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The Free And Cheap List

Clark Howard.com (Newspaper) - 1/1/2008 by Staff
The Free and Cheap List

Welcome to our ever-growing list of goods and services that are very inexpensive, or better yet, FREE. Know of any more that should be included here? Email us!

Looking for software? See our Giant List of Freeware!

FEATURED FREEBIE:
Want to text message and e-mail when you drive without using your hands? Check out Jott.com!

CARS

Shared Cars For Rent By the Hour:
Flexcar.com
Zipcar.com

Cheap No-frills Rentals in Orlando:
Simplywheelz.com

Auto Driveaway
Autodriveaway.com - Transport someone else's car and pay no rental fees

Get Free C.L.U.E. Report Before You Purchase:
ChoiceTrust.com


CELLPHONES/TELEPHONES

Hands-free texting/e-mailing:
Jott.com - Free service (ad- supported) NEW!

Free Directory Assistance:
1-800-FREE-411
1-800-GOOG-411
1-800-YellowPages

Long Distance Deals:
Oovoo.com - Free video conferencing and messaging (ad-supported)
Talkster.com - Free long distance (ad-supported)
ThePudding.com - Free long distance calls on your computer (ad-supported)
Skype.com - Free worldwide PC-to-PC calls using free Skype software
MagicJack - Unlimited local and domestic long-distance calls for $40/year
Clarkhoward.com - Clark's complete list of long distance deals

Use Your Cellphone Abroad:
MAXroam.com - Use your cell phone abroad for a low cost
TheTravelInsider.info - Unlock your phone to use it anywhere in the world

Receive E-mail on Cellphone for Free:
Teleflip.com


COMPUTERS

HOT! Free Software and Online Services:
See Clark's Giant List of Freeware!

Dial-Up and Internet Access:
Clarkhoward.com - Clark's list of Internet Telephony deals

Wi-Fi Access
FON.com - Free private worldwide Wi-Fi network

Printer Cartridges:
Learn a simple trick to get up to 60% more ink from your cartridges

People and Public Info Search:
Zabasearch.com



COUPONS & SHOPPING:

Coupons:
Dealcatcher.com - Up-to-the-minute list of the best available sales and offers
Nifty News & Decent Deals - One-stop guide to everything interesting and cheap
CouponMom.com - Grocery coupons and more
CouponChief.com - Online coupons and coupon codes
About.com - Huge list of links for coupons and bargains
CellFire.com - Coupons delivered to your cell phone
CatalogChoice.org - Remove your name from catalog mailing lists for free

Free Online Classifieds:
Kijiji.com
Craigslist.org


EDUCATION

Free Online University Courses: (Non-credit)
U.C. Berkeley - Non-credited Ivy League courses
MIT University - Non-credited Ivy League courses
Wikiversity
Free Education - Search the web for courses
OpenCourseWare Finder

Free Online Language Courses:
BBC.co.uk Online Language School
Word2word.com Free Language Courses - Links to many languages and resources

Free Media Production Workshops:
Apple Media Workshops - Classroom-based, hands-on courses teaching multimedia software

Textbook Comparison Shopping:
Clarkhoward.com - A list of Clark's favorite sites

Financial Aid information, Advice and Tools:
FinAid.org

SAT Tests:
Clarkhoward.com - A list of free SAT test prep opportunities


ENTERTAINMENT

Free Books:
BookMooch.com - Exchange your used books with others
PaperbackSwap.com - Exchange your used books with others
PublicLibraries.com - Find the closest branch of your free public library!

Free Music:
Pandora Radio - Create free custom radio stations that play your favorites
SpiralFrog.com - Free music online
Live365.com - Wide variety of online radio stations

Cable/Satellite/HDTV:
Sling Box - Use your home cable/satellite service anywhere in the world
AntennaWeb.org - Get HDTV for free using your outdoor antenna

Free Gaming:
NLOP.com - Free and legal online poker playing (ad-supported)


FINANCES

HOT! Free Credit Report:
AnnualCreditReport.com - The only truly free credit report!

Credit Freeze Information:
Clarkhoward.com - How to freeze and protect your credit for $10 or less

Free Credit Counseling:
Nfcc.org - Free or low-cost credit counseling resources

Free Mortgage and Financial Calculators:
DinkyTown.net
HSH.com
MyMoney.gov

Free Tax Filing Services:
IRS.gov - Complete list of free or cheap IRS-recommended filing services
Clarkhoward.com - Clark's guide to low-cost tax filing information

Free Estate Planning and Money Management:
USAAedfoundation.org
IRS.gov- Free IRS Services for those who qualify

Unclaimed Funds:
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation - Find out about unclaimed pension benefits
MissingMoney.com - Free national search for missing money

Peer-to-Peer/Social Lending:
Prosper.com - Connect to a people-to-people online lending marketplace
Zopa - A British social-lending site that's coming soon to the United States
Virgin Money - Formalizes and administers private loans between individuals


HEALTH

Cheap Eyeglasses:
Zenni Optical - starting at $8 a pair

Prescriptions:
Samsclub.com - Discount healthcare for members
Clarkhoward.com - Clark's compilation of prescription plans for less


HOMES

Mortgage and Financial Calculators:
DinkyTown.net
HSH.com

Mortgage Cheat Sheet:
Clarkhoward.com - Tells you exactly the right questions to ask your lender when applying

Foreclosures:
EmailForeclosures.com - Foreclosure listings sent by email
RedFin.com - A discount online brokerage for residential real estate (only available in select areas)



LEGAL

Inexpensive Legal Documents:
Nolo.com

Legal Self-help Sites by State:
http://clarkhoward.com/topics/legal_self_sites.htm

Living Wills:
CaringInfo.org - Free advance directive information


LIFE AND FAMILY

HOT! Free Food on Your Birthday:
Clarkhoward.com - A giant list of restaurants that offer you free food on your birthday

Estate Planning and Money Management:
USAAedfoundation.org



MISCELLANEOUS:

FREE Household Goods:
Freecycle.org - Don't throw it away--Donate or swap your good unused items with your neighbors

Razor Blades:
Clarkhoward.com - Extend the life of your razor blades with this simple trick!



TRAVEL

Bus Service:
MegaBus.com - Select U.S. cities

Travel Discount Websites:
Biddingfortravel.com
Roomsaver.com
Priceline.com
Hotwire.com

Rent Private Accommodations Directly from the Owner:
Vacation Rentals by Owner
Vacationrentals.com