Yes, yes, another blog post about finances… well, kind of. Recently, a lot of my posts have highlighted ways to save more, spend less, and things of that nature, but honestly, I think we can all use some of that advice as we enter into the holiday season where consumerism runs rampant.
Today’s blog post is not so much about what I do to save because I don’t take advantage of all of these opportunities. But, I do know about them and I think they’re worth sharing just in case they can help any of you guys.
From getting stuff for free to getting them at a significant discount, here are a few websites that can make your day-to-day life a lot easier.
1. Free Kids Meals – mykidseatfree.com
If you have kids or regularly dine with anyone under the age of 12, then this website should be your best friend. Eating out, especially at dinner time can be kind of expensive.
Side note: Did you know that the price of dinners at restaurants compared to lunch can be as much as 50% more expensive?
So outside of just sticking to dining out at lunchtime instead of dinner, a way to cut costs is to go somewhere where kids can eat for free. If you take a look at mykidseatfree.com, the site looks ancient but don’t be fooled, you can find some valuable information over there. Just navigate to the top bar and click where it says, “start your search.” From there you can choose what state you’re in as well as the city and go from there. It will give you options of restaurants to choose from as well as their policies as to when kids can eat for free. (Usually, it’s with the purchase of an adult meal and only on certain days)
2. Free Audio Books – LibriVox.org
If you’re big into reading, audiobooks or podcasts, I recommend you visit LibriVox.org. There, you can listen to audiobooks for free. My only caveat is that the latest books probably aren’t available on there. I mean, it is a free service people, you can only expect so much. But if you have no preference to what you read or listen to, or just like what may be considered classics, then you should definitely check this site out.
3. Free Stuff On Your Birthday – http://www.frugallivingnw.com/birthday-freebies/
Your birthday only comes around once a year, and companies across the United States are more than willing to make your day a special one if you stop by their locations. Whether it’s $30 off your dinner at Benihana or a BOGO (buy one get one) at Cold Stone, apparently there is so much you’ve been missing out on over the years. Many of these perks are food related, but I’ve never been one to turn down free food.
4. Airbnb but better? It’s Couch Surfing. – CouchSurfing.org
If you’re planning a trip, before you book your hotel, hostel, or Airbnb, you might want to check out couchsurfing.org. It can sound sketchy at first, but after looking over their site and reading some reviews, it seems like a viable option if you’re okay staying with people you just met.
In short, the company allows travelers to connect with locals who are more than willing to lend their couch for a night or for a few, and possibly show their guests around when they get to their city. For free you have access to finding a host, hosting others and learning about free travel events across the globe. For a fee you can become a verified member were you gain access to an ad-free website and mobile app, getting SMS and address verified, and much more. From what I understand it’s a free service or at least very cheap, so if you frequently travel, like meeting locals when you do, or just want a different experience than ones you’ve had before, couchsurfing.org is for you.
5. Exchange Your Time For Services – timebanks.org
We all know what it looks like to exchange time for money. That’s what makes the world go round currently, but what if it’s not the only way? What if you could spend two hours teaching someone a skill you’re good at (i.e., sewing, basketball, playing an instrument), and in exchange for giving your time someone gives you theres? It makes sense to me. Not only do you give, but you receive as well and have the opportunity to foster relationships with the people in your community. If this is something you’re interested in, head to timebanks.org and find a community near you that is participating in this time sharing movement.
Those are all the savvy spender tips I have for today, but if you’re looking for more, I highly recommend you read the book, The Cheapskate Next Door by Jeff Yeager. I got the majority of my tips from his book, and though a little out of date, many of his savvy money-saving tips still stand true to this day.
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