- Personal Finance»
- Frugal Living
Free Stuff Free
Is Stuff Really Free?
Scientific research funded by government grants indicates that the fourth-most popular activity in the Internet might be searching for free stuff. Mighty search engines constantly troll gabillions of web sites, electronically peering deep into the online world of stuff that costs nothing. We, as sentient humans, need only to browse to Google or Yahoo or Bing, but hopefully only Google. Finding free stuff online could hardly be easier.
Unfortunately, sorting through voluminous volumes of no-charge items can be daunting. We present a brief compendium of gratis goodies guaranteed to gratify even the most gratuitous. Read onward to learn how you, yes you, can obtain stuff for free. We're here to help.
Jumble, 3 Free Puzzles
The generous folks who sell us Jumbles want to give us free Jumbles. For a limited time, probably several years or more but don't quote us on that, you can download a set of free word games guaranteed to require solving.
A Jumble is a set of scrambled words just waiting to be unscrambled by you or someone like you. The unscrambled words contain a subset of letters comprising another scrambled word, or phrase, which completes an extremely bad pun. People eat this stuff up, even if it is free.
Harry Potter, years 1-5
Relive 10 minutes of the first 5 Harry Potter movies, edited in such a way as to remind you what happened without all the tedious character development and exposition. These trailers are free and actually quite worth it, if you only have 1/6 of an hour to invest. Plot lines are teased, adorable child actors trundle toward adulthood, monsters are banished, and magic saves the day. It's all bundled into a tidy little download that comes to you for free.
Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them
If you have a Kindle, you probably realized shortly after removing it from the box that it's virtually worthless without something to read on it. Sure, it's an OK drink coaster when you have more friends than traditional coasters, but it's actually intended to simulate a book, not prevent your mahogany breakfast nook from suffering water stains.
This innovative eBook guides you through the intricacies of getting more eBooks. Theoretically, this should the first eBook you install on your new Kindle. If you're too late, you can certainly get some utility from what's 'written' here.
25 Language Phrasebook from Mobile Reference
Should you be sufficiently fortunate to take a vacation in this economy, be sure to have something to say when you arrive. At least, be able to ask for directions to the Kindle store or where to find WiFi. This handy phrase book will get you up and running in almost no time at all. You'll learn how to introduce yourself in over 24 languages including Croatian and Arabic. Also included is a free overview of where each language is spoken, thus preventing you from asking for spare change in Turkish on the Champs-Elysees.
Weights and Measures Study Guide: Conversion of over 1,000 units including Length, Area, Volume, Speed, Force, Energy, Electricity, Viscosity, Temperature, & mo
Everyone needs to weigh and/or measure something once in a while. All too frequently we forget the units for electrical impedance or how many meters are in a kilometer. This handy eBook goes with you whenever you have your Kindle. You'll never miss out on a trivia question when the subject turns to translating polar angles to force vectors. Furlongs per fortnight conversions will never again embarrass you at a fancy-dress party. It could happen.
Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know
Never should we send our kids off to graduate school without a thorough knowledge of classical fairy tales. What kind of parents would we be? Tuck this free book into their Kindle and abandon them in their dorm room to ponder the mysteries of magical ducks, shoe-wearing cats, and and other fairy-tale related stuff. It's all free and it's all here.
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens could not possibly have imagined that his literary classics would someday arrive electronically and free of (monetary) charge. He spent his time contriving diverse plot lines and abstruse character names to confound high school students in the 21th century. Jules Verne and H.G. Wells probably imagined free electronic books, but not Mr. Dickens. Anyway, it's free and you'll probably need to read it some day.
- I Want Free Stuff
Here are some great ways to get free items off the 'net at little or no charge.