Whether you’re a CEO or a spatula jockey the effects of the recession are felt by all. It is at this time when being frugal is as imperative as ever. Pursuing the free things to do in your area may just save you enough to afford a fun-sized vacation this summer in suburbia.
Your local club department stores are always offering free samples of this and that so that you might buy the enormous bulk quantities they sell. This is typically true on weekends especially, where various food samples are copious. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stuffed full from a stroll around these stores, sampling the free taster buffet. Most retailers also have free samples waiting to mail out to you as per your request. Just give them a ring.
While a convenient tool for job hunting, craigslist.com is also a valuable freebie finder. Under the For Sale section they have an area market Free, where people in your city hand out things they no longer have use for. It isn’t just rubbish you would normally find laying on the side of the road here, but often times atypical items you wouldn’t expect to see. As the old adage goes, one man’s trash is another’s treasure.
Speaking of which, do you notice that discarded furniture sitting on the curb awaiting the garbage man? I had a friend who would gather these items, refurbishing them, and turned around to sell them! I laughed at the idea until he told me how much money he made by doing this. Just a thought.
The wealth of things to be found in local papers without cost is astonishing. In today’s dwindling economy many businesses are hurting for customers. Both local businesses as well as chains frequently offer promotional freebies to earn customer appreciated. Local trade exhibitions are another plentiful source of free swag. Carefully review the classified and ads section of your paper and you might stumble upon surprising bargains.
Skip the Starbucks on the way to work and visit the bank. The line is just as long and with a minute transaction, or not, you are entitled to a free coffee that would have otherwise set you back up to five bucks. A little improvisation can make it taste just as good as the gourmet stuff with the addition of all the sugar and cream you desire. The ice dispenser at the fast food shop across the street will make for a nice iced coffee. Don’t worry about looking silly, fast food workers have seen plenty of crazier stuff.
Many institutes offer free services to the public in order for their students to get some practice in. Look up your local barber school or dental college for a free haircut or teeth cleaning, for example. While you might feel like a guinea pig, these student services are always well supervised by instructors and there is virtually no hazard.
In between cutting coupons and counting your pennies you can use these tips and tricks to save yourself a small fortune.