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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!


Collin founded Hip2Save in 2008 and has over 10 years experience as a deals and lifestyle editor, strategist, and creative copywriter. She is debt-free and has been featured in Parents Magazine, Today.com and MSNBC. Connect with Collin on LinkedIn


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  1. stacy

    thats really neat!! id be penpals with someone here at Hip that would be kinda fun.. when i get stuff for cheap or free i give it to friends.. i put it in a basket they are always like what do you have now! lol… basket of goodies!!!

    • Liz

      Would love to be pals with someone! What a great idea!

    • holly

      this is a great idea! if anyone wants to do this with me send me an email! diehlholly@yahoo.com

    • Brittany

      If you want someone to exchange with I will be willing to do so with you

  2. Lisa Mcdonald

    that sounds like fun.

  3. gatorok

    What a great idea! Would love to be pals with someone.

  4. Sarah

    What a fun idea!

  5. jmartcougar

    I love this idea usually I just give my samples away for my friends to try and they love it lol

  6. tia

    what a great idea…. new to my area so I dont know many people to socialize with… just me and the kiddos most days… lol

  7. CoffeeB

    Maybe we could have a swap here at HIp-2Save? Someone could coordinate it and then have signups?

    • Courtney

      Sounds fun!!!

    • Jaden

      I would totally participate in that! Sounds like fun!

  8. Angela

    Id be willing to trade w people too , keep us informed!!

  9. Jessica

    I was just about to suggest we host one here too. I don’t know too many people, personally, that would like to participate…so I would LOVE to have some friends on here to exchange with 🙂

  10. Jaime

    This sounds like an awesome idea! Would anyone want to exchange with me? I an 25, love beauty products! I always get such great freebies! If amyone wants to start an exchange feel free to email me at jaimgurl85@ aol. Thanks! Ps writing from my phone, sorry about grammer!!

    • RH

      emailed you…but is your email jaimgurl85 or jaimegurl85?? either way email me at couponsrus1 at hotmail I am interested in being trade pals! 🙂

  11. melani

    Ive done this in the past and its so much fun! Id be willing to coordinate this if a lot of people are interested!

    • Brooke

      Hi Melanie,

      I’m interested. My email is brookeandjeromy@yahoo.com. I’m in San Diego and was thinking not only could we send goody packages but perhaps we could also swap coupons while doing so. I have unused coupons I get and if I knew I was penpaling with someone who needed them it would be great to include. Let me know.

  12. Breanne

    Sounds fun, where do I sign up hehe

  13. kelli

    i would so love to do this! I love getting stuff from the free sample offers and would love to give some out to peope!

  14. Jamie

    Whenever I sign up for a freebee, I send one to my brother who lives across the country from me. It started out by sending him things that he would get a kick out of, like beano or cat food. But then I started sending him coupons and free samples that he would actually use, he likes it so much he takes a photo of him with the item and send it to me each time. Now he likes checking his mail as much as I do!

    • tracy

      I do that too! They all thought I was crazy at first but now they call to say thanks. 🙂

      • stacy

        HAHAHA I DO THAT TOO and i address it to a funny first name (and correct last name) so they get it.. they always know its me… 🙂

  15. Katie

    I agree w/ the other comments, let’s try to do one thru here!

  16. kristy

    I would love to exchange with someone tkcrowl@mchsi.com. This sounds like it would be fun

  17. Jackie

    Would love to do this with someone here at hip2save! Anyone interested?

  18. Amy

    This is such a neat idea! What a fun way to stay in touch with people!

  19. Beth

    This sounds like so much fun! Would love to join if someone does get this underway and coordinated! You can email me at indybrown@sbcglobal.net.

  20. Gbates

    You can count me in I would love to do this. I just sent a package to my friend in florida. When she came to visit she was impressed with all the stuff I had and we were making jokes about all the tooth paste and tooth brushes I had so I sent her a box with tooth paste and a tooth brush for everyone in her family. When she got home it was there waiting for her and she had a great laugh and thanked me so much for the package. I love doing things like this it’s great to get free product but you can only use so much of it!!!!! Why just last week I gave my dad and step mom new tooth brushes. My dad was so happy to have one of those Oral B motorized tooth brushes you would have thought he won the lottery! I will share with anyone who is willing maybe we can corrdinate by areas so the shipping is’nt as much. Just a thought. I know when I sent the box to florida (I live in upstate NY) I paid a little more than I wanted too but it made me smile knowing that she was getting a surprise!

  21. hilarycol

    Id do it! I need someone to send my poise pads to;) I get birchbox AND new beauty test tube plus lots off freebies…love to swap!

  22. Leigh

    That Fekkai hair gloss is AMAZING. I’m actually considering buying it even though it’s super pricey. I’ve never seen my hair look as good as when I used up that sample. A little dab goes a long way!

  23. Susan Davis

    This is a great idea! I would love to do it!

  24. Barb

    I would LOVE to swap with other hip2savers. If anyone coordinates this, my email is beejay2908@netzero.com.

  25. Keisha

    I would love to be someone’s swapping buddy. Email is kle0408@hotmail 🙂

  26. Deana

    I would love to join an exchange group as well. Goodies in the mail are great! Sounds like fun!

  27. Olivia

    Awesome idea! Would LOVE to do this 🙂

  28. Sarah

    This would be a lot of fun to do on here! If someone coordinates this, include me please! 🙂

  29. Cole

    Awesome idea! Definitely count me in, I would love to trade!

  30. hilarycol

    My walgreens had a ton of fekkai and bumble and bumble on clearance!

  31. Jen

    I would love to do this as well!

  32. Beth

    I would love to trade with others 🙂

  33. Keisha C.

    I would join as well! 🙂

  34. tizzy

    yesyesyes! i would love this. I’m 18 and live in NorCal I love saving money and samples Email me at calvillotayor@ymail.com if your looking for a penpal

  35. Anna m

    This is such a good idea! Anyone know how much it would cost to sell a handful of goodies?

  36. Courtney

    I want to! If anyone is intrested email me at berrygirl044@yahoo.com! I get a ton of cool freebies

  37. Anonymous

    I would deffinately do this! Count me in if anything gets organized! I am in Texas! 🙂

  38. Collin

    Hey all,

    I am so excited to see that most of you really like this idea and want to take part in it. I am trying to brainstorm on my end about how all of us Hip2Savers can start doing this with one another. If you would like to possibly be a Hip2Save Mailbox Exchange leader (basically coordinating this), please email me so that we can discuss how to make this work! 🙂

    Thanks!

    • gatorok

      Would love to help coordinate!

    • Savingyoursenseandcents

      I am excited they like it too! Thanks for letting me guest post!!!

    • Jessica

      It looks like Melani took the initiative to create a facebook page. I just requested to join. I am definitely interested too 🙂

      jnmheim@hotmail.com

    • Allison

      I think this is a great idea! I’m on a forum where we occasionaly do themed swaps (spring, craft swaps, baking swaps, etc) and basically we all post our likes/dislikes, any allergies, etc, and and then someone pairs us up.

    • melani

      Collin–I created a group (see a few comments above)–and have lots of ideas on how to make it work 🙂

  39. A

    Wouldn’t it be funny if two people sent each other the same exact things?

  40. luna

    I’d like to be in on it too! Tired of junkmail and bills in the mail lol!

  41. hilarycol

    I defacebooked while on the hunt for a job as a new RN, but really want to trade loot!

  42. Venessa

    I’d like to be included too if anyone coordinates anyting : vagado@yahoo.com

  43. Kathryn H.

    I think that this is a great Idea with the pinpals from different states. I know that with each state having different items in there stores, someone can get things from all over the country. I am totally in for the pinpals!! Where do I sign up??

  44. RH

    Awesome idea. Anyone want to trade with me… please email me at couponsrus1 at hotmail . com. I am 29, love beauty stuff, have 2 daughters (one in diapers)….please email! 🙂

  45. Kelly

    I want a new friend, too!! 🙂

  46. April

    I too would love to be Pen Pals with some fellow Hip2Savers. I’m 32 with a 5 year old daughter and live in Northern California. I even met my best friend over 20 years ago via a pen pal connection! Email me at dznymama at hotmail.com

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