Day 12 of the January Money Diet – Score Something Free

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!
Freebies at Happy Simple Living

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!

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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.

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of seven books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

7 comments to Day 12 of the January Money Diet – Score Something Free

  • Andy

    A friend of mine just posted a list on her FB page of the stuff she put to the curb. It’s mostly baby stuff, but a great way to advertise it!

  • Deborah Gore

    It is a beautiful day here in South Carolina, so we are doing yard work. I was needing pine straw to help cover the flowers beds around the house. My neighbor let us rack her yard for all of the pine straw. It may not sound like much, but here in the South, pine straw sells for about $5 a bale. We figure we scored about $75 in free straw! The added bonus is the exercise that we got. What a great day!

  • Martha

    Read your post before grocery shopping which reminded me to use the free coupon for yogurt, but wound up spending 9 cents to get a big container as the store charged more than the maximum value of the coupon? I wonder about that. Also got a free toothpaste to add to the donate pile!

  • Tho it does involve some buying, once we do, how about taking the receipt and checking towards the bottom – often logging on and doing a survey will net a freebie – maybe a free burger – or coffee – or???????????

  • I enjoy getting free e-books from Amazon.com. :)
    Annie recently posted..Italian Venison (or Beef) Steak

  • Bobbie

    I ended up getting a couple of small “free” items at the grocery story using store sales combined with coupons. Not much, but groceries are groceries and every cent saved helps!

  • Sara

    I found a nice black and white carpet that someone threw away at the recycling station, I took it back home and cleaned it.

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