I believe greed is a poison in our world and want to oppose it as much as I can, every incremental action is worth something, I hope.
The number one place to go for free services in every city in the US, the one place where everyone is accepted regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, socio-economic status, physical abilities or attributes, citizenship status, political affiliation or anything else is….Libraries! They’re designed to be absolutely free, paid through public taxes (unlike the mega corporations: Amazon, Apple, etc, I cancelled Netflix for this reason). The richest should pay their share of taxes; it’s outrageous that they don’t.
At Oakland Public Library (as well as others), you can borrow books, audiobooks (books on CD), magazines, movies and much more. Here’s a brief list of what’s available for Free:
1)books including large print, (LINK+ borrowing gives free access to library books/media from other library systems like SF, Berkeley etc)
2)audiobooks (great to listen to while doing other things, make being stuck in traffic more bearable).
3)magazines and newspapers (many are also online, free access to New York Times online)
4)DVDS (some BluRays, but not many)
5)music CDs, sheet music
6)toddler toys (dolls, dinosaurs, kitchen sets, blocks etc)
7)tools (gardening, plumbing, hardware)
8)WiFi free hotspot mobile access
10)seed lending library (free seeds for gardening)
12)bicycle tire pump and lock
13)computers/laptops (library use only)
14)scanners and fax (both are free service, copiers cost 15 cents per page)
15)meeting rooms are free for non-profits
16)programs: (arts/crafts, lectures, performances, yoga, cooking, writing groups)
17)tax preparation (low income requirement)
19)resources for homeless (hygiene kits, referrals to food banks, clothing, showers, shelter)
20)snacks or lunch for kids and teens
21)online learning (foreign languages, career advancement, etc)
22)streaming video (Hoopla, Kanopy)
All for free!