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Free Samples Coupons and Coupon Codes

Do you want real, free samples? Real, free samples can be difficult to find if you are searching the Internet. There really is a lot of junk that you have to wade through before you can find actual free samples. Most people give up thinking that it is too difficult or worse they come away with the feeling that there is no such thing as free samples.

Fortunately, you found this website and this page and an awesome source not only for free samples but also for coupons and coupon codes!

Free Samples, Coupons and Coupon Codes

free samplesWith each new shopping trip, it seems it costs more and more to provide your family with the products they need. And, there’s probably little hope of things getting better any time soon. While you can’t do much about the price of your favorite products, you can make sure that you don’t always have to pay full price by taking advantage of freebies and manufacturers coupons.

Free Samples Here!
Free Samples Here!

Freeflys is a website that can not only help you save money on the items you use all the time, it can also help you find free samples. Freeflys itself does not offer any coupons or free samples, the do however supply you with an updated list of links to companies providing promotional offers. The site is very easy to navigate and you can find free samples and savings on everything from food and cosmetics to health and cleaning products.

The site does require registration for access to the offers, but it’s totally free and requires only basic information like name, address and email. You will also need to install a “Coupon Printer”. It’s a quick installation that will print coupons that can be scanned at the store. It’s spyware free and you can uninstall it at any time.

Another Great Source For Free Samples And Other Goodies is the Mommy Page!

All of the offers available on the site are categorized so that it’s easy to find the products you use. At the top of the page you’ll find tabs for “Samples” and “Coupons”.

Clicking on the samples tab will take you to a page with a list of categories. You simply choose the category you want to browse, click on a product offer you want to try and you’ll be given a link to the companies website where you can sign up for your free sample.

When you sign-up for your free sample you will need to register with each company. Again, only basic information is needed like you name and an address where you’d like your free products sent. Neither Freeflys, or these companies will ask for any credit card information. Also listed under the “Samples” tab you’ll find numerous listings where you can enter daily to win name brand products like Maybelline, Vaseline and Estee Lauder.

Sign up for Pillsbury’s FREE emails to receive up to $250 in yearly coupons, access to free product samples (quantities limited, one per member) and the easiest recipes sent right to your inbox.

Clicking on the “Coupons” tab will take you directly to a long list of available coupons for food, household, personal care, baby and other items. You can choose to browse through all of the coupons, or choose a category for a specific type of product. When you find a coupon you want, you simply click on it to “clip it”. After you’ve chosen all of the coupons you want just click print.

To save you even more money, you’ll also find a “Coupon Codes” tab where you can find discounts at hundreds of different stores on thousands of products. Categories include apparel and shoes, auto and travel, electronics, financial services, toys, pets and many more products. Freeflys is a great way to save money on the products you use everyday!

About the Author:

Connie Corder
Connie Corder

“With each new shopping trip, it seems it costs more and more to provide your family with the products they need.

And, there’s probably little hope of things getting better any time soon.

While you can’t do much about the price of your favorite products, you can make sure that you don’t always have to pay full price by taking advantage of freebies and manufacturers coupons.”

Written by Connie Corder, Copyright All Rights Reserved


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How To Use Rebates To Get More For Less

Rebates are an excellent way to save money! It’s not uncommon for a shopper to combine a coupon with a rebate and save a significant amount on their purchase. Often you can also get loyalty points (Kroger Points, etc). In fact shoppers often get products “Free After Rebate.”

How To Get Rebates!
How To Get Rebates!

When you are planning to make a purchase you should consider rebates and other way ways to save money. The goal isn’t to get a cheaper item. What we want is to get the best quality at the best price. Sometimes we buy toys. Other times we buy things we really don’t want to. You don’t want to buy a new water heater or a new air-conditioner, but sometimes you have to. On the other hand we love to buy new TVs, new computers and other toys. And lets not forget about food!

So many things we have to spend money on. But if you manage your spending and put time into planning you can expand your buying power tremendously.

Rebates are a great way to buy more for less. Usually you have to wait for the rebate but it’s almost like money in the bank. Some rebate processors pay monthly, other pay quarterly. Limits and details vary among sites so be sure to read through the FAQs to find out the most important information.

It doesn’t matter whether you are looking to buy a printer, computer, or television; or if you are interested in new clothing, furniture, and garden supplies.

When spending your money make the best decision
based upon the rebate values and price comparisons.

First check the ibotta app on your phone to find rebates on things you need. Next, check with an online rebates site like eBates or SavingStar to see what they are offering in terms of rebates at a particular store(s) where you plan to shop. Don’t make a decision yet. You are researching. Next, you can compare prices and availabilities among several stores.  Generally, you would be making your purchase online but this isn’t always the case.

Keep in mind that stores often offer the same items online at lower prices than what you might see locally. This is especially true with electronics and “big ticket” items.

Here is my own experience in purchasing a new printer:

After shopping around I decided on a printer from that was priced at $89.00. I was able to get a 4% rebate through eBates. All I had to do to get that was to login to my account and click their link to go to Not long after the purchase was complete the rebate showed up as a credit in my account.

eBates Rebate – $3.56
Online Price Difference – $7.00

Total Savings – $10.56 (Nearly 12%)

It really doesn’t matter if you are buying “big ticket” items or everyday household items and groceries. Taking advantage of rebates when you shop is just good wisdom!

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SavingStar is the smart and simple way to save.

Earn cash back on your groceries with exclusive freebies, healthy offers, and BIG savings on your favorite brands.

There’s nothing to clip or print. Link deals to your store loyalty cards or submit a picture of your receipt to earn money in your SavingStar account. Save 20% on a fruit or vegetable every week.

Get a free product every Friday-Sunday.

And, get new deals on your favorite brands every week. You can cash out to your bank account, PayPal, or to a gift card.

SavingStar now works at over 60,000 stores nationwide.

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Everyone, please feel free to post below about your own experiences using rebates to save money!



Ground Insects Used To Dye Food And Drinks

In today’s health conscious society, many consumers have became avid label readers of the products they purchase, especially food products. For someone suffering from high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other health problems, knowing which products to avoid or limit can help restore them to a better state of health. But, simply checking a label for fat or sodium content may not be enough, you may also want to check to see if the product contains ground up bugs!

Food Dye Made From Ground Insects

The cochineal (Dactylopius coccus)

Although it is not widely known, companies have been using a dye made from insects in many different types of products, including food, for many years. These insects, Dactylopius coccus, live on cacti and are native to South and North America. Commonly known as cochineal, these scale insects are less than one-quarter inch long and have flat, oval shaped bodies. The dye is the result of the carminic acid that is produced by the insect as a natural repellent for other insect predators. It is derived from the female cochineal and from the eggs.

Collecting Cochineal
Collecting Cochineal

Cochineal dye has ancient origins, being used by both the Mayans and the Aztecs as a textile dye as far back as the 10th century.

By the 17th century, cochineal was exported around the world and became a commodity that was considered as valuable as silver and gold.

The deep, vibrant colored textiles produced by the dye were even highly sought after by royalty.

But, with the introduction of artificial dyes that were easier and less expensive to produce, the demand for cochineal dye fell sharply.

However, the industry is thriving again after the discovery of the carcinogenic properties found in many of the artificial dyes.

While the thought of crushed bugs adding color to the foods we eat may not be pleasant, it could be considered a better alternative than artificial dyes.

Synthetic dyes like Red No. 40 and Red No. 2 are derived from byproducts of petroleum and coal and pose a much more serious health risk than natural dye derived from crushed bugs.

The Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus)
The Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus)

In 1998, a consumer advocacy group, The Center for Science in Public Interest (CSPI), urged the Food and Drug Administration to either ban the dye or to pass regulation requiring companies to list cochineal dye in the ingredient section of the label.

After more than a decade, the FDA finally passed a regulation that required companies to include the dye by name on the ingredient list of all food and cosmetic products containing cochineal in 2009.

And, in 2006 the FDA announced they would do a separate review of ingredient lists on prescription drugs that contain dyes derived from cochineal.

Understandably, manufacturers were strongly opposed to including “insect-based coloring or dye” on their labels. So, the FDA allowed them to simply add “cochineal extract” or “carmine”, a purer dye created through a different process. Although those are the two most commonly used phrases for the coloring it may also be listed as:

  • Natural Red 4
  • Crimson Lake
  • E120
  • Carminic Acid

Prior to 2009, this dye made from powdered bugs was simply listed as “natural and artificial coloring” or “artificial coloring.”

The Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus)
The Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus)

Insect Food Dyes – Health Risks?

While the idea of crushed bugs in your favorite foods and drinks may not be appetizing, the bigger concern for many is the health risks.

In an effort to protect consumers, the CSPI also requested that companies be required to state that “”carmine may cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock and that it is derived from insects. The FDA declined this request stating that they had “found no evidence of a significant hazard to the general population.”

Despite the FDA’s claim, the CSPI states that the dye has been linked to “dozens of cases of anaphylactic shock and near-death.”

May Vegetarians And Vegans Consume Insects?

Along with a large number of general consumers, some people are opposed to cochineal food colorants due to lifestyle choices or religious beliefs. Many vegetarians and vegans consider the additive to be “non-vegan” because it is derived from insects.

Insects In Food Kosher?

And, while some suppliers literally claim to have a “Kosher Certificate”, a colorant made from insects simply cannot be kosher! Over the last few years, grievances from these communities have helped to bring this subject to the public’s attention.

How Wide Spread Are Cochineal Dyes In Products We Use Everyday?

So, how wide spread is the use of cochineal dyes in the products we use everyday?

As of now there isn’t a complete list of every product that uses this natural dye, but it’s sure to reach into the thousands. Not only is it used in the food industry, it’s also used in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Pharmaceutical companies use the dye to color everything from pills to ointments. And, cosmetic companies use it in a variety of products including lipsticks, blushes, rouge and face powder. It can even be found in body care products such as shampoo, soap and lotions.

Even with it’s use in other industries, the main industries consumers are concerned about is it’s use in the food industry. It is fairly certain that at one time or another, maybe even on a regular basis, each and every consumer has eaten products containing dye made from crushed bugs. It’s in such a wide range of food products that there is little chance of avoiding every food that contains cochineal.

Two of the most prominent yogurt manufactures, Yoplait and Dannon, both use cochineal or carmine in their products. It can be found in chewing gum, candy, popsicles and ice cream. Some manufacturers add it to frozen meat and fish and it can even be found in sausage. Jellies, jams, marmalades, syrups, canned fruits, ketchup, canned soups, gelatin, cake icings, dry mixes, cereal and bakery products are among the limitless number of items whose colors are enhanced with cochineal.

Drinks Colored With Cochineal Dye

Foods aren’t the only products that contain this controversial dye, it is also used in many drinks.

Any pre-made drink or powdered drink mix that is red almost certainly contains cochineal. These include milk based beverages, energy drinks, soft drinks, fruit drinks and even some alcoholic drinks. But, while the most common color of products containing cochineal is red, it can also be different shades of pinks or purple depending on how the colorant is processed.

Some companies like Starbucks have already stopped using cochineal, while other like Dannon have announced they will continue to use the coloring in their products.

The bottom line is that it is up to you as a consumer to decide if you would prefer to use products with an insect based dye or with synthetic dyes.

Connie Corder
Connie Corder

“You now have another good reason to read ingredient labels and weigh the options.

While the idea of consuming products with insect based colors definitely isn’t appetizing, it may be a much safer alternative to the health risks of synthetic ones.”

Written by Connie Corder, Copyright All Rights Reserved



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