19 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 Pancakes

              Breakfast for dinner, anyone?

              Sign up for MyHop (that’s IHOP’s loyalty program) to get a free stack of pancakes. Once you create your account, you’ll get an email with your coupon.

              A few tips: Be patient for the email; we received it several hours after signing up. Also take note of the expiration date, which was two weeks out for us.

            2. 2. Free $225 in Cash

              If we told you you could get free money just for watching videos on your computer, you’d probably laugh.

              It’s too good to be true, right?

              But we’re serious. A website called Swagbucks will pay you to watch short video clips online. One minute you might watch someone bake brownies and the next you might get the latest updates on Kardashian drama.

              All you have to do is choose which videos you want to watch and answer a few quick questions about them afterward. Brands pay Swagbucks to get these videos in front of viewers, and it passes a cut onto you.

              Swagbucks won’t make you rich, but it’s possible to get up to a free $225 per month watching these videos. It’s already paid its users more than $200 million.

              It takes about one minute to sign up, and you’ll immediately earn a $5 bonus to get you started.

            3. 3. Free Godiva Chocolate

              1. 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!
            4. 4. 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!

            5. 5. Free Bagel and Shmear

              Welcome to the Shmear Society! OK, that sounds a little weird, but Einstein Bros. Bagels has a pretty legit rewards program. When you sign up, you’ll get a free bagel and shmear (or cream cheese).

              Plus, you’ll start earning points — two points for every $1 — good for more freebies. It’s super easy to join, and who doesn’t need a good carb kick?

            6. 6. Free Gift Cards

              Grocery shopping was never exactly pleasant. But these days, it’s a downright struggle. Fighting crowds; keeping six feet of space — just buying toilet paper is a feat. Shouldn’t you have something to show for it?

              A free app called Fetch Rewards will reward you with gift cards just for buying toilet paper and more than 250 other items at the grocery store.

              Here’s how it works: After you’ve downloaded the app, just take a picture of your receipt showing you purchased an item from one of the brands listed in Fetch. For your efforts, you’ll earn gift cards to places like Amazon or Walmart.

              You can download the free Fetch Rewards app here to start getting free gift cards. Over a million people already have, so they must be onto something…

            7. 7. 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.

            8. 8. Up to Free $500 in Free Stocks

              When you download the Robinhood app and fund your account (it takes no more than a few minutes), Robinhood drops a share of free stock into your account. It’s random, though, so that stock could be worth anywhere from $2.50 to $500.

              Robinhood doesn’t charge commission fees, meaning you can buy and sell stocks for free — no limits. Plus, there’s no minimum investment to sign up.

            9. 9. Free Lottery 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.

            10. 10. 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.

            11. 11. Free $5 in Google, Amazon, or Any Other Company’s Stock

              Take a look at the Forbes Richest People list, and you’ll notice almost all the billionaires have one thing in common — they own another company. That’s why a lot of people use the app Stash. It lets you be a part of something that’s normally exclusive to the richest of the rich — buying pieces of other companies for as little as $1.

              It takes two minutes to sign up, plus Stash will give you a $5 sign-up bonus once you deposit $5 into your account.

            12. 12. 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.

            13. 13. 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!

            14. 14. 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.

            15. 15. 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.

            16. 16. 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.

            17. 17. 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.

            18. 18. 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.

            19. 19. 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!

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