My mom would tell me that I come by my thrifty nature honest, since my father would pinch a penny until it bled. I think I come by it honestly, too—because I pay the bills in this household, and I'm more aware perhaps than anyone else just how much things cost and how much money we have to spend.
So naturally, when I can get something for free? I'm there!
Thanks to Discover card's Rewards program, where you earn money back the more you spend, we had $100 in rewards to redeem. (And yeah, we won't go into how much we had to spend to get $100 cash back, but veterinarian bills were involved).
I chose Overstock.com (in retrospect, probably not the best choice, because they really aren't the cheapest place around) and Sephora.com. The $100 actually translated to $115, thanks to the extra cash back from those vendors. Anyway, here's what I bought:
2 pairs of earwire earrings
2 books (Dean Koontz, Dick Francis)
1 body spray for my sister
1 X-Files series compilation DVD (Covering mythology eps from seasons 8 and 9)
1 Typing game software CD (for the nieces to learn)
Bliss hand cream
Schweppes Pink Grapefruit lip balm
Sephora Apple Pomegranate gift set
Plus three free samples - Donna Karan body mist lotion, DKNY Be Delicious and Red Delicious body lotion combo, and a Lab Series daily face wash and moisturizing lotion combo.
Total out of pocket expense (which includes shipping): $10.38.
I also bought my sister a pair of jeans which were marked way off. Total cost there was around $11, including shipping.
I love freebies.