Today in my ongoing series aiming to save all my fellow travellers money (and stitch up the odd capitalist company as best I can), I’m just looking at picking up free or discounted things with ease. This merely involves money off vouchers and freebies. The amount of people I have met on my travels that tell me:
– why would you pick up a magazine with a money off voucher??
– it’s just a scam
– it’s false advertising
– they’re just trying to get you into their bar
– there will be a catch
– nothing’s free
– nobody ever uses those vouchers
Well, there’s no catch. Money off vouchers and FREE drinks vouchers really work and I have used them a lot. I have had FREE meals, FREE drinks and even free trips before, all legitimate. Here are some examples of easy places and ways I’ve got free drinks, snacks and services on my travels:
– Become a member of something and get a FREE drink/money off voucher. No obligation to buy, just filling in a few forms. OK lazy people won’t bother, but it’s FREE Stuff. This company in Australia still do it: Publife Card (just for example – sign up and immediately get a $10 drinks voucher).
– Buy one get one FREE on Happy Hour drinks in pubs. This is really a FREE drink. You were going to buy a drink that night anyway, so you might as well have a free one, or go halfers with a mate and get a half price one.
– Free snacks in a certain pub during Happy Hour. They offer this to get you in of course. Buy one drink of the cheapest variety and eat all you can. Particularly common in Australia.
– Airport City Guides – I got one with a 10% off entry to Lone Pine Zoo voucher! I was going there anyway so an immediate reduction.
– Burger King and McDonalds vouchers are VERY common. They’re cheap enough as it is but who would turn down a free meal!
– Invites to events. I got invited to a lecture in Sydney, Australia in 2009. I wasn’t interested in the lecture one bit!! But I went for FREE food and drinks all night, I even ended up writing about it: John Marsden Lecture
Here are a few ways to get FREE drinks vouchers and money off vouchers:
– airports (when you arrive pick up those free maps and city guides)
– free magazines (pick them up, look for vouchers, if you don’t find any throw them out)
– hearsay/word of mouth (if a fellow traveller tells you a bar offers buy one get one free then listen to them)
– newspapers (pick them up, look for vouchers, if you don’t find any throw them out)
If I actually listed the amount of free drinks and snacks I have had in the last 10 years, it would be in the late hundreds. I’m not even kidding. I’m a cheapskate, a scavenging scrounger for offers and I love a bargain and I milk bargains and use drinks vouchers.
If there’s a voucher for a free drink in a bar between 4pm and 5pm, then I pick up 6 of them!! And I go in separately to 5 mates and we all get a free drink. And it really works. No obligation to buy. Even the bar is still a winner as it attracts more customers, some will buy drinks, some won’t, either way the bar LOOKS BUSIER and suddenly gains popularity.
So next time you see a magazine with money off vouchers, rip them out and use them. You’ll get loads of free stuff on your travels. And don’t be a posh travel snob scared of reputation – head straight to the coffee shop and shout loudly “Oi! Where’s my FREE coffee!” You’ll get it!!