Easy Ways to Save Money Every Day

Surprising Stuff You Can Get for Free

Think there's no such thing as a free lunch? These honest-to-goodness freebies will change your mind.

By Ingela Ratledge, Sarah Robbins, and Valerie Rains
transparent blouseJames Wojcik

Savor a complimentary piece of Godiva chocolate every month and reap other benefits—including free shipping on your first online order and free gifts with a purchase of $10 or more—by signing up for the Rewards Club at any U.S. Godiva store or at godiva.com/rewards.

Go to openoffice.org to download a great no-cost software alternative to pricey presentation and data-processing software (it’s compatible with PCs and Macs). For word processing, use the free online editing tool Google Docs (docs.google.com).

Music to your ears: Every day, Amazon.com selects a Free Song of the Day, which is  available as a downloadable MP3. It also offers hundreds of free songs and albums in the Free Songs & Special Deals Section of its site.

Enjoy a free pastry from Panera Bread by registering for a My Panera loyalty card at any store.

Play free computer games (not trial downloads) at Miniclip.com. Choose from games such as Sudoku, Golf Ace, and Fighter Pilot.

Get two coupons for a free cup of coffee (or the beverage of your choice) by enrolling in Dunkin’ Donuts’s Dunkin’ Perks club (dunkindonuts.com/perks).

In October, hundreds of theater companies across the country welcome patrons to no-cost plays and musicals as part of the Theater Communications Group’s free Night of Theater. Tickets are available online starting in late September. Visit freenightoftheater.net to learn about performances near you.

Vistaprint offers 250 free business cards—you just pay for shipping and processing. Go to Vistaprint.com and click on “Free Business Cards” to browse the designs.

Sign up for Dairy Queen’s Blizzard Fan Club (blizzardfanclub.com) and you’ll get a coupon for a free Blizzard with the purchase of a medium Blizzard.

Become a club member and when you buy coffee or tea at Gevalia.com this October, you’ll be eligible for a number of free coffee and tea accessories. Order two pounds of tea and get a stainless-steel teakettle, a tea canister, and a travel mug. A purchase of two pounds of Gevalia Limited Edition Coffee comes with a coffeemaker.

Log on daily to freeappaday.com to get a different iPhone or iPad or Android app at no charge. These apps normally cost 99 cents to $4 but are free for you to download for 24 hours.

Get a free T.G.I. Friday’s appetizer or dessert when you sign up for the restaurant’s Give Me More Stripes loyalty program. Go to tgifridays.com.

Download hundreds of free e-Books—such as Jane Eyre and Little Women—at the Gutenberg Project (gutenberg.org). Read them on your computer or on your iPhone or iPad with a free e-book reader app, like iBooks or Stanza (available at iTunes.com).

Create a wedding registry at JCPenney and receive a free engagement portrait session at a JCPenney Portrait Studio. Start yours at any store or at jcpenney.com.

And when your Kohl’s wedding-registry requests are fulfilled or you meet other requirements, you can nab free gifts from brands like Cuisinart, Dyson, and Samsonite. Go to kohls.com/registry.

Score a free appetizer by enrolling in Chevys Fresh Mex Compadre’s Club (chevysfreshmex.com).

To find more deals, check out The Best Bargains You’ve Never Heard Of.

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