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Guest Post By Angela from Saving Your Sense and Cents!

We all know that part of what is so great about all the freebies we sign up for, is getting something fun in the mail. So wouldn’t it be nice to get little surprise freebies and stay in touch with friends at the same time? Well, that is exactly what a few friends and I do! Just get a couple friends on board and arrange an exchange. The idea is to randomly send each other small, inexpensive items along with a short note or card.

I exchange with three friends, by doing it this way, each friend is receiving a surprise from me about every third month and in return, I am receiving “fun mail” back almost monthly because I am receiving it from three different people. Plus, in this age of text messaging and email, it is nice to get a note in your actual mailbox. It is a fun challenge to think outside the box sometimes for these exchanges. Here are a few ideas I have both sent and received to get you started:

Lip gloss (I got the one pictured on sale for 75% off, plus had coupons!)
Free product coupons
Jewelry (Bracelets Pictured)
Seed packets (Flowers, Veggies, or Herbs)
Funny sticker sheets
Books (After finishing a book, if we think a friend would like it, we send it over. After we both have read it, we call to discuss what we thought of it.)
Funny refrigerator magnets
Seasonal clearance items
Bath bombs (These are around $3 for a three pack at Walmart. They are individually wrapped so you could buy one package and divide it up amongst three friends!)
Pocket Bac (from Bath & Body Works)
Favorite candy bar (I suggest this in cooler weather!)
Funny or cute cookie cutter along with favorite recipe
Any freebie we get and think a friend would appreciate more
Bookmark (You can buy one or make your own.)
Picture (One of my friends rode in a parade and I snapped a great pic of her!)
Cute or funny socks

We usually include a note or card which can either be store bought (Several stores have a 2/$0.99 section) or homemade like the one I made to hold a seed packet pictured below. Just have fun with it!

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Comments 127

  1. Maggie

    This is an AMAZING idea! Plus, not only do u get mail goodies and cute little freebies, you can make some life long friends!

  2. unikorn28

    This would be awesome. I’m 38 and in Northern California. I would love to be included.

  3. Lori

    I’m in if anyone organizes this. Sounds like a lot of people are interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. angelafabian

    I am SOOOOO interested. I have sooo many samples of great products, fun things, sense of humor items and general mayhem! As a Stay at homer momma, I get sooo excited when my mail comes, this would brighten my day!

  5. April

    Lovvvvvvve to be in a group. Just makes my day when I got to the mailbox and see a little surprise from the mailman. Thanks for suggesting this great idea. Sign me up.

  6. broobs

    This sounds like fun! Count me in =)

  7. Heaven

    If and when this is set up, please include me… Sounds like a great way to make new friends with those who have “Couponing” in common with me. I also have tons of samples to share…

  8. Jackie

    I’d love to do this as well, how fun! Like a pen pal with benefits!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Kelly Lutes

    love it…count me in!

  10. Lindsey

    I’m in too… I am 25 with no kids, so when I come across good things and samples for kiddos I don’t need them. Maybe an exchange would be a good way to share those! limismith AT

    • Zulaika

      Maybe we can do this together. I have kids and I have alot of stuff not intended for children. lol

  11. Coupon Ninja

    Count me in, I LOVE GETTING REAL MAIL [that isn’t bills]
    coupon_ninja AT hotmail DOT com

  12. Lindsey

    Oh, PPS…. I like organizing these kinds of things, so if no one else wants tooo…… I can take email addy’s and get it started!

  13. Anonymous

    nice – its friends with sample benefits ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Mari

    That sounds fun….. Would like to have one of those friends…. Oh and I just wanted to share this …at my CVS there was Revlon blush from $12.99 down to $1.10 plus I had a $1 off coupon… So I bought it for 10ยข….yay ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Adriana

    I would also LOVE to do this. I’m only 21 with no kids but love to coupon and share freebies and little thoughts with anyone who like to share with me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lindsey; If you get this started, shoot me an email (

    • Allison

      Hi Adriana! I’m 20 years old with no kids and also a love for freebies! Maybe we could do a swap?? If you’re interested, shoot me an email!
      greenteafirefly (at) yahoo (dot) com

      • Norma

        ME too pls! I am 23 and have no kids so if we are being placed in categories I would be under “Goodies for those who have no kids” hehe mine is:

    • Lynna

      Hi Adriana, I’m 23 with no kids but love to coupon also!! I would love to join you in this neat exchange, if you’d like. Let me know! Me email is:

      I look forward to hearing from you!

  16. Norma

    I am sooo interested! Count me in. I would also love a coupon buddy if anyone is near the San Antonio area.

  17. Jennifer

    Sounds like fun!

  18. Kelly

    I think this is a great idea!

  19. Danielle

    I would love to do this too! Let me know when things get started. Danigrl1984 @ hotmail (dot) com

  20. wshunsucker

    Sounds like a no brainer. 1000% perfect…..

  21. jdiva

    Sounds like fun, would love to do it – love getting freebies and more than that love sharing with people who are excited about it!

  22. shape

    I would love love love to be a part of this. I am also willing to help in any way I can if there is a need with keeping track or maybe matching people up?

  23. Angela

    This sounds so fun! I don’t do facebook. Please email me if anyone does a swap that doesn’t involve facebook.

  24. Dianna

    Sounds fun to me! I would love to join.
    D_gardenhour (at) yahoo (dot) com

  25. jackie

    im down ! This is awesome!

  26. trailmama

    i would love to join!!! live in madison wi,
    have two kids, 2 and 10! not from WI so would love to meet more like minded couponers ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. tiffany

    i would love to be a part of this!

  28. Tammy

    Would love to join ya If you guys start one up ! I am in Florida ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Pam L.

    Hey, this sounds like alot of fun, i would love to join in.

  30. Autumn

    I’d like to join in too if anyone starts one. akichan84 (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. heatherlovesfred

    i’d love to participate too! i’m in nevada! ๐Ÿ™‚
    email is queenheather66 at

  32. yogi

    count me in – yogzi at ymail dot com

  33. Rachel C.

    Just curious, did anyone ever start any of these? If so, how is it going?

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