10 Things You Can Get for Free in March

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March is coming in like a lion — and so are this month’s deals!

From complimentary buttermilk pancakes and Italian ices to free entry at national parks for fourth-graders and their families, we’ve rounded up an array of rip-roarin’ freebies to kick off the season.

Enjoy these sensational spring deals. And for even more options, head on over to the Money Talks News freebies page.

Free pancakes at IHOP — March 1

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In honor of National Pancake Day, IHOP is giving away a free short stack to each dine-in guest between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on March 1.

While this serving of the restaurant chain’s signature buttermilk pancakes won’t cost you a penny, donations to Children’s Miracle Network, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Shriners Children’s are encouraged. Get the delicious details.

Free money for opening an account at Fidelity — ongoing

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Thinking about investing? If you open one of the following accounts and deposit at least $50, the folks at Fidelity will add an additional $100 for a limited time:

  • The Fidelity Account
  • Fidelity Cash Management Account
  • Roth IRA
  • Traditional IRA

See requirements and get started.

Try hockey for free — March 5

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Are your children or grandchildren interested in playing hockey? Now is their chance to try out the popular pastime before paying to join a team and investing in equipment.

On March 5, USA Hockey, the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs are joining forces to offer Try Hockey For Free Day for youths ages 4 to 9. Register now.

Free pie at Village Inn and Bakers Square — Wednesdays

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What’s even better than a slice of pie? A complimentary slice of pie! And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you dine at participating Village Inn or Bakers Square restaurants on Free Pie Wednesday.

Times vary by location, but you’ll always have a choice of classic fruit or featured pie.

More free pie and discounted pizza — March 14

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Each year, a slew of restaurants offer freebies and discounted fare on “National Pi Day,” March 14.

Why on that day? Because the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — a mathematical constant that’s roughly 3.14 — is known as “pi,” and that special number is celebrated on the 14th day of the third month of the year, or 3/14.

Some Pi Day discounts are for pizza pies. In most of those cases, you will pay $3.14 for your pizza. But other deals are freebies, usually for “pie,” the fruit-filled treat.

Free Rita’s Italian ice — March 20

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Looking forward to the first day of spring? Be sure to celebrate by stopping by your local Rita’s Italian Ice shop for a cool — and complementary — treat on March 20.

The chain’s tradition of giving out Italian ices to signal the change of seasons has been going on for more than 25 years. Learn more.

Free COVID-19 testing at Walgreens — ongoing

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Suspect that you might have COVID-19? Get tested for free at select Walgreens locations.

The retailer offers complimentary, contactless rapid, diagnostic (PCR) and antigen testing for those ages 3 and up via its drive-thru. Plus, you can sign-up to get a free PCR test kit sent to your home. See details.

Free 3 months of Panera Bread Unlimited Sip Club — through March 29

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Want to enjoy three free months of coffee and tea at Panera Bread? Subscribe to the Unlimited Sip Club to receive hot tea, hot coffee or iced coffee every two hours while you’re in the cafe. You also get access to exclusive rewards.

A monthly membership fee of $8.99 will kick in on May 28, but you can cancel at any time. Drink in the details.

Free national parks for fourth-graders — ongoing

You don't want to be on this lonely desert road in Arches National Park, Utah om a hot summer day with an over-heated car.
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If you have a child in the fourth grade, you’re in for a treat: They are eligible for an Every Kid Outdoors pass, which will grant your family free access to national parks and historic sites for an entire year.

Explore the possibilities.

Free weekly credit report — through 2022

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There is one positive thing that came out of the pandemic: The ability to keep tabs on your credit by checking reports from the three major bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — at least once a week at no cost.

This popular perk has been extended through 2022, so you can continue to regularly monitor your numbers for free for the rest of the year. Learn more.