I love getting deals and freebies but like most of you, I don’t like when my e-mail box is filled up with spam, I don’t like getting a million phone calls from solicitors all hours of the day, and I don’t like risking my personal bank account numbers to sign up for freebies and deals. Here are some tips to help you grab great deals and freebies without the worry and headaches.
1. If you do not want to have your personal e-mail box filled up with coupons, offers, surveys, etc. create a separate e-mail address for just that. Some people even take it a step further and create one for surveys and one for offers/coupons. I’m not saying don’t check this account, but keep it separate from your other ones. This way you won’t have to sift through the survey and deal e-mails to find your more important e-mails.
2. If you don’t want to get phone calls at home from offers you signed up for, sign up for Google Voice. It’s FREE and will create a new phone number for you. You can give this number out when you sign up for offers and Google Voice will take messages for you online. There is more info on Google Voice here. This way you can listen to the calls when you are ready- on your time, not when the solicitor wants to reach you. (You can use this in the dating world, too, but that would be a whole different post! )
3. If an offer is FREE for a certain amount of time make sure to put it on your calendar before the trial is up so you can decide if you want to keep the offer or not so you won’t be charged if you don’t want to be. I usually put it on my Outlook calendar so I get a pop-up reminder while I am sitting at my computer but sometimes I put it on my cellphone calendar, too.
4. If you do not want to be auto charged for something, use a Visa Prepaid Card that only has a certain amount of money on it. This way a company cannot take more than is on the card. Also, a lot of offers just need a card on file and you can often use one that doesn’t even have much of a balance on it. This is also good for those “deals” and “freebies” that are a little questionable, too. If they don’t have your bank account info then they can’t take all your money from you. I like to keep at least one Visa Prepaid Card on hand that only has a little bit of money on it for these types of purchases. Then I can add money to it as I need but they wouldn’t have access to all of my money. I’ve had my identity stolen before and my checking account was cleaned out. It turned out it was a “friend” who did it and thankfully the bank put all my money back, BUT she couldn’t have cleaned out my account if she only had my prepaid card info.
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