Favorite "free stuff"?

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by Halfvolley » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:55 pm

tennisplyr wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:11 pm
Free water at Starbucks, samples at Costco, Internet at library and where I live free parking/entry at the beaches and free tennis at local parks.
Do you at least crack a fresh can of balls, or do you pick up strays to preserve the freeness?

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by Earl Lemongrab » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:51 pm

destinationnc wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Libraries are not free to get books, you're paying for them with your property taxes. I moved to an unincorporated area where the library is not a line item on the property tax bill. To get access to the local library they would require an annual payment equal to what that tax would be, and in my case it turns out the library costs about $500 a year. I can buy a lot of books for $500. I encourage everyone to go take a look at how much $ you're giving up in taxes to get your free library books.
So far in 2018 I have checked out 82 e-books. I know that because I can still see the downloads in the Adobe folder. Extrapolating through the end of the year should be about 90 total. Now, those are only borrowed of course. It doesn't count the paper books, CDs, and DVDs I have also checked out.

But it's kind of a pointless as you have to pay the taxes regardless of whether you use the services. In my case, that's a small fraction of the total. This year's property tax will be a bit over $2000. Of that, the library is a very small chunk. Most of the money, well over half, goes to schools of one sort or another. The library gets about 3% of the total, or around $60.

Saying the library isn't free is like saying public school isn't free, or fire services aren't free. Technically true in a sense, but not really relevant.
This week's fortune cookie: "Your financial life will be secure and beneficial." So I got that going for me, which is nice.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by blueblock » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:04 pm

My monthly gym membership ($39) is free via silversneakers.com.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by Traveller » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:18 pm

Library
Costco samples
Local parks
Bike rides
Raking leaves in the fall with my family
Warm nights with my wife
Slow Sundays with a good book
Staying with good friends when we travel
Voting
Hiking with my kids
Campfires
Star gazing
Local nature center classes
Linux
Community parades
Friends
Volunteering
TV (no cable)
Plus much much more :beer
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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by House Blend » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:22 pm

Software....

....from the OS on up. Most of what I need I get here
https://www.centos.org/download/
or here
https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by Highfeehater » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:31 pm

Definitely a +1 on this forum. Thank you all for that. Also, all the wild berries, mushrooms and all the great food I gather from the forest where we live. Fresh, clean air. Dark starlit nights void of any light pollution. Great views of the Milky Way, shooting stars and light shows in the sky!

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Post by btenny » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:35 pm

Fireworks show on July 4th
Thursday evening free music concerts on the beach at Pat's Hotel
Free wine sample at art walk evenings
Free food samples at Costco
Free food and wine samples at Frys
Free wine tasting for me and friends at my favorite winery and associate wineries.
Free Christmas music concerts at Hyatt hotel
Watching Rose Bowl parade
Watching Phoenix electric lights parade
Tempe electric boat parade
San Francisco fleet week activities and air and boat show

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by GoldenFinch » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:37 pm

money_bunny wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:39 pm
destinationnc wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Libraries are not free to get books, you're paying for them with your property taxes. I moved to an unincorporated area where the library is not a line item on the property tax bill. To get access to the local library they would require an annual payment equal to what that tax would be, and in my case it turns out the library costs about $500 a year. I can buy a lot of books for $500. I encourage everyone to go take a look at how much $ you're giving up in taxes to get your free library books.
Also at the same time giving people who can't afford a computer or wifi access to apply for jobs and stay in contact with others. Providing educational resources for the less fortunate for example ESL classes, and a community space to hold meetings and events. Allowing people who can't afford 500 a year to read books. A study space for the youth. Story time for the kids, and other programming. A repository for local historical and legislative documents.
Excellent points! Our library has free computer classes, tons of children’s and teen programs, knit nights, book clubs, coffees, forums and much, much more. I also notice a lot of seniors that come to the library to read the newspaper the old fashioned way for free. So, lots of good stuff.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by GoldenFinch » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:41 pm

Halfvolley wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:55 pm
tennisplyr wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:11 pm
Free water at Starbucks, samples at Costco, Internet at library and where I live free parking/entry at the beaches and free tennis at local parks.
Do you at least crack a fresh can of balls, or do you pick up strays to preserve the freeness?
If your neighbor has a dog, you might get a yard full of free tennis balls whether you like tennis or not. :happy

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by maroon » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:42 pm

I get free oil changes at the dealership where I bought my certified used car. I take my car in every 3K miles and have gotten about 30 free oil changes so far. I thought the dealership would end the free oil changes once my car hit 100K miles, but nope.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by sksbog » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:52 pm

bligh wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:02 pm
Google's Search engine & Gmail.

Yes I realize I am the product with those.. but it isn't like there is a good paid alternative that is equal in quality.
Gmail is not free, you are the product 😀

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by MN-Investor » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:02 pm

On my list of things to check out... once you turn 62, you can audit classes at the state universities for free as long as they have room in the class. If you want credit, it's $10 per credit. I'm sure that some other states have similar programs. Information on the Minnesota program can be found here: Senior Citizen Education Program
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Post by engin33r » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:04 pm

2% cash back from my Citi Double Cash card, which is dutifully paid in full each month.

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Post by pindevil » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:24 pm

Companion pass with southwest airlines. I've used it for approximately $2k worth of travel this year and will try to top that in 2019.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by S&L1940 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:25 pm

destinationnc wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Libraries are not free to get books, you're paying for them with your property taxes. I moved to an unincorporated area where the library is not a line item on the property tax bill. To get access to the local library they would require an annual payment equal to what that tax would be, and in my case it turns out the library costs about $500 a year. I can buy a lot of books for $500. I encourage everyone to go take a look at how much $ you're giving up in taxes to get your free library books.
In my county taxes are rolled in, I can not pick and choose what I want to pay
Just looked it up Library = $86, it is worth every penny
State & local school tax comes to $1100 and I do not have school age family that live in my state
And as great as they are, I have no intention of anyone of them coming to live with us because of the school tax!
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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by btenny » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:30 pm

I get free bagpipe concerts about once a week at my library. The librarian is a piper and goes out and marches and plays at lunch all summer. I also get 2 or so free author lectures and readings at our branch library most summers.

I used to give the library my old used paper books. But now I read mostly e-books and never buy a book so no donations. Does anyone give ebooks to the library? How do you give away e-books?

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by Nicolas » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:24 pm

Ged wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:42 pm
destinationnc wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Libraries are not free to get books, you're paying for them with your property taxes. I moved to an unincorporated area where the library is not a line item on the property tax bill. To get access to the local library they would require an annual payment equal to what that tax would be, and in my case it turns out the library costs about $500 a year. I can buy a lot of books for $500. I encourage everyone to go take a look at how much $ you're giving up in taxes to get your free library books.
In my county the library system is a line item in the budget. It works out to about $25 per county resident per year.

Of course the downside of this approach is that it is not a voluntary contribution and many people who do not use the library are contributors.
But this is major upside for those of us that do use the library.
One could say the same of the school tax which we all must pay whether we have children or not.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by mouses » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:34 pm

destinationnc wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Libraries are not free to get books, you're paying for them with your property taxes. I moved to an unincorporated area where the library is not a line item on the property tax bill. To get access to the local library they would require an annual payment equal to what that tax would be, and in my case it turns out the library costs about $500 a year. I can buy a lot of books for $500. I encourage everyone to go take a look at how much $ you're giving up in taxes to get your free library books.
If I had to start giving up stuff because it costs tax money, I would keep, in order:
fire dept
police
water
sewage
library

If my town were really spending $500 per capita in taxes on the library that would be $30,000,000 a year. Somehow, I think that is not happening.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by rj49 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:07 am

Trader Joe's samples are good, especially when they leave out cookies close to closing and nobody's manning the sample counter to see how many I take :).

Since November 11 is coming up, I enjoy the plethora of free meals offered by restaurants to veterans. Although now that I drive Uber and Lyft, I'll probably just earn the price of a free meal by a few trips, and pay full price when the restaurants aren't packed with vets (in effect also thanking them for their service to vets). I'll still get the free Great Clips haircut coupon, though.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by ladycat » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:29 am

I think the only thing we get for free is the cash back rewards on our credit card.
We do use the local library a bit.
Our favorite free thing is getting a kitten fix at the local pet adoption events! :D The resident lady cat would not appreciate kitten siblings, so we can only cuddle them for a bit and hope they find great homes. We freely make a donation for the privilege of kitten cuddles.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by Carl53 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:29 am

tommy85 wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:58 am
Advice here at boglehead forum:)
+1

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Post by RickBoglehead » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:28 am

mouses wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:34 pm
destinationnc wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Libraries are not free to get books, you're paying for them with your property taxes. I moved to an unincorporated area where the library is not a line item on the property tax bill. To get access to the local library they would require an annual payment equal to what that tax would be, and in my case it turns out the library costs about $500 a year. I can buy a lot of books for $500. I encourage everyone to go take a look at how much $ you're giving up in taxes to get your free library books.
If I had to start giving up stuff because it costs tax money, I would keep, in order:
fire dept
police
water
sewage
library

If my town were really spending $500 per capita in taxes on the library that would be $30,000,000 a year. Somehow, I think that is not happening.
My library collected $15.1 million via property taxes last year, total revenue was $16.1 million, and they spent $15.5 million of which $8.3 million was employment costs. Materials were $1.9 million (I assume that is books and DVDs), and purchased services (Ebooks?) were $1.26 million.

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Post by Dontwasteit » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:29 am

I too will say this site!

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by Ged » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:43 am

Nicolas wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:24 pm
Ged wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:42 pm
destinationnc wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Libraries are not free to get books, you're paying for them with your property taxes. I moved to an unincorporated area where the library is not a line item on the property tax bill. To get access to the local library they would require an annual payment equal to what that tax would be, and in my case it turns out the library costs about $500 a year. I can buy a lot of books for $500. I encourage everyone to go take a look at how much $ you're giving up in taxes to get your free library books.
In my county the library system is a line item in the budget. It works out to about $25 per county resident per year.

Of course the downside of this approach is that it is not a voluntary contribution and many people who do not use the library are contributors.
But this is major upside for those of us that do use the library.
One could say the same of the school tax which we all must pay whether we have children or not.
Don't get me wrong. I am a huge supporter of public libraries. My family has made heavy use of libraries for generations.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by Calico » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:47 am

There is a lot of free stuff I like, but in terms of measurable ways of saving me the most money, I would have to say the free gym at work is my favorite. I use it 5 times a week, it's never crowded, and it has everything I could want.

Next might be when I dropped cable and got an antenna and Hulu and started buying the one TV show I watch a la carte from the Apple Store. Come to think of it, this might be an equal savings to not having a gym membership. But it's not exactly free (just the TV over the airwaves is free).

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by munemaker » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:19 am

maroon wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:42 pm
I get free oil changes at the dealership where I bought my certified used car. I take my car in every 3K miles and have gotten about 30 free oil changes so far. I thought the dealership would end the free oil changes once my car hit 100K miles, but nope.
I suggest these oil changes are not free. They were included in the price of the car your purchased. Having the oil changed every 3,000 miles is a waste of resources.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by munemaker » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:21 am

blueblock wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:04 pm
My monthly gym membership ($39) is free via silversneakers.com.
This membership is not free. It is part of your health plan that you are paying a fee for.

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Post by Texanbybirth » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:26 am

Kroger ClickList is "free" for my wife, as they have never failed to send a coupon for such. I guess eventually we'll have to pay for it, but we'd just go in the store at that point.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by stoptothink » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:28 am

Calico wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:47 am
There is a lot of free stuff I like, but in terms of measurable ways of saving me the most money, I would have to say the free gym at work is my favorite. I use it 5 times a week, it's never crowded, and it has everything I could want.
We have quite an extensive corporate gym on site...unfortunately I already had a $15k+ garage gym prior to working here. I have very much enjoyed working out in the middle of the day MWF instead of either waking up <5am or getting my training in after work. It's a great way to break up my work day and our on-site gym it has been a great way for me to network and get to know other employees.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by parsi1 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:30 am

Free streaming media (movies and documentaries) and free ebooks from local library

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by goodlifer » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:32 am

I love it when people give my daughter things for free when they see how much she loves something or just wants to get a kid involved in their hobby. We were at the coin shop not too long ago and they gave her a foreign coin for free even though she was going to pay for it with her own money. Another guy gave her a few lures for free at his garage sale and told her that his neighbor gave him his first fishing pole when he was her age and wanted to pass on the tradition. Another gave her a giant fossil for free after she answered a few questions about dinosaurs. She was so proud of herself for "winning" this thing. I try to do this myself whenever possible.

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Post by Doom&Gloom » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:40 am

Giving our used but still functional items to friends, relatives, and acquaintances who can use them rather than us trying to sell them for a few bucks on Craigslist, eBay, etc.

Even more enjoyable is putting out items that nobody we know wants on the street the night before garbage pick-up day and seeing how quickly they get picked up by passersby. Some of those folks are genuinely thrilled to get something that we would otherwise be throwing away. I think those are my favorite free items even though they are traveling in the opposite direction.

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Post by parsi1 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:44 am

goodlifer wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:32 am
I love it when people give my daughter things for free when they see how much she loves something or just wants to get a kid involved in their hobby. We were at the coin shop not too long ago and they gave her a foreign coin for free even though she was going to pay for it with her own money. Another guy gave her a few lures for free at his garage sale and told her that his neighbor gave him his first fishing pole when he was her age and wanted to pass on the tradition. Another gave her a giant fossil for free after she answered a few questions about dinosaurs. She was so proud of herself for "winning" this thing. I try to do this myself whenever possible.
Wonderful story, when I was a kid a bank gave me a free piggy bank. That's when I got into the habit of saving. You never know just with a small gesture how you can motivate others.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by maroon » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:04 pm

munemaker wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:19 am
maroon wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:42 pm
I get free oil changes at the dealership where I bought my certified used car. I take my car in every 3K miles and have gotten about 30 free oil changes so far. I thought the dealership would end the free oil changes once my car hit 100K miles, but nope.
I suggest these oil changes are not free. They were included in the price of the car your purchased. Having the oil changed every 3,000 miles is a waste of resources.
That may be, but I didn't know about this perk when I bought the car. So I consider it free.
Also, my car is older and the owner's manual says to change the oil every 3,000 miles.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by PugetSoundguy » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:05 pm

Bananas from Amazon.

For some reason, Amazon gives away bananas every morning outside one of their office buildings that I walk past on my way to work. You don't have to be an Amazon employee (I'm not).

I'm very suspicious and am still looking for the catch. Maybe an implanted mircrochip to monitor my digestive habits? :wink:

I still take a banana every morning. 8-)

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by deikel » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:28 pm

destinationnc wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:15 pm
Libraries are not free to get books, you're paying for them with your property taxes. I moved to an unincorporated area where the library is not a line item on the property tax bill. To get access to the local library they would require an annual payment equal to what that tax would be, and in my case it turns out the library costs about $500 a year. I can buy a lot of books for $500. I encourage everyone to go take a look at how much $ you're giving up in taxes to get your free library books.
I am a big fan of libraries and simply love books - so this felt very wrong....

My property tax portion for the local library system is a bit more than 50 USD and I live in high tax state. They keep a tally of value that I have checked out over the last 12 months and it is in the 12k range....even if it were your 500 USD I would be happy to pay, heck I would happily pay double that. My local library offers so many community services (meeting space, tools kits, interview kits, yoga ect.) I would argue the place defines my small community.

Divert a little of the current federal military budget and make the US library system free to access for everyone and the world would be a better place...
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Post by jharkin » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:32 pm

Wow, for once I get to be the one who humbrags (after lurking in the threads about massive inheritances and huge salaries).

My favorite free stuff is all the free perks I get at work :)
Free gourmet coffee drinks, milk, juice, soda 24x7
Free fruit daily
Free breakfast buffet once a week
Free newspapers
Nearly free onsite gym with free grooming products in the locker room
Free first aid stations all over campus with any otc meds (i.e. tylenol, allergy pills, etc) i might ever need during work hours
Free all expenses paid weekend getaway for the whole family every summer
Free admission to a number of local museums
Plus lots of discounts to local businesses and various onsite services


And of course we use many of the other "free" things other have mentioned like the library, etc.

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Post by Faith20879 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:37 pm

1. Las year, the brokerage firm who administrates our 401K provided TurboTax free of charge.
2. My family enjoys the free Smithsonian Museums very much.
3. DC Metro area has many cultural exhibits, events, parades, and fiesta - free admission.
4. My employer provides cellphone, mobile plan, and laptop - personal use permitted. I know, I know! I'll have to factor all these expenses into our retirement needs.

As a side note, someone in another thread was touting the "free meal" seminars. I am surprised that no one has brought it up here.

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Post by sigmadave_2000 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:46 pm

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by MJS » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:04 pm

RickBoglehead wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:28 am
... Materials were $1.9 million (I assume that is books and DVDs), and purchased services (Ebooks?) were $1.26 million.
Materials include databases and subscriptions: recipes, ancestry, business data, census, grants, worldwide newspaper texts, paper newspapers, paper journals, magazine & journal search, legal, images, medical, biographies, Consumer Reports, lots of homework tools, and on.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by praxis » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:25 pm

Earl Lemongrab wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:27 pm
Definitely e-books from the public library. It's true, as was pointed out, that you pay for the service with taxes. But it's the same cost whether you use the library or not, so it's free in that sense.

I have downloaded some free books from Amazon as well. These are generally the first in a series to try to hook you.
http://www.weberbooks.com/kindle/

I get a 24-hour shot at downloading free and discounted Kindle books from Amazon using this site (called Kindle Buffet). They are not all first in a series. I'm enjoying Rhodes' 1917 Pulitzer Prize winning, "The History of the Civil War", that I got free last weekend.

I have 176 "free" books in my Kindle today. I delete them when I finish, or return them to the library, if borrowed through Overdrive or their app called Libby.

https://www.gutenberg.org/

Also, Project Gutenberg has over 57,000 free ebooks for which copyrights have expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and proofread these free ebooks.

I used to say that I preferred "real" printed books, but my Kindle is the basic "Paperwhite" model and I find the advantages outweigh my love of holding a book. The Kindle has adjustable font and lighting and the technology allows reading in full sun or even at night without a lamp, when my DW is sleeping. It is easy on my eyes. Mostly, I like the access to free content and the ability to carry hundreds of books in my pocket .

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by rterickson » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:30 pm

btenny wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:30 pm
I get free bagpipe concerts about once a week at my library. The librarian is a piper and goes out and marches and plays at lunch all summer. /quote]

Please put me in touch, I need a word with him. His playing for free is bound to have an impact on other pipers' side-hustles. :D

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by dknightd » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:38 pm

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by dgm » Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:32 pm

praxis wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:25 pm

I have 176 "free" books in my Kindle today. I delete them when I finish, or return them to the library, if borrowed through Overdrive or their app called Libby.
Libby and Overdrive are awesome for checking out ebooks / audiobbooks from the library. You can do it from your sofa and it'll automatically check it out for you if you are waiting in line to reserve it. My favorite new additions since rediscovering the library after decades of ignoring it.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by The Wizard » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:45 pm

Kenkat wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:34 pm
tim1999 wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:53 pm
Finding near-new Titleist ProV1 golf balls in the woods alongside the golf hole I am playing.
Once those balls have gotten a taste of freedom, they can no longer be relied upon to stay in the fairway. :happy
That's kinda funny...
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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by Slacker » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:03 pm

"free" library use
"free" trails around the city
"free" youtube and podcasts (especially free classes from MIT, Stanford, Yale and others)
Free meals on Veteran's Day
"free" internet searching
Wikipedia
Free time (when I don't have work obligations)

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by jdb » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:07 pm

tim1999 wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:53 pm
Finding near-new Titleist ProV1 golf balls in the woods alongside the golf hole I am playing.
Those were mine. But enjoy, just remember that any golf ball once in the woods wants to return to the woods. Good luck.

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by abuss368 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:55 pm

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Re: Favorite "free stuff"?

Post by CarpeDiem22 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:35 am

Didn't even think of it till someone mentioned: Project Gutenberg. Compliment it with a purchased kindle and you are set.

But does this mean that there is indeed a free lunch? Maybe the people who put up the website and the content there already paid for the lunch that I am having for free.

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