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If your kids got a brand new bike under the tree or for a birthday, they’re gonna need a helmet. Nothing ruins the couponer’s budget more than hospital bills!

Not only are helmets important, but they can be thrifty, too — if you snag free bike helmets from these places.


1. Check your local children’s hospital to see if your kid qualifies for a free helmet.

Kohl’s partners with a number of children’s hospitals through their Kohl’s Cares program to give free helmets and fittings to children and teens.

Enter your state in their list and see if there’s a program near you. Just select your state and they’ll tell you what hospital they partner with in your area.

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2. Attend a YMCA Healthy Kids Day and get a free helmet.

YMCAs all over the country host Healthy Kids Day events. They often give a limited amount of free helmets on a first come basis.

You don’t even have to be a member!

In 2019, Healthy Kids Day takes place Saturday, April 27.


3. Ask your health insurance provider if they offer a free helmet.

Some insurance companies will give free helmets to policyholders. Call to see if your plan has your head covered.

Companies like Tufts and Neighborhood Health Plans (Allways) are examples of providers that offer this perk.



4. Check Helmets First for a free helmet.

Helmets First has a mission to prevent head injuries in children. They host events throughout the year to give kids free helmets. Find out if there’s one near you!


5. Promise to wear a helmet and get one for free through the Ian Tilmann Foundation.

If you promise to wear a helmet then the Ian Tilmann Foundation will send one to you for free (you just pay shipping).

If you live near Florida, you can attend one of their events to get one free without the shipping charge!


6. Check for a Safe Kids event in your area.

Reach out to your local Safe Kids Network, and they’ll keep you updated on events. A lot of these happen at local police and fire stations, and at the end you get a FREE helmet.


Bonus Tip: Shop for helmets in May for the best price.

May is National Bicycle Safety month, so many stores run their best bike and bike accessory sales during this time. Look for helmets under the $10.00 mark for biggest savings.

If you can’t get them for free, buy them during this time for the best price.


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