When I moved into my home last year, I had no clue about all that my new city had to offer. One day I drove downtown, parked my car and started walking. I found all sorts of cool shops that offered all kinds of specials, events and discounts. If interested, which I was, I could even sign up for their emails. I also found out from talking to shop owners that my city had a special event called “Third Friday.” On the third Friday of every month, the shops stay open late, offer unbeatable deals, and some even offer refreshments and entertainment! I found all this out just by getting out and exploring.
Check the Mail
Many cities offer free coupon books. For example, every few months I’ll get a book in the mail that’s full of coupons and discounts for restaurants and businesses in my area. You can find everything from a free appetizer at the corner bar to $30 off any purchase of $100 or more at the downtown boutique.
Head to the Library
A trip to your local library to get a library card can lead to all sorts of freebies. Many libraries offer free access to laptops and computers and free Wi-Fi. Some even offer free movie and video game checkouts. You may also find other free stuff on the library bulletin boards, so be sure to check those out too.
Groupon is an online site that connects you with local goods, getaways and food. All you have to do is punch in your location and see what kinds of deals pop up.
Facebook is a great way to find out what’s going on in your neighborhood. Lisa Lightner, of A Day in Our Shoes, runs several “mom groups” on Facebook. She suggests to try searches such as your school district name + parent group on Facebook, or search names of local towns in Facebook groups. “Quite often, we have moms posting, asking for the best place to get a decent haircut, best pumpkin patch, best local Halloween parade or free Santa options, and you can not only get advice, but maybe make a new friend in the process,” she says.
In the end, finding a good deal or discount may take some effort – but if you can save money, it’s worth it.
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