Thrifty Tip: Storing Your Freebies

by - Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Over the past year, I've gotten tons of freebies and had to find somewhere to put them without becoming a hoarder. So I came up with a system that works for me. I loved the idea of keeping freebies around our home without people actually knowing how I got them (makes for good conversation when you can point around the room at all your free stuff.)

Here's how I organize my goodies:
  • Coupons and magazines go straight to the coupon book and magazine rack.
  • One large decorative box for photo books, extra cards , etc. These are my keepsakes that I can't keep on display right now (the little one would tear them up) but when company comes over, I can pull them out easily.
  • One small decorative box for food samples. Food samples normally expire within 6 months to a year. Having a smaller box helps me to see what I have, what I can use and what needs to go. It's my go to on a rainy day (like today when I needed coffee but didn't feel like brewing...hello Starbucks via instant coffee sample!)
  • One medium decorative box for everything else. Whenever I run out of something, I check here first before running to the store. It's like my own little treasure chest. I love to use these samples when traveling. No llugging around my good bottle or having to buy the trial sizes to travel with. I also have a couple of stocking stuffers too! Trio car, hair clips and more!
I use the decorative boxes only because they were gifts so I put them to use instead of throwing them away. Use whatever you have. Baskets would be nice especially in the bathroom for guests (so they don't use your good stuff lol). Parents with small children might want to consider boxes or something similar since kids love to take everything out of baskets. 

How do you keep up with your freebies?
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