Money is tight for most people right now, which doesn’t make a quarantine, or a partial quarantine any easier. That’s why free stuff takes some of the pain out of this thing. Not all of it, but some.
Companies across the board are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with freebies on everything from movies to gardening. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best free offers out there for kids, parents, and everyone in-between.
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1. Free scooter rides, coffee, and more if you’re a first responder.
From free accommodations and coffee to warehouse club memberships and childcare, many companies are showing massive love to first responders and healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are just a few things you can get for free. See the full list of first responder freebies here.
- Free BJ’s Warehouse Club membership and shopping access
- Free temporary housing through RVshare
- 30-minute scooter rentals from Lyft if you email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com about the #LyftUp program
- Free tea, coffee, and Polar Pop soft drinks at Circle K
- Total free access to the Headspace app
2. Free food delivery from Postmates and DoorDash.
Want to order-in without paying extra for delivery? Here’s a list of delivery services offering free food delivery right now:
- DoorDash is offering free delivery on your first order over $10
- Try out Postmates Unlimited for a weeklong trial for free delivery on all orders over $12
- You can grab free Del Taco delivery through DoorDash, Postmates, and Grubhub
3. Free $5 Amazon gift card when you donate blood.
If you’re on the lookout for ways to earn, here’s one that helps those in need. The American Red Cross is joining forces with Amazon to provide free $5 gift cards to those who donate blood, platelets, or AB plasma.
Schedule an appointment to get more promotional details.
4. Free access to streaming TV and movies from companies like HBO, Disney+, Netflix, and Hulu.
Virtually everyone can stream their favorite shows and movies for free right now. Take advantage of extended and expanded free trials from some of the entertainment industry’s leading companies like Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, HBO, Hulu, and more.
In the mood to watch something unique? The Internet Archive is filled with countless hours of free entertainment, including public domain films, music, and books, and even some classic games.
5. Free audiobooks, crafts, and activities for the whole family.
There’s plenty more to do than binge-watching Netflix for the foreseeable future. Change it up a little with these entertainment freebies that fall outside of the TV category:
Reading & audiobooks
Audible has one of the best current deals in terms of value. They just launched Audible Stories, which offers an entire library of free audiobook streaming for children and teens in six different languages. It’s accessible on your desktop, smartphone, and tablet, and you don’t even have to make an account.
Additionally, J.K. Rowling recently released her children’s story The Ickabog completely free online.
Arts & crafts
If you have a little artist at home, Crayola just released tons of free printable coloring pages. They’re also offering free lesson plans, so you can turn coloring into an extra fun educational resource.
Thinking of taking up a new hobby during self-quarantine? The National Quilters Circle is sending free quilting videos, tips and techniques right to your inbox–just sign up for their weekly e-newsletter.
If you’re looking to spend some time outside while still social distancing, just visiting your backyard is a great way to get some sunshine. The Alt National Parks Service is even offering free seed packs, your choice of Black-Eyed Susans or Butterfly Milkweed.
Or, if the weather isn’t ideal, there’s still plenty you can do inside. Keep kids learning while having fun with an indoor scavenger hunt. Kids will have a great time searching for shapes, numbers, and objects around your home in surprising ways.
6. Free educational resources for kids stuck at home.
We’ve already mentioned a few educational freebies in this list, but here are a couple more that you need to check out.
ABCmouse, a leader in children’s online education, is offering a full free month with no obligation to continue.
If you’re looking for a way to break up the homeschool week with a variety of online lessons, visit the following educational sites for a variety of engaging kids’ content:
- Scholastic: 20 days of free lessons and virtual field trips
- Discovery Education: Free access to K-12 Discovery Education Experience curriculum
- Khan Academy: Create a free at-home learning schedule
- PBS Kids Daily: Free newsletter with educational activities
- JumpStart: Free elementary school worksheets
7. Free fitness videos from Get Healthy U TV, Gold’s Gym, and Planet Fitness.
Get instant access to free workouts and inspirational tips from fitness experts when you sign up for the Get Healthy U TV e-newsletter. By joining, you’ll receive the latest fitness videos, customized workout calendars, and healthy recipes delivered to your inbox every week — free of charge.
8. Get free fries every Friday from McDonald’s.
If you order McDonald’s through the app’s Mobile Order & Pay service on any Friday, you’ll get a free medium order of fries with any purchase of at least one dollar. You can also get a free medium order of fries any day of the week the first time you download and register the McDonald’s app.
9. Ship your unwanted items for free with Give Back Box.
If your local Goodwill isn’t taking donations, Give Back Box lets you donate clothes and other home goods with a free shipping label. You can reuse any boxes around the house or from other orders you’ve made. From there, you just drop off your package at a Post Office or UPS dropoff spot or schedule a free pickup from UPS or the USPS at your home.
10. Freebies of all kinds — just sign up to be a tester.
Last but not least, there are a host of places that will send you all kinds of free stuff in exchange for your opinion.
Whether you’re looking to pad your pantry or want to try the latest in beauty trends, here are some of our favorite companies that send you products to test for free:
- PINCHMe will send free samples of everything from snacks to coffee makers
- If you qualify for a campaign, BzzAgent will send you test products from major brands like Unilever and L’Oreal
- If your application is accepted, Brooks Running will send you athletic gear to try out
- MomSelect sends out samples such as children’s toys to chosen parents
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