The Dollar Dad is all about free stuff, but free doesn't feel too free if there is risk involved. The saying goes that nothing is every really free, but the people who say that don't know the Dollar Dad. The truth is that there is a ton of free stuff around for the taking, but there are even more scams, pitfalls, and dangers out there. Here are a few tips on how to get all of the benefits of free stuff without the worry that sometimes comes with it.
1. Make a Dedicated Junk Mail Account
People aren't just out there giving away free stuff for the hell of it, they want something in return. If you don't buy their product today they are dead set on wearing you down with email after email until you do. Skip the constant barrage of junk mail by setting up a junk email account; I use an old account that I don't use for anything else anymore but if you don't have one of those just set up a new one like JohnsJunk@Live.com or BettysBox@gmail.com. This is also a good way of keeping potentially harmful emails out of your inbox that you check every day.
2. If It Sounds to Good to be True...
The saying goes, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." That saying is definitely true when it comes to getting things for free. There is always a catch and just getting junk mail is the least of your worries. If a site is offering a free $100 gift card and all you have to do is answer a few questions you can pretty much guarantee that it is either a straight forward fraud or you are going to spend a lot more than $100 to get that gift card. Find your limit of what you find believable and call it there, I say this because I have gotten some pretty sweet deals which sounded too good to be true, but were legitimate.
3. Meet in Public
Sometimes you can find a great deal on Craigslist when someone is just looking to clear out space. Unfortunately we have seen a rise in Craigslist related crimes in the past few years which means it is better to be safe than sorry. If you are buying anything high priced, especially transportable, meet in a public place where things are less likely to go awry.
4. Never Give Out Personal Information
There is never any reason to give out more than your name and address in order to get your sweet, sweet free stuff. If they ever ask you to sign up for an account, give your social security number, or answer "security questions" it is a safe bet that something nefarious is going on.
5. Never Feel Obligated
Never...EVER feel obligated to give information or buy a product that you are sampling. Be careful of those which offer a free sample then automatically enroll you in monthly subscription. You should never feel the need to purchase a product that you have sampled and never let yourself be a victim to predatory practices.
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The Dollar Dad isn't about pinching pennies. He is about making and saving money in interesting way to live the best life you can.