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Who doesn’t love free things? Maybe you’re already living rich on one income, and maybe you’re even saving on your grocery bill as food prices rise, but if you’re truly krazy, getting stuff and paying nothing for it is always best.
That’s what the KCL team is known for; finding and sharing freebies with you. Heck, we enjoy the hunt so much we have an entire page dedicated to freebies.
Here are 31 of our favorite free things you can pretty much always get your hands on:
Want more freebies? Be sure to download the KCL app for our latest finds, deals, and tips.
1. A free Amazon trial for six months with a new Amazon Prime Student membership
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.
2. Free food from your local restaurants
Restaurants offer all kinds of freebies to get you through their doors.
- Cake during your birthday month when you sign up for the Olive Garden eClub.
- Donuts at Krispy Kreme when you sign up for Krispy Kreme Rewards.
- Fries at McDonald’s with an in-app coupon.
- Chicken sandwiches at Chick-fil-A with in-app offers.
- Burgers at Red Robin on your birthday.
- Pastry at Panera when you sign up for My Panera rewards.
- Scoop of ice cream at Baskin-Robbins with app download.
- Appetizer at Texas Roadhouse when you sign up for their VIP Club.
For even more freebies, check out our list of fast-food apps that are totally worth downloading.
3. Free diapers from brands like Huggies and Pampers
Join Huggies and Pampers diaper rewards programs to earn freebies. You can also get no-cost diaper sample boxes from companies like Everyday Happy and Cuties, or check the National Diaper Bank to see if you qualify.
Baby registries often come with free diaper samples, so don’t pass up the welcome gifts offered by stores like Target and Walmart.
Want more? Check out all the ways you can easily score free diapers.
4. Magazine subscriptions
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 subscriptions to magazines like Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, and Highlights for the kids.
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.
5. Music with Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music
One thing all music lovers can agree on: Nothing sounds better than free music! Both Spotify and Pandora offer free services as well if you don’t mind listening to a couple of commercials now and then.
Want to try out Spotify Premium but don’t want the premium price? Get a no-cost 1-month trial just by signing up.
You can also get a 1-month free trial for Apple Music that you can cancel anytime, so there’s no risk!
Amazon Prime users should also take advantage of the Amazon Music subscription that comes with their Prime membership.
6. Boxes of free samples from PINCHme and Social Nature
With PINCHme, you’ll get a variety of free samples from companies. All you have to do is fill out a questionnaire and update it when they ask. After completing your profile, you can pick out the samples you want to receive, and after six to eight weeks of processing and shipping, you’ll receive your box.
Social Nature also gives you products in exchange for your honest review of the product. All you have to do is fill out a survey, and you’ll get rebates and coupons for a variety of free samples.
7. Photo prints from Walgreens, CVS, Shutterfly, and more
Sites like Snapfish and Shutterfly offer promos for free photo prints several times a year (think major holidays), and Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid have 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 photos.
8. Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
Pantene, Tresemme, and Suave are the big players, but you can find other brands like Garnier at no cost too. Get these items free at Target by combining Target Circle offers and gift card promos with manufacturer coupons.
9. Free 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)!
10. Candy and gum
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 three to five days after the holiday is over and pair with coupons to score freebies.
11. Free shipping from Amazon, Target, and other major retailers
We’re 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:
- Use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save and pay zero for shipping without Prime.
- Get free 2-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 a lifetime REI Co-op membership (for $30) and get free shipping with no minimum order required.
Check out our list of over 60 stores that offer free online shipping.
12. Shipping supplies from the United States Post Office
13. Free kids’ meals from national chain restaurants like Bob Evans and Red Robin
There’s no reason you should ever pay for your kids to eat at a restaurant.
Kids eat free every day between 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. at IHOP, while Bob Evans doesn’t charge for children under the age of 12 on Tuesdays, and Red Robin gives kids a free meal on their birthdays.
In fact, there are over 30 places where kids eat free (or nearly free).
14. Free groceries
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, we get freebie deals on tons of different grocery products including:
- One dozen eggs
- String cheese
- Granola bars
- Ketchup and mustard
15. Feminine hygiene products like Kotex, Poise, and Always
Free pads and tampons are a regular deal here on KCL, especially brands like Poise, Kotex, Always, and Depend. You’ll find feminine liner 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.
16. Makeup freebies from Sephora, CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and more
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), skincare, and fragrance.
Hit up drugstores armed with high-value coupons for free mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner, 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 Rite Aid Rewards and myWalgreens rewards program 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.
17. Free internet through T-Mobile Project 10Million or the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
There are a few ways to get FREE or cheap internet. K – 12 students who meet economic requirements can get free internet through T-Mobile Project 10Million (for T-Mobile customers and noncustomers). The federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) also provides eligible households discounted or free internet.
18. Free airline tickets
You may be skeptical about credit cards because let’s face it, there’s 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 anyway like groceries, fuel, etc. Rack up points you can redeem for actual plane tickets. Pay off your balance in full every month to avoid interest.
When we did this we still had to pay for hotel and food on the trip, but we got over $2,000 worth of free travel.
19. 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.
20. Facials at Aveda
Need a little me-time? Get a free personalized 20-minute facial at Aveda stores.
21. Free 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 34 secrets from a Sephora employee.
22. Cat and dog food freebies from Petco and Petsmart
For more ways to get pet freebies, all you have to do is fill out a few surveys and sign up for newsletters.
23. Books from Project Gutenberg, Amazon, Random House, and more
Besides checking your local library, there are tons of ways to get free digital titles. Browse more than 60,000 free eBooks on Project Gutenberg.
And remember, as an Amazon Prime member, you also get to read books and pay nothing for titles like The Lord of the Rings, Life of Pi, Harry Potter, and 1984 with Amazon Reading.
There are lots of ways to get free hardcover books too, like joining Random House’s Read It Forward program. 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!
24. Free college tuition
No, we’re not kidding; some colleges offer free tuition for students. 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 low to no cost in-state tuition (thank you, Tennessee and Oregon!), and City College of San Francisco.
There are also several companies that will pay for your college when you work for them.
25. Gift cards with Fetch Rewards
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. Those 1,000 points translate 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.
26. Small appliances at Sears
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, we’ve combined these deals with mail-in rebates to make $10 for each appliance we bought.
27. Free moving boxes from retailers, including Barnes & Noble and Trader Joe’s
There are actually 30 places to get free moving boxes, including major retailers like 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.
28. Light bulbs from Rite Aid
29. Free disposable razors at Target and Walgreens
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 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 Craigslist listings for firewood in my area alone!