10 Things That Are Free in September

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Autumn is on its way, bringing cooler temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes and a bounty of fabulous freebies.

From complimentary college tuition for seniors to gratis gift cards and free museum admission, we’ve gathered some of September’s best deals and are sharing them with you.

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 college — ongoing

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Discounts are among the many benefits of reaching a certain age. Now, those in their golden years can add another exciting perk to a long list of deals ranging from free foods to cheaper movie tickets — free higher education.

Seniors can choose to audit classes or earn credits toward a degree at several institutions across the country without having to spend a cent on tuition. Learn more in “9 Colleges That Offer Free Tuition for Seniors.”

Free doughnuts at Krispy Kreme — through Sept. 5

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Keep an eye out for the Hot Light at your local Krispy Kreme. When you see the light illuminated, you can order a free Original Glazed doughnut. The deal is good until Labor Day.

According to Krispy Kreme:

“Hot Light hours vary by shop; fans can check www.krispykreme.com/locate/location-search for their local shop, download the Krispy Kreme app for Hot Light alerts and, of course, be on the lookout when passing by a shop for the illuminated Hot Light.”

Learn more.

Free museum admission — Sept. 17

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Love visiting museums but don’t want to pay the price of entry? Not a problem!

In celebration of Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day, participating cultural institutions and museums across the country are offering free general admission for two on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Get your ticket.

Free gift cards — ongoing

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Want to score some gratis gift cards this month? You can boost your budget by earning free gift cards through many different methods, including:

  • Using a cash-back portal for purchases
  • Transferring your prescriptions to a new pharmacy
  • Signing up for a rewards credit card
  • Answering survey questions

For more details, check out “12 Ways You Can Get Gift Cards for Free.”

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 keep your eyes peeled for bargains.

Free national park entry — Sept. 24

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In honor of National Public Lands Day, all National Park Service sites will be waiving their entrance fees on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Whether you want to give back by volunteering or you just want to get out and explore public lands, you can visit a national park near you for free on that day. Learn more.

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.

Free pocket documents — ongoing

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Want a complimentary copy of “America’s most important documents”? Hillsdale College, a private college in Hillsdale, Michigan, is currently offering pocket-sized versions of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence for free — just in time for Constitution Day on Sept. 17. Sign up now.

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
  • Indiana
  • New Mexico
  • New York

Get 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 or 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.