The Free and Cheap List

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Here’s our growing list of goods and services that are very inexpensive or FREE.

Cars

Shared cars for rent by the hour:
Zipcar.com

Auto relocation
Autodriveaway.com – Transport someone else’s car and pay no rental fees

Get free C.L.U.E. report detailing your auto claims history
LexisNexis.com

Free auto care instructional videos:
CarCareKiosk.com

Guaranteed online pricing for a car purchase:
TrueCar.com
CarsDirect.com
Overstock.com


Cell phones and mobile devices

Cheap cell phone plans:
See Clark’s list

Free grocery apps:
See Clark’s list

Free tracking and security apps: 
Find My iPhone
Where’s My Droid
MyLookout
PreyProject.com

Free conference calling:
FreeConferenceCalling.com
InstantConference.com
JoinMe.com

Free phone calls (may require Internet connection and/or both parties to have the app):
Skype
Google Voice
MajicJack
FreedomPop
WeChat
WhatsApp
TextNow
Viber
Talkatone
Textfree

Free faxing:
FaxZero.com
GotFreeFax.com
OneSuite.com ($1 monthly charge applies)
HelloFax.com


Computers and software

Spyware & scareware fixes:
Clark’s AntiVirus/SpywareGuide

Free high-speed Internet for light use:
FreedomPop.com

Wi-Fi Access:
FON.com – Free private worldwide Wi-Fi network

Printer cartridges:
Learn a simple trick to get up to 60% more ink from your cartridges

Website building & word processing software:
Webs.com – Build a non-commercial website for free
ClickBook.net – Free appointment software for your small business
WaveAccounting.com – Free online accounting software for small business
OpenOffice.org – Free alternative to Microsoft Office
LibreOffice.org – Free alternative to Microsoft Office
Zoho.com – Free alternative to Microsoft Office
Google Docs – Free alternative to Microsoft Office

People and public info search:
Zabasearch.com

Free cloud storage:
Dropbox.com
MiMedia.com

Free Adobe Photoshop alternatives:
Gimp.org
PicMonkey.com – Edit photos online for free

Free Adobe InDesign alternative:
Scribus.net


Coupons and shopping:

Coupons:
Clark’s list of coupon sites and free shipping offers
Daily deals & coupons

Free online classifieds:
eCrater.com
VivaStreet.net (for Spanish speakers)
Craigslist.org
Hoobly.com

Free online price protection alerts:
RefundPlease.com
ShoppingNotes.com
PricePinx.com

Deals & deal-a-day sites:
DealNews
Woot.com
1SaleaDay.com
GiveawayoftheDay.com

Local savings available in most metro areas:
Groupon.com
LivingSocial.com
GiltCity.com


Education

Free online university courses: (Non-credit)
See Clark’s list

Free online courses from Ivy League schools and other colleges/universities:
Here’s how to find thousands of free online courses

Free entrepreneur courses:
SBA.gov – Free classes for small business owners

Free online language courses:
BBC.co.uk Online Language School
Word2word.com Free Language Courses – Links to many languages and resources
USALearns.org – Free ESL lessons

Free media production workshops:
Apple Media Workshops – Classroom-based, hands-on courses teaching multimedia software

Free teacher’s software:
The Gradeway Teacher’s Suite – Combines a gradebook, lesson planner, attendance tracker and more
BlueBonkers.com – Free teaching aids
Engrade.com – Free gradebook and more

Textbook comparison shopping:
See Clark’s list

Financial aid information, advice and tools:
FinAid.org


Entertainment

Free books and e-books:
Joggoon.com
BookMooch.com
PaperbackSwap.com
PodioBooks.com
Gutenberg.org
PoemHunter.com
LibriVox.org
Internet Sacred Text Archive Home

Free music:
Pandora Radio
Slacker.com
Jango (Internet radio)
Live365.com
NoiseTrade.com
TheRadio.com
DI.fm
Spotify.com
RadioParadise.com
iHeart.com

Cable/satellite/HDTV:
AntennaWeb.org – Get HDTV for free using your outdoor antenna
Google Chromecast – Enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV

Free gaming:
NLOP.com – Free and legal online poker playing (ad-supported)
Adventure Game Studio – Play (and make!) your own video games for free
MMOHut.com – Free massively multiplayer online games

Free movie screenings (subject to availability):
GoFoBo
FreeMovieScreenings


Finances

Free credit report:
AnnualCreditReport.com – The only truly free credit report!

Credit freeze information:
Clark’s Credit Freeze Guide – How to freeze and protect your credit

Free credit counseling:
NFCC.org – Free or low-cost credit counseling resources

Free mortgage and financial calculators:
DinkyTown.net
HSH.com
FinancialCalculators.com
MyMoney.gov
DrCalculator.com

Free tax filing services:
IRS.gov – Complete list of free or cheap IRS-recommended filing services
TaxACT.com – Prepare and file federal taxes for free, regardless of high income

Free estate planning and money management:
USAAedfoundation.org
IRS.gov– Free IRS services for those who qualify

Unclaimed funds:
Unclaimed.org
MissingMoney.com – Free national search for missing money
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation – Find out about unclaimed pension benefits

Peer-to-peer/social lending:
Prosper.com
LendingClub.com

Free online budgeting tools:
Mint.com
ProsperDaily.com (free personal finance security service)


Health

Cheap eyeglasses:
Eyebuydirect.com
Goggles4U
Zenni Optical

Prescriptions:
Clark’s list of prescription plans for less

Supplies:
OstoGroup.com – Free ostomy supplies for the uninsured


Homes

Mortgage and financial calculators:
DinkyTown.net
HSH.com
DrCalculator.com

Discount online brokers:
RedFin.com – A discount online brokerage for residential real estate (only available in select areas)

Foreclosures:
EmailForeclosures.com – Foreclosure listings sent by email

Utilities and repairs:
ServiceLive.com – Name your price for home repairs
WhiteFence.com – Comparison shop for utilities online
BillShrink.com – Comparison shop for utilities online

Find a handyman:
ServiceLive.com
Thumbtack.com
Handy.com
Pro.com
Porch.com

Insurance issues:
KnowYourStuff.org – Free online inventory of your belongings

Home security:
SimpliSafe.com – Self-install system with cheap monthly monitoring

FREE household goods:
Freecycle.org
ReUseItNetwork.org
TrashNothing.com
Ecofreek.com


Legal

Inexpensive legal documents:
LegalZoom.com
Nolo.com

Living Wills:
CaringInfo.org – Free advance directive information


Life and family

Free food on your birthday
List of restaurants offering birthday freebies

Free food for kids:
MyKidsEatFree.com – Find restaurants near you where kids can eat for free
OutToEatWithKids.com – Find restaurants near you where kids can eat for free

Free camps for kids:
CampCorral.org – Free national summer camp for the children (ages 8 to 15) of fallen, wounded or disabled military veterans and service members

Daily deals for baby clothes:
BabySteals.com

Health & beauty aids:
Extend the life of your razor blades with this simple trick!

Miscellaneous:
AlexisAbramson.com – List of discounts for people ages 50 and up


Pets

Adopt a pet for free:
Petfinder.org – Search the nationwide index of pets available for adoption from shelters and Humane Societies.
IAADP.org – Free medications and discounted services for disabled people who use a service dog (requires a $20-$30 fee for a multiple-year membership.)


Travel

Cheap bus service:
MegaBus.com
BoltBus.com

Travel discount websites:
ScottsCheapFlights.com
Biddingfortravel.com
Roomsaver.com
Priceline.com
Hotwire.com
Mobissimo.com
DeskBell.com
BackBid.com

Rent private accommodations directly from the owner:
AirBNB.com
Vacation Rentals by Owner
VacationRentals.com
HomeAway.com

Stay with a new friend:
CouchSurfing.com

Miscellaneous:
FreeCampSites.net
ePassportPhoto.com – Cheaper option for passport photos

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