The familiar adage, "Nothing in life is free," is officially debunked. Rather than wasting time playing the skeptic, search some tried-and-true websites to uncover the best deals, samples, coupons and more items that are available to anyone for free. Before you know it, you'll locate plenty of free items that can entertain you, make your life easier or satisfy your snack habit.
Learn about the best free samples and special offers online today.
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Although it's true that you have to invest time to find worthwhile freebies, once you find what you want, it's all worth it. Within this list, there's something for everyone — maybe even some surprises. Check out 40 of the best websites where you can get free stuff online for every day and the holidays:
FreeSamples.org is a portal that gives you access to freebies such as household items. You also can find coupons for products and local restaurants. Get the free stuff you want by checking for updated deals every day.
Score free gift cards from Viggle.com just for watching TV shows you enjoy. Earn rewards points every time you check into any live TV or streaming program using the Viggle app.
The longer you watch, the more Perk Points you'll earn, which you can exchange for cash or gift cards from Walmart, Target or Starbucks. The site even offers free Amazon gift cards.
Freecycling is based on the idea that many people no longer want or need used items that nonetheless still have a remaining useful life. Rather than throwing these items away, the owners offer to give away items — such as free baby stuff or outdoor furniture — away to the general public.
Although Craigslist has a mixed reputation — users need to use caution and common sense when interacting with total strangers — it's also a great source for finding free stuff, including items offered through freecycling.
Another great source of free coupons, SmartSource can help you save money on beauty products, groceries, weight loss products and even sanding sheets for your DIY projects.
5. All You
Lifestyle website All You lists 59 birthday freebies, so you can keep the party going as long as you want. The site also provides coupons for groceries and household items, as well as offering other exclusive deals.
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Couponing has gone from a trend to a lifestyle for many. The number of websites dedicated to providing access to coupons has exploded in recent years.
As a leader in the industry showcasing more than 2,000 brands, Coupons.com offers multiple ways to get coupons online for everything from laundry detergent to jewelry. You can use the site to print coupons, find coupon codes and discover discounts to specific retailers.</p
7. The Krazy Coupon Lady
Extreme couponing website The Krazy Coupon Lady is a great source of coupons for some of your favorite retailers. You'll find coupons for discount stores such as Walmart and Dollar Tree, as well as high-end brands like Sephora. You might even find coupons for free ice cream.
FreeStuff.com gives you access to free samples of common household items ranging from coffee to moisturizer. You can use this site to save money on many items you already use, or to try out new brands for free.
Of all the free stuff websites here, Yerdle is one of the most unique. Yerdle describes itself as a "people-powered store." The more stuff you give away at this site, the more credits you earn to "buy" other things you want on Yerdle. The site can be a good option for items that are too valuable to simply give away or throw away.
10. The Freecycle Network
The Freecycle Network is made up of more than 9 million members worldwide. It is dedicated to helping members get and give stuff for free. The goal is to put goods to their most efficient use and keep usable items out of landfills.
The nonprofit describes itself as a "grassroots movement," and local volunteer moderators help keep exchanges safe and posts accurate. Membership is free.
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Offering people the chance to try before they buy, WomanFreebies.com offers free samples, coupons and giveaways of products geared toward women. You'll find everything from candles and shoes to vacations at this site.
Drugs.com is an online resource that provides information about medicines. It also offers a drug discount program with a free membership card that can save you as much as 80 percent at major pharmacies, according to the website.
You don't need to pay to review your credit history and make sure all your information is correct. Instead, you can easily get a free copy of each of your credit reports from the three major credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — at AnnualCreditReport.com
14. Free Stuff Finder
Free Stuff Finder shares deals, giveaways and discounts offered online and at popular retailers. The site highlights your savings by showing you both the original price of an item and the price after coupons and discounts.
15. Sweet Free Stuff
Sweet Free Stuff offers an e-newsletter that includes regular access to great deals online, coupons and free samples. The website also lists giveaways and sweepstakes you can sign up for online, plus free magazines, baby items, books and more.
16. The Penny Hoarder
In addition to listing 100 places that have free birthday offers, The Penny Hoarder offers advice on saving and earning money in unconventional ways.
17. Hey, It’s Free!
Another site with a long list of birthday freebies, Hey, It's Free! is also a good source for free offers 364 other days in the year. Find coupons for a range of items, such as free food, moisturizer, comic books and codes for free rewards points.
19. Totally Free Stuff
Totally Free Stuff offers dozens of categories of free stuff, as well as daily updates. Search for items in categories for each type of person or interest — such as men, women, business, religion and wedding — or by product type, such as kitchen, pet products, toys, sports and automotive.
Freeflys.com provides lists of free samples, coupons and coupon codes. You can search the site or look for items sorted by category or brand name to find a freebie.
Raise is an online marketplace that allows you to buy gift cards at a discount for products and services from more than 1,000 stores and restaurants including GameStop, Sephora and Outback Steakhouse. The site also lets you sell unwanted or unused gift cards for cash.
23. Recycle the World
Recycle the World is another freecycling website that allows you to post and find free stuff. Whether you are looking to get rid of unwanted items or hope to find something specific, the site lets you focus on your local area. It also provides a search tool to help you find recycling centers near you.
Freebie-Depot has "hot lists" for everything from everyday offers to birthday giveaways. The site features a range of products and services from various brands and retailers. Among its many categories, the site features a wedding freebies section that highlights deals for people who are getting married or who were recently married.
Lifehacker is known for unconventional solutions to everyday problems. But the website also publishes articles on how and where to save money, such as a feature on the best retail and restaurant birthday freebies.
In addition to providing access to a variety of offers, Freebies.org offers tips and tricks on how to save money, as well as "The Complete Guide to Freebie Hunting."
27. I Crave Freebies
Similar to other online sources of free samples, I Crave Freebies offers links to coupons and free product samples. It also offers information on sites that pay you to take surveys.
28. Get It Free
Updated daily, Get It Free finds free offers for everything from food to household products. As you browse the site, you can add coupons, deals, freebies and sweepstake offers to your basket, just like you would when shopping online.
Freebies.com continues to provide a blend of both products and services from major national retailers that are offered at no charge. The site gives away a free pair of shoes every week, for example.
Shop4Freebies catalogs offers for everything from free home care product samples to free cookbooks. It updates its list of printable coupons and other offers daily.
Slickdeals is the largest deal-sharing community on the web and has saved its members more than $4 billion. Members can share deals and coupons found online, and the Slickdeals staff curates the best offers on the home page.
HGTV's popular home design and decoration website offers free printable Thanksgiving templates that will allow you to show off your crafty side. You'll find everything from ready-to-make menus to cute kids' crafts that will help you celebrate Thanksgiving festivities in style.
TheFreeSite.com has done the legwork for you when it comes to 2017 Christmas freebies. No matter if you're looking for Christmas-themed jigsaw puzzles, a Santa screen saver or Christmas MP3s, you can find the links here — all for free.
FreeStuff.com is a site full of free stuff from A to Z, but it also has a variety of links for Christmas-themed freebies. You'll discover links to free poems, quizzes, plays, catalogs, games and more.
When you're in the mood to curl up on the couch and watch free movies, visit with Santa online or stream Christmas tunes, you can do it all from the Lifewire site. You can also listen to classic holiday radio programs, view Christmas light displays and watch Christmas music videos.
Chabad.org is your go-to resource for everything related to Hanukkah. From how-to guides on lighting the menorah to recipes for festive Chanukah fare and everything in between — like prayers, videos and songs — this site is a wealth of free information.
37. The Holiday Spot
TheHolidaySpot has an entire webpage dedicated to free Valentine's Day stuff. You can find links to love poems, animated Valentine-themed greeting cards, fun facts, party ideas, jokes, quotes, dating tips, games and love-themed letterheads.
Create a free account at Punchbowl site and choose from a selection of free evites — digital party invitations you can send online — for a variety of holidays. Choose from a selection of free and visually appealing cards for Valentine's Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving and New Year's.
39. Play. Party. Plan.
Find over 25 fun Christmas party games on playpartyplan.com. No matter if you're trying to entertain children, adults or both, you can find the perfect game here. Find games inspired by game shows and board games, games for groups, printable games and more.
Visit findingDulcinea.com to find a free guide based on all things Kwanzaa. You'll find insights and information for celebrating, cooking and decorating for the holiday. In addition, the site has links to the top sites on the internet for the history and traditions of Kwanzaa.
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Cynthia Meamson contributed to the reporting for this article.