5 Hacks for Finding Free Things Online

Written by Jessica Peters

We all like to find a freebie when scouring the web. Whether it’s books, gadgets, or coupons, there are tons of free things that you can find once you know where to look. The possibilities are endless, so here are five hacks for finding free things online.

Check Online Community Marketplaces

There are all sorts of online community marketplaces that you can sign up to in order to score yourself a freebie. Whether it’s Craigslist or a Facebook group, these are great resources to use where you can find a plethora of free goods. There are many people who advertise items they want to give away such as appliances, furniture, and toys. While you may have to surf through lots of junk at first, you are bound to find something that will catch your eye. You can also make a list of websites that aggregate free offers.

Sign Up to a Loyalty Program

Many companies provide reward programs for their customers which you can use to your advantage. When you’re looking at a business’s website, be sure to check whether they have a loyalty program available. Many retailers have special perks for their members such as free food, gift cards, movie tickets and more. You may need to sign up to their email newsletter, which can notify you when there is a freebie to be had!

Take Online Surveys

If you have some spare time and are looking for some quick cash, why not take an online survey? Answering questions on websites such as Global Test Market and Swagbucks can provide you with gift cards, money, as well as sweepstakes entries. While taking surveys is straightforward, they can be incredibly time-consuming, and the payout may not be the best, however, the more you do it, the more likely you are to score some fantastic freebies.

Download an App for Freebies

If you have a smartphone, you may not realize just how many rewards and cash-back apps there are available. If you like the idea of being hooked up with some free stuff, be sure to download apps like Shopkick where you can earn points for viewing products online. Once you’ve got enough points, these can be exchanged for gift cards which you can use in plenty of stores such as Starbucks and Target.

Sign Up for a Free Trial

While subscription boxes may be all the rage right now, they can be incredibly expensive. However, if you’re looking to score a freebie, you may benefit from signing up for a free trial. Whether it be free music streaming, meals, snacks, audiobooks and more, many businesses are competing with one another in order to lure customers in, so be sure to take advantage of any free things they have on offer! Streaming services such as Netflix give customers a free one-month trial, however, make sure to mark your calendar so you know when the free trial ends, otherwise, be faced with a surprise charge! Spending some time scouring the internet for free trials may be time-consuming, however, if you know what you’re doing, you should be able to reap up the rewards.

Whether it be taking an online survey, signing up for a free trial, or scouring online community marketplaces to take advantage of free goods and services, there are plenty of things that you can get online for free. However, bear in mind that in order to find the best freebies, you will need to look in all the right places, so as long as you have the motivation and patience, you should scoop up some fantastic freebies.

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Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World On Retirement and his personal blog Retirement – Only the Beginning. He has authored three books: "Are you just existing and calling it a life?"; "I want to retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be"; and " Navigating the Retirement Jungle". Dave was also a contributing writer for the books 65 Things to do when you Retire (“Positive Aging – Old is the New Young”) as well as 65 Things to do when you Retire – TRAVEL (“Travel to Discover your Family Heritage”). He lives in sunny California with his wife, his Boston Terrier "Frank" and a passion for the San Jose Sharks.

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