You can also join their free rewards program and get an immediate $3 off coupon your next visit. Joining will also trigger their annual birthday freebie of more frozen yogurt!
Friday, June 3, 2022 is the next National Doughnut Day. Or National Donut Day, whichever way you swing. It dates back to 1938 and dates forward to delicious, scrumptious free doughnuts and donuts and coffee!
So dig out those extra stretchy pants and skimp on dessert for a few nights because we're about to get some free doughnuts and donuts! As always, you might want to confirm with your local store that they're participating in any promotions. I've listed all the confirmed 2021 offers I could find.
If you spot any I missed, please leave a comment with a link to the offer!
chocolate iced kreme filled have always been a favorite of mine since I was a wee little Goob.– Your pick of any variety donut for free! Their
Tim Hortons – Many sites are saying from June 3 – June 15, 2021 we get one classic or specialty doughnut for 50 cents with any eligible purchase over 50 cents.
Does anybody have a link for this? It's not mentioned on Tim Horton's US Twitter account.
Cumberland Farms – For the second year in a row, many sites and even news stations are reporting you'll get a free doughnut if you buy any sized drink, but I can't find anything from CF confirming this. They've held similar promotions on past National Doughnut Days though, so I'd call ahead if you're interested in this.
If you have a link or press release from Cumberland Farms confirming this freebie, please share in the comments!
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 🙂 You can grab free kids roller skating passes good at a variety of locations in 36 states.
Once you locate a nearby rink, click their name to see dates, times, and age limits for their free skating. Register an account, then download the MyHownd app on your smartphone. This will be the app that lets you claim your kids free passes each week. Your first set of passes will be available in the MyHownd app on Monday morning following your free registration.
You will receive 2 Kids Skate Free passes per child, per week. These passes are only valid for one week and will automatically expire, but they're replaced with two new valid passes every Monday!
Some locations have a $4 signup fee to register. While not free, these passes don't expire until the end of the year, so you make your money back pretty fast.
As long as you count the backs of cereal boxes, I'm quite the voracious reader. I read on average two books a month and if your children are anything like me, they might be interested in this list I compiled of free summer reading programs! I've been updating this list since 2014 and was pretty surprised at how many of the offers stilled existed in 2021!
Below are all of the 2021 summer reading freebies and deals for kids! 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 🙂
I also have an idea I wanted to pass along. With some of these programs, you earn a free book off a list of available books. If your child reads this summer, but isn't interested in the freebies, consider donating them! School and public library are always desperate for books. Donating them to The Salvation Army or Goodwill is another possibility. Regardless, showing your child that freebies can be fun and helpful to others is a cool idea!
Finally, if you're still looking for additional summer reading resources, then I would start with this collection of summer reading information from the NEA.
Confirmed 2021 Summer Reading Freebies
Barnes & Noble – For kids in grades 1-6, get a free book after reading 8 books and filling out a Reading Journal by August 31. For adults, share your school's required reading list and get a free tall hot or iced coffee from the cafe. They also have coupons and discounts listed under the right-most “Summer Reading Deals” tab.
Chuck E. Cheese – They have a ton of methods for kids to earn freebies, from good grades to sports achievements to reading in Spanish or English! This reading rewards calendar doesn't expire until 12/31/21 and gets 10 free Play Points with any food purchase.
H-E-B – Texas children can take part in the H-E-Buddy summer reading club. They have to read 10 books and send in this form by October 1 in order to receive a “cool prize,” which looks to be a free t-shirt.
H‑E‑Buddy 2021 Summer Reading Program
San Antonio, TX 78217
New York Times – Every Friday from June 11 through August 19, any 11- to 19-year-old anywhere can read one article in the NYT and write in about why they read it or what interested them. At the end of the week, judges from the Times newsroom pick favorite responses and publish them here. 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 – This classic program lets children earn a free personal pan pizza in exchange for reading anything over the summer. Parents can sign up and track their child's progress online without any forms.
Public Libraries – Be sure to check with your local libraries, as they often host multiple weekly, monthly, and seasonal events and reading competitions.
Reading with the Rays – Florida children can read anything they desire and receive free baseball prizes! This program starts on May 30.
Scholastic – Now through September 3, kids can log their reading time online as part of the Scholastic Summer Reading Program. Over the course of 18 weeks, kids can unlock digital rewards as they complete weekly reading challenges; and access book excerpts, videos, and other summer-exclusive content.
Maintaining a reading streak will also unlock donations of 100,000 books from Scholastic to kids in rural America with limited or no access to books.
SYNC – This free program offers free audiobooks each week to teens at least 13 years old.
TD Bank – We can't forget the classic offer by TD Bank! Kids in grades K-5 have from June 1 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.
Previous Summer Reading Deals Unconfirmed for 2021
The items below were summer reading deals during 2018-2020. If I find confirmation they'll return this year, I'll move them up above.
Amazon – Grades K-8 can read any 8 books this summer and get
a free book$1 off your next book purchase. Man, they really downgraded this offer for 2020, huh?
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.
DOGOBooks – Ten participants who review the most books will be eligible to win a Prize Pack of seven books shown on the site. The next twenty-five participants with the most reviews will be eligible to win a $10 Gift Card.
Half Price Books – This program went virtual in 2020, but they haven't released full details for 2021 yet. In years past, this program started on June 1. Children 14 and under who read 300 minutes over June and July (that's only 5 mins/day) will receive Bookworm Bucks. I don't see where it says how much you'll get, but it was $5 previous years.
Teens can also earn HPB Bookworm Bucks by reading any of the listed titles and writing a short review.
LifeWay – Take your completed Summer Reading Journal to the register at your local LifeWay store to get one of nine books plus receive a free Bible, while supplies last.
Showcase Cinemas – Bookworm Wednesday rewards your little one with free admission to a select children's film when they present a book report. Accompanying parents or guardians and children under six years of age receive free admission and do not need to submit a book report!
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, growing up with tons of siblings, I have an inkling for what it's like with bored, moping children around the house. 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. Plus it's hot outside. we need some cheap, air-conditioned entertainment!
As such, here's a huge list of all the free & cheap kids summer movie events! Almost every theater chain has a dedicated page advertising their summer deals, plus a helpful list of participating locations. So be sure to make sure your local spot is holding a deal before heading out.
I've included both nationwide and smaller, regional chains so as many Hiffers can take advantage of these deals as possible. I'm sure there are more, so please leave a comment if you find any I missed.
Confirmed Kids Movies Deals for 2021
Alamo Drafthouse – Their summer Kids Camp shows children's classics with tickets at $1, $3, or $5, depending on location. Kids earn stickers for your Alamo Kids Club Prize Book and 100% of proceeds go to local nonprofits. You can even buy your tickets online, making this super easy and relaxing!
– Their Summer Movie Clubhouse is 8 weeks of $1.50 movies for kids every Wednesday from June 16 – August 4. They're also offering $1 off deals on kids; snack packs, large popcorns & large drinks during Summer Movie Clubhouse showtimes.
Cineplex – Saturday mornings at 11am through July will feature Cineplex Family Favourites. Watch a family favorite film each week for only $2.99 at participation locations, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the WE Charity.
Classic Cinemas – Running June 8 – August 11, take part in the Wednesday Morning Movie Series. Ticket prices are just $2 on Wednesday mornings, with all movies rated G or PG. Movie showtimes will be staggered starting at 9:30am until 10:00am. You're encouraged to arrive early to meet some of your favorite characters and join in on the fun games & activities.
Harkins Theater – Each week from June 11 through July 22, see a family favorite movie for only $3 for My Harkins Awards Members and $5 for Non-My Harkins Awards Members. As an added bonus, My Harkins Awards Members will get 50% off a Kids Combo Monday through Friday before 6PM.
Marquee Cinemas – Each week they offer family-friendly flicks, usually at 9:30 am on Tuesday or Wednesday, with regional sales and discounts. Click on your local theater to see a full schedule and offers.
Megaplex Theatres – Starting May 26, they'll show 10 popular family films over the course of 10 weeks. Individual tickets are $1.50 or you can buy a 10-week pass for only $10, making each movie only $1! This years schedule has movies on Mon-Wed at 10am with sensory friendly shows at 10:30am.
Metropolitan Theaters – Get $2 admission to movies at 10am Tuesday and Thursday, starting June 8 – Aug. 11. You can optionally upgrade to a $10 Kid's Package deal, which includes lunch, available for MetroLux Dine-In Theatres.
Phoenix Theatres – Absolutely free select 10am showings of kid movies every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Doors open at 9am and all ages are welcome. There's also a “special kiddie meal” available, but I'm not sure what's included in that.
Regal Cinemas – All summer long, watch select G or PG family movies for just $1 a ticket! Show dates are Tuesdays & Wednesdays and run from May 25 through September 8.
This deal is also offered at participating United Artists and Edwards Theaters.
Studio Movie Grill – Their Summer Children's Series is every weekday at noon from May 31 until Sept. 3. Tickets are $6 and include a small popcorn and small drink.
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. Tickets must be reserved in advance online and seating is limited
The best I ever got for a book report was the promise of no more book reports.
Previous Summer Movies Deals Unconfirmed for 2021
AMC Theaters – Their Summer Movie Camp program holds kid-friendly movies plus a KidsPack every Wednesday for just $4. This year, the program runs through July 31 and will feature movies such as Trolls, Lego Movie 2, Peter Rabbit and many more.
The KidsPack includes a kid's size popcorn, small drink, and FrootiTooti fruit snack.
Bow Tie Cinemas – Select locations are showing free kids movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am from June 25 to Aug. 21.
Georgia Theatre Company – Join them for the Summer Kid Show Series at 10:00am every Tuesday and Thursday in June and July. They've got $1.50 admission, $1.50 drinks, and $1.50 popcorn.
Marcus Theaters – Every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday mornings at 10am from June 16 – Aug. 14 will feature a favorite family flick for just $3. Popcorn and fountain drinks are $2.75 as well.
Paragon Theaters – Scroll down to find their Free Kids Movies promotion. In 2019 they offered free admission for 10am movies on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Seats are limited to first come, first serve.
– Finally, see a different movie every week at 9:30am for just $1. New movies are rotated each week.
So there you have it. Like I said earlier, please leave a comment if you know of any programs I missed.
Other Summer Freebies
The annual free National Pancake Day at IHOP is normally held in early March. However, in 2021, they're giving away a free stack of buttermilk pancakes during the entire month of April!
Veteran Hiffers will recognize this recurring yearly offer, but here's how it works if you're new to the game.
- Join IHOP's free MyHOP rewards system before March 31.
- Go to a participating IHOP during April.
- Eat one free short stack of pancakes.
That about sums it up. You can search by zip code on their site to make sure your local IHOP is participating before heading out.
In lieu of payment, they'll ask you to make a donation to one of three children's charities: Children's Miracle Network, Shriners Hospitals for Children, or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It's not required, but it's a nice thing to do. Besides, we're all nice people here, aren't we?
This freebie also triggers the IHOP free birthday pancakes offer AND you'll get a free pancakes coupon emailed to you just for joining today! I feel like Oprah screaming “you get pancakes, they get pancakes, everybody gets pancakes!”
Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11, 2021. Here's hoping this year has as many freebies as last year!
I broke this massive list into sections. There's so much free food, that I even split that up into free meals and free everything else (appetizers, drinks, sides, desserts, etc.)
Some freebie sites are reporting old or unconfirmed offers, like White Castle. Not HIF! I've scrubbed any unconfirmed freebies from our list. That means everything below is active, legit, and a real freebie!
Unless otherwise noted, these freebies are only available on Thursday, November 11 for Veterans and Active Duty Military personnel. You will need your valid military ID for almost all of these offers!
Retail Discounts & Sales
Academy Sports & Outdoors – 10% off purchases through 11/11/20.
Bed Bath and Beyond – 25% off your entire purchase, in-store only.
Dollar General – 11% discount on in-store and online purchases for all veterans, active duty military, members of the National Guard & Reserve and their immediate family members.
Food Lion – 10 percent discount entire grocery bill.
Great Clips – Free haircut.
Lowe's – 10% discount
Publix – 10% discount on entire grocery bill. Excludes prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, postage stamps, and money services.
Sports Clips – Free haircut through December 5.
Walgreens – 20% discount Wednesday – Sunday, November 12.
Free Meals & Entrees
54th Street Grill & Bar – Any free entrée, up to $12, for dine-in only on Wednesday, Nov 11.
Applebee's – Free meal from a limited menu.
Arooga’s Grille House – Free meal from a select menu.
Aspen Creek Grill – Free meal from a select menu.
Bakers Square -Free Rise & Shine breakfast. Valid for dine-in and pick-up orders. Also, 20% off next visit.
Bandana's BBQ – Free Budget Buster Meal: 3oz. of our signature BBQ served with one piece of Garlic Bread and your choice of two sides.
Bar Louie – Free burger or flatbread, up to $15 in value.
BJ's Restaurants – Free entree up to $14.95, Dr. Pepper drink, and possibly a Pizookie dessert.
Bob Evans – Free meal from menu of seven options.
– Free 10pc wings and side of fries.
California Pizza Kitchen – Free entree from 13 different options and free drink.
Chili's – Free meal from 7 options for dine-in only.
Cici's – Free adult buffet pizza with that coupon.
I'm not sure if you've heard or not, but Election Day on Tuesday, November 3 is kind of important. We're having an electrocution? No, that's not it. An election! Yeah, whatever that is, I'm still not sure. I wish they'd do a little more advance publicity for this thing. At the very least, it'd be nice if the news mentioned it once or twice, geez.
Even though this year was a bit maddening, voting is important. It's right up there with respecting your elders and always offering guests named Goob a glass of whiskey. So in celebration of every Hiffer fulfilling their civic duty, a few business are giving out election day freebies!
All offers are valid on Tuesday, November 3 only unless otherwise specified! I'll continue updating this post with any new freebies I find.
- Boston Market – Get a free slider from 9pm-close with no purchase necessary. (locations) [thanks to the Smart Shopper at WRAL for help with this!]
- Chopt Salad – Poll workers only get one free entree, up to $15. Must have proof of working the polls on November 3rd.⠀(locations)
- Dos Toros – Poll workers only get one free entree, up to $15. Must have proof of working the polls on November 3rd.⠀(locations)
- locations) – FREE DOUGHTNUT!! Sorry, I got really hyped at the idea of free sugar. In addition to a free Original Glazed Doughtnut all day, you'll get a free “I Voted” sticker. Now just make sure you actually vote too! (
- Natural Grocers – Members of their free rewards program will get a free chocolate bar, along with deals for their local store. This promo runs Thursday, November 5 to Saturday, November 7. (locations)
- Pizza to the Polls – Uber Eats is partnering with Pizza to the Polls to deploy a fleet of over 250 food trucks across 25 cities to deliver free food and good vibes. The food trucks will be giving out free Shake Shack, Milk Bar and local favorites while playing music and celebrating civic engagement. They'll be on the road from Vote Early Day on October 24 through Election Day on November 3.
Voters will be able to find food trucks in the following cities: Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Miami, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Gainesville, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Louisville, Ky.; Detroit, Mich.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Reno, Nev.; New York, N.Y.; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Houston, Texas; Austin, Texas; and Milwaukee, Wis.
- Hertz – Get a free day's car rental to perform your civic duty when you book 2+ days in advance from one of their neighborhood locations.
- Lyft – On Election Day, they're offering 50% off one ride, up to $10, to any polling location or dropbox using the code 2020VOTE. For the first time, this offer also includes bikes and scooters in select cities. New Lyft users can signup here and get a deal on your first ride!
- Uber – 50% off roundtrip rides to and from the polls (up to $7 each trip), or up to $14 for the two trips. It also applies on bikes and scooters.
- Starbucks Employees – If you work at Starbucks, then you get a free one-way ride, up to $75, to the polls to vote, volunteer as a poll worker, or drop off a ballott at a post office, ballot box or other official ballot drop location.
- Chili's – They're offering $5 Presidential Margaritas. Need I say more? (locations)
- Enlightened Ice Cream – Mention the word “vote” on your Instagram Story and tag @eatenlightened on November 3, and they'll send you a free Enlightened ice cream coupon. (locations)
- Grubhub – A large list of restaurants are offering free delivery on Election Day orders of $15 or more. Some include 7-Eleven, Boston Market, BurgerFi, Clean Juice, Del Taco, Luna Grill and On the Border. Others will give free perks, like Applebee’s, Burger King, California Pizza Kitchen, Haagen-Dazs and PF Chang's.
- Jersey Mike's – $2 off any regular sub when you order via their app. (locations)
- Jimmy John's – BOGO 50% off 8″ or 16-inch sandwiches through November 8. Use promo SAVEON2 during online checkout. (locations)
- McAlister's Deli – BOGO sandwich coupon loaded onto all Rewards members account. (locations)
- Pieology – From Nov. 1-3, they're offering an Election Day 2020 bundle deal: Two 11 inch ‘Create Your Own' pizzas and a shareable dessert for $20.20. (locations)
- Planet Fitness – They invite everyone who votes to come in for a free workout and HydroMassage from Election Day (Tuesday, November 3) through Sunday, November 8. (locations)
Free Election Day Food
Free Election Day Travel
Free Election Day Deals
If you know of any I missed, please share with us in the comments!
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
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!
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 !
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
- 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.
- 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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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! 😊