By Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s been said that nothing in life is free. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan, who is always up for a challenge, wanted to prove that saying wrong. He shows us how to get everything from baby products to medicines, absolutely free, and with no strings attached.

Gas prices are on the rise!

Groceries are costing more too!

It’s sticker shock everywhere you go.

“Everything is so expensive now,” said shopper Marilyn Zemble from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

But some fabulous freebies are yours for the asking.

“Freebies, what type of freebies,” shopper Renee Bailey of Pennsauken of New Jersey wanted to know.

From prescriptions to pizzas it all depends on where you look.

“With a baby and a child it’s a lot harder to get around to find free stuff,” Kristen Perlman of Haddonfield, New Jersey told us as she shopped with her 2 children.

Enfamil will send new parents a free insulated diaper bag filled with up to $250 in free gifts and products.

All you have to do is register online.

“There’s always a catch when something’s free,” said Georgia Duval from Pennsauken, New Jersey as she shopped for groceries.

But that’s not the case at Wegmans!

“They’re usually very shocked at first,” said Wegmans’ pharmacist Danelle Greewood.

At Wegmans pharmacies you can get 30 commonly prescribed antibiotics from penicillin to tetracycline, absoulutely free.

“There’s no catch to it, they’re free antibiotics,” says Greenwood. “You just have to bring in a prescription.”

At Walgreens, they’re celebrating American Heart Month by offering free blood pressure screenings in February.

Just visit any Walgreens pharmacy or their Take Care Clinic through the end of this month.

Catch up on your e-reading and it doesn’t have to cost you a cent.

Kindle and Nook owners can download a variety of free books from sites like “Kindle On The cheap” and “The Cheap”.

“I like saving money, I like spending it too,” said shopper Dave Capiglia of Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Spend some time sightseeing and it won’t cost you a penny!

For example at Franklin Court in Philadelphia, they’ve got an archaeological exhibit, a colonial printing press and historic post office.

All pay tribute to Ben Franklin.

And remember it was Franklin who said ‘a penny saved is a penny earned’.

Among other sites that you can visit for free?

Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are no cost attractions.

If all this free stuff has you ready to celebrate then don’t forget California Pizza Kitchen when celebrating birthdays.

Kids under 10 who sign up online get a free meal during their birthday month.

While adults get free dessert on their actual birthday.

We’ve set up links to the Fabulous Freebies mentioned here.

And you can follow Jim Donovan on Facebook where the links are also posted.


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