Raising kids is probably going to be one of your greatest achievements in life, but also probably your most expensive! Wouldn't it be great if you could save some money and get free stuff for kids to help cut some costs?
Well, you're in luck because we've found some fab kids freebies, which can really help you stick to your budget.
Let's get started!
Free kids food & snacks
First things first, your kids have got to eat! Whether they're toddlers or tweens, there are ways to slash your weekly supermarket food shop and help keep your little ones' tummies healthy and happy.
Free food on supermarket apps
I love supermarket apps because they give away so many freebies! My favourite two to download for freebies are Shopmium and CheckoutSmart, but Quidco ClickSnap, TopCashback Snap & Save and Green Jinn are also great for saving money on your food shopping bill.
You can get all sorts for kids, including:
- Free Cow & Gate snacks
- Free Little Dish meals and snacks
- Free milkshake drinks
- Free kids yoghurts
and lots more! Just pick up your item in store as normal, then simply upload a pic up of your receipt to the app and you'll receive 100% cashback straight into your bank or PayPal account.
Find out more about how to get free food and drink.
Free coupons for kids meals
There are often handy coupons that pop up from brands offering a free product and kids food companies love to give these away in the hope you'll choose them next time.
Previous coupons have included free Goodfella's Kids Pizzas, Birds Eye Fish Fingers and more.
The best ways to find these coupons include:
- Signing up to our newsletter to receive daily updates on the latest freebies
- Following your favourite brands and companies on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
- Opt-in to receive newsletters from your kids favourite food brands to get exclusive coupons
Print your coupons and take them with you on your next shopping trip. You'll be amazed when you watch your total drop with all these exciting kids food freebies!
Free healthy snacks for kids
As well as meals, you can also get yourself free snacks for kids, healthy snacks too! It's so difficult to find cheap snacks, so hopefully this will help you out.
Some of the ways to get these free healthy snacks include:
- Change 4 life - these guys love to give advice about eating healthy and right now they are giving away free healthy packs on their website, which includes lots of lovely, healthy free kids stuff like coupons for yoghurts
- Free Tesco fruit snacks - when you pop into your local Tesco, head to the fruit basket and your kids can enjoy free fruit snacks while you do your shop, which is great because they'll be nice and quiet while tucking into a healthy treat
Hope your kids enjoy these!
Can my kids get free school dinners?
Under the universal free school meal system, every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 in England and Wales is entitled to a free hot lunch.
Parents can also apply for free meals for older kids if they claim state benefits, while child asylum seekers are also granted free lunches.
Find out more about how to apply for free school dinners today.
Free entertainment for kids
Sometimes it feels impossible to keep the kids entertained! Here are some free and budget-friendly tips and tricks to get free stuff for kids that they'll love.
Free Sports stuff for kids
Encouraging your kids to be active is important for their health and wellbeing, but some sports equipment is pretty expensive! There are a few schemes and competitions that run throughout the year to make this easier for you.
- Sports4Schools - which offers free sports equipment to the value of up to £500 to your child's school
- Tennis for kids - offers over 20,000 free tennis rackets and lessons! Keep an eye out for 2018 registrations
It's also worth keeping an eye out for free stuff and competitions in the lead up to Spring and Summer holidays, as brands will run loads of promotions aimed at kids and sportswear for these seasonal holidays.
How to watch free Disney movies
Sky Store often run promotions to sign up and receive a free DVD worth £13.99! You don't even have to purchase any of their services. Just sign up or log in and follow the steps to claim yours.
They have a huge selection of the latest kids films, including lots of traditional Disney as well.
Now TV also run giveaways for free movie and entertainment passes worth £19.999 when you sign up with their exclusive codes, which we help you find and feature on our site.
British Gas even run free Sky Movie giveaways, last time they were giving away a whopping 150,000 free passes to watch the new Beauty & The Beast!
Just keep an eye out for all these brands and make sure you check our home and kids section for all the latest films.
Free things to do on school holidays
The school holidays can quickly become boring for your kids, but with holidays and outdoor activity price hikes during school breaks, it can be tough to do things with your kids when you're on a budget.
Check out our handy list of completely free things to do in the holidays with your kids. Our favourites include:
- Visiting the library
- Going for a hike
- Building a fort
There's so much to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice and your kids will love it!
Free kids stationery & crafts
Kids love crafts and stationery, and there's lots of fun and creative things to do now. The problem is, this hobby can also quickly add up!
Luckily, there are lots free kids stuff that they will really enjoy and it will last quite a while, too.
Some of the best stationery and crafts freebies include:d
Free BBC Blue Planet Poster
I LOVE Blue Planet, do you? If your kids are fans of this fascinating show, then you can get them a free poster for their bedroom. It's fun AND educational!
Kikki k. design £5
When you sign up to Kikki k.'s newsletter they reward you with a £5 free voucher to spend in store. You also get another £5 on your birthday! They have some adorable stationery and bits and bobs in there that are perfect for kids.
Paperchase often runs free workshops during the holidays to help your kids release their creativity. There is often a theme surrounding the time of year e.g. Easter, Christmas and so on.
Make sure you keep an eye on when your nearest one is and head on down!
Please note though, the workshop is free but the supplies are not, but you do get 30% or more off in store when your little ones attend the event.
I love these! Toucan boxes are a fab subscription that come loaded with fun and super exciting crafts and activities for your kids each month. Sign up today and get your first box free.
Photo credit: The Greenwich Mummy
How to get free toys for your kids
Toys are super expensive and kids always want the latest gadgets to keep up with their mates. How do YOU keep up with that demand, though?
Here are a few ways to get free toys for your kids and keep them happy.
Apply to be a product tester
IMAGINE how many brownie points you'll earn when your kids are playing with the latest toys that are so new they haven't even been released yet?
Don't be disheartened if applications are closed for the time being, just bookmark the page and keep checking back.
Enter competitions to win free toys
There are hundreds of competitions running daily online, in shops and magazines. All you have to do is look for them.
Competition sites like The Prize Finder and Competition Database are good places to start, and looking on wrappers for promotional purchase comps is also a good place to look for competitions.
It's important to remember that you'll have lots of competitions, some people even do this for a living!
Follow your favourite mummy bloggers and enter their competitions, which more than likely will have way less entries. This will improve your chance of winning.
For more ways to win competitions, get started with our free competitions guide.
Attend free toy events with goody bags
Smyths, The Entertainer and Toys R Us all run exciting free events in their stores across the country, which include free goody bags stashed with free treats!
To get free stuff for your kids, like mini figures, trading cards and more treats in a goody bag.
These are often given away on a first come, first serve basis so it's best to get there and early and cross your fingers you'll get one of the limited amount of goody bags on offer.
Follow each toy company on social media and sign up to their newsletters to be the first in the know about upcoming events.
Free LEGO for kids
LEGO is still massive with kids! It's also very pricey. These Denmark-born blocks will keep your kids entertained for hours, so wouldn't it be great if you could get them for free?
Great news, there are a few ways you can pick up LEGO freebies!
Free LEGO mini builds
Every month, LEGO Stores around the world host a free event for kids ages 6-14 called the monthly mini model build.
At this free event, kids will learn how to build a mini model and then take home the free LEGO mini build.
There's a new mini model to build every month, which gives kids a chance to build up an awesome LEGO collection!
It also improves their building skills, and lets them meet other kids who are just as excited about LEGO as they are.
You'll need to register for the event in advance every month. Spaces fill up fast so sign up ASAP!
Free LEGO Magazine
Sign your kids up to LEGO Club magazine to get a free magazine filled with puzzles, games and more! Once you've confirmed your kid's free registration, you'll receive their free magazine in the post.
Did you know that you'll also receive 4 more throughout the year when you sign up to their exclusive website? That's 5 free magazines full of activities that will keep them entertained for hours!
Free LEGO passport
Your child can collect stamps on their very own LEGO passport by completing tasks and attending events in-store.
Find out more about this amazing freebie and ask for info when you next visit your nearest LEGO store.
Birthday freebies for kids
What could be more exciting for kids than treat on their birthday? I know you'll want to spoil them, so here are some ways you can do it for free.
- Free treat & card from LEGO
- Free mention on CBeebies
- Free £5 voucher from Toys R Us
- Free badge from Playmobil
- Free mention on Disney Junior
Check out our ultimate list of birthday freebies for more free birthday stuff for your kids!
I hope your kids enjoy these freebies! Do you have any I've missed? Get in touch today.