There actually might be such a thing as a free lunch…and more!
Sometimes the promise of ‘something for nothing’ is too good to be true, but there are ways in which you can maximize getting free stuff with minimal effort.
Whether you’re looking to score free food, movie tickets, gift cards, hotel rooms, and more, you don’t have to spend a lot of time and effort to keep more money in your pocket.
Sample Products Are A Good Example Of How To Get Freebies
Keep an eye out for free samples at stores like Costco and other wholesale clubs, and don’t overlook beauty and fragrance samples that can be had at department stores like Macy’s and Nordstrom.
Request samples online from major manufacturers like Unilever and Procter & Gamble and you could get free products in exchange for testing or reviewing them.
Give Yourself Credit For Choosing A Card With Rewards
Regularly check the amount of rewards you’ve accumulated with your credit card: Points, miles, or cash back can be redeemed for everything from flights and hotel stays to gift cards and perks.
An App For Freebies Puts Money At Your Fingertips
Cashback and rewards apps are a quick and easy way to get free stuff at some of your favorite stores. Shopkick, for example, lets you earn points for viewing products online, visiting certain stores, or making purchases; you can then redeem your points for gift cards at places like Starbucks and Target.
An Online Survey Just Might Be The Answer To Getting Free Stuff
Sweepstakes. Gift cards. Even money. Taking online surveys and answering questions on sites such as Global Test Market and Swagbucks is easy work but bear in mind that survey taking can be time consuming. Although the payout can be low, the more surveys you take the more free stuff you’ll take in.
These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Coupons
Online databases and, yes, the tried-and-true Sunday newspaper, offer a cornucopia of coupons that offer much more than nickel-and-dime discounts.
Many stores and multiple brands offer coupons for free items, BOGO (buy one get one) free deals, or free gift with purchase offers.
Mark Your Calendar For Free Trials
Take your pick: Free TV, audiobooks, meals, coffee, snacks, music streaming, and much more can all be snagged through free trials. (Binge watching that doesn’t bind up your budget: Netflix offers a free one-month trial.)
Just be sure to mark your calendar for the free-trial end date in order to avoid surprise charges.