I have a lot of time on my hands lately and not a lot of cash so I have been doing what I can to save money and still buy the things I need. A few friends and family members have been asking me to share a money saving tips/how to get free stuff!
Swagbucks is a search engine that gives you swagbucks (points) just for searching. You can redeem those swagbucks for prizes or gift cards. I think that the amazon gift card is the best deal--$5 gift card for 450 swagbucks. I have redeemed two of these gift cards so far since signing up--which comes in handy since I am involved in a book club and get the books from amazon. If you sign up don't get frustrated if you aren't earning a lot of swagbucks right away. Just use the site like you would google and slowly you will see things adding up--it really does work! Click here to check out Swagbucks and sign up.
2. Before I go shopping or out to eat I do an online search (usually through swagbucks :) ) to see if where I am going is offering any deals or has coupons available. Yesterday I decided to use a gift card I had from Bath and Body Works so I went and checked (just put in a search for "Bath and Body Works coupons") and found a coupon for a free travel size lotion with any purchase. I was going to make a purchase anyways so for me it was a great deal!
This site is great if you do a lot of online shopping. You get a percentage back for shopping online--% varies by store. They also share deals/coupons that the stores have for online shopping. Plus you get a $5 sign up bonus when you make your first purchase. I don't do a ton of online shopping so for me earning money on this site has been slow going, but I still think it is worth it. I have heard of many people who love it and earn quite a bit through ebates. With Christmas coming up it might be useful. Click here to check it out.
4. Coupons--Matching coupons to sale prices and deals is a great way to save money or get free items. You don't even need to get the Sunday Paper coupons to score deals, although that is helpful. I get most of my coupons online. I don't have time to search out all the good deals so I depend on others to do that. :) Here are a few websites I like She Saved, Coupon Geek and Penny Pinchin' Mom (If you are interested let me know and I can share a few more websites/blogs like these.) I don't think any of these ladies live in my area, but I still have gotten some great deals by reading their blogs and ones like them...including the free full size bottle of shampoo that I got yesterday :)
Hope this helps. :)