Below is my first haul. Not pictured: bamboo spoon and coffee creamer.
- two bags of vegetarian entrees
- one package of applewood smoked bacon
- two yogurt cups
- one bag of organic banana chips
- one bag of ground coffee
- one package of tortillas
- one jar of salsa
- one container of liquid water enhancer
- one piece of Easter candy
- one bag of pasta
- one package of brownie mix
Estimated value of above items: ~$48.97
How did I get these things for free? It was really easy actually. It was a mixture of a buy one get one free coupon I received in the mail, being a BzzAgent, and loading the free weekly item from Kroger.
What is a BzzAgent? The website is a word of mouth marketing company. I signed up to be a product tester in exchange for writing reviews and talking to people about the things I received for free. They have different campaigns, and they offer them to you depending on the short surveys you take.
What free weekly item from Kroger? I have two local Kroger stores: Fred Meyer and QFC. Every Friday I log in to my QFC account, go to the coupon section and load the free item to my card. Then when I go to the store the cashier scans my QFC or Fred Meyer card (they're connected) and the item's price is automatically deducted to zero.
My local small grocery store chain also does a free weekly item (with a $5 purchase) that I used to take advantage of, but I don't get out that way much anymore. If you haven't been paying attention to the weekly grocery store ads you receive in the mail you should take a look to see if they are offering any free incentives.
It didn't take much effort for me to get the above free things. I hope this post has inspired you to the possibility of free things to help stretch your food budgets further.
What have you received for free lately?