14 Things You Can Get for Free in April

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April showers bring May flowers — and an array of fabulous freebies.

From free doughnuts (daily!) to gratis garden supplies and complimentary cat food, we’ve rounded up some of the best deals you’ll find this month.

Read on to see which exciting offers will soon be springing up all around you. And for even more options, head on over to Money Talks News’ freebies page.

Free shipping — ongoing

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The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the convenience of shopping from the convenience of home. Many major retailers always offer free shipping with no minimum purchase requirement.

To find out who makes the list, check out “30 Retailers That Offer Free Shipping — With No Minimum Purchase.”

Free Krispy Kreme doughnuts — throughout 2021

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Krispy Kreme is offering up a very sweet deal for those who get vaccinated against COVID-19 — free doughnuts daily for the rest of the year. Protection from coronavirus and months of gratis goodies: Talk about a win-win!

To score your complimentary doughnuts, simply show your vaccination card at your local Krispy Kreme shop. Learn more about this and other exciting offers from the doughnut maker in “Krispy Kreme Offering Free Doughnuts All Year.”

Free garden supplies at Lowe’s — throughout April

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Ready to exercise your green thumb this spring? The fine folks at Lowe’s want to help!

During its month-long SpringFest, the retail giant will be giving away a variety of gardening goodies, from complimentary Garden-to-Go kits to gratis tree saplings in honor of Earth Day. Get details.

Free Apple Music — ongoing (3 months or 6 months)

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Want 70 million popular tunes at your fingertips? Apple Music is offering a free three-month trial of its popular streaming service, which allows users to access millions of ad-free songs on all their devices and download their favorites. This deal, which is only valid for new customers, is truly music to our ears!

Then again, why settle for only three months of complimentary Apple Music when you can literally double your listening pleasure? New subscribers can sign up for six months of free Apple Music through Best Buy. Check it out.

Free lamination of vaccination cards at Office Depot/Office Max — through July 25

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Cruise lines, travel destinations, major sports venues and even universities have begun requiring people to prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. But that flimsy paper vaccination card, the only real evidence to show that you have been vaccinated against the virus, might not hold up well over time.

Not to worry: Office Depot and OfficeMax are offering free lamination of vaccination cards at all of their stores nationwide through July 25. Learn more.

Just note: Some vaccination cards may not hold up to the lamination process. If a thermal printer was used to print stickers on the card, lamination can turn the card black. Gently scratch any stickers with your fingernail — if the sticker turns black, a thermal printer was used.

Free credit reports — through April 20, 2022

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With much of America now getting vaccinated against COVID-19, thoughts are naturally returning to spending — in stores, on vacations, even on houses.

Before you whip out the plastic, take a look at where your score currently stands — and keep tabs on it for the rest of the year. Recently, the big three credit-reporting agencies announced they will offer access to free weekly credit reports through April 20, 2022. Find out more in “Free Weekly Credit Report Offer Extended for a Year.”

Free fishing days — throughout spring and summer

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Want to catch a big one, but don’t have a fishing license? Not a problem. Free Fishing Days allow anglers to cast their rods without having to purchase one — perfect for beginners looking to try out the sport.

Free Fishing Days vary by state, but Floridians can showcase their skills on April 3 and 4. Get details.

Free Nature’s Logic cat food — ongoing

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Attention, cat owners: Your pet’s diet can significantly impact his or her health and longevity. Nature’s Logic cat food is all-natural and contains no synthetic vitamins — and you can now score two free cans for your canine companion. Sign up for your coupon.

Free tax preparation — ongoing

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Tax Day is now May 17, so you have more time to settle your obligations to Uncle Sam. Don’t waste it — several free services are available to help you file a return properly and on time.

Volunteer tax preparers across the nation will do your taxes for free, provided your annual income is $57,000 or less. Others also may qualify for the service. Visit this IRS webpage to learn more.

Those who make $72,000 or less can use the IRS Free File program, a partnership between the IRS and makers of commercial tax-preparation software. With this service, you can prepare and file your federal individual income tax return for free using tax-preparation-and-filing software. Learn more at this IRS webpage.

If you don’t qualify for the free preparation listed above, consider the free service from Credit Karma. Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson reviews the service in “How to Get Your Taxes Done Absolutely Free.”

Free SiriusXM radio — ongoing

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Want to see why SiriusXM is so popular? Enjoy three free months of tunes from your favorite artists as well as news, sports, comedy and more “with a new Essential subscription.”

Enjoy the popular service on your phone and at home. Get offer details.

Free national park admission — April 17

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National Park Week is April 17-25, making it the ideal time to celebrate one of America’s treasures. As a bonus, entry fees will be waived on April 17. That means you can enjoy all parks for free, including the parks that normally charge a fee.

Learn more about National Park Week at the National Park Service website.

Free seeds for spring — ongoing

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In an effort to help restore pollinator populations, the Alt National Park Service is giving away free black-eyed Susan and butterfly milkweed seed packets.

If you’d like to do your part to help the bees and butterflies and improve our ecosystem, sign up for your gratis seed pack.

Free Red Cross test for coronavirus antibodies — through May 31

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Want to find out if you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus — and aid your community? Simply donate blood, platelets or plasma to those in need at your local American Red Cross office.

The organization will test the blood “for the presence of coronavirus antibodies, which form when the body fights infections such as COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.”

This service was supposed to end in March, but it recently was extended until the end of May. Expect your results approximately seven to 10 days after your donation.

For more, read “A Free Way to Discover If You’ve Had COVID-19.”

Free recipe book — ongoing

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Would you like to discover new ways to incorporate raisins into your cooking? The folks at Sun-Maid are offering a free recipe booklet.

Order or download yours now.

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