Free for the taking
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of getting something for nothing, especially in this day and age when it seems like everything costs more than we expect it will or think it should. Sometimes you have to dig a little deep, but it’s worth it when you discover that there are free things if you search in the right places.
We’ve done some of the digging for you, so check out this list of ways to find some cool free stuff:
- Try Freecycle. The Freecycle Network is described as a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) free stuff in their own towns. It’s all about reusing and keeping good stuff out of landfills, which is a pretty noble mission – and it’s great when it means you can get free stuff! Search for the Freecycle group nearest to you, then scroll through the list of items people want to give away, and post any of your own items.
- Host a swap meet. This is a great activity to arrange with like-minded family and friends. Choose a date and a location that works for everyone, then have your participants bring items they no longer need or want to your swap meet. Make it clear that there is to be no selling – everything is free – and that participants will be responsible for setting up and monitoring their table of items. This is a particularly great event to organize for friends with children who may be interested in swapping toys, clothing, and other useful items that can be costly to buy new. Anything left over at the end of the day can be donated to a charity like Goodwill or The Salvation Army.
- Celebrate your birthday with freebies. Celebrate like a kid and take advantage of companies that give you coupons and special deals just for turning another year older. A quick search online reveals sites such as All You with a list of 59 birthday freebies to help you celebrate your next big day and Free Birthday Stuff’s comprehensive list of Canadian offers.
- Just ask. In some cases, simply asking a company whose products you love and use for a free sample is all you need to do to get one. No coupons, surveys, or gimmicks involved! Check out these tips from Tough Nickel, including sample letters to send out and a list of companies that have been known to give out free samples and coupons upon request.
Some people say that nothing is life is free, but we’re inclined to disagree. If you look hard enough you can always get something for nothing – even if it’s just a free cup of coffee on your birthday.