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9 Things That Are Free in August

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The only thing hotter than the weather this summer are the freebies you can grab throughout August.

From a year of gratis Grubhub+ to free giant pretzels, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting — and delicious — freebies available in August.

Read on to learn how you can enjoy these summer savings before the month comes to a close. And for even more options, head on over to Money Talks News’ freebies page.

Free national parks entry — Aug. 4

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The national parks waive their entrance fees on five special days throughout the year, and one of these days is in August.

Enjoy free admission to the national park of your choice on Aug. 4 to commemorate the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act.

Learn more about these fee-free days.

Free root beer float — Aug. 6

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In honor of National Root Beer Float Day, which this summer is Saturday, Aug. 6, some A&W restaurants are giving away gratis Root Beer Floats. Learn more.

Free sub from Firehouse — Aug. 6

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This summer has seen record-breaking temperatures, which have contributed to wildfires, heat-related illnesses and dehydration in many areas.

Fortunately, Firehouse Subs has announced the return of its H2O for Heroes initiative, which helps deliver bottled water to first responders and impacted communities.

To participate, simply bring an unopened 24-pack of bottled water to your local Firehouse Subs on Aug. 6, and in exchange, you’ll receive a medium sub at no cost.

Talk about a win-win! Get details.

Free Auntie Anne’s pretzel — through Aug. 31

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Auntie Anne’s is celebrating the “Dough Days of Summer” by offering a free Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel to anyone who downloads the Pretzel Perks app and joins on a Wednesday during August.

Check out the delicious details.

Tax-free shopping — various dates in August

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This month, several states are offering tax-free holidays during which shoppers can purchase items without paying sales tax.

Most of these deals are centered on back-to-school items, but some states extend the savings to other items.

The following states are offering the tax break at some point in August:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Florida
  3. Illinois
  4. Iowa
  5. Maryland
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Mississippi
  8. Missouri
  9. New Mexico
  10. Ohio
  11. Oklahoma
  12. South Carolina
  13. Tennessee
  14. Texas
  15. Virginia
  16. West Virginia

Find out more details in “17 States With Sales Tax Breaks This Summer.”

Free doughnuts at Krispy Kreme — through Sept. 5

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It’s been a scorching summer in many parts of the U.S., but you can get a little relief whenever the Hot Light comes on at a participating Krispy Kreme. When you see the Hot Light, step into an air-conditioned Krispy Kreme and order a free Original Glazed doughnut. The deal is good throughout the summer until Labor Day.

According to Krispy Kreme:

“Hot Light hours vary by shop; fans can check www.krispykreme.com/locate/location-search for their local shop, download the Krispy Kreme app for Hot Light alerts and, of course, be on the lookout when passing by a shop for the illuminated Hot Light.”

Learn more.

Free year of Grubhub+ — ongoing

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If you’ve always wanted to try Grubhub+, Amazon Prime has an irresistible offer. All Prime members are now eligible for one free year of Grubhub+, including unlimited free deliveries on eligible orders.

Taking advantage of this great deal is as easy as signing into Amazon Prime and activating Grubhub+. After 12 months, you will automatically be auto-renewed at $9.99 unless you cancel.

Get details.

Free dental care – ongoing

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Visits to the dentist can be expensive. And as inflation surges, some people with low incomes may be tempted to skip this important care.

But if you qualify, dental services can be free. Dentists around the nation volunteer to join the Donated Dental Services program, which offers care to those who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have a permanent disability
  • Are over 65
  • Are medically compromised and do not have enough money to pay for dental care

Find out more.

BOGO sundaes at Carvel — ongoing

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There’s nothing better than cold ice cream on a hot summer day. So, if you’re planning a trip to a Carvel shop, make sure you go on a “BOGO Wednesday.”

The ice cream giant is offering a midweek deal that’s perfect for a pair of ice cream lovers: two classic soft ice cream sundaes for the price of one.

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