Okay, where do I start?! I guess at the beginning would be a good place.
My name is Vanessa and I am a WAHM of three beautiful girls. I have just recently started my own photography business as well.
I joined Canadian Free Stuff way back in July of 2010 while surfing the internet for freebies one day. I was a stay-at-home mom looking for ways to save a little money. I have been always told that there is nothing for free, but you know what? There are TONS of free stuff just waiting for us to claim them. What I call “true” freebies, no strings attached, no hidden charges, etc.
I would suggest you create a new email for all those freebies, deals, contests, etc that will be coming through because they tend to fill up that email pretty fast once you get started.
The first freebie that I received from Canadian Free Stuff was a magnet(for x number of posts on our forum) with their logo on it. I was over the moon happy. My first real freebie. I had never gotten anything absolutely free like this before. Then it was a gorgeous silver ring with “love” written on it. Then a silver necklace, and so on. I eventually reached my post count and had earned all these free things.
Then CFS was holding this “Chat-to-Win” Contest and I gave it my everything. I was on a roll now….I won about 10 gorgeous necklaces in total,similar to this one, except they were dragonflies, butterflies and arrows.
I used these wins to add to my gifts for my family and even my kids’ teachers for Christmas. I even won an Hello Kitty Watch exactly like the one pictured below that my daughter still wears to this day.
At first my husband was very skeptical, as was I, but he was soon convinced that these things were actually free and there was a different way of living that could save us big money. I still haven’t gotten around to couponing much between all the other things going on in my life right now, but plan on doing just that when my youngest is off to Kindergarten in the fall. I usually stick with the FPC(free product coupons).
Each day more and more free items started to fill up my mailbox. I received so many free things over the last two years that I have literally lost count.
Right off the top of my head are as follows;
Haircare products, make-up, food, pet treats, cards, books, DVD’s, tons of free calendars, gum, kids items, jewellery, and even lingerie.
I won several contests that were posted about on Canadian Free Stuff. My first big win was the Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine.
The list of freebies continued to grow as did my contest wins.
I will not go into every little thing because one, there isn’t enough time, and two, I will probably bore you to death.
I decided to grab my camera and take a few pics of just a few of the things I have laying around my house from this month.
FPC’s(Free Product Coupons)
Lingerie anyone? I won this 4-piece set from a contest that was blogged about at CFS;
Random freebies from around my house. I have a ton more but just don’t have time right now to gather them all together.
Eventually I became a blogger for Canadian Free Stuff, thanks to Theresa. It was her who showed me how to find these awesome freebies, deals, contests, etc. The average person would never know where to start unless someone like her and CFS was there to help. We can’t forget about all the other awesome members that are always there to help with any questions you may have. Cheetah, the coupon queen is the one to go to for all your couponing questions for sure.
My advice to anyone that wants to get started is, just DO IT. Just like Nike!! lol. Seriously, it can be done and done well.
I joined Canadian Free Stuff way back in 2010 and have never looked back since.
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