14 Things That Are Free in October

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As the weather turns cooler and the ghosts and goblins come out to play, we’ve discovered an array of spooktacular freebies just waiting for you this month.

From a gratis 24 Hour Fitness trial and complimentary kids crafts to free or discounted transportation to get a COVID-19 vaccination, read on to learn how you can take advantage of all these tempting October treats — no Halloween costume required!

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

Free Shipt membership for Visa cardholders — ongoing

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All U.S. Visa consumer credit cardholders can now take advantage of a great offer: free delivery on Shipt marketplace orders over $35.

The offer is valid on groceries and essentials for both popular national brands — such as CVS and Target — and smaller neighborhood grocers, and its duration varies by credit card type. Did we mention that certain orders may be delivered in as soon as an hour? Get details.

Free Medicare counseling — ongoing

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Did you know that 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.

Free Sam’s Club membership — through Oct. 3

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Being a member of a warehouse club can save you lots of cash over time. And now through Oct. 3, you can basically join one of the most popular warehouse clubs — Sam’s Club — for free.

When you purchase a Sam’s Club membership for $45, you’ll receive a complimentary $45 Sam’s Club e-gift card, so you’ll just have to pay tax out of pocket. Talk about a great deal! Learn more.

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. From drugstores to retailers and grocers, you can get coupons and other deals just for getting your flu shot.

Find out more in “6 Retailers That Will Reward You for Getting a Flu Shot in 2021.”

Free tacos at various restaurants — Oct. 4

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Oct. 4 is National Taco Day. If past years are any indication, many restaurants will celebrate by offering free and discounted fare.

For example, taco lovers who order online or on the app can head to Rubio’s Coastal Grill for a free a la cart taco with any purchase on the big day. QSR is reporting that Taco John’s will offer a free fried chicken taco. Check with your favorite taco restaurant to find out about the deals it is offering.

Free things on Amazon — ongoing

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America’s favorite online retailer offers a lot of free perks if you know where to look. And you don’t have to be an Amazon Prime member to get them.

For more, check out “9 Things Anyone Can Get for Free on Amazon.”

Free first season of ‘The Sopranos’ on HBO Max — through Oct. 7

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Did you miss out on the hit TV series “The Sopranos”? Now can you enjoy the show’s first season for free on HBO Max.

No subscription is required, but if you’re going to binge all 13 episodes, you’d better get started because the offer expires on Oct. 7. Learn more.

Free Lyft ride to get vaccinated — ongoing

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Is lack of transportation preventing you or your loved ones from getting a COVID-19 vaccine? Transportation giant Lyft is providing free and discounted rides to individuals seeking the shots at many vaccination sites throughout the country.

Get details and request a ride.

Free kids craft activity at J.C. Penney — Oct. 9

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Fall has finally arrived, and J.C. Penney is welcoming the season with a free fall treasure box craft for kids. Youngsters will also enjoy an ID badge and lanyard, a complimentary collector’s pin and a 10% savings coupon to pass along to their parents.

Pick up the craft kit between 11 a.m. and noon at participating locations. Learn more.

Free $10 QVC gift card for teachers and health care workers — ongoing

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To thank educators and health care workers for all that they do, television network QVC is offering them a $10 eGift card to apply toward a future home shopping purchase! Apply for yours now.

Free upgrade to Windows 11 — beginning Oct. 5

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Oct. 5 will be a big day for those who use Microsoft Windows. A free upgrade to the new operating system will be available beginning that day, and new PCs will appear in stores that come pre-loaded with the software. Learn more and check to see if your computer is compatible.

Free Hallmark greeting card — every month through December

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You can get a gratis Hallmark greeting card to give to friends and family every month for the rest of the year. Simply sign up for the retailer’s Crown Rewards program, keep an eye on your inbox for coupons and visit your local store to choose your greetings.

Learn more and sign up.

Free weekly credit reports — through April 20, 2022

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With much of America now getting vaccinated against COVID-19, thoughts are naturally returning to spending — in stores, on vacations, even on houses.

Before you whip out the plastic, take a look at where your credit score currently stands — and keep tabs on it for the rest of the year. The big three credit-reporting agencies have announced they will offer access to free weekly credit reports through April 20, 2022.

Find out more in “Free Weekly Credit Report Offer Extended for a Year.”

Three free days at 24 Hour Fitness — ongoing

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If you have always wanted to check out 24 Hour Fitness, now is your chance. The health clubs — which offer personal training, group fitness classes — are offering a free three-day trial pass to their gyms for future fitness buffs.

Learn more and sign up now.

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