Are you looking for some wallet-friendly fun this fall? And by that, sis, we mean free. If so, we've got you covered. From beauty products to food to live events, we’ve rounded up the best of fall at the best price — free!
Food & Drink
Free pastry and coffee. Enjoy a delicious bakery item and coffee when you Join Au Bon Pain’s email club.
Free cookies. Mark your calendar for December 4, National Cookie Day, and look for free cookie promotions and deals from cookie chains like Insomnia Cookies and Great American Cookies that have celebrated with free treats in the past.
Free coffee samples. Cozy up on cool mornings with free coffee at home. Coffee lovers can get a free sample of Lifeboost Medium Whole Bean coffee or premium ground coffee from Rotana Coffee.
Free breakfast. Join Krispy Kreme Rewards and get a free doughnut, or sign up for IHOP’s International Bank of Pancakes and get a free stack of five pancakes after your first purchase.
Health & Beauty
Flu shot bonus. Get rewarded for getting the flu shot. CVS is offering customers $5 off a $20 purchase when they get their flu vaccination. The promotion runs through the end of the year.
Health and wellness products. Try out new products by requesting free samples. Current products include Tena Stylish, Breathe Right strips and Prevail pads and liners. For more product samples, head to freeflys.com for a roundup of available items.
Skin care samples. Get free products from your favorite beauty brands or explore new ones. Right now, you can grab samples of L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Moisturizer, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer, CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion and Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub.
Hair care samples. Get a free Derma E Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner sample or a free set of Mane ‘n Tail samples.
Recreation & Entertainment
Home maintenance workshops. Get your home ready for the holidays and colder temperatures with free tutorials from home improvement retailers. Ace Hardware, The Home Depot and Lowe’s all offer online workshops or on-demand videos covering various home maintenance and improvement topics, including seasonal lawn care, holiday decorating and more.
Free audiobooks, e-books and movies. Settle in with a good e-book or film through your local library. Many provide access to free reading platforms and streamlining services such as Hoopla, Kanopy and Libby.
Free museum admission. All Smithsonian museums and zoos offer free admission (except Cooper Hewitt). However, if you’re not close to one, you can still access many Smithsonian Institution events online for free. This fall, catch informative events such as “Meditation and Mindfulness,” from the Asian Art Museum. For free admission to local museums, do a quick search for your town or city and the term “free museums.” You’ll find that many museums offer a free day or free hours. Also, check out Museums for All for museums that provide free admission to SNAP benefit recipients.
Craft workshops. Michael’s offers free webinars and classes covering various seasonal crafts and projects, including quilting, jewelry making and crafting holiday cards.
Concerts and performances. Planning a trip to New York City this fall? Head to Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium for a budget-friendly cultural experience. The Atrium offers free weekly programming, including talks, performances and family shows. Or attend free concerts from the comfort of your home with performances from Julliard, The Classical Theatre of Harlem and Ailey All Access from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.