9 Things That Are Free in October

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October is finally here, and we’ve decided to skip the tricks and head straight to the treats.

From flu-shot freebies to gratis greeting cards and no-cost drive-in movies, we’ve scared up a host of frightfully good deals this month. Read on to learn how you can enjoy them — and be sure to share them with your mummy!

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

Free tacos at various restaurants — Oct. 4

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What better day to enjoy a tasty taco (or two) than National Taco Day? To celebrate, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and Mexigo Restaurant are both offering delicious deals on Oct. 4.

Although these offers are not free, we expect freebies tied to the holiday to be announced soon. We will let you know when this happens.

Free 90-day trial of Amazon Music HD — for a limited time

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If you are a music lover who is picky about sound quality, Amazon has an offer for you: a 90-day free trial of Amazon Music HD. According to Amazon:

“This 90-day free trial offer applies only to the Amazon Music Unlimited HD Plans and is a limited time offer available only to new subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited.”

Once the free trial is over, Amazon Music HD will cost $12.99 a month for Prime members and $14.99 a month for nonmembers. If you select the Amazon Music HD Family Plan, the cost is $19.99.

Free Medicare counseling — ongoing

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Medicare’s open enrollment period begins on Oct. 15. Anyone who is eligible for the program, as well as their caregivers and families, can receive free one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance through their local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).

Want to learn more about SHIP and other complimentary services for Medicare recipients? Check out “Seniors, Don’t Overlook These 6 Medicare ‘Freebies.’

Freebies with your flu shot — ongoing

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Flu season is officially underway, and some popular retailers are giving out freebies along with the injections:

Free pet exams — ongoing

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Do you have a new pet, or are you looking for a new veterinarian? If so, a couple of animal hospital chains are offering you a free initial visit.

PetSmart and its in-store veterinary partner, Banfield Pet Hospital, are offering new cat and dog clients a complimentary office visit and veterinary consultation. Fill out the “Free Office Visit and Consultation” form on the Banfield website and you will receive a coupon to present at the visit.

VCA Animal Hospital is also offering free pet health exams at its many locations across the country.

Free digital comics — through Oct. 29

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Unleash your inner kid by snapping up free digital comics as part of Halloween ComicFest.

According to the official website:

“Every Thursday leading up to Halloween ComicFest, which is Saturday, October 31st at your local comic shop, we’ll be posting #ThrowbackThursday articles to spotlight the various publishers (or even themes!) that have made Halloween ComicFest one of the best events of the fall season! We’ll be making their comic books available for free as digital downloads, so you can still get that free comic fix!”

Visit the official website for more details.

Free credit report — ongoing

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In addition to the usual free credit reports, you can now enjoy complimentary weekly credit reports from all three major credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — through April 2021.

Take advantage of this offer to determine how the pandemic may have impacted your credit. Learn how.

Free drive-in movies — ongoing

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If your local cinema simply isn’t an option during the pandemic, you’ll be glad to know that you can still enjoy the silver screen — and admission won’t even cost you a penny! Walmart is hosting free drive-in movies at its parking lots across the country.

To enjoy family-friendly flicks such as “Space Jam,” “Ghostbusters” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” you must have an FM radio and request tickets in advance. Get details.

Free Hallmark greeting card — through Dec. 31

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Want to score complimentary greeting cards? Join Hallmark’s Crown Rewards loyalty club now and you will receive a free card from the retailer’s Just Because line every month for the rest of the year, a total of three free cards.

The eye-catching cards, which are valued at up to $2.99 each, are the perfect way to remind friends and family that you are thinking of them during this challenging time. Learn more.

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