Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Works For Me: Free Spending Money

With the weather getting nicer and us getting busier, I haven't spent much time in the stores, taking advantage of any good deals and free offers lately. We've even canceled our newspaper subscription for a while. Instead, I have signed up with several free trial offers that I've received with my credit card statements. I've done these free offers several times over the years, and it is an easy way to make some spending money.

Just in the past two months, I've made $140 by doing only four free trials. They are:

  • Traveler's Advantage
  • Buyer's Advantage
  • AutoVantage
  • Complete Home

These offers are really easy to do. The main thing is you have to make sure you are diligent about canceling in time. Otherwise, you will be charged. Then it's not such a good deal anymore. So at the same time I am filling out the form, I write the info on my calendar. If it's a 30-day trial, your trial usually begins when you receive your membership packet in the mail. I write the info on my calendar for 30 days from the day I mail it in. Then I know I will for sure be canceling it in time.

I write: the name of the program, the phone number to cancel, what the free promotion is, and how much I will be charged if I forget to cancel. I'm really good at looking at my calendar each day, and especially on Sundays when I am planning out my week. But if you tend to forget to look at it, this probably isn't the way to go for you. But if you are good at remembering to cancel, I recommend you try these out if you come across them. I'm not sure if you can go to their websites to sign up or if you have to actually receive a sign-up form in the mail, but it would be worth looking into.

It's been nice to have a little extra spending money for things we otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford right now. I've gotten portraits done of my boys, printed regular 4x6 pictures, gotten occasional ice cream/espresso treats, bought myself a few summer clothes and this weekend, I am going to garage sales to look for summer clothes for the boys. None of these things are in our budget right now, so I am thankful that those free offers came my way.

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1 comment:

kristilea said...

That's quite the crafty idea!

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