Is it possible to get something for nothing? Most sensible people would say no, but if you know where to look you can get hold of all sorts of freebies on the internet, from products for your home to travel, fragrances, games, and books.
Companies are always looking for ways to promote their offerings, so are often happy to give away thousands of free samples to encourage you to buy their products or services. We've brought together five of our favourite things you can get for free.
1. Money for your opinions
As well as promoting their products by giving out free samples, companies are often very keen to gather as much market research as possible. Part of the way they do this is through voluntary online surveys, for which you can be rewarded. You can earn up to around £10 a month just for offering your opinion, redeemed either through cash or high street and online gift vouchers.
2. Wedding stationery
If you or a friend has a wedding coming up, and are looking for ways to save on expense then you could make use of these free printable invitations in a variety of professional and attractive styles from Love & Lavender. Paying a specialist printer for invitations can easily start getting into the hundreds of pounds, a huge amount of money before you even start on the wedding itself.
3. Children’s learning eBooks
It’s great to support your children’s learning when not in school, as it really does help with the rest of their education, but buying reading books and resources can get expensive. The award-winning Oxford Owl website has hundreds of free eBooks available once you sign up, including many well-known learning series. There are also lots of general tips on supporting your child’s reading skills, and fun ideas for games.
In addition to all this, there’s a maths section with activities and resources for improving numeracy at home.
4. Classic games
Do you have fond memories of arcade games such as Pac Man and Tron, or classic computer games like Quake and Doom? Classic Games Arcade has lots of famous games from PC and classic console systems like the Atari and the NES. You can play them straight in your browser, with included info for controls. FreePCGamers.com is another site where you can download a wide selection of new and classic games.
You can even find many modern online games playable for free, such as these from EA.
5. A free day out
One of the great things about living in the UK is that there are so many free museums and attractions up and down the country. If you live in or near London you can take advantage of some of the best museums in the world such as the British Museum, the Science Museum, and the V&A, all exciting and fascinating places to visit for the whole family, and all completely free.