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! 😀

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 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. ⏪ 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!”

2021 Free Fishing Days

2022 Free Fishing Days

The 2022 free fishing days for all 50 states should be released around March 2022!

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

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!

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.

Free Seeds Packet

Free Packet of Seeds

Feed a Bee is offering free garden seed packs while supplies last. Each seed packet contains about 200 wildflower seeds and you can request up to 20 free packets!

The seeds included are a mix of wildflowers, including partridge pea, black-eyed Susan and purple coneflower, that will grow well in most regions. I'm hoping they sprinkle in a few of those Money Trees my Dad was always talking about! I still contend he should have bought one instead of working so much.

I believe the earlier free wildflower seeds offer is still active too!

6 Free Gold Sparklers at Phantom Fireworks

6 Free Gold Sparklers at Phantom Sparklers

If you have a nearby Phantom Fireworks Showroom and plan on celebrating our nation's birthday by blowing stuff up, then be sure to check out one of the oldest freebies still alive. All you have to do is use this coupon good for 6 free 14″ Gold Sparklers and light up the night during your 4th of July celebrations.

Phantom has showroom locations in the following states: FL, GA, IN, KY, ME, MI, MO, NH, NM, NV, OH, PA, SC, WI, and WY

Free National Park Clean Up Kit

Free National Parks Clean Up Kit

Here's a cool free National Parks clean up kit that is still available to request!

  • Biodegradable bright green colored bags
  • Washable bright-colored gloves
  • Reflective vest
  • Sunscreen
  • Purell Hand Sanitiser bottle (Dependent Upon availability)
  • Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes (Dependent upon availability)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Restore Our Parks bumper sticker

Please try to only request this if you actually intend to use it to clean up your local community! This great freebie should arrive in 1-3 weeks.

2021 Update: This freebie is showing as still available! Has anyone received it since I first posted about it in May 2020? I don't think I did, but then again my memory is as good as a … you know … that little thing, swims in a bowl, whatever it's called.

Free TNT Firework Club

Free TNT Fireworks Club

This freebie was originally posted on Dec 2, 2008 (!!!) and is available again.

Talk about a freebie offer that never quits! I first posted this free TNT Fireworks Club offer over a decade ago, but it's still kicking. I've even still got one of their stickers on my old laptop. There's also a poster, magnet, and some tattoos that come with this, but no fireworks unfortunately. I was looking forward to getting a stick of TNT and blowing something up like they do in the cartoons.

Free Butterfly Garden Starter Kit

Free Butterfly Garden Starter Kit

Take the Butterfly Hero pledge and you'll get a free butterfly garden starter kit. Now I'm no lepidopterist, but I know a butterfly starter kit involves two butterflies who realllly like each other and a few milkweed flowers. Thankfully this freebie includes the seeds to start growing those flowers!

It turns out the monarch butterflies are in trouble and need more milkweed. So, pledge to grow the plants and help save the butterflies. In exchange, you'll get a free starter kit from the National Wildlife Federation. They're like the Federation in Star Trek, just without all the space ships!

This has been an annual offer since 2018 and it dies extremely fast! I wouldn't put off signing up if you want it.