Today’s money saving idea that I’d like to share is product testing.
I regularly test shampoos, cosmetics, and baby items for product trials or for magazine review.
This is one to be careful with, though. Often these are advertised in the form of “Try free products!” ads that are nothing other than spammy companies seeking to resell your information.
My advice here is: seek out the source, NOT freeproduct, and do not respond to advertisements. (Though I have seen legit companies advertise their trials and it has been completed with legitimate marketing research companies.)
Basically, you get a free product (and sometimes you get paid) in exchange for your time. You will use the product for a specified period of time, then provide the company with feedback through a survey. Then, you get to either keep it or return it, depending on what the company specifies.
I am a member of Allure magazine’s Beauty Enthusiasts panel, as well as a few others for magazines. Another one is Marie Claire’s Velvet Rope Club. I have tested several beauty products through these opportunities, often before the product has been released.
Treat these opportunities professionally. Respond in complete sentences with few spelling or grammar errors. Respect the company’s confidentiality agreements if you are asked to sign one.
Never pay to participate in a survey or to subscribe to a list that will provide you with opportunities.
Also, do not agree to participate in any survey asking use coupons to receive products for free from Amazon in exchange for a review on Amazon. Amazon is known to shut down accounts that it sees this type of activity.
Do not expect to make a full-time income by doing product testing. This is strictly supplementary. Even if you subscribe to a dozen different ways to find opportunities, there’s no guarantee of being selected to test products on a regular basis.