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 March 20, 2014  Posted by  Hot Deals, Services, Sponsored, Travel

Lyft, a new ride-sharing program, calls itself “your friend with a car,” and riders have found it to be a friendly, relaxed way to get around. Also, it doesn’t hurt at all that it’s less expensive than a cab. It’s operating in about 20 cities nationwide so far, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Madison, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Nashville, Orange County, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington D.C.

Living on the Cheap and Lyft would love for you to give it a try, so Lyft is offering new Lyft customers a free ride, worth up to $25. Read on to learn the basics of how Lyft works, and how to get that free ride.

It’s simple to use.

  • Download the Lyft app to your smartphone and sign up, linking it to your credit or debit card.
  • When you want a ride, just open the app and it will locate you on a map and show you where the closest Lyft driver is.
  • Request a ride and when a driver accepts the request, you’ll see a picture of the driver and car. There will be a button that will allow you to call the driver if you need to, and you can even track the driver’s progress on the map.
  • When your Lyft ride arrives—it’ll be easy to tell because the car will have a pink mustache on it—sit up front, relax, charge your phone, listen to the radio and chat with your new friend. A Lyft is more than just a ride; it’s a way to meet friendly local people who can show you the best way to get around your city.
  • After the ride Lyft will prompt you to pay. If you’d like to add a tip for your driver you can do that too.

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If you’re hesitant to get into a car with a stranger, know that there are strong safety measures in place. Lyft does a background check on every driver and has high standards for safety. Read about the safety measures here. Also, the Lyft community helps out by rating drivers (and passengers) so you can feel good about the person whose ride you’re sharing.

Ready for that free ride? Your special promo code is LIVECHEAP. It’s good for one ride, worth up to $25, and it doesn’t expire. It’s for new Lyft riders only. To use it, just go to the payment screen in the app and enter it there.

After you try Lyft, let us know how you liked it. We’d love to hear about your experience.


This content was produced in collaboration with our sponsor Lyft.

Jody Mace

Jody Mace is a freelance writer who has written for publications like O Magazine, Washington Post, and Parents. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two teenaged kids. Her colleagues are dogs named Harlow and Shaggy. She publishes Charlotte on the Cheap and takes the “cheap” seriously. For fun she plays mandolin and browses at her local Goodwill Store, where she is “Foursquare Mayor,” as long as that Russell G. doesn’t steal it from her again. You can see her celebration of thrift store finds at Thrift Wrecks.

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