FREE Things 2: A First Scoop Blog Mini-Series

free-stuff-onlineOur second segment of our Free Things Mini-Series continues with another batch of irresistible freebies for everyone!

21. Birthday at Benihana

Register for The Chef’s Table loyalty program at Benihana, and you’ll get a $30 gift certificate from the restaurant during the month of your birthday. There are some terms and restrictions — including the need to purchase a full-priced adult entrée when redeeming the certificate — but it’s still a tasty deal.

22. Coloring Pages for Adults

Coloring books have always been popular with kids, but now adults are using coloring as a way to reduce stress and anxiety, while satisfying their creative side. Download free coloring pages for adults on Coloring-Pages-Adults.com.

23. Coloring Pages for Kids

Adults don’t have to be the only ones who have fun. Kids can also find free coloring pages on a number of websites, including Coloring.ws and Crayola.com.

24. Free Samples

Websites offering free samples of everything from health and beauty products, to snack foods and ballpoint pens, abound on the internet. However, many require you to fill out a survey, send in receipts or clip coupons. According to couponing website KrazyCouponLady.com, three of the better free sample sites are WomanFreebies.com, FreeStuff.com and SampleADay.com.

25. 11 Eggs

Always open the carton at the grocery store to make sure that all 12 eggs are intact before you buy a dozen eggs. If you find a cracked egg, it could be good luck: If you alert the grocer to the imperfect dozen, they might just give you the damaged dozen for free, rather than discarding them.

26. Kids’ Meals

Just because you’re taking the family out to eat doesn’t mean you have to break your budget. In fact, many restaurants will let kids eat for free. MyKidsEatFree.com lists more than 5,000 restaurants where your kids can eat for free, or at a reduced rate, when accompanied by an adult.

27. Fishing Days

Most states have a Free Fishing Day, when anglers can cast their lines without needing to buy a fishing license. The exact dates vary by state — although in 2016, many states have declared June 4 Free Fishing Day. TakeMeFishing.org has a complete list of those dates in the U.S.

28. Pet Treats

Sign up for Petco’s Pals Rewards program — it’s free. You’ll receive special offers and discounts, earn reward dollars to use toward purchases — and your pet will even get some special free treats on their birthday.

29. Trade Your Old Things

If you have a bunch of things you want to get rid of, here’s one creative option. Listia.com lets you to give away things you no longer need in exchange for points that you can then use to bid on other things on the site.

30. E-Greeting Cards

Websites like 123Greetings.com and MyFunCards.com let you personalize and send e-greeting cards for any occasion and for free. Some e-cards now even allow you to include a personal voice message.

31. Kids’ Greeting Cards

American Greetings offers a really cool free tablet app — the Creatacard. It lets kids design their own greeting cards that the company can then professionally print and mail for them.

32. Foreign Language Courses

The BBC offers free audio and visual tools that can help you learn dozens of different languages. It also includes a helpful section on foreign language mishaps, so you can avoid making those same mistakes. The site has been archived and is no longer being updated, but the language learning resources are still available.

33. Birthday Ice Cream

Sign up for Baskin Robbins and Ben & Jerry’s e-clubs, and you’ll get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday. If you join myTCBY’s eClub, you can get a free small cup of frozen yogurt at TCBY stores.

34. Free Cone Day

Ben & Jerry’s has a more than 35-year tradition of sponsoring Free Cone Day at all of its locations. The catch is that the exact date isn’t announced until closer to the annual spring/summer event, so keep an eye on BenJerry.com for the big announcement.

35. Annual Credit Reports

Under federal law, you can access your credit report for free from each of the three nationwide credit bureaus — TransUnion, Experian and Equifax — every 12 months. There is only one website, AnnualCreditReport.com, that is authorized to provide the free annual credit report that you are entitled to receive by law. Other sites might offer a “free credit report” with strings attached, so make sure you go to the right site for the no-strings-attached offer.

36. Fly Fishing Lessons

Take a free fly fishing class at most Orvis stores and dealers across the country on select dates in April, May and June. Once you complete the classes, you also receive a complimentary membership to fishing conservation organization Trout Unlimited, as well as special in-store offers on Orvis products — a $35 value.

37. E-Books

If you own a Kindle or Nook, you can download tons of e-books for free through the parent companies behind those e-readers — Amazon and Barnes and Noble, respectively. The nonprofit Project Gutenberg, at Gutenberg.org, has more than 50,000 e-books available for free downloading. Of course, you can also borrow e-books through most public libraries.

38. Audio Books

If you prefer listening to audio books rather than reading, you can download thousands of free audio books from the nonprofit website LibriVox.org. These are books that are found in the public domain. The recordings are read by volunteers, but the quality is generally high.

39. Birthday Breakfast

Denny’s makes it super easy to score a free Grand Slam Breakfast on your birthday. You just show up with a valid I.D. and chow down.

40. Online College Courses

You won’t get college credit for participating in these online college courses, but many prestigious institutions of higher education give you free access to their various online courses, including Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley and Tufts.

Click here to view the first post of our Free Things Mini-Series. 

*Article source courtesy of GoBankingRates.com.

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