Get It For Free
Looking for FREE? If you know where to look, there are plenty of places to get your Freegan on.
• Craigslist, of course. Check under the Free tab.
• Freecycle. These work best in larger cities. Around me it's almost nonexistent.
• The library. It has more than just books. I've been in some that even lets you borrow artwork.
• Party Swag. You have to host a 'party' to get the goods for free. My niece did this and she walked away with a huge stash of canning supplies. She got so much she shared it with family. The site she used was House Party.
• Free Fitness. I haven't tried Sparkpeople.com, but they seem legit.
• Free Knowledge
Saylor.org: Nearly 100 full-length courses at the college and professional levels.
OpenCulture.com: This site offers links to free courses that teach 48 languages, online lectures, free e-books and more.
• Free Samples
Grocery store loyalty cards. I use Kroger. Every Friday they offer one free item, plus they also send me coupons in the mail for products I regularly buy. I'm sure they make money on this marketing ploy by bringing people in to their stores. I know I've actually bought items they've offered for free because it turned out we liked them. Everybody wins there.
I will leave you with one tip I use whenever I visit any site that might send me unwanted email. I have a throwaway account on Yahoo. I use it whenever I give my email out to any untested web site, forum, or blog. If they turn out to be spammers, there's no harm done. They can't damage my email box because I never keep anything confidential there.
Actually, I've found very little spamming anymore. I don't know if email sites have gotten smarter or my security software is better. Either way, I'm grateful.
Have you ever tried Craigslist or Freecycle? Have you had trouble with email spammers recently?