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5 Things You’re Paying For That You Could Be Getting Free

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Joanne Poh

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When they say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, well… that’s not exactly true. While we’re not going to tell you where to get actual free food (and there are ways), here are 5 other things you might be paying for that you can get for free.

1. A Workout

Sorry to break it to you, but paying a gym $150 a month is not quite the same as buying steel abdominal implants. If it’s just a good workout you want and not socialising in the saunas, you can get one using nothing but the weight of your own body.

Check out this list of 50 bodyweight exercises you can do anywhere. If you go to the gym just to run on a treadmill, the good news is that you can run on non-treadmill surfaces too, in case you didn’t know.

 

2. Books, Movies, Music

Unless you’re looking for children’s books on gay animals, you can find most books at the various National Library branches. A pretty respectable collection of music and movies can be found at the Esplanade branch. Then there’s the Internet…

 

3. Unlimited Mobile Phone Talktime

If you picked the cheapest mobile data plan you could find, you might now be cursing yourself as you struggle to not overshoot your available talktime. With mobile apps like Viber and Fring, you can make free calls to someone else with the same app. Get the people you call most often like your kids, significant other or best friend to download the app so you can can call them for free. For best (and most cost-effective) results, use when connected to a free wi-fi connection.

 

4. Activities for the Kids

When we were kids, holidays meant marking our territory at the local playground, which also suited our parents as it was free. These days, kids are turning into little aristocrats and getting carted off to yachting lessons, fencing classes and what have you.

Take your child out of the kiddy rat race and keep him or her entertained with free activities organised by the National Library, from story telling sessions to batik painting classes.

 

5. Stationery

If you work in an office, you have at your disposal an unlimited supply of free stationery. Need a new eraser? No problem. Just don’t get carried away and try to cart home something too obvious like the industrial-strength stapler.

Do you know the secret to getting any other freebies? Share with us in the comments!

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.