In this economic climate, everyone is trying to stretch a dollar as far as it will go. But what if you don’t have to spend anything at all to get the things you’d buy anyway? The following is a list of websites and services that can connect you to free items:
1. TotallyFreeStuff.com is a clearinghouse of freebie offers from all over the internet. The website is updated daily with new free offers—everything from DVDs to cleaning supplies to stickers to calendars to books to music to anything else you can think of. The site asks surfers to report suspicious or scam offers, so that they can keep the site as problem free as possible. When you find a freebie you want (which will probably happen multiple times on your first visit, considering the volume of great offers), you simply provide your address and wait for the free stuff to show up in your mailbox. It’s really that simple.
2. Freecycle.org is an excellent way to both find items you need and keep items you no longer want out of the landfills. When you sign up for the Freecycle group in your area, you are able to post both want ads and offerings, for free. Common big-ticket items seen on Freecycle include beds, exercise equipment, sofas, television sets and kitchen appliances. It can be somewhat difficult to snap up a popular item—like a working television—but patience and persistence pay off in Freecycle. Freecycling etiquette requires that you pick up the item yourself, but since you’re paying zero dollars for your new sofa, that seems like a small sacrifice.
3. In the mood to watch some TV? Check out hulu.com for free television episodes and complete films—over 100 films and 400 television shows. There’s no need to rent, subscribe or otherwise pay for your televised entertainment.
4. Directory assistance is useful, particularly if you need the information on the go. Unfortunately, at up to $1.50 per call, it can really add up that total on your cell phone bill. The free solution is 1-800-FREE-411 (1-800-373-3411). You will have to listen to a 20 second advertisement before receiving your information, but it’s certainly worth it to spare your phone bill.
5. PaperBackSwap.com is the perfect solution for avid readers on tight budgets. Once you sign up with the website, you can post paperbacks, hardcovers, textbooks and audio books that you own and are willing to part with. When someone claims one of your books, you mail it off (you do need to pay for shipping), and earn a credit for any book available on the site for free. Other than the cost to ship the book to the requesting member—and with the post office’s low media mailing rate, this is a very low fee—this service is completely free.
Even if there is no such thing as a free lunch, there are plenty of other freebies out there, as long as you’re willing to look. Have you used any of these services? How do you rate them? Any others you can think of that you want to share?
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