The days inch ever closer to April 18 and some of us are still scrambling to get our taxes filed in time. If this rings true for you, you can look forward to Tax Day for one reason — free stuff! Lots of our favorite stores and restaurants are once again offering a selection of free food and experiences in the run-up to April 18.
So, even if you don't have the incentive of a tax refund to help, we urge you to power through those gains and deductions. Maybe you'll snag free dinner, treats, and even a massage on April 18 once the dreaded deed is done.
The list below compiles only the confirmed freebies to date; be sure to bookmark this page, as we'll be updating it with more offers as they trickle in. Plus, you can also check out our freebies page in the meantime to see what other cost-free goodies you can take advantage of while you wait for Tax Day to arrive.
The Top 5 Tax Day Deals and Freebies for 2017
For the fifth year in a row, Great American Cookies is offering a complimentary sweet treat to all those who've kept the IRS at bay for one more year. Pop into your local outlet on April 18 and you'll get one of their Birthday Cake cookies for free, without spending a single cent.
Another store that's keeping up its Tax Day freebie tradition is Kona Ice. The outlet is giving away its tropical shaved ice cones for free in its bid to help the country "chill out" after a stressful week of adding, subtracting, and crying over tax paperwork.
Once you've had your fill of sugary treats, you can hit up Schlotzsky's at lunchtime for a savory something. If you buy any 32-oz. drink and a bag of chips, you'll get the much-loved bakery's Original Sandwich for free.
Yet another Tax Day staple joins the fray for 2017. California Tortilla will once again offer a free queso and chips with any order on April 18 when you mention the password "TAX CRUNCH!" to your server.
Aside from comfort eating, we can't think of a better way to get over the trauma of filing those taxes than a massage. Luckily, from April 15 to 22, you can indulge in a free HydroMassage at any Planet Fitness location. A coupon will be available on Planet Fitness' website once the promotion is live.
More Tax Day Freebies and Deals
- Hot Dog On A Stick: Get an Original Turkey Dog on a Stick for free on April 18, with no minimum purchase required
- Chili's: Toast another IRS-free 12 months at Chili's while it offers its blueberry and pineapple margaritas for just $6 all day on April 18.
- Boston Market: Get the Half-Chicken Individual Meal with two sides, cornbread, regular fountain drink, and a cookie for just $10.40.
- Bruegger's Bagels: For yet another year, nab 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese for just $10.40.
So, amidst the confusing revenue lingo and Wite-Out smudges, be sure to bookmark this page so you can check back later; we'll be adding even more of this year's Tax Day freebies and deals in the coming days.
This piece originally appeared in Dealnews