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Top 7 Things You Can Get for Free Online

Are you taking full advantage of all the free things you can get online? Below is our list of the top 7 things you can get online for free:

  1. free courses onlineOnline Classes
    Make no mistake — if you want to get a degree, it will cost you some serious money. On the other hand, if you just want to satisfy your hunger for knowledge, there are plenty of free courses on the Internet. A prime example would be educational institutions such as MIT or Harvard, which both post free lectures online. However, instead of visiting individual university websites, a better option is to go to Open Culture or Coursera, where you will find links to thousands of lectures provided by many different universities.

  2. News
    While some websites now charge a subscription fee for their online content, the majority of news sites still offer a ton of content and feeds at no charge. Some of the best free news sites are CNN, the New York Times and Yahoo News. If your interest in news is eclectic, you can use sites like Pulse to obtain news from a variety sources. One great advantage of Pulse is that you can use it on mobile phones as well as other devices such as Kindle and iPad.

  3. Internet Calls Using Skype
    While long distance charges have come down in recent decades, they still can't compete with the free calls you can make using Skype. If you have a lot of friends or family who live far away, this is without a doubt the best way to communicate for free. An added benefit of using Skype is that if you both have web cams, you can view each other while you chat.

  4. E-books
    The e-books you can download for free on the Internet won't be the latest bestsellers, but there are still plenty of good books you can access at no cost. Many of the classics, such as "Moby Dick," "Jane Eyre," or "Walden" are available for free from Project Gutenberg, which has over 38,000 titles you can download and read on a variety of devices including Kindle and Nook. To access an even greater selection of books for free, check with your local library. Many libraries today allow you to borrow e-books for free.

  5. Email Reminders
    If you're the forgetful type, you'll appreciate a free service called MemotoMe, which sends email reminders to you automatically whenever you need them. You can even set up the service to send you reminders at convenient intervals such as weekly or monthly.

  6. Software
    Whenever you need a software program, one thing you should check is whether or not there is an open source program that will accomplish what you want. Many open source programs are just as good as commercial counterparts that cost hundreds of dollars. An example of this is the graphics program, GIMP, which is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

  7. Music
    Ads are an unfortunate reality you'll need to deal with if you want to listen to music online. With that said, music lovers can listen to an unlimited amount of music in just about any genre. Two great Internet radio sites are and Pandora. For free music videos, YouTube is a terrific resource as well.

While there are clearly many free things you can get online, you will also face many situations where you simply need to purchase a product or service to get what you want. Whenever you do this, it's best to make purchases online and use online coupons when you can (Our site, for example, offers Deluxe Coupons for purchasing business products).

By using coupons, you can get a significant discount on your purchases, and by buying online, you often get a better price than what you might pay if you shopped at a retail store. Therefore, try to get as many things for free as you can, but when you have to make the ocassional purchase, try to take advantage of as many special offers as possible.

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