Everything comes with a price. The food you eat, the clothes you wear, the services you avail, all of them you have to pay for. The truth is living a normal daily life costs money. However, saving money doesn’t mean that you should stop using these products. You don’t have to deprive yourself of experiencing the better things in just because you don’t have money. That’s why we’ve researched ways you can avail of practically anything without having to open up your wallet. Look at this list and start your journey towards a life that is cheaper but not any worse in quality.
If you don’t live in Canada where healthcare is free, then you can go ahead and find free stuff in the following institutions to lessen your medical bills.
Preventive Care – Take advantage of health plans you have availed as most of them cover preventive care such as high blood pressure screenings, children vaccinations, and mammograms. Do your research about these free benefits and maximize your health plan. Check out Healthcare.gov to see a list of preventive services and eligibility requirements of your chosen health plan.
Diet, Fitness, and Workout – The emergence of smartphones has revolutionized the world of fitness. Nowadays you no longer need to pay money for gym membership or get a fitness advisor for your diet plans because all of it are now available as free applications. Sites as MyFitnessPal.com, SparklePeople.com, and Fatsecret.com offer just that. You can also research on your locality to see if they offer free fitness programs and such in your community.
Rx Drugs - The sheer number pharmacies out there make for a very competitive market for the healthcare industry. That’s why many of them offer free Rx drugs such as antibiotics, generic drugs, and diabetes medications in exchange for things such as loyalty program applications and surveys. Some companies that offer these include Publix, Harris Teeter, and PriceChopper. You can also go ahead and check out rxassist.org to see a more comprehensive list of companies and offerings in their patient assistance program that suit low-income people.
Dental Care - A great way to avail of free health care services is to research schools near you. Find dental schools and see if they have free dental care as most dental schools do as part of their curriculum for student practice and school program. Go to their respective websites and do your research. You can also inquire with your local health department to see if any services are offered for free or with a discount. To learn more, you can go to dentistryfromtheheart.org if there is an event close to your location.
Communication and Entertainment
Movies and TV – A monthly bill that many people have is for paying cable, satellite, and monthly subscriptions for streaming sites. Well, you can now get rid of those and watch your shows for free using any of the following options: free outdoor movies in your local community, a Redbox subscription that offers promo codes for a free movie rental, bank cards that offer free movies as benefits, and services from Hulu and Crackle that give free movies regularly for customers.
Concerts and Performances – The best way to get free passes to events such as these is to volunteer. As volunteers, not only do you have great access, you also have the chance to experience what it’s like to be part of such concerts and performances. Who knows, you might even meet new friends that could connect you to even bigger events. You can go to your local theater and see if they have availabilities. If you don’t have time to volunteer, you can also be on the lookout for free admissions as some theaters do to promote an event.
Cellular Service – Very much like the internet, having cellular service has become a necessity in this day and age. Get rid of that cell phone plan and get free data from FreedomPop worth 500mb and instead use free text services such as Textfree and Heywire. You can also use chat services such as Viber and Skype.
Internet Service – As technology develops even more, humanity finds itself depending more and more on the internet. However, just like other necessities such as food and clothes, it comes at a hefty price. One free internet service comes from FreedomPop that gives a 4G wireless internet.
Museums – One of the best things about museums is that they almost always have certain periods of time in a year where they open their doors for free admission. And to make things better, zoos and galleries also offer free admissions. You just have to be aware of their schedules and events to see when these things become free. Some famous museums that have allowed free admissions include the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. Be on the lookout also for promotions that carry free admissions to museums such as cardholders of Bank of America that have free access to over 150 museums every first weekend of every month.
Sports – Buying tickets to any game can cost you a lot of money. However, what most people don’t know is that you can go ahead and see your favorite athletes for free if you know where to go. Training camps for all kinds of sports usually allow people to watch the pros in training. Research your favorite sports schedule and make that trip and have your memorabilia signed.
Video Games – Redbox not only covers movies and TV shows, they also give free video game rental monthly. Every state carries the RedBox kiosk in more than a total of 40,000 kiosks.
Next week, we shall continue to delve in the world of free stuff to covers education and finance. Until then, do your research because there are more free things out there than you think, you just have to be attentive.