Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Here's hoping this year has as many freebies as 2019!
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 Wednesday, November 11 for Veterans and Active Duty Military personnel. You will need your valid military ID for almost all of these offers!
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.
Free Election Day Food
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)
Krispy Kreme – 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! (locations)
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.
Free Election Day Travel
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.
Free Election Day Deals
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
White Castle – A free small coffee is yours with any purchase from 9/29 through 10/1.
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!
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?
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!
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 🙂
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.
Stop by your local Ace Hardware on Saturday, May 25, and get a free 8″ x 12″ American flag. The announcing press release also says a second flag will also be donated to a local VFW Post to be used for marking and honoring veteran graves.
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! 😊
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