Spring is headed our way, and the flowers — and freebies — will soon be in full bloom.
From no-cost credit reports and prescription medication to complimentary Italian ices and buttermilk pancakes, we’ve rounded up some of the very best (and tastiest) deals March has to offer.
Keep reading to see how you can kick off spring with savings! And for even more options, head on over to Money Talks News’ freebies page.
Free tax preparation — ongoing
Tax Day is April 15, so you are running out of time to settle your obligations to Uncle Sam. Fortunately, several free services are available to help you file a return.
Volunteer tax preparers across the nation will do your taxes for free, provided your annual income is $57,000 or less. Others also may qualify for the service. Visit this IRS webpage to learn more.
Those who make $72,000 or less can use the IRS Free File program, a partnership between the IRS and makers of commercial tax-preparation software. With this service, you can prepare and file your federal individual income tax return for free using tax-preparation-and-filing software. Learn more at this IRS webpage.
If you don’t qualify for the free preparation listed above, consider the free service from Credit Karma. Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson reviews the service in “How to Get Your Taxes Done Absolutely Free.”
Free documentary streaming channel — ongoing
Exciting news for fans of documentaries! A new streaming television service, Documentary+, is now available for free on a variety of platforms.
Viewers can choose from an extensive library of films with categories ranging from award-winning, music and classics to science & nature, sports and true crime.
Want to get your factual TV fix on Amazon, Apple TV, Roku and mobile devices today? Learn more in “Free Streaming Service for Documentary Lovers Launches.”
Free weekly credit scores — until April 20
Concerned about your credit health during the pandemic? Until April 20, you can get a free credit report every week from Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. The agencies are encouraging consumers to check their reports often and seek speedy assistance should financial difficulties arise.
To access your reports, visit the official websites of each of the three credit bureaus. Learn more in “You Can Now Get a Free Credit Report Every Week.”
Free Red Cross test for coronavirus antibodies — until the end of March
Want to find out if you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus — and aid your community? Simply donate blood, platelets or plasma to those in need at your local American Red Cross office.
The organization will test the blood “for the presence of coronavirus antibodies, which form when the body fights infections such as COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.”
Expect your results approximately seven to 10 days after your donation. For more, read “A Free Way to Discover If You’ve Had COVID-19.”
Free pie at Village Inn and Bakers Square — Wednesdays
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
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 pizzas. In most of those cases, you will pay $3.14 for your pizza pie. But other deals are freebies, usually for “pie,” the fruit-filled treat.
Money Talks News will let you know about this year’s deals when they are announced.
Free Rita’s Italian ice — March 20
Rita’s Italian ice and custard treats are synonymous with happiness. Every year, the fine folks at the popular establishment celebrate the first day of spring by sharing complimentary Italian ices with their customers, and 2021 is no different.
To take part in the tradition, which has lasted for over 25 years, visit your local shop on March 20. Learn more here.
It is likely that at least a couple more freebies will blossom for the first day of spring. Keep an eye on Money Talks News for details on 2021 deals as they emerge.
Free pancakes at IHOP — register by March 31
Who doesn’t love free — and incredibly fluffy — pancakes? Because of social distancing measures, our friends at IHOP are “flipping this National Pancake Day on its head” by offering an IOU for a gratis short stack of buttermilk pancakes, if picked up by March 31, to be redeemed anytime April 1-30.
The pancake promise will be sent straight to your inbox. Sign up now.
Free prescriptions — ongoing
Medications can be expensive, but there are some that won’t cost you a penny.
Several grocery store chains across the country offer free prescription drug programs for medications such as prenatal vitamins, multivitamins, certain antibiotics, certain diabetes drugs and more. And you typically just need a doctor’s prescription to qualify.
Learn more in “4 Pharmacy Chains That Offer Free Prescription Drugs.”
Free 6 months of Apple News+ — ongoing
New subscribers can now enjoy six free months of Apple News+ at no cost. This popular service serves as a “personal newsstand,” offering full access to hundreds of leading newspapers and magazines, breaking news notifications, personalized recommendations and more.
You can even share it with members of your family. Get it today.
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