In case you’ve just joined us, the January Money Diet is a challenge to take a 31-day break from nonessential spending. You can learn more about the money diet here — and jump right in!
Maybe there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but you can find plenty of ways to get something for nothing if you know where to look. For starters, check out some of these helpful websites that feature freebies:
Hey! It’s Free! promises that you’ll never have to use your credit card to get legitimate free samples and products.
Shop 4 Freebies posts new free samples and offers every 24 hours.
About.com Freebies is updated regularly with a wide variety of free samples and offers.
Absurdly Cool Freebie Finder is an aggregator of freebie sites.
The Free Stuff Channel has coupons and magazines in addition to freebies.
Craigs List and Freecycle are great sites to browse for freebies; people often give away unwanted furniture, landscaping and building materials, baby items, appliances and more. You usually have to act fast, though, so if you see something you want get in touch with the giver right away.
To bag some free groceries, you can sign up for a free, 4-week trial of The Grocery Game. The site matches coupons from your local paper with your preferred grocery store to show you incredible deals — some of which may be free. Just don’t forget to cancel your subscription before the trial if you’re not interested in continuing the service.
Sometimes you’ll find something free on a curb, or you’ll notice loose coins on the ground. Maybe a generous friend will offer you something, like my neighbor Katy who gave us some extra bottles of Naked Juice this week.
Homework Assignment #12: See if you can score something free this weekend. Be sure to tell us about your adventures!
Win a Deluxe Happy Simple Living Gift Basket
In honor of the January Money Diet, I’ll be giving away a gift basket chock-full of home and garden goodies plus several books at the end of the month. On January 31, 2013, I’ll draw one random name from everyone who commented during the month and that lucky person will win the gift basket. I hope you’ll stop by often this month and share your own ideas, thoughts and experiences about taking a 31-day break from nonessential spending.