Free NASA Astronaut Autograph

Free NASA Autographed Astronaut Photo

According to NASA's Kennedy Space Center FAQ page, you can get a free autographed picture of an astronaut simply by asking!

Q. How can I obtain an autographed picture of an astronaut?
A. You may write or fax your request to the following address for astronaut autographed pictures:

NASA Johnson Space Center
CB/Astronaut Office
Houston, TX 77058

Here's an official list of active astronauts with direct links to their social media pages. Who knows, maybe you're about to discover your newest favorite spacefaring human!

Free Seed Card

Free Wildflower Seed Card

Arm & Hammer is giving away a free wildflower seed card to the first 155,000 people to sign up. They're only at 85,000 right now, so you've got a little time.

Seed cards are basically biodegradable business cards with little seeds in them. You then plant the card, the paper breaks down into plant nourishment through a complicated process that one scientist referred to as “no comment Goob, stop calling my home phone,” and then a few months later you've got a free plant!

You might have to copy and paste the link for it to work, so here ya go.

Your free seed card should arrive in 4-6 weeks.

Free Wildflower Seeds

Free Wildflower Seeds

Airwick is running a new giveaway where they'll send free seeds to plant in your yard. I'm guessing they want us to help make the air smell better.

Hey, wait a minute, that's Air Wick's job! πŸ˜€

Other Free Seeds

In 2016, Bayer ran a campaign giving away flower seeds so we could help our local bees. That offer has long since expired, but luckily I found a new offer today for free wildflower seeds aiming to help both bees and butterflies!

Choose from either Black-Eyed Susans or Butterfly Milkweed seeds and plant them in your yard. Once grown, they'll help keep your local bees & butterflies find pollinator-friendly plants. It's a tough world out there for bees. First they have to deal with colony collapse disorder, then there was that whole weird Seinfeld movie, and yet now their worst nightmare has come true as they can't find flowers to pollinate!

They also released this little video. It's a bit old now, but it's cute and has upbeat music and isn't that all we really need right now?

Free Cigarette Butt Pouch

Free Cigarette Butt Pouches

Marlboro isn't the only tobacco company giving away freebies! American Spirit is once again offering free cigarette butt pouches to help keep from littering the Earth with your used butts. Annnnnnd now I'm giggling like an 8 year old.

These portable litter devices help keep the environment clean while letting you smoke on the go without leaving a trace behind. You can also request them every two weeks!

If you're having trouble, log into American Spirits, then click the link above and click the “Butt Pouches” header nav link. You should now see a “GET FREE BUT POUCHES” link.

These freebies are typically available this time of year in celebration of Earth Day, but they also randomly restock throughout the year.

Free Lowe's Garden-to-Go Kits

Free Lowe’s Garden-to-Go Kits – Free Tree Sapling this week!

In addition to their free monthly kid's DIY kit, Lowe's is also offering free Garden-to-Go kits during the month of April. Each week at midnight ET Thursday, you can reserve a kit. Then you'll pick it up curbside at your local store.

Beginning April 1, customers can register on for free Garden-to-Go kits. The first curbside event will be held on April 8 and then occur each Thursday through the rest of the month. These family-friendly activity kits can be reserved on starting one week before each event and kits include:

April 8: Garden-to-Go kit sponsored by Miracle-Gro with exclusive recipes from professional cook and food stylist Amanda Frederickson.
April 15: Lowe's Mystery Garden Pinata with mystery seed packets.
April 22: 500,000 tree saplings given out in honor of Earth Day. βͺ This week's freebie! Registration opens on Thursday, April 15 at 12am ET. You'll need to pick up your free sapling curbside on Thursday, April 22, between 5-7 p.m.
April 29: Lowe's Butterfly Quest which helps families create a butterfly garden.

My brain initially read “sponsored by Miracle-Gro” as “sponsored by Miracle Whip” and BOY'd Crowder was I confused for a hot minute.

Free Yellowstone Trip Planner

Free National Park Trip Planning Kits

Today I found these free National Park trip planners for places like Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, Black Hills, and more! These are great freebies to pair with your next free National Parks Admission day trips!

These guides include trip planner publications, park maps, email newsletters, and travel information and deals from their preferred travel partners. Some of the parks offer unique travel guides on road tripping to visit them. For instance, the Yellowstone guide includes places to check out while driving from Salt Lake City, Chicago, or Denver.

According to National Park Trips, each guide should include the following:

  • Our favorite road trips to the parks launching from cities with major airports and other popular launching points. Some road trips include itineraries for multiple parks.
  • Overview of national park entrances and their closest gateway towns.
  • Basic national park maps so you can get your bearings.
  • Guides to lodging inside the parks
  • Wildlife-watching field guides.
  • Itineraries of the best things to do in the parks.
  • A packing list
  • Park entrance fees
  • And more

Ohhh, I love “and more!”

Free National Parks Admission

Free 2021 National Parks Admission Dates – Next is April 17!

The next free National Parks admission day is right around the corner. These 5 annual freebie go great with our free highway maps list!

So get out there, breathe in some fresh air, and report back to me how relaxing and peaceful it is. Just don't take your family! I went with mine last year and long story short, they left me behind. Unfortunately for them, I'm like one of those cool dogs from a Reader's Digest story and I walked all the way home in just under a week.

2021 Free National Park Admission Dates

I've written about these free National Park Admission days since they debuted in 2009 and the numbers are finally in. Hiffers love them! Maybe you could even end up like Mikah Meyer and visit all 419 National Parks! It only took him 3 years. πŸ˜‚

If you can't make it out to your local National Park, you can do the next best thing and read up on some parks! Sure, it's not the same as actually visiting, but it has significantly fewer mosquitoes and poison ivy patches.

2021 Free Fishing Days

2021 Free Fishing Days

The free fishing days have been announced for 2021 in all 50 states and DC! On these specific days, unique to each state, you are allowed to fish without a fishing license. Most of the 2021 dates seem to fall around early June, but there are plenty of May, July, and August dates on there as well.

While the Take Me Fishing website helpfully provides the dates, they don't have any corresponding links to back them up. So I went out and found them all! Below are all 50 states free fishing dates along with links for proof!

On a related note, I learned about the existence of fishing licenses the hard way. I was grateful the game warden took pity on me when he saw I not only failed catching a single fish, but was also tangled in the fishing line when he pulled up.

Saved by my own ineptitude!

Kids Fishing Rod Deals

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State's Free Fishing Days 2021

Make sure to check your state's official website for extra details. Some states actually offer free fishing rods, tackle, and bait during their free fishing weekends!
StateFree Days
AlabamaJune 12
AlaskaAll year for people under 16 or over 60 years of age!
ArizonaJune 5
ArkansasJune 11 - 13
CaliforniaJuly 3
September 4
ColoradoJune 5 & 6
ConnecticutMay 8
June 20
August 14
DelawareJune 5 & 6
FloridaApril 3 & 4 (freshwater)
June 12 & 13 (freshwater)
June 5 & 6 (saltwater)
September 4 (saltwater)
November 27 (saltwater)
GeorgiaJune 5
June 12
September 25
HawaiiAll 365 days a year! (marine)
IdahoJune 12
IllinoisJune 18 - 21
IndianaMay 2
June 5 & 6
September 25
IowaJune 4 - 6
KansasJune 5 & 6
KentuckyJune 5 & 6
LouisianaJune 12 & 13
MaineFebruary 13 & 14
June 5 & 6
MarylandJune 5
June 12
July 4
MassachusettsJune 5 & 6
June 19 & 20
MichiganFebruary 13 & 14
June 12 & 13
MinnesotaMay 8 & 9 is "Take a Mom Fishing" weekend
June 11 - 13 is "Take a Kid Fishing" weekend
MississippiJune 5 & 6
July 4
MissouriJune 12 & 13
MontanaJune 19 & 20
NebraskaMay 22
NevadaJune 12
New HampshireJanuary 16
June 5
New JerseyJune 5
October 23
New MexicoJune 5
September 25
New YorkFebruary 13 & 14
June 26 & 27
September 25
November 11
North DakotaJune 5 & 6
Devember 25 & 26
North CarolinaJuly 4
OhioJune 20 & 21
OklahomaJune 5 & 6
OregonFebruary 13 & 14
June 5 & 6
November 26 & 27
PennsylvaniaMay 30
July 4
Rhode IslandMay 1 & 2 (freshwater)
South CarolinaMay 31
July 4
South DakotaMay 21 - 23
TennesseeJune 12
TexasJune 5
UtahJune 12
VermontJanuary 30
June 12
VirginiaJune 4 - 6
WashingtonJune 5 & 6
June 13
West VirginiaJune 12 & 13
WisconsinJanuary 16 & 17
June 5 & 6
WyomingJune 5

Have fun out there, folks!

Free Proven Winners Gardener's Idea Book

Free Proven Winners Gardener’s Idea Book

We can signup here to get a free Proven Winners gardener's idea book sent to our homes. I feel like a fraud requesting this freebie since I don't have much of a green thumb. I swear the last time I went to buy a plant, a few of them verbally shouted “nooooo, don't let him pick us!” while inching their pots deeper into the shelf.

However, if you're not a plant serial-killer like me, then this freebie will contain tips & ideas on great way to get ready to garden this spring.

These booklets are set to ship in late March 2021. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

NASA send name to Mars for free

Send Your Name to Mars

This cool offer from NASA has returned!

You can now sign up to have your name sent to Mars on the next robotic rover. According to their FAQs, our names will fly on a future NASA mission to Mars in the mid-2020's.

Some Hiffers sent our names on the 2017 InSight rover and/or the Mars 2020 rover. According to my Galactic Law Degree, that means we already have squatters rights on Mars. I call dibs on that hill over there!

While this is cool and all, I hope to be making posts for free trips to Mars before all is said and done.