6 simple ways to score free stuff
Rebates, once widespread for high-tech devices, are still available. On FatWallet.com, click on the Hot Deals tab on the Forums page for the best free-after-rebate offers.
"Members rate the posts on Fatwallet's forums and verify the legitimacy of the offers," says Shelton. "Consumers help each other out."
The key to success is exactly following rebate directions. "That way, it's smooth," he says. Otherwise, you could be rejected.
Freenology.com, which gets updated several times daily, also lists items such as antivirus software that are free after rebate. The site links to other free stuff besides rebates, including coupons, contests and deals.