Tax Day Freebies & Deals in Houston 2016 {Updated}

Tax Day Freebies in HoustonUPDATE: Call ahead regarding these deals for April 18. Many businesses are not open today due to the flooding and threatening weather. Be safe!


Businesses are gearing up for Tax Day freebies and deals. It’s always a favorite list here at Houston on the Cheap!


Pei Wei — Enjoy $5 off $20 purchase at Pei Wei April 15-18 only to help ease the tax burden. Show or print this link to get the deal.

Chuck E. Cheese — Order a large thin & crispy pizza and get a second large cheese pizza for free! Available April 18 only.


Great American Cookies — Folks can get a free chocolate chip cookie at Great American Cookies April 18, thanks to its Tax Day promotion. No purchase is necessary — or proof of taxes filed! Fourteen locations in Houston.

Hard Rock Cafe — Houstonians can earn a free Legendary Burger from Hard Rock Cafe just by “singing for their supper.” Folks simply select their favorite song and perform it live on the restaurant stage. The promotion is April 18, 7 pm – 9 pm.

HydroMassage — Get a free massage at participating HydroMassage locations across the United States April 18-22, 2016. More than 10 Houston area locations are participating this year. No call ahead is needed at Planet Fitness locations. Just print this coupon for this free deal.

Kona Ice Houston — Enjoy a cup of free tropical shaved ice from Kona Ice Houston April 18 for its National Chill Out Day promotion. One confirmed location is Mytiburger (2211 W. 43rd) from 12 pm – 2 pm. Tweet your zip code April 18 to @konaice to find one near you!

Mascalzone — This Italian eatery is helping folks save on Tax Day with its $10.99 lasagna special ($16 reg.). This offer is available 11 am – 11 pm at both Houston locations.

Office Depot Office Max — The office supply retailer is helping you April 18 with 5lbs. free shredding. Print the coupon.

Schlotzsky’s — On April 18 only, get a free small The Original sandwich with purchase of a 32 oz. drink and chips. No coupon required.

Sonic —Sonic Drive-In is offering half-price cheeseburgers all day April 18.

Staples — Folks can get 5lbs. of free document shredding April 18 at all Staples locations nationwide. This is available all day.

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McDonald’s: Free Breakfast 3/29 for STAAR Students & Teachers

mcdonalds oatmealHouston-area teachers and students in 3rd – 8th grades can receive free breakfast from McDonald’s Tuesday, March 29, in preparation of the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) Test. Between 6 am – 9 am, students can choose an Egg McMuffin or Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, apple slices, plus either 1% low fat milk or apple juice box. The free breakfast items are all 300 calories or less — and registered dietitian approved.

Coupons are not needed for the free breakfast, but a parent or guardian must be with them. Siblings (not in grades 3-8) and parents will need to pay for their breakfast. Teachers are included in the free breakfast offer with a valid school ID.

All locations in greater Houston are involved in the free breakfast from Alvin, Friendswood, Fort Bend, Galveston, Katy, Livingston, Montgomery, Pearland, Richmond, Willis, and everywhere in between.

Last year, approximately 30,000 students received a free breakfast from McDonald’s in prep for the STAAR test. This offer also is available in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio.

National Ravioli Day & Other Pasta Deals

National Ravioli Day is officially March 20, but folks are celebrating throughout the week. Check out these specials:

brio ravioli 2016 BRIO Tuscan Grille — Celebrate 50% off select ravioli dishes March 20-23 for National Ravioli Day. Choose from these ravioli dishes: Ravioli di Bello, Ravioli alla Vodka, and Lobster and Shrimp Ravioli. Dine in only. BRIO is located in CityCentre and The Woodlands.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill — This Italian eatery is celebrating National Ravioli Day all week pairing Lobster Ravioli with Grilled Sirloin for $14.99.

Buca di Beppo —  This isn’t a deal for National Ravioli Day, but it’s a new coupon. Take advantage of the $40 Meal Deal where Four Can Eat for $40. Get your coupon online. Valid through March 25. Located on Buffalo Speedway and in Conroe.

St. Patrick’s Day Freebies and Deals March 17

St Patrick's Day paradeEnjoy a few Houston-area freebies and deals for St. Patrick’s Day this year March 17:

Chick-fil-A (I45 & Wayside) — Folks who wear green and say “Lucky to have Chick-fil-A today” will receive a free Chick-fil-A sandwich (while supplies last). This is only available at the I-45 & Wayside Chick-fil-A from 11 am – 8 pm March 17.

Chick fil-A (Katy locations) — Folks in Katy who wear green March 17 and wish Chick-fil-A employees a Happy St. Patrick’s Day will get a free small new frosted coffee (coffee and icedream). This is valid only between 2 pm – 5 pm at Cinco Ranch, Katy Green, and Mason Road locations. No purchase necessary.

Sonic — Get half-price shakes all day Thursday, March 17, at Sonic.

IHOP — Enjoy a short stack of pancakes for just $1 March 17 at IHOP from 7 am – 7 pm. But you must wear your green! Dine-in only, one per person.

Smashburger — Enjoy a buy-one-get-one free Oreo Cookie Mint Shake at Smashburger when you wear green March 17!

Leap Year Day Deals in Houston 2016

Looking for Leap Year Day deals in Houston? Don’t miss these Houston area spots offering one-day deals February 29:

February 29 dealsAlamo Drafthouse — All movies are just $2.29 February 29 at Alamo Drafthouse. This is available at both the Mason Park and Vintage Park locations.

Drew’s Pastry Place — Have a birthday February 29? Then enjoy a free Drew’s Cannoli Cupcake at this NW Houston bakery. ID required. Located at 10300 Louetta.

Hard Rock Cafe — Order a free entree off the Leaplings Eat Free menu if your birthday is February 29. ID required. No purchase necessary. Located at 502 Texas.

Krispy Kreme — Buy a dozen donuts at Krispy Kreme and get a second dozen of Original Glazed for $2.29. This is valid at all U.S. locations.

Olive Garden — This Italian eatery is giving a free dessert sampler (four Dolcini) for folks with a Leap Year Day birthday. Show the coupon on your phone or print it out. This deal is valid February 29 – March 6.

Pizza Hut — Folks born February 29 get a free Personal pan pizza on Monday.

BONUS: Free Chick-fil-A January 27 at Select Locations

free Chick-fil-A breakfast HoustonA few Chick-fil-A locations in Houston area are offing a bonus Free Breakfast Wednesday January 27. Guests can get a free 3-count Chick-n-Minis 6 am – 10:30 am. Here are the locations I’ve heard of:

I-45 & Wayside
I-10 & Silber
Sawyer Heights
Lake Houston

No purchase necessary. One free breakfast item per person.

Feel free to share other participating locations in the comments.

Veterans Day Freebies in Houston 2015 {Updated}

Veterans Day freebies in HoustonHouston-area veterans and active military personnel can enjoy free meals and services on Veterans Day, as a special thank you for their service. Here are a few Houston-area restaurants and organizations offering veterans and/or active military free food, haircuts, movie, and more.


Applebee’s: Free meal November 11 for veterans and active military personnel. Choose from one of seven entrèes. Proof of military service required.

Beck’s Prime: Beck’s Prime is giving a free hamburger or sandwich to veterans or active military tomorrow with military ID.

California Pizza Kitchen: Active or retired military can get a free entree from a special Veteran’s Day menu at California Pizza Kitchen November 11. The menu includes pizza, full-size salads, and pasta. Dine-in only. Must show military ID, proof of service, or be in uniform.

Chili’s: Active duty military and veterans can get a free meal at Chili’s November 11. They have a choice of one of seven entrees from a special menu. The organization’s chief marketing officer estimates they will serve more than 300,000 free meals on Veteran’s Day this year.

Denny’s: Active, inactive, and retired military personnel can enjoy a free Build Your Own Grand Slam® November 11 from 5 am – noon at Denny’s. Valid military ID is required.

Golden Corral: Golden Corral will provide a free dinner buffet and beverage November 11, from 5 pm – 9 pm, for Military Appreciation Night. This is for military heroes, past and present. Golden Corral has served more than 4.4 million free meals to military since it started Military Appreciation Monday 14 years ago.

Hooter’s: Veterans and active military personnel get a free entree of their choice from the special menu November 11. Drink purchase required. Must present military ID or proof of military service.

IHOP: Veterans and active duty military can get free stack of Red, White, and Blue pancakes November 11, from 7 am – 7 pm.

Little Caesar’s: The pizza chain is giving a free $5 Lunch Combo (4-slice pizza + 20 oz Pepsi product) November 11 to veterans  and active military.

LongHorn Steakhouse: Veterans and active military members will receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage November 11 with proof of service.

{EXPIRED} McCormick & Schmick’s: Veterans can enjoy a free meal at McCormick & Schmick’s Sunday, November 8. Veterans will choose from a special menu with 10 entrée options. Space is limited so reservations are required.

Menchie’s: Veterans and military personnel can receive a free 6 oz. cup of frozen yogurt at Menchie’s November 11 with military ID or dressed in uniform.

Ooh La La Dessert Boutique: Veterans can enjoy a free dessert or drink November 11 with a dessert purchase. Three Houston locations.

Olive Garden: Olive Garden will provide a free entrée from a special menu to active duty military and military veterans, which features six of the restaurant’s most popular items. Guests also get unlimited homemade soup or salad and breadsticks. Folks dining at the table with the veteran get 10% off their meal.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: Active and retired military personnel get a free cup of frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf November 11, up to 11 oz.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion appetizer and beverage at Outback Steakhouse for military, November 11. The restaurant also is giving a military discount worth 15% off the total bill November 12 – December 31, 2015 to Military Mates, including active or retired military and their family.

Pappasito’s: Active military and veterans can get a free appetizer November 11 with purchase of an entree.

Red Robin: Veterans and active military get a free Red’s Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries at participating locations.

Red Lobster: Active military and veterans can get a free appetizer or dessert from Red Lobster November 9-12 to thank them for their service.

Spaghetti Warehouse: The Italian eatery is encouraging folks to take a veteran to lunch or dinner for free with its Buy-One-Get-One-Free coupon. Order one of its 11 Spaghetti entrees or Incredible 15-Layer Lasagna and receive a second one for free. Download the coupon from the Spaghetti Warehouse website, or show mobile version on phone. Valid November 9-11.

Starbucks: Veterans, active duty service members and spouses can enjoy a free tall brewed coffee on November 11.

Steak N’ Shake: Former servicemen and women are invited to a free breakfast skillet and coffee November 11 from 6 am – 11 am.

Texas Roadhouse: This Texas favorite is opening for lunch Wednesday, November 11, just to provide free meals to veterans, retired, and active military. These folks will get a free meal from a choice of 10, including a beverage (soda, tea or coffee). ID is required. Dine-in only.

Zoës Kitchen: Active duty military and retired veterans get a free entree November 11 at Zoës Kitchen.

Zydeco Kitchen: Veterans and active military get a free lunch off the Daily Special board November 11. This is located at 1856 Barker Cypress Rd. off I-10.



Alamo Drafthouse: Veterans and active military can get a free movie ticket for a November 11 showing  at Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park or Mason Park. The ticket must be purchased at the box office with military ID, not online. Check online for movies and times.

Bowlmor: Veterans can bowl two free games November 11 all day — shoes included! Valid military ID required. Located at 925 Bunker Hill.

City of Houston: The City of Houston is hosting its annual Veteran’s Day Salute November 11. The 9 am event at Houston City Hall (901 Bagby) features a Veteran’s Job Fair, Health Fair, ceremony and parade. Free parking is available in the Theatre District parking, Tranquility Garage, entrances 2 and 5 only from 9 am – 12:30 pm.

Great Clips: Active and retired military can get a free haircut November 11, or pick up a card to use anytime before 12/31/15. Folks who get a haircut can pick up a free haircut card to share with a veteran or active military personnel.

Hermann Park Railroad: Veterans and active duty military personnel can take a free ride on the Hermann Park Railroad November 11, as a “thank you” for serving our country. Train rides are open 10 am – 5 pm, weather permitting. Check in at the Kinder Train Station podium with military ID.

Houston Humane Society: Pets for Vets allows active and retired military to adopt a pet for free at Houston Humane Society November 9-15. Located at 14700 Almeda.

Houston Symphony: Active and reserve military, veterans and ROTC cadets can get 2 free tickets to the Houston Symphony’s concert this weekend, Dvoák’s Serenade for Strings, at Jones Hall. To get your 2 free tickets, just go to and click on the November 12November 14 or November 15 performance of Dvoák’s Serenade for Strings and use promo code 15304. Tickets may also be reserved by phone or in person at Jones Hall (615 Louisiana Street) Monday through Saturday10 am – 6 pm.

All tickets reserved through the Web site will be available for pick up starting an hour-and-a-half before the concert begins at Will Call in front of Jones Hall. Patrons will need to show their Military ID or other form of photo documentation at Will Call or Patron Services Center to get their 2 free tickets.

{EXPIRED} Kemah Boardwalk: The City of Kemah and Kemah Boardwalk are hosting Salute to Military Service, November 6-8. Active military members, veterans and their families will receive 50 percent off all-day, all-ride passes as well as 25% off retail all weekend. The 3-day event features military exhibits, interactive tours, K-9 and ROTC demonstrations, live music, Coast Guard Air Sea Rescue, and a parade.

Orangetheory Fitness: This local fitness franchise will offer free Orangetheory classes to veterans all day November 11. Veterans must show their military ID and call any of the Orangetheory Fitness locations in the greater Houston area: San Felipe, Sugar Land, Town and Country, Vintage Park and West University.

SportsClips: Veterans and active duty military can get a free haircut November 11 at participating SportsClips locations as part of Help a Hero 2015.