freebies http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/499/all en-US 2017 Tax Day Freebies and Discounts http://www.wisebread.com/2014-tax-day-freebies-and-discounts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/2014-tax-day-freebies-and-discounts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eating-162329350.jpg" alt="woman holding burger" title="woman holding burger" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tax Day this year is Tuesday, April 18, and you know what? It's going to be a good day. Did you know you can get free stuff from a variety of restaurants and other businesses?</p> <p>Being a Wise Bread reader, you'll probably already have filed your return and pocketed that sweet refund months ago anyway. If not, let a free cup of shave ice or massage ease your last-minute, form-filling frenzy.</p> <h2>2017 Tax Day freebies</h2> <p>These companies are treating taxpayers to something gratis on or around Tax Day.</p> <h3>1. California Tortilla</h3> <p>Free chips and queso with any purchase when customers say the password "<a href="http://californiatortilla.com/2016/04/taxdayfreequeso2016/">tax man</a>."</p> <h3>2. Great American Cookies</h3> <p>The chain will continue its tradition of offering a free treat on Tax Day. This year it will be a <a href="http://www.greatamericancookies.com/press/great-american-cookies-gears-up-for-a-doozie-of-a-40th-birthday-celebration-with-great-deals-this-spring/">Birthday Cake cookie</a>.</p> <h3>3. HydroMassage</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hydromassage.com/taxday.cfm">Free massages all week</a>, from April 15 through April 22, with printable coupon.</p> <h3>4. Kona Ice</h3> <p>For what Kona Ice calls National Chill Out Day, the company's trucks will be parked at post offices, tax preparation centers, and businesses nationwide to hand out free cups of tropical shaved ice &mdash; and Hawaiian leis to boot.</p> <h3>5. Office Depot</h3> <p>Shred up to five pounds of documents for free until April 29 with <a href="http://www.officedepot.com/cm/print-and-copy/shredding">printable coupon</a>.</p> <h3>6. Schlotzsky's</h3> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1883774011903199/">Free small Original sandwich</a> with purchase of medium drink and chips.</p> <h3>7. Tony Roma's</h3> <p>Tony Roma's will be "writing off" a signature dessert for guests from April 15 through April 17. Any guest who orders an entr&eacute;e at a participating Tony Roma's will receive a coupon for a free dessert.</p> <h2>Tax Day deals</h2> <p>In addition to the free offers listed above, a number of businesses are offering special discounts for Tax Day.</p> <h3>1. Chuck E. Cheese's</h3> <p>This kids' utopia promises a tax day deal this year but hasn't disclosed the details yet.</p> <h3>2. Boston Market</h3> <p>Boston Market is offering a $10.40 Tax Day meal special: Half chicken individual meal with two sides, cornbread, a regular fountain beverage, and a cookie. In-restaurant only, no online orders.</p> <h3>3. Sonic</h3> <p>Half-price cheeseburgers on Tax Day.</p> <h3>4. White Castle</h3> <p>Between April 14 and April 18, Harold and Kumar's favorite restaurant will give customers 15 percent off all in-store orders.</p> <h3>5. Noodles &amp; Co.</h3> <p>If you filed your taxes digitally, you can get $4 off any $10 <a href="http://order.noodles.com">order placed online</a> using the code <a href="http://www.noodles.com/taxday/">TAXDAY17</a> at checkout. The promotion runs from April 12 through April 18.</p> <h3>6. Bruegger's Bagels</h3> <p>From April 12 through April 19, Bruegger's will be offering a Big Bagel Bundle (baker's dozen of bagels and two tubs of cream cheese) for $10.40. Stay tuned to <a href="https://www.brueggers.com/">their website</a> for a printable coupon</p> <h3>7. Chili's</h3> <p>Participating Chili's will be offering $6 blueberry and pineapple margaritas all day on April 18.</p> <h2>Past offers we may see this year</h2> <p>These companies have offered tax day deals before, but haven't yet announced what they'll do this year. Keep an eye on their websites and social media feeds!</p> <h3>1. Hard Rock Cafe</h3> <p><a href="http://www.hardrock.com/promo/sing/">The Sing for Your Supper promo</a> offered a free burger to anyone with the courage to sing on stage.</p> <h3>2. Staples</h3> <p>Like Office Depot, this chain usually shreds up to five pounds of documents free this time of year.</p> <h3>3. Arby's</h3> <p>The fast food chain has previously offered free curly fries on Tax Day.</p> <h3>4. AMC Theaters</h3> <p>Sometimes these guys give you a free small popcorn on Tax Day.</p> <h3>5. Cinnabon</h3> <p>Cinnabon has previously offered two free Classic Bites on Tax Day.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/2014-tax-day-freebies-and-discounts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-free-food-at-chick-fil-a">6 Ways to Score Free Food at Chick-fil-A</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-buy-and-avoid-buying-in-march">What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in March</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay">7 Secrets to Scoring the Best Price When Buying on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs discounts freebies tax day Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:21:34 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1135644 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Grab These February Freebies http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-grab-these-february-freebies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-grab-these-february-freebies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_bags_586372860.jpg" alt="Woman grabbing February freebies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on freebies you can grab in February, over 100 things to do when you&rsquo;re bored, and deals on tax-prep software.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/great-freebies-you-can-grab-february/">10 Great Freebies You Can Grab in February</a> &mdash; You have every reason to take advantage of these February freebies. Every reason. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Do-When-Youre-Bored-41566721">Bored? 100+ Things You Can Do Right Now</a> &mdash; TV is usually our go-to when we're bored, but it doesn't have to be that way. There are many things you can do that are more enjoyable and fulfilling. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2017/0202/How-to-save-on-tax-prep-software">How to save on tax-prep software</a> &mdash; If you want to do your taxes for less, check out these great tax software deals. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-important-car-seat-safety-tips-for-winter">4 Important Car Seat Safety Tips for Winter</a> &mdash; Car seat harnesses are not meant to go over bulky winter jackets. Follow these tips to keep your child safe and warm in the winter. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/family-valentines-day-celebration-15593/">19 Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day</a> &mdash; Fill this Valentine's Day with treasured memories for the entire family! [Cheapism]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/5-ways-to-help-give-your-money-a-makeover/">5 Ways to Help Give Your Money a Makeover</a> &mdash; The first step to a money makeover is to prioritize your financial goals. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://smartycents.com/articles/wedding-on-budget-tips/">How to Style Your Wedding Party on the Cheap</a> &mdash; Allowing your wedding party to choose what they wear means they can look for something they'll actually wear more than once, at a price tag they're comfortable with. [Smarty Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyminiblog.com/productivity/natural-remedies-for-sleep-apnea/">4 Effective Natural Remedies for Sleep Apnea</a> &mdash; Enjoy a cup of chamomile tea before bed. Chamomile has properties that can relax the nerves and muscles, promote sleep and even cause sedation. [Money Mini Blog]</p> <p><a href="https://timemanagementninja.com/2017/02/5-cleanup-tasks-you-should-do-before-you-leave-work-each-week/">5 Cleanup Tasks You Should Do Before You Leave Work Each Week</a> &mdash; At the end of the workweek, return tools and supplies to their proper places so you know exactly where to find them when you come back to work. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2017/01/29/20-things-that-will-matter-a-lot-less-to-you-in-20-years/">20 Things that Will Matter a Lot Less to You in 20 Years</a> &mdash; Confidence can help propel you past empty fears and self-doubt when you start a project, but odds are, you won't have it until after you take the first step. [Marc &amp; Angel Hack Life]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-grab-these-february-freebies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-everyday-things-you-shouldnt-be-paying-for">16 Everyday Things You Shouldn&#039;t Be Paying For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-went-christmas-shopping-with-fake-money">I Went Christmas Shopping With Fake Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-miss-free-ice-cream-again-complete-calendar-of-annual-free-stuff-days">Never Miss Free Ice Cream Again: Complete Calendar of Annual Free Stuff Days</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review">How to Get Even More Freebies in Exchange for a Review</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips freebies Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:15:47 +0000 Amy Lu 1886392 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Reasons to Visit Your Credit Union on October 20 http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-to-visit-your-credit-union-on-october-20 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-reasons-to-visit-your-credit-union-on-october-20" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_glasses_piggybank_103388239.jpg" alt="Woman visiting her credit union on Credit Union Day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October. This October 20th, 2016, more than 217 million credit union members around the world are joining in the celebration.</p> <p>About half of all credit union members are Americans (<a href="http://www.cuna.org/Research-And-Strategy/DownLoads/mcue/">108.1 million</a>!), but if you're not one of them, this Oct. 20th is a great opportunity to visit a local credit union, shop around for financial services, and find out whether or not you can get a better deal at a credit union.</p> <h2>Key Differences Between a Bank and a Credit Union</h2> <p>Only 36% of people surveyed by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) were aware that credit unions are not-for-profit financial institutions. This is just one of the many differences between a traditional bank and your local credit union.</p> <h3>1. Credit Unions Have Members</h3> <p>You're not a client; you're a member or owner of the credit union. You're required to make a deposit in a savings account (often from $25 to $100) that grants you a share of the credit union.</p> <h3>2. You Must Be Eligible for Membership</h3> <p>Typical fields of membership include employee groups, associations, religious or fraternal affiliations, and residential areas.</p> <h3>3. You Can Vote on Key Issues</h3> <p>Including electing unpaid officers and directors for the credit union to establish operating policies and other key issues. Each member has one equal vote, no matter how small his or her deposit.</p> <h3>4. Deposits Are Insured by the NCUA or State or Private Insurance</h3> <p>While qualifying deposits in banks are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), deposits in federally chartered credit unions and those with headquarters in Arkansas, Delaware, South Dakota, Wyoming, or the District of Columbia are insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Each individual account, joint account, trust account, retirement account, and business account at any federal credit union is insured for up to $250,000. If you have a savings account, a trust account, and a Roth IRA at a federal credit union, you're covered for up to total of $750,000. State chartered credit unions and those with headquarters in states other than the ones listed earlier may be covered by either state or private insurance.</p> <h3>5. Credit Unions Collaborate With Each Other</h3> <p>Many credit unions offer shared branching that allows you to make deposits and withdrawals at locations other than that of your own credit union. With <a href="https://co-opcreditunions.org/locator/">nearly 30,000 ATMs</a> and more than 5,000 shared branches, credit union members have more direct, surcharge-free access to their money than most traditional bank customers do.</p> <h2>Why It Pays to Take Part in Credit Union Day</h2> <p>In a nutshell: higher savings rates for your deposits and lower costs for your loans.</p> <p>Let's compare some financial products from credit unions with those from banks, as of <a href="https://www.ncua.gov/analysis/Pages/industry/credit-union-bank-interest-rates-june-2016.pdf">June 2016</a>:</p> <ul> <li>Credit unions had a national average rate of 4.40% for five-year home equity loans, while banks had a 4.97% average rate.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A 15-year fixed-rate mortgage would have only cost an average 3.06% per year at credit unions and an average 3.10% at banks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A classic credit card would have only charged you an average 11.56% at credit unions and an average 12.66% at banks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A $10,000 five-year CD yielded a national average 1.51% at credit unions and 1.22% at banks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A 48-month new car loan charged a national average 2.61% at credit unions and 4.58% at banks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A $2,500 money market account paid a national average 0.17% at credit unions and 0.12% at banks.</li> </ul> <p>Year after year credit unions demonstrate that they are working hard to get you the best bang for your buck. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-good-reasons-to-choose-a-credit-union-instead-of-a-bank?Ref=seealso">9 Good Reasons to Choose a Credit Union Instead of a Bank</a>)</p> <h2>What Can You Expect on International Credit Union Day</h2> <p>Several credit unions around the country will provide special offers and freebies to their current and new members.</p> <h3>1. Even Lower Fees</h3> <p>CUNA advises credit unions to offer loans or new share draft accounts for the <a href="http://www.cuna.org/Marketing-And-Member-Education/DownLoads/2016-ICU-Day-Celebration-Ideas/">same fees</a> that credit unions charged the year they opened.</p> <h3>2. Free Money or Freebies to Open a New Account</h3> <p>The Eagle Community Credit Union in California is offering a <a href="http://www.eaglecu.org/ICUDay">$25 deposit</a> and a lunch tote to new account holders from October 1 until October 31, 2016. The Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union in Cheyenne, Wyoming is offering a <a href="https://www.mymeridiantrust.com/about/support/international_credit_union_day/international_credit_union_day_special_offers.aspx">$50 Visa gift card</a> to those opening a new checking account.</p> <h3>3. Chance to Win a Discount Off Your Qualifying Rate for a New Loan</h3> <p>The University of Hawaii Credit Union is offering on October 21 and 22, 2016 the chance to pull a rate as low as 1.49% APR or <a href="https://www.uhfcu.com/?Cabinet=Main&amp;Drawer=UHFCU+Advantages&amp;Folder=Specials&amp;SubFolder=Auto+Loan+Special&amp;page_name=Auto+Loan+Special">up to 0.75% off</a> your qualifying rate. &quot;Checking in&quot; at the event with your Yelp app will get you 0.25% off your qualifying rate.</p> <h3>4. Free Gas Cards</h3> <p>Other credit unions may offer you incentives to receive free gas cards when you bring a completed certificate to a participating car dealership. If you get a new-car loan with the credit union at a qualifying dealer, the gas card can be of higher value.</p> <h3>5. Chance to Win Free Money</h3> <p>Last but not least, some credit unions may just be handing out money. In 2014, the Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire, Wisconsin handed out cups filled with $2 bills and fliers about the credit union to 500 students. All cups were entered into a drawing for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/likeRCU/posts/797687906961897">five real $2 bills</a>.</p> <h3>6. Opportunity to Fundraise for Your Community</h3> <p>The River Cities Community Credit Union in Atchison, Kansas hosts every year a hot dog meal fundraiser to donate to the Atchison County Food Pantry. Several credit unions host fundraisers to contribute to the local community.</p> <h2>The Bottom Line: Save the Date!</h2> <p>From a better saving rate for your deposits to a competitive new car loan to a freebie to boost your emergency fund, there is a lot you can gain from International Credit Union Day. As of December 2015, there 6,259 credit unions in the U.S. This Thursday October 20, 2016 is a great time to find out what you've been missing at your local credit union. Some special deals may only be available on that day or for a very limited time so plan ahead and use the <a href="http://mapping.ncua.gov">NCUA's credit union locator</a> to find the ones nearest you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-to-visit-your-credit-union-on-october-20">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-benefits-and-drawbacks-of-credit-unions">The Benefits and Drawbacks of Credit Unions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-unions-vs-banks-whats-the-difference">Credit Unions vs. Banks: What&#039;s the Difference?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-good-reasons-to-choose-a-credit-union-instead-of-a-bank">9 Good Reasons to Choose a Credit Union Instead of a Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-sales-strategies-your-bank-uses-to-make-money">5 Sales Strategies Your Bank Uses to Make Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/switch-to-a-better-bank-in-5-easy-steps">Switch to a Better Bank in 5 Easy Steps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Banking accounts community credit unions freebies international credit union day local business lower fees membership Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:30:14 +0000 Damian Davila 1815062 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Don't Miss These End-of-Summer Freebies! http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-dont-miss-these-end-of-summer-freebies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-dont-miss-these-end-of-summer-freebies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_ice_cream_67286293.jpg" alt="Woman finding end-of-summer freebies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on hot end-of-summer freebies, side hustles that aren&rsquo;t worth the effort, and daily habits to help you get more done with less stress.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/august-freebies-14234/">Sizzling End-of-Summer Freebies</a> &mdash; Learn how you can get a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut, a small Blizzard from Dairy Queen, a six-pack of Arrowhead sparkling water, and many other freebies! [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/you-are-never-going-to-make-money-with-these-five-side-hustles/">Don&rsquo;t Try This at Home: You Are Not Going to Make Money With These Five Side Hustles</a> &mdash; Selling your old stuff online is a great way to make extra money, but it isn't a reliable, ongoing source of income unless you have a constant supply of stuff to sell. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2016/08/18/get-more-done/">Get More Done with (a Lot) Less Stress: 12 Helpful Daily Habits</a> &mdash; Limit your emails to 1-5 sentences whenever possible. You can spend even less time on emails by using canned responses for common questions. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Change-Your-Life-Year-26709448">36 Moves to Change Your Life For the Better</a> &mdash; Spice up your life with new experiences! Travel somewhere you haven't been before or eat something you've never tried. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/18118/9-ways-mother-nature-can-save-you-money.html">9 Ways Mother Nature Can Save You Money</a> &mdash; If you live in a windy area, you can run your home off a small turbine. The up-front costs are high, but there is a potential for huge savings in the long run. [Everything Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/7-truths-about-real-estate-investing/">7 Truths About Real Estate Investing</a> &mdash; Real estate is not passive income. From getting your property rented out to replacing things as they break, being a landlord requires a lot of work! [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://pakwired.com/5-personal-development-goals-need-workplace/">5 Personal Development Goals You Need In Your Workplace</a> &mdash; Aim to build and improve your relationships with people at work. Communicate openly and honestly with co-workers and other staff. [PakWired]</p> <p><a href="https://www.lupgrade.com/3-ways-brighten-dull-resume/">3 Ways To Brighten A Dull Résumé</a> &mdash; Present your skills to highlight your expertise, not your work history or past duties. [Life Upgrade]</p> <p><a href="http://shopperstrategy.com/2016/08/18/how-to-score-the-best-deals-on-home-appliances/">How to Score the Best Deals on Home Appliances</a> &mdash; Many stores offer big discounts on holiday weekends like Memorial Day, Labor Day, and 4th of July, so keep an eye out for sales around those times. [Shopper Strategy]</p> <p><a href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-surprising-ways-floating-improves-your-mental-physical-well-being/">7 Surprising Ways Floating Improves Your Mental and Physical Well-Being</a> &mdash; The simple act of floating in water can help soothe PTSD and anxiety. It helps your body relax even more than you would when you sleep. [Pick The Brain]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-dont-miss-these-end-of-summer-freebies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-to-find-the-best-freebies">20 Places to Find the Best Freebies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review">How to Get Even More Freebies in Exchange for a Review</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ethics-of-free-is-it-wrong-to-get-free-stuff">The Ethics of Free: Is it Wrong to Get Free Stuff?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-little-things-that-make-and-keep-america-great">18 Little Things That Make — and Keep — America Great</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips freebies Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:30:34 +0000 Amy Lu 1775076 at http://www.wisebread.com 18 Little Things That Make — and Keep — America Great http://www.wisebread.com/18-little-things-that-make-and-keep-america-great <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/18-little-things-that-make-and-keep-america-great" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_american_flag_39580462.jpg" alt="Woman counting things that make and keep America great" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Donald Trump has built his entire presidential campaign on the motto &quot;Make America Great Again,&quot; but many people are wondering, when did it stop being great? The truth is, despite all our issues, we're still a pretty awesome country &mdash; and there's no sign of that stopping anytime soon. Thus, this Independence Day, put politics aside to appreciate all the freedoms, freebies, and fun stuff this country has to offer &mdash; without asking for too much in return.</p> <h2>1. Take a Penny, Leave a Penny</h2> <p>We've all been a cent or two short at the convenience store, and the little take a penny, leave a penny dish by the cash register helps keep us from breaking another bill or having to put everything back because we don't have the extra few cents. If you've ever taken advantage of this uniquely American concept (they were common in Canada, too, until the country eliminated the penny from their currency in 2013), be sure to do you part by leaving a Lincoln or two the next time you see one.</p> <h2>2. Paying It Forward</h2> <p>You've heard tales on social media about somebody who started a trend at, say, a coffee shop or tollbooth to pay for the person behind them. Sometimes these random acts of kindness stop after a few customers, but every once in a while, Americans let their generous spirit really shine, like the time over 700 people <a href="http://www.eater.com/2014/8/22/6167041/over-700-people-paid-it-forward-at-a-starbucks-this-week">paid it forward</a> at a Starbucks in Florida. Paying it forward doesn't always have to be in a financial capacity. You can pay acts of kind forward any way you see fit, so long as you're doing something nice for somebody &mdash; which the world needs much more of.</p> <h2>3. Our Commitment to Global Health Initiatives in Developing Countries</h2> <p>The American government isn't just concerned that you're healthy at home. It has a stake in the health of the world's people, too &mdash; especially those in developing countries that are more prone to diseases. It recognizes the importance of providing those in need a better quality of life and lessening the ripple effects within our own borders by reducing the chance of devastating epidemics and pandemics. Hallmarks of U.S. leadership in global health include The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, The President's Malaria Initiative, and Feed the Future.</p> <h2>4. Free Dry Cleaning for Job Interviews</h2> <p>Not every dry cleaner offers free cleaning services to those in need, but there are a few good men and women out there who happily open their doors to the homeless and unemployed to have their interview garments professionally cleaned and pressed.</p> <h2>5. Free Soft Drink Refills</h2> <p>As a general courtesy to patrons, most restaurants in the United States offer free refills, as do other establishments, like movie theaters. They don't have to, but they do &mdash; because they appreciate your business.</p> <h2>6. Free Breakfast and Lunch Programs in Public Schools</h2> <p>There is room for improvement in our school's lunches &mdash; especially compared to other countries like France and Italy (have you seen the gourmet meals those kids eat!?) &mdash; but we at least get an A grade for offering students in need free meals when they may otherwise not eat anything healthy (or at all) at home. In some places, those free meals are extended throughout the summer (in my neighborhood in New York City they're available), which makes this program above average in my book.</p> <h2>7. Holding Doors for Each Other</h2> <p>Holding the door for someone behind you is a custom in many places around the world, granted, but it's still worth recognizing because it's an important aspect of our own social culture. We've passed the habit down through generations, and it's still alive and well today.</p> <h2>8. Letting Someone With Fewer Items Go Ahead of You at the Grocery Store</h2> <p>I'm particularly impressed when there's someone in front of me at the grocery store with a cart full of items who invites me to go ahead of them since I'll be quick with the five or so items I have. Thanks to those who do this; if you haven't, try it the next time you're out.</p> <h2>9. Stopping Your Vehicle at Crosswalks to Let People Pass</h2> <p>I grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore where you waited for the walk sign to change or you didn't go. When I moved to southwest Virginia for college, I remember being at a crosswalk once that didn't have a walk sign and the traffic stopped completely to allow me to cross. I was hesitant at first &mdash; I thought it was some kind of joke &mdash; but it turned out to be one of those totally mundane experiences that I'll never forget.</p> <h2>10. Asking Strangers to Watch Your Stuff When You Run to the Bathroom</h2> <p>Have to potty while you're working at a café or hanging out on the beach? Because Americans are pretty great, all you have to do is ask your neighbor to watch your personal items for a few minutes while you're gone and they'll usually oblige. Just don't try this at airport; it's a &quot;see something, say something&quot; culture around those parts, and asking a stranger to watch your luggage will make them feel very uncomfortable.</p> <h2>11. Safe Havens Where Minority Groups Can Feel Comfortable Among Their Own</h2> <p>While I wholly condemn segregation, I do think it's important for minority groups who feel oppressed by another group (whether that assessment is accurate or not) to have places they can go to be themselves. I speak from experience as a gay man who has found solace, security, and friendship in establishments primarily frequented by other LGBT people. In other parts of the world, these places don't exist, and that's a real shame, but here at home they're abundant and well attended.</p> <h2>12. Neighborly Courtesies, Like Bringing in Your Garbage Cans</h2> <p>One of my neighbors is always super helpful, especially when I'm away from home, by taking out my garbage and returning the cans, shoveling my sidewalk if he gets out there first, and mowing my front lawn when he's feeling particularly energetic. That kind of neighborly attitude makes the neighborhood &mdash; and my own experience in it &mdash; better, and I try to return those favors whenever I can.</p> <h2>13. Interracial and Same-Sex Marriages</h2> <p>Yeah, we have a long history of denying rights to minority groups, but we're blazing trails this century to end all that. We've come a long way, even though we have a ways to go for full equality for all, and that alone makes this a good time to be alive in America.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: georgia; font-size: 1.5em; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.4em;">14. America's Public Libraries</span></p> <p>Attendance at libraries has dwindled over the past two decades, thanks in large part to the Internet, but America's free library system is still thriving and striving to provide those without access to technology the means to continue educating themselves.</p> <h2>15. Free STD Testing</h2> <p>If you can't afford to visit your doctor to get an STD test &mdash; or you're just embarrassed &mdash; there's likely a clinic in your area that provides anonymous, free testing so you stay up-to-date on your health status. As my own little PSA, if you haven't been tested lately, do so; you owe it to yourself.</p> <h2>16. Little Free Library</h2> <p>I love this idea of these little boxes, most of the time shaped like tiny houses, erected in neighborhoods where bookworms can add a book or take a book without charge. The program was popularized in Wisconsin in 2009, and today it includes more than 15,000 locations worldwide.</p> <h2>17. The Honor System</h2> <p>The honor system applies to many things &mdash; like Halloween candy left on porches by folks who are out for the night, and in my neighborhood, a free garden where residents can pick an amount of veggies that they'll eat. Even as we get more and more disconnected, it's nice that we still have values and morals and a small, neighborly trade system that helps hold ourselves and each other accountable without much effort.</p> <h2>18. Free Outdoor Movies</h2> <p>I'm always talking up free outdoor movies. I think it's one of the best summer date nights ever, and I'm so excited that the concept has spread like wildfire across the country. You'll likely find outdoor screenings near the place you call home during the warmer months &mdash; seriously, it's like every town in America is doing it these days (and that's awesome!) &mdash; and all you have to do is show up with a blanket or chair and a few snacks and settle in for an evening under the stars in the greatest country on earth.</p> <p><em>What are some of the little things that you think help make and keep America great? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-little-things-that-make-and-keep-america-great">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel">Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-big-of-a-house-do-you-really-need">How Big of a House Do You Really Need?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/37-ways-youd-be-better-off-as-a-bum">37 Ways You’d be Better Off as a Bum</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Lifestyle community donald trump entertainment Fourth of July freebies make america great again morals united states Mon, 04 Jul 2016 10:30:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1743312 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Score Free Food at Chick-fil-A http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-free-food-at-chick-fil-a <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-score-free-food-at-chick-fil-a" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chick_fil_a_20495862.jpg" alt="Learning ways to score free food at Chick-fil-A" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before they put a Chick-fil-A in my neighborhood, my taste buds and waistline didn't know what they were missing. Now that I have a Chick-fil-A nearby, it is hard to resist the delicious food, but even more so the amazing customer service.</p> <p>As much as I love Chick-fil-A, I do not love that it costs almost $30 to feed my family of four. So I have rounded up the best tips to get discounted and free food at Chick-fil-A. No need to send me a thank-you note &mdash; a Chick-fil-A gift card will do just fine.</p> <h2>1. Use the Calendar Card Once a Month</h2> <p>At the end of each year, Chick-fil-A sells calendars for the upcoming year. These calendars have promo cards attached to them. Each month, they offer one free food item. These cards come with six mystery offers (usually for a full-price salad or sandwich) and six disclosed offers, which are usually for a large drink or fry.</p> <p>I did not find out about these counter cards until last month. However, I was still able to hop onto eBay and purchase two calendars and cards for $15.99. Despite only having them for two months and missing January through April's offers, I've already redeemed $20 worth of food and drinks.</p> <p>You are only able to have one card per customer, and to use one card per order. But, you are able to get a card for every member of your family! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-secret-fast-food-menus-revealed?ref=seealso">14 Secret Fast Food Menus Revealed</a>)</p> <h2>2. Download and Use the New Chick-fil-A One App</h2> <p>Chick-fil-A just released their new app, <a href="https://one.chick-fil-a.com/">One</a>, which allows you to earn points through your mobile phone. Also, if you download and sign up for the app before June 11, 2016, you will get a free sandwich. Not only will you be rewarded right away, but the app is very similar to Starbucks' rewards program. Scan your app every time you order Chick-fil-A, and you will earn credit toward free food. Also like the Starbucks' app, you can order ahead and pay with the Chick-fil-A app.</p> <h2>3. Dress Up for Cow Appreciation Day</h2> <p>This is one of the most well-known ways to get a free Chick-fil-A meal. Chick-fil-A holds a cow appreciation day each year in July. Individuals that dress partially like a cow will get a free entree. Those who don a full cow outfit will get a free meal. It is speculated that cow appreciation day 2016 will happen on July 8th.</p> <h2>4. Check Your Local Chick-fil-A Social Media</h2> <p>Check in with your local Chick-fil-A to know what special offers are going on. For example, many locations gave away free food to active and retired military during Memorial Day. Currently, my Chick-fil-A is giving away a free breakfast item every Wednesday morning in June, whereas the<a href="https://www.facebook.com/CFAWilloughby/"> Willoughby, Ohio Chick-fil-A</a> gave out free breakfast every Friday morning in May. Be sure to follow your local Chick-fil-A's social media accounts to be in the know, rather than the general Chick-fil-A accounts.</p> <h2>5. Buy a School Fundraiser Card</h2> <p>Chick-fil-A is also a big contributor to local schools and charities. Many times, they will contribute a free drink or another small freebie to fundraiser cards. For my area, Chick-fil-A offers a free frosted coffee with any purchase with the use of the school fundraiser card. I did pay $10 for this card, which also has many other local deals on it, but even if I just used it at Chick-fil-A, the card would have paid for itself in three trips.</p> <h2>6. Ask About Senior Discounts</h2> <p>Chick-fil-A's are individually owned and operated, but many locations have a senior discount for individuals 55 and older. Typical offers are a free drink or coffee, or a 10% discount. Check with your local restaurant to confirm.</p> <p>Not only is Chick-fil-A generous with their free food offers, they are one of the top restaurants that contributes to local communities. Take a closer look at Chick-fil-A, and you will see that they contribute quite a bit of money to local schools, charities, scholarships, and more. So while I will enjoy my free Chick-fil-A food, I will also gladly give them my &quot;dining out&quot; budget over another restaurant.</p> <p><em>What is your favorite thing to order from Chick-fil-A?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-free-food-at-chick-fil-a">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/2014-tax-day-freebies-and-discounts">2017 Tax Day Freebies and Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. The heat is on.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink apps Chick-fil-a discounts Fast Food free food freebies promotions Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:00:09 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1733680 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Get Even More Freebies in Exchange for a Review http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_lipstick_selfie_000078747697.jpg" alt="Woman getting freebies in exchange for a review" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Who doesn't like to get free stuff? It's even better when the free stuff is actually stuff you want and like. Through the help of a small personal website and my Amazon review account, I have been able to review &mdash; and keep &mdash; over $1,000 worth of goods for free.</p> <p>Here are my simple tips to increase how many freebies you can score each year.</p> <h2>It All Starts With a Good Amazon Account</h2> <p>If you want to be approached by companies, you have to have an Amazon review account that is full of reviews. Not all of my reviews are great, but if you can take the time to write some helpful and detailed reviews for products you already own and love, then you will increase your chances of being seen by a company. Companies will go based off of reviewer ranking and helpful vote counts.</p> <p>I also highly recommend updating your Amazon reviewer profile to include a little about yourself, your email address, and your picture. My profile says something like, &quot;Yes, I will review your product. Just email me.&quot; A few companies have reached out to me through my profile to offer me a product to review.</p> <h2>Have a Small Website</h2> <p>A small website, even one that is on a free WordPress or Blogger platform, can help you get stuff for free to review. Some review sites will have specific requirements, such as X number of Facebook followers or X number of pageviews each month. I have found that most of the Christian publishers I review books for have very easy restrictions, since Amazon reviews tend to be the gold that most publishers are going for.</p> <h2>Try Reaching Out to Companies Directly</h2> <p>Maybe you don't have a website but instead a social media account or YouTube channel with quite a few subscribers. If you are not approached by companies already, try reaching out to them.</p> <p>A few years ago, I ran a site called<em> The Thrifty Wife</em>, which was not popular, but it had about 1,000 views a week. I looked at other sites that were comparable to mine and saw what they reviewed. I then would reach out to those companies asking if they were interested in exchanging their product for a review. This might be out of your comfort zone, but it worked for a few products.</p> <p>Companies usually have a PR or marketing department, and those individuals most likely do not have time to research every social media account. Most of the extremely popular websites and social media accounts are hard to get a hold of or charge companies to review products. This is where individuals with a decent following come into play.</p> <h2>Book Publishers That Offer Review Copies</h2> <p>I review Christian books as a part of Tyndale, Moody, and HarperCollins' book reviewing programs. However, there are several programs available for both Christian and non-Christian books. Check publisher's websites to see if they have a reviewer program or a first look newsletter. Many indie authors are usually more than happy to provide free digital copies for reviews, so don't be afraid to reach out.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bethanyhouse/bookreviewers">Bethany House</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.tyndaleblognetwork.com/">Tyndale Blog Network</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.hayhousebooknook.com/">Hay House</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.waterbrookmultnomah.com/bloggingforbooks/">Blogging for Books</a></li> <li><a href="http://tywebbinvirtualevents.com/authors-on-tour/join/">Tywebbin</a></li> <li><a href="http://mpnewsroom.com/">Moody Publishers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.bookbrowse.com/arc/">BookBrowse</a></li> <li><a href="http://radiantlit.com/">Radiant Lit</a></li> <li><a href="http://vesselproject.com/">The Vessel Project</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.springer.com/book+reviews?SGWID=0-108-12-690404-0">Springer</a></li> </ul> <h2>Other Product Review Sites</h2> <p>Right now, I am a part of <a href="http://www.blueribbonsreview.com/">Blue Ribbon Reviews</a>, which offers free and heavily discounted items to review. I have received a backseat car organizer, reusable baby food pouches, and food containers for less than a $1 a piece, and they were things I could use anyways. So far, their free items I have seen offered have been for sleep-inducing syrup and wallets.</p> <p>The other company I review for is <a href="http://allstarreviewers.com/">All Star Review</a>. The site has offered 100% free items, but you are alerted of the free item a day before it launches, and then it is a first come, first serve basis the day the freebie is live.</p> <p>Obviously <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/vine/help">Amazon's Vine program</a> would be ideal, but I am still waiting for my invite. You can check out these other sites, too. Some are for free products, and others are for deeply discounted items.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.lucky21.com">Lucky21</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.amz.one/#a_aid=trc">AMZ.one </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.therevieweffect.com">The Review Effect </a></li> <li><a href="https://homeproducttesting.org/">Home Product Testing </a></li> <li><a href="http://productelf.com/">Product Elf </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.snagshout.com/">Snagshout </a></li> <li><a href="https://www.giveawayservice.com/">Giveaway Service</a></li> </ul> <p>I have received several great things for free that have been very useful to me, including many organic food items and books that were on my &quot;to read&quot; wish list. However, there have been times I have been asked to review random things, such as a TV antenna or a refrigerator filter that didn't go with my fridge model. To avoid bringing clutter into my home, I only review products I want or know that I will use.</p> <p><em>What have you been able to review for free?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016">The Big List of Money-Saving Coupon Codes for Halloween 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stores-with-the-best-price-matching">10 Stores With the Best Price Matching</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-sneaky-online-price-changes">6 Ways to Avoid Sneaky Online Price Changes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping Amazon books discounts freebies online shopping reviews Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:00:12 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1725690 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Find Amazon Freebies http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-find-amazon-freebies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-find-amazon-freebies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_online_000066499183.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to find Amazon freebies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found the tricks to finding free stuff on Amazon, the best things to buy in February, and how to score big bargains on Super Bowl Sunday.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/amazon-freebies/">13 Tricks to Find Useful Amazon Freebies (No Junk Samples!)</a> &mdash; Amazon offers tons of digital entertainment &mdash; movies, music, books &mdash; for free if you know where to look. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/family-shopping-guide-what-to-buy-in-february">Family Shopping Guide: What to Buy in February</a> &mdash; You'll find great deals on clothing and home items during Presidents' Day sales at most major stores. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T062-C011-S003-how-to-score-big-bargains-on-super-bowl-sunday.html">How to Score Big Bargains on Super Bowl Sunday</a> &mdash; If football isn't your kind of sport, head to somewhere that is usually crowded &mdash; but isn't thanks to the big game. Many zoos and museums will be offering discounts and extra perks on Super Bowl Sunday. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Healthy-Work-39928825">7 Ways to Stay Healthy at the Office While Everyone Else Is Sneezing</a> &mdash; Pack some disinfecting wipes. At the start of the day, clean everything you touch on a regular basis, like your keyboard, mouse, or pens. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2016/02/03/tips-for-saving-money-on-in-season-produce/">Tips for Saving Money on In-Season Produce</a> &mdash; Once you know which fruits and veggies are in season, look for them at your local farmers market for even greater savings. [Frugal Village]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://naturemoms.com/blog/2016/02/02/nature-as-your-gym-tips-for-beginning-a-jogging-routine/">Nature as your gym: Tips for beginning a jogging routine</a> &mdash; Shake up your routine! Map out a different route each day to explore new footpaths and trails. [Nature Moms Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/fly-budget-top-ten-frugal-beauty-tips/">Beauty on a Budget: Ten Frugal Beauty Tips</a> &mdash; Store your products appropriately to ensure they don't go bad before you finish the container. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/5-ways-to-break-free-from-procrastination/">5 Ways To Break Free From Procrastination</a> &mdash; Before you feel bogged down by a task, find ways to make it fun. Turn on some music or take your laptop to the park for some inspiration. [Cash The Checks]</p> <p><a href="http://wealthyturtle.com/the-difference-between-income-and-wealth/">The Difference Between Income and Wealth</a> &mdash; A higher income doesn't necessarily translate to wealth. [Wealthy Turtle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysoldiers.com/4-collectibles-with-financial-return/">4 Collectibles with the Possibility of a Financial Return</a> &mdash; A rare, out-of-print book can give you a hefty return at auction. [Money Soldiers]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-find-amazon-freebies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review">How to Get Even More Freebies in Exchange for a Review</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stores-with-the-best-price-matching">10 Stores With the Best Price Matching</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-always-order-on-amazon">10 Things You Should Always Order on Amazon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon best money tips freebies Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:00:02 +0000 Amy Lu 1651055 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 14 Ways to Get Freebies http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-14-ways-to-get-freebies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-14-ways-to-get-freebies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_shopping_freebies_000082755619.jpg" alt="Women learning ways to get freebies while shopping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles to help you find freebies, kick the sniffles, and get more sleep.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/slideshows/14-paths-awesome-freebies/">14 Ways to Get Awesome Freebies</a> &mdash; Amp up your DIY skills with free in-person and online classes offered by retailers like Home Depot, Lowe's, and Michaels. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Fight-Flu-39859311">8 No Fail Ways to Kick the Sniffles This Winter</a> &mdash; Give your phone a good cleaning each day. It touches your face, hands... and many germy surfaces! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/3-tricks-to-getting-more-sleep">3 Tricks to Getting More Sleep</a> &mdash; Make a few easy tweaks to create the perfect sleep conditions in your bedroom. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-positive-ways-deal-regret/">7 Positive Ways to Deal with Regret</a> &mdash; You have different priorities at different stages of life. It doesn't make sense to impose your present values on your past self.&nbsp;&nbsp; [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/before-buying-a-house">12 Things You Should Know Before Buying A House</a> &mdash; Do you really want a garden or yard? Consider the extra work and costs to maintain your outdoor spaces. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/3-business-tools-every-entrepreneur-should-have.html">3 Business Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Have</a> &mdash; These tools make it so much easier to run your business. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.terrystarbucker.com/2016/01/24/10-qualities-that-make-a-great-leader-and-a-more-human-one-too/">The 10 Qualities That Make A Great Leader (and a more human one too)</a> &mdash; Great leaders need to be curious. With curiosity comes the desire to learn! [Terry St. Marie]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifed.com/foods-that-cleanse-your-liver">18 Foods That Cleanse Your Liver</a> &mdash; The nutrients in beets help your liver remove and eliminate toxins in the blood. [Life'd]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0126/Seven-handy-tips-for-dealing-with-rental-car-companies">Seven handy tips for dealing with rental car companies</a> &mdash; Ask about taxes and fees upfront to avoid costly surprises at the end of the reservation. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.mint.com/financial-literacy/how-to-decode-401k-fees012916/">How to Decode 401k Fees</a> &mdash; 401k fees are not supposed to be hidden, but they can be tricky to spot. Some common fees include administration fees, investment fees, and sales charges. [Mint Life]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-14-ways-to-get-freebies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-to-find-the-best-freebies">20 Places to Find the Best Freebies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review">How to Get Even More Freebies in Exchange for a Review</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ethics-of-free-is-it-wrong-to-get-free-stuff">The Ethics of Free: Is it Wrong to Get Free Stuff?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-little-things-that-make-and-keep-america-great">18 Little Things That Make — and Keep — America Great</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips freebies Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1647737 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 "Free" Things That Aren't http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-things-that-arent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-free-things-that-arent" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_free_breakfast_000018935533.jpg" alt="Couple learning which free things aren&#039;t really free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Free has to be one of the most abused words in the English language. It's become so bad that we are always skeptical, and look for asterisks or legal copy to see what the catch is. But, even when there doesn't appear to be one, free is not always what it's cracked up to be.</p> <p>Here are eight instances when something free may end up costing you in the long run. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-for-free?ref=seealso">20 Ways to Entertain Your Kids for Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Free Shipping</h2> <p>As an occasional eBay seller, I know the power of free shipping. In fact, one of the most popular ways to sort products on eBay is to click the box that says &quot;free shipping.&quot;</p> <p>When researching this, I discovered that it was better to charge $19.95 for a product and offer free shipping than it was to charge $14.95 and $3.95 shipping. As you can see, the latter is actually the better deal &mdash; but people don't see it that way. So the next time you are looking at deals online, do some comparison shopping &mdash; especially on eBay. You will find that on many occasions, identical products work out cheaper when you actually opt to pay separate shipping.</p> <h2>2. Free Checking</h2> <p>Many banks will lure you in with free checking, but don't sign on the dotted line until you really understand what's being offered. For instance, my &quot;free&quot; business checking account comes with a $15 monthly service charge if I don't pay at least three bills each month using the bill-pay service. That one was news to me.</p> <p>You can also find a whole host of fees that you will have to pay to handle your money, ranging from wire transfer fees and checkbook costs to ATM fees, minimum balance fees, and others. Oh, and the second you go into the red, expect to be hit with a whopping fee (usually around $35), even if it was only by a few bucks for a few hours.</p> <h2>3. Free Big Prizes</h2> <p>We're not talking about winning a couple of tickets to a show or an mp3 player. If you are lucky enough to win something <em>big</em>, like a home, fancy vacation, or a car, be prepared for the cost implications that will follow. The big problem being taxes.</p> <p>For instance, many people on the show Extreme Home Makeover were thrilled to see their old home become an extravagant mansion. But once the cameras had gone, they were left with massive property taxes, big energy bills, and steep insurance hikes. Their financial circumstances didn't change to cover those costs, and they either had to sell, take out a home equity loan, or in some cases, declare bankruptcy. If you win a big car, or dream vacation, you will have to declare this to the IRS. So, be careful before saying yes to anything like this. It may be a dream come true, but can you afford it?</p> <h2>4. Free Pets</h2> <p>You see them advertised on Craigslist, local ads, and even in the break room at work. Someone's pet has a litter, and they want the kittens or puppies gone quickly. Hey, a free puppy, that's great! Well... yes and no.</p> <p>Your new addition will need a lifetime of food, care, and veterinary visits. Right off the bat, you'll have to pay to have your &quot;free&quot; pet vaccinated and spayed or neutered. If you choose a puppy that will grow into a large breed, you can expect to pay hundreds each month for food. And if your pet gets sick, the vet bills can be insanely expensive. If you want to avoid that, pet insurance is another hefty monthly cost. The big question is, do you have the financial stability to accept a free pet?</p> <h2>5. Free Hotel Breakfasts</h2> <p>&quot;Hey look, it says here we get a complimentary breakfast every morning!&quot; Actually, you've already paid for it. No hotel would stay in business by giving away tens of thousands of dollars in food and beverages every single day.</p> <p>The simple fact is, the cost of that breakfast is incorporated into the price of your hotel room. For example, instead of charging you $135 per night, the hotel charges $150 per night and includes &quot;free&quot; breakfast. Of course, if you're smart and book the hotel with a price comparison website like Hotels.com, you may get the room for way less than the advertised price. In that case, the other guests are paying for your free breakfast.</p> <h2>6. Free Meals/Tickets for Listening to a Pitch</h2> <p>You know the saying, &quot;There's no such thing as a free lunch?&quot; Well, sometimes it's spot on. In this instance, you're asked to listen to a sales pitch in exchange for a free meal, tickets to a show, or even a free vacation. Sounds like a good deal, but it isn't.</p> <p>It turns out you have to spend at least 45 minutes of your time listening to a pitch about timeshares, or investment opportunities, or new baby products (yes, this happened to me once). And once the presentation is over, you will be given the hard sell &mdash; the <em>super</em> hard sell. These people don't like to give away free meals or show tickets without converting enough people into customers to make it worth their while. So ask yourself, is your time free? Because you are paying for your &quot;free&quot; gifts with it.</p> <h2>7. Free Extra Gadget &mdash; Just Pay Shipping and Handling</h2> <p>You can already see the conflict in that statement. Many times on TV you will see those very sales-y infomercial products. After being blasted for 90 seconds about all the amazing things it can do, you are suddenly surprised with the fact that the order will be doubled if you call now. And, very quickly, a voice says, &quot;Just pay shipping and handling.&quot;</p> <p>Well, guess what. You're actually paying for that extra gadget. In fact, the whole pricing model is based on the cost of selling two items to you, not just one. The additional shipping and handling fee is a nice little bonus on top, as the cost of shipping was already calculated in the original cost of the product. It's all smoke and mirrors, but it's a very effective way to get people to buy. And, if you want to test the theory, call and ask to buy just one of the product at half the cost. You won't get very far.</p> <h2>8. Free Stuff on Craigslist</h2> <p>Many people I know like to browse through the &quot;free&quot; section on Craigslist in the hope of snagging a real bargain. Most of the time, what's being offered are items that are either too difficult or too costly for the owners to dispose of themselves.</p> <p>From time to time, you will find something decent on there. But before you say yes, remember it's not actually free. You have to go and pick up the item, which means you're spending money on fuel, putting miles on your car, and of course, using your own time (which is valuable). You may also need to repair the item in question. A good example I saw recently was a movie projector. Offered free, because it needed a new bulb that cost almost $100. So, do your research, ask questions, and see if the free item is actually worth your time and money.</p> <p><em>What free things have you picked up only to regret the actual cost later?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-things-that-arent">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-can-buy-with-5000">What You Can Buy With $5,000</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-can-have-delivered">12 Surprising Things You Can Have Delivered</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-everyday-things-you-shouldnt-be-paying-for">16 Everyday Things You Shouldn&#039;t Be Paying For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-secrets-of-highly-successful-craigslist-sellers">The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping checking accounts craigslist freebies no such thing as a free lunch pets shipping Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:00:03 +0000 Paul Michael 1642635 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Everyday Things You Shouldn't Be Paying For http://www.wisebread.com/16-everyday-things-you-shouldnt-be-paying-for <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-everyday-things-you-shouldnt-be-paying-for" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_computer_coffee_000071397399.jpg" alt="Woman finding everyday things she shouldn&#039;t be paying for" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Life costs money &mdash; a lot of money. But as savvy personal-finance gurus, we've learned how to cut back where we can. Consider this list of everyday things you shouldn't be paying for, and then let me know some of the basic freebies you live by in the comments below. Happy saving!</p> <h2>1. Wi-Fi Outside Your Home</h2> <p>Unless one of your neighbors is technologically inept and has left their Wi-Fi network unlocked, you probably have to pay for your own Internet connection at home. Okay &mdash; par for the course. But if you're paying for Wi-Fi outside of your home, you're giving into a system that takes advantage of impulse buyers.</p> <p>Plenty of places offer free Wi-Fi these days (Starbucks, Panera Bread, and even many McDonald's) as an incentive to come in and sit for a while. But then there are times when you <em>really</em> want to connect, and the only option is a paid connection (airplanes, anyone?). Don't fall for it. Load your devices up with everything you need to relax or read beforehand (like books, documents, movies, and TV shows), so you don't have to pay to get online. One day, in a perfect America, we'll never have to pay for public Wi-Fi. Consider your refusal to do so today a stand for the future.</p> <h2>2. Condiments</h2> <p>How much ketchup, mustard, and mayo do you use? I use very little, so the packets that I can harvest from my occasional take-outs and order-ins suit me just fine for when I need them at home. Even more expensive commodities like sugar, jams, and honey can be found if you're looking hard enough &mdash; like those packets and individual jars that are common at the resorts and hotels that you may visit on vacation.</p> <h2>3. Napkins</h2> <p>Free napkins are virtually everywhere you go, from rest stops to fast-food joints to the bars at your local restaurants. They're at your place of employment, the doctor's office, and even at your local theater. Pick up a few every time you go out and you'll never need to buy another napkin again.</p> <h2>4. Water</h2> <p>One of the most brilliant capitalism coups of the 20th century was convincing people to pay for water in bottles. Um, hello &mdash; we live in America, where we have some of the cleanest, tastiest water on the planet (which our taxes cover, by the way). Fill up a reusable bottle already. It's 2016, my friend.</p> <h2>5. Bank Fees</h2> <p>One, you shouldn't have a checking account that's charging you a monthly maintenance fee. If you're banking at an institution that's siphoning money from your account just for being part of its brand, change banks &mdash; stat! Also, stop visiting ATMs that charge fees. I've gone to ATMs whose fees were upwards of $5 before, and that's just not acceptable. If you know you'll need cash on a night out, take out how much you think you'll need. You're already paying inflated prices for drinks &mdash; do you really need to pay $5&ndash;$10 extra in bank fees when all is said and done?</p> <h2>6. Fitness</h2> <p>Nobody &mdash; and I do mean nobody &mdash; <em>needs</em> to pay for a gym membership. Exercise is free if you want it to be. There are plenty of workout and fitness videos available for free on YouTube and other resources to help folks who are pinching their pennies lose weight and get in shape.</p> <h2>7. Your Mobile Phone</h2> <p>Mobile phone companies are fighting so hard for your business these days that they're offering <em>free </em>phones to switch carriers, sign new two-year contracts early, and other incentives. Listen to me: You do not need to the latest and greatest phone as soon as it hits the market. Cool your jets, wait a bit, and upgrade when it's available to your for free as a result of your continued business with your carrier &mdash; or one to which you switch. They need you, not the other way around.</p> <h2>8. Books</h2> <p>Hello! Paperback or hardcover, your local library has a wealth of books for rent and for free. Oh, and did we forget about borrowing from friends? That's still totally legit, ya know. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-cool-jobs-for-book-lovers">17 Cool Jobs for Book Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>9. Credit Reports</h2> <p>Every one of us is entitled to a free annual credit report by decree of the federal government. Never, ever pay for one. The credit report you get in January should be accepted by anyone who needs to see it until at least a year later.</p> <h2>10. Run-of-the-Mill Computer Programs</h2> <p>Google Drive, with all its components, pretty much replaces any need for the Microsoft suite of office software. If you can't afford Microsoft or other programs &mdash; and they're fairly pricey if you have to buy them yourself &mdash; there's no need to fret. Online resources have your back.</p> <h2>11. Ice</h2> <p>It's frozen water, ma'am and sir. Even though we weren't born magicians, we're all capable of turning water into ice, at home, for free. Stop buying it!</p> <h2>12. News</h2> <p>It's everywhere, and, frankly, print media can't keep up with the immediateness of the Internet and social media. If you're connected, there's no point in buying anything in print anymore.</p> <h2>13. Tax Prep</h2> <p>Unless your taxes are complicated &mdash; like, say, if you own a business, and you require an accountant &mdash; there are resources online that allow you to do your taxes efficiently and effectively, which, in turn, results in a quicker payday than if someone else were on the case for you.</p> <h2>14. Cable TV</h2> <p>Nearly every show you watch is available either for free online by its respective network or a streaming service that charges far less than the monthly cable bill you're paying.</p> <h2>15. Long-Distance Phone Calls</h2> <p>One word: Skype. Or, okay, two words: FaceTime. Either way, long-distance phone calls should be dead to you by now.</p> <h2>16. Museum Tickets</h2> <p>Almost every museum offers at least one day a month where admission is free. Even better, some museums are part of programs &mdash; like Bank of America's Museums on Us &mdash; where entire weekends are free. Before you fork over the cash to view and enjoy what, frankly, should belong to the American people and not private entities (especially those getting tax breaks for being &quot;not-for-profit&quot; organizations &mdash; but I digress), research the museum you'd like to visit and see how you can get in without paying a dime.</p> <p><em>What are some other everyday things you shouldn't be paying for? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F16-everyday-things-you-shouldnt-be-paying-for&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F16%20Everyday%20Things%20You%20Should%20Not%20Be%20Paying%20For.jpg&amp;description=16%20Everyday%20Things%20You%20Shouldn%26%23x27%3Bt%20Be%20Paying%20For" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/16%20Everyday%20Things%20You%20Should%20Not%20Be%20Paying%20For.jpg" alt="16 Everyday Things You Should Not Be Paying For" width="250" height="374" /><br /> &nbsp;</h2> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-everyday-things-you-shouldnt-be-paying-for">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-things-that-arent">8 &quot;Free&quot; Things That Aren&#039;t</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping bank fees credit reports everyday items freebies wifi Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:00:03 +0000 Mikey Rox 1634856 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Little Known Amazon Shopping Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_finding_online_deals_000067130921.jpg" alt="Woman discovering little known Amazon shopping hacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us already know you can score great deals shopping on Amazon &mdash; but there are some secrets that can make these great deals even better. These Amazon &quot;shopping hacks&quot; will help you get things like a free Prime membership extension or digital credits, and even seven-day price protection on purchases. Here's what you need to know to make it happen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know?ref=seealso">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a>)</p> <h2>1. Score a Free Prime Extension</h2> <p>While <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QQ5FBWNQYNKZHIBY">Amazon Prime's</a> two-day shipping guarantee is pretty darn reliable, there will undoubtedly be times when you don't get your package on time. When they don't deliver on their guarantee, simply hit up&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&amp;nodeId=508510">customer service</a> via a phone call, email, or live chat, and explain the situation. By doing so, you'll likely end up with a one month Prime membership extension ($8.25 value), or a $5 or $10 credit to your account. What you receive from Amazon as &quot;compensation&quot; will depend on how late the package was delivered and the size of the order.</p> <p>Whether the delivery delay is caused by bad weather, a problem at the Amazon warehouse, or a combination of both, you should hold Amazon's feet to the fire if they don't deliver on their two-day guarantee. After all, you're paying $99 annually for the membership and they're &quot;guaranteeing&quot; two-day delivery, so there should be consequences if they can't deliver on their promise.</p> <h2>2. Get a Replacement Item Without Sending Back the Original</h2> <p>Most shoppers are unaware that if delivered goods are damaged or broken, you can contact Amazon customer service and they'll immediately send you a replacement item. Better yet, if you politely ask, they'll often send it via overnight delivery. Even better than <em>that</em>, if the item is valued at less than $50, they'll often tell you to keep the broken or damaged item. This is really a sweet deal if the item is still useable or can be salvaged with a little elbow grease.</p> <p>It's important to realize this will only work if the item is sold directly from Amazon and not a third party seller. If the item is from a third party seller, you'll have the option of either getting a full refund, or a replacement item delivered to your home in three to four business days.</p> <h2>3. Get Amazon Price Protection</h2> <p>Are you aware that Amazon has a price protection policy in place? Because it's not advertised openly on their website, most shoppers have no idea it exists. If you bought an item from Amazon and noticed the price has later been lowered, you stand a great chance of getting the lower price. As long as you're within seven days of the delivery date, and the item was sold by &quot;Amazon.com LLC,&quot; you're entitled to the lower price and a credit back to your payment method in the amount of the price difference, or a gift card added to your account for the difference in the price. The best way to get your credit is via live chat &mdash; just be sure to have your order number on hand so they can look up the current price.</p> <p>Because Amazon is famous for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-sneaky-online-price-changes">constantly changing prices</a>, I highly recommend checking on the new price of items you've recently purchased, especially on significant purchases. Personally, I like to set up an alert on my smartphone calendar to remind me to check pricing on the seventh day after delivery. By doing so, I've been able to take advantage of the Amazon price protection policy several times and earned a good chunk of change in the process.</p> <h2>4. Score Free eBooks, Movie, and Music Credits</h2> <p>If you frequently buy digital content like eBooks, digital music, and videos from Amazon, I have a great hack to get free credits added to your account. If you're an Amazon Prime member, and don't necessarily need an item delivered within two days, you can opt for &quot;FREE No-Rush Shipping (five business days)&quot; and get a $1 credit for digital content by doing so.</p> <p>I have also occasionally seen credits up to $2 along with credits for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/pantry/info/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OPZWDLBI3WUNS6DQ">Amazon Prime Pantry</a>. They tend to rotate their &quot;No-Rush&quot; credit option with $1 for digital content being the default offer. Also, it's important to point out that you'll get your credit added to your account after the item has shipped. Plus, credits are stackable and there is no limit on the number of credits you can receive.</p> <h2>5. Get an Amazon Price-Match (Sort Of)</h2> <p>While Amazon doesn't have an official price match policy in place, you can still request a lower price if you find one on a competing website or from a local brick and mortar retailer. This is done by informing them of the lower price on the Amazon product page &mdash; under &quot;Product Details,&quot; simply click on &quot;Tell us about a lower price&quot; and follow the instructions.</p> <p>Next, monitor the item for a couple days and you stand a good chance of them lowering the price based on your information. Your odds of success rise significantly if the lower price you found is from a popular online competitor, as it becomes very easy for Amazon to confirm their price. Since this hack requires a few steps and some patience, I only recommend trying it on significant purchases where you can save enough money to make it worth your time and effort.</p> <p>It's important to never assume Amazon offers the lowest price around. Or worse yet, to settle for a higher price because they make online shopping extremely easy and convenient. There's no reason why you can't take advantage of the above hacks to save money in addition to taking advantage of the conveniences Amazon offers. Do that, and you've officially become a smart Amazon shopper.</p> <p><em>Have you tried any of these Amazon shopping hacks? If so, how did it work out?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-little-known-amazon-shopping-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review">How to Get Even More Freebies in Exchange for a Review</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-strange-ways-online-shopping-has-changed-the-world">6 Strange Ways Online Shopping Has Changed the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazons-secret-30-day-price-guarantee">Amazon&#039;s secret 30-day price guarantee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-save-with-amazon-prime-pantry">Can You Really Save With Amazon Prime Pantry?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon amazon prime freebies hacks online shopping price matching shipping Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:00:23 +0000 Kyle James 1567488 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Free Ways to Spend Your Summer http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-spend-your-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-free-ways-to-spend-your-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_beach_day_000039107184.jpg" alt="Friends finding free ways to spend the summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the temperatures rise, many people feel that their spending needs to as well. However, with so many great outdoor options available, there is no reason that you should have to spend any extra money during the season. That's why we've found some of the best ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies">enjoy your summer</a>, without spending a dime.</p> <h2>1. Explore Your Neighborhood</h2> <p>The weather and time of year is perfect to explore your neighborhood so you know exactly what it has to offer. There may even be free walking tours of your city, so check your city's event calendar. Whenever you're exploring the great outdoors, don't forget to slather on the sunscreen to protect your skin and face from sun damage.</p> <h2>2. Look for Free Events</h2> <p>Museums and art galleries tend to offer free tickets on certain days of the summer, so check your community calendar to see if they will be hosting any free events. You may even be able to find a free comedy show or open mic night near you for endless free entertainment.</p> <h2>3. Look for Free Factory Tours</h2> <p>Many restaurants, toy stores, breweries, candy factories, and other factories will offer <a href="http://factorytoursusa.com/">free tours</a>, so find out what's available in your area. This can be a fun, educational experience for the whole family.</p> <h2>4. Get Creative</h2> <p>Maybe you have an inner artist or writer in you? There's no better time than now to explore your creative side. Find paper, pens, colored pencils, and whatever else you may have around the house to draw, paint, sculpt, write, and let your creative juices flow. This may also be the perfect time to explore photography and discover what types of photos you can master. Give yourself a photography challenge every day to improve your skills in no time.</p> <h2>5. Take Advantage of Outdoor Activities</h2> <p>If you live near a park, check their upcoming events calendar to find out which free events will be available to you. There may be free food festivals, film festivals, concerts, plays, and other events at your local park or nearby. You can also visit any of the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/index.htm">400+ national parks</a>, many with free admission days.</p> <h2>6. Go to the Beach</h2> <p>Going to the beach is one of the best free activities. You can enjoy all the beach activities, the sun, and the endless people watching, all without spending anything.</p> <h2>7. Get Sporty</h2> <p>Outdoor activities like camping, hiking, volleyball, fishing, biking, boating, surfing, swimming, gardening, and other outdoor sports are all great ways to spend your summer days and won't cost anything. As an added benefit, you can also lose weight and tone your body, all while having fun outside.</p> <h2>8. Host a Party</h2> <p>If you've never hosted a party, summer is the perfect time to practice before the holidays roll around. Plan an outdoor barbeque, a pool party, or an indoor gathering to beat the heat.</p> <h2>9. Host a Clothing Swap</h2> <p>A clothing swap is a great way to clean out your closet, add items to your wardrobe, and bond with your favorite people. You can trade unwanted clothing with your friends and family, and can even throw in a potluck where everyone can bring one of their favorite recipes.</p> <h2>10. Relax With a Good Book</h2> <p>Just because you don't need to worry about studying and homework over the summer doesn't mean you can't enjoy a good book. Spend some time working on your tan while reading a new bestseller. This is the best way to relax and expand your mind at the same time. Visit your local library to rent books, ebooks, audiobooks, and DVDs. Your library may also offer free events that you can take part in, so make sure to check their upcoming calendar.</p> <h2>11. Improve Your Cooking Skills</h2> <p>If you've wanted to master the art of the perfect burger, then there's no better time to hone in on your cooking skills than now. Learn to make homemade ice cream and you'll have the most visited house on the block all summer.</p> <h2>12. Take up a New Hobby</h2> <p>Experiment with new hobbies or perfect your talents. Take up an instrument, learn a new language, or train your body to complete a marathon.</p> <h2>13. Work on Your Fitness</h2> <p>Now is also a great time to get into shape. If you aren't in beach body shape yet, it's never too late. By working up a sweat, you'll look better, feel better, and help release harmful toxins from the body.</p> <h2>14. Volunteer</h2> <p>Volunteering your time can be very rewarding, help others, and provide a fun experience. You can also meet new people and feel good knowing that you helped contribute to your community. You can even think outside of the box and do things like cleaning up trash at your local park. Not only will it help your community, but it can also provide a great example for your children.</p> <h2>15. Pamper Yourself</h2> <p>What better way to relax on a hot day than by giving yourself an at-home spa day? You can enjoy a mask, manicure, pedicure, and whatever else you find relaxing, without paying someone else to do it for you. You can even ask your spouse to give you a massage to complete your relaxing day. You can also just relax in a hot bath, jacuzzi, or pool. Whatever it takes to leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed, you deserve to be pampered. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home?ref=seealso">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a>)</p> <p><em>How do you get the most out of your summer? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-spend-your-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-ways-summer-will-cost-you">7 Surprising Ways Summer Will Cost You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-old-school-things-that-make-summer-summer">10 Old-School Things That Make Summer SUMMER!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-fourth-of-july-party-ideas">Frugal Fourth of July Party Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hobbies-you-can-start-for-under-10">25 Hobbies You Can Start for Under $10</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle activities exploring freebies having fun summer Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:00:15 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1507471 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Summer Fun Freebies at Legoland and More http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-summer-fun-freebies-at-legoland-and-more <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-summer-fun-freebies-at-legoland-and-more" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/rollercoaster-iStock_000063445945_Small.jpg" alt="rollercoaster" title="rollercoaster" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on freebies for summer fun, holidays for every day in June, and laundry tips and tricks you should know.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0530/Summer-fun-freebies-ticket-to-LEGOLAND-Six-Flags-and-more">Summer fun freebies: ticket to LEGOLAND, Six Flags, and more</a> &mdash; Buy a LEGO set from the LEGO store and a full-price 1-day ticket, and you'll get a second 1-day ticket for free! [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/30-fun-and-bizarre-holidays-in-june-turn-every-day-into-a-celebration">30 Fun (and Bizarre) Holidays in June: Turn Every Day into a Celebration</a> &mdash; Get ready, folks! This Friday is National Doughnut Day! [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Laundry-DIYs-37582010?#photo-37582010">35 Laundry Tips and Tricks That Everyone Should Know</a> &mdash; Make a mini ironing board to take with you when you travel, or just to help you save some space at home. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalupstate.com/sponsored/frugal-tools-7-ways-a-cooler-can-help-you-save">Frugal Tools: 7 Ways a Cooler Can Help You Save</a> &mdash; Hosting a party? Toss your drinks in a cooler filled with ice so your guests won't have to go to the fridge and waste energy every time they open the door. [Frugal Upstate]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/unique-wedding-gift-ideas/">10 Meaningful and Unique Wedding Gift Ideas</a> &mdash; Create a cookbook with contributions from family and friends on both sides! [PT Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/10-month-gym-memberships-great.html">Those heavily promoted $10-a-month gym memberships are great &hellip; But will you ever go?</a> &mdash; The gym amenities and services you get from basic memberships tend to be very limited. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/4-knew-graduated-college/">4 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated From College</a> &mdash; Networking is a two-way street. If you're able to help someone out, do it! [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/how-to-take-charge-of-your-emotions-when-dealing-with-money/">How to Take Charge of Your Emotions When Dealing with Money</a> &mdash; Get the facts! You'll be less fearful when you know exactly what you're dealing with. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/snowball-vs-avalanche-which-debt-payoff-method-is-best">Snowball Vs Avalanche: Which Debt Payoff Method Is Best?</a> &mdash; The difference lies in which debt you focus on paying off first. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbriana.com/six-time-management-mistakes-you-may-be-making">Six Time Management Mistakes You May Be Making</a> &mdash; Having enough rest is key to being productive. Schedule your time (and breaks!) so you have the energy to manage your day. [Bargain Briana]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-summer-fun-freebies-at-legoland-and-more">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-spend-your-summer">15 Free Ways to Spend Your Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-see-the-summers-blockbuster-movies-without-breaking-the-bank">How to See the Summer&#039;s Blockbuster Movies Without Breaking the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-the-most-out-of-warm-weather-weekdays">15 Ways to Make the Most Out of Warm-Weather Weekdays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-beloved-books-of-successful-millionaires">10 Beloved Books of Successful Millionaires</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips freebies summer activities Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1445358 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Get Your Morning Coffee for Free http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_drinking_coffee_000027559401.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to get their morning coffee for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a nation, we drink a lot of coffee. Over half of Americans over 18 years of age drink at least one cup every single day. That equates to over <a href="http://www.e-importz.com/coffee-statistics.php">150 million cups of coffee</a>, and doesn't account for those of us who drink two or more cups. With the average price of a standard coffee coming in at $2.38, that means we're spending $357 million every day on coffee.</p> <p>And yet, there are so many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking-expensive-coffee">ways to get coffee</a> for free! Here is a list of ideas to get you inspired and spending less.</p> <h2>1. Get it From Your Employer</h2> <p>The first idea on the list is almost certainly the most obvious. Many of us are fortunate enough to work at a place that has a kitchen, a coffee maker, and all the coffee we could ever want to drink. It's actually a good move on the part of the business, as a caffeinated workforce is an alert workforce. However, so many people with this free resource decide to go through the drive-thru line at Starbucks before arriving at work, preferring to pay $5 for a coffee loaded with cream and flavorings. Do yourself a favor &mdash; drink the coffee at work. You can always bring in your own flavorings and creamers if you want a more sophisticated taste.</p> <h2>2. Become an Ikea Family Member</h2> <p>If you sign up for Ikea's Family Card, which is free, you are entitled to a <a href="http://info.ikea-usa.com/FAMILY/">free cup of Ikea coffee </a>every day. This is particularly useful on the weekends, when you're out and about running errands. Take advantage of the free coffee (you can also get free tea) and get some shopping in at the same time.</p> <h2>3. Be Extra Nice to Pret A Manger Staff</h2> <p>If you're lucky enough to have a Pret A Manger near you (in the U.S., they're currently located in New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.), you have a very good chance of getting a free coffee just by turning on the charm. According to the CEO, Clive Schlee, the chain gives away <a href="http://www.dansvilleonline.com/article/20150426/BUSINESS/304269986">28% of its coffee free</a>, based entirely on whether the staff likes you or not. The staff has the right to give away free coffee, and does so to those people who deserve it. If you're nice and polite, you may get one. If you're very attractive as well, you'll almost certainly get one free. If you sneer and snarl, forget it.</p> <h2>4. Pop Into Cost Plus World Market</h2> <p>Every branch of Cost Plus World Market will brew at least one of its coffee varieties every day, and wants you to try them for free. If you have the time, stop by the one nearest you before you go to work, and sample their latest flavors. The cups aren't very big, but there's no reason you can't sample it twice before you leave. It also comes with creamers and sugar or sweeteners.</p> <h2>5. Take Advantage of National Coffee Day</h2> <p>Every September 29th, coffee stores around the U.S. and the world give away millions of cups of free coffee. On that day, check to see who in your area is serving free cups of coffee. They will most likely have a limit on the size of the cup, but you can pop into several on your way to work, or after dropping off the kids at school.</p> <h2>6. Cash in on Loyalty Programs</h2> <p>Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, and Dunkin' Donuts will all reward you with free coffee just by signing up for an online account. Before you go out, create your profile and you'll get a code or printable coupon that you can use to get your free cup of coffee. The unscrupulous among you may even be tempted to create multiple profiles with different e-mail accounts. That's your call.</p> <h2>7. Birthdays = Free Coffee</h2> <p>If it's your birthday, chances are the local coffee stores will happily give you a free cup of your favorite morning pick-me-up. First, check to see if they do give out coupons for birthdays (Dunkin' Donuts definitely does with its Dunkin' Perks program). If they don't, try your luck when you get to the front of the line, and show them your ID. Most of the time, you'll walk away with a free coffee.</p> <h2>8. Swing by a Hotel Lobby</h2> <p>Almost every hotel in the country serves free coffee in the morning, for guests and their visitors. While it may not be entirely ethical to drop into the hotel every day on your way to work for a free cup of joe, hotels put out gallons of coffee every morning, and throw away a lot of it. A few cups here and there won't put anyone's nose out of joint, especially if you are a regular guest of the hotel when you travel for business or pleasure.</p> <p><em>Where do you pick up a free cup of joe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-simple-plan-for-saving-up-a-2000-fun-fund">A Simple Plan for Saving Up a $2000 Fun Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-starbucks-savings-hacks-that-actually-work">7 Starbucks Savings Hacks That Actually Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/french-press-coffee">French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-negotiating-trick-puts-money-in-your-pocket">This Simple Negotiating Trick Puts Money in Your Pocket</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink coffee freebies saving money Mon, 11 May 2015 17:00:57 +0000 Paul Michael 1414194 at http://www.wisebread.com