It is always great hearing about little success stories of seniors who are improvising and overcoming.
I came across one in a comment on my “Free Adult Diaper Samples” page the other day.
I got a notification that a new comment had been sent in from a subscriber. Here it is…
“I have applied for free samples at a lot of places. You can go directly to the brand, such as TENA, Always, Depends; or, you can go to home delivery suppliers. I have applied at 8 places since yesterday. I also check with Big Lots and Roses. Big Lots does not always have incontinence supplies; but, when they do, they are half the price of other stores. Roses carries pads and briefs almost all the time. They don’t do great on the briefs; but, they have a great price on the pads.”
The comment intrigued me for a few reasons…
I had heard of Tena, Depends and Always, but had never thought of home delivery suppliers. Once again, Big Lots was familiar to me, but “Rose”?
So, I decided to send the subscriber an email…
I approved your comment and wanted to thank you for it. Those types of comments that add to the knowledge base of the site are very important.
I had a few questions…
- Were the incontinence products for you or do you care for someone else?
- Do home delivery suppliers actually give samples? How did you contact them? Find them?
- You mention Big Lots which I am familiar with…but I never heard of Roses before? What type of store are they?
And because your answers would be used to help my readers, I wanted to ask permission of you to post your response as well.
Thank you again for your contribution. And I look forward to your response.
It didn’t take long for Joe to respond. His unedited response below should serve as an example of what a motivated senior can do to find the resources they need to improve their lives.
Thank you for your comments. I’ll be happy to answer your questions. You may post any part or all of my comment.
The products are for me. I have suffered from incontinence for many, many years.
The bladder lift surgery worked for only two weeks. The medication was wonderful, until I had to go on Restasis for extreme dry eye.
It was so bad it was damaging my corneas. The dry eye was caused by my incontinence medication. Within days of stopping the meds, my eyes had improved dramatically; and, the incontinence was back with a vengeance.
Home delivery services will actually give samples. Their websites even offer chat or phone services to help you get the right product and size for a person’s needs. Finding the companies and contacting them was easy for me.
I just went to google.com and typed in “Free incontinence samples”. Page after page of websites for home delivery companies, along with sites for the better known name brand products, were instantly at my fingertips. I went to each site to see what they offered.
Some offer samples, if you pay for shipping. Some offer sample packs at prices starting at $1. Many offer samples for free. Most allow you to fill out a short form with your name, address, and phone number. You can then pick the product and size you want to sample.
Most of the time it is a two pack, if it is briefs or pull-ups. If the product is pads, your sample may have as many as 5 assorted items. Sometimes the samples are name brand; and, sometimes it is a generic packaged for the supplier. Sometimes you can choose.
Rose’s was a huge department store chain, before WalMart came around. They almost went out of business at one time and closed many stores. They revamped their merchandise and the size of the stores and came back.
Rose’s no longer sells the quality or variety of merchandise they once carried; but, the prices are much lower. There aren’t as many around, either; but, there are more than there were a decade ago. I live near two of these stores. They can be a big boost to seniors, like me.
You may want to use this next part in a separate comment or keep it with the rest. Another store I really rely on is Dollar Tree. Everything is $1 or less. They seldom have incontinence supplies; but, I have found them in some of the stores. My big thing with Dollar Tree is the food.
I buy rib eyes steaks for $1. They are frozen and very thin. They can be cooked frozen. They are tender and taste great. I even throw a couple in the crock pot and let them cook while I do housework, then add vegetables for a meat that is a cross between a roast and stew. My husband loves it.
They also have boneless pork loin chops, big country-style steaks, shrimp, sausage, turkey bacon, hot dogs, frozen waffles, TV dinners, pizza and assorted fruits and vegetables in the frozen food section. I always buy my bread there. They carry Nature’s Own, Wonder, Bunny, Sunbeam, Merita, Roman Meal and some off brands. It does not matter what size the loaf is; it is still a dollar. I rarely go into a real grocery store anymore.
If I need fresh meat or fresh fruit or vegetables, I will shop at a grocery. I even get my coffee and tea at Dollar Tree. People who have not checked this store out is really missing some great deals. I have noticed that Dollar Tree is forcing some grocery stores and other stores to drop some prices in order to compete.
Another thing seniors should take advantage of is free meals on anniversaries and birthdays. Subway, IHOP, Outback Steakhouse and others will allow you to sign up at their websites and will honor your birthday or anniversary.
Some restaurants only give you a free desert; but, others will give you an entree or something. Subway is a free sandwich, Outback is a free Blooming Onion, and IHOP is free pancakes. There are other restaurants that give different things. Google.com is a great place to find free stuff for seniors.
Thanks for your website. I came across it in my “Free incontinence supplies” search. If I run across anything else, I’ll let you know.
Joe is one resourceful person…thanks for your contribution Joe.