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The Best Things In Life (and Online) Are Free

Posted by amustard on October 8, 2015

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With the holidays right around the corner, everyone is keeping an eye on their bank account. Living a frugal lifestyle may seem like it has its limitations but don’t let money get in the way of doing what you want to do. There’s more free resources online than you might think, and we have the list to prove it!

Education

Codecademy

If you are interested in coding, Codecademy offers free coding classes in nine different programming languages including HTML, CSS, Javascript, Python, PHP, jQuery, AngularJS, and Ruby.

Duolingo

Are you interested in learning a new language? Duolingo is a free language-learning platform with over 40 different language courses across 23 different languages.  This service is offered on their website as well as an app.

Wikipedia

Did you ever have an encyclopedia set when you were younger? This expensive collection of books required a lot of space for storage, and lots of time to find the information you were looking for.

Luckily, we now have Wikipedia - a free online collection of information that is created and edited by the general public (with the help of Wikipedia’s own content moderators).


Entertainment

Songza

Next time you have friends over and are looking for something to fill the background silence, go to Songza’s website or app to access free custom playlists created by both music experts and enthusiasts.


My Abandonware

Do you remember playing games like Cross Country Canada, Doom or Oregon Trail? You no longer need a Commodore 64 to access these classics. Visit My Abandonware to play all your favourite childhood games for free. You can download these games or play them right in your Internet browser.


Project Gutenburg

Are you a big reader? Offering over 50,000 free eBooks, Project Gutenburg is an effort to digitalize and archive cultural works to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”.


Tools & Resources

Gimp

Before uploading photos to social media or sending to friends, pictures are often edited to increase quality or to give the image a new perspective. Programs such as Photoshop are Industry Standard, but are very expensive. Gimp offers many of the same photo editing features with one key difference – it’s free to use.

Skype

Eliminate travel costs by visiting with friends and family over a video chat using Skype, the popular video chat application. This program is available on your web browser, as well as your mobile phone.


Google Maps

Thinking about purchasing a new GPS for your vehicle? If you have a smartphone, there is no need. Google Maps, a web mapping service developed by Google, is available on most mobile devices and, paired with the included navigation function, can assist you in getting to your destination for no cost.

If you are already an experienced Google Maps user, check out a recent Execublog post about taking this service to the next level with a program designed to create a video of your specified route.


We hope you find this list of free online resources helpful. Remember - another free resource that is both valuable and underused is the great outdoors. Make sure you take time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather before we all hibernate for the winter. 

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Andrew Mustard, Marketing Coordinator


Devoted Leafs fan through the good and the bad - mostly bad. Born and raised in Stratford, Ontario - with more swag than Bieber. Success isn’t a maybe - it’s a must.