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Aloha, ladies and gents! Let’s begin today with one of the most annoying quotes of all time:

“Nothing in life is free.”

-Everybody’s Parents, and A Million Crappy Songwriters


If you’ve read any of my past few posts, you’re well aware that almost everything can be free if you use the right strategies. That being said, if you’re opposed to the idea of spending your Friday night writing fake complaint letters or loitering on street corners for free swag, then you’re still in luck… ’cause even if it ain’t free, you can probably get it for less than $2.00!

Let me introduce you to:

“5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Buy at Dollarama


  #1: Hair Dye: “Elegant Effects Colour Creme” ($2.00)

ImageI’m completely aware of how sketchy the idea of a two dollar box of hair-dye sounds,but I can personally vouch for the quality of this product. I bought “001” in Natural Black to touch up my roots a couple months ago, and it worked just as well as the L’Oreal Preference stuff I normally use, but for $10.00 – $12.00 less! If you don’t have high-lighted hair and your colour is in stock, then save some moolah and pick up a box of “Elegant Effects: Permanent Hair Colour Creme”.

#2: Shampoo and Conditioner: “Sunsilk Hydra TLC” ($2.00)

ImageOnce again, I’m aware that using Dollarama hair products seems a little bit extremely questionable, but I actually almost jizzed my pants when I found this on the shelf. This particular shampoo and conditioner is the only stuff I’ve used for the past five years or so, and it’s AMAZING! I usually buy it at Shoppers Drug Mart or Wal-Mart for as much as $5.99, so two bucks is a steal! Go grab yourself a bottle or twelve!

#3: Pregnancy tests: “Pro-Care One Step Pregnancy Test” ($1.25)

ImageTaking care of a baby is expensive, but knowing whether or not there is one growing inside of you doesn’t have to be! For a grand total of $1.25, you can find out if there’s a bun in your oven…Plus, if you are worried it’s not going to be accurate, you can buy four for $5.00, which is still significantly cheaper than the usual $10.00-$20.00. (Not that I’d know, Mom! …just making assumptions.)

#4: Lingerie: “Assorted Styles and Colours” (2 for $1.00 – $2.00)

ImageI really have nothing to say about this. These are some of the most hideous undergarments that I have ever had the misfortune of seeing, and most of it felt like sandpaper. That being said, if you buy this underwear I am 99% sure you will never find yourself in an opportunity to get pregnant, and you can spend your $1.25 on something more fun than a pee stick.

#5 cat food: “Meow Mix Original Choice Kibble” ($2.00)

ImageI know that you’re all experts on how to get free cat food, but this is a ridiculous bargain-especially if somebody already ripped out the free coupons from your copy of Canadian Pets Magazine ( I PLEAD NOT GUILTY)! The same bag of food is around $7.00 at other stores, so stock up.

Note: this product received a formal seal of approval from my roommate, Babylegs.

So there you have it.

Cold, hard, photographic proof that anybody who tells you “nothing in life is free” is a liar. More accurately, A LOT of stuff in life is free, and you can get almost everything else for two bucks. This was just the tip of the ice berg, so stay tuned for “5 More Things You Didn’t Know You Could Buy at Dollarama” and “5 More” and “5 More After That“, etc. etc.

Let me know in the comments section if you’ve recently found any treasure at the Dollar Store!


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!