I posted this a few years ago (yup, with a selfie of me using my very first Swiffer Duster), but it's such a good reminder of why coupons work not only for us but also for companies! This morning I used some of the Tide Oxi Clean I'd gotten last week at Target and it worked so well on a comforter that needed a little TLC – that coupon deal got me hooked. 😉 I'd love to hear what you think!
Every once in a while, a well-meaning friend or cashier questions my ethics when I get an item for free using coupons. While I completely understand what they’re asking, I also think they may misunderstand exactly why manufacturers put those coupons & freebies out there.
You see, companies like Colgate, Proctor & Gamble, and General Mills are nice, but they don’t just want to give away their products for free (and my guess is they know exactly how many “free” things they’re giving away with those coupons!) Instead, they’re using a brilliant marketing scheme that works pretty effectively. They’re trusting that if they create a fantastic product, market it to us *penny-pinched* mommas, and we love it, we might actually come back for more.
Guess what? It works! A few weeks ago I received a free sample of Swiffer Dusters that I requested during one of their Facebook giveaways. My four-year-old was so excited when she saw the box in the mail that she opened it within three minutes of the freebie making it through the door, and of course we (immediately!) had to try it out. Do you know what? That product is amazing! I love it!!! In fact, the very next week I went out and bought replacement Swiffer Dusters without a coupon (I accidentally left it the coupon in the car and it was raining outside. . . ), and I will probably use Swiffer dusters in my home forever. So, that little Facebook freebie made a believer out of me.
Now, my goal obviously is to buy those items in the future when they’re on sale and I also have a coupon. But, if they hadn’t sent me that freebie, there’s absolutely no way in the world that I would have tried them out. (Trust me, I’ve been a fan of my free rags for years.) However, since Proctor & Gamble was willing to let me try them out for free, they’ve pretty much guaranteed that I will always purchase them. They created a fantastic product, marketed it to a mom who daily fights dust bunnies, and sure enough,. . . I'll be going back for more.
Seriously – you should try them when dusting your window blinds . . . simply amazing!
Here are a few other items that I really would rather not live without after trying them out for free (or at least really inexpensively . . .)
- Theraflu Daytime or Multi-Symptom (These were free at CVS on Black Friday – my husband will never go without this stuff again because it's been a miracle drug when he's had a cold!)
- Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese (I have a crazy-fast-growing-11-year-old boy. Enough said.)
- Clorox Cleaning Wipes (They make my Motivated Moms bathroom & kitchen sink cleaning a breeze each morning!)
- Schick Intuition Razors (I shared this summer what happened when I purchased cheap razors at Wal-mart after getting used to the good stuff . . . goodness I love nice razors these days!)
- and, of course . . . any Swiffer products!
Are there any items that you've tried out using coupons that you probably wouldn't have tried had you not gotten a deal on them? Please leave a comment to share . . . because I'd love to try them out too! 🙂
And by the way, I caught my hubby cleaning the ceiling molding in our kitchen with that Swiffer duster the other day after watching me show him how well they work. Any product that gets him up & cleaning is my kind of product!
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