Ways to Get Free Things Even When It’s Not Your Birthday | 22 Words

Who doesn't love free stuff? It's one of life's greatest pleasures, and it's a scientifically proven fact that the scoop of ice cream you paid zero dollars for tastes about a million times better than that same scoop that you paid $4.99 for.

And while free stuff is great when you can find it, actually finding it can be quite the challenge. Luckily for you, I've compiled a list of 30 different ways to score the stuff you love without spending a dime.

Cash in on those credit card bonuses

Okay, so the thought of opening yet ANOTHER credit card account. It sounds a bit terrifying, right? But if you don't plan on actually using it, there are tons of sign-up bonuses you can take advantage of free of charge.

Get free hotel rooms

Apply for the Marriott Rewards Credit Card, and get a free night's stay as soon as you're approved. The Hyatt Card gives you two free nights once you put $1,000 on it within three months, and the Wyndham Rewards card gives you 15,000 counts immediately with no spending required.

Claim lost money

If you have money owed to you, you need to know about it. The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, also known as NAUPA, helps you find out if you have thousands of dollars of unclaimed funds coming your way. Simply click on your state and you'll be directed to a local website that allows you to put in your info. Missingmoney.com is another great resource.

Eat high-quality samples at Whole Foods

Sure, you can get free samples at just about any grocery store, but the minute you experience the free samples at Whole Foods, all other grocery store goodies will pale in comparison. Most stores offer them on Saturdays, but you should head to your local shop to determine sample days.

Get free prescriptions at Sam's Club

Do you have a Sam's Club membership? Bet you didn't know that a number of drug prescriptions are either free or $10 or less through their pharmacy. Check out the list here.

Watch TV for free with an antenna

Remember the basic TV channels that you used to watch before Netflix, Hulu and the Internet? Well, they're still around, and you can access them all for free simply by installing an antenna. If you don't have an old one lying around, you can get a perfectly fine one for around $10 bucks.

Get donuts for free on National Donut Day

June 5th is a date that should be forever marked on your calendar, because not only is it National Donut Day, but it's also the day that several national chains hand out free donuts. Peruse the list here and start the countdown to this glorious date NOW.

Get free dental work

In need of some dental work but your bank account isn't quite prepared to cover the bill? Many dental schools offer free or heavily discounted services so that their students can practice the basics. Check out this list of schools to find something near you.

Take a free workshop

You may not have realized it, but many of your favorite stores offer free workshops to help you become more of an expert in just about anything. Home Depot, Lowes, Michaels, and Apple are just a few.

Watch movies for free with Redbox

Want free movies? You get free movies! Register your email with Redbox and you'll get a coupon for a free rental. It's that easy.

Get your credit checked with Credit Karma

Do me a favor. Close your eyes and try to guess your credit score right now. Is it high? Low? Do you even know what a good credit score would be? If it's time to get your credit in check, head over to Creditkarma.com, which monitors your credit and gives you tips on keeping it in good shape.

Get free products from Kroger

If you don't have a Kroger Plus card, it's time that changed. It allows you to download a coupon good for a free product every Friday, plus major discounts on countless products.

Join Taco John’s email list

Do you know what's better than a burrito from Taco John's? A free burrito from Taco John's. Simply download the app and you'll receive a free Combo Meal for every eight punches, plus tons of coupons and special offers.

Head over to MyFreeProductSamples.com

You might want to just go ahead and bookmark MyFreeProductSamples.com because it's about to be your newest obsession. Pain relievers, vitamins, baby stuff, beauty products...this site has a TON of variety, and most just require a quick survey.

Download Kindle Ebooks

There are thousands of free ebooks available for download on the Kindle, and here's a list that proves that. Don't have a Kindle but still want free books? No problem! Just download the Kindle app!

Take advantage of the Museums on Us program

Museum admission costs can be steep, and although you're pretty sure your life could use a bit more culture, your bank account might have a different opinion. Check out Bank of America's Museums on Us Program, which, depending on what credit cards you have, can get you free admission to more than 150 museums around the country on the first full weekend of each month.

Peruse the Craigslist "Freebies" section

Think Craigslist is only for people looking for a fourth roommate or trying to sell their used baby junk? Think again! There's a whole section devoted to free stuff. In the "For Sale" section on your local page, click on the "Free" link.

Visit National Parks free of charge

Did you know that there are about six free-admission dates throughout the year for each of the National Parks? Well, now you do. So get out there and start exploring! Peruse the dates here.

Review products on PINCHme.com

You pretty much tell everyone what you think about the stuff you buy anyways, right? So why not review some FREE stuff? Visit PINCHme.com, register for free and pick out some products to sample. It's that easy.

Give foraging a try

I know, I know. Foraging sounds a tad desperate. But it's actually a great idea, and way easier than you might think. You just have to make sure you're not verging into "stealing and trespassing" territory. Visit Fallingfruit.org to find out where you can score free produce on public land.

Eat free ice cream

Everyone could use some free ice cream every now and then. Once per year in the spring, Ben & Jerry's hands out scoops on Free Cone Day. And that's information that everyone needs to know.

Take free college classes through Coursera.org

This amazing website offers over a thousand online courses at zero cost to you. Sure, you could pay $25 to $195 to get a certificate of completion, but if you're just looking to learn something new it's 100% free. Browse their offerings on Coursera.org.

Get legal advice from FreeAdvice.com

Need a little legal advice? If the thought of having to pay a lawyer $100 bucks just to ask one question is a bit too much to bare you're in luck. FreeAdvice.com allows you to ask a question and get a response from certified practicing attorneys.

Take hypnosis lessons

Take free hypnosis lessons on HypnosisDownloads.com. It's perfect for when you're looking for a new career path or just looking for a fun new party trick.

Go camping

While camping may seem like a cheap getaway, it can actually involve some fairly steep reservation fees. Check out FreeCampgrounds.com to find a camping spot that includes the scenic views and hiking paths but excludes the unnecessary fees.

Free stuff from Amazon

Sure, you spend a ton of money every month with your Prime membership, but you probably didn't realize all the stuff you could score from Amazon for absolutely nothing. From music to photo storage to TV shows, Amazon is an awesome place for freebies.

Learn a new language

If you've ever wanted to travel and fit in with the locals or simply just expand your mind, learning another language is probably on your bucket list. OpenCulture.com offers links to free language classes for 48 different languages. Why stop at one when you can learn all 48?!

Get free magazines

Want to avoid the monthly subscription costs that come with your favorite mags? Valuemags.com and All-FreeMagazines.com both offer ways to get a variety of magazines delivered to your door without spending a dime.

Get free toys as a toy tester

If you have kids, you know all too well how expensive it can be to constantly be dropping dough on whatever toy they're obsessed with on any given day. So why not get free toys instead by signing your kiddo up to be a toy tester?

Drink for free

If you've never strolled the aisles of a little place called Total Wine, it's time you took a much-needed trip. This amazing liquor store hosts events every week, as well as free tasting classes. Check out their website for more info!