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101 Fabulous Freebies That Will Bring Joy to Your Budget

Updated on September 20, 2017
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Gregory DeVictor is a financial consultant and author who has published over 100 articles and e-books on consumer finance.

How would you like to have a free checking account or free money for retirement? What about free food on your birthday, free Godiva chocolates every month, freebies for Mother’s Day, or free gas money every week? How about free college tuition for your children, free credit reports, free directory assistance, freebies from Starbucks, free auto services, free baby samples, freebies at your neighborhood public library, free tax prep, or free food apps? If you like free stuff, here are over 100 fabulous freebies that will bring joy to your budget.

Author’s note: Although I have made every effort to provide you with accurate, timely, and trustworthy information, I cannot guarantee that such information is correct, effective, or up-to-date at the time of your access.

Free Money for Retirement:

Contribute to your employer's 401(k). In 2017, you can contribute up to $18,000 annually into your employer-sponsored 401(k) plan. If you turn 50 at any time during 2017, you can contribute an additional $6,000 for a total contribution of $24,000. However, the total contribution between you and your employer cannot exceed $53,000.

Here are three benefits of saving for retirement using your company's 401(k):

  • Your contributions are made with pre-tax dollars, thus lowering your taxable income for each year you contribute.
  • The money you contribute to a 401(k), along with its earnings, grows tax free until you begin to withdraw.
  • Most 401(k) plans also include a matching contribution from your employer (a.k.a. free money).

If you cannot contribute the max to your 401(k), contribute enough to receive your employer's matching contribution. According to the 401k Help Center, “The average company contribution in 401k plans is 2.7% of pay. Numerous formulas are used to determine company contributions. The most common type of fixed match, reported by 40% of employer's, is $.50 per $1.00 up to a specified percentage of pay (commonly 6%).”

Let’s say that you earn $50,000 a year, contribute 10% to a 401(k), and receive a 50% match from your employer of up to 6% of your salary. Here is how your annual contribution and match break down:

  • $50,000 – annual income
  • $5,000 – 10% contribution to 401(k)
  • $1,500 – 50% matching contribution (free money) from your employer of up to 6% of your salary
  • $6,500 - Total yearly contribution to retirement account

Here is another example:

Suppose that you earn $100,000 annually, contribute 12% to a 401(k), and receive a 25% match from your employer up to 10% of your salary. Here is how your annual contribution and match break down:

  • $100,000 – annual income
  • $12,000 – 12% contribution to 401(k)
  • $2,500 – 25% matching contribution (free money) from your employer up to 10% of your salary
  • $14,500 - Total yearly contribution to retirement account

Here is a third example:

Let's say that you earn $70,000 annually, contribute 10% to a 401(k), and receive a 100% match from your employer up to 3% of your salary. Here is how your annual contribution and match break down:

  • $70,000 – annual income
  • $7,000 – 10% contribution to 401(k)
  • $2,100 – 100% matching contribution (free money) from your employer up to 3% of your salary
  • $9,100 - Total yearly contribution to retirement account

Here is another example:

Suppose that you earn $35,000 annually, contribute 6% to a 401(k), and receive a 100% match from your employer up to 5% of your salary. Here is how your annual contribution and match break down:

  • $35,000 – annual income
  • $2,100 – 6% contribution to 401(k)
  • $1,750 – 100% matching contribution (free money) from your employer up to 5% of your salary
  • $3,850 - Total yearly contribution to retirement account

Here is a final example:

Let’s say that you earn $75,000 annually, contribute 12% to a 401(k), and receive a 50% match from your employer up to 6% of your salary. Here is how your annual contribution and match break down:

  • $75,000 – annual income
  • $9,000 – 12% contribution to 401(k)
  • $4,500 – 50% matching contribution (free money) from your employer up to 6% of your salary
  • $13,500 - Total yearly contribution to retirement account

Flexible Spending Accounts:

If your employer has a flexible spending account, don't lose another dollar and use it. A flexible spending account--also known as an FSA--is a tax-advantaged plan that allows you to set aside a portion of your earnings to pay for qualified expenses such as medical and dependent care. Money deposited into a flexible spending account is not subject to payroll taxes, thus saving you money.

Companies typically offer three types of flexible spending accounts:

  • Medical spending accounts
  • Dependent-care spending accounts
  • Commuter spending accounts

With a medical spending account, you can set aside money to help pay for routine items such as health insurance copays for uninsured treatments such as vision care or for over-the-counter drug purchases. With a dependent-care spending account, you can set aside money to help pay for costs associated with putting the kids in day care so that you and your spouse can work. With a commuter spending account, you can utilize pre-tax dollars to pay for public transportation and parking expenses that you incur getting to and from work.

Here are some examples of eligible expenses for a medical FSA:

  • Dental treatment
  • Eye exams
  • Hearing aids
  • Lab fees
  • Physical exams
  • Vision correction surgery
  • X-rays

Here are some examples of eligible expenses for a dependent-care FSA:

  • Before and after school care
  • Babysitting fees that are work-related
  • Day care expenses

Here are some examples of eligible expenses for a commuter FSA:

  • Mass transit fares, including tickets, passes, tokens, vouchers, and other fares for riding buses, trains, or other public transportation vehicles to and from work
  • Official vanpool fees
  • Parking fees (including parking meters) at or near your place of work
  • Parking fees at a location from which you commute to your work place via mass transportation

Free Tax Preparation:

Here are four places where you can file your federal and state income taxes for free:

  • Credit Karma – There are no income limitations for federal and state returns.
  • The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs - FoxBusiness.com tells us that “VITA provides free tax help to people who earn less than $54,000, or who have disabilities or limited English speaking abilities. Elderly filers can get help through the TCE program, which is specifically designed for people who are 60 years of age or older. TCE specializes in tax issues related to retirement, pensions, Social Security, or other retirement-age tax concerns, making it a great resource for new and longtime retirees.” In 2015, over 3.7 million tax returns were filed through these programs.
  • TurboTax – Their Federal Free Edition is available only for 1040EZ or 1040A, which are simplified tax returns.

Free Credit Reports and Scores:

Be sure to get copies of your credit reports and scores at least twice a year. This helps to detect identity theft early and to correct inaccuracies that might have been caused by a clerical error or computer glitch. To get your free Equifax and TransUnion credit reports and scores, go to CreditKarma.com. Your reports and scores are updated daily. To get your free Experian credit report and score, go to FreeCreditReport.com. Like Equifax and TransUnion, Experian updates your report and score every day.

You should also get a free copy of your Chex Systems report at least once a year. Chex Systems is a consumer credit reporting agency that identifies consumers who have a history of fraudulent behavior with traditional checking accounts. ChexSystems reports include unpaid fees from overdrafts, checks bounced at retailers and other companies, check orders at banks, credit unions, and third-party companies, credit inquiries, and consumer-initiated credit freezes. About 80% of banks and credit unions use ChexSystems reports to assess the potential risks of having an account applicant as a customer.

To receive a free Chex Systems report, go to Chex Systems Consumer Assistance.

Unlike credit reports and scores, ChexSystems reports are not available for online viewing. In addition, it could take up to 10 business days for you to receive your report by snail mail.


Free or Low-Cost Checking Accounts:

Here is a list of banks and credit unions that offer free or low-cost checking:

  • Alliant Credit Union
  • Ally Bank
  • Aspiration Summit
  • BBVA Compass
  • BankMobile
  • Bank of Internet USA Rewards Checking
  • Capital One 360
  • Chime Spending Account
  • Discover Cashback Checking
  • EverBank
  • First Internet Bank
  • GoBank
  • Mutual of Omaha Bank
  • Radius Bank
  • Salem Five Direct
  • Schwab Bank
  • Simple.com
  • State Farm Bank Checking Account
  • UFB Direct
  • USAA Federal Savings Bank

Free College Money:

What is the price tag for a college education in the USA? The College Board confirms that the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015–2016 school year was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.

Here are 24 tuition-free colleges and universities:

  1. Alice Lloyd College – Kentucky
  2. Barclay College - Kansas
  3. Berea College – Kentucky
  4. Blackburn College - Illinois
  5. College of the Ozarks – Missouri
  6. Cooper Union – New York City
  7. CUNY Teacher Academy - New York City
  8. Curtis Institute of Music – Pennsylvania
  9. Deep Springs College – California
  10. Ecclesia College – Arkansas
  11. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering - Massachusetts
  12. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY – New York City
  13. Sterling College - Vermont
  14. UC Irvine School of Law - California
  15. United States Air Force Academy - Colorado
  16. United States Coast Guard Academy - Connecticut
  17. United States Merchant Marine Academy - New York
  18. United States Military Academy - New York
  19. United States Naval Academy – Maryland
  20. University of Washington - Washington
  21. Warren Wilson College – North Carolina
  22. Washington State University - Washington
  23. Williamson College of the Trades - Pennsylvania
  24. Webb Institute - New York

You can also receive free college scholarship and financial aid information at Scholarships.com.

Here are some examples of free college money:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • State grants. Most states have some sort of free money program for higher education.
  • Scholarships from the college or university itself.
  • Community-based scholarship programs like The Pittsburgh Promise.

Free Money for Gas:

Shop at supermarkets that have fuel perks programs. You can save 10 - 20 cents off a gallon of gas for every $100 you spend on groceries, prescriptions, and qualifying gift cards.

Here is a comprehensive list of grocery store fuel perks programs:

Acme - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can redeem your savings at Sunoco stations on up to 25 gallons of gas.

Albertsons – Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can redeem your perks at Texaco and Chevron stations.

BP Driver Rewards – Receive 10 cents off per gallon—up to 20 gallons--for every $100 spent on BP fuel. You can also link your BP Driver Rewards to a qualified credit or debit card. When you use it to pay at the pump, you’ll earn rewards automatically.

Cub Foods - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can fill up at participating Holiday stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Dillions, Food 4 Less, JayC, King Soopers, Ralphs, and Smith’s Food & Drug – Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 that you spend on groceries, airline cards, and no-contract wireless phones. You can fill up at participating Shell stations on up to 35 gallons.

Dillions, Food 4 Less, JayC, King Soopers, Ralphs, and Smith’s Food & Drug are all members of the Kroger family of stores.

Food City – Earn 15 cents off per gallon for every $150 spent. You can redeem your savings at Gas n’ Go stations.

Fred Meyer - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can redeem your perks at Shell and Fred Meyer stations on up to 35 gallons of gas.

Fry’s Food – Get 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can fill up at participating Circle K and Shell stations.

Giant Eagle – Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $50 you spend at Giant Eagle, GetGo, Market District, or Giant Eagle Express. You can earn fuel perks by purchasing groceries and health and beauty aids, having prescriptions filled, buying gift cards, and by using Giant Eagle’s dry cleaning, shirt laundry, and photo services. You can redeem your savings at GetGo stations on up to 20 gallons of gas. (By the way, this is one of the best fuel perks programs around.)

Giant Food Gas Rewards – Receive one point for every dollar spent with your Giant Card. Once you earn 100 points, you’ll receive 10 cents off per gallon of gas at a Giant or participating Shell station. Points are valid for 30 days.

HyVee Fuel Saver + Perks - Earn discounts at the pump when you purchase designated products at Hy-Vee stores. Your rewards can be redeemed at Hy-Vee fuel stations as well as at participating Shell stations.

Ingles – Earn five cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can redeem your perks at Ingles stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Jewel-Osco - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent on groceries and prescriptions. Fuel perks expire at the end of the month following the one in which they were earned. For example, rewards earned in August can be used through the end of September. You can redeem your perks at participating Shell stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Kroger – Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can earn fuel perks by purchasing groceries and health and beauty aids, having prescriptions filled, buying gift cards, and completing customer satisfaction surveys. Fuel perks expire at the end of the month following the one in which they were earned. For example, rewards earned in September can be used through the end of October. You can fill up at Shell and Kroger stations on up to 35 gallons of gas.

Lassus Handy Dandy Rewards – Receive 500 points just for signing up. Receive 10 points for every gallon of gas paid for at the pump and 20 points for every dollar spent in the store. The points you earn can be used for gas discounts as well as for gift cards and merchandise. This program is very similar to Speedway’s.

Market 32 – Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can redeem your savings at Sunoco stations.

Pay Less Supermarkets - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can redeem your perks at Shell gas stations.

Price Chopper – Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can fill up at Sunoco stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Quality Food Centers (QFC) - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can redeem your savings at participating Shell stations.

Redner’s Pump Perks – Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can redeem your perks at Sunoco stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Safeway, Carrs, Pavillions, Randall's, Tom Thumb, and Von's – Receive one point for every dollar spent on groceries, two points for every dollar spent on qualifying gift cards, and one point for every dollar spent on pharmacy items. Once you earn 100 points, you’ll receive 10 cents off per gallon of gas up to 20 gallons at Safeway fuel stations or at participating Sunoco stations.

There are now over 1,300 Safeway stores in the USA including:

  • 266 Safeway stores in Northern California and Hawaii
  • 273 Vons stores in Southern California and Nevada
  • 26 Pavillions stores in Southern California
  • 107 Randalls and Tom Thumb stores in Texas
  • 28 Carrs stores in Alaska
  • 66 Safeway stores in Maryland, 41 in Virginia, 14 in Washington, D.C., and four in Delaware.

Save Mart Gas Rewards - Earn 5 cents off per gallon for every $50 spent, 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent, etc. Fuel perks expire at the end of the month following the one in which they were earned. For example, rewards earned in September can be used through the end of October. You can fill up at Shell stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Shaw’s – Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can redeem your savings at Sunoco stations on up to 25 gallons of gas.

Shell Fuel Rewards Program – You can save five cents per gallon of gas when you fill up at participating Shell stations. According to Shell, here’s how the program works:

  • Join the Fuel Rewards® program and receive instant Gold Status.
  • Swipe your Fuel Rewards® card or enter your Alt ID when you fuel at a participating Shell station.
  • You’ll earn five cents per gallon for every fill-up.
  • The five cents per gallon reward for Gold Status will be combined with other rewards in your Fuel Rewards® account.

Shop ‘n Save – Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $50 you spend. You can redeem your perks at Sunoco stations on up to 30 gallons of gas. (This is also one of the best fuel perks programs around.)

Speedway (Speedy Rewards) - Earn 20 points per dollar spent for in-store purchases and 10 points per dollar spent at the pump. Points can be redeemed for free stuff like food, beverages, or fuel discounts.

Star Market - Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can fill up at Sunoco stations on up to 25 gallons of gas.

Stop & Shop – Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can redeem your savings at Shell and Stop & Shop stations.

Walmart partners with Murphy USA gas stations (not Murphy Express) to save you three cents per gallon when you pay with a Walmart gift card, Walmart MoneyCard, or Walmart MasterCard or Visa.

Weis Markets - Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $50 spent. This is double of what you would earn at most other fuel perks programs. You can redeem your perks at participating Sheetz stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

(Author’s note: Fuel perks’ terms and conditions can change at any time and without notice. In addition, BI-LO and Winn-Dixie both discontinued their fuel perks programs in 2017.)

In addition, Gas Price Watch lets you text your zip code to gas@fuelgo.com. They will respond with the names and addresses of the cheapest places to buy gas in your area. You can also use the AAA Triptik or GasBuddy apps on your smartphone to find the cheapest gas prices in your locale. (According to GasBuddy.com, there is a 65% chance that you will find the best prices at the gas pump on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Freebies at Your Neighborhood Public Library:

There are over 17,000 public libraries in the United States. Not only can you borrow books, CDs, and DVDs, but you can also take advantage of the free services that many public libraries offer:

  • Computer, yoga, self-improvement, and foreign language classes
  • Films and lectures
  • Book discussions and story telling
  • Poetry readings
  • Internet access on public computers
  • Book-of-the-month clubs
  • Musical and theatrical events
  • Job and career development services
  • Art exhibits
  • Workshops for musicians
  • Literacy training for people of all ages
  • Creative writing workshops
  • Sewing, knitting, jewelry-making, and other craft classes
  • Blanket and quilting brigades
  • Exercise groups. Start moving while enjoying the company of others.
  • Conversation salons
  • Literacy tutor training
  • Commemorative sections. For example, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a Pennsylvania Room. It features a vast collection of archives and memorabilia of the Keystone State.

In addition, some public libraries sell gently-used CDs, DVDs, and books that are donated by Friends of the Library. The funds raised from the donations go towards library programs and events. For example, the Squirrel Hill branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has thousands of gently-used or never-used books, CDs, and DVDs on sale for as little as 50 cents apiece. Book topics include:

  • Animals
  • Black studies
  • Commerce & finance
  • Cooking & gardening
  • English grammar & composition
  • Fiction
  • Film & theatre
  • Art & music
  • History
  • Judaica
  • Mystery & thriller
  • Non-fiction
  • Parenting
  • Reference (dictionaries, thesauri, etc.)
  • Religion & Philosophy
  • Science & medicine
  • Science fiction
  • Self-help
  • Travel

The public library is a busy place. Stop in the next time you are in the neighborhood.

Free Music, Television Shows, Movies, and Games:

1. You can listen to free music at Pandora.com. Here are some of their popular music genres:

  • 80’s Hip Hop
  • Afrobeat
  • Bachata
  • Bachata Dominicana
  • Baroque
  • Beach Bar Lounge
  • Blues
  • Boleros
  • Brazilian
  • Chillstep
  • Classical
  • Classical Guitar
  • Contemporary Gospel
  • Corridos
  • Drum & Bass
  • Dub
  • Flamenco
  • Gospel
  • Grupero
  • Hair Bands
  • Hindi Bollywood Hits
  • Hipster BBQ
  • Hipster Cocktail Party
  • Hotel Costes
  • Indie Dance
  • Indie Rock
  • Jewish Comedy
  • Laid Back Beach Music
  • Latin
  • Lite Rock Songwriters
  • Lite Rock and Pop Hits
  • Lowrider Oldies
  • Mariachi
  • New Orleans Jazz
  • Norteno
  • Progressive House
  • Punjabi Hits
  • Quinceanera
  • Reggae Rock
  • Salsa Puertorriquena
  • Salsa de Nueva York
  • Slow Jams
  • Southern Hip Hop
  • Today's Gospel
  • Today's R&B and Old School
  • Toddler
  • Yoga

2. You can also listen to free music on YouTube. Recently, I typed in “listen to Haight Ashbury Craig Chaquico” into Google. (For those who don’t know, Craig Chaquico is a famous smooth jazz artist and “Haight Ashbury” is one of his most popular recordings.) The first organic search result took me to a page on YouTube where I instantly listened to my search request. This recording was followed by selections from more smooth jazz artists and groups including Marion Meadows, Peter White, Fourplay, Ronny Jordan, Norman Brown, Boney James, Keiko Matsui, Jazzmasters, Sade, and more.

3. ff Comcast is your cable provider, you can listen to free music through their Music Choice network. Genres include:

  • 70’s
  • 80’s
  • 90’s
  • Adult Alternative
  • Alternative
  • Blues
  • Classic Country
  • Classic Rock
  • Classical Masterpieces
  • Contemporary Christian
  • Country Hits
  • Dance/EDM
  • Easy Listening
  • Gold Oldies
  • Gospel
  • Hip-Hop Classics
  • Hip-Hop and R&B
  • Indie
  • Jazz
  • Kidz Only
  • Light Classical
  • Love Songs
  • Metal
  • Mexicana
  • Musica Urbana
  • Party Favorites
  • Pop & Country
  • Pop Hits
  • Pop Latino
  • R&B Classics
  • R&B Soul
  • Rap
  • Reggae
  • Rock
  • Rock Hits
  • Romances
  • Singers & Swing
  • Smooth Jazz
  • Soft Rock
  • Sounds of the Season
  • Soundscapes
  • State & Screen
  • Teen Beats
  • Throwback Jamz
  • Today’s Country
  • Toddler Tunes
  • Tropicales
  • Y2K

4. You can watch free television shows and movies on Google Play. Here are some of the free television shows that you can watch:

  • Bachelor in Paradise
  • Bachelor in Paradise
  • Big Brother
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Bones
  • CSI
  • Castle
  • Chicago Fire
  • Claws
  • Criminal Minds
  • ER
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Family Guy
  • Fixer Upper
  • Golden Girls
  • Gotham
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Hell’s Kitchen
  • House
  • Humans
  • King of the Hill
  • Law & Order
  • Modern Family
  • NCIS
  • NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Sesame Street
  • The Bachelorette
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • The Mentalist
  • The Simpsons
  • The Sopranos
  • The X-Files
  • Will & Grace

5. An Amazon Prime subscription gives you access to free movies, television shows, and music streaming.

6. You can also watch free television on YouTube.

7. To play free games online, go to OnlineFun.com. Here are their categories and games:

Free Mahjong Gardens games:

  • Al Capone Mahjong
  • Crystal Mahjong
  • Free Mahjong
  • Indian Mahjong
  • Jade Shadow Mahjong
  • Mahjong Chain
  • Mahjong Fun
  • Mahjong Gardens
  • Mahjong Golden Path
  • Mahjong Mix
  • Mahjong Tower
  • Sichuan Mahjong
  • Taipei
  • Tea Mahjong
  • Word Mahjong

Free puzzle games:

  • Ancient Jewels 2
  • Bedazzled
  • Bejeweled Twist
  • Bubble Breaker
  • Candy Crush
  • Casual Chess
  • Chess
  • Chess 3d
  • Drop Blocks
  • Jewel Quest
  • Jungle Madness
  • Puzzle Bubble
  • Sea Treasure
  • Shoot the Gems
  • Tough Chess

Free sports games:

  • 8 Ball Pool
  • 8 Ball Pool Multiplayer
  • American 8 Ball Pool
  • Billiards
  • Bowling Girl Dress Up
  • Bowling Mania
  • Disco Bowling
  • Extreme Bowling Blast
  • Flash Golf
  • Forest Lake Fishing
  • Go Fishing
  • Holiday Golf
  • Lake Fishing
  • League Bowling
  • Penthouse Pool 3d
  • Pool Master
  • Pool Shark
  • Real Pool
  • Sea Fishing
  • Sea Fishing
  • Sea Fishing Tropical
  • Supreme Golf
  • Ten Pin Bowling

Free girl games:

  • Barbie Nail
  • Cheesecake Flag Cake
  • Chocolate Royal Cake
  • Elsa Beauty Salon
  • Elsa Fashion Day
  • Feeding the Baby
  • Mini Nail Fashion
  • Miss Diamond Nails
  • Sky Girl Beauty

Free kids games:

  • Bedazzled
  • Bubble Breaker
  • Chocolate Royal Cake
  • Crazy Car Parking
  • Drop Blocks
  • Jewel Puzzle
  • Jungle Madness
  • Puzzle Bubble
  • Sea Treasure
  • Spiderman Wanted 2

Free multiplayer games:

  • Agaf.io
  • Karnage.io
  • Slither.io
  • Snakes 3d
  • Splix.io
  • Superhex.io
  • Tankwars.io
  • Tanx

Free racing games:

  • Crazy Car Parking
  • Dirt Racing
  • Fast and Furious
  • Free Gear
  • Grand Police Escape
  • Mad Trucker
  • Midnight Race
  • Monster Truck Assault
  • Police Run

Free shooting games:

  • Battle Tank
  • Deer Hunter
  • Hunting Season
  • Modern War
  • Supreme Deer Hunting

Free Groceries, Coupons, Godiva Chocolates, etc.:

1. Here are 14 websites where you can score lots of free stuff including free groceries:

  • AllYou.com – Get 59 birthday freebies as well as coupons for groceries and household items. Be sure to read their articles on “45 Uses for Vinegar” and “Super Cheap Meals: $1 or Less!”
  • Coupons.com – Find coupons on over 2,000 brands for everything from laundry detergent to canned tomatoes.
  • FreakyFreddies.com - Here are some of their categories:

Free Baby Stuff

Free Beauty Samples

Free Calendars

Free Car Stuff

Free CDs & DVDs

Free Cleaning Supplies

Free Computer Stuff

Free Electronics

Free Food Samples

Free Health Samples

Free Household Stuff

Free Jewelry

Free Kids Stuff

Free Magazines

Free Outdoor Stuff

Free Perfume Samples

Free Pet Supplies

Free Posters

Free Software

Free Sports Freebies

Free Travel Supplies

Free Vitamin Supplements

  • FreeSamples.org – Get free beauty, food, health, household, and pet samples. You can also receive free household and restaurant coupons.
  • FreeStuff.com -Categories include automotive, baby, bags, books, calendars, cards, cell phones, clothing, computers, education, games, gaming consoles, hats, health, Internet stuff, kits, magazines, medical, movies, music, music players, photographs, shoes, software & apps, stickers, survival, television, and travel.
  • SmartSource.com – Get free coupons for groceries, beauty products, and weight loss products.
  • TheBalance.com offers free food samples for beverages, cereal, chips, crackers, entrees, meat, produce, and much more.
  • TheKrazyCouponLady.com – Find over 4,000 free grocery coupons.
  • TotallyFreeStuff.com - Here are some of their categories:

Athletic & sports

Automotive

Babies & Infants

Birthday stuff

Calendars

Children’s free stuff

Cleaning products

Clothing & accessories

Computers & electronics

Cosmetics & makeup

Entertainment

Food

Gadgets

Health & beauty

Home & garden

Jewelry

Kitchen & bath

Magazines

Men’s stuff

Mouse pads

Music & MP3

Office supplies

Pets & animals

Posters & maps

Toys

Travel & vacation

Webmaster stuff

Weddings & marriage

Women’s stuff

  • WomanFreebies.com - Choose from beauty & makeup, food & drink, shampoo & conditioner, baby samples, perfume, health, household, kids, pets, and recipes.
  • Get free samples from Procter & Gamble at PGeveryday.com.
  • Get free coupons from Kraft Foods at KraftFirstTaste.com.
  • Get free Kellogg’s coupons at KelloggsFamilyRewards.com.
  • Get a free piece of chocolate every month at participating Godiva boutiques. To qualify, sign up for Godiva’s Chocolate Rewards Club at Godiva.com/get-rewards

2. Here is a partial list of companies that will send manufacturer’s coupons to those who ask. According to BecomeACouponQueen.com, “Many companies will send you coupons if you simply ask for them. Call or email them and tell them how much you love their product and ask if they have any coupons they could send you.”

  • 8 O’Clock Coffee - (800) 299-2739
  • Aleve
  • Alka Seltzer
  • Angel Soft Bath Tissue
  • Apple & Eve
  • Armour-Eckrich
  • Balmex
  • Bar-S - (800) 699-4115
  • Better Oats - (866) 888-8757
  • Bigelow Tea
  • Birds Eye
  • Blistex
  • Blue Bunny Ice Cream
  • Bolthouse Farms - (800) 467-4683
  • Breyer’s
  • Bush Brothers
  • Campbell’s Soup
  • Carnation Instant Breakfast
  • Celestial Seasonings
  • Challenge Butter
  • Chiquita
  • Chobani
  • Clorox
  • Coffee-Mate Creamers - (800) 637-8534
  • Cottonelle
  • Crayola
  • Crisco
  • Dannon Yogurt
  • Del Monte - (800) 543-3090
  • DiGiorno
  • Dial Soap
  • Dole Fruit
  • Dove
  • Duncan Hines
  • Enfamil - (800) BABY123
  • Florida’s Natural Juice
  • Folgers
  • Freschetta
  • Fresh Express
  • Gerber - (800) 284-9488
  • Glad
  • Glade
  • Hefty
  • Hillshire Farms
  • Huggies - (888) 525-8388
  • Hungry Jack
  • Hunt’s
  • Iams Pet Food
  • Johnson & Johnson - (800) 526-3967
  • Johnsonville - (888) 556-2728
  • Kashi
  • Kellogg’s Cereals
  • Ken’s Dressing
  • Kimberly-Clark - (888) 525-8388
  • Kotex
  • Kraft
  • Lance Snacks
  • Land O Lakes
  • Lea & Perrins
  • Lindsay Olives
  • Lipton
  • Lucky Leaf
  • McCormick
  • Motrin
  • Mott’s
  • Neutrogena
  • Ore-Ida
  • Oscar Mayer - (847) 646-2000
  • Palermo’s Pizza
  • Pampers
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • Perdue - (800) 473-7383
  • Proctor & Gamble - (800) 331-3774
  • Purex - (800) 457-8739
  • Purina
  • Rayovac Batteries
  • Rhodes Rolls
  • Sara Lee
  • Sargento Cheese
  • Schick Razors
  • Scott Paper Products
  • Sea Pak Shrimp
  • Smucker’s - (888) 550-9555
  • Snyder’s of Hanover
  • Starkist
  • Stoneyfield
  • Sunsweet
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s - (877) 729-2229
  • Turkey Hill - (800) MY-DAIRY
  • Tylenol
  • Tyson
  • Uncle Ben’s
  • Welch’s
  • Zatarain’s

3. Before you go to the grocery store, be sure to read your supermarket's advertising circular. Plan your shopping around what is on sale. Always take advantage of "buy one, get one free" offers, especially on big-ticket items like vitamins and meat.

Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle recently had a "buy one, get one free" sale that was hard to beat. Here are some of the items that were featured: boneless center cut pork chops, roasting chickens, fresh broccoli and mushrooms, liquid laundry detergent, 24-packs of AA batteries, disposable razors, solid and gel deodorant, body wash, thin crust pizza, country French bread from the bakery, sandwich buns, turkey franks, mustard, marinades, and long grain rice.

In addition, find out how your supermarket calculates "buy one, get one free" offers. Some supermarkets and drug stores require you to buy both items in order to get them at the "buy one, get one free" price. If you buy just one, you automatically pay the regular price instead of 50% off.

For example, if you purchase one unit of a BOGO promotion at Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle, you will pay 50% of the regular retail price. On the other hand, if you purchase one unit of a BOGO offer at CVS, you will automatically pay regular retail.

4. Combine manufacturer's coupons with advertised specials. If your supermarket doubles coupons up to 99 cents, combining them with weekly specials can save you even more money. Here's an example:

Suppose that the regular price for a six-ounce size of brand-name yogurt is 75 cents. It goes on sale for 50 cents, a savings of 25 cents per cup.

You have four manufacturer's coupons, each for 40 cents off when you buy four yogurt cups. Let's say that you buy 16 yogurt cups and use all four coupons.

At the regular price, you would pay $12.00 for the 16 yogurt cups (16 x 75 cents = $12.00). With the weekly special of 25 cents off per yogurt, you save $4.00 when you buy 16 cups (25 cents x 16 = $4.00).

Then, your supermarket doubles each 40 cents coupon to 80 cents. You now have an additional $3.20 in savings (4 x 80 cents = $3.20).

Your total savings with the weekly special and doubled coupons are $7.20 ($4.00 + $3.20).

5. Some supermarkets give you credit (a.k.a. free money) for using your own bags. Here are eight retailers that reward you for bringing your own bags:

  • Brookshire’s - Bring in reusable grocery bags and receive a $0.05 discount per bag with no bag number limit.
  • Foodland - Bring in reusable grocery bags and receive a $0.05 discount per bag with no bag number limit.
  • Kroger (Ralphs, Tom Thumb, King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, QFC, and Fry’s) - Some locations will give you five fuel points for every reusable bag you bring in to use with a 10 bag limit per shopping trip.
  • Lowe’s Foods - Bring in reusable grocery bags and receive a $0.05 discount per bag with a 20 bag limit.
  • Reasor’s Foods - Bring in reusable grocery bags and receive a $0.06 discount per bag with no bag number limit.
  • Target - Bring in reusable bags and receive a $0.05 discount per bag.
  • Trader Joe’s - Some locations give you a $0.05 discount for each reusable bag you bring in to use.
  • Whole Foods - Bring in reusable bags and receive a $0.05 discount per bag.

6. Many grocery stores have e-coupons on their web sites that you can download to your loyalty cards. There is nothing to clip or print. Just click on the coupons you want, use your loyalty card at checkout, and save.

7. Many drug and grocery stores give you free money just for getting a flu shot. At Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle, customers who get a flu shot and have a Giant Eagle rewards card receive a $5 grocery credit.

Free e-Coupons from SavingStar.com:

Join over three million people who use SavingStar e-coupons at over 25,000 grocery and drug store locations throughout the country. Here's how it works:

-- Membership is free and there is no coupon clipping or printing.

-- Find participating stores near you by entering your zip code into the search box on SavingStar’s homepage. For example, I entered zip code 43952--Steubenville, OH--and found four participating grocery and drug store chains (CVS, Giant Eagle, Kroger, and Rite Aid). I also entered zip code 19148--Philadelphia--and found six participating chains (Acme, CVS, Pathmark, Rite Aid, ShopRite, and SuperFresh).

-- Link all of your qualifying grocery and drug store loyalty cards to your SavingStar account.

-- On the SavingStar.com web site, select the e-coupons you want and link them to the grocery and drug store loyalty cards that you have registered with SavingStar.

-- Use your loyalty card at the checkstand. The total on your receipt does not change at checkout and the savings are not printed on the receipt. Your money is added to your SavingStar account within 2-22 days depending on the store where you shopped. Saving Star notifies you by email when your account has been credited.

-- Once your savings reach $5.00, you can choose from these payout options:

  • A deposit into your bank or PayPal account
  • An Amazon gift card
  • A donation to charity

-- Please note that if your SavingStar account is inactive for 12 months in a row, a $1.99 monthly fee will be debited against any savings that you have accumulated. According to SavingStar, you must only do one of the following once a year in order to keep your account active:

  • Redeem an offer
  • Activate an offer
  • Pick a payout.

-- SavingStar adds new e-coupons every week on the brands you love. Here are some of the participating labels:

Classico®, Green Giant®, Pillsbury®, Betty Crocker®, Old El Paso™, Progresso®, Chex®, Cheerios®, Mountain High®, Wheaties®, Right Guard®, Little Debbie®, Purex®, Smart Ones®, BUSH'S®, Truvia®, and Diamond Crystal®.

-- Here are some of the participating grocery and drug stores:

A&P, ACME Markets, Albertsons, BI-LO, Buehlers, Copps, Country Mart, Country Market, CVS, Dollar General*, Farm Fresh, Food City, Fred Meyer, Giant Eagle, Giant Food Stores, Hy-Vee, Ingles, JustSave, Kennies, King Kullen, King Soopers, Kings Super Markets, K-Mart, Kroger, Nob Hill Foods, Owen’s, Pathmark, Pick n Save, Piggly Wiggly in SC and GA, Piggly Wiggly in WI and IL, Price Chopper in KS and MO, Price Chopper in the Northeast, QFC, Rainbow, Ralphs, Rite Aid, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Super Fresh, Target*, The Food Emporium, Tops Markets, Village Market, Waldbaums, Walmart*, Wegmans, and Winn-Dixie.

-- Here are some of SavingStar's e-coupons for August, 2017:

  • Save $0.50 on Annie's Mac & Cheese
  • Save $1 on Big G cereals
  • Save $1 on Cascadian Farm
  • Save $0.50 on Chex Mix, Bugles, and Gardetto's
  • Save $0.50 on Fiber One
  • Save $1 on Food Should Taste Good
  • Save $1 on General Mills Fruit Snacks
  • Save $1 on Helper & Betty Crocker Potatoes
  • Save $0.50 on Liberté
  • Save $1 on Nature Valley
  • Save $1 on Old El Paso
  • Save $1 on Pillsbury Frozen
  • Save $1 on Pillsbury Refrigerated
  • Save $1 on Pillsbury Crescents
  • Save $0.50 on Suddenly Salad
  • Save $1 on The Good Table
  • Save $1 on Totino's
  • Save $1 on Yoplait

(Author's note: The preceding list has been made available courtesy of SavingStar.com.)

* This is a receipt-scan store that requires the SavingStar mobile app for iPhone or Android.

Free Food on Your Birthday:

Here are more than 50 restaurants that will give you free food or beverages on your birthday. Please note that offers vary by location and that many restaurants require you to sign up for their loyalty program or register with them first in order to receive your birthday freebie. I also suggest that you call the restaurant ahead to make sure that the offer is still valid.

  • Alfy's Pizza
  • Applebee's
  • Arby’s
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Austin Grill
  • Bakers Square
  • Banjara Indian Cuisine
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Benihana
  • Black Angus Steakhouse
  • Bob Evans
  • Bob's Big Boy
  • Bruegger’s
  • Burger King
  • Charlie Brown's Restaurant
  • Charlie's Seafood
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Chevy’s Fresh Mex
  • Coldstone Creamery
  • Crazy Buffet
  • Dairy Queen
  • Dave and Busters
  • Denny’s
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Einstein’s Bagels
  • Ernie's Steakhouse
  • Fuddruckers
  • Grillfish
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Hometown Buffet
  • Hooters
  • IHOP
  • Johnny Rockets
  • King Buffet
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Marie Calenders
  • Max and Irma
  • Mexican Village
  • Noodles & Company
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Perkins
  • Pizza Express
  • Ponderosa
  • Quizno’s
  • Red Robin
  • Rock Bottom
  • Roundtable
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Sizzler
  • Starbucks
  • Steak and Ale
  • Steak ‘n Shake
  • The Loft
  • Tony Roma's
  • Uno Pizzeria
  • Wendy’s
  • Zio's

Free Food Apps:

Here are 15 food apps that will give you freebies and discounts just for signing up or after making a minimum purchase. Please be aware that offers vary by location and are subject to change without notice.

  • Baskin Robbins - Get a free regular scoop.
  • Burger King app – Receive Whopper BOGOS
  • Auntie Anne's My Pretzel Perks app - Receive a free pretzel after your first purchase.
  • California Pizza Kitchen app - Receive a free small plate.
  • Carl's Jr./Hardee's app - Receive a dollar off menu items.
  • Chili’s app – Get 60 free points.
  • Dairy Queen app – Get a free small blizzard.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts app – Receive a free beverage.
  • Jamba Insider app – Get $3.00 off your next purchase.
  • Krispy Crème app – Get a free donut.
  • McDonalds app – Receive BOGO deals.
  • Panera app – Receive a free pastry,
  • Quiznos app – Get $1.00 off a sub or large salad.
  • Sonic app - Get a free medium slush.
  • Taco Bell – Receive a coupon worth $2 off a $10 purchase.

Over 80 Examples of Free Customer Rewards Programs:and How They Work:

Grocery store gas rewards:

Acme - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can redeem your savings at Sunoco stations on up to 25 gallons of gas.

Albertsons – Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can redeem your perks at Texaco and Chevron stations.

Cub Foods - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can fill up at participating Holiday stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Dillions, Food 4 Less, JayC, King Soopers, Ralphs, and Smith’s Food & Drug – Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 that you spend on groceries, airline cards, and no-contract wireless phones. You can fill up at participating Shell stations on up to 35 gallons.

Dillions, Food 4 Less, JayC, King Soopers, Ralphs, and Smith’s Food & Drug are all members of the Kroger family of stores.

Food City – Earn 15 cents off per gallon for every $150 spent. You can redeem your savings at Gas n’ Go stations.

Fred Meyer - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can redeem your perks at Shell and Fred Meyer stations on up to 35 gallons of gas.

Fry’s Food – Get 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can fill up at participating Circle K and Shell stations.

Giant Eagle – Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $50 you spend at Giant Eagle, GetGo, Market District, or Giant Eagle Express. You can earn fuel perks by purchasing groceries and health & beauty aids, having prescriptions filled, buying gift cards, and by using Giant Eagle’s dry cleaning, shirt laundry, and photo services. You can redeem your savings at GetGo stations on up to 20 gallons of gas. (By the way, this is one of the best fuel perks programs around.)

Giant Food Gas Rewards – Receive one point for every dollar spent with your Giant Card. Once you earn 100 points, you’ll receive 10 cents off per gallon of gas at a Giant or participating Shell station. Points are valid for 30 days.

HyVee Fuel Saver + Perks - Earn discounts at the pump when you purchase designated products at Hy-Vee stores. Your rewards can be redeemed at Hy-Vee fuel stations as well as at participating Shell stations.

Ingles – Earn five cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can redeem your perks at Ingles stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Jewel-Osco - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent on groceries and prescriptions. Fuel perks expire at the end of the month following the one in which they were earned. For example, rewards earned in August can be used through the end of September. You can redeem your perks at participating Shell stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Kroger – Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can earn fuel perks by purchasing groceries and health & beauty aids, having prescriptions filled, buying gift cards, and completing customer satisfaction surveys. Fuel perks expire at the end of the month following the one in which they were earned. For example, rewards earned in September can be used through the end of October. You can fill up at Shell and Kroger stations on up to 35 gallons of gas.

Market 32 – Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can redeem your savings at Sunoco stations.

Pay Less Supermarkets - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can redeem your perks at Shell gas stations.

Price Chopper – Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can fill up at Sunoco stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Quality Food Centers (QFC) - Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can redeem your savings at participating Shell stations.

Redner’s Pump Perks – Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can redeem your perks at Sunoco stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Safeway, Carrs, Pavillions, Randall's, Tom Thumb, and Von's – Receive one point for every dollar spent on groceries, two points for every dollar spent on qualifying gift cards, and one point for every dollar spent on pharmacy items. Once you earn 100 points, you’ll receive 10 cents off per gallon of gas up to 20 gallons at Safeway fuel stations or at participating Sunoco stations.

There are now over 1,300 Safeway stores in the USA including:

  • 266 Safeway stores in Northern California and Hawaii
  • 273 Vons stores in Southern California and Nevada
  • 26 Pavillions stores in Southern California
  • 107 Randalls and Tom Thumb stores in Texas
  • 28 Carrs stores in Alaska
  • 66 Safeway stores in Maryland, 41 in Virginia, 14 in Washington, D.C., and four in Delaware.

Save Mart Gas Rewards - Earn 5 cents off per gallon for every $50 spent, 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent, etc. Fuel perks expire at the end of the month following the one in which they were earned. For example, rewards earned in September can be used through the end of October. You can fill up at Shell stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

Shaw’s – Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can redeem your savings at Sunoco stations on up to 25 gallons of gas.

Shop ‘n Save – Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $50 you spend. You can redeem your perks at Sunoco stations on up to 30 gallons of gas. (This is also one of the best fuel perks programs around.)

Star Market - Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 spent. You can fill up at Sunoco stations on up to 25 gallons of gas.

Stop & Shop – Receive 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend. You can redeem your savings at Shell and Stop & Shop stations.

Walmart partners with Murphy USA gas stations (not Murphy Express) to save you three cents per gallon when you pay with a Walmart gift card, Walmart MoneyCard, or Walmart MasterCard or Visa.

Weis Markets - Earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $50 spent. This is double of what you would earn at most other fuel perks programs. You can redeem your perks at participating Sheetz stations on up to 20 gallons of gas.

(Author’s note: Fuel perks’ terms and conditions can change at any time and without notice. In addition, BI-LO and Winn-Dixie both discontinued their fuel perks programs in 2017.)

Department stores, clothing stores, home improvement stores, drug stores, etc.:

Autozone Rewards – Earn a $20 reward when you make five purchases of $20 or more. Please note that rewards expire in three months.

Best Buy Rewards – Receive 2.5 points for every $1 spent when you use the My Best Buy Credit Card. Earn 0.5 points for every $1 that you spend using any other form of payment. Once you reach 250 points, you’ll receive a $5 reward certificate.

Bloomingdale’s Loyallist Program – Receive one point for every dollar that you spend and double points for shoes, cosmetics, and fragrances. You also receive free shipping with no minimum purchase required. Once you earn 5,000 points, you’ll receive a $25 reward good on a future purchase.

CVS ExtraCare Program – Earn 2% in the form of ExtraBucks for $1 that you spend. You also receive personalized coupons on register receipts, at the coupon center, by email and snail mail, and with the CVS Pharmacy app.

DICK’s ScoreCard - Receive one point for every $1 that you spend at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Field and Stream, or Golf Galaxy. Once you reach 300 points, you’ll receive a $10 reward to use on a future purchase.

DSW Rewards Program - Receive 10 points for every $1 that you spend on shoes, bags, and accessories. Once you reach 250 points, you’ll receive a $10 reward to use on a future purchase.

JCPenney Rewards – Receive a $10 reward for every 200 points. Earn one point for every dollar spent when you use your JCPenney credit card ($1 = 1 point). Or, earn one point for every $2 spent with any other method of payment ($2 = 1 point).

Kohl’s Yes2You Rewards - Receive one point for every $1 spent no matter how you pay. Once you reach 100 points, you’ll receive a $5 reward to use on a future purchase.

Neiman Marcus InCircle – Receive two InCircle points for virtually every dollar spent using your Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf-Goodman credit cards. Once you earn 10,000 points, you’ll receive a $100 reward for future purchases. You also receive 5,000 bonus InCircle points when you open a credit card account and make a purchase all in the same day.

Nordstrom Notes – Earn one point for every dollar spent at Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack. Once you reach 2,000 points, you’ll receive a $20 reward.

Office Depot Office Max Rewards – Get 2% cash back on all merchandise. You also receive $2 in rewards when you recycle your ink and toner cartridges.

Petco Pals – Get a $5 reward for every $100 that you spend.

Sephora Beauty Insiders earn one point for every $1 spent which can redeemed for free beauty samples.

Target REDCard – Get 5% off at the register and free shipping on qualifying orders at Target.com.

Walgreens Balance Rewards – Earn 10 points for every dollar that you spend plus bonus points on featured items that change weekly. You can also get rewarded for making healthy choices like walking, managing your weight, tracking your blood pressure, and more. Once you reach 5,000 points, you’ll receive a $5 reward.

West Elm Rewards Program (The Key) - This loyalty program gives rewards on seven brands including Mark and Graham, PBteen, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma, and Williams-Sonoma Home. Shop at any of their seven brands and earn 3% back in rewards on all purchases.

Restaurants, pizza shops, coffeehouses, etc.:

16 Handles (a frozen yogurt chain) - Receive one point for every $1 spent. Once you earn 50 points ($50 = 50 points), you’ll receive a $5 reward for a future purchase.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzel’s – Earn 10 points for every $1 that you spend. Once you have earned 300 points, you’ll receive a free pretzel.

B.J.’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Premier Rewards –Receive one point for every $1 that you spend. Here is a list of their rewards:

  • Earn 75 points and receive $5 off a future purchase.
  • Earn 100 points and receive a free Pizookie.
  • Earn 150 points and receive $10 off a future purchase.
  • Earn 250 points and receive $25 off a future purchase.

Black Angus Steakhouse –Join the Prime Club and receive a free dessert upon registering and a free steak dinner on your one year anniversary of joining.

Bob Evans Rewards – Earn $4 for every $60 that you spend. You can apply your rewards to any purchase, anytime.

California Pizza Kitchen – Receive a $5 reward for every $100 that you spend. You’ll also receive a free pizza and dessert during your birthday month.

Caribou Perks – Receive surprise rewards like free size upgrades, free drinks, or free baked goods.

Cold Stone Creamery – Join the eClub and receive two Creations for the price of one. You also receive a coupon for a free Creation for your birthday.

Counter Burger – Receive 10 points for every $1 that you spend, 200 points just for registering your card, and 300 points for referring a friend to the program. Once you earn 600 points, you’ll receive a $5 reward. You also receive free fries when you register and a free birthday shake.

David’s Tea – Receive one point for every dollar that you spend ($1 = 1 point). For every 100 points you earn, you’ll get 50g of any tea for free.

Dunkin’ Donuts – Earn five points for every dollar that you spend ($1 = 5 points). You also receive a free beverage when you sign up, on your birthday, and for every 200 points that you earn.

Firehouse Subs - Firehouse Rewards - Earn rewards by entering your phone number at the register every time you make a purchase at Firehouse Subs. You'll earn 1 point for every $0.01 you spend. Collect enough points and you can exchange them for great rewards like free subs, meal upgrades, and more.

Sign up and get a free large drink with sub purchase.

You can use their app to:

  • Order in-app and access your recent orders
  • Manage your points and rewards
  • Find nearby Firehouse Subs locations
  • Play their game for bonus points
  • Receive a birthday reward on your birthday

Jamba (Juice) Insider Rewards – Receive one point for every $1 that you spend ($1 = 1 point). Once you earn 35 points, you can trade them in for $3 off your next purchase. You also receive $3 just for signing up with them as well as a free smoothie or juice on your birthday.

Jersey Mikes Subs - Here is their point system:

  • 3 points for every KID'S MEAL
  • 4 points for every MINI size sub or Breakfast Sandwich (where available)
  • 6 points for every REGULAR sub, Wrap, or Sub-in-a-Tub
  • 12 points for every GIANT size sub

When you've accumulated enough points, you can redeem them for:

  • 48 points for a FREE MINI size sub
  • 72 points for a FREE REGULAR size sub, Sub-in-a-Tub or Wrap
  • 144 points for a FREE GIANT size sub

Moe’s Southwest Grill - Receive a free cup of queso just for signing up with their program and one point for every $1 that you spend ($1 = 1 point). Once you earn 1,000 points, you can trade them in for a $10 credit off your next purchase. You’ll also receive a free birthday burrito every year.

Pinkberry (a frozen yogurt chain) – Receive a free yogurt for every 10th purchase.

Pizza Hut Rewards – Receive two points for every $1 that you spend on Pizza Hut orders ($1 = 2 points). Once you earn 200 points, you can trade them in for a free medium size pizza with any toppings that you like. Once you earn 250 points, you can trade them in for a free large pizza with any toppings that you like.

Red Robin Royalty – Here is a list of their rewards: Receive a free birthday burger, every 10th item free, $20 toward your 6th visit, special military offers, and exclusive surprises.

Rita’s Italian Ice (Rita’s Rewards) – Earn a free regular-sized Italian ice on every 8th visit.

Starbucks Rewards – You can earn stars (points) with either a card or an app. Receive two stars for every $1 spent and a free beverage for every 125 stars that you earn. You also receive a free birthday drink.

Tasti D-Lite (frozen desserts chain) – Receive one point for every $1 that you spend. Once you earn 50 points ($50 = 50 points), you’ll receive a free medium cup or cone.

TGI Fridays - Earn one “stripe” for every $1 spent. You can “redeem 50 stripes for a free dessert, 80 for a free sandwich or burger, 100 for an $8 coupon or seafood/chicken entree, and 150 for a steak or ribs entrée.”

Miscellaneous rewards programs:

Amazon Rewards Visa (from Chase) – Receive up to 5% cash back on qualifying purchases from Amazon.com. (Be sure to pay your balance in full each month and never take cash advances on the card.)

Amtrak Guest Rewards – Earn two points for every dollar spent on Amtrak travel ($1 = 2 points). You also receive 500 bonus points if you travel within 90 days of joining the program. Once you receive 800 points, you can start redeeming your points for free Amtrak travel.

Chase Freedom Unlimited Visa Card - Receive a $150 bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first three months from account opening. (Again, be sure to pay your balance in full each month and never take cash advances on the card.)

Delta SkyMiles - Earn up to five miles per dollar spent and receive 3,000 SkyMiles as a sign-up bonus.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards - Earn one point for every $1 spent on rental charges. Once you earn 550 points, you’ll be eligible for a free weekend day.

Lassus Handy Dandy Rewards – Receive 500 points just for signing up. Receive 10 points for every gallon of gas paid for at the pump and 20 points for every dollar spent in the store. The points you earn can be used for gas discounts as well as for gift cards and merchandise. This program is similar to Speedway’s.

Marriott Rewards - Join Marriott Rewards and earn a free night with two paid stays at any participating hotel between 9/11/2017 and 1/28/2018.

Speedy Rewards – Earn 20 points per dollar spent for in-store purchases and 10 points per dollar spent at the pump. Points can be redeemed for free stuff like food, beverages, or fuel discounts.

Wyndham Rewards - Here is an overview of Wyndham Rewards’ four status levels:

  • Achieve Blue level status upon enrollment
  • Achieve Gold level status after 5 qualifying nights
  • Achieve Platinum level status after 15 qualifying nights
  • Achieve Diamond level status after 40 qualifying nights

Over 250 Free Customer Rewards Programs by Category:

Department stores, clothing stores, home improvement stores, drug stores, etc.:

  • 84 Lumber
  • Ace Hardware
  • Andy's Frozen Custard
  • AutoZone
  • Best Buy
  • Big Lots
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • CVS Extra Care Rewards
  • DSW
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Gap Rewards Program
  • Gilt Insider
  • Godiva
  • J.C. Penney
  • Jeweliq's Heart Rewards
  • Kohl's Yes2You Rewards
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s Star Rewards
  • Men's Wearhouse Perfect Fit Rewards Program
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom Fashion Rewards
  • Office Depot
  • Petco Pals Rewards
  • Sally's Beauty Club Card
  • Sears Shop Your Way Member Program
  • Sephora Beauty Insiders
  • Sports Authority
  • Staples
  • Target REDcard Debit Card (To join this program, you must present a voided check to the Target team member.)
  • The Home Depot
  • Ulta Beauty
  • Walgreens Balance Rewards Program
  • West Elm - This loyalty program gives rewards on seven brands including Mark and Graham, PBteen, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma, and Williams-Sonoma Home. According to WestElm.com

Grocery store rewards programs:

  • A&P Fresh Club Card
  • Baker's
  • Bi-Lo Bonus Card
  • Big Y Express Savings Club Card and Silver Savings Club Card
  • Brookshire’s Thank You Card
  • Buehler’s Advantage Card
  • Carrs/Safeway Plus Club Card
  • City Market
  • Coco's
  • CountryMart My CountryMart Rewards Card
  • D&W Fresh Market yes Rewards
  • Dillons
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Family Fare Yes Rewards
  • Food City ValuCard
  • Food Emporium
  • Food Lion MVP Card
  • Food4Less Plus Reward’s Card
  • Foodtown
  • Fred Meyer Rewards Card
  • Fry’s VIP Card
  • Gerbes Plus Shopper’s Card
  • Giant Eagle Advantage Card
  • Giant Food Card
  • Giant Food Stores Bonuscard
  • Glen's Markets Yes Rewards
  • Hard Times Cafe
  • Harris Teeter VIC
  • Homeland Stores One Card
  • Ingles Advantage Savings & Reward Card
  • Jay C Plus Shopper’s Card
  • King Soopers SooperCard
  • Kroger Plus Card
  • Lowes Foods Fresh Rewards Card
  • Martin’s Advantage Card
  • Meijer MPerks
  • Owen’s Plus Card
  • Panchero's Mexican Grill
  • Pathmark PERKS Club Card
  • Pavilions ValuePlus Club Card
  • Pay Less Supermarkets Plus Card
  • Piggly Wiggly Pig Card
  • Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card
  • QFC Advantage Card
  • Ralph’s Rewards Card
  • Randalls Remarkable Club Card
  • Safeway Club Card
  • Shop ‘n Save Perks
  • ShopRite Price Plus Club Card
  • ShurFine Supermarkets Gold Card
  • ShurSave Gold Card
  • Smith’s Rewards Card
  • Stop & Shop Card
  • SuperFresh my+REWARDS Card
  • Tom Thumb Reward Card
  • Tops Markets Bonus Card
  • VG's Grocery yes Rewards
  • Vons VonsClub Card
  • Waldbaum’s my+Rewards Card
  • Wegmans Shoppers Club Card
  • Weis Shoppers Club Card
  • Winn-Dixie Rewards with Plenti

Restaurants, pizza shops, coffeehouses, etc.:

  • Abuelo's
  • Auntie Anne's Pretzels
  • BJs Brewhouse Premier Rewards
  • Backyard Burgers
  • Bar Louie
  • Black Angus Steakhouse
  • Bob Evans
  • Brenner’s Steakhouse Rewards
  • Brio Tuscan Grille – My Brio Rewards
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Rewards
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Burger King
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • California Tortilla Burrito Elito
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Champs Americana MVP League
  • Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse Handshake Club
  • Chart House Rewards
  • Cheese Burger in Paradise Board Club
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chili's
  • Churchill’s Pub
  • Cinnabon
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Copeland’s of New Orleans Lagniappe Club
  • Corner Bakery Café
  • Crave Loyalty
  • Cups Frozen Yogurt
  • Dairy Queen
  • Dave and Busters Rewards
  • David's Tea
  • Davinci Group Frequent Diner Club
  • Del Frisco’s Steak House Rewards
  • Del Taco
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Don Pablos Habeneros Club
  • Duffy’s Sports Grill MVP
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Elephant Bar
  • Erbert and Gerbert’s Sandwich Society
  • Farrelli’s Pizza Fire Club
  • Firehouse Subs - Firehouse Rewards
  • Fox and Hound All Star Club
  • Freebirds Fanatic Rewards
  • Fuddruckers
  • Gastronomy Frequent Diner
  • Genghis Grill Khan’s Reward Kard
  • Gordon Biersch Passport Rewards
  • Grotto Pizza Swirl Rewards
  • HWY 55 Burgers
  • Hard Rock Rewards
  • Houlihan's
  • Hurricane Grill and Wings Flavor Rewards
  • IHOP
  • Jersey Mike's Subs
  • J.P. Licks Cow Card
  • Jamba Juice
  • Kabuki Japanese Restaurant Red Mask Club
  • Kings Family Restaurants Royal Rewards
  • Kobe Japanese Steakhouse Kobe Rewards
  • Krispy Creme
  • La Tasca Viva! News & Rewards
  • LaMotta’s Italian – Belly Rewards
  • Levy Restaurants
  • Max & Ermas Good Neighbor Rewards
  • McCormick & Schmicks Rewards
  • McDonald's
  • Mellow Mushroom Beer Club
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse
  • My Loyal Family Rewards
  • My Starbucks Rewards
  • Native Foods Café
  • Noodles and Company
  • Old Chicago World Beer Tour
  • Outback Steakhouse My Outback Rewards
  • Ox & Pen Chicago
  • P.F. Changs Warrior Rewards
  • Pacifica Seafood Rewards
  • Panera Bread
  • Panera Bread My Panera
  • Papa Gino’s Rewards/D’Angelo’s Rewards
  • Papa Johns Papa Rewards
  • Phillip’s Seafood Friend’s of Phillips
  • Pink Berry
  • Pita Pit Pit Card
  • Pizza Ranch Rewards
  • Qdoba Rewards
  • Raising Cane's
  • Red Mango Club Mango
  • Red Robin Red Royalty Rewards
  • Rita’s Italian Ice
  • Rock Bottom Rock Rewards
  • Ruby’s Diner Jitterbug Club
  • Rusty Pelican Rewards
  • Salad Works
  • Schlotzksy's
  • Smokey Bones Bones Club
  • Sonic
  • Specialty Restaurants Loyalty Club
  • Subway
  • Sullivan’s Steakhouse Rewards
  • Sweet Green
  • TGI Friday’s Gimme More Stripes
  • Taco Bell
  • Taco Cabana
  • Tumbleweed Tex Mex Grill My Tumble Bucks

Travel rewards:

  • Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
  • American Airlines Aadvantage
  • Amtrak Rewards
  • Delta Skymiles
  • FREE Spirit
  • Frontier EarlyReturns
  • Hawaiianmiles
  • Jetblue Trueblue
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards
  • United Mileageplus
  • Virgin America Elevate

Hotel rewards:

  • AMC Stubs
  • Best Western Rewards
  • Choice Priveleges
  • Club Carlson
  • Fairmont President's Club
  • Hilton Honors
  • Hyatt Gold Passport
  • IHG Rewards Club
  • Intercontinental Hotels Priority Club Rewards
  • Kimpton Karma Rewards
  • LaQuinta Returns
  • LeClub AccorHotels
  • Leaders Club
  • Loews YouFirst
  • Marriott Rewards
  • National Car Rental Emerald Club
  • Omni Select Guest
  • Regal Cinemas' Crown Club
  • Ritz-Carlton Rewards
  • Starwood Preferred Guest
  • Stash Hotel Rewards
  • Wyndham Rewards

Car rental rewards:

  • Alamo Insiders
  • Avis Preferred
  • Budget Business Program
  • Dollar Express Renter Rewards
  • Enterprise Plus
  • Hertz Gold Plus
  • National Emerald Club
  • Thrifty Blue Chip Rewards

Entertainment rewards:

  • Regal Cinemas' Crown Club
  • Starpass Rewards
  • StubHub

Gas station rewards:

  • BP Driver Rewards
  • Certified Oil Rewards
  • Exxon and Mobil Return and Earn Rewards
  • Irving Rewards
  • Lassus Handy Dandy Rewards
  • Shell Fuel Rewards Network
  • Speedy Rewards
  • Sunoco APlus Rewards

Bank debit card rewards:

  • Bank of America Debit Card
  • Bank of Internet Visa Debit Card
  • Capital Bank CashBack Checking
  • Chase Disney Visa Debit Card
  • Chime Visa Debit Card
  • Discover Cashback Checking
  • First National Bank Checking
  • Fulton Bank Visa Debit Card
  • KeyBank Debit Card
  • Mechanics Bank Debit Rewards
  • PayPal Business Debit Card

Business card programs:

  • Amex OPEN
  • Mastercard Easy Savings
  • Visa Savings Edge

50+ Ways to Earn Extra Money Without Getting Another Job

Creating multiple streams of income can have a major impact on your finances. Even an extra $500 every month can go a long way to reduce debt or increase your retirement account. Here are over 50 ways to earn extra income without getting anoyjrt job:

  1. Answer questions online.
  2. Babysit.
  3. Bank for profit. Many banks--on and offline--offer cash incentives for opening new accounts.
  4. Become a TV extra, a freelance writer, a holiday staffer, a lifeguard, a mystery or personal shopper, a tour guide, a translator, or an affiliate marketer.
  5. Cash in on unused gift cards.
  6. Complete simple tasks for businesses. Erin Huffstetler tells us that “Amazon Mechanical Turk has a list of one-time jobs – research projects, product reviews, transcriptions, etc. – that pay immediately upon acceptance of your work.”
  7. Cook, bake, or cater.
  8. Design websites
  9. Sell your crafts. Mary Hunt explains: "Do you knit? Make jewelry? Sew? If so, there are lots of opportunities to sell handmade wares online. As a member of Etsy (Etsy.com), you’ll have your own online store to showcase your items. It’s free to become an Etsy seller, but you’ll pay a fee of 20¢ to list an item with up to five photos for four months. When the item sells, you pay a 3.5 percent commission to Etsy. There’s no limit to how much you can charge, and what you earn is based on how your crafts sell."
  10. Donate plasma, sperm, or blood.
  11. Get paid for your time online. Check out Volition.com for a list of companies to consider.
  12. Get paid to watch television.
  13. Have a garage sale.
  14. Have your car wrapped.
  15. If you are a CVS customer, join the CVS Advisor Panel. You can earn up to $10 in Extra Care Bucks for participating in a single survey.
  16. If you’re a webmaster, sign up for Google AdSense or AdSense alternatives such as Chitika.
  17. Man a polling station.
  18. Mow lawns.
  19. Offer your professional services at Fiverr.com or at a similar site.For example, here is a list of graphics and design services that you can promote on Fiverr.com: Cartoons & Caricatures, Logo Design, Illustration, Book Covers & Packaging, Photoshop Editing, Flyers & Posters, Business Cards & Stationery, Banner Ads, Social Media Design, 3D & 2D Models, Web & Mobile Design, Presentations & Infographics, Invitations, T-Shirts, and Vector Tracing.
  20. Participate in a focus group.
  21. Participate in a mock trial.
  22. Sell your collectibles online. Kiplinger.com tells us that perhaps you collected baseball cards, stamps, or coins when you were young, and now they’re just collecting dust. But they might be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. One place to get top dollar for your collectibles and small items of value is eBay.
  23. Refer people to your cellphone provider, cable company, etc.
  24. Rent out a spare bedroom.
  25. Rent out an underused parking spot.
  26. Rent out items that you own.
  27. Scalp some tickets.
  28. Search for unclaimed property.
  29. Sell things you no longer need on Craigslist, Oodle, eBay Classifieds, Recycler, Sell.com, Monster, Classified Ads, Classifieds Giant, Adoos, or U.S. Free Ads.
  30. Sell your hair
  31. Sell your old mobile phone.
  32. Sell your photos at stock photo websites like iStockPhoto.
  33. Shovel snow.
  34. Sign up for clinical trials. DailyFinance.com points out that “Most large universities have ongoing medical research projects evaluating the efficacy of new medicines and treatments. As part of this evaluation, they often need 'volunteers' on which to test these medications. Since the pool of willing volunteers is limited, cash compensation for the volunteer's cooperation is sometimes provided, ranging from a few hundred dollars up to four figures."
  35. Start a blog.
  36. Test web sites.
  37. Tutor kids and adults.
  38. Use your home as a film set.
  39. Walk dogs or be a pet sitter.
  40. Write an e-book.
  41. Write software reviews.
  42. Write, edit, and proofread documents.

Free Museum Admission:

Bank of America cardholders can receive free admission to more than 150 museums on the first full weekend of every month. Here are some examples:

  • Atlanta - Atlanta History Center, High Museum of Art, Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Austin - Bullock Texas State History Museum, The Contemporary Austin (Laguna Gloria), The Contemporary Austin (The Jones Center), The Thinkery (at the Meredith Learning Lab)
  • Albuquerque – Albuquerque Museum
  • Anchorage – Anchorage Museum
  • Baltimore - Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, The American Visionary Art Museum
  • Boise – Boise Art Museum
  • Boston - Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Charlotte, NC - Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Levine Museum of the New South, Mint Museum Randolph, Mint Museum Uptown
  • Chicago - Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Veterans Art Museum (Saturdays only), Shedd Aquarium, The DuSable Museum of African American History, The National Hellenic Museum
  • Cleveland – Great Lakes Science Center
  • Denver – Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Detroit – Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Historical Museum, Michigan Science Center, Motown Museum (Saturdays only except in July and August)
  • District of Columbia – Newseum
  • Fort Worth – Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
  • Houston – The Children’s Museum of Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts
  • Las Vegas - DISCOVERY Children's Museum, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, Springs Preserve
  • Long Beach – Museum of Latin American Art
  • Los Angeles - Autry National Center of the American West, LACMA, Skirball Cultural Center
  • Memphis – Dixon Gallery and Gardens
  • Miami – American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora, Coral Gables Museum, History Miami Museum, Miami Children's Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Pérez Art Museum Miami`
  • Minneapolis – Mill City Museum
  • Mountain View, CA – Computer History Museum
  • Nashville – Frist Center for the Visual Arts
  • Newport Beach – Orange County Museum of Art
  • New York City - American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Historical Society, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of the Moving Image, Staten Island Zoological Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Met Breuer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Met Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Met Fifth Avenue, The Museum of Modern Art
  • Oakland, CA – Oakland Museum of California
  • Oklahoma City - National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City Museum of Art
  • Orlando - Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, The Mennello Museum of American Art
  • Palm Springs – Palm Springs Art Museum
  • Palm Desert – The Living Desert
  • Philadelphia - African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Constitution Center, National Museum of American Jewish History, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Phoenix - Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum
  • Pittsburgh - Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Portland, ME – Portland Museum of Art
  • Portland, OR – Portland Art Museum, Portland Children’s Museum, Portland Japanese Garden
  • Portsmouth, VA – Children’s Museum of Virginia
  • Richmond, VA – Children’s Museum of Richmond
  • Riverside, CA – Riverside Art Museum
  • Sacramento - Crocker Art Museum, Powerhouse Science Center, The California Museum
  • San Francisco - Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum, Legion of Honor.
  • San Antonio - McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, The DoSeum: San Antonio's Museum for Kids, Witte Museum
  • San Diego - Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), The San Diego Museum of Art
  • San Jose – San Jose Museum of Art, The Tech Museum of Innovation
  • Seattle – Northwest African American Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Wing Luke Museum of Arts & Culture, Experience
  • Stockton – Haggin Museum
  • Tacoma – Tacoma Art Museum
  • Wilmington, DE – Delaware Art Museum (Saturdays only), Delaware Museum of Natural History

Here are Bank of America’s free museum days for 2017:

  • January 7 and 8, 2017
  • February 4 and 5, 2017
  • March 4 and 5, 2017
  • April 1 and 2, 2017
  • May 6 and 7, 2017
  • June 3 and 4, 2017
  • July 1 and 2, 2017
  • August 5 and 6, 2017
  • September 2 and 3, 2017
  • October 7 and 8, 2017
  • November 4 and 5, 2017
  • December 2 and 3, 2017

According to Bank of America, “Free general admission is limited to the cardholder at participating institution. Museum hours and participation varies. Excludes special exhibitions, ticketed shows and fundraising events. Not to be combined with other offers.”

Free Software and Computer Stuff:

1. For a listing of locations that offer free Wi-Fi, go to WiFiFreeSpot.com.

2. Get free round-the-clock computer help at TechGuy.org.

3. For a free alphabetizer, go to Alphabetizer.flap.tv.

4. Download over 500,000 free e-books at Bookshare.org.

5. Get a free spam filter for Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, and Windows Live Mail at Spamfighter.com.

6. In alphabetical order, here are five of the best free email providers for 2017:

  • Gmail
  • Outlook.com
  • ProtonMail
  • Yandex.Mail
  • Zoho27.

7. Here is some of the best free software for writers:

  • FocusWriter
  • WriteMonkey
  • Scribus29. Get freebies for Halloween and Christmas at TheFreeSite.com.

8. For free antivirus software, go to Adaware.com. Please note that this software cannot be used on a Google Chromebook. Can a Chromebook get a virus? According to Google:

Rest assured . . . that it is nearly impossible for a Chromebook to be infected by an actual virus. Chrome OS is one of the most secure (if not THE most secure) operating systems on the market. This is due mostly to the fact that Chrome OS does not allow you to install ANY programs (hard to install a virus when you can’t install anything), but is also due in large part to the operating system’s Verified Boot solution. Google also releases official updates to Chrome OS every 6 weeks (and some unofficial ones in between) that bring new features, and security updates.

Miscellaneous Freebies:

1. Receive trusted, up-to-date, and free reviews on thousands of consumer products and services at ConsumerReports.org. Consumer Reports reviews cars, appliances, electronics, home & garden products, babies & kids products, money products (brokerage services, car insurance, etc.), and health products (exercise bikes, electric razors, etc.).

2. Get freebies on your birthday at FreeBirthdayStuff.com.

3. Read newspapers online. You can save up to $2.50 for the weekday version and up to $5.00 for the Sunday edition. In addition, OnlineNewspapers.com is a directory of thousands of newspapers listed by country and region. Many of these newspapers can be read online.

4. There are 398 national parks in the United States. At least 265 of them have free admission.

5. Get 12 free personal finance calculators at Calculators.com. You can choose from mortgage, loan, scientific, tax, auto loan, graphing, retirement, amortization, home loan, interest, payment, and savings calculators.

6. To get a free calendar, type "free calendars" (with quotes) on Google and you will receive over 800,000 organic search results.

7. Get free recipes at AllRecipes.com.

8. Learn 46 languages for free including Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Greek, Yiddish, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin Chinese at OpenCulture.com.

9. Download over 500,000 free e-books at Bookshare.org.

10. Get free baby samples at EverydayFamily.com.

11. Get free sheet music, lessons, and tools for musicians who play at 8Notes.com.

12. Get free directory assistance at 800-FREE-411.

13. Manage your finances for free at Mint.com.

14. Get eight free auto services at PepBoys.com. Free services include battery testing, windshield wiper installation, alignment checks, brake inspection, and tire repair.

15. Here are three banks that offer free coin-counting services:

  • Chase Bank
  • Commerce Bank
  • PNC Bank

16. Make an appointment with an HR rep and find out about all the benefits you are eligible to receive. For example, you might be entitled to free baseball or amusement park tickets.

17. Here are some of the best web sites for free and high-quality investment information:

  • Investopedia.com
  • MarketWatch.com
  • Morningstar.com
  • SeekingAlpha.com
  • StockCharts.com
  • Yahoo Finance

(Author's note: You should always consult with a financial advisor prior to investing.)

18. Enroll in free and self-paced online business classes at SBA.gov.

19. If you need to brush up on everyday math skills, go to Math.com. Here is part of their mission statement: “Math.com is dedicated to providing revolutionary ways for students, parents, teachers, and everyone to learn math. Combining educationally sound principles with proprietary technology, Math.com offers a unique experience that quickly guides the user to the solutions they need and the products they want. These solutions include assessment, on-demand modular courses that target key math concepts, 24/7 live online tutoring, and expert answers to math questions.”28. SeniorDiscounts.com is where senior citizens and people 55+ can find free deals on everything from prescription drug costs to public transit to tax preparation.

20. Get freebies for Mother"s Day, Halloween, and Christmas at TheFreeSite.com.

21. At SeniorDiscounts.com, people 55+ can find free deals on everything from public transit to tax preparation to cellphones.

22. If you have a Discover Card, be sure to sign up for Discover’s free service that alerts you if they find your Social Security number on any of thousands of risky websites. Discover also alerts you if any new “credit cards, mortgages, car loans, or other accounts are opened on your Experian credit report.”

23. Courtesy of ValueMags.com, here are 39 free magazine subscriptions that you can get right now. ValueMags.com points out that all of their free magazine subscriptions come with no strings attached. You do not have to give a credit card number and you will never get billed.

  • 4 Wheel & Off-Road
  • Automobile
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Boating
  • Bowhunting World
  • Bridal Guide
  • Cruising World
  • Diabetes Self-Management
  • Diabetic Living
  • Diesel Power
  • Flying
  • Four Wheeler
  • Hot Rod
  • JP Magazine
  • Marlin
  • Men’s Fitness
  • Motor Trend
  • OK! Magazine
  • Out
  • Outdoor Life
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Pain-Free Living
  • Parents
  • People en Español
  • Popular Science
  • Predator Xtreme
  • Rachael Ray Every Day
  • Salt Water Sportsman
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shape
  • Slam
  • Sport Fishing
  • Star
  • Street Rodder
  • Super Street
  • Transworld Motocross
  • Truckin
  • Whitetail Journal
  • Yachting

24. Here are seven Craigslist alternatives:

Close5.com (formerly eBay Classifieds) – Their advertising categories include:

  • Cars & Vehicles
  • Community
  • Electronics
  • For Sale
  • Home & Garden
  • Housing
  • Jobs
  • Pets
  • Services and Resumes

Locanto.com – Their advertising categories include:

  • Classes
  • Community
  • Events
  • For Sale
  • Jobs
  • Personals
  • Pets
  • Real Estate
  • Services and Vehicles

Oodle.com – Their advertising categories include:

  • Community
  • Jobs
  • Merchandise
  • Personals
  • Pets
  • Rentals & Real Estate
  • Services
  • Tickets
  • Vehicles

25. For a free online grammar checker, go to VirtualWritingTutor.com. Here are some of the features:

  • Word counter
  • Spell checker
  • Grammar checker
  • Punctuation checker
  • Vocabulary checker
  • Paraphrase checker

26. To receive $50,000 of free identity theft protection, go to CreditSesame.com. No credit card is needed and there are no trials or commitments. Credit Sesame also provides you with free credit scores, a free credit report card, and free credit monitoring. However, they do not offer free credit reports.

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