You can get free stuff and live for free every day if you know where to look. Don’t spend any more money than you have to.
Here at MoneyMagpie we’re always on the lookout for a good freebie. Here are our top 66 ways of getting the treats that we want without ever parting with a penny. Enjoy!
- Free fun
- Free health and beauty
- Free travel
- Free technology
- Free money savers and money makers
- Free food
- Free shopping
1. Free music online
Go to Musicovery to listen to music for free online. You get to choose what you listen to by mood (such as energetic, calm), or by year or genre and the site forms a playlist for you. Last.fm is another site that allows you to listen to music for free by creating your own personalised streaming playlist. Jango is also worth a look and it’s ultra simple to use: simply type in the name of the band or artist you want to listen to and it will start playing you a song!
Spotify is another great website a streaming service website which allows you to listen to millions of music tracks online completely free (and completely legal!) – all you have to put up with is the occasional 30-second advert every five minutes or so – a pretty small price to pay for free tunes!
If you don’t like the ads then you have to pay £14.99 a month but that covers the whole family.
2. Win big on free competitions
Don’t turn your nose up at competitions! They’re a great way to get free stuff.
We know it might seem unlikely that you’ll win, but your chances of success are usually a lot better than you think. Why? For the simple reason that people rarely bother to enter competitions because they think they have no chance of winning. This opens the doors for clever Moneymagpies to swoop in and claim all the big prizes. Why not give them a go and then check out our article on how to make money from competitions?
Warning! To enter an online competition you’ll be asked to supply your email address. This means there’s a good chance you’ll start receiving lots of pesky spam. Get around this problem by setting up a separate email account, and have anything competition related sent there.
Ooh, and don’t forget to sign up to the MoneyMagpie newsletter as we have a new, impressive competition every week. Sign up here
3. Get a free magazine
The Week magazine is a firm favourite here in the Moneymagpie office. There’s no jargon, no waffle – just an entertaining overview of all the stories that people are talking about. Everyone from Jon Snow to Dawn French seems to read it – and now you can too, by getting an issue absolutely FREE.
4. Free gigs
Music lovers can make the most of all the free gigs around the UK with AllGigs.co.uk where you can search for gigs by artist, town or type (there’s also an under £10 and under £5 section). Also, sites such as ClashMusic and NME’s dedicated music news section provide updates on free gigs from bigger artists so it’s worthwhile keeping an eye out for your fave bands and singers on those too.
5. Free cinema
Sign up to See Film First and you could get the chance to see films before they’re released for free. Once you’ve signed up you’ll receive emails with a screening code which you can enter into the website to receive the free tickets. Others such as Free Cinema Tickets and Free Movies UK offer similar preview screenings so it’s worth signing up to both to get as many freebies as you can.
6. Swap for free books
Head to BookMooch – a site which lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.
- Give & receive: Every time you give someone a book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from anyone else at BookMooch. Once you’ve read a book, you can keep it forever or put it back into BookMooch for someone else, as you wish.
- No cost: there is no cost to join or use this web site: your only cost is mailing your books to others.
- Points for entering books: you receive a tenth-of-a-point for every book you type into our system, and one point each time you give a book away. In order to keep receiving books, you need to give away at least one book for every two you receive.
- Help charities: you can also give your points to charities we work with, such as children’s hospitals (so a sick kid can get a free book delivered to their bed), Library fund, African literacy, or to us to thank us for running this web site.
- World wide: You can request books from other countries, in other languages. You receive 3 points when you send a book out of your country, to help compensate you for the greater mailing cost, and it costs the moocher 3 points to get the book. John Buckman, who runs BookMooch, has lived in California, England, France and Germany, and was frustrated by the vast number of books that were printed in just one country and not available in the other countries (for example, many books are published in Britain and never made available in America).
- Wishlist: you can keep a “book wish list” that will automatically arrive to you when you have the points and/or the book becomes available in our catalog.
- Feedback score: each time you receive a book, you can leave feedback with the sender, just like how eBay does it. If you keep your feedback score up, people are most likely to help you out when you ask for a book.
7. get free books by reviewing them
Hubbub website is offering free books to anyone who wants to review them. As you can see here, they’re basically business books so it’s only worth it if you’re interested in those.
8. …and by borrowing them
Of course your local library is THE BEST way to get free books and not have the nuisance of having to store them. Not only can you borrow a zillion of them (usually up to four at a time!) but you can even order new ones (for a few pence). What a fantastic resource we have.
9. get a free ebook on how to get a job
Check out our helpful eBook ‘49 ways to get a job‘ here which you can get totally for free. It will give you lots of great ideas to get that job or that commission.
10. Free internet hotspots
If you need to find your nearest free WiFi connection use FreeHotspot which pinpoints free wireless internet hotspots all over the UK – search by street, town or country. Free WiFi is available in lots of parts of the country, particularly in the cities, but do be careful when you use them: don’t do your online banking while using free WiFi.
11. Sign up for free shows
Go to the BBC website to apply for free tickets to your favourite TV show, tour, and live and promotional events for new music. You can also try Lost In TV where you can apply for tickets to other TV programmes like The Cube and The Apprentice: You’re Fired. Add yourself to their mailing list to receive updates on any new dates of upcoming shows, and check out the websites for regular updates.
ApplauseStore – Get tickets to see big shows like The X Factor and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
SRO audiences has tickets for Mock The Week, Alan Carr: Chatty Man and All Star Family Fortunes, to name just a few.
TVRecordings – this is the place to get tickets for comedy show Live At The Electric.
12. Free festivals
Work for Oxfam at festivals and you can see all your favourite bands for free. You will need to hand over a deposit but you get that back as soon as you turn up. You work in shifts (which vary depending on the festival) and in return you get a free ticket to the event. Once you’ve finished your shift the rest of your time can be spent enjoying the festival. Find out how to apply on their website.
13. Free fun with the kids
Get your kids to send in letters, pictures and poems to Blue Peter to earn themselves a badge. If they get their hands on a Blue Peter badge they can gain free access to hundreds of venues in the UK. Blue Peter badges are only awarded to children aged six to 15 years old. There are six altogether – blue, silver, green, orange, gold and the team player’s purple badge.
14. Free entry to nightclubs
You can’t beat a night out on the tiles in your favourite city. Unfortunately nights like these do tend to break the bank, leaving you hard-up for the rest of the week (or the month, if it was a really good night). London in particular is notoriously expensive, but lots of clubs do offer free entry. Look at Designmynight for lists of nightclubs in London and other parts of the country that offer free entry nights.
15. Free UK events
Make the most of all the UK freebies with Free-events.co.uk which lists all the free festivals, parades, carnivals etc that are going on in the UK. Londoners can also go to All In London for info on the many free events in the capital.
16. Free theatre
Firstly, if you are a serious theatre fan, set up a blog reviewing plays so that you can get press tickets.
It will take a while to get tickets to the really good stuff, but if you keep on, you should be able to build up your reputation.
Then, for very cheap tickets, try Cheap Theatre Tickets. The website has free and reduced tickets on some of the best theatre in your area.
17. free stuff and free local entertainment and events
Do sign up to any newsletters that your local council sends out because that way you will find out about free events and entertainment that they are running in the borough. They could be running a free fireworks night in November, free Santa’s grotto in December, free family events in the summer holidays and free talks and workshops. You can find your local council’s website on Gov.uk.
18. Free cosmetics and more
Get free goodies to test out for Toluna. They have loads of products they need to have tested so if you sign up for the testing side can get new things every month. Right now, for example, they’re getting people to test out Garnier Hand Cream and pots of caviar…yes seriously! So you can see the kind of things you could get to try for nothing. Click here to join up now and get all these great freebies.
19. Free dental work
Get some free treatment by going to dental students at a UK dental school. Visit the British Dental Association for contact details of participating universities and read more in our guide to free dentistry here. Don’t panic – although they aren’t fully qualified, there are always trained supervisors on hand to help out. It will take longer than usual, so do bear this in mind.
20. Free health snack box
If you’re trying to control those cravings for something tasty between meals then the Nibble Box from Graze is a great guilt-free snack. Choose online from a variety of health foods including dried fruit and olives and they will deliver the box to your door. You can get your first and fifth box free.
21. Free beauty parties
Grab your friends and family and host a product party, and you can try out loads of free beauty goodies. For The Body Shop at Home go to the ‘Party at home’ link at the top of the UK website, follow the links to hosting a party then fill out your details. A Body Shop consultant will be sent round to your house and give you a bunch of products to test out as well as show you the best way to use them. You’ll be given expert tips on skincare, the best ways to wear make-up or the best fragrances for you. Get all the details and find out how you could take this a step further by becoming a consultant on their website.
22. Free cosmetics
If you’re over the age of 18 you could try your hand at doing some cosmetic research online with Clicks Research. It’s really easy, you just try, review and keep new hand creams, moisturisers, children’s products and all sorts of other goodies. There are no unnecessary forms to fill in; all you need to do is provide your email address, a long-term home address (so they can send you products to review) and a phone number. It’s a really great way to get hold of some new products in exchange for a review.
23. Free haircuts
Get your hair cut by a student at a hairdressing college. It’s not so scary – most students have had hours of class time and there is a teacher with them at all times. Go with trusted hair salons like Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy – which offer free hair cuts (and mega cheap highlights). You will need to book early, you must be comfortable with a student cutting your hair, and be warned that it could take a few hours to get your hair done! Both salons only offer the services on specific dates and times so you need to book in advance. It is well worth the effort as most salons easily charge £100 for cuts and highlights.
24. Free health check for dogs
Animal charity PDSA tours around the UK to provide free health checks for dogs every year. Pet owners can come along to ask a veterinary nurse any questions about their dog’s health and have their pet’s diet, fitness, dental care and coat condition given a look over. Check the website for a list of locations and dates.
24. House swap for a free holiday
Get a free holiday by swapping your home with somebody else for a few weeks. It’s great because no money is exchanged at all for the accommodation, you’ll only need to cover the costs of travel. Go to a house-swapping site and read other people’s descriptions of their house and facilities and exchange destination. House swapping is a fantastic way of getting free accommodation, but it’s CRUCIAL that you do it through a reputable agency. HomeExchange and HomeForExchange are two of the best around. Read our full article on house swap holidays.
26. Free caravan – to keep!
ParkHolidays are currently offering an unbelievable free caravan deal. The company owns over 25 holiday centres throughout southern England, many of which are taking part in this scheme. The caravan itself will be completely free of charge and you won’t even have to pay for furniture, carpets or key kitchen appliances. It’s yours to keep or rent as you wish, and you’ll also have full use of any facilities the resort has to offer, such as swimming pools, spas and kids clubs.
So what’s the catch? Well the thinking behind the scheme is to try and encourage people to ‘trade up’ in the future (i.e. invest in a bigger and better caravan). But you’re under no obligation to do that, and you can opt out at any time. Like regular buyers you’ll also have to pay the standard annual pitch fee which is usually around £4000 to £5000 plus a connection charge of around £400. It’s worth noting that some resorts are offering a 50% discount on their pitch fees which is a real bargain. Find out more information at ParkHolidays.
27. Get a free pound
At MoneyMagpie we’re big fans of online surveys as they’re an easy way to make some extra cash. We’re particularly fond of Inbox Pounds as they give you £1 just for signing up. Get your free pound here.
28. Reward card freebies
Get free travel treats with money you’ve already spent when you get reward points. Reward credit cards give you miles when you spend but it’s important to remember that these cards are useless unless you pay off your bill every month. You will not earn Avios on outstanding balances and the interest rates tend to be higher than other cards.
As a basis of reference it costs about 9,000 Avios to fly to Europe and around 20,000 to fly to North America. To find out more about frequent flyer miles and other reward credit cards take a look at our full article on free flights.
Also, check here for the latest cashback, points and Avios credit cards.
29. free eBook to save your money on travel
Want to know how to get the best rate on your currency exchange, the cheapest and easiest way to get flights and hotels and how to keep yourself safe when abroad? You can find it out here totally for free in our giveaway eBook on how to get the best deals on travel.
30. (nearly) free holidays with Sheradill
Have you come across Sheradill? It’s a great website with a collection of hotels that offer good deals if you stay on certain nights. The hotels are around Europe and elsewhere and the really cool thing about this site is that you can take money off your bill just by sharing details of the hotel and the site on social media. In fact if you share lots you could get ALL the money taken off except for 10%. So you could potentially get a £100 holiday for a tenner! Check it out.
31. free holiday with bulk-booking
With some operators, if you book travel for ten or more people they will throw in one for free.
- Eurostar does special group deals and weekend getaways to destinations including Paris, Brussels and Euro Disney.
- Opodo is always worth a look for group deals, particularly on self-catering skiing holidays.
- Travelodge gives you cheaper rooms with group bookings.
- Virgin Holidays say that if you book with a minimum of ten adults you may qualify for a group discount.
32. free travel with car-sharing
Get into car-sharing for regular journeys with BlaBlacar.com. You can share the petrol costs or, if you take two people, you could find yourself having the whole cost covered by their contribution.
It’s also worth trying Liftshare.co.uk and Nationalcarshare.co.uk.
33: Recycle your gadgets for cash
Recycle your gadgets for cash. It’s quick, FREE and could make you over £200. From mobile phones to cameras, games consoles and more, by recycling your gadegts you can make a mint and help the environment. If it’s a mobile phone you’d like to recycle use the Moneymagpie phone recycling tool. Just click on the make of your phone and we’ll show you which recycling company will give you the most for it. Do it now! For all other gadgets check out WeeeBuy.
34. Free calls with VoIP
Skype is probably the most well known VoIP (Voice Over IP) service. If you’ve got broadband you can phone on the internet for free with Skype. It can be downloaded for free. Once you’ve registered you just find the username of the person you want to call and then click the green phone. You’ll need earphones and a microphone. Some computers have microphones already built in but if yours doesn’t then Amazon.co.uk has a good selection of headphone and microphone sets here with several choices for under a tenner.
To make video calls you’ll need a webcam – again many computers have these already built in but if yours doesn’t you can buy them from Argos for around £10. You can also chat for free using online instant messengers like Windows Live Messenger or AOL. Find out more by reading our article 10 ways to save on your phone bills.
35. Say no to 0870
Premium rate numbers can be up to ten times the cost of a normal landline call. But you can fight back. We’re often asked “what is the cost of 0844 numbers?” and we always point people towards the brilliant website Say No To 0870. It has a search engine to find alternative local numbers for companies. All you do is click search to find an alternative number and enter either the number or the company name. The engine will come back with a load of alternatives so check to see if there are any freephone numbers.
36. Free texts
Run out of credit and desperate to send a text? Head to CBFSMS and text online for free! You can send as many as you like to any UK mobile. For international texts go to SendSMSnow which allows texts to various countries including America, Canada and India.
37. Free mobile SIMs
If you’re not bothered about having the latest phone model there are some pretty impressive PAYG deals around these days – free minutes and texts are no longer for contracts alone – all of the networks offer inclusive minutes and texts when you top up so why not nab a free SIM and take a look at the deals on offer? Check out Carphone Warehouse and FreedomPop.
38. Free TV
Don’t panic if you’ve missed your favourite show. You can catch up with programmes online with the BBC iPlayer and Channel 4 oD (on demand). With BBC iPlayer you can play programmes on the website simply by pressing the ‘Click to Play’ button. You can also download them and store them on your computer for 30 days. With 4oD you can catch up on the last 30 days’ TV online and watch thousands of classic programmes and films. ITV has a similar system called ITV Player for catching up with programmes you’ve missed for up to 30 days after and 5 runs Demand Five where you can watch all their catch-up for free.
Just be aware that if you’re not paying for a TV licence you are legally not supposed to watch these programmes live, only on catch-up.
39. 0% credit cards
When used properly, 0% credit cards can be a good short term solution if you want to borrow money without paying any interest. You need to be very disciplined to use one of these cards because they only work if you know you’ve got income coming in within the 0% interest period. Our advice is simple – don’t use them if you can’t afford to pay them off within that period. However, right now there are amazing deals on offer – if your credit rating is good enough – that last for at least three years!
40. Unclaimed assets
You could have hundreds or even thousands of pounds lying in dormant accounts and investments. There’s at least £15 billion in unclaimed financial assets lying around in Britain, according to the Unclaimed Assets Register, an organisation run by credit agency Experian (get a free credit check from Experian now). Go to Mylostaccount.org.uk – this is a free online search service that will rummage through bank records for you. You have to enter your details and it will tell you if you’ve got any old accounts you’d forgotten about. You may not have long left to claim the money so get all the info now.
41. Free money from the government
If you’re about to reach State Pension age but you’d like to keep working, even just on a part-time basis then you can put off claiming your pension and when you do take it, the government will give you extra! It’s really worth it if you don’t mind working for a bit longer. Find out more on the GOV.UK.
42. Free money for your children
If you register with online reward scheme KidStart, you get cashback whenever you shop through them, and the money can be put into an account for your kids. Plus, you can get other family members to contribute by doing their shopping that way too. It’s completely free to join, so if you’re going to be spending the money anyway, you might as well do it through them and put something away for your children.
43. Cashback sites
Use a cashback shopping website that pays you to buy your shopping through them. Start with the sites that give you instant cash just by signing up such as Cashback Shopper which gives you £5 and Ecashback, where you’ll get £2.50. Get all the info on making money with cashback sites here. Checkout Quidco and Top CashBack to get started.
44. Free cashback when you shop on the high street
So we’re all getting used to receiving cashback when shopping online but what about in high street shops? Well with the Quidco app you can even get cashback when you go into your favourite stores. It’s a quick and easy way to make money shopping. Give it a try.
45. Free mortgage advice
London & Country are one of the best independent mortgage brokers in the UK. You can speak to them for free about your mortgage needs. You don’t have to buy then and there, but the sooner you do some research the easier it will be to find out which mortgage deal is right for you.
46. Free newsletter
Don’t forget to sign up to our free newsletter. We send an email once a week to thousands of people full of money-making and money-saving tips plus a whole host of bargains and freebies. You’ll also receive a FREE eBook on how to make £80 in an hour. Sign up now!
47. get the benefits you’re entitled to
You could be missing out on money and discounts on services like dentistry if you don’t know what benefits you are entitled to. Use the free site Turn2Us.org.uk or Entitledto.co.uk to find out what you could be getting. They both have calculators where you put your details in and they let you know what’s on offer for you.
48. Free chores and services
Swap your skills with other people to get jobs done for free. Local Exchange Trading Schemes (LETS) have been set up all over the country to help communities swap their skills. They work by creating a unit of ‘currency’ which can be collected when you provide a service – and then used to ‘pay’ for someone to provide a service for you. For example, if you’re a great cook you can bake someone a cake and then use those credits to get someone to do your gardening. Check out LETSLinkUK for more information and to find your nearest scheme. Find out all about it in our full article.
49. Free courses
Learn a new skill and boost your job prospects for free. There are lots of free courses around for example, the BBC offers free online courses on all kinds of subjects, and Vision2Learn has various free courses to hone your computer skills, money management and much more. OpenLearn is another free online learning site which uses material from Open University courses – this is great if you want to supplement your education or if you just want to get a flavour of what the OU has to offer. For tips on how to get free training and boost your job prospects, check out our article dedicated to the topic here.
50. check your credit report for free
Are you wondering why you’ve been refused credit? Do you suspect that someone is using your identity to take our loans and credit cards. It’s really important to see what is being said about your on your credit report. It might be, for example, that you’re not on the electoral roll and that is harming your credit rating. There are all sorts of things that could be on your report that you don’t know about.
You can find out all of this for free, really easily through CreditExpert. Sign up here and it’s free for a full 30 days. After that they charge a monthly fee so just make sure you cancel it before the end of the month!
51. free eBook on how mums can make money
Would you like to stay at home to be there for your kids but make money at the same time? There are lots of ways you can do this and we tell you about them in our great eBook on how mums can make money. Get it here!
52. Free money from your employer
Are you employed? Has your employer offered you a company pension? If so, grab it with both hands because it involves free money. Not only does the Government put in your pension pot any money you would have paid in tax on the amount you put in (free money from the Government) but your employer will be putting some in too. So that’s two lots of free money you could be getting. Grab it now. Find out more here.
53. free professional financial advice
You know you need to get your finances sorted – maybe do some investing, help your children and make sure your family is secure, but you don’t know where to start.
This is where help from a professional, independent financial advisor is invaluable. Proper, independent advisors will charge for their advice but you can get a free session with someone who is recommended by people like you if you book them through VouchedFor. With VouchedFor you can see what other clients think about the advisors on their list. Pick one who sounds like the best fit for you.
54. get free food by blagging
There are gallery openings, book signings, restaurant openings and all sorts of other events with free food and drink happening around the country every week. If you live in a city it’s particularly easy to come across these events. Much of the time it’s just a question of getting yourself put on an email list. Go into galleries and museums and ask to be put on their list to find out about new events. If you see that a new restaurant is opening, ask to be invited to the opening week (they often have half-price meals then).
After a while, you will find that you will meet people from other venues at these events so get their cards and put yourself on those lists. You could end up eating for free every week night!
55. Grow your own
If you enjoy eating fresh fruit and veg you’ll no-doubt be aware of just how expensive they can be to buy. Grow your own and you’ll soon have that luxury completely free. Find out how in our article ten ways to make money from your garden.
56. Be a ‘freegan’
If you’ve got no qualms about ‘best before’ dates, then this could be right up your street. It involves rifling through bins at the back of supermarkets to get a hold of left over food destined for the scrap heap. Most of the stuff thrown away is perfectly all right to eat, just past its sell-by date. Currently supermarkets chuck out about 5% of their food each day because they’re required to by law, not because it’s bad or harmful. The more Freegans cleaning up, the better, we say.
The only problem is, it’s not really legal, so not many can do it. However, some shops don’t mind you diving into their dumpsters. See what we have to say about it in our free food article here.
57. Pick for free
Make the most of what the great outdoors has to offer by going foraging. Blackberries, elderflowers, shellfish, seaweed and nettles are just a few of the natural delights you could feast on – without paying a penny. Richard Mabey’s book Food for Free, which has been around for 40 years, is a great source of information, but there are many others out there just as helpful, as well as a wide variety that include recipes.
58. free food from local restaurants
A new app called Too Good to Go enables you to get very cheap food from shops and restaurants near to closing time when produce is about to be thrown out.
You can get top quality food for just £2 to £3.80 a time. It’s not available in every part of the UK, but is gradually moving to the major cities.
59. free food from your neighbours
Download the app Olio as it puts you in touch with neighbours and cafes that have surplus food. As it says on the website, the app helps us all share food that would otherwise be totally wasted.
60. Freebie sites
Companies are always trying to market and promote their stock. So far we’ve found that you can get free samples of shampoo, breakfast bars, washing powder, razors, cameras, books, pens, perfumes, CDs, cinema tickets, T-shirts, chocolates, sweets, tea, coffee, SIM cards, toys, posters and magazines – and there will be much more out there as well!
There are lots of websites gathering all of these freebies in one place so you can go and find what you want. It’s not just samples either, they also group together free trials or coupons and vouchers that you can print off and use to get your discount. We are fans of Latestfreestuff.co.uk as they have a lot of good quality freebies.
What’s the catch you ask? For most of the free samples you just need to provide a mailing address so they can get to you. Sometimes you may have to join a program or sign up to get the offer, so always check the details before signing onto anything. Also, we suggest that you set up a separate email account that you only use for these sites. Loads of them like to spam you with nonsense once you have signed-up so if you set up a separate email they can all go into that and not clog up your real inbox.
Some sites cannot update fast enough and there can be expired links on there but the good sites enable you to let them know about expired links. None of the sites are overall fancy in their style, but who needs to be when you’re getting free stuff! There are many more sites but we’re only listing the best ones because after you search the first two or three the specials begin to repeat. Anyone can make up a freebie site, they are just taking the work out for you by finding the information first.
61. all types of free stuff including furniture
Sign up to Freecycle.org and Freegle.org to see what is being given away by people in your area. These sites are a great way for people to recycle and re-use everything from sheets and towels to fridges, sofas, plants and wardrobes. You could potentially furnish your home for nothing (apart from the cost of picking up the items) just by keeping a constant eye on these sites. You do have to be quick as good stuff is snapped-up very quickly, but if you’re helpful and polite and able to get to the giver’s address quickly, you’re in with a good chance.
There’s also Snaffleup. This free item site works in the same way as all the others. If you’ve got something you need to get rid of and you don’t think it’s worth selling, then you can list your items on the site and if someone’s interested they’ll come and collect it from you. Alternatively if you’re looking to get something for nothing all you need to do is email the person offering the item and pick it up from them.
No money is allowed to change hands. You can register your postcode so the search prioritises items that are in your area. We’ve tried out Snaffleup ourselves and got our hands on a huge TV within a couple of hours of emailing the person who was offering it. Brilliant!
And even your local Gumtree is helpful. Just go to the website and under ‘For Sale’ click freebies for a list of free things in your area. You will 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 – but be quick as they 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.
One extra note: if you do get to pick up something nice for free, take them something as well. Maybe a bar of chocolate or a small bunch of flowers or something like that. Just show your gratitude. Very, very few people do it which is a shame. It means a lot and will open you up to more good. Try it!
62. Take a day off spending
Challenge yourself to a day off spending and encourage your friends and family to do the same. National Buy Nothing Day is usually the last Friday or Saturday of November (find out what day it is this year on their website) and is a great reason NOT to put your hand in your pocket.
If you have your own ‘Buy Nothing Day’ once a month you can watch the pennies pile up. Spend that day using food you already have in the fridge and kitchen cupboards, take your own coffee or tea to work in a flask, go for walks with friends, swap some videos with others so that you get to see a film for free, ring your gran or have a Skype conversation with a friend who has moved to another country…basically live, but don’t spend money on it!
63. Pick up free things with mystery shopping
Mystery shopping is a great way to bag yourself some freebies, like meals out, products and even cash. We know one Moneymagpie who makes up to £400 a month as a mystery shopper. You will have to sign up to a decent agency but they’re usually free to join and you certainly shouldn’t part with any cash to be on their books. Check out JKS Mystery Shopping, TNS Global, Gfk UK and Storecheckers, who are all well known, reputable mystery shopping agencies. See all about it in our article here.
64. Swap clothes for a new wardrobe – for free
Big Wardrobe allows users to swap dresses, shoes, bags and other accessories. Plus, membership is free. Or are you happy to part with a little cash? Then check out our article on how to revamp your wardrobe for under a tenner.
65. get free things by blogging about it.
Whether it’s books or make-up or theatre or sports, if you have a particular passion for something, you could write a blog about it – for free.
There are free platforms like WordPress.com, Blogger.com and even Facebook where you can set up your own thing and write about what you’re fascinated in.
The extra joy of this is that you can legitimately get in touch with PR people
66. get free car guides for any make you’re interested in
Want to get a Fiat 500 but not sure what it’s like, or a sporty Audi? Check out these totally free guides on all kinds of cars from family to fiercely fast. They’re all free!
67. get a free ebook on how to save money as a family
Do you feel skint all the time? Do you wish you could have a week of just sleeping? Does the house feel like it’s been taken over by alien beings? Sounds like you’re a parent! Get our FREE eBook on how to cut the costs of family life and still have fun and lots of free stuff. It’s great – get it here.