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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.

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.