Andy Hough from USNews.com states that no one should ever pay for a pen. He says that free pens are available for the taking as promotional items, and that "a free pen writes just as well as an expensive one." While you may not agree if you are used to a specific type of pen, such as a felt tip, chances are good that with practice, you can get used to the ballpoint pens that you can procure for free.

Visit your local bank, real estate office or doctor. Most of these establishments have pens that are either inscribed with the business's name or with the name of a drug or pharmaceutical company. They are usually in canisters, ready for a client to grab and use. The benefit to you is that you get a free pen, and the benefit to the company is the advertising that you will unwittingly give them as you take out your pen to write.

Look for money saving coupons, and combine these with rebates. This is especially easy to do during the back-to-school sales in July or August. You may, for example, be able to purchase a pack of pens for a dollar, then send in the receipt for a rebate of your dollar, in essence making your pen purchase free. Scour the ads that come in the mail or in your Sunday paper for coupons, sales and rebates.

Go to a fair or a convention. Vendors often give out bags full of informational literature, and these bags usually contain a free pen.

Ask for pens for holidays or for your birthday. People love to give useful presents, and pens are very useful. If you prefer a certain type of pen that is often not available for free, this may be your best bet for getting free pens that you like to use.