April showers bring May flowers — and freebies! This month, you can enjoy a bouquet of complimentary items, ranging from comic books to ice cream cones.
Want the scoop on where to go for gratis goods and entertainment before the summer heat sets in? Following are eight marvelous freebies to make your May a little more enjoyable and economical.
Free comic book — May 5
Good news for graphic novel fans: The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day, during which hundreds of comic book shops across the country give away a selection of complimentary comic books.
At those shops, those who love the genre will also have an opportunity to mingle with fellow enthusiasts and meet some of their favorite comic book creators. Get details at the official website dedicated to the annual event.
Free anti-virus software from Bank of America — ongoing
In an era of rampant internet data breaches, staying secure online is more important than ever before. If you have a Bank of America online account, you’re in luck: You can get free anti-virus software — McAfee LiveSafe — for one year. Stop by the banking giant’s website to learn more.
Free spaghetti at Carrabba’s — through May 6
Feeling like a little Italian? Order the right type of entree, and you’ll get a free order of spaghetti and meatballs at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Qualifying entrees include:
- Chicken Bryan
- Chicken Marsala
- Chicken Trio
- Pollo Rosa Maria
Free cone at Häagen-Dazs — May 8
What’s better than a cool, creamy ice cream cone on a mild spring day? A complimentary one, of course!
May 8 is Free Cone Day at Häagen-Dazs shops, which means you and your companions can enjoy a gratis cake cone, sugar cone or cup of ice cream at participating locations. Just note that there’s a “1 mini scoop limit per guest.”
Free credit monitoring from Delta Air Lines — ongoing
Late in March, a company called 7.ai — which provides chat services for Delta Air Lines — was impacted by a cyber incident in which there may have been a breach of certain payment information. It is believed that the incident took place between Sept. 26 and Oct. 12 of last year.
Free day in a garden — May 11
Created in 2009 to “raise awareness of public gardens and the important role they play in their communities and on a global scale,” National Public Gardens Day is the perfect time to enjoy a casual spring stroll among the flowers and foliage.
On this day every May, many public gardens host special events and offer deals like free or BOGO admission, gift shop discounts and more. Stop by the official website to find a participating public garden near you.
Free frozen yogurt for Mom at TCBY — May 13
Take Mom to TCBY on May 13 and she will get a free Froyo. It’s just one more way to thank her for always being there!
Free Pie for Mom at Shoney’s — May 13
This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to flavorful fare at Shoney’s, and she’ll end her meal on a sweet note with a complimentary slice of strawberry pie.
Plus, enter Mom for a chance to win $100 in Shoney’s gift card sweepstakes.
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