LIFE | 2 Ways to Get Products for FREE

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hey guys! One of my favorite websites is having a promotion to get more members to sign up and then it hit me that I hadn't shared with you my two favorite ways to get free stuff!

Free! No gimmicks! No putting in credit card information or trying to convince other people to buy a certain amount of any product. Free!

Well, they do want something in return, and that is your HONEST opinion and feedback on those products.

So here is how you can get some free stuff.

The first is Influenster.

Before I tell you about it, I want to be upfront and tell you that the links you may click on will allow me credit for your referral. I don't automatically get anything, but it does enter me in for a chance to get a special box of products to try. But I promise, this isn't some kind of trick to get you to sign up. Only if you want to. (If you prefer to not give me the referral, just google search these websites or type them into your browser. Trust me, you're going to still want to sign up.)

So back to Influenster.

Influenster is a website in which all different kinds of brands seek out people from their target market to try their products so they can get honest feedback on it. So far, what I have received to try have been mostly make up products and food products. I have gotten full size products from brands like Marc Jacobs, Bite Beauty, and Loreal. I have also received coupons for full size products for cooking items from Country Crock and Daisy. 

So the process works like this. You sign up, fill out your member profile, and then if you choose to, link some social media accounts. Then you wait. Now if you meet what these certain brands are looking for, you will usually be given a survey to take, which allows them to officially decide if you are a good fit for that campaign. If you are, then you are sent out the products soon after. Then you put up your reviews and if you especially like the products, you can share them on your social media accounts. That's it. Done. Then wait for another box!

Now, you won't always qualify for the campaigns, but free makeup every once in a while ain't bad! What I gather from this is that it is mostly for women, but I have recently seen some campaigns for men's products. So men, sign up too!

This is the campaign I am currently enrolled in for the EverCurl products! I can't wait to try them out! These curls need some major help.

The second website you can go to for free product is Pinch Me.

(Same as before, these links contain my referral code. I think I get entered to win something? Maybe?)

Pinch Me is another product sampling website. From this site, you will sometimes get some sample/trial size and sometimes some full size products. Just like for Influenster, you get these products in exchange for your HONEST review. The goal is for them to get information and feedback that they can actually use. The main difference with this site is that it also gives you products for your pets to try. My pets LOVE Pinch Me! We have founds some great products for them and it's nice to have a selection of products so I can find what best works for them. We have gotten products from Purina, Greenies, Muse, and Sheeba. For human products, I have received products from Olay, McCormicks, V8, Scotch-Brite, and even some Zzz-Quil (ZZzzzzzzzzz).

You won't automatically qualify for every product, just the ones you are the target market for.

This is what will currently be in my box from Pinch Me.
 These are likely sample/trial size, but I won't really know until I receive them.

I'm sure there are maybe other websites who offer freebies, but since I have been a member of these sites for a while, I can personally verify that they are FOR REAL. GUYS FREE PRODUCTS, FOR REALLLLL.

If you have other websites that you use to get free product, I would love to hear about them. Share them in the comments below!

Wish you the coolest freebies ever!

HOME DECOR | A Surprise Man Cave

Monday, December 12, 2016

Wow! The Fall 2016 school semester is now over and I finally have a solid FREE block of time to post on the blog. It almost feels weird to not have homework!

I realized I never put up a post about the Man Cave I surprised my husband with for his birthday. So I figured that this would be a good post to start back up with. 

We have had a guest bedroom since we moved into our home in 2012. For a while, it got a good amount of use....until it didn't. My in-laws purchased a home not too far away, which meant that my husbands side of the family would definitely be staying there, and my mom bought a house nearby, which meant that my side of the family would be staying at her place. So the guest room stayed unused, collecting dust and being wasted space.

My husband had been dropping hints like crazy that he wanted a man cave. I thought it would be nice to give him a space where he could go watch sports and play video games where I didn't have to hear or see any of it. ;)

So I got to planning!  I knew if I was going to do this, it would have to be on a budget. So I scoured the internet looking up items I could purchase to go with some of the items we already had existing in our home. I wanted to go for a masculine , but nothing too overly sporty or bachelor pad-y.

The items we already had were the rug, the side tables and the jerseys. Everything else had to be bought.

I recruited the help of my sister and dad and we emptied out the room. We had a few hours to get this done, so we got to shopping and then got to work.

I wanted the room to still be functional in case someone had to crash here for a bit, so I knew I needed to get a futon. A lounging chair was a must for my gaming husband, who had actually been eying a chair like this for a couple of years, and then we also needed a tv, a tv stand, curtains, a lamp, and then other various decor items.

After doing my research, I found out that those reclining chairs can run you anywhere from $200-$600. Considering I had set my budget for a max of $400, I couldn't blow it all on a chair. I thought I would have to continue on without it.  I started to check craigslist and different sale groups on Facebook for my area and it was just my luck that someone had just posted that lounging chair on a sale group MINUTES before I had started searching! The best part? It was in near perfect condition and listed for only $40! Guys, that's FOURTY DOLLARS. The lister seemed kind of sketchy as their username was not a name at all but something along the lines of "Sunny and Warm in Florida" and they had zero pictures of themselves on their FB page. I asked a friend to accompany me so I could decrease the risk of the murderation happening.

Turns out, it was just a nice middle age woman just trying to clean up her garage!

Then I still needed a futon. No luck on any sale pages so I knew I would have to purchase one at full price. I'm not a big Walmart fan, but sometimes they have some really good deals. I found they had these faux leather futons for about $140 in store and wouldn't even have to pay or wait for shipping.

Now the TV was another tricky item to purchase if I wanted to stay under budget. I originally purchase a 32 in from target for about $140, but after realizing my dad had a 40 in at his house that at the moment wasn't being used, I offered to pay him $100 for the TV, which was definitely a much better brand that the smaller 32in of unknown brand I had just bought from Target.

After that, a quick trip to TjMaxx, I had all the decor and extra items I needed!

It was a crazy morning and afternoon, but we totally pulled it off. He was so surprised and had no idea!

Here is the source list for everything purchased. 

Succulents:T.J.Maxx, $7 *
Candles: T.J.Maxx, $5 each  *
TV Stand: Target, $40  *
Brass Lamp: Target, $40 
Lounging Chair: Facebook Sale Page, $40
TV: Purchase from Family Member: $100
Side Tables: Already Owned 
Rug: Originally purchased from Target 

Total: $377 

* in store only

Not too bad, huh?