The best things in life are free! And, by this statement, I don't suggest 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 The Goddess Workout DVDs, CDs and Goddesswear goodies that I was more than happy to give to my guests. However, I was humbled with awe when one of my guests wept. It was then I knew how Santa feels.
Now I wish I could give out free stuff all day, everyday. The good news 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 (which kind of doesn’t make it free).
This is my list of really awesome free stuff. Really.
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
Don’t go to another restaurant that doesn’t feed your kids for free. MyKidsEatFree.com offers a roadmap of where you can save on kids’ meals – just type in a state and city. You’ll pay but your kids won’t at more than 5,000 restaurants across the country.
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
Don’t ever pay for a copy of your credit report. Instead, go to AnnualCreditReport.com for a free look at your credit history once a year.
When it comes to free credit scores, you can turn to sites like Credit Karma or Credit Sesame, although they won’t give you the most widely used score, the FICO score. For that, you could try enrolling in a FICO product that comes with a free score, then cancelling within the cancellation period.
Myopenbar.com helps people find free (or cheap) drink in all major cities.
You can get free software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and other uses by going to OpenOffice.org. And that’s the tip of the iceberg. No matter what kind of software you want, you can probably find it free.
What is one woman’s junk is another’s treasure. Hold a swap party with all your friends bringing their unwanted items. My rule is that it is has to be good stuff (not stuff you are going to give to Goodwill – no offense to a good cause). For example: the sweater you never wear because it’s not your color but spent too much money to want to part with it. Everyone will leave with something new – and you will feel good about giving away your goodies.