10 Things That Are Free in October

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October has arrived, and candy isn’t the only thing being handed out for free this month. From flu shot rewards and no-cost weekly credit reports to gratis coffee and tacos, we’ve rounded up some October deals that are frighteningly good.

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.

Free coffee at Cumberland Farms — Fridays in October

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What’s even better than a piping hot (or iced) cup of coffee? Getting that delicious brew for free! Stop by your local Cumberland Farms every Friday through October to enjoy a gratis cup of iced or hot coffee of any size. Learn more about Free Coffee Fridays.

2 months of free drinks at Panera Bread — through Oct. 5

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Speaking of no-cost beverages, you can now also score two free months of iced or hot coffee, Charged Lemonades and fountain beverages from Panera Bread. Simply join the retailer’s Unlimited Sip Club to enjoy a free drink every two hours, as well as “unlimited refills while you’re in the cafe” and other exclusive member perks.

You will be charged for membership beginning on Nov. 30, but according to Panera’s website, you can cancel membership at any time. Get the details.

Free taco at Taco John’s — Oct. 4

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Oct. 4 is National Taco Day: What better way to celebrate this appetizing holiday than with a free Beef Taco Bravo — which has a hard shell smothered in refried beans and wrapped with a warm tortilla — from Taco John’s?

Learn how you can score this delicious deal. And for more offers like it, check out “9 Restaurants Offering Free or Cheap Tacos on Tuesday.”

Free Amazon Music Unlimited — through Oct. 12

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If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for the Amazon Music Unlimited service and get four months of music streaming for free. If you don’t belong to Prime, you can get three months of music free.

For more, check out “Amazon to Host Another Prime Sale in October.”

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.

Freebies with your flu shot — ongoing

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Want to keep the flu at bay this season? Several retail chains are offering discounts and freebies for getting a flu shot. We’re talking $5 of your next purchase at Kroger, $10 in Walgreens cash rewards, a $10 Winn-Dixie coupon and more — all for getting a shot you’d likely get anyway.

Learn more about these and other exciting rewards for arming yourself against the flu in “6 Retailers That Will Reward You for Getting a Flu Shot in 2022.”

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 2023

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Before COVID-19 hit, consumers could only access one free credit report every 12 months from the three major credit-reporting agencies. But all that changed when Equifax, Experian and TransUnion loosened the reins during the pandemic.

If you’ve gotten used to checking your scores for free on a regular basis, you’ll be glad to know that you can now keep an eye on your credit health every week without paying a penny through 2023. For more, check out “Free Weekly Credit Report Offer Extended Through 2023.”

3 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.

Free Shipt membership for Visa cardholders — ongoing

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Consumers with the right Visa credit card can now take advantage of a great offer: free Shipt membership.

If you have a qualifying Visa Signature card, you can get a free Shipt membership for three months. After that, you get a 50% discount on your monthly Shipt membership for the following nine months, including waived delivery fees on orders over $35.

Shipt provides delivery of groceries and essentials to your home from both popular national retailers — such as CVS and Target — and smaller neighborhood stores. Did we mention that certain orders may be delivered in as soon as an hour? Get details.

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