Save Money with Freebies and Giveaways (continued)

Free child care.  The US Department of Health and Human Services helps parents with the cost of child care, which can result in saving thousands each year on child care.  Find out if you qualify for any free help paying your child care costs at naeyc.org or nccic.org

Free access to national parks.  Many of America’s 100 national parks are free all the time, but some parks require admission. There are some days during the year that you can visit certain national parks without paying admission.  Find out which days are free at the National Park Service website – NPS.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

Free phone service.  Why pay for long distance or use up your cell phone minutes when you can make calls or have video chats free through Google Talk, iChat, Skype, Facebook or Yahoo Messenger. 

Free Activities for Families With Kids.  There are dozens of free activities to keep your children amused for free.  Just some of them are:

(1) Home Depot and Lowe’s Home Improvement regularly offer free children’s workshop where the kids can spend a few hours learning how to build things.  Websites:  workshops.homedepot.com and lowesbuildandgrow.com

(2) Michael’s Crafts Store lets children make crafts for just $2 per afternoon

(3) Some cinemas around the country, like Clearview Cinemas, CinemaWorld, Regal and Showcase, offer free movies for children on occasion, particularly during the summer months.   Find out what movies are free in your area at Zvents.com

(4) Check out the website MyKidsGoFree.com to find out what places let kids in for free, particularly vacation destinations
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Free television.  Watch free television shows at Hulu.com, TVLand.com and TVClassicShows.com.  The major networks, like CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC let you watch many of their shows online free, as will many other  networks.

Free or almost-free car.  If you are poor or low-income, you might be able to get a free, donated car or one that is very affordable through Catholic Charities (catholiccharities.org) or Goodwill (goodwill.org). 

Free Pet Food.  If you are low-income you might be able to get free food for your pet at PetFoodStamps.org.  No matter what your income you can save on pet products and prescriptions by asking your veterinarian for free samples.
Free Dating Service.  Why pay $35 or more per month to enroll in an online dating service at Match.com and eHarmony.com when you can sign up with a free dating service at OkCupid.com

Enter Sweepstakes Giving Away Cars.  Instead of searching the Internet for all the different car contests out there, go to ContestBee.com or Ultracontest.com and find all the car sweepstakes in one place.  And if you’re worried that you’ll have to pay taxes on any vehicles you win, don’t worry, since many sponsors now pay the taxes for you.

Free credit reports. Thanks to former President George W. Bush, every American is entitled to receive a free credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and Trans Union) each year completely free of charge.  The three credit reporting agencies set up the website annualcreditreport.com to comply with Bush’s federal law.  You can order and receive one free copy of each agency’s credit report at this website once every year with absolutely no strings attached and without signing up for credit monitoring or any other service. 


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