If you're following the recommended guidelines from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the coronavirus pandemic, that means you're probably stuck at home unless you're an essential worker.
And if you're working or studying from home and have a little cabin fever, many companies are offering major discounts or free trials on their services. Whether you're looking to learn a new skill online or sweat it out with a free at-home workout class, these free services will help keep you occupied while you're hunkered down at home.
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- Ford is offering its "Built to Lend a Hand" program that provides six months of payment relief for eligible new-car customers who finance their purchases through Ford Credit.
- Honda has payment-relief options as well as a few incentives for new cars. Customers can take advantage of its "90 Days to First Payment Program," which defers the first payment on new vehicle sales for 90 days; or, customers can use "Loyalty Purchase Assistance Cash," which offers $1,000 toward a new purchase or lease.
- Kia is offering customers payment deferral, leases with incentives and customer loyalty programs.
- Hyundai is also offering assistance to customers with payment plans, new-car incentives and job loss protection.
- Nissan customers who qualify can enjoy deferred payments or assistance with payment relief.
- Subaru has options like payment extensions and no-interest financing.
- Toyota customers can take advantage of payment extensions (on a case-by-case basis) and a deferred first payment for 90 days for new and certified-used vehicles.
- Volkswagen is offering to waive up to six months of payments — up to $750 per month — for customers who lose their jobs due to "economic crisis."
- Mazda North American Operations will be providing free standard oil changes and enhanced cleaning services for U.S. health care workers at participating dealers nationwide. This program will run through May 4, and you do not have to own a Mazda vehicle in order to participate.
- Sling TV is offering free access to select shows and movies, with no credit card information asked at registration.
- CBS All Access is free through for one month (expires 5/10) with the code ALL.
- Focus Features is livestreaming free movies on its Facebook page.
- Lionsgate Movies has livestreamed movies with host Jamie Lee Curtis, with "John Wick" coming up (May 8).
- Amazon customers can now get titles for kids' shows like "Arthur" and "Pete the Cat" for free on Amazon Video.
- Attention horror genre junkies: Shudder is offering 30 free days of streaming with the code SHUTIN.
- MLB.tv has opened up its 2018 and 2019 archives to stream for free for a limited time.
- The NFL is extending free access to NFL Game Pass through May 31, which includes a plethora of game replays and a library of football TV programming. Touchdown.
- The NBA is giving fans free access to NBA League Pass.
- You can stream NHL games on demand for free indefinitely.
Theater and the Arts
- Theater fans can catch some of Andrew Lloyd Webber's greatest hits on YouTube. Every Friday, the channel The Show Must Go On! will post one of the composer's popular musicals that will be available for 48 hours. Next up is the smash hit "The Phantom of the Opera." If ALW isn't your cup of tea, Playbill has a list of other musicals available for streaming. BroadwayHD is also offering free streams of musicals for a seven-day trial.
- The Metropolitan Opera of New York now has free nightly streams of their productions on the Met Opera on Demand app.
- Attention art junkies: Museums around the world, including but not limited to the Louvre, the Vatican Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, are offering free virtual tours of their collections on their websites.
- The Children's Museum of Manhattan is offering at-home resources for children, including worksheets and games.
- The New York Botanical Garden is offering online access to their exhibits via virtual events, plant guides and more.
- The American Museum of Natural History's virtual tours and remote activities are also giving people a glimpse into the museum.
On your phone
- Interested in concerts? Global Citizen started an Instagram Live concert series, Together at Home, to bring live performances from artists like John Legend and One Republic right to your phone, completely free.
- Tinder Passport, a service typically only available to Tinder Gold and Platinum members, is now free so you can connect with anyone, no matter what country they're in.
Books and Music
- Scribd now offers a free 30-day trial, giving you unlimited access to books, magazines, sheet music and more.
- Apple Music is offering a free three-month trial.
- Adobe Creative Cloud is offering free services to students through May 31 in light of college campus closures, and teachers can also get free access to all Creative Cloud software for 90 days.
- Coursera has a variety of free online courses from Ivy League universities.
- MasterClass Live is offering one free streaming class per week.
- Scholastic has free online courses on their newly released "Learn at Home" site for K-6th grade. The company also has an updated list of resources for families, including a workbook from the Yale Child Study Center–Scholastic Collaborative to help kids cope during the pandemic.
- Speeko, a public speaking coaching app, is offering free access to its resources.
- PBS Kids is also sending out a daily newsletter with activities for kids ages 2-8.
- Wisdo, a mental wellness app that connects people with similar struggles/experiences to help support one another and offer advice, announced free membership to all college students in the U.S.
- Verizon is giving its customers access to online learning and study support like Quizlet and Chegg.
- For a comprehensive guide on free or discounted at-home workout services, check out this list we compiled.
- Meditation app Headspace is offering free services to all health care workers and has a list of certain meditations you can access for free.
- Aura, a meditation app, is now offering a free three-month subscription when you click this link and use the code FINDPEACE2020.
- State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is returning a $2 billion dollar dividend to its auto insurance customers. That could mean that, on average, most customers will see a 25% policy credit.
- Progressive is issuing personal auto premium credits to its customers, among other perks. So if you're someone who still has an active personal auto policy by the end of April, you will receive a 20% credit of your April premium.
- Geico is also helping its customers by offering a 15% credit on your next full policy term.
- Allstate is providing its auto insurance customers with 15% money back based on their April and May premiums.
- Liberty Mutual customers will receive a 15% refund on two months of their auto premium, based on their premium amount as of April 7.
- USAA members with an auto insurance policy in effect as of March 31 will be receiving a 20% credit on two months of premiums.
Stores and Restaurants
- UberEats is offering free delivery on all orders.
- Costco is offering a $30 Costco shop card to any nurses or first responders who join.
- Olive Garden brought back its "Buy One, Take One" promotion.
- Starbucks is offering all first responders and front-line health care workers a free tall brewed coffee at participating U.S. locations.
- TGI Fridays is offering a kids-eat-free discount in which customers can enjoy a free kids' entree with an online order of $20 or more. Just use the code FREEKIDS at checkout.
- Buffalo Wild Wings is offering free delivery on meal bundles and BOGO boneless Thursdays.
- IHOP customers can enjoy a waived delivery fee through Doordash.
- Chipotle customers can also order with free delivery with a minimum $10 purchase.
- Burger King orders of $10 or more also qualify for free delivery at participating locations.
- Red Lobster customers can enjoy free "touchless" pickup and can get a family meal deal, which includes a dinner for four people starting at $27.99.
- KFC customers can take advantage of its free delivery option when you order online through GrubHub.
- Popeyes is offering contact-less and free delivery through its mobile app.
- Cracker Barrel offers its customers curbside pickup and free delivery.
- Little Caesars is giving its customers an opportunity to buy a pizza for themselves and donate another as part of their PieitForward program.
- Krispy Kreme is celebrating National Doctor's Day and National Nurse's Week by offering all health care workers free dozens of their Original Glazed Doughnuts every Monday through May 12.
- Cub Cadet and TaskEasy are teaming up to offer a free month of lawn care, including two cuts every other week, to nurses, doctors, police officers and other essential personnel on the front lines.