Garage sales, freebie websites, classified ads and collecting scrap metal are good ways to get free things. Many yard and garage sales have a box with free items. Go on the last day of the sale for better options. Sign up with your email address at various freebie websites.
Free offers often come daily. Classified ads in the local newspapers usually include a free section. Check bulletin boards in grocery stores and laundromats. Craigslist also has a free items section. Collect scrap metal such as copper and aluminum. Recycling centers pay for metal by the pound, though the price fluctuates according to market trends.