You sold all of your belongings and planted yourself in a new city. A virtually empty apartment (with the exception of a few boxes and sundries) stands as a marker to the adventure ahead. Or maybe you’re like the many Americans who are navigating your way through this tough economy with necessities, family, work, and a social life in tow. Free stuff could sure help right now. In fact, a few freebies thrown your way could make the difference between living paycheck to paycheck and swimming in the good life. Here are a few pointers for capitalizing on the best the internet has to offer.
FreeCycle.org is a great way to furnish that new apartment or office space. Better yet, create a whole new feel for the home or work space you are currently in. It works like a Yahoo group. You sign in for free (either with an email address or a Facebook account) and join the group in your area. There you will find a plethora of offers, from hair products to furniture. With a quick click you can reply to the post and coordinate the pick-up details with the person giving away the goods. FreeCycle is also on Facebook and Twitter for easier access to freebies.
While you are perusing Craigslist for a cheap sofa or end table, take a peek at the free link. Yep, it’s there. Your eyes probably passed right over it but right between computer and furniture is free. If you are looking for something in particular you can optimize your time by typing the item and “free” in the search field. And Voila! Up pop a whole host of free or nearly free items to choose from.
3. Free Links
While you are on the hunt for free things, check out the many links provided on sites like TotallyFreeStuff.com or Free.com. There you will find a long list of links (sorted by category) that will lead you to companies that provide free samples, items, or gifts with purchase.
Facebook isn’t just a place to connect to friends and family. A number of organizations have pages devoted to connecting you to more free stuff. Similar to the sites referenced above, these pages provide links where you can be the receiver of all kinds of free goodies by simply offering an email address. Have free cleaning samples, pet food, or coupons delivered to your mail box. A few popular sites to check out are FreeStuffFinder.com, FreeStuffUnlimited.com, and SweetFreeStuff.com.
5. Deal of the Day
Deal of the Day sites have rocked the market by providing users with countless ways to save money. Register with lifestyle sites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Bloomspot, or GuiltCity and you will receive daily email blasts offering deals for restaurants, entertainment, personal care and more. They often don’t advertise “free” items. However, the savings can be so substantial that they amount to the equivalent of a free appetizer, beauty treatment, or merchandise. A single day’s worth of deals purchased through shopping cart software can fill your weekend calendar with all sorts of delectable services.
This is a guest post. Jazmine Green is an associate editor for LA YOGA Magazine. She lives and writes in Los Angeles, California.
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