Five for Friday – The Free, or Almost Free, Edition

Most everyone I know is on a budget these days, so a little bit of free goes a long way. Today five free, or almost free, fab finds from the web…

Gevalia coffee 1. Coffee anyone? Who hasn’t seen Gevalia coffee’s free offers in the mail now and then? Well I know they’re legit – I still have my free coffee maker from 10 years ago. To get your free Coffee for Two Coffee Maker, join their Seasonal Flavors Coffee Club to receive four 1/2 lb boxes of their current selection and your next seasonal flavors every 3 months. If you call or cancel online after receiving your trial shipment, your only cost is $5.95 for shipping. If you’re a coffee lover though, Gevalia’s Coffee Club might be just the thing for you. They even have a “love your coffee or it’s free” guarantee.

2. Free Italian Cookbook Download – Barilla pasta has a program called Sharing the Table. The program’s goal is to help families build closer relationships with loved ones through meaningful meals. When you visit the site and click the “Yes I Do” tab, indicating you believe in meaningful meals, Barilla donates $1 to Meals on Wheels and you can download a free Italian cookbook featuring recipes by Mario Batali. The 32 page cookbook includes celebrity inspired recipes for Vegetable Lasagne, Spaghetti Carbonara and much more.  Visit Barilla’s Share the Table page for details.

3. Parlate italiano? Deutsch? Do you want to? Livemocha is the world’s largest online language learning community, offering free and paid online language courses in 35 languages to more than 6 million members from over 200 countries around the world. Sign up, sign on and begin chatting away in the language of your choice with real native speakers.

4. One of Bank of America’s best kept secrets is that during the first full weekend of each month, BOA customers get free general admission at many of their city’s museums, zoos and educational sites. The program requires a valid BOA debit or credit card and photo ID for entry. Visit their Museums on Us site for a list of museums in your area and to sign up to receive monthly reminder emails.

5. If you’d like to create your own desktop publishing masterpieces or conference with colleagues, but can’t afford the hundreds of dollars it costs to buy the software, check out for free and/or cheap online word processing, spreadsheet creation and remote meeting access software. Most applications are free for personal use, and for business use, prices start as low as $8 per month.

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  • SimplyForties

    Never heard of LiveMocha – going to check it out!