As Outlaw‘s editor, I definitely get a kick out of finding crazy free (or undervalued) deals online and sharing them with our readers.
Here’s some of the best truly free stuff online at the moment.
Credit card bonuses and bank offers: This is obviously my area of expertise. Right now, you can earn 70,000 air miles or more by signing up for the right airline credit cards. And there’s a promotion that ends tonight where you can earn $152 if you sign up for a new ING DIRECT online checking account: click here to take advantage of that one. (Normally you’d earn a $50 bonus.)
Try to avoid store-branded credit cards, by the way. Although you may get something free — such as a $10 or $20 coupon toward your next in-store purchase — store credit cards tend to have VERY high standard interest rates, large late fees, and weak customer service & limited online account management features.
Free product giveaways: This one is awesome. Large consumer product companies are using the Internet to stir up buzz for new product launches on social media sites. This area of free stuff hunting requires a bit of time, but you can be richly rewarded. For example, on Facebook Tide-brand laundry detergent recently gave away their new “Pods” for free. I got this offer; it took a long time to receive my Pods, but they were entirely free — free loads of laundry in my household for a couple days!
Digital freebies: Services like Google Drive (5 gigabytes of cloud storage for free) and Amazon Cloud (5 gigabytes of storage for free and free desktop app) are some of the best freebies out there: no more spending money on USB drives, CD-R burners, or personal digital storage accounts. As the price of offering cloud services to the public continues to decline, these free accounts are only likely to get better — more storage, and more features for sharing your critical work files and family photos.
Online restaurant promotions: Search for your favourite neighbourhood restaurants on Google and browse their web sites. Some newer establishments are offering insanely good deals — like a free bottle of wine or free appetizers — if you make your reservation online.
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