There aren’t many better things in life than getting something you want for free.
And with the cost of living rising faster than most people’s wages, getting your hands on free goods and services could make a big difference.
But knowing where to find the best freebies can be hard.
Fortunately, we’ve done the work for you and listed all of the best places to find something for nothing. From furniture and electronics to university courses and books, we’ve got you covered.
Gumtree is an online marketplace where people buy and sell stuff a bit like a car boot sale. Millions of people use the website to find great deals, and many also use it to give away their unwanted items.
Now, you may think that these giveaways would be junk, but you couldn’t be more wrong. We went onto the ‘Freebies’ section and found free 60” TVs, sofas, coffee tables, antique wardrobes and more.
Simply visit the homepage of Gumtree, click on ‘For Sale’ and then ‘Freebies’ on the drop-down menu to see all the stuff people are giving away free.
2. Khan Academy
The Kahn Academy is a brilliant resource if you’re looking for free education. Their website is full of courses which are simple to follow and available to study whenever suits you best – so you can fit them around your lifestyle.
There are courses on: computer coding, personal finance, entrepreneurship and growth mindset, all which can help you become more employable and more valuable to a business.
And applying your newly learned skills in the workplace gives you more of a chance of asking your boss for a rise after upskilling yourself .
3. Free books, eBooks and audio books
If you enjoy listening or reading books, there are millions of titles you can get for free. If you have an e-reader, visit www.gutenberg.org and you’ll be able to download as many titles as you want.
They have almost 60,000 free books so there’s something for everybody.
If you prefer the feel of paper between your fingers, go to openlibrary.org which hosts an online community of people who swap books for free.
You don’t even need to enjoy reading - download audiobooks from librivox.org, which has thousands of its own titles for you to enjoy for free.
4. Free therapy
Mental health is talked about much more openly than a decade ago, as more people become aware of the importance of looking after their mind as well as their body.
Unfortunately, the cost of therapy can be difficult for some people to manage, while waiting times for mental health support on the NHS can be long in some parts of the UK.
That’s why you should make the most of the website www.7cups.com which gives you access to thousands of ‘active listeners’ from around the world who offer their help and support to people who need to talk.
So make sure to check it out if you’re not sure where to turn for support.
5. Films, documentaries and entertainment
Paying for Netflix, Sky, BT, Spotify or other streaming services can add a lot of money to your monthly bill but there’s still free alternative entertainment to be had.
OpenCulture.com is an incredible resource packed full of free films, downloadable books and educational courses. There are thousands of goodies freely accessible, and you’ll see there’s more to life than Netflix.