14 Things You Can Get for Free in December

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Can you believe that 2019 is coming to end? Our holiday gift to you is one final chance to enjoy some great freebies before the new year.

From free toys and tunes to gratis gift cards, these December deals are sure to make your spirits bright this holiday season.

Read on for everything you need to know about the best things you can get for free in the month of December. And for even more options, head on over to Money Talks News’ freebies page.

Free coding lessons at Apple — Dec. 1-15

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To celebrate Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code, Apple stores around the nation are teaching “the basics of coding and apps” for free.

Want to take your computer skills to the next level? See how you can get in on this offer.

Free toys at Kohl’s — Dec. 8 and Dec. 15

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Regardless of whether your child or grandchild made the nice list or the naughty one this year, he or she can stop by Kohl’s from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 or Dec. 15 to snap a pic with Santa and receive a gratis gift.

The offer is valid at Kohl’s stores nationwide, and the surprise gifts are provided by Disney, Mattel, Lego and Play-Doh.

Free holiday shipping — throughout December

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Free shipping is tough to resist — especially during the holiday season. All kinds of retailers offer gratis delivery during December, and Free Shipping Day falls in December.

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Free Google Home Mini with Spotify Premium — through Dec. 31

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Want to receive a gratis Google Home Mini? Simply sign up for a Premium Individual or Family plan on Spotify, and the device is their gift to you.

If you aren’t interested in enjoying hands-free listening with a Google Home Mini, not to worry: You can opt for three free months of Premium instead. Learn more at Spotify.

Free portrait for the military at J.C. Penney — through Dec. 31

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To thank soldiers for their service, the fine folks at J.C. Penney are offering our nation’s heroes a complimentary 8-by-10-inch standard print with no session fee through the end of the year.

Military members are also eligible for 50% off photography purchases and discounts on standard prints and high-res digital albums. Get your coupon at the J.C. Penney website.

Free baby welcome box at Amazon — ongoing

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When expectant parents create a new baby registry at Amazon, here’s one more thing they can expect: a free Welcome Box containing up to $35 worth of items for themselves and their new bundle of joy.

They will also enjoy a 10% completion discount of any items remaining on their registry — 15% if they are Prime members! For more on the benefits of Prime, check out “These Are the 9 Best Benefits of Amazon Prime.”

Free Amazon Music — ongoing

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Amazon recently announced that playlists and music stations on its free music streaming service are now available on all tablets and smartphones — even if you don’t have an Amazon Music or Amazon Prime subscription!

The ad-sponsored streaming service — which previously was just for Echo smart speaker devices — is now available for those “using the Amazon Music app on iOS, Android and FireTV” as well as the web, Amazon says.

Free gift cards — ongoing

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Planning to shop till you drop this season? Gratis gift cards can help you stretch those retail dollars even further. For tips on snagging some complimentary gift cards, check out:

Free discount with flu shot at multiple retailers — ongoing

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Staying healthy can be very rewarding — physically and financially. You can snag a free coupon or gift card when you get an influenza vaccine at certain retailers in December.

These offers are valid even if your insurance company completely covers the cost of your flu shot. For additional details, check out “3 Retailers That Will Reward You for Getting a Flu Shot in 2019.”

Free trades — ongoing

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Charles Schwab, E*TRADE, TD Ameritrade and Fidelity all recently announced they were introducing $0 commission trades on stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Just don’t go overboard trading or let fear get the better of you. Both can cost you more in long-term investment losses than you save by taking advantage of free trades.

Free Microsoft Office 365 for students and educators — ongoing

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Did you know that students and educators can enjoy Microsoft’s Office 365 Education for free? The offer includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Microsoft Teams, as well as additional classroom tools. So ditch your paid subscription and get started now.

Free water test kit — ongoing

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Worried you might have hard water? Although it isn’t a health concern, hard water can clog pipes, deposit residue on drinking glasses and make laundry appear dingy, among other inconveniences.

If you would like to find out if you are among the 3 out of 4 American households that experience hard water, Morton will send you a free water test strip.

Free satellite radio — ongoing

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Right now, you can enjoy three months of SiriusXM for free.

You’ll get everything from Christmas channels to stations that highlight your favorite sports or genres of music. Plus, you can stream online and on the Sirius app.

To get this satellite radio deal, you must have a car with an eligible, inactive factory-equipped satellite radio.

Free pet exams — ongoing

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Do you have a new pet, or are you looking for a new vet? If so, a couple of animal hospital chains are offering you a free initial visit.

PetSmart and Banfield Pet Hospital are offering new cat and dog clients a complimentary office visit and veterinary consultation. Fill out the “Free Office Visit and Consultation” form on the Banfield website and you will receive a coupon to present at the visit.

VCA Animal Hospital is also offering free pet health exams at its many locations across the country.

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