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Umami: What You've Been Missing!

You've slimmed down your recipes, made healthy food swaps, and integrated vegetables into your meals. But do you ever feel like your food is missing something? When you finish eating, do you ever wonder why a meal just didn't hit the spot? You're probably missing umami. You've probably heard of the four basic tastes: bitter, sour, sweet and salty. Well, "umami," which means "yummy" in Japanese, is another distinct taste. Commonly found in fermented or aged foods, umami (pronounced ooh-mah-mee) adds that "mouth feel" to food. It makes your food feel richer, more delicious and more decadent. A key component in Chinese and Japanese cuisine, umami is starting to gain importance in Western cooking. American cooking tends to rely on fat or salt to get that feeling, but there are other, healthier ways to give your food and meals a little more oomph. Ever notice how parmesan makes pasta taste so much better? Or how much tastier ketchup makes your burgers? The parmesan, the tomatoes, and the beef all contain umami. Think about Japanese miso soup or almost any Chinese food. They're delicious and satisfying, thanks to umami-rich seaweed, fish, and soy sauce. Many foods are considered to have umami, including familiar foods like pepperoni pizza and hamburgers! And many condiments that seem to add "empty" calories (ketchup, steak sauce and Worcestershire sauce) actually help food feel more satisfying when you eat it. Here's a list of some umami rich foods:

By adding more of these foods to your meals, you can boost your satisfaction and potentially eat fewer calories overall and avoid overeating. A little goes a long way, and many foods rich in umami should be used as seasonings rather than main ingredients because they can be high in sodium and fat. Try adding a pinch of Romano cheese to steamed veggies or adding asparagus or mushrooms to your salad. If you're feeling decadent, put a pinch of crumbled bacon or a couple of sun-dried tomatoes in an egg white omelet. That could be just what hits the spot! Article Source: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1348

30 Ways to Revitalize Your Lunch Break

Lunchtime doesn't have to be bland or boring, just as it doesn't have to be a frenzied time to run errands or multitask. Our printable calendar provides 30 ideas to add a little adventure to your midday break. Click here to download and print your Adventurous Lunch Break Calendar. (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download this PDF.) If you think your friends or family members might benefit from these heart-healthy tips, share this calendar with them by clicking the "Share" button below.Article Source: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1336

Parents shed 'happy tears' after birth of baby without brain takes uplifting turn

An Oklahoma couple who decided to carry their baby without a brain to term in hopes of helping others has said "hello and goodbye" to their newborn daughter.

Royce Young shared the ups and downs of the couple’s emotional experience in a post on Medium on Thursday.

The Youngs learned in December that their second child had anencephaly, a rare birth defect that causes the frontal lobe of the brain to fail to develop. Children born with the condition usually die shortly after birth. Keri Young asked the doctor if she carried the baby to term, whether she could donate the baby's organs to help others. When the Youngs were told that it was possible, they decided to carry the baby to term.

Royce Young's Facebook post about his wife's reaction to learning their baby would be born without a brain went viral in February.

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The couple named the baby Eva Grace. The baby stopped moving in the womb on April 16, prompting immediate medical attention. Doctors confirmed there was no fetal heartbeat. There would be no organ donations, not even an opportunity for fetal tissue research. Royce said he and his wife were devastated.

Doctors induced labor and Eva was born on April 17. At the same time, a call came from a LifeShare representative, an organization that manages organ donations in Oklahoma. The doctor told the Youngs the good news: They had a recipient for Eva’s eyes.

Royce said the couple shed happy tears upon hearing the news that Eva would still be an organ donor. Royce said he’s excited about Eva’s eyes being her “living legacy.”

 

25 Dinners With No Added Sugar That Help You Stick to Your #Goals

Think about it: That tablespoon of maple syrup in your salad dressing, the honey in your Asian-inspired stir-fry sauce, the generous drizzle of ketchup on your burger. Despite many people’s best efforts, that sugar still manages to creep into so many healthy dinner dishes. But meals can be just as tasty and easy to make without the slightest hint of added sweetener. We’ve rounded up 25 added-sugar-free dinners proving just that. 

Poultry 1. Healthy Orange Peel Chicken Photo: Lively Table In a welcome contrast to the honey-soaked restaurant version, this dish uses the actual peel and fresh juice of the orange for its fruity flavor and sweetness. It’s also all done in one pan, so it’s really only marginally harder than ordering in.  2. Creamy Buffalo Chicken Pasta Photo: Living Loving Paleo Instead of sugary ranch dressing for the “creamy” portion of this pasta, this recipe’s secret weapon is blended cashews, which make the dish incredibly rich in a much healthier way. If you use the coconut oil option instead of ghee, the dish also becomes entirely dairy-free. 3. Yogurt Chicken Curry Photo: Chef de Home Along with tang, plain yogurt adds some mild sweetness to this otherwise spicy curry. It’s so much better for you than the butter chicken you’d find in a traditional Indian restaurant, but just as tasty, especially paired with naan or rice.  4. Taco Stuffed Sweet Potato Photo: Spinach 4 Breakfast Get your taco the gluten-free way by stuffing your turkey mixture into a sweet potato. You get an extra serving of fiber and a touch of natural sweetness; plus, it’s a lot more fun to eat this way.   5. Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Coconut Stew Photo: Chew Out Loud There’s a lot that’s sweet about this recipe, but none of it has anything to do with sugar. It’s all from the sweet potatoes, the creamy coconut milk, and the freshly squeezed orange juice. Clean eating really doesn’t have to be hard or bland. 6. Easy 30-Minute Turkey Chili You’ll notice that the teaspoon of sugar in this chili is entirely optional—and it’s for good reason, since you won’t miss it at all if you omit it. With sweet bell peppers, mild turkey, cumin, and chili powder to spice things up, there’s already plenty of flavor going on.  Beef/Pork 7. Weeknight Sesame Steak Salad Photo: PDX Food Love A good steak salad shouldn’t just be a meal you order at a restaurant. It’s just as easy to re-create at home. As a bonus, you control everything that goes on to this plate, from the quality of the meat to the homemade dressing to the fun add-ins such as avocado and peanuts. 8. Peanut Broccoli and Pork Stir-Fry Photo: Nutritionist Reviews Asian-inspired food is delicious, but unfortunately, tends to use alarming amounts of added sugar, such as honey or sweetened sauces. This one gets its not-too-sweet flavor from a blend of rice vinegar and peanut powder (use peanut butter as an alternative)—it’s so good and so easy, you may want to bottle some of it for future stir-fries and salads. 9. One-Pot Beef and Tomato Macaroni Soup Photo: The Recipe Rebel Even canned soup can come loaded with sweeteners and additives. Ditch the store-bought stuff and whip up your own take on the classic beef and macaroni soup with a recipe that comes together in fewer than 30 minutes and uses all real food, including whole-wheat pasta. 10. Grandma's One-Pan Hamburger Helper Photo: The Seasoned Mom Packaged Hamburger Helper may save you a few minutes in the kitchen, but it isn’t doing a whole lot for your health with ingredients such as corn syrup, sugar, and MSG. This stovetop version packs in lean ground beef, whole-grain macaroni, and plenty of actual tomato sauce, and is hardly time-consuming to put together.  11. Spring Pea Risotto Photo: Kiwi and Carrot Who needs sugar when you have rich, creamy carbs that involve bacon? Not only is this recipe the ultimate savory comfort food, it also comes together in just 35 minutes—pretty much record timing for a risotto. 12. Yellow Rice Pork Chop Bake Photo: Food Done Light This foolproof rice recipe requires no stovetop stirring—the oven-baked method gets it just right. Plus the combination of saffron, paprika, and garlic powder will have your kitchen smelling heavenly.  Seafood 13. 20-Minute Baked Pesto Salmon Photo: Skinny Fitalicious With an avocado-based pesto slathered over salmon, this recipe is all about the “s” word—that is, superfoods, not sugar. Pair the fish with asparagus for a filling—not to mention, incredibly good-looking—plate.  14. Avocado Tuna Cakes Photo: Well Plated Get your protein and healthy fats in these neat little patties. Held together with egg and breadcrumbs then baked, they’re tasty and versatile. Serve them on a salad or with roasted veggies.   15. Pineapple Chipotle Salmon Tostadas Photo: Joyful Healthy Eats Fruit is a fantastic way to give a dish some all-natural sweetness, and a little goes a long way. These tostadas, piled high with spiced salmon and cooled off with a pineapple salsa, are a perfect example. 16. Cajun Shrimp and Rice Photo: Everyday Easy Eats No room for sugar in this spicy rice dish; Cajun seasonings, a squirt of lemon, and protein-packed shrimp do more than enough to make it tasty without the need for sweeteners, all-natural or otherwise.  17. Shrimp, Orzo, Spinach, and Feta Casserole Photo: The Straight Dish Next time anyone declares that seafood and cheese don’t mix, plate them up a big ol’ portion of this. The salty feta and shrimp go so perfectly with the garlicky pasta and sauce, you’ll no doubt be serving seconds. 18. Panfried Halibut With Grapefruit and Mango Salsa Photo: Cooks With Cocktails This dish packs in so many different flavors, you won’t even feel like you’re eating “light.” Simply seasoned halibut is pan-seared until flaky and topped with an herbed and slightly spicy fruit salsa. It’s refreshing and satisfying all at once. 19. Easy Tilapia Pomodoro Photo: My Life Cookbook Crusted in bread crumbs and Parmesan, and lightly browned—not fried—in a pan, this tilapia dish looks fancy, but requires just six ingredients. The easy tomato sauce makes for a tangy complement to the mild fish.  Meatless 20. Garlic Asparagus Artichoke Pasta Photo: Pumpkin and Peanut Butter While there’s no sugar in this recipe, it does use funky store-bought cubes of garlic, herbs, and ginger. If you can’t find them, just use regular garlic cloves and spices. This super-simple pasta will be just as delicious either way. 21. Pad Thai Zucchini Noodle Quinoa Salad Photo: Simply Quinoa Sugar is almost always included in an authentic pad Thai. This recipe departs from tradition, going for a loosely inspired version that not only skips sugar, but also uses zucchini “noodles” and adds quinoa for extra protein.  22. Quinoa Fried Rice Photo: Everyday Easy Eats Everyone needs a fried rice recipe in their arsenal, but give yours a superfood upgrade by using quinoa as a base instead. The fluffy kernels are chewy enough to hold up to the veggies and do a great job of absorbing the soy and Sriracha sauce. 23. Vegetable Samosa Bowl Photo: Kristin's Kitchen Who doesn’t love going to an Indian restaurant and starting off with a plate of crispy, deep-fried samosas? While that’s all well and good once in a while, try a healthier version at home. The veggie filling is piled on top of rice instead of wrapped in dough, and a spicy, cilantro sauce replaces the sugary tamarind one on the outside. 24. Easy Tempeh Fajitas Photo: B Brtinell Like tofu, tempeh soaks up whatever flavors you put on it. Here, it’s marinating in lime juice, garlic, and classic Mexican spices, then quickly sautéed with veggies for a fantastic weeknight fajita dinner.  25. Lentil Sloppy Joes Photo: Modern Little Victories Using lentils instead of meat for sloppy joes is a common vegetarian fix, but lots of recipes use brown sugar to sweeten the tomato sauce. This one nixes the sweetness, letting the tomato sauce and spices speak for themselves.  

 

15 Things Yogis Can’t Live Without

Sure, you have a yoga mat (you’re not doing your flow on a hard floor, right?), but if you really want to embrace your inner yogi, a mat is just the tip of the iceberg. We found more than a dozen irresistible products that all yoga lovers will be obsessed with. They range from the useful (yoga blocks and yoga bags) to the silly (namaste puns, anyone?). Having them around has been making us feel all sorts of zen.

1. Pinch Provisions Fitness Kit How many times have you walked into yoga class only to realize you don’t have a hair tie? This cute kit has you covered. You'll find the hair tie you were looking for, plus bobby pins, extra socks, ear buds, sample-size dry shampoo, deodorant towelettes, a foldable brush, a headband, a tampon, lip balm, blister balm, Band-Aids, safety pins, and breath mints. It's the definition of a lifesaver. ($22; shopspring.com) 2. Namast’ay in Bed Mug We all have that chipper friend who’s an unapologetic morning person and thinks it’s OK to say, “You sure you don’t want to sign up for a 7 a.m. flow this Sunday?” Just send them a selfie while sipping on some coffee (or booze—we’re not here to judge) from this cheeky mug. Problem solved. ($16.75; zazzle.com) 3. ClassPass We’re all about at-home yoga, but doing the same flow again and again gets boring. Classes are our favorite way to spice things up (Bikram, aerial, and beer yoga are all amazing), and ClassPass makes it so easy to sign up for the coolest yoga classes in your area. Bonus: They’re giving Greatist readers 70 percent off their first month.  (Price varies depending on location; classpass.com) 4. Yoga Joes G.I. Joe must be stiff from standing at attention for so long. You know what he needs? Yoga. These Yoga Joes flawlessly demonstrate nine moves, from child’s pose to warrior I (appropriate, right?). They'll be an awesome addition to any shelf or desk.  ($25; uncommongoods.com) 5. Sweaty Betty Yoga Block Unless you’re uber flexible, you’re going to need a yoga block at some point in your flow. Maybe you use it for support during triangle pose, or you grab two blocks to deepen your stretch in downward dog. You could purchase any old block, or you could get this one from Sweaty Betty. It might be made from the same foam, but it looks so much better. ($16; shopspring.com) 6. Quiver of Arrows Yoga Bag Embrace your inner Katniss Everdeen with this sweet yoga bag from Brogamats. It’s functional (a full-length zipper means you can fit all standard-size mats) and a great conversation starter. Next time you head to a new studio, bring this bag, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to make some new friends.  ($40; amazon.com)   7. Namast’op I Can’t Even T-Shirt You know those moments when you’re in a hot yoga class and you slip while easing into warrior II because you’re basically a puddle of sweat? The little voice in our head says what's printed on this t-shirt (plus an expletive or two). So obviously we need to be wearing it. ($35; shopbetches.com) 8. Bed of Nails Acupressure Mat and Pillow Twisting yourself into a pretzel in yoga class might work wonders to relieve muscle tension, but this mat takes it to the next level. Don’t let the name “bed of nails” scare you—there isn't anything you would find in a hardware store attached to this mat. Instead, the pointy acupressure plates stimulate blood flow to ease any lingering muscle soreness or pain.  ($39.95; amazon.com) 9. Athleta Get to Work Gym Bag Finding a fashionable gym bag that actually holds your yoga mat? We thought that was impossible until we came across this beauty from Athleta. The straps along the side of the bag are specially designed to hold your mat. And, on top of that, both the interior and the exterior have lots of pockets so this doesn't become the giant black hole that most gym bags are.  ($79; athleta.gap.com) 10. Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel Call us skeptical, but every no-slip yoga mat we’ve tried hasn’t worked as advertised. At the beginning of class it appears to be doing its job, but the second we start sweating, our mat turns into a slip 'n slide. OK, fine. We're being a *little* dramatic, but you get the point. And that’s why these towels come in handy. They’re pricey, but washable. Put one over your yoga mat and never slip again—seriously.  ($59.01; amazon.com) 11. Every Body Yoga We wish we had someone like Jessamyn Stanley by our side when we started practicing yoga—someone to tell us to stop comparing ourselves to everyone else in class, someone to tell us how yoga can help us love our bodies. Her how-to book has 50 basic poses and 10 sequences, but it’s not just for beginners. We can all learn something from the way Stanley thinks (and talks) about yoga.  ($11.56; amazon.com) 12. Yummi Yogi Cutting Board Your charcuterie board has never looked so balanced! This adorable handmade cutting board is shaped like someone in tree pose, making it super Instagrammable when you’re using it to cut fruit or serve cheese and crackers.  ($50; etsy.com)  13. Pug Yoga Poster We’ll spare you the downward dog puns and just say this poster of pug poses is perfect for anyone who loves dogs or yoga—or both! And doesn’t that cover pretty much everyone out there?   ($24.88; society6.com) 14. The Mindfulness Coloring Book Feeling stressed? Chakras out of whack? Keep this mini coloring book in your bag or your back pocket—it really is small enough to fit. Its 70 designs range from flowers to butterflies to rolling waves, making them all a quick way to zen out on those days when you're too busy to take an hour-long yoga class.  ($6.45; amazon.com) 15. Hey What’s Up Let’s Flow T-Shirt We’re not sure if Fetty Wap does yoga, but it doesn't matter. This twist on the opening line in his song “Trap Queen” makes us laugh every time anyway. We know, we know—$50 is pricey for a tank top. But can you really put a price on telling the world, “Hey, I’m zen and on trend?” Didn't think so. ($50; y7-studio.com)

 

Couple married almost 70 years dies minutes apart

An Illinois couple married for 69 years died minutes apart, according to their daughter.Isaac and Teresa Vatkin died last weekend, their daughter, Clara, told WGN.

>> Read more trending news The couple immigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s, according to Clara, and had a loving marriage until the very end.The couple's health had declined in recent years and they were both taken to the hospital last weekend. When doctors determined that the couple did not have much time left, they were placed side by side so they could hold hands. Teresa died first, and Isaac died not more than 20 minutes later, according to Clara.

Girl almost turned away from prom because of dress length

A Florida woman is calling on school leaders to clarify guidelines for what students can wear to prom after confusion and controversy arose over the dress that her daughter wore to the dance.

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Leaders at Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, Florida, told  Action News Jax that the teenager's dress was too short in the front.

“She’s crying, she’s like, ‘Mom, just come and get me.’ I said, ‘No, you’re going to the prom.’ We spent all of this money, and it doesn’t make any sense for them to say it’s inappropriate,” Nydia Allen said.

>> Related: Florida student wears Black Lives Matter-inspired prom dress

Allen said her daughter called her an hour after she took a picture of her in her dress before prom. Most of the dress touches the ground. The skirt touches her knees in the front.

“She was saying that they said her skirt was too short,” Allen said.

Allen said she bought the dress based on the guidelines outlined in a letter that she said the school sent home.

>> Related: Teen takes 93-year-old grandmother to prom

The letter said dresses must be an appropriate length, but Allen said that when her daughter got to the prom, school leaders told her a different story.

“I asked them to show me what’s inappropriate, and they continued to say, ‘It says it here, it has to be to the ankle,’ and I said, ‘That’s not the paperwork you guys sent home.’ They need to change the way they’re writing these contracts for the students let it be known and make it clear, on what you expect at the prom. She can wear the skirt to school, but she can’t wear it to prom? What’s the difference?” Allen said.

A spokesperson for Duval County Public Schools sent Action News Jax this statement: “For Sandalwood High School, students were made aware in advance that prom dresses must be floor length. To resolve the issue, additional fabric was added to the front of the dress.”

Allen said they tried to add more material to the dress to make it longer, but eventually allowed her daughter in after she put on black tights. 

>> Related: Jacksonville high school apologizes for 'good girl' prom dress flyers posted in hallways

Giant 3-foot rabbit found dead on United Airlines flight

While still dealing with legal action and negative public relations after a man was forcibly dragged from a flight, United Airlines is now investigating an incident in which a giant rabbit was found dead aboard one of the airline’s international flights.  

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According to the BBC, a nearly 3-foot-long giant rabbit named Simon was traveling from London’s Heathrow airport to Chicago’s O'Hare airport in the cargo space of a United plane on April 19.

The rabbit was being shipped to a new owner in the U.S.

Simon’s breeder, Annette Edwards, from Worcestershire, England, said the rabbit had been seen by a veterinarian hours before the flight. 

“Simon had a vet’s checkup three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle,” Edwards told The Sun. “I’ve sent rabbits all around the world and nothing like this has happened before.”

Edwards said the unidentified American buyer is upset.

“I haven’t got a clue who’s to blame, but it’s certainly very weird when Simon was so healthy,” Edwards told CNN.

Simon, a 10-month-old Continental Giant rabbit, was poised to grow to be the world’s largest rabbit, according to NBC News. The largest rabbit on record, as noted by the Guinness World Records, is Simon’s father, a 4-foot-4-inch and 50-pound animal named Darius.

“We were saddened to hear this news. The safety and well-being of all the animals that travel with us is of the utmost importance to United Airlines and our PetSafe team,” the airline said in a statement. “We have been in contact with our customer and have offered assistance. We are reviewing this matter.”

Earlier this month, United Airlines made headlines when a passenger, David Dao, was forcibly removed from a flight after refusing to give up his seat for a United employee on a fully booked flight. United CEO Oscar Munoz said no one would be fired for the incident.

Make it a Cinco de Mayo to remember with this easy margarita cheesecake

Cinco de Mayo is a day for chips and salsa, guacamole and, of course, margaritas.

This year, enjoy those divine lime and tequila flavors in cheesecake form. We promise you’ll enjoy this margarita cheesecake from Delish so much, you’ll want to make it year-round!

RELATED: Get ready for Cinco de Mayo by whipping up some easy margarita cupcakes

You will need:
  • 7 tablespoons butter
  • 5 limes
  • 1 orange
  • 8 ounces vanilla wafer cookies
  • 4 packages cream cheese
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 container sour cream
  • ¼ cup orange juice or orange liqueur

Garnish your finished cheesecake with orange and lemon slices. Get the full recipe from Delish.

50 free things you can get this year

What’s that you say? You like free things? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up 50 of our favorite things that you can get absolutely free. A few are tied to specific dates and age groups, but for the most part, everything here is free (at least as of press time) for the taking whenever you want it.

So, without further ado, here are 50 things that are totally free and totally awesome that you can get right now or anytime this year.

1. Free Chocolate

We wanted to start this list off right, so, yes, free chocolate. Join the Godiva Rewards Club and you will be eligible for a free piece of chocolate. Every. Single. Month.

2. Free Food at Grocery Stores

Take advantage of the free samples at your local grocer to not only get a free meal while you shop, but to also become familiar with new products. Most stores bring in sample tables during their busiest times – usually on weekends. So skip lunch and head to the grocery store.

3. Free Food at Restaurants

Lots of restaurants and other food retailers have an annual freebie day. Think free pancakes from IHOP on National Pancake Day, a free doughnut from Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme and others on National Doughnut Day and even a free Slurpee from 7-Eleven on July 11 (that’s 7/11 if you missed it.)

4. Free Kid Meals

A lot of restaurants, especially chains, offer free or close-to-free kids meals. For a list of restaurants in your area, type “kids eat free” into your search engine.

5. Free Admission to National Parks

Throughout the year certain national parks do not charge entry fees. But each year there are free admission days to all of the national parks. You can check out the free-admission schedule here.

RELATED: In honor of 100 years of the National Park Service, here is the most popular NPS site in your state

6. Free Admission to Museums & Cultural Events

Washington, D.C., is filled with free art and cultural events thanks to government funding. Head to the Smithsonian American Art Museum or the Phillips Collection and admission will be free. The monuments? Free. National Portrait Gallery? National Air and Space Museum? Free, free, free.

7. Free Credit Scores

Knowing where your credit stands and the impact your financial actions have on your them is important. You can get two absolutely free credit scores right here on Credit.com.

8. Free Credit Reports

Like your credit score, it’s important to keep track of your credit reports as well. They can affect your interest and insurance rates, as well as your ability to land a job or apartment, so it pays to make sure they’re accurate. You can get your free credit reports from all three credit bureaus every year at AnnualCreditReport.com.

9. Free Books

You can download digital copies of thousands of books at Gutenberg.org or the University of Pennsylvania online books page, and you won’t pay a penny to do so. That’s because the copyrights on these books have expired, so they’ve entered the public domain. Some of these books also are available for free through online retailers like Amazon.com and iTunes.com.

10. Free Audiobooks

Likewise, LibriVox.org offers public domain audiobooks for free for anyone to listen to, on their computers, iPods or other mobile devices or to burn onto a CD. And if you’d like to record a reading of one of the books for others to listen to, LibriVox is always looking for volunteers.

11. Free Music, for Listening …

You probably already know you can listen to as much free music as you like (with advertisements, of course) with apps like Pandora and Spotify, but it’s worth mentioning because they’re FREE.

12. … & for Creative Use

The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of audio downloads provided by WFMU. Inspired by Creative Commons and the open source software movement, the FMA provides a legal and technological framework for curators, artists and listeners to harness the potential of music sharing. Each MP3 has varying copyright laws, so you’ll need to check out each rights holders terms of use, but there’s a lot of amazing music to be had.

13. Free Coding Classes

Whether you’re looking at a career change or just self-edification, if you’ve ever wanted to learn to code, FreeCodeCamp.com is offering you the chance to do so.

14. Free Design Content

Are you a photographer, designer or other creative looking for free fonts, software add-ons and graphic elements for your projects? Creative Market offers a rotating basket of freebies each week available for your creative endeavors.

15. Free Font Help

Ever wonder what font is being used for that logo or sign? If so, What the Font can help. You can upload the logo and in a few simple steps, this app will show you a list of possible fonts.

16. Free Online Fundraising

If you’re looking to finance your product or startup and are considering crowdsourcing the funds but want to keep 100% of the money you raise, you might want to check out Redbasket, the crowdsourcing site that charges no fees and doesn’t take a cut of your donations.

17. Free Credit Calculators

These interactive calculators can help you prepare for everything from getting an auto or home loan to planning for retirement and setting savings goals. Our calculators provide instant results with no need to fill out complicated forms.

18. Free Credit Consultation

If you need help getting your credit back on track, or getting rid of some errors on your credit reports, a credit consultation might be just the thing. You can get a free credit consultation at Lexington Law. (Full Disclosure: Lexington Law is a Credit.com partner.) You can learn more about disputing errors on your credit report here.

19. Free Credit Card Perks

If you have a credit card, you may want to take a look at your cardholder agreement to ensure you’re getting the most value out of your card that you can. Many cards offer perks like rental car insurance coverage, extended warranties on purchases made with the card and other valuable offers. If your card doesn’t offer these things, you might want to comparison shop some other credit cards.

20. Free Hotel Stays

Want free hotel stays? One of the fastest ways to get them is by using a hotel rewards credit card. Here’s a roundup of some of the our favorite hotel rewards credit cards. If that’s not your thing, you could always join a hotel loyalty program and earn points that will ultimately earn you free stays. (It’s faster with the credit card, though.)

21. Free Flights

Same goes for airlines. An airline miles credit card is your fastest route to earning free airline travel, but you can also join your preferred carrier’s rewards program to earn points. Doing both, however, is the fastest way to rack up points.

RELATED: This trick can get you a free plane ticket

22. Free Carry-On Luggage

Tired of paying to take your bag on the plane with you? Consider flying with Southwest Airlines, which allows two free carry-on bags per customer, or with JetBlue, which allows one free carry-on.

23. Free Tour Guides

Want to see your next travel destination through the eyes of a local? And not pay for it? Well, you’re in luck. Global Greeter Network’s vetted volunteers can show you the area for free with a strict no-tips-allowed policy. They can show you the sites they love or plan an excursion centered around things you want to see and do.

24. Free Travel Planning

Have a road trip in your near future? You’ll want to check out Roadtrippers before you put on your driving gloves. Just tell them your starting point and destination, and the site will provide information on must-see attractions and budget-friendly accommodations along the way.

25. Free Tax Preparation

If you need help preparing your income taxes, check out the IRS’s Free File program. You’ll qualify for free tax preparation software if your adjusted gross income is $64,000 or less. And if you made less than $54,000 last year, you could qualify for tax help through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

26. Free Financial Tools

Want to track your net worth, plan for your retirement and even analyze your portfolio? All in one place? And all for free? Personal Capital has the tools to let you do that. As they say on their website, “Our free financial tools make it easy to manage your entire financial life in one place.”

27. Free Oil & Battery Recycling

If you change your oil yourself, you know it can be a hassle to dispose of the oil you’ve drained from your car. Advance Auto Parts makes it easy. And free. For your used battery as well.

28. Free Mulch & Compost

Many municipalities offer free mulch and compost for home gardeners. Contact your city’s parks and recreation department to see what options are available.

29. Free Pest Inspection

Got bugs? Terminix will do a free pest inspection of your home, as well as a termite inspection. Be sure to ask about any available discounts if you decide to go with their recommended treatment plan.

30. Free Package Pickup

Need to ship a package but don’t have time or transportation to get to the post office? A postal carrier will pick up your package for you, free of charge. You’ll still have to pay for the shipping, but at least you don’t have to stand in line at the post office.

31. Free College Tuition

It’s a growing movement in the United States, with New York being the latest state to offer free tuition to state universities. Check out what options are available to you through your state’s education department or by using a tool like Get Schooled’s free tuition finder.

32. Free Career Training

The Student Career Experience Program is a paid student program that lets participants get work experience directly related to their academic field of study. According to Benefits.gov, “it provides formal periods of work and study while you are attending school. It requires a commitment by you, your school, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. You may be eligible for permanent employment after successfully completing your education and meeting work requirements.”

33. Free Assistance for Starting a Small Business

The Small Business Administration offers numerous resources to help you learn about what it takes to start a business and keep it growing.

34. Free Pet Care

If you’re having trouble affording your pet, whether feeding or medical care, the Humane Society has a list of resources that can help. Some even offer services free of charge.

35. Free Pet Safety Stickers

If your home is ever on fire or there is some other life-threatening situation, there are stickers from the ASPCA that will let neighbors and rescue workers know that your furry loved ones are in the house so they can take appropriate action.

36. Free Digital Estate Planning

You’re going to die someday. We all will, so might as well prepare for the inevitable. Dead Man’s Switch lets you create a secure email that will be sent out to your designated family and/or friends so you can make sure they have all of your important information, like usernames, passwords, bank account and other details. How does it work? The company sends you periodic messages asking if you’re still alive. If you someday don’t respond, it activates your email.

37. Free Price Checking

Ever wonder if you’re really saving on that Amazon purchase, but don’t feel like driving all the way to the store just to see? Services like Honey or CamelCamelCamel can help you compare prices quickly to ensure you’re getting the very best deal.

38. Free Broadband Speed Test

If you’re experiencing some slowness on your computer you may want to check to see just how fast your connection is. You can do that for free using the broadband speed test at Speedtest.net.

39. Free Samples

Want to try some new products, or get teeny-tiny tubes you can travel with? You can get everything from toothpaste and shampoo to mouthwash and more by visiting blogs and sites that compile free offers. Some to consider are Hey, It’s Free!, Mr. Free Stuff and FreeStuffFinder.com.

There’s also a Freebies Subreddit that does much the same thing for all Redditors out there in search of free stuff.

40. Free Used Items

In need of some wooden pallets? Maybe a garden rake or a lamp that needs to be rewired? Craigslist has a “Free Stuff” category that lets people post their unwanted items that are free for the taking. Check out the listings in your area.

41. Free Beauty Kit

If you like makeup, you probably like Sephora. And if you become a “Beauty Insider” you’ll have your choice of a free beauty gift each year.

42. Free Hearing Test

AARP members (only people age 50 or older are eligible for membership) can get a free hearing test over the phone. Membership to AARP is $16 per year and comes with multiple other benefits and discounts that more than pay for the membership costs.

43. Free Phone for Hearing Impaired

This service, funded by the Federal Communications Commission, gives free phones to people who have medically recognized hearing loss. Users are able to read what the person on the other end of the line is saying. Learn more at CaptionCall.com.

44. Free Prescription Drugs

Some supermarket pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies offer generic drugs for free to low-income patients without prescription drug insurance. Contact your pharmacy or search the RxAssist database to find free medication through drug companies’ patient assistance programs.

45. Residential Repair Services

Seniors needing minor work done around their house can reach out to their local government offices for the aging to see what services might be available. Keep in mind that the labor through these programs is offered for free but all necessary supplies will need to be paid for by the resident.

46. Free Baby Supplies

Babies are expensive, but lots of companies offer assistance for families who need a little help. Need formula? Similac offers free infant formula samples. You also can sign up with diaper manufacturers like Pampers to get free samples.

47. Free Birthday Treats

There are literally hundreds of restaurants and retailers that give away free birthday goodies, especially for loyalty club members. Offerings include everything from free desserts and surprise gifts to full meals, all for free. Check out your favorite company’s website to see what’s available.

48. Free Shipping

If you’re still paying for shipping on purchases, well, why? There are dozens of retailers that offer free shipping on all items year ‘round.

49. Free Uber Rides

Next time you need a ride, first check for the latest promo codes to see if any of them will offer you a sweet deal on getting to your destination. Groupon and other online coupon sites also offer deeply discounted fares when you buy in advance.

50. Free Wedding Swag

Planning a wedding? Check out sites like WeddingVibe, which offers giveaways for all sorts of free stuff for your wedding. From photo sessions for you and your spouse-to-be to shopping sprees and more.

Taking advantage of free stuff is one way to stay on budget. We’ve got 50 more ways to stay out of debt right here

Note: It’s important to remember that terms and conditions on products and services frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms cited in this article may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with providers directly. More from Credit.com

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