Monday, April 18, 2022

Free Stuff!

Free items are available to folks who know when and where to look. Most businesses and government agencies require recipients to register online to get coupons or free items. While there are plenty of discount coupons, with purchase or BOGO (Buy One Get One) offers, we need to know what is FREE. Here’s your guide!

Please check websites. Most offers don’t include taxes and always remember to kindly tip your waitstaff!

See the full list with details and website links below.

Free Birthday Stuff
Free Other Stuff
Free Stuff on a Specific Date
Free Veterans Day Stuff

Free Birthday Stuff
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Birthday: Everyone has a birthday, and it needs to be celebrated! Here’s an entire section of free birthday treats. Please follow the link to the source to learn more about these options.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Free movie ticket! They have a loyalty program called Alamo Victory. Members receive a FREE movie ticket on their birthday every year.
AMC Theatres: Free large popcorn.
Auntie Anne's Pretzels: Free pretzel.
BarkBox (for pet): Enter your pets birthday and get a special box that month.
Baskin-Robbins: Free kids scoop (2.5 oz) or one 3 oz soft serve swirl.
Best Buy: Members receive a special birthday gift during their birthday month.
Big Boy: Free hot fudge ice cream cake.
Bonefish Grill: Free Bang Bang shrimp or dessert.
Boston Market: Free dessert.
Bubba Gump Shrimp: Free birthday cupcake, complete with candle and song.
Buca di Beppo: Free colossal brownie sundae (feeds 4 people) OR double dark chocolate cake.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free order of 6 buffalo wings.
California Pizza Kitchen: Free dessert during your birthday month.
Carrabba's Italian Grill: Free appetizer or dessert.
Checkers: Free large fries.
Cheesecake Factory: Free birthday sundae with a tiny “scoopette” of vanilla ice cream & fudge.
Chick-fil-A: Free chocolate chunk cookie or chocolate fudge brownie.
Chili's: Free dessert.
Church's Chicken: Free piece of chicken (thigh, leg, or strip).
Cicis: Free adult pizza buffet.
Corner Bakery Café: Free bakery fresh sweet.
Denny's: Free Grand Slam breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon or sausage.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit: Free barbecue classic sandwich.
Dippin' Dots: Free small cup of Dippin' Dots.
Edible Arrangements: Free 12-ct chocolate dipped fruit box.
El Chicos: Free brownie sundae.
Firehouse Subs: Free medium sub.
GameStop: "Free gift on your birthday."
Genghis Grill: Free appetizer or dessert (less than 3 visits) or 1 free regular bowl (3+ visits).
Godfather's Pizza: Free medium one-topping pizza.
Hooters: 10 free boneless wings.
IHOP: Free full stack of ANY pancakes.
Joe's Crab Shack: Free dessert.
Krispy Kreme: Free original glazed DOZEN doughnuts.
la Madeleine: Free individual pastry or slice of cake on your birthday.
Logan's Roadhouse: Free appetizer or dessert, up to $7.99.
Luby's: Free dessert.
Marco's Pizza: Free small 1-topping pizza.
Nothing Bundt Cakes: Free bundtlet.
Olive Garden: Free dessert, up to $8.50 in value.
On The Border: Free bowl of queso or brownie sundae.
Outback Steakhouse: Free dessert.
P.F. Chang's: Free appetizer or dessert, valued up to $12.50.
Panera Bread: Free pastry or sweet.
Papa John's: Free dessert.
Pei Wei: Free Small Plate. Eligible Small Plates include Crab Wontons (2 piece), Traditional Edamame (small), Vegetable Spring Rolls (1 piece), Pork Egg Roll (1 piece) or Vietnamese Chicken Salad Roll (1 piece).
Petco: Free bag of treats from the treat bar (aprox. 1 lb.).
Pilot FlyingJ: Your choice from three meals (breakfast, pizza, or hot dogs) and a drink.
Pizza Hut: Free Cinnamon Sticks.
Popeyes: Free apple pie dessert.
Qdoba: Free chocolate chunk cookie.
Red Lobster: Free chocolate cake dessert.
Red Robin: Free Gourmet Burger or Chicken Sandwich.
Redbox: Free 1-night DVD rental during your birthday month.
Ruby Tuesday: Free Garden Bar entrée or Free Burger up to $11.
Sbarro: Free slice of XL NY pizza.
Smashburger: Free side and/or classic smash burger OR Free dessert with any purchase.
Starbucks: Free any sized drink, with any additions.
Steak 'n Shake: Free Double Cheeseburger and Fries.
Subway: Free cookie.
Taco Bell: Free Mountain Dew Baja Blast Freeze.
Taco Cabana: Any 2 tacos for free.
TCBY: Get your first 3oz. of FroYo free.
TGI Fridays: Free dessert.
Tim Hortons: Free breakfast sandwich or beverage.
Twin Peaks: Free birthday meal from soups, salads, wings, bites, hot dishes, handhelds, or sweets.
Waffle House: Free waffle.
Wetzel's Pretzels: Free original, flavored, or cheese pretzel.
Which Wich: Free regular Wich (sandwich).
Wienerschnitzel: Free corndog.
Wingstop: Free large fresh-cut seasoned fries.
Zoes Kitchen: Free slice of YaYa's chocolate cake.

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Free Gmail address: Set up a secondary free Gmail account to handle your registrations or other less important emails.
Free Veteran Homecoming Sign: 100% customizable 3'x6' banners for families celebrating the homecoming of a deployed loved one from Build-A-Sign.
Free Fishing without a license - Texas State Parks: Fishing is free year-round at every Texas State Park (entry fee still applies)
Lowe’s Workshops: In-store workshops for DIYers and kids.
Museums on Us: During 1st full weekend of each month, Bank of America cardholders get free general admission to more than 225 cultural institutions across the USA.
Local Museums: African American Museum, Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art and the Latino Cultural Center have free entry and sometimes free tours. See websites.
M-Line Trolley: Free historic street car rides.

Free Stuff on Specific Dates
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Free National Parks Entrance Days are MLK Day, 1st Day of National Park Week, Aug. 4 (Great American Outdoors Act anniversary), Sept 24 (National Public Lands Day), Veterans Day.
First Day of Spring (around March 20) is Dairy Queen Free Cone Day. Get a small vanilla soft-serve cone around first day of spring annually.
Texas Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday is on April 23. It is free from taxes at least. Get ready for tornado and hurricane seasons. 
Memorial Day - Dallas Symphony Community Concert series: Free DSO concerts at parks throughout Dallas. Starts with Memorial Day Concert and fireworks at Flagpole Hill.
First Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day: Get a free comic book at participating locations. Color coded labels distinguish ages.
First Saturday of June is Texas Free Fishing Day: No license or endorsements needed for recreational fishing on any public waters in Texas.
July 11 is Free Slurpee Day: Since 2002, 7-11 convenience stores offer a free Slurpee ice beverage on 7/11.
First full weekend of August is Texas Sales Tax Holiday: Get Back To School items without the taxes. 

Free Veterans Day Stuff
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Veterans Day on Nov. 11 is special to many former service members. Many restaurants and businesses provide free menu items or entire meals to military veterans. Vets can literally graze across town for 24 hours. Find vets and have fun watching them get rewarded for the price they already paid for your freedom. It often won’t cost them anything, but the experience is invaluable. (updated 2023)

B&B for Vets: Free one night stay at participating Bed & Breakfast inns.
Grace For Vets: Free car wash on Veterans Day. See list at website.
SportClips: free haircuts.
Kohl’s: Get 30% off qualifying in-store purchases on Nov. 10 - 12.
Kroger: 10% off Nov. 11 in-store purchases.
Office Depot and OfficeMax - Get 25% off Nov. 11 - 13.
9/11 Memorial & Museum: Free admission for veterans Nov. 9-13 plus half price admission for up to two family members.
Pro Football Hall of Fame: Free admission, parking and program on Nov. 11.

Applebee's: Free meal from Veterans Day Menu.
BJ’s Restaurant: Free Chocolate Chunk Pizookie with a food purchase of $11.95 when you dine-in.
California Pizza Kitchen: Free entrée from Veterans Day menu - includes pizza, salads and pasta.
Chili's Grill & Bar: Free meal from Veteran's Day Menu.
Cotton Patch Café: Free chicken fried steak or fried chicken.
Fish City Grill: Free entrée (up to $23.99).
III Forks: Free entrée (up to $60).
IHOP: Free red, white and blue Pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Logan's Roadhouse: Free American Roadhouse Meal.
Macaroni Grill: Free Mom's Ricotta meatballs + Spaghetti.
McDonalds: Free combo meal at many franchises. Each is independently owned and set their own reward programs.
Olive Garden: Free meal from Veterans Day Menu.
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and Coca-Cola product.
Perry's Steakhouses: Free pork chop lunch.
Snuffer's Restaurant and Bar: Free Snuffer's burger or sandwich.
StarbucksFree tall (12-oz) hot or iced brewed coffee. 
54th Street Grill & Bar: $10 off any entrée.

Sources: Military.comHey, It’s Free, The Military Wallet, Veterans Advantage & linked.

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Mark M. Hancock, GRI, MRP, AHWD
REALTOR, New Build certified

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