They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. And they’re probably right. But that doesn’t mean that the resourceful among us can’t spot an opportunity when we see one. There are all sorts of things that you can get for free, including travel, gadgets, and, yes, lunches. But you have to know where to look.
Of course, if you’re not paying for these things out of your hard earned money, you’ll be paying for them in some other way. But for those of us who don’t have a great deal of money, where’s the harm in that? What’s more, the level of sacrifice is usually quite limited. So let’s get started.
Gadgets are all the rage right now. And for good reason: they’re exciting and useful. Unfortunately, many come with a hefty price tag. So how to get them for free? The first thing you want to do is to start writing reviews on a site like Amazon. If you write reviews that other people find helpful, you may get a private invite to a program called Vine. Vine, for those of you who don’t know, is a product review platform launched by Amazon to get customers to review their new products.
Here’s where it gets interesting. As a member of Vine, you’ll get new products shipped to you by Amazon. If you write a review that people find helpful, you’ll get to keep the product. How good is that?
Just be warned, however, that the products are usually aren’t the latest iPhones or iPads. They’re often less well-known gadgets and peripherals. Still, you never know what you might find useful.
Getting a free lunch isn’t as hard as it sounds. There are plenty of companies, willing to give away food, just to get bodies through the door.
Nowhere does this apply more than when a new restaurant, store or supermarket opens. If you can get in on a restaurant opening, often the food itself is free, and you only have to pay for the drinks. Newly opened supermarkets will often also offer free food samples so that you try their new products.
Of course, going to various grand openings isn’t the only way to get your hands on some free grub. As www.ourgeeks.com explains, you can also get free food at Subways, just from filling out an online survey.
Aside from travel rewards, there isn’t an awful lot that you can do to reduce the cost of your journey. But once you get to your destination, there are plenty of opportunities to save.
It might surprise you to learn that there are actually a lot of people who are willing to put up complete strangers in their houses. On Couchsurfing.org, you can find these people, many of whom will be willing to put you up for free. As the name suggests, you probably won’t be staying in a luxury villa. But, there are some benefits to couch surfing, including the fact that you’ll probably meet some new friends.