30 August 2009


Kiplinger's released a top 30 list of Free items and services in 2009.
You can click here for the full article http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2009/08/freelist_2009.html but I will transfer a few here so that I can remember them!

For most of your computing needs, you can get free software. For word processing and spreadsheets, go to OpenOffice.org. For antivirus protection, head to http://free.avg.com. For free basic photo editing, check out http://picasa.google.com, or for more advanced touch-ups, try Gimp.org. And to manage your finances, use the free programs at Mint.com or Wesabe.com.

Head online to watch free episodes from hundreds of TV shows -- old and current -- as well as free movies. And it's perfectly legal. At OVGuide.com you'll find a list of TV and movie sites including Hulu.com, Veoh.com and Fancast.com, as well as individual network Web sites, such as ABC.com and CBS.com.

With free online backup storage, you can protect your important files and photos from computer crashes, theft or natural disaster.

For instance, Spideroak.com and Myotherdrive.com each give you 2 gigabytes of free and secure digital storage space. You can also store your cherished photos and videos at sites such as Photobucket.com and Flickr.com. You can also store your pics at photo-print ordering sites such as Snapfish.com, Shutterfly.com or Walmart.com, as long as your account is active.

To get a real feel for a city when you're traveling, team up with a local. The Global Greeter Network organizes volunteers in several cities worldwide to show you around, give you the inside scoop and answer your questions. Tours can last a couple hours or longer, the service is free, and there's a strict no-tipping policy.

Cities include New York, Houston, Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Toronto and more. (See the full list.)

You can visit many museums, galleries and other attractions nationwide for free, on special discount days or during certain hours. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, for example, offers free admission every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Some top-notch attractions are free every day of the year, such as Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, the Baltimore Museum of Art, St. Louis Science Center and the Getty Center in Los Angeles. And many college campuses host free concerts and student art exhibits.

Traveling? Consider trading spaces. Hospitality exchange Web sites are growing in popularity. You can network to trade homes with someone who wants to visit your town, or even take turns hosting each other.

For a free way to get your groove on, try Pandora.com. Type in a favorite song or artist and this online music-streaming service will play similar tunes it thinks you'll like. It's a fun way to discover new music. You will have to listen to the occasional ad –- but they're super-short and infrequent. Pandora gives you 40 free hours of listening per month.

Slacker.com is another good (and free) music-streaming site. You'll also have to listen to a brief ad here or there, but there's no time limit on your free listening.

Save a buck or two and dial 1-800-GOOG-411 next time you need directory assistance. Google's free phone service will connect you with the business you're looking for, and there are no ads to listen to. However, it doesn't offer residential listings yet.

You could also dial 1-800-FREE-411 for business and residential directory assistance, but you may have to listen to a short ad.


C said...

What a cool post!
I have been thinking of you, my friend! I know it's been a while since I've popped by all my fave blogs. *sigh* Who knew that babies sucked up so much time? LOL! In all seriousness, though I sometimes (often) comment on the lack of downtime, I am thoroughly enjoying our little bundle of joy (when she's not being little miss cranky pants because she's teething).

I will be back here more often. XOXO

Uncivil said...

I love free stuff!
I have/use openoffice.org, free avg antivirus,free Malwarebytes,free Ad-Aware, free Spybot,&free popup blocker!!!
Love it, and they all work great to keep my machine running clean.

I watch most of my TV shows via CBS & ABC on the internet. Love it cause I don't have to tape the shows anymore.
I was using Hulu.com, but got sidetracked once I joined Netflix. I know it's not free, but they have the latest movies and it's cheaper than cable TV! I can put a Netflix DVD in the mail on Monday and they will have shipped me another one in my mailbox by Wednesday! Plus they have tons of movies you can watch online in the meantime.

OK...gotta go check some of the other freebies you mentioned.

jan said...

Thanks for these. I'm off to Pandora.com.