The best things in life are free! And, by this statement, I don't connote walks on the beach at sunset or smiles from newborns. I literally mean to say that people love free stuff. Naturally, I was aware of this concept, but not the degree in which they enjoy acquiring things gratis.
I established the extent of this notion when I threw my first party at my dance studio, The Goddess Center. Afterwards, everyone would not stop talking about the soiree. Sure, they loved my special cupcake martinis, they thought the performances were all top-notch and they shimmied to the non-stop dancing. But most of all, they loved the goody bag - the freebies that I sent them all home with. For me, it was easy; I had extra stock of The Goddess Workout DVDs, CDs and Goddesswear panties that I was more than happy to give to my guests. However, I was agog when one of my guests wept. It was then I knew how Santa feels.
Because of this experience, I wish I could give out free stuff all day, everyday. The good new is, there are hundreds of websites that are dedicated to doling out free stuff - everything from make-up to iphone apps to cocktails. Be wary and read the fine print. I noticed that when I googled, "Free Stuff", I found many sites wanted my credit card info.
I have found that these below are the best ways to find free stuff:
Craigslist.com has a whole category dedicated to "free stuff" for each of its participating cities. Personally, I have listed free everything, from filing cabinets to pink fringe.
Free Yoga & Dance Classes
I am a proud Brand Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and have taught dozens of complimentary Goddess Workout classes at several store locations. All the adorable workout wear items are rolled to the side and the stores transform into yoga and dance studios 1-3 times per week with top-notch instructors:)
Free Kids' Food
Many restaurants will let kids eat for free on certain nights of the week. I found a pretty comprehensive list at FrugalLiving.TV: On Mondays, for instance, you can get free kids' meals at IHOP, Denny's, Pizza Hut and TGIFridays. Accompanying adults, of course, need to order too — and pay full price.
Rewards clubs sometimes offer monthly freebies — often with no cost to sign up. Signing up for Godiva's Chocolate Rewards Club, for instance, will get you a free piece of chocolate each month. (Godiva, of course, hopes you'll buy more — but you don't have to.)
Save $10 per download by borrowing e-books from your local library, two-thirds of which now offer e-book borrowing. You can also borrow eBooks for free from Barnes & Noble's LendMe service, via Amazon's Kindle (which also offers free downloads of classic books), Project Gutenberg and Daily Lit, among other Web sites.
Check in with your local massage therapy schools or clinics to see if students are offering free massages.
Free Credit Scores
While sites like CreditKarma and Quizzle can help you access to a ballpark estimate of their credit score, it's tough to get your actual FICO score for free without paying.
Myopenbar.com helps people find free (or cheap) drink in all major cities.
Posted on Mon, October 10, 2011
by Ms. Dolphina filed under