12 Things You Can Get for Free in May

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It’s said that April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring fabulous freebies.

From two complimentary months of beverages at Panera Bread to free TCBY froyo for Mom on Mother’s Day, we’ve rounded up some exciting offers that just may make your month!

And for even more options, head on over to Money Talks News’ freebies page.

Free mini sundae for teachers at Freddy’s — May 2-6

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In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is giving educators a complimentary single-topping mini sundae.

Simply present your valid school ID in the restaurant or drive-thru to redeem this enticing offer. Get the delicious details.

Free drinks at Panera Bread — through July 4

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We’re big fans of free drinks, and Panera Bread is offering complimentary membership in its Unlimited Sip Club through July 4.

Simply sign up for the Club and enjoy any size cup of coffee, tea, Charged Lemonades (Fuji Apple Cranberry, Mango Citrus Yuzu and Strawberry Lemon Mint) or the fountain drink of your choice for free — every two hours! Did we mention you’ll also have access to exclusive perks? Learn more.

Free comic book — May 7

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Unleash your inner superhero by participating in Free Comic Book Day on May 7. Participating shops traditionally hand out free comics on the first Saturday in May. Find a shop near you.

Free shipping at 48 retailers — ongoing

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Want to skip the shipping fee for online orders, regardless of how little you spend? Now you can at 48 popular retailers.

What is arguably the biggest perk of Amazon Prime membership — free shipping with no minimum purchase — is currently available at stores such as Blue Nile (jewelry), Clarks (footwear), Dell (computers and electronics), Sunglass Hut (sunglasses) and more! See the entire list.

Free COVID tests — ongoing

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Tired of spending your hard-earned cash on at-home COVID-19 tests? We’re right there with you.

Fortunately, the U.S. government is providing two sets of four tests to all households at no cost. Order yours now.

Free TCBY for moms — May 8

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In celebration of Mother’s Day, TCBY locations are offering moms a free 6-ounce serving of delicious fro-yo on Sunday, May 8.

Simply bring Mom to a participating location during normal business hours — we advise calling the store first to confirm — so she can enjoy a treat as cool and sweet as she is on her special day. Get details.

Free bowling for kids — ongoing

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Summer is fast approaching, and if you’re looking for fun, affordable ways to occupy your children or grandchildren, take advantage of the Kids Bowl Free program.

Register to enjoy two free games of bowling every day, all summer long at select lanes across the country. Age limits may apply. See participating centers and sign up.

Free wildflower seeds — ongoing

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May and flowers go hand in hand. And Air Wick and the World Wildlife Fund have teamed up to create a Super Bloom movement to “help reseed native wildflowers in the Northern Great Plains.”

If you’d like to do your part to help conserve nature while enjoying some beautiful blooms in the process, you can sign up for a free package of seeds that are native to your region. Learn more.

Free fishing days — days vary by state

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Want to catch a big one, but don’t have a fishing license? Not a problem. Free Fishing Days allow anglers to cast their rods without having to purchase a license — perfect for beginners looking to try out the sport.

Free Fishing Days vary by state, but many states are hosting such days in May. They include:

  • Connecticut
  • Indiana
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

Get more details.

Free Amazon Prime — ongoing

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Shopping online is the ultimate in convenience and safety. And having Amazon Prime makes it even better.

Perks include not just faster shipping but also access to free e-books, music, file storage and more. To learn how to get Amazon Prime without paying for it, check out “Here Are 5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free.”

Free streaming trials — ongoing

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Free streaming TV trials are not as common as they once were. But you can still find them if you know where to look.

For example, you can get free:

  • Hulu: Up to 30 days, depending on the plan
  • Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access): Seven days
  • Philo: Seven days

Free food — ongoing

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The of many items now is soaring — including grocery items.

If the higher cost of groceries is straining your wallet, it’s time to fight back! Check out our tips for cutting food costs in “5 Ways to Fill Your Pantry With Free Food.”