Reddit Compiled a Long List of Amazing Free Resources You Can Find Online
During the holiday season, it’s easy to overextend financially at the same time that you’re beginning to consider new year’s resolutions. If you’re hoping to learn and try new things in the new year while also slowing down your spending, Reddit has the answer—actually, a long list of answers—for you.
In a recent post on the subreddit r/AskReddit, user Redditor_2017 asked, “What free things online should everyone take advantage of?” The answers span across resources for education, car repair, travel, wholesome rainy-day activities, and free Canada flags (with a wait list longer than 100 years).
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Here are a few of the highlights:
“Dolly Partons Imagination Library if you have a child younger than 5. The send an age appropriate book once a month. It’s amazing! I have so many books for my daughter since I signed up and she loves getting them in the mail!”
—Reddit user dirtpunkgirl
“Lots of free classic books.”
Unlimited Google Drive Storage for Students
“If you have a .edu email through your school that uses Gmail, you get unlimited Google drive storage.”
“Astronomer here! You can look up all the satellites flying over your house tonight, including the ISS, Hubble Space Telescope, those pesky Starlink satellites, and whatever else your heart desires, complete with star maps and precise timing. The website is called Heavens Above and there is an Android app, but unfortunately no iOS one last I checked. (For iOS I use “Sputnik!” which is free and tells me the ISS and Hubble passes overhead.)
“It should be noted btw that many if not most of these objects are visible even in a city if on a good pass right above you. So out and see some cool stuff! :)”
“its litterly people giving away stuff they dont need/want any more that they can’t/don’t care enough to sell”
eBook and Audiobook Access Through Local Libraries
“Your local library almost certainly allows you to access free ebooks and audiobooks via Overdrive (and the Libby app), Hoopla, or BorrowBox. All you need is a library card and a PIN, which you’ll probably need to get in-branch — but really, is there ever a bad excuse to go to a library?
“The selection might be limited, but if you want to splash out a little, you can get a year’s out-of-state access to Brooklyn Public Library for $50. That’s not as good as free, but it can be a lot cheaper than using Audible, especially if you get through audiobooks at a real rate.”
”USPS and UPS both will deliver free packaging boxes, envelopes, bubble wrap, etc. to your house. Literally doesnt cost a thing and you can get like 50 boxes at a time.”
“It’s a website that has compiled Psychology topics into easy to read modules. They have been compiled by psychology university professors to help facilitate free education for students. You can even download the ones you’re interested as a PDF as many times as you want. All of this is free!”
Khan Academy and Other Online Courses
“Use Khan Academy for literally everything. It’s free knowledge that you can use to [CLEP] out of university courses, or to simply invest your time in a worthwhile topic. Free quality education is best education.”
For the full list, check out the original post. For even more free resources, there’s also the subreddit r/freebies.