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18 free websites that help you save money

Replace services you pay for with free ones

There are plenty of free services available on the web, from photo-editing to social-networking. However we've identified 18 that can be used in place of chargeable services, helping you save money.

Store large files online for free

Most email servers choke on messages that are 5MB, 10MB, or larger. You could sign up for a range of free sites that offer to host bigger files, but Drop.io beats all of those since it hosts files and doesn't make you go through any sign-up process.

You can upload attachments of up to 100MB, and you can even customise the resulting URL. Afterward, simply send the link to your contacts so that they can download the files. (Be sure to click Share, Zip File at the top to make the whole package downloadable at once.) Downloaders can even leave notes and collaborate in other ways.

Download free MP3s

Downloading an MP3 for free is often perfectly legal. With just a little scrounging, you can score tracks from many legitimate sources.

Check music stores first. Amazon regularly offers free tracks by familiar musicians. Music blogs often post free tracks, many of which come from record labels for promotional purposes. Visit Elbows, RCRD LBL and Stereogum regularly for frequent freebies.

The Internet Archive hosts thousands of live music performances, recorded by and for fans. You'll find old and new favourites, including concerts by Ryan Adams, the Grateful Dead, Smashing Pumpkins, and many more.

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See also: 12 free downloads to beat the credit crunch

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  3. Turn scanned documents into text
  4. Store large files for free

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