They say you cannot get something for nothing. Fortunately, I have been blessed to find that you often can, or at least for next-to-nothing. Unfortunately, I have also learned that some things just do not turn out right when you try to escape having to pay for them.
So, here is the tip: if something really matters to you- a good, a service, etc- shell out the cash. It pays. If not, you might get something worse than nothing. And that could be heart-breaking.