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Welcome to our freebies article. You’ve read our article on 67 ways to live for free, and now it’s time to apply some of those ideas to your everyday life.
We’re constantly scouting around for the best freebies, vouchers and coupons to take a bit of the squeeze off your purse and save you money for the important things.You’re welcome!
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- FREE food and drink
- FREE home and garden
- FREE health and beauty
- FREE books and magazines
- FREE events and days out
- FREE gadgets and technology
When you apply for a freebie the company will often ask for your email. It’s a good idea to set up an email specifically for freebies so your regular inbox isn’t flooded with advertisements. A postal address may be required so samples can be sent to you.
Food & drink
With a Tastecard you can get 50% off at hundreds of restaurants. It normally costs to sign up, but you can get a no-strings-attached free two month trial.
Get a complimentary Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnut when you download the brand’s app.
You can receive a free sachet of dog or cat food from Trophy Pet Foods. Offers are limited to one per pet for a maximum of three pets.
Join myWaitrose and treat yourself to a free regular tea or coffee every day, to drink in or takeaway. All you have to do is present your myWaitrose card at the till and you won’t be charged a penny.
For the latest cheap eats and 2 for 1 deals check out this article.
Home & garden
Receive a free Persil dosing device (either a net, ball or scoop) when you fill in a short questionnaire.
Free smoke alarm
The UK fire-service give out free smoke alarms. They also carry out free home fire safety visits, offer advice on how to make your home safe, and advise on where to fit your alarm. You’ll need to contact your local fire service to see if you’re eligable.
Catalink are offering free gardening catalogues, with the latest products, collections and information. There are lots of catalogues on garden tools, plants, seeds, flowers, landscapes and more.
Health & beauty
Receive a free three-day guest membership for your local Fitness First club with no obligation to join. Simply fill in the short form on their website, wait to receive the pass via email, and spend a day trying out their facilities and burning those calories rather than a hole in your wallet. Be aware, though, that they will try to pressure you into joining full time either while you’re there or afterwards.
Online retailer Feel Unique sends make-up and beauty fans five mini samples for free as part of its Pick & Mix service. You can even choose the products yourself.
Get a free sample of Huggies DryNites Pyjama Pants. Just sign up and they’ll be winging their way to you in no time.
Books & magazines
If you have an eReader (like Amazon’s Kindle) you can download hundreds of free eBooks (including classics such as Dracula or the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) for free from sites such as Manybooks.net.
Lots of media companies will give away free physical copies of their magazines. It’s usually a marketing incentive, to try and make you subscribe or buy the next issue. There are magazines to cover every possible interest: pick up your free copy of climate change magazine It’s Freezing in LA, Fine Art Collector, luxury magazine Porter, or even Puzzlers’ Club.
Packed full of incredible experiments for curious kids, ‘Don’t Eat Your Slime’ is guaranteed to provide fantastic experiments for your child. And it’s free!
Many television companies offer free tickets to the recording of their programmes. The BBC tickets page has details of how to apply online for free tickets to shows, including events like Sport Relief. SRO Audiences gives you the chance to see programmes such as Loose Women and Dancing on Ice first hand.
Register with ShowFilmFirst and you can have free movie tickets emailed directly to you. All you have to do is put up with some promotional emails (so use a different email from your usual one) and you could be watching films before they are released.
If you sign up to Truprint they’ll give you 20 free 6×4 prints as a welcome gift.
Free SIM cards
Watch films and TV for free
Get access to great TV with a free trial from Amazon Prime Video . Make sure you cancel before the end of the trial period, though, or you’ll be charged.
Freebies on Gumtree, Snaffleup, Freecycle and Craigslist
Just go to the website for a list of free things in your area. You’ll have to collect the items, but it’s a small price to pay for a free sofa or washing machine. Just click on the items you want then email the owners to organise a time to collect. Be quick, as items tend to go quickly. You can also try posting an ad of your own saying what items you need, and someone might get in touch.
This is the newest free item site. It works exactly the same way as the others: you contact the seller, then collect the items yourself. No money is allowed to change hands. You can also register your postcode so the search prioritises items that are in your area. We’ve tried Snaffleup and got our hands on a huge TV within a couple of hours of emailing the person who was offering it. Brilliant!
This is another way to get free items that people are throwing out. Go the website, sign up for free, and join a Freecycle network near you. You can browse the networks by your region. Once you become a member of a local group you can view the items being given away and post your own items. Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate to all ages.
Similar to the others, Craigslist lets you get your hands on stuff other people are getting rid of. Choose your nearest city, then look on the ‘for sale’ menu for the ‘free’ option and see all the items that are available to you. All you have to do is pick it up. People often use the site when they are moving house and are keen to shift stuff as soon as possible.
Free professional financial advice
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