There are a lot of ways to save money. Being a single mother, I have just about found them all. My daughters and I enjoy participating in a variety of hobbies but cannot always afford them. Below, you will find out some of the many ways we have recently been able to keep up with our love of reading books, watching DVDs, and receiving free items. Using my tips, you will never have to pay retail for any of the things mentioned above!
Books and DVDs
There are plenty of websites that offer the ‘trading’ of items for the simple cost of shipping. Have some old paperbacks lying around? Visit www.bookmooch.com or www.paperbackswap.com and register for free! There you can keep a virtual library of the books that you have for trading. Once you have received a request from another member for your book, you simply accept their offer, print out the mailing label and take it to your local post office to ship it out. The average cost of media mail is only $2.53, and you cannot purchase a book for less than that! If you don’t want to deal with mailing books, look for local shops, such as Half Price Books, and they will pay you on the spot.
Have a Kindle or Nook? You can download books for free! Simply go to the respective websites (www.amazon.com for Kindle and www.bn.com for Nook) and type ‘Free Books’ in the search engine. There are always plenty of good books to choose from.
Looking for an older DVD but can’t seem to find it anywhere? Look no further than www.swapdvd.com for all of your needs. This is a ‘sister site’ to Paperback Swap and works in a similar fashion. If you don’t want to trade any of the DVDs you already have in your collection, you can purchase 3 credits on the site for $15.87. Most DVDs only cost 1 credit so will get 3 DVDs for $5.29 each! Don’t want to purchase credits? No problem. Sign up to Paperback Swap; you can trade credits between the two sites and use them for whatever account you need.
Rewards and Sweepstakes
Do you drink Coke products? Visit www.mycokerewards.com and register for a free account. Once there you can enter codes from bottle caps and packages and start your way to saving! Codes have point values that vary from 3-25points. You can only enter 120 points per week, but you can ‘bank’ your points for future use. Items have various values and it is up to you on how you spend them and how long you allow them to accumulate.
Once you start to accumulate points you can earn many of the following:
- Up to 52 free magazine subscriptions such as People, Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, and Sports Illustrated Kids, just to name a few.
- Electronics. Things like a mini webcam, wireless mouse, and a MP3 Player
- Gift cards for Nike, Barnes and Nobel, restaurants, and movie theaters
- Make donations to charities
- Coke products and gear
Be sure to check back for future articles on more ways to save on common items that you and your family use every day!