Here's some actual, useful, free stuff I've found on the internet:
- http://www.ourgroceries.com This is a free grocery list program - in our household, it's tied to my email address, and everyone has a copy on their smartphone and computer. Anyone who notices we're low on something can immediately put it on the grocery list - and anyone who happens to be going to the shops can see on their phone what we need.
- https://www.google.com Google is far more than a search engine. Google Docs lets you back up the files from your computer on-line (in case of data-deleting-disasters). Google Calendar and Google Sync together let you sync your smart phone and computer calendars, and address books, and lets you access them from any internet-enabled device. Blogger lets you write free blogs, like this one.
- http://www.readersdigest.com.au/free-online-games For people with "brain fog" issues, or just with spare time, Readers Digest have lots of puzzle and other games on their site.
- http://www.calorieking.com.au Calorie King is a free-online weight loss program. This one really is free, unless you choose to buy the off-line software, or books, etc. It's a program designed by actual dieticians and it works. The weight loss support group at my church uses this program.
- https://www.morethanmedication.com.au/ This is produced by a pharmaceutical company - and will give you extra information and support if you are taking one of their medications - but basically is a free health and lifestyle information service.
- http://cheapskates.com.au I discovered this through their book "Debt Free, Cashed up and Laughing." You can choose to pay for full membership to their club, or sign up for their free email newsletter, and to access some of the site that's available for free. It's a great source of practical information for saving money here and there around the home. It helps cut the budget, without feeling like you're missing out on anything.
- http://www.moneysmart.gov.au/ Australian Federal Government site with free advice on budgeting, managing money and savings and investments. Being government-backed, it ought to be reliable advice.
- http://www.health.qld.gov.au/healthieryou/default.asp Queensland Health Department's list of links to consumer information on health topics.
- http://www.rewardscentral.com.au/Join/Default.aspx?refer=IrisC This is an on-line rewards program. You can earn rewards points when you shop at on-line stores such as ebay. In this sense, it operates like most physical store rewards programs. It also has options to collect rewards points for reading advertising emails, or for undertaking surveys. Points can be exchanged for goods or money. (Confession time - this link is a referral link - sign up using it, and I gain points for referring you.)
So, here's my list of freebies, that actually give you something worthwhile. I'd love to hear back from anyone who's found more real treasures in the world of the internet. The sites that aren't run by government tend to be funded by advertising, but I've only listed sites where the advertising is subtle - not pop-ups that jump at you, won't let you leave the page, etc, etc.