12 Things That Are Free in October

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No tricks, just treats: From complimentary coffee and college tuition to a free Amazon credit worth $15, we’ve rounded up some of October’s very best offers.

Read on to see how you can save big this month.

For even more options, head over to the Money Talks News freebies page. And be sure to check back with us soon, as we’ll be harvesting more freebies in November. Or, better yet, sign up for the Money Talks Newsletter so you never miss an edition of our monthly freebies roundup.

Free weekly credit reports — ongoing

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If you grew accustomed to checking your credit reports regularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have some good news for you.

Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — the three major credit-reporting agencies — recently announced that free weekly credit checks will continue indefinitely.

For more on this good news, read “Now Weekly Credit Reports Are Free Forever.”

Free Amazon gift card — through Oct. 7

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If you have Amazon Prime, we’ve got a deal for you: Through Oct. 7, eligible members can claim a $15 credit that can be applied toward orders of $30 or more during the Prime Big Deal Days sale on Oct. 10-11.

There are some stipulations, so be sure to learn more in “Get a Free $15 Amazon Credit to Spend During Prime Big Deal Days.”

Free Grubhub discount — through Oct. 9

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Besides access to Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days sale, another benefit of Prime membership is a free year of Grubhub+. In addition to $0 delivery, you’ll receive lower service fees, 5% credit back on your pickup orders and exclusive offers.

What’s more, if you are a Grubhub+ member through Prime, you can get $5 off a $25 order through Oct. 9. Get details.

Free coffee at Cumberland Farms — Wednesdays in October

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You have something to look forward to every Wednesday this month: Cumberland Farms is offering buy-one-get-one-free coffee.

This offer applies to any cup of hot or iced bean juice, regardless of size. Take a look.

Free COVID-19 tests — ongoing

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If you recently ran out of at-home COVID-19 tests, it’s time to restock your supply — for free. The Biden administration just announced that all U.S. households are eligible for four more no-cost test kits.

We give you the details in “Here’s How to Get Another Round of Free COVID-19 Tests.”

Free coffee rewards — ongoing

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Attention, coffee lovers: Did you know that you don’t have to pay for every cup of joe?

Many of the most popular java joints offer gratis coffee — and coffee-related freebies, such as baked goods — to their most loyal customers.

Check out what you will earn as a rewards club member at Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Dunkin’ and others in “10 Places You Can Get Free Coffee Rewards Today.”

Free popcorn on your birthday at AMC — ongoing

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This next offer is for movie fans: Enjoy a bunch of perks when you sign up to be an “Insider” in the AMC Stubs Rewards program. At the basic, free level, you get:

  • Four complimentary tickets
  • Discount Tuesdays
  • A free large popcorn on your birthday
  • Exclusive screenings
  • Points that can be applied toward cash rewards

You can also opt to pay for additional perks. Learn more.

Free things at Costco — ongoing

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The benefits of being a Costco member extend far beyond the low-cost café pizza and bargain-priced bulk buys.

Members are also eligible for a variety of freebies ranging from gratis hearing tests and tech support to complimentary lifetime tire maintenance.

Find out more in “8 Things Costco Members Can Get for Free.”

Free college tuition — ongoing

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If you or a loved one want a college degree but can’t afford the hefty price tag, there are several institutions that allow most of their students to graduate without debt.

Requirements vary by school. In addition, students might have to meet certain requirements, such living in a specific region or working on campus or in the community.

We run down the details in “10 Colleges Where Tuition Is Free.”

Hotel freebies — ongoing

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Want to score some free stuff during your next hotel stay? We’ve rounded up some tips for getting complimentary champagne, room upgrades, top toiletries and more.

Get the inside scoop on these deals in “5 Ways to Score Hotel Freebies During Your Next Stay.”

Freebies for your pet — ongoing

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If you own a cat or dog, you’ll be pleased to learn about an impressive array of freebies for your four-legged family member.

From gratis food samples and supplies to no-cost restaurant treats — Puppuccino, anyone? — we share all the totally pawsome details in “27 Toys, Treats and Other Fantastic Freebies for Your Pets.”

Free Medicare counseling — ongoing

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Medicare recipients who meet certain criteria are eligible for free smoking and alcohol counseling.

If you qualify and want to snuff out your tobacco habit, you can receive up to eight sessions over a 12-month period at no cost. Qualifiers seeking help with alcohol addiction can receive up to four complimentary sessions per year.

Learn more about these and other Medicare offerings in “14 Things That Are Free With Medicare.”

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