I am very good at finding free opportunities, and no I don’t mean horrible over-packaged and chemical laden commercial samples. I mean great adds-to-our-lives-without-creating-more-junk-in-the-world kind of stuff.
Here are examples of some recent great free finds:
- I fill out three minute online surveys for Einsteins Bagels about my transactions. This then gives me a free coffee drink with my next purchase. Which then spits out another receipt asking you to fill out an online survey, and so on and so on. Yes, you have to make a purchase, but I’ll usually just get a $1 piece of fruit. (And in case this seems sketchy to you, I’ve talked to the baristas, and they’re totally happy that I’m filling out the surveys.) And of course, I bring my own reusable travel mug.
- I registered my American Express Card for their Small Business Saturday program, which refunded $25 when $25 was spent at a participating small business. I looked through their website and found that the art supply store where my son works was registered. I bought a $25 gift certificate, which will go into my son’s stocking. Not only does this support a great small business, but my son will be able to use his employee discount to stretch the money. (Sorry, but this program was just for the specific Saturday after Thanksgiving.)
- I’m always in the middle of a library audio book. I rock it old school with a portable CD player, and can be found doing dishes, raking the yard, folding the laundry and painting household projects while listening to everyone from James Joyce to Jackie Collins. I cannot emphasize enough how lucky we are to have access to public libraries, they are the best invention ever!
- My husband is a fan of high definition TV’s, and is not too proud to embrace the big thick variety. Just last week he brought home a free-from-Craigslist 34″ Sony TV for our bedroom. The picture quality is fantastic, and it makes my husband a very happy man to be able to to watch high def international soccer games without interruption.
- No list of my free finds would be complete without mention of found change. It’s everywhere, and I find it constantly. From the 13¢ found at Goodwill the other day to yesterday’s penny from the kids’ high school. It adds up, it matters and it always gives me such a kick.
- Future free plans include bringing clothes to Buffalo Exchange to hopefully earn a $25 credit that I can tuck into my older son’s stocking, as well as countless yummy lattes from Einsteins Bagels. Because I will be filling out another survey as soon as I’m done writing this blog post.
Do you search out the free opportunities in your community? Please share your free finds in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”