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One of the best ways to cut back on your groceries spending is by sourcing as much food as you can for free – this post looks at how to get free samples
Welcome to the second post in a new series on my blog talking about how to eat for free. Ask most families what their biggest monthly outgoings are and food is normally right up there along with their mortgage and rent. But there is so much we can do to cut the cost of spending on groceries and for me the first step is always sourcing as much food as possible for free.
Free samples are a great way to get food for free and although they might not yield enough food to live off they can certainly help to shave a few pennies from your monthly shopping bill.
Won’t ever get you enough food to live off. However, if you manage to get a fair few samples a week, it could help you save quite a bit of dosh and it’s great for little treats and pick me ups. It can also be more of ‘If you’re passing’ thing – going out and getting loads of free samples would end up taking you all over the place!
Where to find free samples
There a loads of places to find free samples, from searching online to looking out for them in your local supermarket. At Easter I was given a Free Hot Cross bun in my local Morrison’s. Not just a bite, a whole one, wrapped and ready for me to take home (I don’t actually like hot cross buns so I gave it to my Father-in-law)
Some other great examples of free samples are Krisy Kreme who will send you a voucher for a free doughnut when you sign up to their mailing list and Ben & Jerry’s have a free cone day once a year – if you’re passing may as well grab one for free!
Also companies actually pay people to stand around and give away free products – Michelle from Time and Pence has a great post on it here.
Another method people use to get free samples is to write or email a company directly. Whether you love or loathe a product, companies are always keen to hear feedback and will often send free samples and coupons by way of thanks. This can be hit or miss, and it depends on the company whether you even get a response. Just remember to always be friendly and polite in your communications if if you are writing to complain.
Try me Free
Try me free is another thing to keep an eye out for while doing your weekly shop. After buying the product all you have to do is send off the ‘Try me free’ label on the box and your receipt along with a short review about the product and your address. The company will then send you a refund usually including the cost of your postage. Birdseye do this a lot, in-particular when they release new products. I’ve had free pasta, risotto, fish and waffles all using try me free.
Trade shows and Events
Luckily for me my job sometimes allows me to head off to trade shows for the day. The last one I went to every other stand was giving away free food. Some I took back to work. Some had to be eaten there and then, like the five different flavours of ice cream I got to try. Entry to things like this is often free and for this particular one we didn’t even have register or be on a guest list, we just showed up.
I also went to The Bath and West show last year. We got our tickets on offer and given loads of samples of food on our way round, plus my younger brother was given sweets and coloring to do at some stalls. We also managed to find somewhere serving free tea and coffee. Yes, we did pay to get in, but at least we were able to save some money on food and drink while we were there.