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Comparison pricing, coupon clipping, and shopping the sales. As much as it feels good to stretch a dollar, there’s nothing like getting stuff for free! Money saving experts Lisa Lee Freeman and Mandy Walker from the Hot Shopping Tips podcast have a few tips on how to get free stuff.
First, start by making a list! “Include all your favorite stores and restaurants,” says Mandy. “We’re talking everything from clothing to frozen yogurt. Then visit their websites.” Once your there, look to see if they have loyalty programs. Lisa lists some of the things you could get through these programs: “You can get goodies not just for signing up, but also for your birthday. You can get, for example, free coffee when you sign up and on your birthday in the Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks Program. Also, you can get a free stack of pancakes at iHop for your birthday and for signing up. And Chuck E. Cheese’s new program give you a free pizza.” Mandy says there’s also a lot of great birthday freebies at HeyItsFree.com.” For a list of places giving away birthday food, click here!
Get ready to whip out your phone and down the apps! That’s right, Mandy and Lisa say you may get freebies just for downloading the app of some of your favorite stores. They recommend downloading the PinkBerry app, which gives out frozen yogurts on the house. Click here for a full list of restaurants giving away food freebies just for downloading their app.
Next, stores where you may already shop may offer complimentary services. “At Sephora and Alta, you can get free makeovers with some minimum purchases. Also, some stores offer free alterations,” says Mandy. “And at many major department stores like Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, and Nordstrom you can get free styling. So if you’re looking for a new look, you can get free help,” adds Lisa. Good to know!
Finally, here’s a tip for you if you love taking classes! “Home Depot, for example, does tons of DIY clinics. Lululemon has free yoga classes, and some Michael’s stores have art classes for kids,” says Lisa. “Also, don’t forget Apple and Microsoft. Their stores have free classes, too, on how to make videos and how to make photo albums,” shares Mandy.
But remember – for just about any “freebie,” you’re probably making a trade. “Just one thing to keep in mind about freebies: you may have to give up some information to get them,” warns Mandy. “Our advice is to give them the least amount of information possible. And also, you might want to set up a separate email account when you sign up for those loyalty programs,” Lisa recommends.
Now you’ve got four ways to find your freebies!