Hotel rooms. Groceries. Movie tickets. When it comes to saving money on the things you want and need, you can’t beat getting them for free. What you may not realize is that there are ways to score almost anything without paying.
Online Community Marketplaces
Craigslist, Nextdoor and Facebook groups are great resources for free goods and services. You can find advertisements for a wide variety of things people want to give away, such as furniture, appliances, moving boxes and plants.
Look for free samples at stores. You can graze on food at Costco and other wholesale clubs or ask for beauty and fragrance samples at department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s. Can’t find samples in person? Request them online. You can get samples by mail from manufacturers like Procter & Gamble and Unilever, sometimes in exchange for testing or reviewing products.
Sign up for rewards programs at your favorite businesses. Many restaurants and retailers give members special perks for their birthdays or based on how much they spend. You could get free food, shipping, gift cards, merchandise, movie tickets and other freebies.
You can earn gift cards, money and sweepstakes entries by answering questions on sites like Swagbucks and Global Test Market. Taking surveys is usually easy work, but time-consuming — and the payout can be low.
Download An App For Freebies
Cash-back and rewards apps can hook you up with free stuff. With Shopkick, you earn points for visiting certain stores, viewing products online or making purchases. You can redeem points for gift cards to places like Target and Starbucks.
National Food Holidays
If you use social media, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a “holiday” to honor almost every food item. Find local restaurants or chains that participate and you could get free food or drink. For example, Cinnabon treated customers to a free cup of coffee on National Coffee Day in September.
Sign Up For Free Trials
Subscription boxes and services are all the rage, but they can be expensive. However, you can get free TV, music streaming, audiobooks, snacks, meals, coffee and more by signing up for trial periods. For example, Crunch Fitness offers a free one-day gym pass, and Netflix is free for one month.
Contests give you opportunities to win all sorts of cool prizes. Radio stations reward lucky callers with concert tickets. HGTV does a dream home giveaway. Vacations, merchandise and gift cards may also be at stake. Even if the odds of winning are low, it’s usually easy to enter. Sometimes, you’ll get entries for leaving a product review on a website or tagging a brand in an Instagram post.