My landlord used to go out every Tuesday with her husband and sit at the restaurant’s bar.  She got amazing specials and got to try delicious food for a fraction of the price.  You don’t need to drink to sit at the bar.  But if you ever want a cocktail, this is the way to go.

6.   Go around closing time– This works best for fast food.  Sometimes if you show up around the time they close, they want to get rid of the food that’s left over so you’ll get it at a better deal or even for free.  It tastes the same or maybe even better since the deal was so sweet!

I hope you can use some of these tips and found them helpful.  I know they come in handy with my family.  Who doesn’t like saving a little money?

Perhaps some of you followed my old blog with the same name on Tumblr.  I know.  I know.  Tumblr for a blog?!?!  What was I thinking?  Well, I was thinking that I knew hardly anything about writing a blog, so get off my back, ok?  But seriously, I want to start posting regularly and actually try to have people read this, so here goes nothing.

I used to write about everything but I have decided to scale down and write about one of my true passions: saving money.  I live for it and I love it.  So, this blog will be the story of my life.  But wait, I wasn’t born a cheapskate!  In fact, I used to have quite a bit of debt built up when my husband and I both worked full time.  When I had my daughter, we decided that I would become a stay at home mom/domestic engineer and care for her.  Then my son came along and we found out that we needed to trim the fat from our budget or we would be in a lot of trouble financially.  Thus, I found my calling.

I’m going to teach you how to save through (basic) couponing, tips, recipes, and all of my tried and true hints.  These are all things that I personally do and are still doing currently.  So if I recommend something, it’s because I’ve tried it and I like it.  I won’t steer you wrong!

So climb on board and enjoy the ride!  I hope you are as excited as I am.