Monday, March 9, 2009

Surviving on Freebies

Surviving On Freebies
Survining a recession is easy if you take advantage of freebies. Become a freeloader! I am not suggesting that you free load off your friends and family or even the government. Businesses give away free stuff everyday. Free cosmetics, free kids meals, free meat, even free money!

Yes free money! My husband and I opened a new Chase personal bank account this weekend. Before we opened it we just happened to get these change of address packets at our local post office; you know those coupons and advertisements that you usually toss in the trash, don't through them away!!! Think of them as free money, sometimes lots of free money! Anyway, we had two coupons that came out of those packets. The coupons were for $125.00 a piece. That is $250.00 for opening a bank account that we had to open anyway!!! Chase deposited $250.00 in our bank account, no questions asked, no stipulations on how we spend it!

As if that were not enough that is not the only thing we freeloaded this weekend! Just so happens the windshield on our Jeep cracked, its ok, we have complete glass coverage. Sence we had to get the windshield replaced anyway, my husband shopped around town for the best deal. We had the insurance company fix our windshield at Speedy Glass and they gave us a gift certificate for Omaha Steaks! We are having a box of gourmet steaks and burgers delivered to our doorstep, for free!

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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