15 Things That Are Free in September

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September marks the transition from summer to fall, but don’t mourn the passing of those summer steals. Instead, get excited about all the upcoming fall deals!

From complimentary Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Starbucks beverages to gratis HBO and AMC+ programming, we’ve rounded up an array of delicious and entertaining freebies available in September.

Read on to learn how you can kick off fall with these fantastic perks. And for even more options, head on over to Money Talks News’ freebies page.

Free Sam’s Club membership — through Oct. 3

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Being a member of a warehouse club can save you lots of cash over time. And now through Oct. 3, you can basically join one of the most popular warehouse clubs — Sam’s Club — for free.

When you purchase a Sam’s Club membership for $45, you’ll receive a complimentary $45 Sam’s Club e-gift card, so you’ll just have to pay tax out of pocket. Talk about a great deal! Learn more.

Free HBO — ongoing

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Want to watch some of the most popular content on HBO for free? Simply visit play.hbomax.com or download the HBO Max app to enjoy complimentary pilot episodes of hit shows.

Note that available titles will change over time. Get additional details.

Free cheeseburgers — Sept. 18

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Each year, restaurants around the country celebrate National Cheeseburger Day on Sept. 18. This year’s deals have not yet been announced, but in 2020, Mooyah locations offered a free Build Your Own Cheeseburger and many other chains offered great deals on cheeseburgers.

Free national park entry — Sept. 25

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Sept. 25 is National Public Lands Day. To celebrate, national parks across the country are waiving their admission fees.

In addition to spending an afternoon in one of our nation’s most beautiful green spaces, you might want to consider volunteering. After all, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort, inspiring environmental stewardship. Find a participating park near you.

Free coffee — Sept. 29

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As temperatures fall, the desire for a warm cup of joe rises. On Sept. 29, celebrate National Coffee Day with a free or reduced-price cup of coffee at coffee shops nationwide.

Most shops have not yet announced their deals. But keep an eye out for details. In the past, Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme and many others have offered food and drink deals on this day.

2 free Krispy Kreme doughnuts — through Sept. 5

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Those who are vaccinated for COVID-19 can now enjoy an additional perk — two free doughnuts from Krispy Kreme. For the first week of September, the doughnut giant is doling out an extra sweet treat to show its support of people taking steps to protect themselves and others from the virus.

Simply show your vaccine record card at a participating shop to receive an Original Glazed doughnut and an Original Glazed Heart doughnut for free. Learn more.

Free pocket documents — ongoing

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Sept. 17 is Constitution Day, and you can celebrate it with your very own free pocket-sized version of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Declaration of Independence.

If you fill out a brief form on their website, the fine folks at Hillsdale College in Michigan will mail you a free booklet containing both documents, posthaste.

Free museum admission — Sept. 18

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In honor of Museum Day, museums, cultural centers and zoos across the country are offering free admission to Museum Day ticket holders on Sept. 18. Each ticket is valid for two visitors.

This year’s theme is “Experience America,” and the event comes after 2020’s Museum Day was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign up now.

Free chicken nuggets with purchase at Wendy’s — through Sept. 19

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Now through mid-September, you can enjoy an order of six chicken nuggets at no additional cost when you purchase any menu item through the Wendy’s app. Crispy or spicy — the choice is yours.

And if you can stand the heat, be sure to try Wendy’s new Ghost Pepper Ranch dipping sauce. Learn more.

Free AMC+ for Verizon customers — ongoing

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New Verizon Fios customers, and those who purchase a new phone on a new line with select plans, can now opt to receive 12 months of AMC+ for free.

In addition to offering a host of sought-after shows, AMC+ provides network subscribers with early access to episodes of the final season of the acclaimed series “The Walking Dead.” Get details.

Free fishing days — dates vary by state

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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 a license — perfect for beginners looking to try out the sport.

Free fishing days vary by state, but several states are hosting such days in September, including:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New Mexico

Get details.

Free cat food — ongoing

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Searching for new food for your finicky furbaby? Nature’s Logic is currently offering two complimentary cans of 100% natural cat food.

The premium-quality feline fare, which contains no synthetic vitamins or minerals, is available in a variety of palate-pleasing flavors. Get your coupon.

Free 3 months of Sirius — ongoing

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Always wanted to try Sirius XM? Now is your chance. The company is offering a free three-month trial for those with “eligible, inactive factory equipped satellite radios.”

Sign up to access every channel — including the premium ones — and stream your favorite talk and tunes on the app and online. Get offer details.

Free Hallmark greeting card — every month through December

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You can get a gratis Hallmark greeting card to give to friends and family every month for the rest of the year. Simply sign up for the retailer’s Crown Rewards program, keep an eye on your inbox for coupons and visit your local store to choose your greetings.

Learn more and sign up.

Free weekly 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 credit score currently stands — and keep tabs on it for the rest of the year. The big three credit-reporting agencies have 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.”

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