29 of the Absolute Best Freebies We’ve Ever Found Online

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Man, there’s nothing better than free stuff. Like when you’re walking through a mall’s food court and an employee offers you a bite-sized morsel of bourbon chicken impaled on a toothpick?

Always take the bite-sized morsel of bourbon chicken. Always. Every single time. You don’t even have to be hungry. Right?

The point is, we all love free stuff. But not all free stuff is worth loving.

We’re always finding freebies — from email newsletter perks to free stuff on your birthday — but we decided it was time to round up the best of the best.

After extensive research, our crack staff of freebie-ologists have put together this sweet list of quality freebies for you. Only the finest freebies are allowed in this list. From coffee to coconut oil to diapers, here’s the ultimate list of our favorite free stuff online.

  1. 1. Free Financial Assistant

    Not everyone can afford pricy help managing our finances. Instead, we call in the bots. Here are two of our favorite free helpers:

    Download TrueBill, an app that’ll negotiate your bills, cancel unwanted subscriptions and refund your bank fees. On average, Truebill customers get $12 in credits off their cable bills each month.

    Trim is an all-in-one money-saving tool that lives in your computer or smartphone. When you sign up with your email or Facebook account, you’ll gain access to a number of powerful features, including its debt payoff calculator. Once you land on a monthly payment you can handle, mark your debt-free date on your calendar and plan to celebrate!

  2. 2. Free Cash

    It turns out deleting your emails could be costing you money. Intrigued?

    One of our secret weapons is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. It’s free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund when there’s a price drop.

    Plus, if your guaranteed shipment shows up late, Paribus will help you get compensated.

  3. 3. Free Credit Score

    No, really. Hear us out.

    If you’ve ever tried to get your credit score, you know most services make you sign up for a trial or charge you an outrageous amount of money. But it’s your credit score! Where do they get the nerve?

    Credit Sesame will give it to you for free. And it takes about 90 seconds.

    You’ll also see a credit report card, so you can check for errors. Finding and correcting just one could give your credit score a significant boost!

  4. 4. Free Scratch-off Tickets

    There’s something so satisfying about those gas station scratch-off tickets — scritch scritch scritch scritch — but it’s better to avoid them because, well, that’s not Penny Hoarding.

    Instead, try scratching free tickets through an app called Lucktastic. Every day, it releases a new assortment of digital scratch-off tickets. Lucktastic says instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. You can also earn tokens, enter contests and play games.

  5. 5. Free Ice Cream

    We’ll never, ever pass up an opportunity for free ice cream. If we ever do, you should go ahead and start making our funeral arrangements. This is free ice cream we’re talking about!

    When you download the Slab Happy Rewards app from Marble Slab Creamery, you’ll get free ice cream just for signing up. After that, you’ll earn points for each dollar you spend, and you can cash them in for $5 off future purchases.

  6. 6. Free Godiva Chocolate

    Free Godiva chocolate — what could be better?

    We’re pretty sure free Godiva chocolate is handed out every day in heaven. Probably those chocolate salted-caramel truffles.

    Even better: This offer isn’t a one-time deal. Once you sign up, you get free chocolate every month at participating locations, plus birthday chocolate!

  7. 7. Free $10 for Sharing Your Receipts

    We know it sounds strange, but Ibotta will pay you cash for taking pictures of your grocery store receipts.

    Here’s how it works:

    Before heading to the store, search for items on your shopping list within the Ibotta app. When you get home, snap a photo of your receipt and scan the items’ barcodes.

    Bam. Cash back.

    Ibotta is free to download. Plus, you’ll get a $10 sign-up bonus after uploading your first receipt.

  8. 8. Free $5 Worth of Stocks

    If you’re like most of us and wish your money would just take care of itself, consider starting an investment account through Acorns.

    You can start small and stack up change over time with its “round-up” feature. That means if you spend $10.23 at the grocery store, 77 cents gets dropped into your Acorns account.

    Then, the app does the whole investing thing for you — and you’ll get a $5 bonus when you sign up.

  9. 9. Free Baby Diapers

    Is your family growing? Create a Target baby registry to get over $100 in free baby stuff!

    Even better, when your due date is eight weeks away, you’ll get a 15% discount on any items remaining on your registry.

  10. 10. Free Pizza

    You can get a free personal one-topping pizza on your next visit when you sign up for Chuck E. Cheese’s More Cheese Rewards program.

    Pro Tip

    To get the most pizza for your buck, order the large every time. It’s the cheapest, inch for inch! To please the whole group, order different toppings on each half.

    In addition to free pizza, you’ll get a $10 reward for every three visits when you spend over $20 and unspecified treats on your birthday and half-birthday.

    Everyone forgets the half-birthday.

  11. 11. Free Coffee

    Want to try a bag of some of the best coffee in the country — completely free?

    You can get a 2-ounce trial of Blue Bottle’s famous beans for nothing at all.

    It’s part of their monthly subscription service, so you’ll need to enter your credit card info, but you’ll get an email before Blue Bottle charges you and sends you more coffee. Just cancel your subscription if you don’t want to keep getting coffee.

  12. 12. Free Bare Minerals Makeup

    It’s safe to say that lookin’ pretty ain’t cheap. Whether you’re purchasing lipstick or foundation, blush or primer, you’re bound to rack up a pretty penny — especially if you want the good stuff.

    Before you buy anything else, check out Bare Minerals. The company wants to give your wallet a well-deserved break with a free five-piece customizable Everyday Minerals makeup kit sample (based on your skin tone). You’ll just pay for shipping.

    Not interested in a makeup kit? It’s giving away free eyeshadow samples, too!

  13. 13. Free Baby Shoes

    Is there anything cuter than baby shoes?

    That’s a firm no.

    Little Wanderers, an independent retailer, stocks some adorable footgear — and you can snag a pair for free by using our code PENNY1.

    Choose from some fringe boots or a pair of high-top sneaks. There are even some miniature snow boots with fur. So cute!

  14. 14. Free Branding Checklist

    If you’re ready to get a freelance or small business off the ground, branding and consulting company Braid wants to help.

    Sign up for its email list to get a free copy of its branding checklist to help position yourself as a creative expert.

  15. 15. Free “Support the Troops” Sticker

    Show your support for the U.S. military with this free “Support the Troops” sticker from “Military Times.” You can choose from a sticker or four window clings.

  16. 16. Free Onesies

    With Custom Snappies, you can create your own design for a onesie that will express as much fun and attitude as your little one does. Get two free Custom Snappies with the promo code PENNY1 at checkout. You’ll just pay shipping and handling.

  17. 17. Free Pancakes

    Who doesn’t like pancakes? IHOP has pancakes. If you join the chain’s e-club, called Pancake Revolution, you get a free stack of Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes. You get the same thing on your birthday, and on each anniversary of signing up.

  18. 18. Free Kind Granola Bar

    This is #kindawesome.

    This free Kind granola bar isn’t necessarily a freebie for you, but a gift you give to someone else for being kind. Get it? You’re doing something kind for someone who did something kind — paying it forward without paying a thing.

  19. 19. Free Shampoo

    If you sign up for Pantene’s email list, the company will mail you free samples of shampoo and other products.

  20. 20. Free Beauty Consultation

    Try out a free beauty consultation at Aveda, which advertises “free services for hair, skin & spirit.”

    This will likely be a 15-minute facial, or makeup or hair session at your local Aveda, where you can get a stylist’s opinion on which products are best for you.

    If you buy something there, ask for some free, trial-sized samples as a bonus.

  21. 21. Free Dog and Cat Food

    No longer content with only feeding humans, Rachael Ray is venturing into dog and cat food these days. Her “Nutrish” brand is gourmet, natural, nutritious pet chow.

    You can request a sample of her dog or cat food here.


  22. 22. Free Baby Leggings

    Head over to BabyLeggings.com and throw a pair in your cart. At checkout, just use the code “PENNY1,” and you’ll only have to pay for shipping.

  23. 23. Free Roast Beef Sandwich

    Hungry? Arby’s has an email list. If you sign up for it, you’ll get a free Roast Beef Classic with the purchase of a drink. (Arby’s will also send you coupons.)

    This is one of the only offers on this list that requires you to buy something to get something else for free. But hey, you’re going to need something to wash down your free roast beef sandwich.

  24. 24. Free Samples

    Like to try new things?

    Sign up to be a “Pincher” with PINCHme, and you’ll get a free box of samples of your choosing every week. In exchange, you’ll share your opinions about the new products you try.

  25. 25. Free Dunkin

    Do you run on Dunkin?

    Join the DD Perks program to get a free beverage when you sign up and on your birthday. Plus, you’ll earn points for every purchase and get a free beverage for every 200 points.

  26. 26. Free Diapers

    We’ve heard your average baby goes through six to 10 diapers a day, and 2,500 to 3,000 diapers in their first year alone. By the time your kid is finally potty-trained, you’ll have spent thousands on thousands of diapers.

    Diaper companies know once you’ve started with their brand, you’re likely to continue using it. That’s why they offer rewards programs and why you should take advantage of these deals. Because let’s face it — you’re going to be buying all those diapers anyway.

    One of the highest-rated loyalty programs is Huggies Rewards. Here’s how it works:

    • Sign up online or via the iOS or Android app.
    • Whenever you buy Huggies diapers or wipes, pull up the app on your phone and snap a photo of your receipt. (This includes printed, online or gift receipts.)
    • Get points that you can redeem for diapers, toys, gift cards and more.

    It’s that simple. You’ll also get exclusive coupons and offers. And you get 500 points just for signing up.

  27. 27. Free Access to National Parks

    Every year, the National Park Service offers free days when all national parks, monuments and historical sites offer free admission.

    In 2018, for example, the free days were scheduled for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the first day of National Park Week, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day.

  28. 28. Sephora Beauty Products

    Oooh, Sephora.

    Become a “Beauty Insider,” and you’ll have your choice of a free beauty kit from Fresh or Marc Jacobs on your birthday.

  29. 29. Free Coffee Mug

    Want to be more environmentally friendly with your daily coffee — without shelling out $20 for a travel mug?

    Nab a free lightweight travel mug from Au Bon Pain when you subscribe to its eClub!