7 Ways to Get Free Stuff (Without Lame Surveys)Free Stuff
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Lots of people try to get free stuff by taking surveys, but that’s not really free — you’re basically working for $3 an hour.
Instead, I’m going to share seven ways to actually get free stuff without all that nonsense.
1. Get Free Shipping Supplies
At USPS.com, you can get free shipping supplies delivered right to your door.
This includes everything from envelopes to boxes to Cremated Remains Human Kit 2, but bear in mind that many of these items are flat rate.
2. Search Hashtags
If you’re looking for a specific item, you can search on Instagram for the item’s name and the word giveaway.
For example, if you want a free t-shirt, you can search #tshirtgiveaway and then filter the results by the most recent.
After that, all you have to do is look through the posts, make sure they’re legitimate giveaways, and follow the instructions to get the giveaway.
However, while this is an easy way to get free stuff, you’re not guaranteed to always find what you want.
3. Find Unclaimed Money
You can also check to see if you have any unclaimed money.
Unclaimed money is money you’re owed by a business, government office, or other source, but haven’t collected.
Usually, this is because the entity can’t locate you, so unclaimed money is frequently sent to your state unclaimed property office.
This is more common than you might think — about 10% of all Americans have unclaimed money or property, whether from old bank accounts, insurance policies, or the state — and over $3 billion is returned to these Americans annually!
You can check if you’re owed this free money by going to unclaimed.org/search/, selecting your state, inputting your first and last name, and clicking “search”.
If you have any unclaimed property, you can claim it easily by filling out some information and then clicking “continue”.
In my case, my search just turned up two dollars in unclaimed money because I’m relatively young and have handled almost all my affairs online.
If you’re older, though, it’s worth a check since it only takes a few minutes and you could turn up money you didn’t even know existed.
4. Get Free Food From Restaurants
Often, you can get free food just by signing up for a restaurant’s newsletter or rewards program.
Currently, for example, if you sign up for Red Robin’s newsletter/rewards program, you get a free appetizer, and if you sign up for Jimmy John’s Sandwiches’ Freaky Fast Rewards, you get a free sandwich after your first order.
These aren’t sponsorships — they’re just the first free food opportunities I found online.
You can also get free food by taking advantage of your local restaurant’s kids eat free nights and birthday freebies.
5. Get Free Stocks
With so many app-based brokerages popping up, there are lots of opportunities to get some free stocks just by signing up for an app or depositing some money.
If you’re interested in this, check out this blog post on different brokerages giving away free stocks right now.
6. Get Free Education
I personally offer a free Millionaire Math workshop where I show you how the average American can end up a millionaire just by making a few changes to your habits, so you can check that out if you’re interested in free education.
7. Use Facebook
If nothing else, you can always get free stuff people don’t want anymore.
There are lots of ways to do this, but one good way is through Facebook Marketplace’s “Free Stuff” section, where you can see all the free stuff people are giving away near you.
Often, these are large furniture items you’ll have to pick up yourself, but occasionally, there are other not-so-bulky things you can find.
For example, books are a very common giveaway because they take up space, are relatively heavy, and can’t be sold for very much.
Items like baby supplies are also very common because people don’t have a use for them after they move out of a specific stage of life.
Because these things are free, people won’t make much of an effort to deliver it to you — you’re expected to pick them up yourself.
While this can seem a little scary, Facebook makes it relatively easy to discern whether something is a scam or not by looking at a person’s profile.
If you’re going to do this, I recommend that you Google the individual’s name and location first and consider taking a friend with you to pick up your free stuff. Remember, if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it- it’s not worth taking a huge risk for a little bit of free stuff.
Logan is a practicing CPA, Certified Student Loan Professional, and founder of Money Done Right, which he launched in 2017. After spending nearly a decade in the corporate world helping big businesses save money, he launched his blog with the goal of helping everyday Americans earn, save, and invest more money. Learn more about Logan.