Luv Green Freebies
Do you like free stuff? Actual quality free stuff…
My name is Charlene, merry meet. If you have been browsing Eupterra’s pages for a while, you have probably discovered that I am a fan of organic, all-natural, raw/paleo food, medicine, and personal care orientated items. (I do hope you have enjoyed many of my articles)
What you may not know is, I am also a hunter and a sucker for freebies, too 🙂
Since I have been doing this for a while and apparently have gotten rather successful at it (from $20 Android Turbo smartphones to free Abercrombie sweaters), by popular demand I have put together a list of some hard-to-find, but really great quality freebie offers centered around something useful in the green/all-natural department and a couple of fan-favorite deals. Let’s just say I have found this to be a way to try something out that is new, get something real cheap (if not free!) that I like for a while, or just buy gifts for people (you didn’t hear me say that). Check them out, and read below if you want to hear my thoughts on the “system”:
This one is popularly liked for clear reason; Disney movies have a tendency to be good, but expensive and over-priced. But Disney is known as a leader in hospitality 🙂 If you click the picture above and its link, you can join the Disney Movie Club to get 4 movies for just $1! Simply pick your movies, join the club, and build your library. That is all it takes, enjoy!
Kiwi.com is becoming a pretty big deal. It allows travelers to find and book the cheapest flights possible. With an extensive database of low-cost flights and traditional airlines, interactive maps, and guaranteed arrival, you can more easily fly with less stress. Due to its success and rapid growth, Kiwi has actually been featured by Business Insider, The New York Times, USA Today. Want to see nature’s wonders? Now, you might get to Hawaii on the cheap! Just click above.
A good wrinkle reducing cream? Yes, they are out there, and they do actually work to a certain extent. Here is one good one that provides a free trial, and promotes natural cellular regeneration. Called Naturacel, I find this great as a gift and as a product.
Grocery gift cards, aren’t they nice? No matter how good you are at homesteading, urban gardening, or foraging through the woods, you inevitably have to go to the store, right? Well, here is a chance to get some of those necessities covered. Check it out, one of my faves!
Here is another one. Upon taking a survey, you can potentially win a gift card for $1,500 for groceries. Wouldn’t that be a lot! Also, it is mobile friendly.
The logic behind my success, and why consumerism is not a bad thing
To explain how I got to be so good at hunting for freebies, especially ones that are truly good quality, here are my thoughts on how I developed a mindset in what to look for and some thoughts on how our culture of consumerism isn’t as self-destructive as it appears made out to be:
Most of us live in a capitalist system, or are connected to it by respective countries. After the advent of mass production technologies, the largest and pre-dominant corporations among us have as you may have noticed encouraged the development of a consumerism-centric culture to market and employ all sorts of snagging techniques to get you, the consumer, to buy something from them. Let’s face it, you may have realized this by now, it’s rather hard to resist (Superbowl ads and their cult following, Amazon – how easy is Prime, Walmart – nuff said, Chipotle – gosh, I’m hungry, Coca-Cola – even 3rd world countries in Africa have billboards advertising Coke seriously, etc.).
Now some of this has been really good for us (let’s not forget Ford Motors and the Model T car making automobile ownership accessible to many Americans), but sometimes it kind of feels like we are being taken advantage of – being pressured to buy all the time! Rather than debate ethically how “bad” this might be, I think it wise to point out the bright side of this bombardment of sell, sell, sell tactics…
These companies have deep-pockets. Deep enough that they have no qualms about giving away a lot of “free samples” to get you to buy. When I say a lot, I mean A LOT!
Think about this…how many times have you gone to the grocery store and purposely hit up all the “free sample” stations? Uh-huh, you can be shameless here. The point is, even your local farmer, rancher, winery, deli counter, (insert producer here) is doing it. And the reason why…Marketing. They want to market new, or refresh your memory of their product.
So, to take advantage of this online, you can search for almost any high quality deal out there and get a sample of what they have to offer. The question is knowing the best places to look, and that is the hard part; hence, my above compiled list. Sometimes, it is a matter of timing – like AT&T stores will sometimes host big giveaways if you just know to keep tabs on when. Most of the time, it just boils down to a huge amount of digging.
Know somebody who wants to lose weight in your family healthfully?
Or what about one who wants to travel?
How about Disney movies (The Lion King, WALL-E, Bambi, Jungle Book, Free Willy, Disneynature’s Oceans)? Check out this cool guide to Disney’s top eco-themed movies by Smithsonian.com.
All these and more can all be gotten for a heck of a deal, and you know what, you should not feel bad about it. Not. One. Cent.
Because consumerism is built to take advantage of you, the consumer, by employing such a plethora of marketing and advertising techniques that somehow, someway you will eventually be convinced to buy from them. It is just a matter of time and your specific individual desires and needs. Those companies/producers know eventually they will get a return for their samples and efforts – aka profit.
This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, nor does it mean that you can’t take control of yourself. In fact, this gives us, the consumer, a democratic voice. Yes, that is right, capitalism and democracy go hand-in-hand on the free market for this one – what you choose eventually determines the next course headed in by profit chasing corporations. That is, we – together – can be the ultimate influence on our environment…
Here me out on this one. When one chooses to buy, let’s say a new flatscreen TV or a new grass-fed beef to grill, the “producer” or company earns a profit. They want profits. So, if they notice you buying only the cheapest, most likely to break item without care or concern for the sweat-shop labor that probably produced it, then they will respond as “the consumer wants more of these” and produce more of the same kind. However, what if people chose something different? What if you chose to buy quality, long-lasting, hand-made, sustainable/fair trade goods that inevitably had a positive impact on the world in terms of: jobs had, bio-degradable/less landfill space occupying, more effective medicines/less side-effects, healthier for you food, less disease causing pollution/pathogen methods, and more humane practices for animals.
Maybe even a boost to your local economy?
The companies would respond in kind, right? They would respond by producing what you the consumer wants: a better world.
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at some natural examples, as I am so fond to do, of this principle in action. What did Darwin call it – survival of the fittest!
Ex. A – Bees & Flowers
Bees and a large variety of other insects select flowers to collect pollen and drink nectar on. What flowers they choose end up propagating more seeds (plants can’t easily propagate themselves). Those plants go on to dominate the next generation in terms of numbers of offspring. Thus, if one plant produces extra large amounts of nectar or really beautiful attractive flowers, the bees will come en masse to those ones and perhaps not pay as much attention to the rest. A choice? The bees have as consumers in essence directed what flowers the flowering plants will produce more of over time.
Perhaps this explains why we have such a wide-selection of wonderful flowers everywhere…they are all trying to advertise and market to us!
Ex. B – Seeds & Beaks
In one of Darwin’s famous examples of presenting evolution through natural selection, he provided the case study of the Galapagos Island finch. Or should I say, finches. Although the Galapagos Island bird population started as just one species, in order to get access to all the different kinds of seeds more easily across the islands, the bird’s beaks adapted to the shape best fit for each seed. Thus, the birds became many different kinds of finches, albeit rather related to one another. Thus, the choice of specializing as consumers of seeds produced caused a change in the species itself.
What kind of conclusion may we be drawing from this? Could we say that nature is…
…a consumerism-centric system?
Well, maybe nature is not consumerist in the sense that capitalism is, but there is definitely a relationship between consumers and producers. The same relationship we see in human civilization today. The difference is, unlike our animal counterparts, we are actually sentient. We can make choices much more thought-out then our furry, feathered, scaly, slimy, buzzy brethren friends.
If we choose to make our world a better place today by employing conscientious consumerism that takes into account the ethics, methods, and long-lasting effects of the goods and services we desire on top of the quality of those same things that we need, can you imagine 7 billion people choosing for society to change for the healthier and more sustainable way?
We can do this everyday 🙂
Capitalism and consumerism need not be mankind’s destructive legacy. We do not have to suffer in thought of a bleak future caused by our ignorant actions to rape our planet, drain our resources, pollute ourselves to disease and misery, and replace our jobs in every single way. We can in fact use it to our greatest advantage, a weapon that would be our greatest strength.
The choice is yours, I only encourage you to choose sustainably~
For more information on how to benefit your local economy, check out Northern Indiana’s Purple Porch Farming Co-ops message on how local farming co-opoeratives really help make a difference in your part of the world:
Also, if you want to learn more about Fair Trade or hand-made items, check out the info provided at Just Goods – South Bend, IN.
Want to teach your kids to be conscious consumers, check out The Huffington Post’s take on this!
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Together, let us delve into the past for a healthier more sustainable future.
~Charlene A. Rountree
Founder of Eupterra Foundation