What you don't know could cost you and that's especially true when it comes to freebies.
From food to books to music, there are a lot of things you can get without paying a dime, and we have the tools to help you. Check it out:
Number 7: Kids Meals
You'd be surprised how many restaurants offer free food for kids with a paying adult. MyKidsEatFree.com pinpoints where to go and when.
It amounts to big savings for Sandy Payne, a Spartanburg childcare provider.
"I take 8-12 children when we go out and the check is rarely over $20," she said.
Number 6: Phone Service
Number 5: Birthday Freebies
There's no day when you're more likely to score free things.
"For my birthday usually I'll get Zaxby's, the Nibbler, Starbucks I'll download a free drink, I've gotten coupons from Belk, and JC Penny for my Birthday, said Angela Hazzard in Spartanburg.
The trick, she says is to plan ahead using sites like Birthdayfreebies.com.
Number 4: Books and eBooks
You don't even have to go to the library to get your hands them. If you have an iPad check out the Free Books app. And if you have a Nook search for 0.00 will lead you to thousands of free reads.
As for hardbacks, you'll find ways to swap out your used books at sharing websites like
Number 3: Apps
Nowadays there are so many free ones, you have a good chance of finding just what you need without pulling out the credit card.
Number 2: Magazine Subscriptions
Companies are willing to give out free subscriptions if you fill out surveys.
Number 1: Music Mp3's
Whether you hit up Amazon's 14,000 free songs or get a free tune at Starbucks each week, music lover Jonathan Long says you're bound to find a hidden gem without paying a dime.
"There's a lot of free Mp3's out there, there's a lot of artists that are trying to get attention, and it's worth it to go looking through the free stuff," said Long.
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