Here are 31 of my favorite freebies you can pretty much always get your hands on:
1. A free Amazon trial
If you aren’t already a member, sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime. And if you’re a new-to-Prime college student, you get a whopping six months of Amazon Prime for free! You just need a valid college email address.
Already have a membership? Amazon will compensate you when your guaranteed two-day shipping takes longer than two days. Sign up for Paribus and Paribus will notify you when your Amazon when your shipment is late, and send you a pre-written note with a link to Amazon customer service so you can request compensation.
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Restaurants offer all kinds of freebies to get you through their doors. A few of my personal favorites include:
- Free appetizers at Olive Garden with newsletter sign-up.
- Free donuts at Krispy Kreme with app download.
- Free fries at McDonald’s with in-app coupon.
- Free chicken sandwiches at Chick-fil-A with in-app offers.
- Free burgers at Red Robin on your birthday.
- Free pastry at Panera when you sign up for My Panera rewards.
- Free scoop of ice cream at Baskin-Robbins with app download.
- Free appetizer at Texas Roadhouse when you download their app.
For even more freebies, check out our list of fast-food apps that are totally worth downloading.
Baby registries often come with free diaper samples, so don’t pass up the welcome gifts offered by stores like Target, Walmart and Babies’R’Us.
Want more? Check out all the ways you can easily score free diapers.
4. Magazine subscriptions
True story: I haven’t paid for a magazine subscription in 10 years. If you’re willing to give up a little bit of information about yourself — like your income, family size or occupation — you can always get magazines for free.
Rewards Survey lets you earn points for free subscriptions for magazines like Time, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Sports Illustrated.
Amazon Prime members also get access to best-selling publications like People, Time, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone through Prime Reading. The best part? You don’t even need a Kindle to take advantage of Prime Reading. Read from any device, even your phone.
Want to try out Spotify Premium but don’t want the premium price? Get a free 7-day trial just by signing up.
Amazon Prime users should also take advantage of the Amazon Music subscription that comes with their Prime membership.
6. Free $10 to spend at JCPenney
One a month, JCPenney gives away coupons for $10 off $10 or more. To score this freebie, you just have to be one of the first customers in line when they open!
Quantities are limited, so be sure to follow KCL for updates, and set your alarms because you’ll need to be one of the first people through the door.
7. Boxes of free samples
Who doesn’t love free samples?! With PINCHme you get access to a variety of free samples, even full sized items like the box pictured above. PINCHme requires you to fill out a questionnaire before you can get access to free samples. Don’t skip this one! The questionnaire is a one-time requirement that works as a filter so you only see samples that interest you.
After completing your profile, pick the free samples you want to receive, and — after 4-5 weeks shipping time — enjoy the benefits in a box chock-full of freebies!
8. Photo prints
Sites like Snapfish, Shutterfly and YorkPhoto offer promos for free photo prints several times a year (think major holidays), and Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid have free photo print promos approximately every three months. Sign up for emails from these companies, and be sure to follow KCL for the latest deals on free photos.
9. Shampoo, conditioner and body wash
Pantene, TRESemme and Suave are the big players, but you can find other brands like Garnier for free too. Get these items free at Target by combining Target Circle offers and gift card promos with manufacturer coupons.
10. Toothpaste, floss and toothbrushes
Do not pay for toothpaste. EVER.
We can’t emphasize this enough. Drugstores love to give toothpaste away to couponers for free. Don’t pay for floss either! You can also find it free at drugstores like CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.
We get these freebies at Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens and more with coupons. Use coupons on top of sale or clearance prices, then stack with cash-back rebates through apps like Ibotta to get items for free (or even make money)!
11. Candy and gum
You can find freebie candy deals at drugstores like CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and sometimes Walmart, especially around holidays like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
Candy companies like Mars will offer high-value coupons (up to $1 off) before a holiday to help drive sales. The secret is that you can often use these high value coupons on smaller items or single candy bars instead of the big bags, making them free!
Another way to get free candy is to wait until holiday candy goes on sale after the holiday is over. Look for savings of up to 75% at Walmart, Target and drugstores 3-5 days after the holiday is over, and pair with coupons to score freebies.
I’m not talking about free store pickup or “spend this much to get free shipping.” Chances are good you don’t know these six sneaky ways to get free shipping from some of your favorite retailers:
- Add a pre-order item to your Amazon order to score free shipping without Prime.
- Get free two-day shipping from Target.com with the Target REDcard.
- Place a Kohl’s order at an in-store kiosk, and ship it to your home (or someone else’s) for free.
- Get free shipping from REI if you live 60 miles or more from a retail store.
Check out our list of over 60 stores that offer free online shipping.
13. Shipping supplies
14. Kids’ meals
There’s no reason you should ever pay for your kids to eat at a restaurant.
Olive Garden sends out emails with kids-eat-free promos every two months; Red Robin gives kids a free meal on their birthdays. Golden Corral does you one better and never charges for kids under three years old!
In fact, there are over 30 places where kids eat free (or nearly free).
Did you know you can get single bananas for free at stores like Target and Walmart when you use rebate apps?! Yep, it’s true. And you can score way more than bananas too. Using apps like Ibotta and Coupons.com we get freebie deals on tons of different grocery products including:
- One dozen eggs
- String cheese
- Granola bars
- Ketchup and mustard
16. Feminine hygiene products
Free pads and tampons are a regular deal here on KCL, especially brands like Poise, Kotex, Always and Depend. You’ll find feminine liner freebie deals most often at Target, Family Dollar and Kroger. These brands often offer some of the highest-value coupons around (up to $5 off!), making these products free when paired with sale prices.
Get a free take-home sample of nearly any product at Sephora, including foundations, loose powders, lipsticks and perfumes. Don’t be shy about asking! There is no purchase required, and you can choose up to three samples per area of the store: color (makeup), skin care and fragrance.
Hit up drugstores armed with high-value coupons for free mascara, eye shadow, eye liner and more. CVS in particular is a gold mine, but Walgreens, Rite Aid and Target have been known to have great deals as well. Stack coupons with drugstore rewards promos, like Plenti Points at Rite Aid and Balance Rewards at Walgreens, plus rebate apps like Ibotta to score makeup for free.
Watch for high-value makeup coupons around the holiday season and spring, when most people are changing up their look and companies are releasing new product lines. Plus follow KCL to find the best deals.
There are a few ways to get FREE or cheap internet. Sites like FreedomPop, All Free ISP, EveryoneOn and CenturyLink Internet Basics all offer free or seriously discounted internet, depending on your income level.
19. Airline tickets
True story: I’ve flown my whole family to Disneyland for free — twice!
I used to be a skeptic about credit cards, because let’s face it, there is a risk involved. If you can’t pay off your balance every month, this isn’t for you.
Just use your credit card instead of debit to pay for bills you’re already paying anyways like groceries, fuel, etc. Rack up points you can redeem for actual plane tickets. Then, (I’ll say it again because it’s important!) pay off your balance in full every month.
I did this last year when I flew four of my family members for free to Disney — twice. Sure, we still had to pay for hotel and food on the trip, but we got over $2,000 worth of free travel.
20. Newspaper coupon inserts
There are tons of ways to get newspaper coupon inserts every week for free. Here are a few great ideas for getting your hands on multiple copies without paying a dime:
- Contact your local recycling center, and see if they’ll let you go through their bins.
- Call local schools and see if they have a newspaper recycling program.
- Ask gas station and convenience store managers if you can have their unsold newspaper inserts.
- Ask neighbors if you can have their unwanted inserts.
- Check coffee shops and fast food restaurants you hit up often.
- Ask a librarian if you can have the coupon inserts in the library’s Sunday papers.
21. Facials at Aveda
Need a little me-time? Get a free personalized 20-minute facial at Aveda stores.
22. Makeovers at Sephora
Mini Makeovers, like a smokey eye application, contouring, brow cleanup and more are always free at Sephora, every day. You don’t even need to make an appointment — just walk in and ask!
And if you’re not already shopping at Sephora, you should be. Check out our list of 22 secrets from a Sephora employee.
23. Cat and dog food
Besides checking your local library, there are tons of ways to get free digital titles. Browse more than 54,000 free eBooks on Project Gutenberg.
And remember, as an Amazon Prime member, you also get to read books like The Lord of the Rings, Life of Pi, Harry Potter, and 1984 for free with Amazon Reading.
There are lots of ways to get free hardcover books too, like joining Random House’s Read It Forward program, or become a book reviewer by joining Book Look. You can find free books for kids by joining library reading programs, or checking Imagination Library to see if your neighborhood is registered. Basically you should never have to pay to find a good book!
No, I’m not kidding; you can actually send you kid to a tuition-free college. A debt-free college education is hands-down the best freebie you’ll ever get, and the list of tuition-free schools in the U.S. is growing.
Look for universities that offer income-based tuition like SUNY and CUNY in New York, community colleges that offer free in-state tuition (thank you, Tennessee and Oregon!), or colleges that are just plain free like City College of San Francisco.
26. Gift cards
Upload your grocery receipt to Fetch Rewards after you shop, and earn points that translate into gift cards.
For example, earn 400 points when you buy a jar of Miracle Whip and 1,000 points when you buy a bag of Kraft shredded cheese. That 1,000 points translates to $1, and you can redeem your points as soon as you’ve earned 3,000 points (yep — a $3 gift card to retailers like Amazon, CVS or Target). Hoard your points and you’ll get more retailer options for your gift card reward.
27. Small appliances
Shop smart, and you can almost always get small kitchen appliances for under $1, or even free!
Get moneymaking deals at Sears with Shop Your Way Rewards points. During high-traffic shopping times (think Black Friday) Sears offers 100% cash back in Shop Your Way Rewards points on the purchase of small appliances from companies like Kenmore.
In the past, I’ve combined these freebie deals with mail-in rebates to make $10 for each appliance I bought. Plus, if you join Shop Your Way Rewards, you can score even more free stuff at Sears and Kmart. Both Sears and Kmart offer $5 in free Shop Your Way Rewards dollars every month.
28. Moving boxes
There are actually 27 places to get free moving boxes, including most major retailers like Target, Barnes & Noble, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Just call your store, ask to speak to a manager, and arrange a time to pick up any extra boxes they may have.
29. Light bulbs
30. Disposable razors
You should never pay for disposable razors, ever. Schick and Bic both offer high-value coupons (we’re talking between $2-$3 off one package) every two months, so be sure to follow KCL, and watch for coupons on razors so you can snap up these deals when they come around.
Don’t ever shell out actual money for firewood for your wood burning fireplace, or before your next camping trip. You can always find free firewood in your area. Check your local Craigslist “free” section, or search Facebook Marketplace for “firewood.” I just checked, and there are four free Craigslist listings for firewood in my area alone!