Friday, October 1, 2010

Creative Uses for Freebies

"Go sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here!" is my motto for some things in life. I've learned that in this world there are people who think you are practically looney for trying to save money or enjoy a lifestyle you're accustomed to with couponing. Or, if you are able to put your frugal skills to creative uses, that's a red flag too apparently? And, it can make me think, goodness, am I crazy? But, so far, I have adapted pretty well from college to the big girl world. And, disregarded the crazy looks too. ;)

I began my "23 and thrifty" journey by requesting free samples from manufacturer's websites. My first apartment and my "own" mailbox... and all it would be filled with was bills. After a while, I saw coupon-match ups. Since I had adopted my dog Bailey, I saw a deal where you could get free dogfood with store and manufacturer's coupons. I didn't know what the heck I was doing at the coupon game, but since I'd been very frugal and conscious of the financial responsibility of taking on a pet, I thought I'd give it a try. And, it worked. I think there was a spark that went off in my brain. From there, I started riding the coupon train ever since... and my dog too! I enjoy it, and it has been a blessing to be able to enjoy life and has helped me organize my finances and give me a sense of empowerment for being so coupon-savvvy!

I follow for many deals, coupons, free samples, etc. They made a post about a free freaky stuffed animal toy for children for the first five shoppers who said "Free Freaky Fridays". Collin at Hip2Save makes me laugh, one reason why I enjoy frequenting her website so much! Let me tell you, I camped out for this deal! HA! For some reason, every day I am at the mall... ;) and, well, I managed to pop in and I actually remembered the "deal". Since the employees know I am a frequent shopper, I asked them if they were having a "FREE FREAKY FRIDAY!" to give them a giggle. Luckily, they were participating in the promotion and I got a free stuffed animal. Those things are normally 14.95! No way jose! But, from what I hear, these things are all the rage with kids, more geared towards boys, and are kind of like Webkinz and have an online code to play online with and have a "good" side and a "bad" side you can flip them inside and out. I was the first one to score this deal (go figure, HA!) and I gave it to my "child". I hope some other shoppers were able to indulge in this *exclusive* deal... as when I got mine... it was late lunch! Ha! Take a peek. 

And, it's completely silly, but my dog loves his new toy. And has carried it around with him for the past hour. And, it was free. It's the simple things in life? ;)


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