The Internet is a wonderful place – not least when it helps you access things for free. Here are some of the ways you can use websites to bag a treat without the price tag.
Charity and vintage shops can be costly these days – but if you love secondhand stuff, there’s a way to get the goods free of charge. Sites including The Freecycle Network and Preloved help people who have stuff they want to give away find loving new homes for their unwanted items. As well as helping you nab anything from a free sofa to a pair of trainers, this model stops unwanted goods going into landfill, so there’s an environmental benefit, too.
Try before you buy
Ever fancied yourself as a critic? You could access a host of freebies by volunteering for free trials and market research. Free Trials UK is “compiled and maintained by an enthusiastic bunch of freebie lovers” and lists a range of free trials you can sign up to (be sure to read the small print on any trial before you commit). Plus, there are plenty of market research groups you can apply to join online. Some actually pay you for your time, or offer vouchers in exchange for your opinion on the free products and experiences you’ll be offered.
Go to Gumtree
Although it’s best known as a classified ads site, Gumtree also has a dedicated section for freebies. Use it to find anything from a free secondhand TV to brand new rolls of wallpaper!
Free samples UK
If you enjoy free samples and gifts from brands, Magic Freebies and Latest Free Stuff are the sites you need to check out. They list all the latest freebies from a huge array of brands; including perfume and beauty samples to new apps and vouchers, saving you a fortune if you order the goodies listed on these clever freebie trackers.
As the saying goes, you’ve got to be in it, to win it… and there are hundreds of online competitions to enter every week. Competitions Time lists the latest competitions you can enter for free. Plus, if you’re an active social media user, you could follow #Competition on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. It’s also worth keeping track of online ‘influencers’ (bloggers, YouTubers and Instagram stars with huge followings) as they often run competitions or offer giveaways.
You got mail
Joining selected mailing lists for local businesses, attractions and entertainment can be a great way to access freebies. You’ll know when they have special offers coming up or are offering free trials of new products or services. You’ll also be notified of competitions you can enter or vouchers to access. Next time you’re in a local restaurant, cinema, bar or museum, ask if they can add your email to their mailing list, or simply check out their website to see if you can sign up there.
It’s time to treat yourself!