The internet is a magical tool. The best thing about it is it’s totally up to you how you use it. You’d be served well to check out the websites below. Some are educational, some are useful and some will save you money. All of them are free and definitely worth your time.
Free ways to learn something.
1. Class Central
Class Central will get you back in the classroom without the crippling student debt. You’ll have full access to recordings of college courses, plus Syllabi.
2. Open Yale
Basically the same as above, except this has you in a specific set of hallowed halls, namely Yale’s. Other colleges have similar programs, but this one stands out.
Coursera features classes put together especially for the platform by professors, complete with assignments and opportunities to interact and collaborate with other students.
4. Code Academy
Code Academy will teach you the joys of coding potentially to make a bunch of money.
Duolingo is a great way to learn language built around mini-lessons in a game like format you might even enjoy.
6. Music Theory.Net
Music Theory.Net is the perfect way for a beginner to learn how music works or to just brush up on the basics.
Free Movies and books
7. Open Culture
Open Culture has just about everything, including textbooks, movies, audiobooks, and ebooks.
8. Documentary Heaven
The aptly named Documentary Heaven has a bunch of free documentaries.
9. Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg features over 56,000 free books (available to read online and often as a Kindle download) Most of these have entered the public domain. So if you’re looking for a throwback, you’ll find it here.
Free ways to save money
10. Retail Me Not
All coupon clippers should bookmark Retail Me Not. You can directly search for stores like H&M, Whole Foods and everything in between.
11. 10 Minute Mail
At 10 minute mail, you’ll be issued a free email address that will dissolve after 10 minutes. Why would you want that? Because you can sign up for free deals elsewhere without using your real email address.
For free stuff, you can always check out Craigslist. The people on there are weird and they throw out all kinds of stuff, including useful things you don’t want to spend money on. Like coat hangers or a taxidermied bear.
The best way to save money is to just get your own personal finances in order. Accountants cost money. Instead, just use the free service Mint. It’s a website/app from the people that made Turbotax built around budgeting, bill paying and credit score checking.
Free internet tools
If you’re looking for something cool and free that’ll make your life easier, IFTT will give you “recipes” to make your apps and devices work together. For example, it will teach you to turn on your lights when your Uber arrives or how to hook up Alexa to your Google calendar. It’s a little Black Mirror for some peoples tastes, but at the very least it will make your life seem more efficiant.
Pixlr is basically a free version of old Photoshop if you want to touch up your Instagram posts before they go public.
You can also use Paint.net for an improved version of MS paint.
Finally, to compose music with all that knowledge from Music Theory.Net. Check out Musescore and get cracking.
Free ways to act and feel better
18. 7 Cups
If you just need somebody to talk to and therapy is out of your budget, check out 7 Cups. It’s a free place where you can air your feelings anonymously in group chats or directly to a listener or a therapist, also anonymously.
19. Rainy Mood
If you’re just looking to block out the world, head to Rainy Mood, which plays the sound of a thunderstorm and will likely improve your concentration.
20. Stay Focused
To really concentrate though, you can just start blocking websites that distract you with the add-on Stay Focused.
If you don’t feel like getting educated by one of the websites above, you can at least write like an educated person if you download the plug-in Grammarly. It’s basically a free spell check but slightly more advanced than what comes from your computer and focuses on grammar.