How To Get Free (Useful) Stuff

Last Updated Mar 20, 2007 3:05 PM EDT

One of the few pleasures in life is getting free stuff. When I was younger, that meant filling out applications (for credit cards I didn't want) on the quad in order to get a corporate t-shirt. Now, I watch ads at Salon so I don't have to pay the monthly fee. As it turns out, I'm an amateur. Over at RewardsPrograms.org, they've compiled a list of 95 real ways to score free stuff.

Some of the suggestions, like pretending to be a member of the press or getting paid to Astroturf on behalf of a company, are shady. Others, though, are truly useful, like the link to Project Gutenberg, which serves up digital versions of copyright-free texts, and the one to a site hosting tons of free sample business plans.