Tickets to TV and Radio Shows
There are now several excellent sites that list
freebies offered by the community.
groups have now replaced Freecycle
groups in many parts of the UK. However, in some places both communities still
These initiatives operate in much the same way.
First, you join your local group to become part of the Freegle/Freecycle ‘community’
in your area.
You will then be able to see lists of items
people are getting rid of, and ask to be given them. Alternatively, you can post
about items you no longer need, and give them away to people who do.
It’s a great way to pick up all sorts of free
items, from furniture and baby equipment to bicycles and sports kit. Just be
aware that competition for items can be intense - and try to give something back
to the community when you can.
SnaffleUp: The SnaffleUp
initiative works in a similar way to Freegle/Freecycle, with people giving away
items they no longer want.
In this case, you don’t need to be a member
of a local group to hunt for goods - you just enter your search terms and
postcode at the top of the page.
You do, however, need to be logged into the
system to contact the item’s owner and request the goods.
is a place where consumers can share tips about the latest freebies, deals and
voucher codes - without being bombarded by marketing messages and ads.
Site visitors then rate each others’
contributions as ‘hot’ or not - the higher temperature a deal is, the better
it’s likely to be. And there’s a whole section dedicated to freebies right
Gumtree: Still probably the
best of the ‘classified ads’ sites, Gumtree
is a good place to go if you want to grab freebies , but don’t want
to mess about signing up or logging in.
Gumtree is not community-run (in fact, it’s
owned by eBay) but it’s the responsibility of buyers and sellers to contact
each other directly and sort out the handover of goods.
There’s a ‘free stuff’ category within
each local Gumtree community - for example, this
one, covering London.
It may sound too good to be true, but there
really are several ways you can get your hands on free money:
Cashback sites: As the name
suggests, sites like Quidco and TopCashback
will give you a percentage of your money back every time you purchase items via
Each site will cover a slightly different
selection of retailers (and have different cashback conditions) so it’s
important you do your research. Read The
best way to shop online to find out more.
Cashback cards: Cashback
credit cards operate in a similar way to the above sites, giving you money
back every time you spend.
Just make sure you clear your balance in full
every month - or the interest you’re charge will undermine any cashback gains.
To find out about the best cashback cards around, read this
is a free, charitable service that helps you pinpoint the benefits, grants and
other financial help you may be entitled to.
It’s not about sponging off the system, but
is designed to help financially vulnerable people access the help that’s out
There are now several great initiatives that
let you bag a free meal out when you buy another. Check my three favourites
regularly and you may never have to pay full price in a restaurant again!
Tastecard: A Tastecard
entitles you to 2 for 1 meal deals - or 50% off your food bill - at over 5,000
restaurants all over the UK. You can find affiliated eateries right
Tastecards usually cost around £60 for 12
months; but you can currently sign up for a 30-day free trial here.
At the end of my free trial, I was offered a 12
month card for just £29.99. No guarantees you’ll get the same deal, but well
worth a try.
Toptable: I think Toptable
is still the best restaurant offers site on the web. It’s free to use, and
offers reductions like 50% off your food bill, cheap set menus and lots more.
Frugal Food: For supermarket
and other grocery freebies, our Frugal
Food blog should be your first port of call.
It highlights the very latest 2 for 1 offers,
free samples and other food bargains every week.
CouchSurfing: If you’re
looking for short-term, free accommodation while travelling, check out the CouchSurfing
This international, non-profit network brings
together travellers with locals in over 230 countries, and allows visitors to
stay with locals (as guests in their homes) free of charge.
You can search for a space on a couch here.
As always, do your research carefully and take safety
Finally, certain sites help you swap items you
no longer want with free items that you do.
SwapShop: My favourite
swapping site - and one that allows you to ‘trade’ a huge variety of items -
Here’s how it works: You register on the site
(for free) and advertise your unwanted item. This could be anything from a video
game or DVD to a used car or unopened bottle of perfume.
You choose how many ‘swap points’ you want
for that item. When another site user ‘buys’ your item with their points,
you get those swap points to ‘spend’ on the site.
No money ever changes hands. You can find out
more about how the site works here.