How to use/store all those samples you get by mail

 Samples are great, aren’t they? I love opening my mailbox and seeing a box full of samples.  
These free product samples can save you money and let you figure out what products you like before you commit to buying the larger version. This is how I have found brands/products that I love and constantly purchase. 
You can get never get enough free product samples. But sometimes, I get bombarded with so many. Too much for me to use on my own. 
Are you like me and receive TONS of samples and don’t know what to do with all of them? 
Here have compile a list of how to use/store them. 
  • Store them in a basket or box
Use a decorative basket or box and store them on a shelf or under counter
 You probably won’t use them this way, but it’s a good way to store them out of sight. 


  • Store them in a big jar or vase on the bathroom counter. 
You are more likely to use them if they are in view and in reach. 


  • Add a few to the guest bedroom/bathroom. 
How many times have you had family or friends come stay from out of town and they forget their shampoo/conditioner at home? 
  • Pack them when you are traveling. 
It takes up a lot less space in luggage and you don’t have to worry about forgetting that expensive bottle of shampoo or buying new when on vacation. 
  • Use them for gift baskets, stocking stuffers, teacher gifts.
 Use a zipper travel bag and add sample shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, sunscreen, lotion, mouthwash (whatever personal hygiene samples you have on hand) wrap a decorative bow around it with name tag or card. Voila! You have a simple and practical gift! 
  • Use as hand soap
Mix all sample bottles and packets of shampoo and conditioner, with water into a push pump soap dispenser and use as hand soap.  Could do the same with hand lotions.
  • If you have a lot, give them to a woman’s shelter or food bank.  You can even keep some in your purse and give them to the homeless. They will really appreciate it! 
What do you do with samples that you don’t use? 

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  1. I prepare some beautiful theme gift baskets for contests on my forum.

  2. Last year we gave a big container of them to the Food Bank

  3. Some very helpful suggestions! Right now, I have mine in a Ziploc! Now I know what to do with them.

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