Holiday Freebies


Veterans Day 2014 Freebies

Veterans Day Freebies

Veterans Day is tomorrow and with it comes a cascade of freebies for those brave men and women who have or are serving. Military.com has a massive list worth checking out, so I’m only going to highlight some of the larger offers below. I can’t recommend checking out their master list though as it has over 100 freebies available on Nov. 11!

Unless otherwise noted, these offers are only for veterans or active military and will typically require some form of valid ID proving such.

  • Start the day off with a free breakfast from the following locations:
    • Denny’s has a free build-your-own Grand Slam deal going from 5am-noon.
    • Bob Evans is offering free hotcakes (all day long possibly?)
    • Baker’s Square is offering pancakes, french toast, or waffles.
    • Hy-Vee is offering a “free breakfast” without mentioning limitations.
    • IHOP‘s offer runs from 7am-7pm and is good for free Red, White, and Blue pancakes.
    • Krispy Kreme will give a free donut and coffee “to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active duty military personnel (no ID required).” No lying!
    • Friendly’s, who also are offering free lunch or dinner!
    • Village Inn is also offering pancakes, french toast, or waffles.

  • Then follow it up with a free lunch from:
    • TGI Friday’s says “lunch is on us” and it looks to be a massive burger and fries.
    • Sizzler is serving up free steak, chicken, or shrimp. Add “walk into a bar” at the end of that and you have the start of a joke.
    • Texas Roadhouse has a larger lunch menu consisting of 10 free options.

  • Finally cap things off at Golden Corral during their “thank you” dinner from 5-9pm.
  • Applebee’s is offering a free meal off a limited menu all day long.
  • Red Robin will be giving away a free Tavern Double burger with bottomless steak fries.
  • Olive Garden has 7 free meal options valid all day.
  • Shoney’s is offering a free all-american burger.
  • California Pizza Kitchen will give free entrees from a limited menu (which I couldn’t find).
  • Chili’s offer is buried in the comments, but they confirmed that it’s all day and off a limited menu of about 6 or 7 items.
  • Starbucks will offer a free tall brewed coffee to veterans, active duty service members and military spouses.
  • Last up is Macy’s 20% off coupon code VETS, though I’m not sure how the heck they’re keeping average folks from also using it. *shrug*

Like I said, these freebies are only the tip of the iceberg, however they were some of the best offers I found. Enjoy and thank you!

Free Kids Roller Skating

Free Kids Roller Skating

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Next up in our summer freebies series is a “OH DEAR GOD, JUST GET OUT OF THE HOUSE FOR A WHILE!” offer for all those stressed out parents :)

Right now you can grab two free kids roller skating passes good at a variety of nationwide locations. They’re still expanding, so they’re not quite everywhere yet, but hopefully you have a nearby participating location!

Other Summer Freebies

2014 Summer Reading Deals

Free Summer Reading Programs

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Next up on our summer freebies series are all the reading deals! Most follow the read X books, get 1 free model, but there are a few that differ. Hopefully your little one enjoys reading or at least getting freebies :)

American Girl – Select locations in large cities are being held for girls ages 8 and up. Kids get to decorate their own bookmark and summer reading log and can take home a doll-sized poster.

Barnes & Noble – They’re giving away a free book if your child reads 8 books and fills out a Reading Journal (which can be obtained on their website for free)

Half Price Books – Children 14 and under who read 300 minutes a month (that’s only 10 mins/day) will receive $5 gift card.

HEBuddy – After reading 10 books, send in the form to receive a “cool prize,” which looks to be a free t-shirt.

New York Times – Every Friday from June 13 through Aug. 15, children aged 13-19 can read one article in the NYT and write in about why they read it or what interested them. Aside from broadening their horizon’s and randomly posting some of the selected weekly responses, there doesn’t look to be any “reason” to do this. Still, 15-year-old-Goob would have gone crazy over this offer so maybe there’s a kindred Hiffer out there who would enjoy this.

Pizza Hut – I can’t find any details on what the prizes are, but Pizza Hut has run their Book It summer programs for many years now and people seem to love it. It starts on June 1 this year.

Pottery Barn – Now through July 31, your little one’s can read any 8 books from their recommended list to receive a free book! Please note the same page says the program ends on July 17, so I’m not sure which is correct.

Public Libraries – Be sure to check with your local libraries

Scholastic – Running through Sept. 5, kids can log their reading time online in an effort to help break the world record! It doesn’t look like they’re giving away prizes this year, but that may of course change.

Sylvan Book Adventure – Kids in grades K-8 can read books offline then log-on to take quizzes on what they’ve read. I know the thought of voluntary quizzes during the summer might scare most kids (and adults for the matter), but instead of grades you get prizes!

Showcase – As I mentioned in our free summer movies post, children can get free tickets for movies this summer just for doing a short book report!

TD Bank – Finally we have the classic offer by TD Bank. Kids in grades K-5 have until Aug. 31 to read 10 books. They’ll be rewarded with cold, hard cash in the form of $10 added to their free savings account.

Other Summer Freebies

[thanks to Saving with Shellie for help with this list!]

2014 Summer Movie Deals

Free Summer Movie Deals

Eagle-eyed Hiffers (holy crap, how did you get an EAGLE’S EYE?!) know that my current offspring count sits equal to the number of home runs I’ve hit for the Seattle Mariners this season. That said, I suspect I have an inkling for what it feels like for parents with bored children moping around. For you see, I myself get bored. A lot. And if your kids are anything like me, it must be insufferable to be around them when they have nothing to do.

As such, I’m going to put together a few lists of free & cheap events this summer. First up are all the summer movie deals I could find. I’m sure there are more, so please leave a comment if you find any I missed!

AMC Theaters – Their Summer Nights program is aimed at adults with 8 blockbuster hits back for a limited time. Show times are Mon-Wed at 10 pm. Tickets are just $3 and benefit charity.

Bow Tie Cinemas – Select locations are showing free kids movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am from June 24 to Aug. 20.

Carmike Cinemas – There are whispers here and there of a Carmike summer offer, and there more likely is one, however there’s nothing definitive yet out the ‘net. Look at me, I’m a poet who didn’t know it.

Cinemark Century Theaters – They have two different money saving movie programs. First, pay $5 in advanced and you’ll get tickets for 10 movies! Alternatively, you can buy your tickets at the show for $1 each. Note some Rave Theaters are now owned by Cinemark.

Cineplex – Saturday mornings at 11am through June will feature Cineplex Family Favourites. Watch a family favorite film each week for only $2.50 at participation locations.

Classic Cinemas – Beginning June 11th, Wednesday Morning Movie Series. Each Wednesday morning at 10 am ticket prices are just $1, all movies are rated G and PG.

Harkins Theater – Again, you have two options: Buy a season pass then each movie is less then $1. Or buy tickets the day of the movie for $2 per ticket. Show times are at 9:45 am.

Marcus Theaters – Every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday mornings at 10am from June 15 – Aug. 13 will feature a favorite family flick for just $2! Popcorn and sodas are $2.50 as well. Finally, you can score 2 free tickets by visiting a participating American Family Insurance agent.

Regal Cinemas $1 Movies – All summer long long you can see select PG movies for just $1 a ticket. Show times are Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am.

Studio Movie Grill – Their Summer Children’s Series is every weekday at 11 am. Like the rest, you get a family friendly film only $2 a ticket.

Showcase Cinemas – Their Bookworm Wednesdays allow kids to bring in a book report (6 and under don’t need this) in exchange for free admission! The best I ever got for a book report was the promise of no more book reports.

So there you have it. Like I said earlier, please leave a comment if you know of any programs I missed!

Other Summer Freebies

2013 Veterans Day Freebies

Veterans Day Freebies 2013

You probably don’t need me to remind you that Veterans Day is tomorrow. What you do need from me is a list of freebies and wouldn’t ya know it but I have just that! What are the odds?

Unless otherwise specified, these offers are extended to both veterans and active military personal and are available on Monday, November 11.

Applebee’s – Free signature entree.

Baker’s Square – Free breakfast, with a choice between pancakes, french toast, or waffles. This may be the toughest choice of your life.

BJ’s Restaurant – Free lunch entree or a one topping mini deep dish or an individual hand-tossed pizza at dinner.

Bar Louie – Free lunch or dinner.

Bob Evans – ALL YOU CAN EAT HOTCAKES! Stupendous.

Boston Market – Free whole chicken with the purchase of a family meal. Time to fatten up, kids!

California Pizza Kitchen – Any pizza from their menu.

Carrabba’s – Free appetizer, which is eh, but it’s valid on both Sunday and Monday!

Champs – Free handcrafted burger and fries. Way tastier than a footcrafted burger.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse – All veterans and active duty military “eat free.” There’s gotta be some sort of catch, as they’re obviously not going to let you eat 20 meals, but I’m guessing you’ll get a full free meal with maybe dessert?

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Cheeseburger in Paradise – Free burger and fries with the purchase of any beverage $1.99 or more.

Chili’s – Free entree from a select menu.

Denny’s – MORE ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES! That’s it, where do I enlist? This offer is from 6am thru 2pm.

Enstein Bros Bagels – Free bagel & shmear.

Famous Dave’s – Their promotions are location specific, so have a look at what’s available near you.

Fazoli’s – Free “Pick Your Pasta” entree with purchase of a drink on both Sunday and Monday.

Fox and Hound – Free burger because “you all rock.” Awww. Wait, they’re not talking to me, are they?

Friendly’s – Free breakfast, though they don’t mention hours.

Golden Corral – Their annual “Thank You” meal is on Monday from 4-9pm.

Hooter’s – Free meal, up to $10.99, with any drink purchase.

Ikea – Free entree, which seems weird coming from a furniture store. But it covers a sandwich, hot dish, or salad! This is valid both Sunday and Monday.

Krispy Kreme – Free doughnut and small coffee for anybody with military ID or wearing their uniform. Last week’s Halloween uniforms don’t count.

Little Caesars – Free crazy bread.

Max & Erma’s – Free burger, soup or salad, and cookie.

McCormick & Schmick’s – Some fancy free entrees are being offered, but on Sunday, November 10 and it looks like it’s for veterans only.

Menchie’s – Free cup of frozen yogurt

Noah’s Bagels – Free bagel & shmear. This site looks just like Einstein Bros, so I’m guessing they’re sister companies.

O’Charley’s – Free meal up to $9.99.

Olive Garden – Free entree from their special menu. Family dining with them will also receive 10% off their meal. Families dining nearby receive eating in the presence of awesomeness.

On The Border – Free “Create Your Own Combo” dinner combination.

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Outback Steakhouse – Free Bloomin’ Onion and non-alcoholic drink. Wait, those exist?

Perkins – Free Magnificent Seven meal, which is two eggs, 3 pancakes, and bacon or sausage.

Red Lobster – Free appetizer Monday thru Thursday.

Red Robin – Free tavern double burger and bottomless streak fries.

Shoney’s – Free all-american (wooooo!) burger.

Spaghetti Warehouse – BOGO lasagne or original recipe spaghetti entree Sunday and Monday.

Sizzler – Free lunch until 4pm.

Starbucks – Free tall brewed coffee for veterans, active duty, and military spouses!

Texas Corral – Free entree from their special menu along with an iced tea, lemonade, or coffee. I bet I can safely add water to that list too.

Texas Roadhouse – Free lunch and tea or soft drink.

TGI Friday’s – Free lunch from 11am thru 2pm.

Tim Horton’s – Free donut.

UNO Chicago Pizza – BOGO entree or individual pizza.

Village Inn – Free breakfast, with a choice between pancakes, french toast, or waffles. Aw no, not again!

Wow. That was way more than I expected. Rightfully so!

Kids Bowl Free All Summer

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I’ve known about this program where kids bowl free all summer since March, but I kept telling myself that I’d “wait until summer” to post it. We’re now almost halfway through June. How in the world did that happen so fast?!

Anyway, just sign up and your children will get two free games each day this summer. Not a bad deal if you ask me. Though to be fair nobody asked me. I guess that’s what I get for being single, living alone, and working from home.

[thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

Free Father’s Day Card from Treat

Free Treat.com Father's Day Card

Use code TREATDAD at checkout and you will get a free Father’s Day card from Treat. It’s valid today and May 28 only and is for new customers, so that’s kind of a drag. But hey, it’s worth joining for all the dads out there. Send them a card, they’ll appreciate it, I promise.

2013 Tax Day Freebies & Deals

Tax Day Freebies

Tax Day is tomorrow. Of course I did mine last minute since I’m an expert at procrastinating.

There aren’t that many freebies, but there are enough deals and specials to make this worth a post. Plus it’s a yearly tradition. Otherwise how else would we commemorate dozens of frustrating hours spent with Turbo Tax?!

AMC Theaters – Here’s a coupon for a free small popcorn. It was actually good for this weekend in addition to tomorrow. Oops.

Arby’sFree curly fries or potato cakes with a coupon. Don’t forget to enter to win $500 too!

Boston Market – Stop in for a Rib-bate* all day long. Receive two ribs meals for $10.40, no coupon needed.

* Booooooooooo

Bruegger’s Bagels – Their Big Bagel Bundle coupon is for $10.40.

Carvel – Here’s a coupon for an 18-pack of Oreo Lil’ Rounders for $10.40. This whole play on Form 1040 is getting old, fast.

Cinnabon – Two free Cinnabon Bites from 6-8pm on Monday. No coupon necessary. Judging from the pictures, no appetite necessary either.

Great American Cookies – Now THIS is a Tax Day freebie I can get excited over. Who in their right mind turns down a free birthday cake cookie?

HydroMassage – They offer a free Tax Day massage every year. Has anybody ever actually gone to one before?

Papa Murphy’s PizzaThis is unconfirmed until I can call tomorrow, but Hiffer Emily was at her local joint tonight and reportedly saw tons of flyers stating there will be $5 pizza on Tax Day. EDIT: It appears this is a $10.40 for two large pizzas deal.

QuikTrip – Print a coupon for a free hot dog or any “roller grill item.” I plan on grabbing a ton of chips, running behind the counter, and throwing them on the grill.

Schlotzsky’s – Pick up a free The Original sandwich with the purchase of a 32oz. drink and chips. No coupon necessary.

SonicDrink prices are cut in half. Make sure to turn off your speakers before visiting the site. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

White Castle – Print a coupon for 15% off your entire purchase!

If there are any I missed, please share in the comments!

2012 Bonus Gift Card Offers

Every year restaurants tend to offer bonus cash on gift card purchases. I have no idea why, but if my Holiday Gift Ideas for Guys post didn’t help you, maybe one of these will. This isn’t the end-all, be-all list, but it should give you a pretty good idea of what’s available.

Also major props to Penny Pinchin’ Mom for doing most of the legwork here. I’ve edited and added what additional offers I could find.

RESTAURANTFREE BONUS
Applebee'sBuy $50 in digital gift cards and receive a $10 digital card.
Arby'sBut $10 in gift cards and receive a free Peppermint Swirl Shake.
BenihanaBuy $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 promotional card.
Black AngusBuy $50 in gift cards and receive $5 in Bonus Bucks.
Bonefish GrillBuy $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 bonus card and sweepstakes entry.
Boston MarketBuy a $25 gift card and receive a $5 bonus card.
Bravo! Cucina ItalianaBuy $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 bonus card.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.Buy a $50 gift card and recieve a $10 reward card redeemable from 1/2/13 - 2/12/13.
Buca di Bepoo Buy a $50 gift card and receive a $10 bonus card.
Buffalo Wild WingsBuy a $25 gift card and get a Blazin' Bonus card worth anywhere from $5 to $100 and redeemable in January 2013.
California Pizza KitchenBuy $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 rewards card.
Carraba's Italian GrillBuy $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 bonus card and sweepstakes entry.
Cheeseburger in ParadiseBuy $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 bonus card.
Chevy's Fresh MexBuy a $50 gift card and receive a $10 voucher.
ChipotleBuy $30 in gift cards, bring back the receipt by January 31, and receive a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos or salad.
Claim JumperBuy $50 in gift card and receive a $10 bonus card.
CosiBuy $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 gift card.
Culver'sBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a free double deluxe value basket.
Del TacoBuy a $25 gift card and get a free combo meal.
Denny'sBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 gift card.
Fazoli'sBuy a $20 gift card and receive a $5 voucher.
First WatchBuy $100 in gift cards and get $20 in Bonus Bucks.
Fleming's SteakhouseBuy $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 gift card.
Furr's Fresh BuffetPurchase $30 in gift cards and get a free meal.
Jamba JuiceBuy a $25 gift card and receive a free 16 oz smoothie.
Joe's Crab ShackBuy $25 in gift cards get a winning ticket with offers including $5 and $10 off of your meal, free appetizer or free steampot.
Logan's RoadhouseBuy $25 in gift cards and receive $10 bonus bucks.
Max & ErmasBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 bonus card.
McCormick & Shmick'sBuy $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 rewards card.
Moe's Southwest GrillBuy $50 in gift cards and receive $5 in Moe's Bucks.
Morton'sBuy $250 in gift cards (geez) and receive a $50 bonus card.
Not Your Average Joe'sBuy $50 in gift cards and get a $10 appreciation card.
Old Country BuffetBuy $25 in gift cards and get a free meal in January 2013.
Old Spaghetti FactoryBuy a $25 gift card and receive a $5 bonus certificate.
On the BorderBuy a $25 gift card and receive a $5 bonus card.
Outback SteakhouseBuy $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 Bonus Card.
Panda ExpressBuy gift cards and get a free two-entree plate offer with your purchase (see store for details).
Papa Murphy'sBuy $20 in gift cards and get free cookie dough.
PappasBuy $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 bonus card.
P.F. Chang'sBuy $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 bonus card.
PinkberryBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 gift card.
Rafferty's Restaurant & BarBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 gift card.
Rainforest CafeBuy a $50 gift card and receive a $10 rewards card.
Red LobsterBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 coupon.
Red MangoBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 Share the Love card.
Red RobinBuy $25 in gift cards and get a $5 bonus buck reward.
Rita'sSpend $10 and get a free regular-sized treat coupon.
Romano's Macaroni GrillBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 bonus card.
Ruby TuesdayBuy $50 in gift cards get a $15 bonus card.
Ruth's ChrisBuy $250 in gift cards and get 10% off.
Schlotzsky'sBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 gift card.
Shoney'sBuy $25 in gift cards and receive $10 Shoney's Bucks.
Smokey BonesBuy $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 gift card.
Steak & ShakeBuy $20 in gift cards and receive a $5 bonus.
SouplantationBuy $50 in gift cards and receive a free meal pass.
Taco BellBuy $20 in gift cards and get one free item.
Ted's Montana GrillBuy $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 gift card.
TGIFriday'sBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 Bonus Card.
Tony Roma's SteakhouseBuy $50 in gift cards and receive a $15 Bonus Card.
Uno Chicago GrillBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 bonus voucher.
White CastleBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 card.
RETAIL STOREFREE BONUS
Barnes & NobleBuy $75 in gift cards and receive a free $10 eGift Card.
Brunswick BowlingFor every $25 spent in gift cards, you'll receive a $5 bonus.
The Children's PlaceBuy $40 in gift cards and receive a free $10 e-gift card.
CinemarkBuy $30 in gift card and receive $5 in movie dollars.
GordmansBuy $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 bonus card.
Half Priced BooksBuy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 coupon.
L.L. BeanBuy $50 in items and receive a free $10 gift card.
RedboxBuy a gift card and receive a promo code good for one free night's rental.

Free Personalized Video from Santa

Free Personalized Video from Santa

This free personalized video from Santa offer is always a favorite of Hiffers. Well, I’m assuming their children love it more than they do. It’s fairly straightforward to set up and you’re even given the option to pay for an upgraded video with more bells and whistles, but the free one gets the job done just fine.