By: Alanna Okun
There are a bunch of sites and forums devoted to rounding up the best freebies on the internet; Reddit’s r/freebies (which is for physical items) and r/efreebies (non-physical) subreddits are both fantastic resources — check them out and be sure to submit things you find in your travels as well. Value Mags offers free magazine subscriptions, and Start Sampling has tons of product samples and coupons.
Some deals require Facebook likes or tweets in order to claim them, and nearly all ask you to submit personal information like your name and address (so use your judgement in terms of what you’re comfortable giving out). And be aware that most of these offers are limited time and limited stock (although public domain audiobooks are forever <3). And as the age-old saying goes, when one internet deal you never knew you needed closes, another opens.
Right now, you could be the proud owner of…
1. A free Godiva truffle once a month.
Register for Godiva’s free rewards club.
2. Signed (fake) celebrity photos.
Celebrity Merchandise is a beautiful cesspool of quasi-random celebs and their corresponding swag; even shipping is free on some of these photos.
3. A TGIFriday’s appetizer.
4. Kotex tampons and liners.
Request your sample here.
5. Head & Shoulders
Sign up to be a member of P&G Everyday to stop the itching madness.
6. Two free months of Spotify Premium, Hulu Plus, or Zinio.
Best Buy Mobile is offering this deal (which does require a credit card).
7. Pet safety magnets/stickers from the ASPCA.
To alert rescue workers or neighbors that there are pets inside your house.
8. Medium Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
Sign up for Dunkin’s DDPerks email (you’ll also get a free drink on your birthday).
9. A can of cat food.
If you have a Petco Pals Rewards card, present this coupon at one of their stores to get either a Friskies or Fancy Feast can.
10. Thousands of public-domain audiobooks.
Libri Vox is an incredible site where volunteers record audiobooks in the public domain — this means you can download or stream them totally for free. There are plenty of classic favorites, from James Joyce to Jane Austen, as well as children’s books, poetry, and many, many more. And if you’re interested, you can always volunteer to read a chapter or two (or an entire book) yourself.
11. Tons of different magazines.
Check out Value Mags for a full list of what’s available.
Stave off all those gross winter diseases by signing up here.
13. A TRIP TO SPACE.
Like, basically: Sign up at the Planetary Society to have your name inscribed on a spaceship going to the asteroid Bennu, which will launch in 2016 and return in 2023. So even if you’ve accomplished nothing else today, at least you can become part of a years-long interstellar mission.