Unemployed student, lover of food, drinks, and cats, committed to "livin' la vida loca"…on a budget.

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As we discussed in my last post, sometimes mothers give bad advice. Such as telling you not to whineOr urging you to stay off of city street corners no matter how desperate you are to make some cash.

I’m here to tell you otherwise! It’s time to put on those thigh-highs, and buy your mom a copy of “Pretty Woman” on blu-ray. Julia Roberts didn’t land Richard Gere by hanging out in residential family neighbourhoods. 

How to Get Free Shit Part 3 : Street Corners 101

I’m going to apologize right now if I got you excited about an opportunity to finally wear that red pleather tube dress you bought on a whim when you were 18, because you don’t actually need it. I’ve got no hate for anybody who actually makes their living in 6-inch platforms and zebra print, but today’s topic is a bit more PG.


Today we’re talking about hunting for free samples, which can almost always be found on major intersections in big cities.

I’m going to be specifically referencing Toronto, Canada but the same thing most likely applies to any large metropolis.

There’s really not much to elaborate on about this tip, because it’s so simple!
Step 1: Walk by some of the popular corners in the city (especially on sunny week-ends) and collect your free swag.

Step 2: Go home, change your shirt and put some sunglasses on, walk by the same popular corners in the city, and collect your swag again!

Yonge & Dundas Square

Step 3: Repeat.
In my experience, some of the most bountiful intersections in Toronto are:

  • Yonge & Dundas Square
  • Queen & Spadina
  • Queen & Soho
  • Bloor & Yonge
  • Bloor & Bay
  • Yonge & Eglinton

These are some of the hot spots in my downtown  neighbourhood, but I’m sure there are many others. AND a lot of the time these “sample crews” drive around in a company vehicle visiting different locations throughout the day, which makes getting multiples of your free swag a lot easier (please refer back to Step 2).

As for anybody who’s thinking “This seems like a lot of work for a free sample. GET A JOB!”  I am not talking about the free samples of cheese cubes that they give away at Loblaws- although free cheese is still awesome. Most of the time these companies are giving away full-sized products and awesome stuff that you’d be buying anyways (If you had more than $4.53 in your bank account)!

Some stuff I’ve collected:

  • Free vodka coolers at Dundas Square!

    Energy Drinks

  • Panties
  • Granola Bars
  • Potato Chips
  • Ice Cream
  • Kit Kat Bars
  • Bagels
  • Tampons
  • ALCOHOL (Most recently, four cans of Bud Light Lime, and a Palm Bay vodka cooler)!

Honestly, if they make it and sell it, you can probably find it for free on a corner… you’ve just got to do a bit of street walking! Hoop earrings and leather mini skirts are optional.

One last word of advice: If you see a rusted van with tinted windows offering you food or free booze, this probably isn’t something you want to stop and sample.

If any readers have collected their own freebies lately, share the who/what/when/where/why!