Did you know that there are thousands of government freebies that are available to most Americans?
Many go unused because people don’t know about them.
We’re highlighting 18 government freebies that could help most people.
Savvy Shopping Guide
The 2009 Consumer Action Handbook is packed with handy tips and tricks for the savvy shopper. You’ll find information on preventing identity theft, understanding credit, filing a consumer complaint, filing for bankruptcy, finding a lawyer and much more. Up to 10 copies for free.
FHA Home Loan Insurance Refund
You may be entitled to an insurance refund if you ever took out an FHA home loan. In the past, FHA loan borrowers were required to pay a set amount of insurance premiums up-front, no matter how long they planned on living in a house. You’re entitled to a refund if your insurance was terminated when a) you sold your home, b) you paid off your mortgage early, c) you refinanced your mortgage into a non-FHA loan.
“Recipes and Tips for Healthy, Thrifty Meals”
Forget those crash diets, expensive programs and diet books. ThisPDF guide will help you lose weight the healthy and thrifty way. All recipes are simple to prepare and don’t require a load of ingredients.
FTC Consumer Advice
Before you make a major purchase, be it a car, computer, TV or mortgage, read the applicable, printable publication from the Federal Trade Commission. You’ll be glad you invested the time and effort.
Free Credit Report
Ignore that sweet-cheeked musician on the TV ads. There’s only one truly free, official government site for free credit reports –AnnualCreditReport.com. By law, you’re entitled to receive one free report per year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies; TransUnion, Experian and Equifax.
Download Free Software
The National Park Service provides safe downloads of several web browser plug-ins, including Flash, Acrobat Reader and Windows Media Player.
The “National Do-Not-Call Registry” allows you to stop telemarketers from calling you at home and on your cell phone. Registering is simple and it takes roughly a month for the calls to stop. If you still receive calls, file a complaint atDoNotCall.gov.
Firesafety.gov offers free publications, games, coloring books and resources for citizens, teachers and kids. Download or order copies. Available in English and Spanish. Another coloring book entitled Milk Matters teaches children about the importance of calcium in their diet. See more free coloring pages.
Free Income Tax Filing
The Free File Program takes you step-by-step through filing your federal income tax. When done, you can submit your return electronically through the site or download hard copies for snail mailing.
“How To” Consumer PublicationsDetailed, downloadable publications cover everything from “How to Stretch Your Budget” to “Fraud Protection for Seniors.” A service of the Federal Citizen Information Center.
Children’s Fitness DVD
The government wants to do something about the raging obesity epidemic in America among children and this free DVD is one step in their plan. Use the electronic form or call 1-800-358-9295 to order up to five copies of “Max’s Magical Delivery.” (Product No. 04-0088-DVD). Targeted to children ages 5-9.
Scenic Byways Map
Start planning your Blue Highways vacation across America with this free map.
Government-Freebie Search Engine
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a gigantic listing that details in plain English nearly every government public assistance and incentive-grant program out there. Search by category, keyword or print out the entire monster publication, if you have enough ink and paper
Women’s Health Calendar
This full-color wall calendar from the Department of Health and Human Services provides health tips and information specifically for women. Call 1-800-994-9662 to order.
Girl Power Campaign
HHS developed this program to empower girls ages 8-14. Girls can apply for tons of neat freebies, including buttons, stickers, key straps, book covers and a huge, full-color poster of Dominique Dawes.