Due to the current economic climate, we are all looking for ways to save some money, but there are often things we think we can’t live without, but we truly can. One of these things is the internet; I’m not saying you have to give up the internet completely, but there are ways you can reduce costs. Try finding some local internet hotspots whenever you need to use the internet because they are convenient and free.

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There are plenty of places, such as cafes and book shops that allow you to access the internet for free, so why not take advantage of this and save some money of your own. Here are some of the main places that have free internet hotspots.


Many McDonald’s restaurants now offer free wifi while you are enjoying a nice cup of coffee or a big mac meal. You are allowed to browse the internet without having to pay for anything except your food and drink, and let’s face it, that doesn’t cost too much if you’re ordering from the dollar menu.


There is a Starbucks coffee shop almost everywhere and many of them offer free wifi, so you are sure to find something near you. All you have to do is bring your phone, laptop or other device and you can be browsing the internet within a few minutes.

Panera Bread

If you are lucky enough to have a Panera Bread restaurant located near you, then feel free to explore the internet and finish off some work while enjoying a lovely sandwich, coffee or iced tea!

Caribou Coffee

Relax and enjoy a nice coffee at Caribou Coffee at the same time you are chatting with friends over facebook, checking emails or finishing a presentation off for work.

Barnes & Noble

A bookshop is the perfect place for peace and quiet, so browse the internet for free in the Barnes & Noble cafe while enjoying a little snack and a coffee.


Have a lovely chicken sandwich and a yummy chocolate milkshake while catching up with emails, chatting with friends and finishing off that last minute homework!


If you are enjoying a stack of pancakes at IHOP, then why not take your laptop along with you so you can make those last minute changes to your work at the same time.

CiCi’s Pizza

Browse the internet while filling your belly with unlimited pizza from the buffet! You can get your unlimited pizza for a low cost and explore the internet for free, so it’s a win-win situation.


Obviously this is not a restaurant or a bookshop; however, many libraries have computers that they allow the public to use. So this is a completely free option for you. Find out whether your local library has computers you can use.


Many malls offer free wifi, so why not take a seat in the food court and browse the internet? Again this isn’t a restaurant or a bookshop, but it is another completely free option. It is also something that most people should have access to.

All of these places offer free wifi hotspots for your convenience. Why not take advantage of these places and save some money on your internet costs at home, especially if you are trying to find ways to reduce your monthly bills. Give it a try and see how it works out for you!

Ericka is a business coach who helps many business owners with their own businesses. In her spare time, Ericka loves to spend time with her children and read about property investment.

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