The world wide web for free

Maya Driver

Everyone's wallet has taken a bit of a bashing during this current recession and wise folks know that the best things in life are free. Of course, finding freebies isn't always easy but there are loads of bargains tucked away in hidden corners of the internet if you search for them. And because we at Search Towers are so magnanimous, we've decided to give you some hints about where to search for free stuff and bargains.

Who says there's no such thing as a free meal? There are loads of websites that offer you 2-4-1 or 50% off meals at restaurants all over the country. Check out TasteLondon or TopTable for comprehensive guides to free food.

Annoying they might be, but free stuff is is never to be sniffed at - of course I'm talking about mobile phone ringtones. Have a search now and you'll find tonnes of tunes to choose from, and make sure you type 'free' in the search bar! As for free handsets, this is perfectly possible - find a good network provider and they'll give you the phone for free and maybe even throw in some other free gifts such as a Nintendo Wii. Try searching for 'free Wii with phone' or for companies like Carphone Warehouse.

What about a free flight or holiday? These are trickier to find and may involve knowing an airline employee or entering prize draws or even becoming a game show contestant in another country! But you can still find bargains. Try using screenscrapers such as Kayak for really low air fares, or travel brokers such as Expedia for discounted flights and holidays. Moneysavingexpert has some excellent tips for finding cheap travel such as using charter flights.

Check out our top ten list of free stuff below for more ideas. Ever got the best bargain of your life online or have you just been disappointed? Leave a comment and tell us about it.

Top searched free things:

  1. Free airline ticket

  2. Buy one get one free deals

  3. Free debt advice

  4. Free ringtones for phones

  5. Free holiday

  6. Free 3g mobile phone

  7. Free cash now

  8. Free credit cards

  9. Free laptop computers

  10. Online translation services