Freebies for Good Grades

Freebies for Good Grades!

I was a nerdy, smart kid with my nose perpetually in a book and that trait carried over into adulthood. I'm the guy at the end of the bar more interested in reading my Kindle than socializing with strangers. Yet I've never been offered freebies based on how much I read or how smart I am! Oh, to be a kid again.

I should note I started this post in May, but kind of lost track of time 🙂 No worries though, as all the offers below should still be active for the rest of this summer or beyond.

There are a lot of other websites with outdated information on freebies for good grades. I only included offers I could verify to some degree, but I strongly encourage you check with your own locations no matter what! Since these restaurants are usually franchises, offers heavily vary by location.

Rewards via Report Cards

Applebee's – While not quite nationwide, they confirmed on Twitter that it's up to your local restaurant as to whether or not they give out freebies for good grades.

One of the largest Applebee's franchise, RMH Franchise, operates 135 Applebee's locations in 15 states. They offer an A is for Applebee's program, where students 12 and under can get a free meal from the Kid's Menu if they receive an A on their report card. Many other freebie sites erroneously say this is a nationwide deal, but it's a great example of what kind of offer you can expect if your local franchise participates!

Baskin Robbins – They also confirmed on Twitter that giving away free scoops is “at the discretion of each franchise owner.” So call your local creamery!

Chuck E. Cheese – Anybody can print their Super Student Award 🙂 It's a redeemable certificate for 10 free tokens per day, however a food purchase is required.

Family Video – Throughout the month of June, students get a free overnight movie or video game rental for every A on their final report card.

Financial Institutions – Hundreds of small banks, credit unions, and even insurance companies offer rewards for good grades as well! I highly suggest checking the website of any smaller institution you're with, as well as asking your local branch. I've seen some small banks offering up to $25 for good grades! Others offered smaller cash rewards, discounts, and other prizes.

I wish these offers had been around when I was a kid. I would have made some serious cash!

Jason's Deli – They replaced their old JDPickleCards offer with a new Kids Cash system. Kids under 12 got a free kid's meal at participating locations.

Pizza Hut – Pizza Hut used to have a site dedicated to this, but I believe it's since degraded to a “location specific” freebie. I'd definitely call ahead and ask! Hopefully they still recognize the great and classic Pizza Hut good grades deal. Seriously, I can remember getting this freebie in the late 80s!

Each marking period, any child who has 3 A’s or the equivalent thereof, will receive one Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk by presenting his or her report card to the manager. This offer is good for Elementary and Middle School students. Dine-in only. Students must be present and the original report card must be presented.

Unconfirmed or Old Freebies

Other sites report the following companies give freebies for good grades, but I've been unable to verify these claims on a nationwide basis. I've reached out to the following companies on Twitter, so please feel free to also message them and help get an answer 🙂

In the meantime, before trying to redeem any of these below, I'd make sure you call ahead first.

  • Bob Evans – As of 2019, the Star Student program “is not a program that is currently active at our restaurants.”
  • Burger King – Free hamburger or ice cream cone for scoring 100% on a test. This sounds crazy regional.
  • Cheryl's Cookies – Their Cookies for A's program is for K-8th grade students. It's so popular, they enshrined it within their Public Relations page!

    A very popular program at Cheryl's is the Cheryl's Cookies for A's. Students present their report cards at retail locations and receive a free cookie per A, for up to 3 A's they have earned.

  • Chick-fil-A – Free 8 pack of nuggets if you have all A's and B's on a report card.
  • Coldstone Creamery
  • IHOP
  • Krispy Kreme – Free original glazed donut for each A, up to a half-dozen.
  • Marco's Pizza – Free one-topping pizza.
  • McDonald's – K-5 grade students with straight A's get a free Happy Meal. 6-12 grade students get a free Value Meal.
  • Sonic
  • The Melting Pot – The Boca Raton, FL location offers a free three or four course meal for straight A's! Others might have similar deals
  • Wendy's

I'll keep this list updated as I find new offers, so if you find anything I missed, please let me know in the comments!


Free Krispy Kreme Halloween Doughnuts

Free Krispy Kreme Doughnut on Halloween

Free Krispy Kreme Halloween Doughnuts

You can get a free Krispy Kreme doughnut on October 31 by wearing a costume on Halloween. It doesn't even have to be a specific costume, so head over whether you're dressed as a mummy, Frankenstein, or professional businessperson in your normal everyday clothes. They'll never know!

You get to choose from these three doughnuts:

  • Slimon – The original filled ringleader of the Monster Batch and known for covering everything in his path with green slime, Slimon is an Original Glazed® doughnut with lemon slime filling, dipped in spooky green icing with a green Kreme dollop and covered in “slime.”
  • Mumford – Last seen wrapping dozens boxes and coffee cups all around the shops, Mumford is an Original Glazed® doughnut “wrapped” in purple ​icing.
  • Hypno-Henry – A doughnut filled with cake batter, dipped in yellow icing and orange sanding sugar with a mesmerizing icing swirl, Hypno‑Henry hypnotizes fans into wanting more doughnuts. Please note: you may be unable to resist his crave-worthiness.

Costume offer not valid in CT, IA, or NE Krispy Kreme shops.


Free Coffee on National Coffee Day

2021 National Coffee Day Freebies ☕

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 is National Coffee Day. That means we get free days! No, free national?

*checks cue card*

Ohhhh, free coffee! Who would have guessed?

National Coffee Day Facts & Stats
The majority of U.S. adults drink two to three cups of coffee a day on average.
2021 Offers Coming Soon

The offers you see below are from 2019! We typically learn about this years freebies in mid-August, 2021.

👑 Best National Coffee Day Freebies

Krispy Kreme – Get a free brewed coffee and a free Original Glazed Doughnut!

☕ Other National Coffee Day Freebies

7-Eleven – Get any size coffee for $1.

Biggby Coffee – Free BOGO 20 or 24oz. specialty beverage – hot, iced, or frozen. Expires 9/30.

Bojangles – Through 12/31, get a $1 any size signature Bo’Town Roasters coffee.

Bruegger's – BOGO medium coffee.

Circle K – Get a free medium coffee with their app at participating locations. Customers might also get a free Belvita Breakfast Biscuit. Please check the app first before arriving, I'm having trouble confirming this 100%!

Corner Bakery Cafe – Through 10/1, get a free coffee, any brewed hand-roasted coffee or cold brew, with any purchase.

Cumberland Farms – Text FREECOFFEE to 64827 and receive a free coffee coupon! I couldn't find any verifcation for this online for 2019, however I just texted the number and got my coupon tonight. It explicitly says valid on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

A second deal at Cumberland Farms is buy any Reese's or KitKat King Size and get a free coffee, hot or iced, or Chill Zone fountain or frozen beverage free.

Dunkin' Donuts – BOGO any size hot coffee.

LaMar's Donuts and Coffee – Free small cup of coffee.

Le Pain Quotidien – Free regular coffee to any person that brings in a reusable cup or mug.

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores – Get a large (24 oz.) coffee or hot beverage for only $1 on Sunday and Monday. On both days, hot beverage sales will go to Love's 20th annual Children's Miracle Network Hospitals campaign.

Pilot Flying J – Use their app to get a free any size hot or cold coffee.

PJ's Coffee – Free 12 oz. Viennese blend hot or cold brew coffee.

Speedway – Get a free BELVITA Breakfast Biscuits with any size coffee purchase.

Tim Hortons – Place an order via their mobile app and you'll get a reward coupon good for a free coffee.

WaWa – Free any sized coffee via the Wawa app.

White Castle – A free small coffee is yours with any purchase from 9/29 through 10/1.

Unconfirmed Offers

Barnes & Noble – Many freebie and news sites are reporting a free hot or iced tall coffee with the purchase of any bake case item from a Barnes & Noble Café. However, I've yet to find any proof for this.

Godiva – Another popular offer I can't confirm is this one. A ton of freebie and news station have an unlinked posting that Godiva shops will give a free coffee, 12-oz, hot or iced. Other sites say you need to make a purchase? Who knows, since there's zero verification for it.

Sheetz – Get a free cold brew coffee when you order through their app. This very well by legit, I'm just not certain. Thankfully it'll be super each to confirm or debunk from the app!

Please let me know in the comments of any I missed!


Free Trick or Treat UNICEF Box

Free Trick-or-Treat Box

The classic free trick-or-treat box from UNICEF offer is back again this year! With Halloween fast approaching, this is the perfect freebie to help the little ones load up on candy. You can request up to 5 boxes, so there's no need to share unless you have more children than a starting NBA lineup.

That reminds me, I need to get working on my costume. I still don't know how I'm going to pull off my Sexy Bigfoot outfit. So far all I've got done is grow out a ton of hair.

What are you or your little ones going dressed as this year?


Free Chick-fil-A Entree Dressed as Cow

Free Chick-fil-A for Cow Appreciation Day in July

The 2021 date should be announced soon!

I know it's hard to keep track of all these important holidays, but Chick-fil-A's 15th annual Cow Appreciation Day will be held on … well, sometime in early July, from open until 7pm. No, we don't eat cow that day. That's saved for Frog Appreciation Day the following week. I know, it's a complicated system.

What the celebration entitles us to is a free Chick-fil-A breakfast, lunch, or dinner entree if you wear any cow attire. One nice perk is that you don't have to go all out like I did 10 years ago (see the photo below!) Previous years required you to dress completely like a cow in order to get a free entree, however in recent years you only need to wear any sort of Cow attire!

Q: Can I still redeem the free entrée if I just wear a cow accessory?
A. Customers who arrive wearing any sort of cow apparel will receive one free entrée.

Free Chick-fil-A Entree Dress Cow

They included photos of simple cow apparel to give you an idea. So either climb into your full cow costume or simply wear a white shirt with black dots and say moo – either way, you're getting free food!

If any Hiffers make a cool cow costume and participate in this freebie, we'd love to see pictures! You can share them on our Facebook freebie page, Twitter, or below in the comments 🙂


Free Chick-fil-A meal

2019 Update: I have some bad news. The cow costume I made years ago was recently (and supposedly, “accidentally”) thrown away. It's a tragedy on par with the extension of the dinosaurs extinction. Or at the very least, the loss of the dodos. I'm not quite sure how to equate the value I added to the world by dressing up as a cow and asking people to milk my udders.


Free Summer Events, Activities, Freebies for Kids

50+ Free Summer Kids Events, Activities, & Freebies!

With summer in full swing (woooo!), I thought it'd be a good idea to compiled a list of all the free kids summertime events & activities.

Check out some of these free events before summer 2020 ultimately ends (boooo!)

It's important to point out that while many of these are traditional freebies available each summer, you may encounter some offers not working in 2020 due to the on-going pandemic. Therefore, I strongly suggest calling ahead and confirming your local establishment is participating in any of these!

Get freebies and discounts simply by reading books!

The free reading programs are always a big hit each year. Over 13 companies such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chuck E. Cheese, Pottery Barn, and many more reward good behavior by offering freebies and prizes for reading. Most stores have a free reading companies guide or tracker that you can print at home, fill out as your child reads over the summer, then turn it in for freebies!

TD Bank even gives out cold, hard cash! 🤑 📚

Kids bowl free every day all summer long!

In fact, they get two free games of bowling! All you have to do is register ahead of time.

“It's about that time for the return of the favorite kids bowl free all summer deal! Sign up and your children will get two free games of bowling every day this summer. That's valued at over $500.”

Don't forget kids skate free during the summer too.

Multiple locations in 36 states offer free kids roller skating passes. If there are no locations near you, you can send a letter encouraging them to join!

Attend a free in-store kids event at multiple stores!

At least seven stores offer recurring, monthly in-store free kids events. Some of the most popular summer activities are from such stores as:

As more free events are found, I update them to the list so you never miss out.

Enjoy a show with cheap admission to kids movies (average $1) all summer long!

At least 17 different cinema and theater chains across the nation, both big and small, offer some sort of summer movie ticket admission deals. In many cases, you can either get free admission or super cheap tickets for G and PG movies. Some chains are also offering discounted concessions and snacks as well.

They're cheap, they're air conditioned, and they're all summer long!

Good grades and report cards freebies are a real thing as well!

Get discounts and outright freebies at nine confirmed restaurants and retailers! We've found another half dozen potential freebies as well

Enjoy a weekend outdoors during free National Parks admission days

The next National Parks free admission day August 25, 2019! Pay no entrance fee at any of our nation's 58 wonderful national parks scattered across the country.

Don't get lost, especially since most states give out free state road maps.

Go fishing for free during all 50 state's free dates!

While some states only hold license-free fishing dates early in the year, others hold multiple dates throughout the summer and even into fall! Check out your state's dates and then go reel in a fish or two with the little ones! These free fishing days are awesome. Take it from somebody who learned the hard way that you needed a license to fish 😀

Explore the outdoors for free by Geocaching!

Geocaching was one of my family's favorite activities back when multiple young ones were running around the house. All you need is a phone or GPS to access over 2.5 million free geocaches hidden all over the world! No matter how big or small your community, you'll be surprised how many geocaches are nearby!

Reuse old pieces with free LEGO instructions

LEGO offers monthly free mini builds instructions throughout the year.

They also have a huge, searchable database of free LEGO instructions to download! Put those old toys back to good use by building a long-forgotten LEGO or maybe even something new!


Free Mother's Day Card

Free Mother’s Day Card

Free Mother's Day Card

Artifact Uprising is giving away up to four free customized Mother's Day cards. However, you must order before May 1, 2019!

After creating your card with a custom photo and message, go through the checkout steps to send your free card. The payment screen should say $0.00 total. On the same screen, it asks “How did you hear about us?” Feel free to answer with heyitsfree.net! 😊


Free Petzel on National Pretzel Day 2019

Free Pretzels on 2021 National Pretzel Day, April 26

I think we all remember reading about pretzel's invention by Italian monks in 610 AD. Trust me, it was big news.

But did you know April 26 is National Pretzel Day? You didn't? LIAR! Of course you did, I just told you. Geez, pay attention.

As in years past, a variety of stores are giving out free pretzels this Friday with no purchase necessary! Like usual, if you know of any I missed, share in the comments.

2020 Free Pretzel Offers

We should know more about the 2021 offers in March. Here's what was offered back in 2019 and 2020 though. This is what I expect for 2021 as well.

Any Hiffers remember how Prezelmaker used to make people tell a joke in order to get this freebie? Glad to see they backed off my turf 🙂 Good times.


Free Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cone

Free Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cone 2022

Update: Free Cone Day 2021 has been canceled 🙁


The 2021 dates for Dairy King's Spring Cone freebie should be announced soon. That's when Dairy Queen holds their annual First Day of Spring freebie by giving away a free small vanilla cone!

Hiffers can swing by their local non-mall Dairy Queen between 10am – 10pm and pick up a free cone all day long. Don't forget this is also the same day Rita's is giving away free Italian Ice.

Thankfully this freebie isn't like Chick-fil-A's annual dress like a cow day. We'd all look pretty silly with traffic cones on our heads!


2018 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Entrepreneur Deals

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Entrepreneur Deals

2018 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Entrepreneur Deals

Being an entrepreneur and running a business online can be an expensive endeavor! On top of the double taxation and unsteady income, there are countless subscriptions and licenses you need to buy. I probably have two dozen services running HIF, any number of which I'd be rudderless without.

One tip I always give anybody starting or running a website is to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Throughout the year, I bookmark all sorts of services I want to try, then buy a cheap subscription this time of year. If it's worth it, I upgrade the next year for the same discount!

Below, you'll find some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals I could find for anybody running a website. I personally use each and every one of these for something!

Even if you've only been thinking about starting a site, now is the perfect and cheapest time to start!

NameDealEndCodeCategory
WP Engine35%Nov 26cyberwpe2018 (review)Hosting
SiteGround75%Nov 26none needed! (review)Hosting
HostGator65%Nov 232018BF (review)Hosting
PureVPN88%Nov 23none needed! (review)VPN, security
Namecheap$0.99 domainsNov 26none needed! (review)Domains
GoDaddy$0.99 domainsNov 26none needed! (review)Domains
WP Rocket35%Nov 27none needed! (review)Cache, Plugin
AAWP30%Nov 26BLACKWEEKEND2018 (review)Affiliate, Plugin
Pretty Links Pro60%Nov 30BFCODE (review)Affiliate, Plugin
Gravity Forms30%Nov 23none neededContact, Plugin
Advanced Custom Fields30%Nov 27BLACKFRIDAY2018Plugin
Jetpack30%Nov 30JPBLACKFRIDAY30Plugin
Soliloquy30%Nov 30BFSS30Slider, Plugin
Envira Gallery30%Nov 30BFSS30Gallery, Plugin
StudioPress20%Nov 30none needed! (review)Themes
ThemeIsle30%Nov 26none needed!Themes
GeneratePress25%Nov 26BLKFRI18Themes
WooCommerce30%Nov 30BLACKCYBER2018 (review)eCommerce, plugin
Easy Digital Download25%Nov 30BFCM2018eCommerce, plugin
Proven40%?BLACK18eCommerce, plugin

Save 35% off WPEngine

WP Engine Black Friday Deals

WPEngine is one of the largest and best managed WordPress hosting service available. So much so that I personally use WPEngine to host websites for my freelance clients!

Through Cyber Monday, they're giving a 35% discount on all annual plans, which equals 5 free months! Simply use code cyberwpe2018 at checkout.

This deal expires November 26.

Save 75% off SiteGround

SiteGround Black Friday Deals

With SiteGround's Black Friday sale, there's no code need! You can instantly save a 75% discount on all of their shared hosting plans, which I use for some of my own sites, like this streaming gear review site!

SiteGrounds' deal is only valid on Black Friday (Nov 23) and Cyber Monday (Nov 26).

Save 55% off HostGator

HostGator Black Friday Deals

If you have a much smaller website that you doesn't receive tons of daily traffic, HostGator gives you the best bang for your buck. At 65% off, it's hard to find another hosting package that comes in under $3 a month! However not only that, but you also get a free domain with this, making it the perfect option for a new site!

HostGator is only offering 65% off their hosting on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I believe. To get this deal, use code 2018BF.

Get $0.99 Domains at Name Cheap

Namecheap Black Friday Deals

While I love NameCheap as my domain registry of choice, their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals take a tiny bit of work. You'll need to set an alarm for X:59 each day.

Why? Because a limited number of cheap domains and hosting packages become available at the start of every hour, 24 times a day!

I've already managed to score a $0.88 .com name and .org name!

These sales are only valid on Black Friday (Nov 23) and Cyber Monday (Nov 26).

Get $0.99 Domains at GoDaddy

GoDaddy Black Friday Deals

GoDaddy is offering $0.99 for certain top level domains. You can get multiple of these, which I find are great for joke sites or small niche sites that don't necessarily need a .com!

I picked up a $0.99 .info and .club just now! In addition to .99 domains, they have $1.99 and $2.99 for some other tlds.

I believe these prices are valid on Black Friday and Cyber Monday only!

Save 35% off WP Rocket

WP Rocket Black Friday Deal

WP Rocket is the best caching plugin for WordPress. It has all the features any other caching plugins has, but it's also super easy to use and well documented.

Google is placing a growing importance on website loading times, which is where WP Rocket comes in. It links with

If you're running a site with more than 10 visitors a day, you need a caching plugin!

Get 35% off on all plans before this expires November 27.

Save 30% Off AAWP

AAWP Black Friday Deals

AAWP is my personal pick for the best Amazon Associates plugin for WordPress. It's what I use for the table on our daily Amazon Deals roundups. You can also easily make comparison tables or individual product widgets, both of which are seen on this best fps monitors guide!

Amazon has become aggressively enforcing their TOS rules, many of which are … let's say arcane? Many Amazon plugins fail certain aspects, but AAWP is completely, 100% compliant Amazon's entire TOS. It uses Amazon's API to update prices in real time, which is one of Amazon's biggest demands.

I honestly can't imagine being in Amazon's affiliate program and not using AAWP!

For Black Friday, AAWP is 30% off with code BLACKWEEKEND2018

This deal expires November 26.

Save 60% off Pretty Links Pro

Pretty Links Pro Black Friday

Pretty Links Pro is my plugin of choice for managing links. Remember how many times I posted free Kellogg's codes over the years? I'd go insane updating each of those posts, individually, every time the link changed!

Pretty Links Pro lets you manage all of your links from one, central location.

They're offering 60% off all new purchases and upgrades! Use code BF2018 before this special ends November 30.

Save 20% off StudioPress Themes

StudioPress Black Friday Deals

Studiopress is offering 20% off all their themes.

I use their Genesis theme here on HIF and it's easy to see why!

This sales ends November 30.

Save 30% off WooCommerce

WooCommerce Black Friday Deals

When it comes to selling physical goods, nothing beats WooCommerce.

I use it on Lit Loot, a pop-up shop that sells unique pins at e-sport events! WooCommerce is able to securely handle thousands of orders, from any device, and around the globe, and keep everything in order.

Without WooCommerce, we'd have to use Shopify, which would inevitably cost more money.

This sales ends November 30.

Save 88% off PureVPN

PureVPN Black Friday

Working from home ultimately means working from an unsecured internet connection. During a given year, I travel for holidays, vacation, work conferences, and often work from a coffee shop or library.

All those open, public wifi connections are prime opportunity to have your passwords stolen, or even worse. The last thing I want is to check an affiliate account at my hotel, only to have the bellhop log-in later and switch my payout options to his bank account!

Plus, do you really know who owns that AirBnB? Heck, the previous guests could have installed spyware on the router!

Thus, a VPN is an absolute must! One of the best Black Friday VPN deals is with PureVPN. They're giving 88% off on a 5 year plan! At $1.32 a month, this is less than a pack of gum yet provides an incredible amount of security!


Free Merry Christmas Window Cling

Despite the insanely overblown video on their site, I'm a member of the “say whatever you want this time of year” camp. Be it Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or Blorp McGlavin. So if wishing people at your front door a Merry Christmas sounds good to you, sign up for a free Merry Christmas window cling from CBN.

I'll get looking for one of those Blorp stickers next.