I have always been the type to want to give, but at the same time, I don’t have a lot to give monetarily. As a stay at home mom with a family of four and a husband with our only source of income, we have a tight budget as you can imagine. This doesn’t change the fact of me still wanting to give what I can to those less fortunate. Homeless shelters are always in need of items for their residents and generally, they get items by either purchasing the stuff out of their own pockets or they rely on the donations. As a blogger of free samples, I come into contact with a bunch of products that I won’t even use. Why do I sign up then? Well for one, I like to have photos to prove you can get products for free; but the even bigger reason is that even though I won’t use them, I will donate them to a local church who then donates it to a homeless shelter.
I’ve been blogging about free samples since 2008 then started doing product reviews in 2010. There are many products I’ve come into contact with that I love, but that’s not always the case. I’ve had products sent for review that work great, but just aren’t for me. I’ve also had products I just flat out didn’t care for. This doesn’t mean I want them to go to waste though. That’s what made the light go off in my head – Why not donate these items to those in need? It would resolve the issue of keeping unwanted items or just tossing away items that were perfectly good and at the same time they would be helping someone out who could appreciate them. So my venture to donating for free began.
What exactly do I donate? I donate anything that is unopened and unused. I’ve donated baby formula, shampoo/conditioner samples, cleaning products, toothpaste samples, toothbrushes, razors, feminine products, etc. The list could go on. I don’t just donate the free stuff I receive in the mail; I also donate items I purchase for free from using coupons when I shop. For instance, when I shop at Walmart there’s generally been great coupon matchups for disposable razors that I can get for free or even better, free with overage. Well, I have a box full of razors and continue to get more. Rather than keeping all of them – I donate a portion of those. I do the same with full-sized shampoo bottles and body washes as well. The church I donate to actually loves that because they use little travel bottles and fill them up to hand out to their homeless residents.
As you can see, I make some nice donations at no expense to me. While it’s not always a lot, it’s always appreciated. The best part is you don’t have to limit yourself to donate to homeless shelters. You can donate to any charity, military troops, etc. by doing the same thing – using free samples. Don’t let the idea that you need money to help someone in need fill your brain because that’s simply not true. A little bit goes a long way and you never know how much a little bottle of lotion or a stick of chapstick could mean to someone who has little to nothing.