27 Shades of FREE: How to Find Free Samples

Welcome to the very first post of my 27 Shades of FREE series I am starting. I want to start better organizing this blog and thought this would be a great way (or at least a fun way) to kick off the beginning of doing so. This first post is going to focus on how to find free samples. I am planning on posting something new for this series about once or twice a month. Hope you enjoy!

I’ve always loved getting free samples but I didn’t really seek them out on a daily basis until earlier this year. Getting free samples is a pretty awesome way of being able to try out new brands and products. The problem with hunting samples is that it can be time consuming. Fortunately, there are various sites that keep updated lists of free samples that are available. Some of these even have text alerts so you are notified right away! In addition to making free sample hunting less time consuming, they also tend to give you a heads up about scams (or questionable companies) to stay away from. The following are free sample list sites that I check in with regularly:

  1. The Balance: If you are just starting out hunting for samples, I would recommend this as a starting place. Not the most updated list BUT there is a list of sample offered recently that might be still available. I recommend this site for people who are just starting out hunting samples because the list is easier than going through pages and pages of previous offers. Also includes complimentary magazine subcriptions.
  2. Vonbeau: Updates daily and offers text alerts. Also includes coupons.
  3. Yo Free Samples: Updates daily.  Offers a sign up for daily alerts.
  4. Freebie Depot: Updates list once a day.
  5. Freebie Shark: Very popular site. Most of the freebie hunters I follow are following this list. You can also find coupons here.
  6. Get it Free– I don’t really visit the site that often but I am signed up to receive e-mails from them. Occasionally they will send information about free sample offers that I haven’t found on other lists I have looked into.

If you’re new to looking into finding free samples, I hope you find this list useful. If you have already been doing if for awhile, which site is your favorite to follow? Any sites you recommend that I haven’t listed?



Product Review: Live Well Compass Matcha Green Tea


I like my morning cup of coffee but my morning coffee doesn’t always like me so I have been looking for some alternatives. I was quite fortunate to have been chosen to receive some Culinary Japanese Green Tea to try out. I was really excited about trying out this product because I had heard/read good things about it in the past but hadn’t gotten around to trying any.

Over that past week I started replacing my usual coffee with a Matcha Green Tea Latte. The recipe for the latte (found on the back of the package) recommends adding 1 teaspoon of the Matcha Green Tea Powder to a small amount of milk, and then use the back of a spoon to form a paste, afterwards you are to add 1 cup of a milk, and lastly sweeten your latte to taste with honey or stevia.

On the first day of trying out a Matcha Green Tea Latte I followed these instructions exactly. Unfortunately, I found that my latte was way too strong! And I wasn’t able to finish the whole cup. A couple days later I decided to try the Matcha Green Tea again. This time I only added half of the powder. This latte was a bit on the weak side but much better than the first one I made. The third time I made a latte I added 3/4 teaspoon of the Matcha Green Tea Powder and the results were the most pleasing.

I’m not really crazy about the flavor, but it isn’t bad. I’m just not used to it. I think the more Matcha Green Tea Lattes I drink, the more I will enjoy the flavor. But did it actually give me energy? Yes! The energy lasted for hours and I also had no jitters. I also didn’t have a crash later like I tend to have on the days I drink coffee.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a coffee alternative. You can order your own Culinary Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder on Amazon today by clicking here.


**I received this product for free to review but my opinions are 100% my own**

Chatterbox Chat Pack: Kleenex Multicare Tissues

I discovered Chatterbox (from House Party) awhile back. Back then when I discovered it they were offering a Brita Stream Chat Pack which I really wanted in on but, unfortunately, I wasn’t chosen to be involved with. Finally, after a good while of no more Chat Pack programs being made available, another program that I was interested became available.

I decided to apply for the Kleenex Multicare tissues Chat Pack because my boyfriend already love the brand and always have Kleenex tissues around the house. I lucked out and was chosen to be involved in this program. Which I was really excited about since it is my first Chat Pack I have been chosen for! All I had to do was complete a small handful of simple activities that only take a few short minutes to do.


These Kleenex Multicare tissues are just as soft as regular Kleenex but they are a good bit larger, 75% larger. As much as I like these tissues, I actually haven’t found much use for them (yet) and have just been using them as napkins so far. I do think these will be handy if an accidental spill or mess occurs, which is really rare for me and my boyfriend, but I do have peace of mind knowing that I have these tissue around just in case something does happen.

Do I recommend these tissues? Definitely! I do see good use for them for anyone who is prone to make spills/messes that are too big for a regular Kleenex to clean up and I am sure these will come in handy if suffering a really bad runny nose. If nothing else, they make a good napkin for meal time. I look forward to discovering other uses for these tissues.

**I received a free box of Kleenex Multicare tissues from House Party to try out and review but my opinions are 100% my own.**

SheSpeaks Unboxed: It’s Always The Husband

When I first joined SheSpeaks late last year but I hadn’t been invited to a program until a few months ago when I was surprised by an invite (via e-mail) to participate in a SheSpeaks Unboxed program for reading a book…for FREE. I like to read, so naturally I jumped at the opportunity! The book I was invited to read and review It’s Always The Husband by Michele Campbell.

It’s Always The Husband is a thriller about 3 women you befriended each other when they became roommates their freshmen year of college. About 20 yrs into the future one of them finds themselves on an old bridge being urged to jump to her death. As you read the book, the mystery of what happened that night is revealed along with exploring the complicated history these 3 women has shared over the years leading up to the night when one of them is murdered.


Overall, I rather enjoyed the book. It kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out the truth. The book is split into 2 parts. The first part has time jumps which wasn’t executed as strongly as it could have been. I wish they were better organized and I wish there had been more exploration of the relationship between the 3 women. Fortunately, the second part is a lot better! No time jumps. It just focused on finding out how the mystery woman ends up dead. I was honestly shocked to find out who did it and why. The book is definitely worth the read and I was recommend it to anyone who likes reading a lot.

Interested in reading this book? You can order your own copy of It’s Always The Husband by clicking here (Amazon) OR here (Barnes & Noble).

**I received a free copy of It’s Always The Husband to review but my opinions are 100% my own.**

Smiley360 Mission: Purex Crystals

One of my latest Smiley360 missions was for me to add Purex Crystals to my laundry routine. I was sent a coupon which allowed me to pick out the Purex Crystals fragrance of my choice and try it out completely FREE.


My fragrance of choice was the Lavender Blossom scent. I start adding this to my laundry a few weeks ago. I’ve been adding a full cup (up to the third line marker) to each of my loads of laundry. Purex Crystals really did add an extra boost of freshness to my clothes! I could smell the Lavender Blossom scent on my clothes a week later and the scent still smelled fresh! Purex Crystals is definitely a product I would recommend to anyone who needs (or wants) to add a boost of freshness to their laundry.

Do you use Purex Crystals to add an extra boost of freshness? Which scent do you use?

**I received a free sample of Purex Crystals from Smiley360 to try out and review but my opinions are 100% my own.**

Mailbox Freebies: June

June 26th- 30th

Entrepreneur (Mercury Magazines)

Bon Appetit (Reward Bee)

Rachael Ray Everyday (Recyclebank)

Allure, Shape, and Glamour (Reward Survey)

*Freebies & Free Samples*

Breathe Right Strips (2)

Amazing Grass samples: Green Superfood & Protein Superfood

Simple Solutions by Arm & Hammer Kit: Baking Soda Shaker & booklet (Simple Solutions)

Black Opium Nuit Blanche perfume sample

Exuviance Peel sample

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Zero shampoo & conditioner samples

June 19th-24th

Road & Track (Recyclebank)

Better Homes & Gardens & Family Circle (Value Mags)

Bridal Guide (Mercury Magazines)

People & Real Simple  (Reward Survey)

Entertainment Weekly  (Reward Bee)

*Freebies & Free Samples*

A free copy of The Breakdown from (SheSpeaks.)

4 Equate Ultra Thin Pads from Wal-mart.

Yadah Lip Crayon in Dazzling Red (08Liter)

FREE USPS shipping boxes of various sizes (USPS)

June 12th-17th

Good Housekeeping and Entertainment Weekly (Reward Bee)

Car & Driver (Recyclebank)

People  (Reward Survey)

Yoga Journal (Swagbucks reward: Magazine Gold Card subscription for 250 SB)

*Freebies & Free Samples*

Dove Men + Care Fortifying Shampoo & Conditioner (3 oz sample)

Chanel No.5 perfume sample

Albolene Makeup Remover sample

Live Well Compass Culinary Japanese Matcha Green Tea (free for review via Tomoson)

June 5th-10th

Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, and Entertainment Weekly  (Reward Bee)

Robb Report Best of the Best issue and People  (Reward Survey)

Road & Track (Recycle Bank)

Weight Watchers (Mercury Magazines)

Yoga Journal, 2 issues (Swagbucks reward: Magazine Gold Card subscription for 250 SB)

Nautica Blue cologne sample & Jolly Rancher Pop-Tart in Watermelon flavor sample (Skosay)

*Freebies & Free Samples*

U by Kotex samples

Nivea Men Creme sample

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Multivitamin & Probiotic Dietary Supplement (Nature’s Bounty Rewards)


May 29th- June 3rd

I didn’t get much this week but I am happy with what I received.

Rachael Ray’s Everyday magazine (Recycle Bank)

Family Circle (Value Mags)

Cosmopolitan (Reward Bee)

People (Reward Survey)

Weight Watchers (Mercury Magazines)

Cherry Jolly Rancher Pop-Tart sample (Skosay)

Tablet case and screen protector for Trek 2 from Amazon (I got these items for free by using Amazon gift cards I earned from Earning Station & Crowdtap)

March-May BzzCampaign: FebrezeOne

Late March I was sent 3 FebrezeOne product samples and 3 Buy One Sprayer, Get one FebrezeOne Refill Free coupons. FebrezeOneCapture

I had used Febreze in the past, and already loved the brand, so when I had the opportunity to try this new FebrezeOne product for FREE (via BzzAgent) I was quite excited to be included in the campaign. Little did I know that my boyfriend is also I big fan of Febreze! He said he used to be guilty of spraying it a lot, maybe even too much. I was fortunate to get all 3 scents available for FebrezeOne: Bamboo, Mandarin, and Orchid. FebrezeOne has no aerosols, no dyes, and no heavy perfumes. To be honest, I like all three scents. They pretty much all smell with Febreze but with a little bit of a different scent. Bamboo smells closest to the original Febreze scent. Mandarin has hint of a citrus scent while Orchid has a more floral scent. My personal favorite is the Mandarin. The Orchid is the scent my boyfriend likes the most out of the three. We are very pleased with the performance of this Febreze product and we will definitely be using FebrezeOne again and again.

**I received free samples of FebrezeOne from BzzAgent but my opinions are my own.**




Crowdtap Creamer Missions

This month I was fortunate to be chosen to do 2 sample missions for Crowdtap. These missions were also my very first with the site! The missions I was chosen for were the One Touch Latte by International Delight and Dunkin Donuts creamer.  I received coupons for both of the creamer products (and Dunkin Donuts coffee) so I could try them for free. I had to complete a handful of tasks as I tried both of these creamer. They were pretty simple and easy to do. Since both these were through the same site and related, I decided to do a single post for both of them.


One Touch Latte by International Delight

I had seen videos of this creamer by being used and I was quite excited to try it out. I was sent a coupon to redeem for a free product of the One Touch Latte. I debated which flavor to choose for this free sample mission and ultimately decided on the Mocha one. I had seen videos of the creamer being used and I was quite excited to try it out. My first couple attempts were unsatisfactory (and disappointing!) so I took to Instagram to figure out what I did wrong. Turned out I wasn’t pressing hard enough. After I tried it out the third time it finally worked the right way! And it was quite fun to do! I love the flavorful frothy layer it left on top.

Then I had a second problem to solve: I wasn’t liking the flavor and needed to figure out the right amount to add to get that mocha flavor I wanted. The next couple cups I just added a hint of Dunkin Donuts vanilla creamer (from my other sample mission with Crowdtap). I did figure out the magic amount to get closer to that mocha flavor I was hoping for. I’m not crazy about the mocha flavor but I did like this product. I am going to be trying out the two flavors in hopes that at least one of them I will fall in love with! If you love lattes but don’t want to leave your home, I would recommend trying One Touch Latte.

Dunkin Donuts Creamer

I have always favored Dunkin Donuts coffee so I was very excited about being able to try out the Dunkin Donuts creamer. In addition to receiving a coupon for free coffee creamer, I was also provided a coupon for Dunkin Donuts coffee! I decided on the Dunkin Donuts Vanilla coffee creamer and the 100% Colombian Dunkin Donuts coffee. I really enjoyed this Dunkin Donuts Vanilla coffee creamer (and the coffee, of course!) and will definitely be getting it again. The creamer has a good strong vanilla flavor and is very sweet. Sweet enough that I think I might try a cup minus sugar. The combination of Dunkin Donuts creamer and coffee really did make the most perfect cup of coffee!




Smiley360: Vitafusion Vitamin Gummies

It finally has happened! I was finally offered a sample mission from Smiley360 that I thought would a good fit for me. I was sent all three of these Vitafusion vitamin gummies for FREE to try out and reviewing purposes. The below opinions are my 100% my own.


Vitafusion Everyday Energy

I received Vitafusion Everyday Energy vitamin gummies early April. These had a delicious peach tea flavor to them. It is recommended to take 4 gummy vitamins a day. I tended to take 2 of the gummy vitamins with a bottle of water after first waking up. I later took 2 more in the early evening to help give me an extra boost to help keep me awake until my boyfriend came home from work. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who needs to have an extra boost to make it through the day.

Vitafusion Simply Good Complete Multivitamin & High Potency B-12

In addition to being able to try out Vitafusion’s Everday Energy vitamin gummies, I also had the privilege of trying out Vitafusion’s Complete MultivitaminHigh Potency B-12!  I received these other two vitamin gummies a few weeks after I started taking Everyday Energy. I really enjoy both of these flavors! The Multivitamin was in a natural blackberry and the B-12 was in a natural pomegranate flavor, which actually my favorite flavor between all 3 vitamin gummies! Within days after I started taking these everyday (twice a day) I started feeling more energetic and more healthy. I simply just feel better.

I really enjoyed these Smiley360 sample missions and vitafusion will definitely be a brand I will turn to purchasing when I am looking to fulfill vitamin gummy needs. This woman just became a repeat customer for this brand.


Do you take vitamin gummies? Do you take vitafusion vitamin gummies or a different brand? Which ones do you take???

Mailbox Freebies: May 2017

Here is the list of all the free samples and free magazines I received over the past month. I am going to do something different this month. Instead of separate posts every week I will just update this post on a weekly basis.

May 22nd-27th

I received some good stuff this past week! I am very happy with I found in my mailbox!

Real Simple, Robb Report, People, and Field & Stream (RewardSurvey)

Allure and Entertainment Weekly (RewardBee)

Better Homes & Gardens (ValueMags)

Softy All- Purpose Sanitizing wipes (3)

Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo & Conditioner 3 oz samples

$25 Amazon Gift Card (I earned this gift card from taking survey (& completing short tasks) at Earning Station)

Sundown Naturals Probiotic Gummies (Smiley360)

Kleenex Multicare tissues Chat Pack (Chatterbox)

Quest Cereal Protein Bar (Cinnamon Roll flavor) & Rephresh odor eliminating gel (Sample Source)


May 15th-20th

Another week of mostly free magazines!

People (RewardSurvey)

Entertainment Weekly, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, and Bon Appetit (RewardBee)

Weight Watchers (Mercury Magazines)

Better Homes & Gardens (ValueMags)

Emergen-C sample

Natural Vitality Natural Calm fizzy drink mix (2)


May 8th- 13th

I didn’t get a lot of samples this week but I am happy with what I got.

Good Housekeeping, Allure, Marie Claire, and Entertainment Weekly (RewardBee)

Bridal Guide (ValueMags)

People (RewardSurvey)

Rachael Ray’s Nutrish cat food sample

Poise (2 liners & 1 pad) samples

Purex Crystals coupon (Smiley360)


May 1st-6th

Field & Stream (May issue; I think this is bonus subscription when I redeemed for another magazine subscription) & People (RewardSurvey)

Bon Appetit, Allure, and Entertainment Weekly (RewardBee)

Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal (Skosay)

Dunkin Donuts Coffee Creamer Crowdkit: Free Dunkin Donuts coffee creamer coupon & Dunkin Donuts coffee product coupon. &  International Delight One Touch Latte Crowdkit: Coupon for OneTouch Latte product. (Crowdtap)

Full Circle dish cloths from OneTwine shop (I earned points that I redeemed for a coupon from Recyclebank)

More Goddess Garden Organics Samples: 2 Mineral-Removing Cleansers & 1 Sun-Repair Night Cream

Neocell samples: 3 Biotin Soft Chews & 3 Derma Matrix Collagen Skin Complex drink mix

Trivita free 30 day supply of dissolving b-12 tablets

Method laundry detergent (Sample Source)

Nestea coupon ( 1 free iced tea OR $1.79 off 6-pack or larger)

I got a lot of good freebies this week. This is the best freebie week for me since I have really gotten into hunting down freebies. What good freebies did you get this past week?