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Ten things you should never pay for

submitted on April 2, 2014 by equipurple in "Sales / Promotions"
Huffington Post has a slide show of ten things that you should never pay for, i.e. that you should always get for free.
* Reading material (library books, online magazines)
* Standard checking accounts
* Public wi-fi
* Religious services
* Beaches
* Social Media
* 411 information service
* Online news
* Standard in-flight beverages
* Credit reports

I think we Buxrites are smarter than just that. What would you add to the list of things never to pay for. Here are my adds:

* Anti-virus software.
Whether you have a free package (like AVG) or a free after rebate package like so many posted on our pages, there are always free options.

* Popular magazine subscriptions
If you look hard enough and long enough, you will find the mags you want available for nothing from services like rewardsgold or freebizmag

* Audiobooks
Get them at your library or from a free download

* DVDs
Library, downloads or streaming, or free codes from RedBox and Blockbuster.

*Photo reprints
There seems to almost always be a free deal from snapfish, shutterfly, artscow, and others.

And a couple I am less sure of:

*Flash drives
Frys and Tigerdirect often have them free after rebate, and various freebies are out there for the eagle-eyed Buxr user. Can you get by without actually buying them?

*Printer paper
Certainly not in the volume for an office or a home office, but Staples and OfficeMax and others frequently have a ream or bundle for free after rebate.

Let's hear what you have to say.

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    Posted by mdshopper1 on April 2, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    i did not have to pay for credit reports but i DID have to pay to get a credit score from each of the 3 reporting companies.

    i will still definitely pay for reading material....i could never NOT have books in my home.

    i still like having my DVDs also.....actually just bought 5 the other day.
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    Posted by HouTex on April 2, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    You'll be glad to hear that Discover is now providing free credit scores to their cardholders, posting it at the top of every monthly statement. Barclaycard US and First Bankcard customers can view their free credit scores when they log on to the credit card's websites.
    The move is an initiative by Fair Isaac Corp., the company that developed the FICO score, to enable more people to see their score for free and get its brand in front of consumers. It comes after websites, such as, and, have offered free credit scores for years. Those scores are derived differently from FICO's, but offer a similar three-digit score.
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      Posted by mdshopper1 on April 2, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      but that is a combination of the top three credit scores, isnt it? the problem is is that sometimes you just want a credit score from each of the three major companies so that you can compare/contrast. if i want to know what equifax says, or what experian says, or what transunion says i have to pay to get those individual scores.

      they give you a copy of your credit report for free, but make you pay for their actual score.
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    Posted by laaya on April 2, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    Rebates are kind of tricky. Most of the time customer miss them and sometimes you have to track like calling customer service.

    It's been more than a year that I have applied for $60 rebate from Tom tom. Still now I didn't get my refund.

    I really hate rebate items
    • mdshopper1
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      Posted by mdshopper1 on April 2, 2014
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      i think companies count on people misplacing rebate forms, forgetting all about the rebate, or just hoping that people get plain lazy to send them in.

      sometimes i send in a rebate and totally forget about it until maybe months later and wonder what happened to it.
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      Posted by CouponNut on April 2, 2014
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      I just used my free 12 pk coke coupons because the store had sale buy 2 get 2 free and the sales clerk acted like she didn't want to give it to me, plus our store had mars bars buy one get one free, but they pulled the tag on the snickers so I wasn't able to get the BOGO offer with my free snickers bar coupons. Must have been several people using the free snickers bar coupons.

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