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*Expired* Using Freebies During Vacation

by Freebies4Mom on May 16, 2009 7:43 am

This is a guest post by Shannon who blogs at For The Mommas. She has some great money-saving tips for us on getting the most out of our freebies while on vacation.

Tips for using Freebies During the Vacation Season

With the upcoming vacation season upon us, there are many ways to take advantage of the freebies you have accumulated all year long. Whether you are going on a two week vacation by air, sending the children to grandmas or day trips, freebies can be invaluable when it comes to packing light.

1. Use food freebies instead of buying snacks on the plane – No longer are the days of free peanuts and snacks on the plane. With snacks costing up to $4.00 on a plane, sample sized snacks are perfect to take on board. Pack a small lunch bag with an assortment of freebies. If you are traveling by car, these single serving samples are great to hold the kids over in between meal stops. There is less packaging and less mess for you to deal with in the car.

2. Use freebie single use samples to make daily “hygiene” packs – Pack shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and lotion to make daily “hygiene” packets for your child when they are away from home. Your child may not know how much to use or “forget” when they are away from home. Use plastic baggies to sort and label for each day. These are perfect for kids at camp or overnight stays at a friend’s house. Children can also throw away the packaging each day and have less to pack at the end of a stay.

3. Use freebies to create a Layover Emergency Kit – If you are traveling by air, you could experience an unexpected layover. The TSA regulates the amount of liquids you can carry on, but the single use packets and samples are usually well below the regulations. Use a clear Ziploc bag and pack facial wipes, sample sized body wash, baby wipes, deodorant, perfume samples, toothpaste and soaps. This will give you everything you need to freshen up.

4. Save Free Magazines for Summer Reading – Free magazines that you don’t have time to read or that you may have skimmed through make great reading while on an airplane or the beach. I frequently leave my read magazines for the next hotel guest or give to another guest who might want to read.

5. Use trial sized freebies for day trips – Instead of taking along a full sized sun block and hand sanitizer, take advantage of the free after coupon trial sizes. They take up less space and are easier to travel with.

Shannon Shaffer is a mother to one son and resides in the Philadelphia, PA suburbs. Her blog, is about how to be a frugalista and still enjoy life! Her posts range from Goodwill shopping to coupon matchups for grocery stores. Shannon is an accountant converted to full time SAHM and loves to teach others how to be budget savvy and save money.

And don’t miss 10 Tips for Finding Travel Freebies, a guest post by Delicious Baby, my favorite expert on traveling with kids.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

frugalmomma May 19, 2009 at 11:36 am

Fantastic post! We’re heading to San Diego on a road trip this summer, these are great tips :).


Alfred May 19, 2009 at 12:22 am

The number one thing that you should keep in mind when going on a vacation is the available budget that you have. You should also consider your accommodation for the comfort of your family.


Dwana, (SME) Subject Matter Expert of S.O.S May 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm

GREAT Post…I wish I thought of this a couple of weeks ago. Any event, this will be utilized for future trips. You rock!


Stacy May 16, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I love to use the freebies on day trips. They are perfect to toss in my purse for the zoo, the park, the movies, during the warm weather months. They are also great to bring to the pool for snacking.


Heather May 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm

I like taking the sample packs of laundry detergent on vacation when we will be gone so long that we will need to wash a load of clothes. Resorts with laundry facilities charge a lot for detergent. The samples are perfect to pack in your luggage. They are small, light weight, and they are packaged well so they don’t leak.


Anonymous May 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm

I use the freebies samples when we go camping. They are awesome to take to the “public” showers and I just throw them away when done. No lugging wet bottles back to the camper! Thanks for all the Freebies!!!


Beth May 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I think this is great. I incorporate barter into my vacations as well. I do have a lot of freebies, off to round them up for a trip to the mountains. Thanks


Steph May 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

One freebie I absolutely will not forget this year is razors! For all the free razors I have gotten, last time I forgot them and ended up paying $7 for a pack of 12 at the campstore. I told them they could break up the pack and charge more per razor but that didn’t work.


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