16 Things That Are Free in August

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Summer may be winding down, but the deals are still scorching hot!

From gratis earplugs and sleep-friendly ice cream to complimentary subs that support our first responders, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting — and delicious — freebies available in August.

Read on to learn how you can enjoy these summer savings before the month comes to a close. And for even more options, head on over to Money Talks News’ freebies page.

Free gift cards — ongoing

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Gratis gift cards are a great way to create your own freebie on any day of the year. We’ve rounded up a dozen ways to get free gift cards to your favorite retailer or restaurant.

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

Free national parks entry — Aug. 4 and Aug. 25

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The national parks waive their entrance fees on six special days throughout the year, and two of these days are in August.

Enjoy free admission to the national park of your choice on Aug. 4 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act. Then, on Aug. 25, celebrate the birthday of the National Park Service with another free-entrance day. Learn more about these fee-free days.

Free coupons — ongoing

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Manufacturer coupons are another great way to save money. Not only are the coupons themselves free, but if you play your cards right, you can often combine them with retailer sales and get the item you are purchasing at no charge.

For more tips, read “7 Places to Find Free Manufacturer Coupons Online.”

Free root beer float — Aug. 6

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In honor of National Root Beer Float Day, also known as #FreeFloatFriday, some A&W restaurants are giving away gratis Root Beer Floats. Please note that donations to Disabled American Veterans are encouraged. Learn more.

Other restaurants that are giving away gratis floats are:

Free sub from Firehouse — Aug. 7

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This summer has seen record-breaking temperatures, which have contributed to wildfires, heat-related illnesses and dehydration in many areas. Fortunately, Firehouse Subs has announced the return of its H2O for Heroes initiative, which helps deliver bottled water to first responders and impacted communities.

To participate, simply bring a 24-pack of bottled water to your local Firehouse Subs on Aug. 7, and in exchange, you’ll receive a medium sub at no cost. Talk about a win-win! Get details.

Free Dickey’s sandwich — throughout the Olympics

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The long-delayed 2020 Olympic Games are underway, and whenever the U.S. comes out on top, you can reap the rewards, too. The fine folks at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit are giving away a complimentary pulled pork sandwich every day the U.S. wins a gold medal.

Sign up to participate in the Summer of Gold.

Tax-free shopping — various dates in August

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Each year, states across the country roll out a deal no shopper can resist — sales tax holidays.

In August, the following states all are offering the tax break at some point:

  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Find out more details in “17 Financial Dates and Deadlines in August 2021.”

Free earplugs — ongoing

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Earplugs can be beneficial for tuning out a snoring spouse, protecting your hearing during a rock concert and catching some ZZZ’s on a long plane flight. For a limited time, you can score a pair of Mack’s Ultra, Snore Blockers or Dreamgirl soft foam earplugs for free. Learn more.

Free Hallmark card — each 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 Nightfood ice cream – ongoing

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What’s better than free ice cream? Free ice cream that won’t keep you up at night!

Simply purchase a pint of sleep-friendly Nightfood ice cream at a participating grocery store, upload your receipt and enjoy instant cash back via PayPal or an Amazon store credit equal to the cost of your pint. Get the delicious details.

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 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.”

Free Degree deodorant – ongoing

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Ready to switch to a more effective deodorant? Why not try it before you buy it? Degree, the brand that “won’t let you down,” is currently offering free samples of its UltraClear Dry Spray Antiperspirant Deodorant for men or women. Register now.

Six months of free Disney+ — ongoing

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If you are a member of Amazon Music Unlimited, you can score an awesome perk right now — six months of free Disney+.

The cost will be $7.99 a month once the trial expires. Get the details.

Free Breathe Right samples — ongoing

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Whether you’re suffering from a cold, allergies or a deviated septum, Breathe Right nasal strips open your nose so air can flow and you sleep better. Want to enjoy a free sample of this popular product? Register now at the Breathe Right website.

Free kids meal at Denny’s — ongoing

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Bring the kiddos to participating Denny’s locations on Kids Eat Free days and you can score up to two free kids entrees from the kids menu with one adult entree purchase of at least $6.

The offer is good for one free entree per child and is valid for dine-in only. Learn more.

Bogo sundaes at Carvel — ongoing

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There’s nothing better than cold ice cream on a hot summer day. So, if you’re planning a trip to a Carvel shop, make sure you go on a “BOGO Wednesday.”

The ice cream giant is offering a midweek deal that’s perfect for a pair of ice cream lovers: two classic soft ice cream sundaes for the price of one.

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