Karen Hellier

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What I Got For Free in August, 2017

You know how people always say, “You can’t get anything for free these days?” Well, I am here to prove they are wrong. You can get lots of things for free, and I am here to show you how.

I will be doing this once a month starting with this month, August 2017. I will post what I got for free, and how I did it so hopefully, you can get the same or similar things for free as well. I would love for all of my readers to join the, “If it’s Free, it’s for Me Club.” Of course, that’s not really the name of a club, but being a frugal person, it’s a lot of fun to get things for free.

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Unfortunately, I just thought of this idea for a blog post half way through August. So I am sure there are more things that I got for free in this month, but these are the ones I documented.

A Free Dress from Kohl's with Kohl's Cash

A Free Dress from Kohl’s

A Free Dress from Kohl’s


I will start with the one thing I forgot to put in the main picture. I love shopping at Kohl’s because there are sales all the time. And I’m not talking about a 20% off sale. While there are those types of sales at Kohl’s, there are also frequent huge markdown sales where shoppers can get items for such a great price, it almost feels like stealing! But it’s perfectly fine.

The dress above had an original tag of $59.00 on it. It’s a Sonoma brand and when I found it on a clearance rack it had been marked down to $7.14 at the end of the summer season. I had a $10.00 Kohl’s cash certificate from a previous shopping trip the week before, so the dress ended up being free.

Free Products from Kroger


It definitely pays to sign up for a shopping card at every store you go to. Most people know to do that, but some are resistant to it or feel it’s fine to use the store’s card at the cash register.  But if you do sign up for those store cards, some of those stores will send you coupons throughout the year. And also, some stores offer you gas points, like Kroger, so it really makes sense to sign up for a store card. My husband and I have a Kroger store card, and Kroger sends us an envelope full of coupons. This past month they send us an envelope full of coupons which included a free coupon for a 58 oz.

My husband and I have a Kroger store card, and Kroger sends us an envelope full of coupons periodically. This past month they send us coupons which included a free coupon for a 58 oz. container of Tropicana orange juice and a free jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce. Both are products we enjoy and use.

A Free Sample of Gliss Shampoo and Conditioner


This nice sample of Gliss shampoo and conditioner came from my searching the web for free products. Just so easy to go to the website and sign up, and within one week, it was in my mailbox. Free samples and coupons are a much better surprise to find in the mailbox than bills. Sorry, it’s a small sample so no picture but you can see it in the top picture.

Free Bic Razors


Every time I see high-value coupons for razors in the newspaper, I always save them. Last year the coupons matched various razors. This year a coupon recently came out for $3.00 off Bic razors. The particular packages in the picture are priced at $2.87 at Walmart. Combined with the coupon for $3.00 off, the razors are free. I had three coupons, which meant three packs of razors for free.

Ralph Lauren Flannel Nightshirt

Ralph Lauren Flannel Nightshirt

Free Ralph Lauren Men’s Night-Shirt


This is a used men’s night shirt by Ralph Lauren. I actually have the same night shirt in a different size and I love it. It’s a men’s night shirt but it’s a soft flannel and I just love the feel of it on those cold winter nights. I got it for free at a second-hand store that I visited for the first time in July, and then they sent me a coupon for $5.00 off anything during my next visit. Of course, I went back the next time I was in the area. I was pleased to find this great night-shirt that I got for free because it was marked down to $4.99 and the $5.00 coupon covered the total price. I will sell it on eBay and can definitely vouch for how comfortable and cozy it is.

Free Samples from Pinch Me dot com

Free Samples from Pinch Me dot com

Great Free Samples from Pinch Me


These samples were all from the website Pinchme dot com. They included:

  • 1 packet of Slimfast Creamy Chocolate Advanced Nutrition Smoothie
  • 1 sample packet of ZzzQuil Nighttime Sleep-Aid
  • 1 Gillette Endurance deodorant with a $1.00 off 1 coupon
  • 1 two-piece sample of Orbit Gum
  • 1 Carbona Color Grabber (8 pack)
  • 1 Carbona Super White Laundry Whitening Sheet (pack of 2)
  • 1 coupon for a free box of Graze snacks
  • 1 $30 gift card to Hello Fresh on my first order
  • 1 coupon for a free 8 x 8 photo book from Shutterfly (I have to pay shipping & handling)

I have written a thorough review of Pinch Me dot com previously on this blog. The link to that is here if you would like to read it:

Pinch Me…it’s too Good to be True!


Or if you would just like to join the website and get free samples in your mailbox each month, go here:



Now it’s Your Turn

That’s what I received for free during the month of August of 2017. Did you receive any of the same items? Anything different? I would love to hear about it in the comments below. See you next month with another list of what I got for free!


Disclaimer: I may or may not receive some type of credit from referral codes listed in this article.


Pinch Me…it’s too Good to be True!

Free Products in the Mail

You know that phrase when people say, “Pinch me…it’s too good to be true,” or they may tell you they had to pinch themselves because something is too good to be true? Well, I have discovered a website called Pinch Me and at first, I thought it was too good to be true.  This website sends samples to you for free. I have been a member there for over a year, and it is the real deal so I wanted to share it with everyone I know!

I don’t know about you, but I love getting mail. I especially love getting mail that isn’t bills. Mail makes me feel loved and every time I see the bright aqua box from Pinch Me in the mail…yep, I feel loved!

How it Works

Here’s how it works…you go to the Pinch Me website and sign up. Don’t worry, I have included a link below.

Next, they ask you a series of questions like how many people live in your household, do you have children under 18 living with you, how many pets do you have, etc. These questions are designed to help them match you to the samples. Of course, they don’t want to waste samples on people who won’t use them because they do run out of samples each month and want to make sure each sample gets to someone who can and will use it.

Then, once a month on a Tuesday, you get an email reminding you that it’s free sample day on the Pinch Me website and you head right over there to pick out your free samples. In case you are wondering if it’s worth the hassle because what kind of samples can you possibly get for free, here’s a list of just some of the samples I have gotten in the past year. I put a star next to the ones I liked the best.

In case you are wondering if it’s worth the hassle because what kind of samples can you possibly get for free, here’s a list of just some of the samples I have gotten in the past year. I put a star next to the ones I liked the best.

Partial List of Samples I Have Gotten

*Oil of Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash

*Skinnypop Popcorn

*Gold Bond Ultimate Strength Resilience Lotion

*Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion

*Milk Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamin Treats (Well, my dog liked these!)

Advil PM Caplets

Dentek Comfort Clean Floss Picks

Breathe Right Nasal Strips

Beyond Grain Free White Meat Chicken Egg Recipe Dry Dog Food

ZZZquil Sleep Aid

*Purina One Smartblend True Instinct Dry Dog Food (Yes, the dog again!)

*Sundown Natural CO Q-10 Gummy Vitamins

*Olay Regenerist Luminous Perfecting Cream

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream

Goddess Garden Facial Natural Sunscreen SPF 30

*Nexcare Sensitive Skin Bandages

Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste

Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Aging Cream

Brylcream Classic hair cream

***Starbuck’s Caramel Caffe Latte K-Cup Pod (Delicious)

Livrelief Pain Relief Cream

*Shout Color Catcher

*Olay Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Body Wash

Plus I received numerous free coupons, some to go along with these products and some just came along in the package without a sample.

Free Stuff from Pinch Me dot com

Free Stuff from Pinch Me dot com

Yeah, But What’s the Catch?

Okay, by now you are probably saying to yourself, “Okay, what’s the catch?” Seriously, there is no catch, BUT they do want you to write a review of the products you have received. They want totally honest reviews, but the reviews don’t have to be very long. You have up to one month after you receive the product to go to the review page. If you do all of the reviews, you have a chance to earn more free products.

Another possible catch (if you are still with me and reading this article) is that the offers are only available to people who live in the 48 continental United States. The website clearly states that they do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Guam, the Virgin Islands, or to international addresses.

I have been a member for approximately one year and still can’t believe I am getting free stuff in the mail every month. And what I like about Pinch Me is that these are products either myself or my husband really do use.

Try it for Yourself

Would you like to give it a try and get free stuff in your mailbox too?

To join Pinch Me and get free stuff for yourself just click on this link below, fill out the information, and have fun!




I just wanted to let you know that the above link was provided to me by the pinchme dotcom website and there’s a random chance I may win a prize of some sort due to people clicking on this link.

Please be assured that is NOT why I wrote this article. I truly enjoy getting free items from this website and I want my readers to have the opportunity to do so also!


Have you tried Pinch Me before? Do you enjoy getting free stuff in your mailbox? Please feel free to leave a comment below!