Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Brandsampler Offer

Dear Diary
Brandsampler is offering free samples once again so if you want in on these ya better hurry. I regularly get these samples and they are great. Many of them are travel size so great for taking along on a holiday. Or with the holidays coming up you could gift them and use them as stocking stuffers. Many of the samples also come with coupons so that's another bonus. And these samples are also a way to try out new products for free.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

P & G Brandsaver Free Samples

Dear Diary,
Brandsaver is doing it again and by doing it I mean giving away free samples. And by the way these samples are simply awesome! So what are you waiting for; get em while they last.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Free Stayfree Ultra Thin 18 count & more

Dear Diary,
I bet you're starting to wonder if I'm still alive and kicking, right? Well I am! Just finding it hard these days to talk to you on a regular basis. But I'm here today with an offer you just can't pass up. Right now at there's a coupon to be had for a free pack of Stayfree; yes you heard me right a free pack. And while you're there you can pick up some other coupons as well.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Multiplication Factor & Frugal Transportation

Dear Diary,
I just biked home from the gym and of course I cycled there as well this morning. I've been doing this for quite some time now, since the weather has been ideal for cycling. In the winter and on really rainy & stormy days I do take the bus, but each day I cycle I end up saving myself roughly $4 for each 2 way trip. And I kind of like that. Since I generally go to the gym 3x per week, that's about $12 in savings if I cycle. I know that $2 for each bus ride is not a lot, but when you get into multiplying, it sure adds up pretty quickly. And if I end up cycling for roughly 8 months of the year, that's a savings of approximately $384 per year. You see what I'm getting at? Those $2 turn into several dollars over the course of a year! I'm not suggesting you should ride a bike or do anything like that, but I just wanted to make you aware of how spending a couple of bucks here and there really adds up. And if you find you are short on money, you might want to look into where you're spending your hard earned cash here and there and everywhere. And if you want to ride your bike, by all means go for it. It's not only frugal it's healthy too! And good health is something that's important to me. But more on that subject at a later date!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Free Tylenol Rapid Release from Living Well

Dear Diary,
I don't believe I told you that I went camping for a few days and it was a lot of fun. I had no hydro and kind of missed my connection to my online life, but being absent from it kind gave me a much needed break from it at the same time if that makes any sense to you. Now I'm feeling all refreshed and viewing things a little differently. Little breaks tend to do that you know, well at least for me they do. Oh and by the way, camping is a fairly frugal way to give yourself a little break from Life you know! Anyhow I digress. If you're a Tylenol user, Living Well is currently offering free samples of Tylenol Rapid Release. But if you want some you better hurry, cause supplies are limited.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

More Free Samples for Men

Dear Diary,
Did ya know that BrandSaver now has samples just for men? Not that I'm a guy mind you, but there are guys in my life so I did send for this one. And by the way, the samples from BrandSaver are usually pretty awesome! So what are you waiting for, get outta here and sign up before they're gone.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Neutrogena Sample for Men

Dear Diary,
Once again not much time to chat but here's an offer you can't refuse! Another Living Well offer but hurry cause when they run they run out! And by the way it's for men; and it's a Neutrogena men's triple protect face lotion with spf 20.
gotta run

Monday, June 7, 2010

Free Sample of Reactine

Good Morning Dear Diary,
Not too much time to chat cause I'm off to the gym for most of the morning. It will be a morning of Fusion Flow, Calisthenics, Elliptical & Weight Training! But anyhow the reason I'm chatting is because there is a free sample of Reactine from Living Well available for a limited time. So if you or someone in your family suffers from allergies whether seasonal or year round, you may want to order this one before it runs out. I know in our family there are a few seasonal allergy sufferers and unfortunately I happen to be one of them. Although I prefer to take the natural route when it comes to treating allergies and I'd rather not take anything for it, there are times when I just gotta take something. And allergy meds can get expensive especially if there is more than 1 sufferer in the family. So I'd jump on this one if I were you cause in my books free is good!

Free Sample of

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Plant a tree & a chance to win

Dear Diary,
Thought I would take a moment of my busy day to tell you about something before it's too late. But before I do, just wanted to put a thought in your head. Did you ever think that being frugal is also good for the environment? Well it is, cause when you're frugal or cheap as some may call you (but for the record, I definitely wouldn't call myself cheap) you tend to reuse and recycle things to get more mileage out of them and you also tend to pay attention to your utility usage. So by being frugal you're also looking after the environment and that is a good thing! Speaking of good things, the folks at Jamieson Vitamins are planting trees and giving away a weekly vitamin pack to someone who shares their tree planting story with them. I should know cause I recently won an awesome vitamin pack from them. This offer is ending soon but even if you don't win the weekly vitamin pack, I believe everyone wins when trees are planted. By the way you can also like them on Facebook and I believe a vitamin pack will be given away there as well.
gotta run

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Free Tylenol Arthritis Pain Sample

Dear Diary,
If you suffer from arthritis or arthritis type pain you might want to check out Living Well's sample offer. But hurry is all I can say!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Myoflex Pain Patch Free

Dear Diary,
I know I've been ahem absent lately, but blame it on my spasming back pain! And thankfully I just found something I hope will help it; an offer for a free Myoflex pain patch! Hope this one comes quickly cause I need it now!

Free Cereal Limited Supply

Good Morning Dear Diary,
It's not only time for breakfast but a free breakfast if you hurry! But to get your free breakfast which is a box of multi-grain cheerios ya gotta like them on facebook. It works for me; how about you?
Have a Great Day

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Free All Bran Bar

Dear Diary,
I'm loving Kellogg's All Bran Bars and today especially cause they're giving some away for free and coupons as well. Well what are you waiting for, go ahead and get one before they're all gone!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Free Veet sample

Dear Diary,
This is the time of year where we start showing a little more skin. The weather's getting warmer and we're digging out those shorts and in some cases mini skirts. If that's what's happening with your wardrobe, you might want to try ordering a free Veet sample kit. Get one while they last and don't blame me if you missed out and have some hairy legs to show for it!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blame it all on Twitter & Free 4 Gals

Dear Diary,
If you've been wondering why I've been neglecting you, you can blame it on Twitter. You see one thing about Twitter is that it's a happening place and it's interactive and you dear diary are not. You never answer me or say what you have to say, so frankly kind a getting tired of these one way conversations if you know what I mean. And to be honest, I'm not even sure, if you take any of my advice, which does take time to tell you by the way. Life is short and time is precious, so if I'm not here, you will find me on Twitter @dmhaen.
But don't worry, I'm not throwing in the towel yet and I will come and chat with you from time to time even though like I said, our conversations are one way ahem. By the way here's another freebie if you're a gal that is; you won't be needing this if you're a guy. It's a new Kotex product and the sample is being offered by Walmart Canada.
And like I said if you're missing me when I'm not here, you can always catch me on Twitter @dmhaen

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Good Things Come in Three's; need I say more!

Dear Diary,
Like I said good things come in three's. And this is no April Fool's joke!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Free L'Oreal Samples

Dear Diary,
Ahem, please pardon my absence, it's not like I didn't want to talk to you. It's nothing like that. But perhaps what I tell you will make up for my absence. But probably only if you're a female that is. L'Oreal Canada is offering a free sample of a new product called Go 360 Clean. So why not register on their site and try it out for free. And while you're there, there are a couple of other free samples you can get as well.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Living Well New Splenda Flavours for Coffee

Dear Diary,
Another free offer from Living Well coming up sometime today; probably this morning. It's not up yet but it will be and when it is, the free samples will go quickly. Trust me!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bzzing About Danone DanActive

Good Morning Dear Diary,
I was supposed to be off to my housekeeping gig this morning but that changed; well that's life I guess. So here I am blogging away. But this morning I'm gonna blog & bzz at the same time.
If you've been following me you know I'm a BzzAgent and if you haven't well I guess I'm telling you something new. Anyhow as a BzzAgent I get the opportunity to try new products and Bzz about them.
This time around I was given the chance to Bzz about Danone DanActive which is a probiotic drinkable yogurt. What's different about this drinkable yogurt is that it contains active probiotic culture which helps to strengthen your body's natural defenses against the nasty bugs that are lingering out there. In fact there are 10 billion friendly bacteria in each and every bottle, so drinking this stuff is a good way to help your body fight against the harmful stuff that's out there.
But the best part about this yogurt drink is that it tastes good and it's a convenient way to have a healthy snack. Great for packing in kids & adult lunches, or for a snack on the run. And the flavours are yummy too; cranberry & raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, blueberry & strawberry, and pomegranate berry & blueberry. And if you're wondering about calories; each bottle contains 80 calories and less than 2 % fat per portion.
As a BzzAgent, I was given coupons to hand out to family & friends. But I can't really give you any Dear Diary, cause that would mean I have to send them to you and that wouldn't be very frugal now would it. But I can give you something and that something is a chance to win a year's supply of DanActive. All you have to do for this chance to win is post a comment on this blog and then email me for a pin code (while supplies last). When you get the pin code, you can enter the contest at There is a limit of 1 entry per person and you can enter up until May 30, 2010.
Well enough said,

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Free Ocean Spray Shopping Bag

Dear Diary,
You know those reusable shopping bags that everyone is using these days cause it's good for our planet Earth and cause who wants to pay for shopping bags after all. Well there is a free offer floating around the Internet space at Ocean Spray in fact and you can sign up to get a free one. After all you never can have enough shopping bags.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Another Living Well Trial Offer Band-Aid

Dear Diary,
You never know when you might need a Band-Aid right? Hurry and get one free; another free trial offer from Living Well.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Marble Slab Creamery Marble Mail

Dear Diary,
Do you like ice cream? I sure do though I can't have any right now cause I'm giving up sweet treats and chocolate for 40 days. So I'll have to wait. Anyhow a new ice cream parlour opened up in my neck of the woods not too long ago, called Marble Slab Creamery I've heard their ice cream is to die for although honestly I haven't been there yet. It is on my "Bucket List", once my 40 days have passed. Anyhow on Twitter I came across this Tweet from MSC Marble Slab Creamery and you can sign up for their Marble Mail. I imagine they'll have special offers and maybe even coupons for their newsletter members. So if you're a fan of this place and even if you're not yet a fan, you might want to check it out. I did!
Even though I'm frugal I still enjoy an ice cream now and again.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Free Movie, Scene Card & Twitter wins

Dear Diary,
I went to the movies the other night and let me tell you that doesn't happen very often around here. Going to the movies just isn't a frugal thing unless you get to go for free. Well that's exactly what happened. You see we have this scene card and it's a good thing to have if you like to go to movies. We've seen a few movies for free because of having this card. Well this week Scene members could go and see The Hangover for free which we did and they also gave us free popcorn. With the card you accumulate points when you go to movies so you can eventually see a movie for free and you also get a discount on concession purchases. So why not check it out? If you really like to go to the movies, this is the card to have!
Enough of that!
This week I won a couple of prizes through Twitter ; a Benefit Crescent Row Eau de Toilette from @slicedotca & a Liberte prize from @naturallysavvy
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine myself twittering & tweeting but here I am doing just that. Twitter is pretty amazing and offers a wealth of knowledge on pretty much anything and that's where it's at.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Free Join the Dolphin Club

Dear Diary,
Just came back from getting my hair cut & highlighted. I know, I know that wasn't the most frugal thing to do but like I said I'm Almost Always Frugal and this is one area where I sometimes miss the boat. But I did walk there & back instead of taking the bus so frugal does come into the equation. So I ended up with some Free exercise and picked up a coin/bottle or two along the way.
Anyway, I'm here to tell you about the Dolphin Club . If you sign up for their club you can get a free Dolphin Bath Glove & more??? Not sure what I'm going to do with a Dolphin Bath Glove but I'm sure someone in the family will appreciate it.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Free Biore Nose Strip

Dear Diary,
You know I love trying products for free. And that's cuz if I don't like it at least I didn't lose any money on it. And if I do like, I'll purchase it in the future. Well today I want to tell you about a free offer for a Biore Nose Strip. It's supposed to deep clean your pores. So why not try it, you might even like it. But if you want to try it for free, there are only 10,000 available. That might seem like a lot but really it's not, not when it's offered on the Internet.
Happy Pore Cleansing

Friday, February 5, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Twittering & Twitter win

Dear Diary,
Don't know if I told you this, but I've gotten into twittering and following tweets. And believe it or not there are contests you can enter on Twitter so of course this is something I just had to do. At first I wasn't even sure I was twittering correctly and sometimes I'm still not sure if I'm doing it right. Who knows where my tweets are going and who on earth I'm twittering. Well I haven't gotten arrested yet so that's a good thing. And I must be doing something right some of the time, cause yesterday I received my first Twitter win in the mail. It was a Frommer's Travel Guide to Vancouver & Whistler just in time for the winter Olympics. Too bad I'm unable to attend and make use of this guide. Maybe next time. But I do know someone who's going. Gonna loan it to him and just maybe he might by chance get to meet some Olympic athletes who could autograph my book. Ya never know.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Free Splenda sample

Dear Diary,
Want to try something new in your coffee. Well check out Splenda and then get a free sample offer. But hurry before they're gone.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I'm on a Mission to get things done...

Dear Diary,
I'm on a Mission so God help me and all those I live with.
On Saturday January 30, 2010 after I participated in a walk to
support Haiti "A Penny for your thoughts, a Quarter for the Cause" was
born. (It may have happened after a few glasses of wine but that's beside the point)
I'm a Hamiltonian supporting Gord Pauls of the Runners Den, on his
Quest to complete a Triple Ironman for Haiti.
My Mission: I will provide a link to your website on my blog and/or
will blog about your business/service or even a blog you provide in
return for a tiny contribution of 26 cents. (hence a penny for your
thoughts a quarter for the cause)
To raise 37000 cents/$370.00 to sponsor 1 km of Gord Pauls Triple
Ironman in support of micro-credit in Haiti Please see
Why contribute/advertise?
ALL monies raised (regardless if my goal has been met/not met or
exceeded) will go directly to Gord Pauls to support micro-credit in
An opportunity to have your website viewed by many more Internet users
locally, across Canada & world-wide.
An opportunity to have a short write-up about your
business/service/blog/ whatever on my blog.
All contributions will be accepted even those not requesting links.
Links, provided they remain active, will be posted on my blog until
the end of the year 2010 and potentially could remain longer.
I reserve the right to refuse to blog about/post links which are
deemed offensive, vulgar, obscene, contain adult content,
inappropriate language, copyrighted material etc.
Links which are found to contain the above mentioned content will be
removed and you may or may not be contacted at my discretion.
Links will be posted according to the highest paying contributors and
I will do my best to get them up as soon as I receive your information
and payment.
How you can contribute:
1 via regular mail or you can drop off in person (email me for my
mailing address)
2 personal checks from within Canada or a Canadian money order
3 via PayPal (Personal Direct Transfers only) (to avoid any added
charges) (email me for PayPal address)
How Can You Be Assured your contributions are going to this cause?
You'll just have to trust me on that one!
But I intend to present Gord Pauls personally with a check containing
every cent that has been contributed. And I will have a photo taken of
this event and posted on my blog as soon as this happens
P.S. And I'm only requesting 26 cents cause I am Almost Always Frugal after all.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Help I Need Somebody

Dear Diary, I need some help and I hope you can help me.

Did a walk today to raise funds for Haiti and I'm all pumped to raise more funds.

The individuals who organized the walk/run have been involved with raising funds for Haiti for several years now and have been to Haiti themselves to help Haitians. ( I know them personally)
Here's a link that I want to promote on my frugal blog: ( Gord Pauls is doing a triple Ironman in support of Haiti)
My plan is to raise only $370 to sponsor 1km of his route. His total route is 678km.

I have some ideas and I'm thinking of posting links to websites/blogs on my blog for a donation of 26 cents; A Penny for your thoughts and a Quarter for the Cause. ( You can send me your thoughts/links as long as they're decent and legit and I'll post them for the cost of 26 cents.) ( and to be honest I'm not even sure how I can collect 26 cents ... really need some help with this one )
Any ideas/thoughts are greatly appreciated cause I'm so green when it comes to fund raising.
Really appreciate any help you can give.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

2010 Winnings

Dear Diary,
I think I told you before that I like to enter contests. As a matter of fact contesting has become a new addiction of mine (to add to my exercise addiction and chocolate addiction and wine addiction LOL) Well so far in 2010 my contesting addiction has been paying off in some small ways. No really big wins mind you but some small ones. Here's my list of winnings for the month of January: $100 from Your Night on the Town, a Heart Truth Signature Scarf, 2 591 ml bottles of a Coca-Cola product, 1000 i-coke coins, a FPC (free product coupon) for Vaseline Sheer Infusion, a Frommer's Vancouver Travel Guide and 2 Dempsters Tortilla Warmers (shown at right) which showed up by surprise at my door. Oh and ds aka darling son won a $50 loaded credit card from a Fruit Loops contest.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Living Well Zantac Trial Offer

Dear Diary,
Living Well is doing it again; that is offering a free trial sample of a product. And this time it's Zantac which is a medication for preventing & relieving heartburn. But if you never have heartburn you're probably not interested in this offer. But I just had to tell you anyway. Even if you never get heartburn, you never know when it might happen. By the way if you want to try this stuff for free, you better hurry or deal with your heartburn on your own.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Metro & Sunlight Buy 1 Get 1 Free

Dear Diary,
If i were you I would head out to Metro this week and purchase some of their Sunlight laundry detergent, but that's just me. They were selling their Sunlight detergent as buy 1 get 1 free; not sure of all the types that were available cause I was just interested in the Sunlight Green Clean stuff. Anyhow with this sale, this stuff was selling at a great price but if you happen to have coupons for this stuff of course that makes it even better. Of course I had coupons; one for $2 off and several more for $1.50 off. Planning on going back and getting more to stock up. And by the way they had many more deals at the buy 1 get 1 free price, if you're interested.

Oh by the way forgot to mention that on some of the bottles there is a try me free sticky thing attached so basically you can send away to get your money back on the purchase of 1 bottle!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ikea Shopping & Baggie Drying Rack

Dear Diary,
Went to Ikea yesterday cause I just had to use my $20 coupon that I got when we bought our Christmas tree in December. I know I know I had to spend $75 at Ikea in order to get my $20 back that I spent on my Christmas tree, but there are always things I need at Ikea especially this time of year. And the stuff I bought is all useful stuff; like a new curtain for our new patio door (which is coming soon) to replace the blinds which have hung on the old door for 20 plus years, so time for a change ; 1 pack of plastic clothespins, one can never have enough clothespins; 2 packs of halogen light bulbs for an Ikea fixture, 1 garlic press cause we broke ours just before Christmas and by the way we eat lots of garlic,keeps the vampires away you know; 1 cheese grater cause 17 year old teenage ds is stocking up on supplies for when he moves out lol and 1 Octopus drying rack which I simply love and might consider buying more.
So in total before taxes I spent $77.69 (needed to spend $75 to get the $20 back) and basically got our Christmas tree for free and got lots of useful stuff.
Anyhow going back to my drying rack; it was on sale for $3.99 and when I bought it I was considering using it outdoors on my clothesline to hang small laundry items. But when I came home I realized I could use it to hang dry my baggies indoors as well. I've always had a problem with how to dry my never ending baggie supply and now I resolved it ; gotta love it! Might just go back to Ikea and get another. ( I know you can probably get these cheaper at a dollar store but I'm in love with my Octopus one and bottom line is if I like it I'm probably gonna use it. But I'm sure you get the drift. By the way they had green ones as well as the blue ones.
P.S And no I didn't make it to Old Navy this weekend but to be honest I really didn't need anything; got my upcoming birthday gifts covered thanks to winnings & gift card wins and Boxing Week sales.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Free Kashi Cereal Sample

Dear Diary,
Have you ever tried Kashi Cereal; well if you haven't or even if you have here's your chance to try a sample for free. There are 2 kinds to choose from.


Old Navy Sale 50 % Off Clearance

Dear Diary,
Did ya know that Old Navy is having a big sale and it starts today. Make sure you get there soon for the best selection. And by the way go here first to print off some coupons for some added savings. The coupons can be used even on clearance merchandise but they can be tricky to find; you may have to jump some hoops to get them lol! No really getting the coupons is all about clicking on things or moving things around.
Kind of sad that I'm not at Old Navy right now but maybe later if I convince dh to take me, yeah right!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Free Clorox Greenworks Sample

Dear Diary,
Do you like to clean? Well if you do I've got an offer you just can't refuse. It's for a free sample of a Clorox Greenworks product and you get to pick which one you want.
And a good thing about these products is that they're better for the environment. Why not give it a try!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kelseys Free Chicken Wings

Dear Diary,
Just wondering if you like chicken wings. Well if you, do to celebrate 30 years of wings, Kelseys is offering free wings on January 21 after 4 p.m. Limit of 1 pound or 8 wings per person. Sounds like a free meal to me. Oh by the way this offer is for dine-in only at Canadian locations.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Free Olympic Journal

Dear Diary,
Not much time to talk but just had to share this with you. Reserve a free Vancouver Olympic Journal while they last, and by the way this is not just a Canadian offer.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Brandsaver tomorrow January 6 2010

Dear Diary,
The last time we talked, I told you about all the wonderful coupons I used this past year. Well just totaled my coupon use up and in fact I used $1382.74 worth of coupons in 2009 and just so you now many of those coupons I used provided me with free stuff or nearly free stuff. You see I don't use coupons at any given time; generally speaking, I save them and combine them with a good sale for better value. And I don't use coupons for stuff I can't use or give away to someone I know has a use for a specific product. Some may argue that the coupons that are out there, are generally for more expensive name brands and that there are better deals to be had by purchasing store brand or no name or cheaper brand name products. While I do tend to agree, I often have purchased brand name products for less than no name or store brand simply by combining coupons with sales. And I do this on a regular basis; just ask my dh. I do have to admit though that sourcing out great sales and combining my coupons takes a bit of work and some people can't be bothered with this. Oh well it's there loss and not mine.
Speaking of coupons Brandsaver will be offering a bunch of them tomorrow. Better get em while they last.