How to get free stuff during the most expensive time of year

With the forthcoming festivities just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about budgeting for the inevitable spending spree.

From gifts to decorations and food, the number of things you may need to buy to prepare for the festive season can quickly rack up and so does the costs. However, there are a number of ways that you can score a few freebies and ease the financial pressure of the fast-approaching festive season.

To help, we’ve identified some of the ways that you can bag some free goods and reduce the pressure on your pocket during one of the most expensive times of the year.

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Mystery shopping

Many industries and companies use mystery shoppers or ‘secret’ shoppers to maintain high customer service standards, but you can use this to your advantage too.

The role involves visiting different shops, restaurants or organisations and keeping an eye out for certain factors outlined in a brief. You then have to report back to the company about your experience and it’s as easy as that! A quick and easy way to earn money and free products.

Many mystery shopping organisations reimburse you for any food, drinks or products you’ve purchased whilst working for them, so this is a great way to stock up on a few free gifts and treats for this festive season.

Enter competitions

All year round there are countless competitions run by a wide variety of organisations. TVs, cars and vouchers are just a few of the things you can win by simply entering your details into a form or answering a few simple questions.

What better time of the year to enter a few competitions and see what you can bag in time for the festive season! Websites such as The Prize Finder add new competitions daily and allow you to browse their massive directory to see what prizes you can find.

Most magazine and television competitions require little to no effort to enter, so why not give them a go and see what you can win!

Complain or compliment

It’s no secret that raising a formal complaint with companies can score you some free stuff, but did you know that some companies even reward you for complimenting them?

This fascinating ‘Flattery Project’ article shows just how much you can get from buttering companies up and sending them a complimentary letter. Maybe nice guys don’t finish last after all!

Failing that, if you’ve received a substandard product or service from a company, complaining can usually see you getting reimbursed, or if you’re lucky, you may even get a few freebies as an apology.

Make the most of free trials

Whether it’s a day or 30 days, free trials should always be utilised and luckily for us consumers, many major service providers offer this option so that you can try before you buy (or not)!

Netflix, Now TV and Spotify all offer a month, 14 days and 30 days (respectively) worth of free trials. Time this perfectly with your festive celebrations and you can enjoy days’ worth of movies, TV and music for free!

Take advantage of discounts

Although you may not be getting your items for free, taking advantage of the discounts available around this time of year can help you to save significantly.

If you’ve got a child at university or high-school, make sure they’re signed up to Unidays or Student Beans to utilise their student discount.

Alternatively, some current account providers offer discounts or cashback for using their services. For example, the icount card offers cashback and exclusive rewards to its customers, so it’s worth shopping around and seeing which discounts are available to you.

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