Sam's Club is offering new members a huge discount on their first year of membership! New members can join now as a Sam's Club member for only $20, which is a 60% discount over the normal price of $50! You'll also receive a $20 travel & entertainment credit, which is redeemable on their travel section here.
This promo is only valid through February 1, 2024.
Sam's Club increased their annual membership rates recently, so this deal looks even better with that factored in!
I know paying $20 off the bat isn't exactly free, but I figured it'd be worth it for any Hiffers with a family or who might be sitting on the fence about buying a membership to a store like Sam's Club. Heck, this is the closest you'll find to a true free Sam's Club membership!
It's worth noting that signing up for this will enroll you in their auto-renewal membership plan that will first take place in October 2024, however you can immediately disable this option within your Sam's Club member account.
Claim your spot as a Craftsy Premium member with this exclusive invitation. You'll enjoy in-depth instruction from our world-class experts surrounding a wide variety of crafts, hobbies, fabric arts, cooking, and so much more! Make something great.
Craftsy is designed for all sorts of creative people who like to quilt, sew, knit, cake, crochet, cook, draw, paint, and so much more.
With your membership, you'll get access to features including:
Access to over 1,500 premium online classes
Admission to exclusive LIVE online streaming events
If you're new to Rakuten, you can get $40 deposited into your account for free simply by making at least $40 in purchases through their site within 90 days. You can make multiple purchases at multiple stores, you just have to spend at least $40 total within 90 days. You'll then get paid $30 either by check or PayPal.
This offer is valid through September 26, 2023 at 11:59PM ET.
Ancestry.com is again offering a free 14-day trial of all their premium features! Additionally you can save up to $60 on your first 6 months of membership if you decide to continue your subscription!
This trial will let you search through their entire database of family birth, marriage, & death records as well as government immigration, census, & military records. They have original scans of newspaper articles, dozens of different types of official reports & records, personal photos, and so much more.
I've owned a paid membership for a while and it's pretty wild how much information I've been able to dig up on my family history! You can both work on your own family tree and also see anything others have done. I've been able to trace my roots going all the way back into the 1500s!
This trial does require a credit card, but you won't be charged until the 14 days are over. To avoid any and all charges, simply cancel your trial at least 2 days before the end of the trial.
For a limited time, you can lock in a 1-year membership to Peacock streaming for only $19.99. With Peacock, you can watch hit movies, exclusive Originals, live sports, and much more! This normally costs $49.99, so you're getting a 60% discount here!
If you're looking for more TV shows and movies to stream this summer, new users can get a super discounted three-month membership to Hulu for only $2 per month. You'll gain access to their entire database of entertainment to stream on your computer, phone, tablet, and TV.
This promo ends at 11:59pm PST on Saturday night, May 27.
You'll need to cancel your trial in order to avoid being charged full price after the deal is over. Here's easy instructions on how to do that 🙂
Go to your Account page
Under the Your Subscription section, click Cancel and follow the prompts to confirm
A company called PetScreening is offering free pet ID tags that act as a sort of “Amber Alert” for lost pets. They have two websites – FidoAlert for dogs and TabbyAlert for cats – where you can register and get a free customized pet tag (an $8 value) engraved with your pet's name and unique ID number and a QR code that is assigned to each pet.
Any pet owner in the U.S. can enroll their pets into the free FidoAlert and TabbyAlert network and can generate SMS-text and email alerts when a pet is lost or found. Pet owners self-register their pets through the fast-and-secure platform and can enter up to 10 trusted emergency contacts. If a registered pet owner loses their pet, they can initiate a lost pet alert that sends a SMS-text message with a digital lost-pet flier to everyone in the FidoAlert and TabbyAlert network who are within a few miles of the location where the pet was lost. The text alert includes the lost pet's photo and other helpful information to create near-instantaneous awareness about the lost pet. The digital flier is shareable on social media platforms.
Every pet registered receives a free customized pet tag ($8 value) engraved with the pet's name, unique ID number and QR code that is uniquely assigned to each pet. Anyone who finds a lost pet wearing one of these tags can easily scan the QR code with a cell phone and initiate a FidoAlert or TabbyAlert, even if they are not enrolled in the Alert network. Almost instantaneously, the pet's owner and all of their trusted emergency contacts receive a SMS-text message and email notifying them that their lost pet has been found, along with information connecting them to their pet's finder.
So this is kind of similar to microchips that people have implanted into their pets for the same purpose. But this is totally free!
When you register today, you'll get a free month of Paramount+ by using code PLAYOFFS at checkout. This deal expires on January 30, 2023.
Stream your all-time favorites, like NCIS, Big Brother, Young Sheldon, and Madam Secretary, either live or on-demand 24/7 with over 12,000 episodes from your favorite episodes in their archives. Plus you have access to Star Trek: Discovery (which is surprisingly good in certain parts!) and other streaming-only shows.
If for any reason you don't want to keep your subscription after the first month, simply cancel it from the My Account page and you won't be charged after 30 days.
If you're looking for an easy way to get more reading done during these trying times, don't forget about Amazon's classic 2 free Audible.com audiobooks offer! After starting a free trial, you'll have your pick of two free audiobooks from among 180,000 titles. Prices don't matter, pick whatever you want!
You also get to keep the audiobooks after you cancel your trial, allowing you to listen to them whenever you want. Another amazing perk is if you get a book you don't like, you can exchange and swap it for free, anytime!
I used to bring books on holidays and vacations. Without fail, I'd get home weeks later wondering why I lugged 20 pounds of dead trees up and down the east coast. But now I download a few free books, toss a pair of headphone in my bag, and have all my bases covered for a fraction of the weight.
If you find you love the service, you can stay a member after your trial is over and get an additional free book every month.
New to Audible?
Audible is an excellent way to fit reading into a busy schedule! Audiobooks are perfect for commutes and traveling. I also listen to them while cookingall the time. I can't recommend them enough.
These audiobook sales would have been great during my younger years. 24-hour roundtrip car rides with my friends and family would have been greatly enhanced would a few free audiobook downloads, in my humble opinion.
Instead, my brothers and I always got into 90 minute arguments over which starter Pokémon was the best. It's a small miracle we all made it back home in one piece year after year.
What books are you getting today?! Share in the comments!
If you're an Amazon Prime member, did you know you can support HIF for FREE each month?
A few years ago, Amazon bought Twitch.tv, a site where millions of people watch others play video games. On Twitch, people who broadcast their video games are allowed to have paying “subscribers,” also known as “subs.” In exchange for $5 a month, subs gain special little perks and their money goes towards supporting their favorite streamers and content creators. I actually wrote about this feature back in 2017.
When Amazon took over, they gave Prime members a free subscription each month! This means anybody who links their Amazon and Twitch accounts are able to give a streamer $5 for free, each month. If you don't use the subscription each month, it simply expires.
This means Amazon Prime members get $60 in value each year and they lose it unless they use it each month!
Now I don't actually stream a lot. In fact, I hardly stream at all. But your support here helps me out immeasurably. If you're a Prime member, here's how to easily link your Amazon and Twitch accounts.
I don't know about y'all, but I've fallen in love with having my files in the cloud. Anybody who seriously used multiple devices in the early 2000s had a personal thumb drive for moving files from their home to work to school. And I think we can all agree it was a giant pain in the 🍑. But now we have the cloud! And while the term might be silly, I couldn't love its functionality any more.
I personally use Dropbox and Google Drive the most. Since I'm on a budget, like most of us these days, I stay on their free plans. Dropbox offers 2 GB of free space right from the start, but it doesn't take long to run out of space. Thus began my quest to learn how to get as much free Dropbox space as possible. Turns out adding free Dropbox space isn't all that hard!
If you find yourself looking for some free extra Dropbox storage space for photos, videos, or files then check out all the different methods I found below. You can also check the official Dropbox help page on earning free space.
It's important to note that these methods are always changing. Since I initially wrote this, Dropbox has removed or changed a dozen of their free storage space offers!
Looking for a list of sites where you can stream TV shows and movies online for free? Then you've come to the right place!
Before I get started, let me say I know all about Netflix. 😀 But that costs money! One thing I've noticed is that many “freebie & frugal” sites all push paid options for cutting the cord and ditching cable. Sure, some are great. I split a YouTube TV account with my friends and we love it.
But shouldn't there be … you know, free methods as well? Why do all the other sites push paid-services with their affiliate links? Isn't the point of ditching a monthly cable subscription to actually save money?
Thus, I've compiled all the best ways I've found to watch live, local TV for absolutely free with no subscriptions whatsoever. I've also included a few options with extensive libraries of free TV shows and free movies to watch on-demand.
MOHU is offering a limited time discount directly on their website. Buying directly from MOHU gives you the best price compared to Amazon!
Use code HEYITSFREE10at checkout to instantly save 10%.
OTA Antenna for Free TV
First up, an over-the-air antenna! There's are one-time investments that provide free TV for years to follow.
I'm personally a massive fan of the Mohu Leaf antenna. I have two in my own apartment! They're incredible useful, especially if you already have a TV. After less than 60 seconds setting it up, I was able to get around 50 over-the-air (OTA) channels such as CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, The CW, PBS, Univision, ION, and many more.
To see what local OTA stations you'll pick up, head to Antenna Web and plug in your address.
However, what if you live in a very rural or mountainous area with spotty coverage? Or how about if your TV breaks?
For starters, there's always SlingTV (which is 40% off your first month right now) and YouTubeTV. Both are paid services that let you stream dozens of live over-the-air (OTA) and cable stations at a lower cost than most cable plans. YouTube even lets you share your account with 2 other people, which means you could split the monthly cost 3 ways!
But what if you don't want to pay anything at all? Fear not, for I've got you covered!
Free TV & Movie Streaming Sites
This next group of sites offer a variety of streaming content that mimic traditional channels. You might recognize some channels, while others are a collections of streaming shows.
Together, they provide “channels” that replicate tradition TV through scheduled blocks of programming. However, compared to traditional TV, you typically won't find a 100% full or set weekly schedule. Instead, most channels have a shorter rotation of shows for a few hours, in addition to on-demand content.
There's a mix of classic TV shows and programming from national news outlets, along with a ton of custom, streaming content. By and large, the live channels you get are different from what you'll receive with an OTA antenna, so I suggest a combination of both if you're trying to replace as much content as possible from cable.
For live stations, the majority are news, both local and national, along with sports.
Also, all of these work perfect with a Chromecast. Simply plug this device into your TV and you'll be able to seamlessly stream any of the free TV below directly to your home TV with a simple HDMI cord.
Or, instead, you can simply load any of these on your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone and start watching TV immediately.
With thousands of movies and TV shows for free, PLEX is one of the first sites you should sign up with. They have partnership agreements with big studios like Lionsgate, MGM, and Warner Bros. They also have gone after international licensing agreements, so they have some great foreign movies and shows to stream!
Once you click “Movies & Shows” in the sidebar, then see a ton of crazy specific categories of free streaming options. My top choice was “Cage Rage vs Willisworld” and they were all Nicholas Cage or Bruce Willis movies 😀 If you want more traditional categories, you can easily select them from the top nav bar.
What sets PLEX apart from many others on this list is that PLEX lets you watch live tv online with free streaming. All you have to do is login, then select “Live TV” from the sidebar. You'll then see a traditional TV lineup layout with hundreds of free channels. It's not hard to find a cable channel station equivalent to stream online with PLEX!
Kanopy was a service I initially missed, but thankfully multiple Hiffers pointed out my massive oversight. If you have an active membership with your local library or a university login, then you can use it to stream thousands of movies to your TV, phone, tablet, or computer. You can use this link to check if your library participates or use this link to check your university.
Given that library membership is free across the country, I'd say Kanopy is one of the best options when looking to stream free entertainment.
Pluto TV is an interesting mashup of channels. Owned by Viacom, Pluto is essentially a free, ad-supported VOD (video on demand) service with occasional, outside licensing for their more than 250+ channels.
There are a chunk of stations that are dedicated to specific shows (how about the Adams Family station?), but the majority of stations are more classic versions, like CNN or Comedy Central. Since Viacom owns them, you'll get a lot of Viacom channels. Other streaming options include shows from AMC, Discovery Channel, and WE tv.
They also have an eclectic collection of older movies on demand, like all of the classic James Bond films, along with a few award winners and some other random titles. All told, they claim to have “1000s of movies.” They have tons of newer movies to stream for free as well, like 2016's Arrival.
Crackle is a joint venture partially backed by Sony Pictures that consists of both original television shows as well as older favorites, such as Roseanne, Charlie's Angels, 3rd Rock From the Sun, and The Facts of Life.
They also boast a large collection of movies and original docu-series.
One really nice perk with Crackle is you don't have to create or login to an account in order to start watching free tv online!
IMDb TV recently rebranded to Freevee. They're still fleshing out their streaming database, but Freevee already has a few great shows, like Fringe, LOST, Schitt$ Creek, and Psych. They have a lot of movies from the past 5-10 years as well, like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Ender's Game. Every time I checked their site, they had new offerings to stream, so they're clearly adding to this free list of entertainment.
If you're familiar with surfing for stuff to watch on Netflix, then you might enjoy how IMDB tv is categorized. They copy Netflix by having traditional categories, like Comedies and Action. But they also have drilled down, niche categories. When I log in, I'm shown “Hidden Gems,” “Date Night Picks,” and “Move for the Whole Family”. It should make picking out what to watch next much easier!
You can easily browse their content to see what's streaming, but you'll need to make a free account to watch it.
Yup, you read that correctly – Netflix now allows limited streaming for free! It's a great first stop when you're trying to find something to watch on a budget. They mainly offer movies and shows they've created, but their rotation seems to change every few months.
If old-school cartoons are more your style, then definitely check out PopcornFlix. Their Family and Kids TV lets your stream older cartoons that even I haven't heard of. I honestly can't tell if these were after or before my time as an 80s kid 😀
Yep, Redbox isn't just for movies outside of Walgreens at 9pm. They've got free TV streaming online as well!
Their offering is a bit sparse since they're much newer to TV streaming. However, you can immediately start channel hopping without logging in. This makes it nice to pop in and quickly find something to watch for a short break.
They seem to have a few cool personality channels, like the Bob Ross channel and the Johnny Carson channel.
Reelgood is a cool streaming service that's designed to track over 60 popular streaming services. You can login to all your premium services, like Netflix and Hulu, in order to have a central site to track available shows and movies.
However, you don't need to pay anything! Simply signup with Reelgood, then filter only free streaming options. It'll then sort free content that you can stream.
STIRR's free streaming TV system is the same as Pluto's. So if you're familiar with one, the other will be just like home!
The one solid point in STIRR's favor is you can watch local stations without being located in the actual area. Just click on “City Select” and you can choose from hundreds of local areas around the country. This is a cool option to keep watching local news and TV while you're traveling elsewhere.
The Roku Channel
The Roku Channel works on any Roku device or computer and, like Vudu, it's all on-demand based on the show. There aren't any channels, per say.
On top of their regular lineup, every weekend they unlock a select group of paid movies and make them free to stream.
Tubi is a Fox Entertainment endeavor, so they have a ton of Fox movies. They also have a dedicated Tubi Kids section filled with child-friendly free streaming options.
Locast was designed to stream your local TV channels. That meant NYC folks got their own channels and shows stations while San Francisco users got only bay area stations.
As a non-profit, Locast was designed from the very beginning to operate in accordance with the strict letter of the law, but in response to the court’s recent rulings, with which we respectfully disagree, we are hereby suspending operations, effective immediately.
At the time of their closure, Locast covered 28 cities, which was 53% of the US market and reached over 174 million homes!
Watch Local TV Channels with LocalBTV
One of the biggest Locast replacements to appear is LocalBTV, which is currently streaming local TV in 23 US markets. You can check here to see if your city has free coverage.
For those wondering what makes LocalBTV legal while Locast was forced to shut down, the answer is that LocalBTV only streams your local TV stations. They do not include channels from any national networks.
Stream Basic Live TV Channels with Puffer
Next, there's Puffer. This is a free test program run by Stanford University. It seems like they're testing a new encoding or streaming software, but what it means for you and me is we get free TV!
Puffer provides free streams for the most basic channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, and Univision. Sound too good to be true? It's not!
Stream live TV in your browser. There's no charge. You can watch U.S. TV stations affiliated with the NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, FOX, and Univision networks.
Puffer works well in the Chrome, Firefox, and Edge browsers, on a computer or an Android phone or tablet. Puffer does not work on iPhones or iPads or in the Safari browser.
Puffer is a research project in the computer-science department at Stanford University. Please see our FAQ for more information.
I personally like the very clean, simplistic layout. The channels also change faster than any other streaming service I've ever used. I think that's part of the new software Stanford is testing!
One thing to note is that the service is currently capped at 500 users at a time. However, this is a freebie I've yet to see advertised on any other freebie or cord cutting site, so I'm almost certain it'll be 500 Hiffers using this 🙂
The channels are also California channels, since this is broadcast from Stanford.
LocalBTV in Select Regions
LocalBTV is another option if you live any of the following areas:
New York City
San Francisco Bay Area
This list was only 5 cities long a few months ago!
LocalBTV does not currently include major national network programming. However they expect all of the 70-100+ local broadcast channels in each market to be available in the future. You can see all the channels available here.
As I find more totally free options, I'll keep adding to this list! I'd also love to hear from Hiffers in the comments – have you cut cable recently? How do you best watch TV now? Any sites I overlooked?
Watch Live Cable TV Online
If you're looking for to to watch live cable tv online for free, then I've got some great news: It's easy and possible.
But real quick, you're going to be using some … sketchy sites, to put it nicely. You're going to want to have two key items to protect yourself:
Please do not skip these important items! This is how you stay safe while also getting free streaming options, okay? Good!
Now, onto the free cable tv online. Start by launching your VPN and setting your location to someplace outside of the US, like Canada. Next, search for this: site:reddit.com free tv streaming sites to find a list of Reddit threads of people sharing sites they've found streaming live cable tv stations.
One site I found this way and have been using for the past few months is watchnewslive DOT tv. In just a few seconds I was streaming ESPN! They currently offer streaming 48 cable channels, all the way from A&E to USA Network. It's literally the normal lineup you'd get from turning on your cable TV.
If you're having trouble with the Reddit method, then another way to find these sites is by Googling the specific channels, like watch live AMC online and look not just on the first page of results, but also the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. A lot of times these free streaming tv sites are “hidden” by Google on pages that most people neglect to look!
I'll let you handle the ethical dilemma yourself. I'm just here to show you how millions others are watching free tv online 🙂