OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- They may say, "Nothing in life is free," but a metro woman disagrees.
She gets "free stuff" just about every day. Serese Cole talks to her about how she does it and how you can find freebies, too.
Nicole McDonald is the "Queen of Free."
"I got $500 gift card to JCPenney, $500 dollars to Oriental Trading...and a brand new infrared grill."
The list goes on and on. The good news is - she says we can find free stuff, too. She says if you want big rewards - enter sweepstakes.
"It's not guaranteed, but when you do win, it can be exciting."
"There are different sites that you can use, Microsoft has one. Microsoft rewards, Ipersonally like Swagbucks,” said McDonald.
By joining rewards programs like Swagbucks, you can earn free gift cards for everyday things you do online anyway.
You know those surveys companies always try to get you to take? With Swagbucks you earn gift cards for answering them and for watching videos.
Another Option: Host a Party. Houseparty.com will send you free products to share with your friends.
"Several sites will actually send you a box of goodies and it will usually be branded stuff from that company," said McDonald, "And all they ask is that you have fun and take pictures - that's it."
Grocery stores like Bakers and Family Fare have Freebie Fridays.
"Friday you can go online, clip a digital coupon and you get a free product. It might be dressing or candy - but it's something that's really cool and free."
Companies that offer freebies often ask for your email. She suggests using a separate email to avoid getting bombarded with junk mail.
Nicole has so much knowledge on how to score freebies she now teaches a class on the subject at Metro Community College. She also offers free information on her blog.
If there's one day you're guaranteed free stuff - it's your birthday. All you have to do is sign up on your favorite store or restaurants' email. For example at Rigazzis you can get a free eight inch pizza on your special day. Runza gives you an ice cream cone or cookie during your birthday month and at Scooters you can enjoy a free cup of coffee.