Everyone likes a little something for nothing. However altruistic one might be, there’s just something about a freebie that’s not just exciting, but also a bit ego inflating.
Who needs money to enjoy the good life? I’ve got smarts which is way better!
I was talking to a friend the other day about the rich confluence of freebies that have come my way in the past few weeks.
“But how can you write about getting free stuff when no one else has your opportunities?”
But that’s precisely my point. I may have certain opportunities for some of the freebies in life, but you have opportunities that I don’t have access to.
In the past few weeks, (which, even I admit have been a bit unusual) I have received for free:
- One haircut, (I registered online with The Aveda Institute to receive an e-mail when a free service was available — it took less than 24 hours.)
- One trip to the Great Wolf Lodge. (I contacted them in January about how I was wanting to come and write a piece about people vacationing close to home. They offered me a single weekday night, which I was able to book during Spring break.)
- Two excellent tickets to see the traveling Broadway production of Wicked. (My mother was renting to a couple of the cast members, and they offered the tickets as a thank you. [By the way, it was incredible!])
- A grocery bag half-full of food. (My neighbors will be out of town for a week, so they gave us their perishables.)
- A night at a snowy Mountain cabin, including meals, movies and good conversation. (My father and step-mother have a cabin on Mt Hood, where they live about half-time. We visited them over the weekend, and they even let us use their library card to check out the movie, Nim’s Island, which was surprisingly good.)
- An offer to borrow camping equipment. (I really do have the best neighbors, even if the idea of camping makes me want to run screaming!)
Of course, we all have different opportunities from one another. Your parents may have a beach cabin or RV, but my mother owns furnished rental houses perfect for mini stay-cations. My old next door neighbors had a family beach cabin they used frequently for free, and my best friend from college had an uncle who kept a furnished New York City apartment that she was able to stay in for free whenever she was in the city.
Even if you don’t have vacation home owning relatives, there are plenty of free opportunities out there. For example, I’m currently registered to be notified when the next pdxswap.com clothing swap in my size is a go.
Please note that getting free stuff without being a mooch is a fine art. It’s important to look for ways to reciprocate, and make sure to profusely thank the giver.
Have you been honing your freebie skills lately? What are the free opportunities that have arisen in your life? Please share your stories in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”