Welcome to our regularly updated freebies article. You’ve read our article on 67 ways to live for free, and now it’s time to apply some of those ideas to your everyday life. So we’re constantly scouting around for the best freebies, vouchers and coupons to take a bit of the squeeze off your purse and save you money for the important things.
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- FREE food and drink
- FREE home and garden
- FREE health and beauty
- FREE books and magazines
- FREE events and days out
- FREE gadgets and technology
- FREE miscellaneous products
When you apply for a freebie the company will often ask for your email. It’s a good idea to set up an email specifically for freebies so you’re regular inbox isn’t flooded with advertisements. A postal address is required so samples can be sent to you.
Enjoy a free super sundae ice-cream when you sign-up to the Hungry Horse newsletter.
Get a complimentary Krispy Kreme doughnut voucher when you like their facebook page and sign-up to the Krispy Kreme newsletter.
Sign-up for a John Lewis membership card and you will get vouchers to treat yourself to a monthly free hot drink and a cake of your choice when you visit a John Lewis shop.
Join MyWaitrose and as a member they will treat you to a free regular tea or coffee every day. You can enjoy one cup a day – to drink in or takeaway. All you have to do is present your myWaitrose card at the till and you won’t be charged a penny.
For the latest cheap eat vouchers and 2 for 1 deals check out this article.
The UK fire-service give out free smoke alarms. They carry out a FREE home fire safety visit, offer advice on how to make your home safe and where appropriate fit a fire alarm for free.
Bebivita are giving away free weaning spoons and money off vouchers when you sign up to their mailing list.
Catalink are offering FREE gardening catalogues with the latest products, collections and information. There are lots of catalogues on garden tools, plants, seeds, flowers, landscapes and more.
Sign up with FreeParentStuff.co.uk to receive free baby products and emails for discounts and coupons. For parents of children from newborn to school-age.
Receive a free one-day guest membership for your local Fitness First club with no obligation to join. Simply fill in the short form on their website, wait to receive the one-day pass in the post and spend a day trying out their facilities and burning those calories rather than a hole in your wallet. Be aware, though, that they will try to pressure you into joining full time while you’re there.
Get a free sample of Huggies DryNites – just sign up and they’ll be winging their way to you in no time.
If you have an eReader (like Amazon’s Kindle) you can download hundreds of free eBooks (including classics such as Dracula or the stories of Sherlock Holmes) for free from sites such as Manybooks.net.
Packed full of incredible experiments for curious kids, ‘Don’t Eat Your Slime’ is guaranteed to provide fantastic experiments for your child, and it’s free!
Many television companies offer free tickets to the recording of their programmes. The BBC tickets page has details of how to apply online for free tickets to shows such as A Question of Sport, while SRO Audiences gives you the chance to see programmes such as Loose Women and Dancing on Ice first hand.
Free cinema tickets
Register with See Film First and you can have free movie tickets emailed directly to you. All you have to do is put up with some promotional emails (so use a different email from your usual one) and you could be watching films before they are released.
If you sign up and share your photos online at Truprint they will give you 50 free prints to share with your friends and family. Also if you use good old-fashioned film, they’ll give you a new roll every time you get your photos developed with them.
Free Wi-Fi access
Use the website free-hotspot to give you an impressive list of free wireless internet hotspots around the world. It’s also worth checking JiWire and My Hotspots, which offer a similar service.
Never pay for a sim card again. Just head over to any large networks including o2, T-Mobile and Orange and claim your free sim cards.
Get access to thousands of movies with LOVEFiLM’s 30-day free trial! Make sure you cancel before the end of the trial period, though, or you’ll be charged.
Infant nutrition specialist Aptamil is giving away free polar bear toys when you sign up to their baby club.
You can receive a free sachet of dog or cat food from Trophy Pet Foods. Offers are limited to one per pet for a maximum of three pets.
Free 11 Plus downloads
The 11 Plus Web Site gives guidance to parents on the procedures involved in the 11 + examination to Secondary schools in England. It is designed to give as much information as possible to parents whose child will be sitting the 11 + exam in the near future. Including, eleven plus practice papers, Verbal Reasoning, Non Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English.
Freebies on Gumtree, Snaffleup, Freecycle and Craigslist
Gumtree: Just go to the website and under ‘Stuff 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.
Snaffleup: This is the newest free item site. It works exactly the same way as the others. List your items on the site and someone will pick them up for you. Or you go and pick up the items once you’ve emailed the person who is offering it. No money is allowed to change hands. You can register your postcode so the search prioritises items that are in your area. There are also other features – check them all out on the website. We’ve tried Snaffleup out and we got our hands on a huge TV within a couple of hours of emailing the person who was offering it. Brilliant!
Freecycle: This is another way to get free items that people are throwing out. Go the website where you sign up for free and join a Freecycle network near you. You can browse the networks by your region. Once you become a member of a local group you can view the items being given away and post your own items. Everything posted must be free, legal and appropriate to all ages.
Craigslist: This is similar to the other two and lets you get your hands on stuff other people are getting rid of. Click on the Great Britain menu then choose your nearest city. Look on the ‘for sale’ menu for the ‘free’ option and see all the items that are available to you for no money. All you have to do is pick it up. People often use the site when they are moving house so are keen to shift stuff as soon as possible.
If you need to find phone numbers and don’t want to pay use this number – 0800 100 100 – for free directory enquiries.
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