I love free stuff. Well, who doesn’t? Especially when it is something that you need. You see how excited people get when they receive a free sample in the mail, but what it your freebie was worth more than $200?
For the last 5 years, my family has purchased a side of beef from a local farmer each fall. This meat is enough to feed our family for the entire year, but it takes over almost an entire 15cu ft freezer which does not leave any room for stocking up on other foods when they are on sale.
This year, I have decided that enough is enough. I don’t want to miss out on the great deals, so I want an additional freezer. My parents have a 7 cu ft freezer that I like, and I think that size would be perfect for our additional needs.
I decided to shop HH Gregg for our new freezer. We have purchased appliances from them in the past, and love their price match policy. We also have a $100 HH Gregg gift card left from the delivery rebate that they offer.
So this is the freezer that I picked out:
At 7.1 cubic feet it will give us plenty of added freezer space, but won’t be so big that items in the bottom of the freezer will get lost and go bad because we forgot about them.
My savings goal is $133 – cost of the freezer plus tax, less the $100 gift card – by October 4. I’m hoping a Columbus Day Sale will hit making this freezer an even better buy, but I am planning for worst case scenario, which is paying full price retail. Oh the horror!
So to get this for free, I’m going to use Swagbucks and coupons.
Every 2,500 Swagbucks is $25 through PayPal (Swagbucks offers PayPal cash in $25, $50, and $100 denominations). Here is my plan to earn as many Swagbucks as possible:
- Earn 50 SB per day using the SwagTV app on my phone
- Earn 1 SB per day using the Toolbar
- Earn 1 SB per day by answering the poll question
- Earn 2 SB per day by completing the NOSO
- Earn up to 150 SB by watching SwagTV on the computer
- Answer as many surveys as possible
- Complete as many no cost special offers as possible
- Search daily
- Keep an eye out for SwagCodes
- Earn my daily & monthly bonuses
I am also going to take my loose change from now through October 4 and put them in a separate envelope just for the freezer. Since we use cash for groceries, this means any money left in my grocery budget will be transferred into the “new freezer fund.” That means the more I save with coupons, the more I’ll have to put towards the freezer.
On a more unconventional couponing note, I will be selling coupons on eBay. I have done this in the past with varying degrees of success. I figured if I can even make $20 over the next 6 weeks selling on eBay, then I’m doing alright. Those monies will go directly into the “new freezer fund”.
Saving over $100 in a very short amount of time may not seem possible to some people, but if you set goals, break those goals into manageable chunks, and then work towards them you can & will be successful.
I will update everyone on my progress in a few weeks.