INSIDE: “Free stuff near me?” We’ve got you covered with 13 resources to score free stuff and free things to do in your area.
The only thing I love more than finding something I really want on sale is finding something I really want for free! Until recently, I was totally unaware of all of the amazing tools that can be used to help find free stuff and free things to do in your area. From social media tools to apps, there are many useful resources you can use to track down freebies in your area.
What Can I Get For Free in My Area?
You might be surprised to learn what you can find for free in your own backyard. I’ve scored free kids toys, a free kids camping chair, and free lawn furniture. But the sky is truly the limit when it comes to what you can find on some local freebie sites. Everything from free mattresses to free TVs and free sporting equipment. You can even sign up on certain apps, websites, and even in certain stores to get birthday freebies when it’s your special day. Part of the fun is exploring what is out there to find!
And, it’s not just about finding free things. You can also find free experiences. Everything from free museum visits to free entrance to a national park. Here’s a list of 13 resources you can use to find all sorts of free things and things to do in your area.
13 Resources to Find Free Things and Free Things to Do
If you’ve never searched “what can I get for free” or “where to get free stuff” online then you are probably unaware of the insane amount of free stuff you can find. Here’s what I’ve compiled from my online searches and real-life experience searching for free stuff.
1. Yard Sales and Estate Sales
While yard sales and estate sales typically sell used items for a small price, if you go near the end of the sale, sometimes you can pick up stuff for free. After a long day, the sellers might find it easier to put some of their unsold items up for free rather than pack them away. And, one of the main reasons people have yard sales or estate sales is to get rid of stuff. So, often if things don’t sell, the seller will just give it away so they don’t have to deal with it.
You can use apps like Yard Sale Treasure Map to track down yard sales in your area.
Freecycle.org is a nonprofit movement that is made up of people who want to give stuff and get stuff for free in their local areas. Freecycle.org is focused on putting used items to good use and keeping products out of the landfill. It’s totally free to sign up as a member and you can start pursuing free items in your area. You can browse through recent items or, if you know what you are looking for you can use the search function on the website to look up a specific product. Freecycle is easy to use and it’s a fantastic local resource.
3. All Free Stuff on Facebook
All Free Stuff is a public group that you can access on Facebook. And, as the name suggests, it is a group dedicated to helping people find free stuff. The goal of this group is to help people who are less fortunate in the local community. It’s completely free to list items in this group and anyone is free to join.
4. Free Stuff Facebook Marketplace
Another Facebook resource that can be used to track down free stuff is Facebook Marketplace. You can simply search for free items in your area. You can use filters to specify your location and the distance in which you are wanting to search. Similarly, you can apply filters to search for specific categories of items including apparel, home goods, pet supplies, electronics, toys, and so on.
OfferUp is a site that you can use to buy and sell second-hand items locally. However, there is also a free section on the website. You can search through a number of different categories including electronics, home and garden, clothing and shoes, baby stuff, toys, sporting equipment and more.
Craigstlist is another great resource that you can use to find literally anything, including free stuff. You can visit the website and search for free items in your local area or you can download the app and browse free stuff on your mobile device.
Eventbrite is an event management website and app that you can use to find free events in your local area. Of course, not all of the events on Eventbrite are free but you can apply the free filter if you are interested in finding cost-free local activities for you and your family. Whether you are looking for a fun outdoor activity, a cooking class, or even a free yoga session, you can find it on Eventbrite.
Okay, so the next two free websites I’m going to recommend might not be local, but they do have some great free stuff that can be sent to you. And, if it’s freebies you’re after, I’d be remiss not to include these sites. Freebies.com has beauty products, free baby diaper samples, or free cleaning product samples, then freebies.com has you covered. All you have to do is sign up for a free membership and then you can start entering freebie.com getaways to win all sorts of free samples and free things.
Freebies4Mom is full of…you guessed it, free things for moms! There are also some freebies that your kiddos and partner might enjoy as well. You can find free samples of stuff like deodorant and sign up to win thousands of prizes and giveaways on this site. Find free printable kids games and activities, too.
If you’re a Starbucks fan then I hope you are taking advantage of a complimentary Starbucks coffee on your birthday! If you are a Starbucks Rewards member then you are entitled to a birthday freebie in the form of a handcrafted beverage or a free food item. If your big day is coming up and you aren’t already a Starbucks Rewards member, make sure you sign up at least seven days before your birthday and make one Starbucks purchase to redeem your free birthday drink.
Another store that’s giving out birthday freebies is Sephora. If you are a Beauty Insider then you can redeem a complimentary beauty gift on your birthday. Products range from makeup to skin creams, hair products and more. But, you have to be a Beauty Insider in order to take advantage of this offer, so make sure you sign up.
12. Free Museum Entrance
If you do a quick google search for “free museum days” and include your local area, you are likely to uncover some results. Many museums offer free entrance on a certain day of the month. For instance, there are several museums in New York that are always free or give you the option to pay what you wish. In addition, you can find free monthly hours at some museums where they might offer free entrance before 11 am on every second Sunday of the month. So, play tourist in your own city and see if you can take advantage of a free visit to your local museum.
13. Free Entrance to National Parks
If you have a 4th grader then you and your family can experience the country’s national parks completely free of charge. Yes, it’s true. The Every Kid Outdoor pass is available to all 4th-grade students across the country as a way to get them outside and experiencing all of the beauty the country has to offer. This initiative runs from September 1st until August 31st.
Now Go Find Free Stuff!
There you have it, a list of 13 good places that you can check out to find all sorts of freebies. From kids stuff, to sample cleaning supplies, and everything in between. Check out some of these resources and take advantage of all of the awesome free stuff and free offers you can find!