Businesses are always looking to get their products into customers hands. In this age of social media, where anyone can be influential, businesses are even more willing to pull stunts and give out free stuff to attract attention.
Today's event was at Dundas Square in Toronto. I joined two of my friends to line up at a donut stand.
Ok, it's more than just free donuts.
Google Home if you didn't know is a smart home speaker and personal assistant. And now it comes in a "mini" version that looks kind of like a donut.
Google is giving away Google Home Mini's but there is a catch, there is a 75% chance of winning the edible prize.
I used the Google Home at my friend's house over Thanksgiving weekend, so I can see the novelty of it.
Free stuff is fun. But is it really worth your time?
Yesterday I received a free promotion package from Canada Post Flex Delivery service. I was expecting a big package with a bunch of free stuff, but it ended up being a little bit underwhelming.
A bunch of fliers, a kind of cool infuser water bottle, and three packs of Nescafe instant coffees.
Back to Dundas Square
When I arrived at Dundas Square today, there was already about 400-500 people lined up snaking across the square. Since my friends came 10 minutes later they ended up hundreds of people back in the line. So I ended up making friends with the guy in front of me. His brother works at Google, but sadly no tips on how to guarantee a win.
After 100 minutes of shuffling forward towards the Google Home Mini pop up shop and burning 70% of my phones battery life, I got to the front.
I played the game and got a box.
It's a pretty heavy box.
It was promising.
I told my new friend in line that I think I won. Peaking inside there looked to be a package.
But when I finally got the box open, there were just two giant delicious donuts.
It was exciting to dream about winning something cool this morning. But it wasn't meant to be.
If you're in Toronto, they are doing the second day of giveaways on Friday, Oct 27, 2017 in Dundas Square.
Life Is About Experiences
Is It Worth The Time To Get Free Stuff? Usually, the answer is no.
Spending 100 minutes in the middle of the morning waiting in line for a 25% chance of winning an item that costs $79 is probably not worth it. But if it's free and you get an interesting experience out of it, then that's what life's all about. Experiences!
Experiences are what Save Money Retire Early is all about. To have the freedom to choose what experiences you want to have and when you want to have them. Maybe you don't wish to wait in line for the newest gadgets. Maybe you rather travel the world, eat amazing food, go see concerts, shows, and sporting events, or play tennis every day.
It's important to dream and remind yourself, EVERY DAY, why you are saving money. You Save Money so you can live the life you dream of, Earlier.
Save Money Retire Early is written by Jon Lo, a barely 30 something, change optimist, and personal finance guy. I believe anyone can be rich or poor, it's what you save that makes the difference.