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How to Get Freebies 2011-02-01 09:50:29

Savvy Community: How to Sniff Out a Deal

This savvy bargain post comes from discount-happy tanyamc, who posted it in our Thrifty Tips group:

There was an exposé on the Today show yesterday about all the freebies out there. So you can obviously look at their site to see the likes of,, the Phyto and Bliss spa freebies, but there are a bunch of other ones that I'm aware of that I thought I'd share. There is that free month of Netflix out there, but I'm going to list a few more.

  • Coupons Galore: Groupon, Living Social, and where I live Virginia Living Deals all have amazing savings on everything from house cleaning services to spa gift certificates to restaurant discounts. So it's worth checking out if you'd rather pay half to 75 percent off what you are already paying.
  • Sign Up For Giveaways: Also local radio and TV stations have giveaways that will be sent to you in emails when they arise.
  • Check Your Mail: My gym sent a coupon when my commitment was ready to expire, but since I can be a bit of a procrastinator, I took it in 6 months later, and they couldn't honor the offer of a $10 monthly decrease and two personal training sessions, but they did actually better than that. They canceled the month to month membership and gave me a 12 month contract (compared to the two year contract I had) at $19.99 (was paying $29.99) with the first two months free. Needless to say I was quite stoked!

For more savvy tips, read after the jump.

  • Be on Top of the Social Scene: Checking out your local social type papers (here in RVA, we have Style Weekly and Skirt), Facebook pages, Twitter (if you do that sort of thing), and community emails can be a great way to not only stay in touch with sales and discounts, but also be among the first to know about hot spots and not-so-hot spots in town. Definitely helpful when you have that Saturday night date planned only to get there to see they closed two months ago because the owner had some lovely vice!
  • Winery Volunteering: Last but not least, this is definitely my favorite! We have a plethora of wineries here in Virginia, and while at one that was relatively nearby to my home, I was talking to the girl who was giving the tastings and she told me about the fabulous world of volunteering at a winery! You sign up for when you can (normally weekends), and you get paid in winebucks, essentially wine! Plus I found out that when you go to other wineries mentioning that you are in the "industry," even as a volunteer allows you a complimentary tasting, which would normally be $5 to $12. I have met several couples or their families who have utilized this great resource to have wine covered for their weddings and receptions. With about a 200 percent markup on alcohol, this is a great deal! Happy Savings!


Have you ever tried this tactic? Have thrifty tips to share? Join the Thrifty Tips — Getting the Most Out of Life group in the SavvySugar Community and preach!

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