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There’s always something new to spend money on when it comes to technology. There’s a secret these companies don’t want you to know: There’s a lot you can get without spending a dime.
Take a photo memory. Are you using the free space you can get from Apple, Google and Amazon? Tap or click here for the best ways to save photos and videos on your phone.
Speaking of money, I hear all the time from people who want to ditch Netflix, Hulu, and other expensive streaming services. Here is a list of 15 sites where you can find movies to watch for free. Some services include ads, but you won’t encounter illegal downloads or malware.
Storage and movies aren’t the only things you can get for free. Here are 15 freebies you can thank me for later.
1. Photo editing software
Photoshop is a program synonymous with photo editing, but the program is expensive to subscribe to. Here are some free ways to crop, brighten, and otherwise adjust your photos:
- Canva: This user-friendly browser and software-based editing software is ideal for creating presentations, social media graphics, marketing materials, posters and anything else you can dream up.
- Pixlr X: This tool works in your browser; no download required. It has advanced features like photo filters and drawing options, but it really shines with its simple-to-use cropping and resizing tools.
- GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program): This professional-grade photo editor works similarly to Photoshop. Unlike Photoshop, GIMP is free to download.
For a detailed breakdown of the pros and cons of each option, tap or click here.
Photoshop is also testing a free, browser-based version of the photo editing software. You currently need an Adobe account to access it. For more details and a direct link to try it out, tap or click here.
2. Video editing software
It’s one of those things you don’t need until you do indeed needed. Maybe you’ve been commissioned to make a video for a wedding or class reunion, or maybe you want to finally start a YouTube channel.
Most reliable video editing software costs an arm and a leg. Pay attention I said the most. When it comes to free options, DaVinci Resolve takes the cake. Tap or click here to see how it makes editing easier.
If you have a Mac or iPhone, you’ll be happy to know that Apple iMovie is a surprisingly good video editor. Tap or click to see how to turn your clips and photos into masterpieces with iMovie.
3. Word processing software
When it comes to productivity software, Microsoft Office is the gold standard. Of course, it is expensive. I’ve been recommending LibreOffice for years. It is a suite of open source software that works like the applications in Microsoft Office.
It also saves new files in Office formats, so you don’t have to worry about converting files. For step-by-step instructions on how to download LibreOffice, tap or click here.
Already using Google Docs? Click or tap for a simple trick that makes it easy to start a new document.
4. Freeze your credit
Credit freezing is free. If you’re asked to pay, you’re on the wrong site, you’ve clicked on a shady ad, or you’ve talked to a scammer.
The trick is to know the spots to freeze your credit. It’s not just a place. Click or tap for the steps you need to take. It’s worth bookmarking this page the next time you receive an alert that your personal information has been subject to a data breach.
5. Burner email addresses
Want a coupon code but not the spam emails that come with it? Use a burning email address.
you can use a free one-time email service like 10 minutes post. To ensure your security, it’s easy to create a temporary email address, so you don’t have to give out your personal and work email addresses.
Are you using an iPhone? Hide My Email is powerful, easy to use, and requires no additional downloads. Tap or click a simple way to keep your inbox private.
6. Learn college Spanish
Duolingo is a top-rated language learning app, and for good reason. It’s easy to use, attractive and surprisingly easy.
Duolingo offers 37 languages, including Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Latin, Korean, Scottish Gaelic, Ukrainian, Italian, and Chinese. Are you having trouble staying faithful? Duolingo offers daily reminders that keep you accountable every day.
Tap or click here to download for iPhone. Tap or click here to download for Android.
7. E-books for your summer vacation
Digital books can add up, especially if you’re a voracious reader. OpenLibrary.org lets you browse thousands of books to find your next favorite. Sign up, confirm your email and you’re good to go. You can start browsing in a few minutes.
Tap or click here for more ways to get free eBooks.
Looking to start a side business or freelance career? I have a new e-book you should read to increase your earnings: “Your Guide to Successful Online Freelancing.”
8. Audiobooks to listen to on walks
Prefer to listen to your playlist? Audiobooks can make chores like yard work and cooking more interesting and liven up long walks or road trips.
Click or click for eight ways to get free audiobooks.
9. Internet speed tests
Free internet speed tests can help you determine if you’re actually getting your advertised rates. One of the most reliable free speed tests around Speedtest.net. This site will measure various statistics such as ping time, download speed and download speed of your internet connection.
If you’re a streaming video fan, try Netflix’s free internet speed test, Fast.com.
If your internet speed is slower than expected, there are ways to improve it. Click or tap for tips to increase your Wi-Fi speed.
10. Cheap or free internet
The Extraordinary Broadband Benefit Program provides up to $50 per month for broadband service. To qualify, you must meet one of five criteria, one of which is 135% or less of income. Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Click or tap for other ways you can get free internet and how to sign up.
12. Shipping Materials
There is good news for small business owners who work from home. In fact, it’s useful for anyone who wants to stop spending so much money on these free gift mailings. Thanks to the USPS, you can score free envelopes and boxes.
It’s not just one or two. You can get 50 Priority Mail Express packages at no cost. You can get medium boxes, shoe boxes and more.
Tap or click the direct link to get the free shipping materials.
13. Update your passport photo
Don’t wait in long lines for someone to take your photo for your passport. Just visit ePassportPhoto.com and follow a few steps to take the perfect picture. It’s pretty easy and the site tells you exactly what to do.
14. Magazines to read on the beach
Do you have an Amazon Prime account? You can get free access to a rotating library of popular magazines for 30 days. Check them out here. Prime Reading rewards are a great way to save money on expensive monthly subscriptions.
Titles include Wired, Popular Science, Reader’s Digest, Taste of Home, and more. includes.
15. Weekend project ideas for you and the kids
If you or someone you know likes to sew, check it out FreeNeedle. It includes step-by-step instructions, sewing and crochet patterns, and helpful articles.
Instructables.com has a perfect library of projects for all ages and skill levels for more craft and woodworking enthusiasts. There is something for everyone. Some of my favorites are:
- Make a 3D printed lamp
- Make a college loft bed
- Learn astrophotography
- Build a chicken coop in the shape of a spaceship
- Design a custom fighting game controller
16. Bonus Freebie
I have been helping countless millions of people use technology for over twenty years. I’ve put together a free downloadable guide of hidden tricks and handy features you won’t find in the user manual. Whether you use Windows or Mac, there are a few things you should learn that you will use again and again.
Here’s a quick list of what you’ll learn in my free guides:
- Look for tricks to find your files and programs in an instant
- Keyboard shortcuts to increase your productivity – and show off a little
- Quick photo editing without downloading any additional software
- Messaging shortcuts to get your texts right on your computer
- Handy free secure downloads for Windows and macOS
Click or tap here to claim your free Windows and Mac guide now.
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