6 Things You Should Get for Free

Pens and matches are among the items you shouldn't be paying for.

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These are just a few things I don't feel a need to pay for since I can get them for free. It is far from a comprehensive list and I'm sure not everyone will agree with them. Sometimes there are some exceptional situations where you will have to pay for these items. While these things cost somebody something, they are all pretty close to free to you.

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1. Pens

I get free pens as promotional items all the time. I don't understand why people pay big bucks for fancy pens. The only thing you need a pen to do is write and in my experience a free pen writes just as well as an expensive one.

2. Matches

I don't need these too often, which is good because it is harder to get free matches than it used to be. They are still available at many bars and casinos though.

3. Drinking Water

This isn't completely free since you do pay something for the water coming out of your tap. A glass of water would only cost a fraction of a penny though. If you carry a reusable drinking container you should rarely if ever find yourself having to purchase bottled water.

4. Music

It is free on the radio. In addition to books you can also borrow music from your local library if you feel the need to listen to a particular song. If you need to own the music there are promotions for free MP3 downloads on a frequent basis.

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5. DVD Rentals

These are also available at most libraries. It is also possible to get free rentals from Redbox. InsideRedbox.com has a list of several promo codes good for a free rental. These codes are usually good once for each credit or debit card that you have. That allows you to get multiple free rentals. A quick Google search will turn up even more free rentals.

6. Stock Trades

There are multiple sites that allow you to get stock trades for free if you maintain a certain balance. One example is Zecco which allows you 10 free stock trades a month if you maintain a balance of $25,000 or more.

There are plenty of other things you can get for free. Please share your suggestions below.

Andy Hough writes about frugality and living well on a small income at TightFistedMiser.com.