Home Freebies

Learn to tackle tasks around the house, whip up gourmet meals and more with no-cost lessons and supplies.

Home Improvement Skills
Find out how to take on fixer-upper projects big and small at Home Depot's free Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Herself workshops. Search for schedules at the store or at homedepot.com, where you can register for a spot online.

Culinary Classes
Attend a free hour-long technique class at Williams-Sonoma to enhance your kitchen know-how. Topics include cookware and the best way to work with seasonal produce. You can sample the finished product as well as get 10 percent off anything you purchase at the store that day.

Crafting Demos
At Michaels' free Make-It-Take-It events learn such skills as arranging flowers and using chalkboard paint for added fun at kids' parties. Visit michaels.com/store-events for a calendar. Another way to improve your crafting IQ? The free classes on sewing, quilting, cake decorating and more at craftsy.com/classes.

Tax Prep
Get your taxes prepared for free by a volunteer in your community by searching "free tax prep" at irs. gov. Have relatively easy returns or don't need help via phone? Use the free versions of TurboTax or TaxAct, which offer online support.

Apple Tutorials
Perplexed by your iPad? The Apple store offers free demos on all its products; topics include making videos, tackling spreadsheets and a lot more.