Not surprisingly, the Internet is the best place to find free stuff. From free pens and keychains to free web hosting and software, the Internet has become a haven for goodies. Of course, the amount of scams is also high, and there is always the risk that ordering free stuff will also bring a lot of spam, or even identity theft, your way. So, where do you go to find the best free stuff on the Internet? Here are some tips on how to make your choice.
If this is your first time looking for free stuff, start by doing an Internet search. You will probably come with hundreds of directories offering all kinds of free stuff, usually sorted by category. While on a regular search you would probably skip advertisements, they tend to be the best websites for free stuff. CoolSavings and TotallyFreeStuff are two of the best websites, but you may need a couple of hours to sort through the different free stuff and then enter all the information required.
Another great place for free stuff is craigslist. The online community offers everything from apartments to jobs to cars, and it also boasts an impressive section of free stuff. Craigslist is organized by city, so not matter where you live, there is probably somebody giving something away nearby. Examples include a large L-shape desk, two futons, lots of monitors and printers, car stereo speakers, a VHS Collection, and even a boat without a motor. A word of caution: scammers can use craigslist, so never send anything or give anybody private information in exchange for free stuff.
Finally, try Freecycle, an email subscription list where people post items they do not longer want. There are 4,027 Freecycle communities around the US, which means you probably live within driving distance of one of them. There are also Freecycle groups giving away free stuff in the UK, France, and Germany. Freecycle members believe that giving away free stuff is a good way of reducing waste and helping the environment. Expect a great sense of community when you join in.