Thirty free online resources worth checking out

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At the moment I’m writing this, there are exactly 916,184,675 different websites online and available for your consumption, should you be so inclined. In the time it took me to write that sentence, however, the number jumped up to 916,185,245. In other words, there are a lot of websites out there. Many, if not most of them, are pretty useless.

Some, however, are pretty great. And free! And worth checking out. Here are 30 free online resources that you can really benefit from.

Free media

Documentary Heaven – Do you love documentaries? If so, be sure to check out the massive library of free documentaries at And if that doesn’t satisfy your craving, browse the huge selection at

Project Gutenberg – If you’re something of a bookworm and have an eReader of any variety, you can download free books at It’s a great way to catch up on all of those classics in the Public Domain you’ve been meaning to read for years. is another great resource for free eBooks. – Would you prefer listening to those old classics? Or maybe you know someone who loves books, but is no longer able to read printed materials? This site contains thousands of free audio versions of public domain books by authors like H.G. Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle. The books are actually read by volunteers. And you can help by uploading your own recordings to the site! – As the slightly ambiguous name implies, there’s much to be found at They have a sizable library of free books, movies, software, and more. The site also includes the Wayback Machine, a huge catalog of historical website snapshots. If you want to know what your favorite website looked like in 2001, here’s where you can find out.

Educational materials – Per their description, “DreamSpark is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes.” Essentially, this is free Microsoft software for current college and university students. – If you’re interested in deepening your knowledge base, you really can’t go wrong with these free, online classes presented by leading universities across the globe, such as Stanford, MIT, and Harvard. You can also browse and for more online courses. – If you’re having a hard time organizing a study group locally, you should be able to find peers tackling the same subject on this website. You can also pose questions and get detailed explanations from other students. – This site essentially provides all the tools you need for online tutoring, with educational resources for all levels and subjects. It’s a great site for students, teachers, and parents.

TEDTalks – You’re probably familiar with TED Talks, but if not, TED is a nonprofit dedicated to the power of ideas. TED Talks are short presentations on a wide variety of subjects. They range from the educational to the inspiring. – Is it time to relearn all of that French you forgot in high school? Duolingo is language software that teaches a number of different languages in a fun, stress-free way. – If you used flash cards in school (and that worked for you), you’ll appreciate Memrise, which uses the same principles to help you learn…pretty much whatever you’d like to learn.


7 Cups of Tea – If you’re struggling with mental health issues, consult with a trained professional. If you simply need to talk and feel like someone is listening, this free, online service may be a good starting point. Described as “an on-demand emotional health and well-being service,” this site provides a safe, anonymous environment in which to vent and be heard. – Prescription drugs are expensive. This site and its connected app actually helps you comparison shop for prescription drugs. Enter the drug and your location and you’ll see the prices offered throughout your area. You can potentially save a pretty significant amount.

f.lux – The glare coming off of your various screens has been proven to be bad for your sleep habits. This program automatically adjusts the screen settings on your computer, cellphone, and tablet depending on the time of day. Users report that the adjustments help reduce eye strain and improve sleep. – What’s the difference between sourdough and whole wheat bread? This site provides a quick comparison on two different foods, including calories, carbs, fat, and protein.

A Soft Murmur – If you need ambient noise to help you sleep or study, this site provides a combination of natural sounds (wind, rain, thunder, etc.) at different intensities. You can also try Simply Noise, which gives you the choice of white noise, pink noise, and brown noise.

Miscellaneous – This site provides detailed instructions for deleting online profiles and accounts (which is often more difficult than you might think). – Need plane tickets? This site quickly searches through multiple travel sites to provide the best prices for the flights you want. – I hope you’re not shopping without coupons. Whether you’re buying online or in-person, always take a second to check for the latest coupons. Give a peek while you’re at it.

Pixlr – If PhotoShop is too expensive and too complicated for your photo-editing needs, there’s Pixlr, which is free and browser-based (so there’s nothing to download).

10 Minute Mail – If you need to provide an email address and don’t feel like providing your own, you can use this site to create a temporary email address. You can also try and – If This Then That is a pretty fascinating piece of technology. This site allows you to create “recipes” for your various apps. For example, if your weather app says that it’s going to rain today, then you will receive a text notification before you leave the house in the morning. If you upload a picture to Facebook, then that picture will also be uploaded to your cloud storage. You can create your own unique recipes based on how you use your apps.

Jesse Campbell is the Content Manager at MMI. All typos are a stylistic choice, honest.

  • The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of nonprofit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education. Today, nearly 300 of these groups participate in the federation and govern it through their representatives on the organization's Board of Directors.
  • The National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) is the nation’s oldest and largest higher education finance trade association. NCHER’s membership includes state, nonprofit, and for-profit higher education service organizations, including lenders, servicers, guaranty agencies, collection agencies, financial literacy providers, and schools, interested and involved in increasing college access and success. It assists its members in shaping policies governing federal and private student loan and state grant programs on behalf of students, parents, borrowers, and families.

  • Since 2007, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) has served as a trusted, neutral source of information for more than eight million homeowners. They are partnered with, and endorsed by, numerous major government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of the Treasury.

  • The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD works to strengthen the housing market in order to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.

  • The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. Their mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

  • The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest-serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.