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Old 12-30-2014, 06:53 PM   #21
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I have a great situation which makes me feel like I'm saving since it's done once or twice a week. There's a cleaners I use that has free Starbucks, so it's a cup that would have been normally $1.90 at a Starbucks. Yet a dress shirt only costs me $1.40 to get washed and pressed. In effect I feel I am making .50¢ just by walking in and avoid the line at a Starbucks. It's not much money but makes me feel good to save in the morning since the rest of the day I will get ripped off at every turn.
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Old 12-30-2014, 08:53 PM   #22
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Walk/drive it gets you out. There's already one Hermit on this forum; we don't need another.
Eh, don't badmouth hermits. I play one from time to time.

Well, more often than not now. I do not have to work, hence only need to leave the house for supplies. Or I play "hermit on wheels" while RV'ing.
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:59 PM   #23
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Free coffee, no problem, it's that elusive free lunch I've been in search of for well over 50 years. To date , the " Free " always ended costing more than the meal value. My Grandpa on Dad's side was a farmer and always told me there is no such thing as free.
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:25 PM   #24
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Yes, it is the thrill of the hunt. What I do is keep a list of my little savings, free stuff and bargains each month and I also put in the one year and ten year savings. Then ten year line makes it easier to stay focused on the recurring expenses and income which have a bigger impact over time.

But the little day to day free stuff is always good for cheap thrills. I found a poorly marketed rewards program with low competition where I win $5 - $10 gift cards a few times a week. That has been a fun find.

It has been a slow month for me on freebies but I am still at around $350 in free merchandise, tickets and gift cards so far, not including credit card rewards and sign up bonuses.
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When I was down in Garden City, SC, there was a group of guys that drank coffee at McDonalds every morning. Yeah, they were over there yucking it up. They invited me to join in, but alas, back then I was simply free-loading on wifi for w*rk. But yeah, if you can get out of the house and all it costs you is a cup of coffee, you're getting a deal!
We have a local restaurant here (Martin's) that does breakfast well and it's cheap. A few years ago, they sold the insulated coffee cups that you can bring in and have filled with coffee at a discount rate. On occasion, I'll meet a friend for breakfast and it looks like they have an AARP chapter meeting there every morning with about 30 members..all with their prized insulated mugs!

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Am I the only one who opened this thread hoping to find a link to get free coffee by mail (or at a national chain.)

Free is my favorite price. Cheap or on sale are my second favorite prices.
Ok, everybody start driving to Massachusetts!
Fill ‘Er Up: Get a Free Coffee on New Year’s Eve From MassDOT - Massachusetts news - Boston.com
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Our local library offers free Starbucks coffee every day, but I still prefer making my own early morning coffee. If I have go out of my way for something free, then its just not worth it to me.
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I love freebies and now that I'm retired I spend a little more time on it. In the last year I've gotten 15,000 Hilton points from e-Rewards surveys. Heck, I even input codes from Coca-Cola products into MyCokeRewards.com although I suspect we'd be better off buying generic soda. When Verizon sent me e-mails about some Rewards plan I was skeptical but found that we could save $25/night on Best Western hotels if we didn't mind giving up the loyalty points.


Back when I traveled more on business I worked every loyalty program I could and as a result DH and I have gotten thousands of dollars worth of free travel. So, it's partly the thrill of the hunt but partly genuine freebies.
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I still prefer making my own early morning coffee. If I have go out of my way for something free, then its just not worth it to me.
+1 - No way I'd get out of the house and walk or drive anywhere just for a free cup of coffee. But if that is what " floats your boat" then go for it.
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:26 AM   #30
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Our local library offers free Starbucks coffee every day, but I still prefer making my own early morning coffee. If I have go out of my way for something free, then its just not worth it to me.
Wow I did not know that libraries even did something like this. I have never seen that around here. You learn something everyday. Anybody else able to get free coffee at the local library?
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