10 Things You Can Get for Free in May

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Whether you’re known for pinching your pennies or you’ve had to cut back a bit during these uncertain times, we’ve got you — and your wallet — covered.

From free food for first responders and health care workers to complimentary audiobooks, music and premium television programming, we’ve rounded up some of the best deals available in May. Just like last month, you can enjoy nearly all of these gratis goodies from the comfort of your own home.

Read on for everything you need to know about the best things you can get for free in the month of May. And for even more options, head on over to Money Talks News’ freebies page.

Free coronavirus mask

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In this time of the coronavirus, a mask has become an everyday fashion accessory. Dhvani’s “Mask for Every American” campaign lets you request a free mask so you can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Go to the Dhvani website to request your freebie.

Free Sling TV for everyone

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Want access to even more TV programming at no cost? As we previously reported, Sling TV is offering its Sling Blue package for free to everyone for viewing from 5 p.m. to midnight every night.

The service, which costs $30 per month for 24-hour access, offers more than 50 live channels, an excess of 50,000 on-demand titles and a complimentary cloud DVR. Plus, it allows your household to enjoy programming on up to three different screens simultaneously.

Free Amazon Music Unlimited for three months

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Attention music lovers: For a limited time, new subscribers can enjoy a free three-month trial of Amazon Music Unlimited. The popular service offers unlimited, ad-free song access and hands-free listening via Alexa.

Plus, you can even listen offline with unlimited skips. Sign up now.

Free credit reports

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In response to the pandemic, credit-reporting agencies Equifax, Experian and TransUnion are offering free weekly credit reports to all American cardholders for one year.

This move allows you to better monitor and protect your credit standing during this time of financial uncertainty. Find out more in “You Can Now Get a Free Credit Report Every Week.”

Free audiobooks

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Listening to audiobooks is a great way to occupy your time and take your mind off the coronavirus pandemic. And now, you can rest your eyes and escape reality with free audiobooks from 10 popular sources:

  • Audible Stories
  • OverDrive
  • Hoopla
  • Open Culture
  • Audible
  • LibroVox
  • Lit2Go
  • Spotify
  • Loyal Books
  • Storynory

Get details in “10 Places You Can Find Free Audiobooks.”

Free HBO programming

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If you have an internet connection, you can stream nearly 500 free hours of premium programming from HBO for a limited time.

The promotion, #StayHomeBoxOffice, includes popular series, movies and documentaries, which can be accessed at both HBONow.com and HBOGo.com. Happy viewing!

Free food for first responders and health care workers

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To thank our nation’s heroes who are helping to battle COVID-19 every day, many restaurants are offering these workers free and flavorful fare. Frontline workers caring for those with the devastating disease can enjoy the following delicious deals with proof of employment:

  • A free breakfast, lunch or dinner Thank You meal is available from McDonald’s for first responders and health care workers through May 5.
  • A dozen complimentary Original Glazed doughnuts from Krispy Kreme are waiting for health care workers on May 4 and May 11.
  • A free small combo for uniformed first responders and medical workers will be provided at Checkers and Rally’s restaurants. The deal is ongoing.

Free online courses from Harvard

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You have a lot of extra time on your hands right now. So, why not spend it broadening your horizons with free online courses from Harvard University, one the nation’s premier educational institutions?

Pass time during the pandemic by signing up for a variety of complimentary classes, ranging from “Introduction to Computer Science” to “Shakespeare’s Hamlet: The Ghost.” View the course catalog.

Free oil changes for health care workers

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Participating Mazda dealers across the nation are offering free standard oil changes and cleaning services for health care workers.

The deal is a thank you to those “dedicated to saving lives during this pandemic,” and is valid for most vehicle makes and models, not just Mazdas. Get details.

Free recipes from The Cheesecake Factory

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Missing your favorite meals from The Cheesecake Factory? Well, you’re in luck! The beloved restaurant chain has made many of its most popular recipes — from Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes to Cajun Jambalaya Pasta — available on its website for you to prepare at home during the quarantine.

The recipes are free — you’ll just have to pay for the ingredients. View the list.

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