50 Free Things You Can Get This Year
What’s that you say? You like free things? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up 50 of our favorite things you can get absolutely free. A few are tied to specific dates and age groups, but for the most part, everything here is free (at least as of press time) for the taking whenever you want it.
So, without further ado, here are 50 things that are totally free and totally awesome that you can get right now or anytime this year.
1. Free chocolate
We wanted to start this list off right, so, yes, free chocolate. Join the Godiva Rewards Club, and you will be eligible for a free piece of chocolate. Every. Single. Month.
2. Free food at grocery stores
Take advantage of the free samples at your local grocer to not only get a free meal while you shop, but to also become familiar with new products. Most stores bring in sample tables during their busiest times — usually on weekends. So skip lunch, and head to the grocery store.
3. Free food at restaurants
Lots of restaurants and other food retailers have an annual freebie day. Think free pancakes from IHOP on National Pancake Day; a free doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme and others on National Doughnut Day; and even a free Slurpee from 7-Eleven on July 11. (That’s 7/11 if you missed it.)
4. Free kid meals
A lot of restaurants, especially chains, offer free or close-to-free kids meals. For a list of restaurants in your area, type “kids eat free” into your search engine.
5. Free admission to national parks
Throughout the year certain national parks do not charge entry fees. But each year there are free admission days to all of the national parks. You can check out the free-admission schedule here.
6. Free admission to museums and cultural events
Washington, D.C., is filled with free art and cultural events thanks to government funding. Head to the Smithsonian American Art Museum or the Phillips Collection and admission will be free. The monuments? Free. National Portrait Gallery? National Air and Space Museum? Free, free, free.
7. Free credit scores
Knowing where your credit stands and the impact your financial actions have on your them is important. You can get two absolutely free credit scores right here on Credit.com.
8. Free credit reports
Like your credit score, it’s important to keep track of your credit reports, as well. They can affect your interest and insurance rates, as well as your ability to land a job or apartment, so it pays to make sure they’re accurate. You can get your free credit reports from all three credit bureaus every year at AnnualCreditReport.com.
9. Free books
You can download digital copies of thousands of books at Gutenberg.org or the University of Pennsylvania online books page, and you won’t pay a penny to do so. That’s because the copyrights on these books have expired, so they’ve entered the public domain. Some of these books also are available for free through online retailers, such as Amazon.com and iTunes.com.
10. Free audiobooks
Likewise, LibriVox.org offers public domain audiobooks for free for anyone to listen to on their computers, iPods, or other mobile devices — or to burn onto a CD. And if you’d like to record a reading of one of the books for others to listen to, LibriVox is always looking for volunteers.
11. Free music for listening …
You probably already know you can listen to as much free music as you like (with advertisements, of course) with apps, such as Pandora and Spotify, but it’s worth mentioning because they’re free.
12. … and for creative use
13. Free coding classes
Whether you’re looking at a career change or just self-edification, if you’ve ever wanted to learn to code, FreeCodeCamp.com is offering you the chance to do so.
14. Free design content
Are you a photographer, designer, or other creative looking for free fonts, software add-ons, and graphic elements for your projects? Creative Market offers a rotating basket of freebies each week available for your creative endeavors.
15. Free font help
Ever wonder what font is being used for that logo or sign? If so, What the Font can help. You can upload the logo, and in a few simple steps, this app will show you a list of possible fonts.
16. Free online fundraising
Do you need money for a personal emergency? How about for a community improvement project? If you’re considering crowdsourcing the funds but want to keep 100% of the money you raise, you might want to check out RedBasket.org, the crowdsourcing site that charges no fees and doesn’t take a cut of your donations.
17. Free credit calculators
These interactive calculators can help you prepare for everything from getting an auto or home loan to planning for retirement and setting savings goals. Our calculators provide instant results with no need to fill out complicated forms.
18. Free credit consultation
If you need help getting your credit back on track or getting rid of some errors on your credit reports, a credit consultation might be just the thing. You can get a free credit consultation at Lexington Law. (Full Disclosure: Lexington Law is a Credit.com partner.) You can learn more about disputing errors on your credit report here.
19. Free credit card perks
If you have a credit card, you might want to take a look at your cardholder agreement to ensure you’re getting the most value out of your card that you can. Many cards offer perks, such as rental car insurance coverage, extended warranties on purchases made with the card, and other valuable offers. If your card doesn’t offer these things, you might want to comparison shop some other credit cards.
20. Free hotel stays
Want free hotel stays? One of the fastest ways to get them is by using a hotel rewards credit card. Here’s a roundup of some of the our favorite hotel rewards credit cards. If that’s not your thing, you could always join a hotel loyalty program and earn points that will ultimately earn you free stays. (It’s faster with the credit card, though.)
21. Free flights
The same goes for airlines. An airline miles credit card is your fastest route to earning free airline travel, but you can also join your preferred carrier’s rewards program to earn points. Doing both, however, is the fastest way to rack up points.
22. Free carry-on luggage
Tired of paying to take your bag on the plane with you? Consider flying with Southwest Airlines, which allows two free carry-on bags per customer, or with JetBlue, which allows one free carry-on.
23. Free tour guides
Want to see your next travel destination through the eyes of a local? And not pay for it? Well, you’re in luck. Global Greeter Network’s vetted volunteers can show you the area for free with a strict no-tips-allowed policy. They can show you the sites they love or plan an excursion centered around things you want to see and do.
24. Free travel planning
Have a road trip in your near future? You’ll want to check out Roadtrippers before you put on your driving gloves. Just tell them your starting point and destination, and the site will provide information on must-see attractions and budget-friendly accommodations along the way.
25. Free tax preparation
If you need help preparing your income taxes, check out the IRS’ Free File program. You’ll qualify for free tax preparation software if your adjusted gross income is $64,000 or less. And if you made less than $54,000 last year, you could qualify for tax help through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
26. Free financial tools
Want to track your net worth, plan for your retirement, and even analyze your portfolio? All in one place? And all for free? Personal Capital has the tools to let you do that. As it says on its website, “Our free financial tools make it easy to manage your entire financial life in one place.”
27. Free oil and battery recycling
If you change your oil yourself, you know it can be a hassle to dispose of the oil you’ve drained from your car. Advance Auto Parts makes it easy and free. It will take your used battery, as well.
28. Free mulch and compost
Many municipalities offer free mulch and compost for home gardeners. Contact your city’s parks and recreation department to see what options are available.
29. Free pest inspection
Got bugs? Terminix will do a free pest inspection of your home, as well as a termite inspection. Be sure to ask about any available discounts if you decide to go with its recommended treatment plan.
30. Free package pickup
Need to ship a package but don’t have time or transportation to get to the post office? A postal carrier will pick up your package for you, free of charge. You’ll still have to pay for the shipping, but at least you don’t have to stand in line at the post office.
31. Free college tuition
It’s a growing movement in the United States, with New York being the latest state to offer free tuition to state universities. Check out what options are available to you through your state’s education department or by using a tool, such as Get Schooled’s free tuition finder.
32. Free career training
The Student Career Experience Program is a paid student program that lets participants get work experience directly related to their academic field of study. According to Benefits.gov, “It provides formal periods of work and study while you are attending school. It requires a commitment by you, your school, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. You may be eligible for permanent employment after successfully completing your education and meeting work requirements.”
33. Free assistance for starting a small business
The Small Business Administration offers numerous resources to help you learn about what it takes to start a business and keep it growing.
34. Free pet care
If you’re having trouble affording your pet, whether feeding or medical care, the Humane Society has a list of resources that can help. Some even offer services free of charge.
35. Free pet safety stickers
If your home is ever on fire or there is some other life-threatening situation, there are stickers from the ASPCA that will let neighbors and rescue workers know that your furry loved ones are in the house so they can take appropriate action.
36. Free digital estate planning
You’re going to die someday. We all will, so might as well prepare for the inevitable. Dead Man’s Switch lets you create a secure email that will be sent out to your designated family and/or friends, so you can make sure they have all of your important information, such as usernames, passwords, bank accounts, and other details. How does it work? The company sends you periodic messages asking whether you’re still alive. If you someday don’t respond, it activates your email.
37. Free price checking
Ever wonder whether you’re really saving on that Amazon purchase, but don’t feel like driving all the way to the store just to see? Services, such as Honey or CamelCamelCamel, can help you compare prices quickly to ensure you’re getting the very best deal.
38. Free broadband speed test
If you’re experiencing some slowness on your computer you might want to check to see just how fast your connection is. You can do that for free using the broadband speed test at Speedtest.net.
39. Free samples
Want to try some new products or get teeny-tiny tubes you can travel with? You can get everything from toothpaste and shampoo to mouthwash and more by visiting blogs and sites that compile free offers. Some to consider are Hey, It’s Free!, Mr. Free Stuff and FreeStuffFinder.com.
There’s also a Freebies Subreddit that does much the same thing for all Redditors out there in search of free stuff.
40. Free used items
In need of some wooden pallets? Maybe a garden rake or a lamp that needs to be rewired? Craigslist has a “Free Stuff” category that lets people post their unwanted items that are free for the taking. Check out the listings in your area.
41. Free beauty kit
If you like makeup, you probably like Sephora. And if you become a “Beauty Insider” you’ll have your choice of a free beauty gift each year.
42. Free hearing test
AARP members (only people age 50 or older are eligible for membership) can get a free hearing test over the phone. Membership to AARP is $16 per year and comes with multiple other benefits and discounts that more than pay for the membership costs.
43. Free phone for hearing impaired
This service, funded by the Federal Communications Commission, gives free phones to people who have medically recognized hearing loss. Users are able to read what the person on the other end of the line is saying. Learn more at CaptionCall.com.
44. Free prescription drugs
Some supermarket pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies offer generic drugs for free to low-income patients without prescription drug insurance. Contact your pharmacy or search the RxAssist database to find free medication through drug companies’ patient assistance programs.
45. Residential repair services
Seniors needing minor work done around their house can reach out to their local government offices for the aging to see what services might be available. Keep in mind the labor through these programs is offered for free, but all necessary supplies will need to be paid for by the resident.
46. Free baby supplies
Babies are expensive, but lots of companies offer assistance for families who need a little help. Need formula? Similac offers free infant formula samples. You also can sign up with diaper manufacturers, such as Pampers, to get free samples.
47. Free birthday treats
There are literally hundreds of restaurants and retailers that give away free birthday goodies, especially for loyalty club members. Offerings include everything from free desserts and surprise gifts to full meals, all for free. Check out your favorite company’s website to see what’s available.
48. Free shipping
If you’re still paying for shipping on purchases, well, why? There are dozens of retailers that offer free shipping on all items year-round.
49. Free Uber rides
Next time you need a ride, first check for the latest promo codes to see whether any of them will offer you a sweet deal on getting to your destination. Groupon and other online coupon sites also offer deeply discounted fares when you buy in advance.
50. Free wedding swag
Planning a wedding? Check out sites, such as WeddingVibe, which offers giveaways for all sorts of free stuff for your wedding — from photo sessions for you and your spouse-to-be to shopping sprees and more.
Taking advantage of free stuff is one way to stay on budget. We’ve got 50 more ways to stay out of debt right here.
Note: It’s important to remember terms and conditions on products and services frequently change. As a result, rates, fees, and terms cited in this article might have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees, and terms with providers directly.
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