One of my favorite things about couponing is the chance to get free stuff. And I don’t mean just at the store…oh no, there’s a ton of companies ready and willing to give out free samples to those who take the time to look.
Luckily for me (and you), Hip2Save does the searching for us.
Though my dedication to couponing waxes and wanes depending on my mood, my coursework, etc, I diligently read Colin’s daily newsletter to see what free samples are up for grabs. After all, it usually takes about five minutes to read the e-mail and an additional minute to fill in any sample request forms. Six to eight weeks later, the goodies, which at this point you barely remember requesting, show up in your mailbox. Its kind of like Christmas/Chanukah come early, dontcha think?
Most of the time the companies giving out the swag allow you to opt-out of their newsletter. Even if that isn’t the case, there’s always the handy “unsubscribe” button. And really, at the end of the day, free stuff is worth a minute of your time and the “hassle” *coughcough* of unsubscribing from a newsletter.
Especially when the surprise goodies look like this…
In the spirit of full disclosure, I didn’t get the Love with Food box completely free since I had to pay the whopping $2 for shipping but I’d still cal it a win. Although I couldn’t eat everything in the box, I signed up for the December box because a) it was on sale for only $5 (including shipping) and b) for the months of November and December the company was donating two meals to Sandy victims for every box purchased. I figured $7 for two months (versus $24) was pretty good. And those mini crunch things were soooo good! In fact, they were my favorite goodie in this box. The juice spruced up some smoothies and the Inca Corn satisfied my PMS. The cookie, on the other hand, was stale-tasting and a huge disappointment. You win some you lose some, right?
I’ve gotten a ton of other random samples in the meantime…and I must say, there really isn’t anything quite like opening your mailbox to free stuff you forgot you ordered. It always brings a smile to my day, regardless of how stressful or long or difficult it has been. And today I’m sharing some of that (holiday) joy with you all!
You see, in the various samples that I’ve gotten there’s undoubtedly been stuff that doesn’t interest me, either because it isn’t vegan, it has caffeine, or I just don’t care for it. Instead of tossing it or letting the beau take it all (true story: he couldn’t resist the Asian-flavored Turkey Jerky that came in the Love Box <–I know this breaks many hearts, right?! tehe), I figured I would do a mishmash giveaway.
I don’t want to ruin the surprise by telling you exactly what’s coming but I will say there is chocolate, tea, and baking stuff. <–ok I guess that kind of ruined it but you don’t know the specifics. *evil laugh*
To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me about your ultimate free sample. Aka if you could receive anything from a company, what would it be? The contest ends on Thursday, Dec 13 at 11:59 EST. A winner will be chosen at random. *Not all products are vegan.
Now since its the Holiday season and I’m the only person in my apartment complex with a Christmas tree up <–#wishIwerejoking I figured I share my little slice of Christmas spirit with you all. It isn’t much, but it makes me ridiculously happy.
And finally…a sneak peak at my first speaking event! This past Saturday I partnered with Johns Hopkins’ Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) to present at the first ever Panhellenic Council aka sorority council) Wellness Day. I had a blast and am excited to be working with CHEW on a number of future events. I am so grateful for the opportunity and the day really reaffirmed my love for public speaking & performing <–because isn’t every public speaking event a bit of a performance? I think so! as well as for working with women to create change. It was a great day and I can’t wait until February’s events.
Now that I’ve totally distracted you…don’t forget to enter the giveaway by telling me about your ultimate free sample!
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Love with Food or Hip2Save. All opinions expressed here are my own.