Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Saving Money On Products Part 1- Be a Tester

It can be really expensive just trying to find products you like. Especially in the green industy. More so if you aren't even sure if you want that a product and that's why you are trying it out. And especially so if you want a good quality natural product. The prices can really rack up quickly when you are trying different products to find what you like. Luckily you can get to a try a lot of great products, for realativly low cost or even free by being a tester.

When I was wanting to try longies for cloth diaper covers for my son I got some free for shipping because he was the right size for some tester longies a work at home mom on diaperswappers.com needed someone to try out.

When Natures Baby Organics was testing it's bubble bath I got to try it out for free as a tester (it is fabulous by the way- http://www.naturesbabyproducts.com/bubblebath.html).

Friday I recieved a Drybees diaper to test for colorfastness. This diaper is actually the most beautiful diaper I have ever owned. It reminds me of an evergreen forest at sunset. Absolutely amazing colors, the picture does even start to do it justice.

Now, being a tester is a lot easier then finding out about products that need to be tested. Sometimes these oppertunities come knocking- and that is honestly how I have been a tester for the above except for the longies which I did go looking for in the diaperswappers wahm forum. However more often they will pass you by without ever stopping and you'll never know the oppertunity was there. So if you are interested in being a tester talk to the companies you are interested in testing products for. If you are wanting to try a new kind of product, go searching for a testing oppertunity. Email the companies or work at home owners. Ask them about being a tester. Tell them you are interested in their products, but just aren't sure yet so would appreciate the oppertunity to test out a similar product should the need arise for them.

Talk to friends and family too, or post about it online in a community you are active in. Just the other day I saw a mom posting about wanting to try out homemade natural soap from a wahm but not having the $$$. Now I am not a wahm anymore, although I have sold my soap in the past. But I pm'd her and am going to send her ffs a few of my complexion bars and some homemade bars of soap so she can try out homemade soap. If she hadn't meantioned that desire in a post she probably wouldn't be any closer to trying out homemade soap then she was earlier this week, instead of days away.

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I'm a semi crunchy stay at home wife and mama of two boys. Extend Breastfeed, Cloth diaper, Cosleep, Babywear, Homeschool, Homebirth. My sons and I have some serious health concerns (allergies, growth hormone, kidney, lung, spine, etc...). We didn't realize they were genetic (or I had) until after Trace's birth. Tristian had some big medical and possibly/probably autism related delays in early childhood but also taught himself to read at 2yrs and started on math equations at 4yrs. Trace is bit delayed across the board by about 6 months, but as he's 1yr+ behind in height... it's not very noticable ;-) Trace is very musical and hands on. With plenty of common sense, love, good doctors and faith we are doing wonderfully!

This wonderful chapter in my life of discovering the green subculture has (mostly) ended. Living green on a budget has changed from the thrill of discovery to habit. This blog remains in rememberance- with occasionally crossover posting. I hope you join me- the same green mama on a budget, in a new blog celebrating life's daily experiences- LIFE O'KAY http://lifeokay.blogspot.com/ Still lots of crafts & crunchiness- with even more sweet family moments.

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