This site normally covers physical freebies. Products that are distributed through the mail at no cost to you. Sure, it’s great to receive a sample of a product and get to try it before you buy. Who doesn’t love the idea of getting something you can hold in your hand for free? But really the internet has so much more to offer us in terms of freebies.
So for this blog post, we’ll be looking at all the best non-physical freebies the internet has to offer. No need, to fill out a request form or wait for weeks to get these freebies! These are all products or services you can access directly from the internet, instantly and completely free! So let’s jump right in with our first freebie.
Free Video Games
We’re not talking about flash games here. Sure Free-to-Play games have existed for a long time. But, only in recent years have they really come into their own. Now there are some truly great video games that are completely free! If you’re going to take advantage of this you are going to need to be familiar with Steam. Steam is a digital distribution platform that hosts, and distributes games for the PC, Mac, and Linux. There are other alternatives but, hands down, Steam is the most widely used, and trusted source for PC game downloads. You will need to install their software, and register for an account both of which are free.
Once you have that, there are pages and pages of games that you can download and play completely free! Everything from horror games, to racing games, and shooters, are all available 100% free. Also should you decide you want to spend some money on a non-free game Steam always has sales going on where top name triple-A video games will be on sale for up to 90% off. Video games that sell on Xbox Live, and PSN, for $20+ can regularly be found on sale at Steam for under $5. Also many times full priced games will be made temporarily free for a weekend to attract new users, and let more people try the game before they buy. This easy access to free games, and steep discounts on non-free titles have made Steam a hugely popular company among gamers.
Free Cloud Storage
Remember the good old days when a 1GB USB drive used to cost $50? Technology has come a long way since then. Now you can get 5 gb of online storage space, completely free! You can do anything with this from back-up important documents and photos, or even share files with friends. As long as you are on a device with sufficient internet bandwidth you can have full access to whatever files you decide to store in the cloud, completely free.
Google Drive is probably the easiest and most accessible. You can get 5 GB of free storage, and most of you already have a Google account, which works across all their products. If you don’t already have a google account, get one! Many of the free services we cover will need one. A few other free cloud services are, Amazon Cloud Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive all of which offer at least 5 gigs of free storage.
Everyone’s heard about getting music online for free. Some ways are more legal than others. If you’re interested in downloading pirated music, you won’t find any help here. It’s not like that information is hard to come by if you are really that determined. But for this post we want to show that there are lots of places to download and listen to free music, completely legally. Most of these services will not only let you listen online, but also download and playback on any device.
Sound Cloud, is a great place for free music. Tracks can be streamed for free on any device. It’s super easy and there are tons of big name artists to browse through. Also, let’s not forget YouTube which has become a real hub of free music over the years. Chances are whatever song you want to listen to is available on YouTube. Lastly, Google Play is also a good place for free music. Anyone with a Google account can log-into Google Play and start listening. Most of their songs cost between $.99 and $1.23, but they do occasionally offer tracks for free. Just visit their music store page, and the currently available free tracks will be listed at the top. You can build up a pretty decent library on free tracks alone if you are willing to check back regularly.
Free TV Shows / Videos
The internet is really catching up as a means for content distribution. Now it seems any TV show can be streamed or downloaded. Netflix charges a subscription fee, and Google Play and iTunes charge per-episode, or per-season for the most part. However, Google play has a page dedicated to free TV episodes so it pays to check it out. Also Hulu is a great place for watching streaming TV shows for free. You can pay for a Hulu Plus subscription to gain access to more content with less advertising, but there is still plenty of stuff to watch on Hulu if you don’t want to spend any money. Then there are sites like Documentary Haven which organizes and links to tons of free documentaries you can watch online.
Lastly YouTube is becoming a better and better place to view streaming entertainment. You might not find full episodes of your favorite TV show on YouTube but you will find hours and hours of free entertainment. The production quality you can expect from YouTube has steadily increased over the years, and much of their content is equally as professional and entertaining as anything that would get broadcast over traditional TV channels.
Yes, the internet is a great tool for education. Everyone has been told this since the days of it’s inception. But really only recently is it becoming possible to learn anything you want completely free. Are you interested in learning to write code for free? Check out Code.org. Maybe, you want to learn another language for free. Duolingo would be the place for that. Now you can learn practically anything you want online, without paying.
You can even take free college courses. Coursea offers over 400 different courses from top educational institutions all over the world. Edx is also a great website to find free college courses. Many of these courses are free too access and take, but some of them give you the option of receiving a verified certificate upon completion. For courses that give you a certificate you do have to pay a nominal fee, which is typically far less than it would cost to take these courses at a physical college.
Once upon a time word processors, spreadsheet software, or slide-show makers cost an arm and a leg. Microsoft Office used to cost hundreds of dollars for the complete software, and still does. But then Google decided that office applications should be free, and created Google Docs, Which is accessible through your web browser, and doesn’t require you to install any software. Also, Open Office is yet another free alternative to expensive office software.
When was the last time you paid for an antivirus? Well hopefully never, because Avira, and AVG free editions work just as well as any paid antivirus. There are entire sites dedicated to Freeware where you can download the applications you need without having to pay. CNET Downloads is a great place to find free software. Just be careful downloading and installing software from the internet. Some programs will try to throw in extra ad-ware or browser toolbars to monetize their software. So be aware of extra check boxes when installing that inform you about these add-ons and make sure to disable them whenever possible. Also make sure you google search some reviews before downloading anything so you know exactly what you are in for.
The internet is full of free eBooks. Copyrights on books only last for 70 years after the authors death. So many of those old books you were forced to read in high school are available online completely free. Also sometimes books will be made free as part of a promotion. Amazon has an entire category for free books and OpenLibrary.org has a system that is very similar to traditional library borrowing, except on a digital device. Also, Gutenberg.org is a great place to check for free eBooks. They will let you download eBooks as a PDF or even view them directly in your browser as an HTML file.