10 things you can always get for free
The best things in life are free, and according to Dealnews.com, there are a lot more freebies available than you might think. From music downloads to beauty essentials, here's how to score the best deals.
The library may be the most obvious place to start when looking for a free read, but there are tons of places to get free books without leaving the couch. Try browsing Project Gutenberg or downloading the Free Books app on your iPad to find a huge selection of free eBooks. If you're more into physical books, head to sites like PaperBack Swap and Bookmooch, which allow you to mail your books to people who request them and vice versa. The sites are free to join, but you'll have to pay the price of postage.
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Paying $1.29 for your favorite tunes may not seem like much, but it can definitely add up. Save money on music with Amazon's library of over 50,000 free songs, or take advantage of the weekly free singles offered by iTunes and other vendors. Even Starbucks offers free music downloads at many locations.
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Target, Walmart, Sephora and drugstore counters are among the many places you'll likely be able to score free travel-sized samples of your favorite beauty products. If you're diligent, you may never have to buy a teeny-tiny bottle of shampoo again.
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You already know that there are tons of free apps out there, but what you might not know is that even the more expensive ones often experience a temporary price drop. If you can wait, keep an eye out to snag the best deal.
For film buffs looking to save a few bucks, look out for free movie screenings hosted by big movie studios looking to create buzz for new flicks. During the summertime, you can also catch a free movie at lots of local parks that host outdoor movie nights.
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Snapfish, Walgreens, CVS and Shutterfly are always offering photo print freebies, making it easy (and cheap!) to finally liberate your pics from your phone and computer screens.
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Don't want to pay for your monthly dose of gossip, style and celebrity? A lot of times you don't have to. Since mags are always eager to find out more about their audience for marketing purposes, filling out a quick survey can often score you a free year's subscription to glossies like W, Lucky or Maxim.
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New Androids are released so often that most models drop down to $0 (with a new two-year contract) within a few months, so don't rush to get the newest version. It'll be worth the wait when you don't have to open your wallet.
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Protecting your computer doesn't have to cost a small fortune -- in fact, companies like Newegg and Fry's Electronics offer rebates that allow you to secure their software for free. If you're not into rebates (and the paperwork that comes with them), there are also options like Avast, which is free out of the gate.
Online shopping may be easy, but paying the extra price for shipping can be a burden. Luckily, most stores offer frequent free shipping promotions if you're patient. If you can, wait it out to get the best deal.