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One thing we never seem to tire of is food, especially free food! Check out these 7 easy ways to not only save on your groceries but eat for free.
1. Sample Free Food at Wholesale Clubs.
Places like Costco, BJ’s, and Sams Club are famous for their free food samples. Lots of grocery stores offer free samples, but these places blow them out of the water. While the initial membership to shop at these places costs a small amount, the membership pays for itself quickly between all the free samples and great deals on groceries you’ll receive. There’s no shame in grabbing more than one sample either! They love seeing that people enjoy their products.
2. Give a Feedback.
Restaurants need your feedback and suggestions. Do them a favor and they will do one for you in return. Check the bottom of receipts or just offer some feedback in your dialogue and many places, fast food in particular, will reward you with some coupons for freebies.
3. Go Fishing.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This Chinese proverb has stood the test of time for a reason: it’s true. It costs a small amount for a fishing license, but being able to have a reliable and fresh source of protein is well worth it. Be sure to check the fishing laws in your area. Then get out there and catch your dinner!
4. Go to a Place of Worship.
Ask about upcoming events at places of worship in your area. Many times they have free food and it’s a nice way to socialize with your community in a casual environment. Even if you don’t attend services regularly, you are welcomed and accepted.
5. Use MyKidsEatFree.com.
Having a family makes it even more important to stretch your dollar. This site lists all the restaurants in your area that offer free meals for children. This can be great for family vacations or even just to change up the normal weekly routine. Either way, you will be saving a few bucks.
Note: Replaced KidsEatFree.com because it was not working, thanks to Martel for the note!
6. Start a Perennial Garden.
Instead of using annual crops that are only bountiful once and then need to be replanted, use a perennial garden. These plants are great for several seasons and after the first crop, the rest will be free! Some popular perennials include garlic, onions, asparagus and broccoli. For more perennial goodies, check out this list. Put your green thumb to the test.
7. Become a Mystery Shopper.
Mystery shopping is a way for the restaurant to evaluate their services and food while you receive a free meal. You simply summarize and analyze your visit as if you were a regular customer. Your conclusions are sent back to the company and they use it to improve their services. Learn more about mystery shopping here.
Sources: sxc.hu, morguefile.com
Short stories and novellas are a great way to get a feel for an author’s work – and a great way to save money so you don’t buy a book you won’t like. Here are a few highly rated stories by famous authors to download for free on your amazon Kindle.
A 46 page novella, Ring of Flowers is the backstory to the Will Foster character in The Calypso Directive by author Brian Adams. A tale of love, tragedy and the Plague, it’s a quick and enjoyable read.
A sneak peak of Cynthia Leitich Smith’s novel Diabolical. Set in a small Texas town, a young vampire buys a haunted movie theatre in hopes of restoring it to its former glory. But, maybe the resident ghost doesn’t think that’s a good idea…
A short story by “space opera” author Peter F. Hamliton, what looks like a celebrity stalking case is anything but. Is the suspect crazy or is his claim of being from another time true?
A preview to John M. Cusick’s novel Girl Parts, this short story follows Rei, a runner who doesn’t ask questions about what she’s delivering. But a man in her life does…
Whether you’re a shopaholic or someone who cringes every time you spend a dollar, coupons can make shopping more relaxing. While you’re enjoying a meal out or shopping for some new clothing, make sure you’re getting the best deals by using coupons!
Click on the links below to print this week’s top coupons:
If you could only have one coupon app on your phone (besides yoFreeSamples’, of course), make it Coupon Sherpa. Available for iPhone and Android, you’ll have coupons from every national retailer (including restaurants) imaginable. For many of them, all you need to do is show the coupon on your phone in the store to get the discount. Now that’s how a coupon app should work.
But there’s more. Coupon Sherpa collects online offers so while you’re shopping on the web, you can find discount codes to use when you check out. They also have a mobile site so if you don’t want to or can’t download the app you have another option. Passbook enabled coupons are clearly marked, too, so if you’ve got an iPhone you can send the coupon from the Coupon Sherpa app or their mobile website to keep them handy.
So how does the app look/work? It’s kind of like an address book. Choose in-store or online to see all coupons listed alphabetically. There’s also a search function and a way to save your favorite stores. When you use or look at a coupon, you can let Coupon Sherpa know if you decided to use the coupon or whether it worked or not.
Unlike on their website, printable coupons are not clearly marked (fix that!). So that means you’ll need to do some prep work before you shop to see if you have to print anything first. But if you forget to print one, try showing the coupon on your phone to the retailer anyway. Some have a “dummy” coupon they can scan or another way they can give you the discount when you check out.
A Hot Deals section is probably for promoted offers and a Submit button that lets you to upload coupons you find to Coupon Sherpa. And just to round things out, there’s an easy Feedback section to report problems.
My biggest complaint isn’t the little ad at the bottom on the screen (a small price to pay for all this convenience). It’s that many coupons are not really coupons but notices about store sales or promotions or sign-ups for something before you can get the coupon. Unfortunately there are a lot of those. It would be great if they would section those out under a “Sales” and a “Sign up to Save” menu item.
Some users have asked for a location tool so Coupon Sherpa can notify you of nearby or local deals. Not sure if they’re going to go there but as a treasure trove of national coupons in your pocket, Coupon Sherpa is the way to go.
Do small savings add up to big dollars? Can you really trim up to $100 a week off your expenses and still feel that life is worth living? Everybody has different needs and preferences but the following list highlights some (relatively) easy ways that you can save money every week. Remember, $100 a week is $5200 a year!
1. Quit smoking.
Ok, this may not apply to everyone, but if it applies to you, here is another good reason to quit paying to get cancer. If your cigarettes cost five dollars a pack, quitting a pack-a-day habit will save you 35 dollars a week right there. If you can’t quit the devil weed, consider changing to a cheaper brand. The same advice applies to drinking and doing drugs as well.
2. Stop buying coffee drinks at the coffee chain.
You’ve heard this one before, but it’s still good advice. Buy a thermos and make your own. At four or five dollars a cup versus eight dollars for a pound of coffee and a pack of filters, it adds up.
3. Drive smarter.
If you drive enough highway miles, better gas mileage can save you a few dollars a week. Driving slower, avoiding idling and getting rid of excess weight in/on the car will all help.
4. Pack your lunch, at least some of the time.
It’s healthier and can cost a dollar or two less than a fast food run.
5. Buy snacks at the supermarket.
Bring them to work instead of hitting up the vending machines in the break room.
6. Pay off your high interest credit card debt.
Every week that unpaid balance is ticking along, racking up charges, so get that out of the way as fast as you can.
7. Better yet, leave your credit and debit card at home and carry cash.
There’s something about having to spend actual cash money that puts the breaks on a lot of impulse spending.
8. Turn down your heat or air conditioning when you leave the house.
Why pay utility bills for something you’re not around to enjoy?
9. Speaking of utility bills, check your house and appliances for any hidden money suckers.
Turn off things that don’t need to be on, cover holes, and fix water leaks to reduce your bills.
10. You probably have cable, phone and internet bills.
Go over all these bills and research cheaper options including getting rid of the landline.
11. Be a savvy shopper.
Garage sales and thrift stores are great places to buy books and household items at a fraction of the cost. But if that’s not your style, shop “off season”, watch for sales and clip coupons. A little time and organization goes a long way.
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