All the places offering freebies, deals for Tax Day 2017

Tax Day can be exciting if you’re expecting a refund, but kind of a downer if you have to cut a check to the IRS. Regardless, many businesses are offering Tax Day deals or giveaways Tuesday in honor of the occasion.

We’ll say it now and then remind you later, but you’ll definitely want to check with your local chains to make sure they’re participating in the following deals. Here’s what you can expect:

Food and drinks

The spot: Great American Cookies
What you get: A free birthday cake cookie
The fine print: This deal is pretty cut-and-dried, all things considered. You’re not required to buy anything else in order to receive the free cookie, and you don’t have to show proof of tax completion. Score!

The spot: Bob Evans
What you get: 30 percent off your bill
The fine print: You’ll need to print this coupon to get the deal.

The spot: Kona Ice
What you get: A free cup of shaved ice
The fine print: You’re not required to show proof that you did your taxes and you don’t have to buy anything else. We love deals like this! Kona wants you to “chill out,” and will have trucks parked all across the country.

The spot: Sonic
What you get: Half-price cheeseburgers
The fine print: Valid for single-patty burgers only, Sonic said on its website.

The spot: Schlotzsky’s
What you get: “The Original” sandwich
The fine print: If you buy a bag of chips and a 32-ounce drink, you’ll get The Original for free. The deal is on for Tuesday only.

The spot: Noodles and Co.
What you get: $4 off your online purchase of $10 or more
The fine print: Use the code TAXDAY17 when you order through April 18.

The spot: Hot Dog on a Stick
What you get: A free original turkey dog
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only, at participating locations. One turkey dog per customer, please!

The spot: Sonny’s BBQ
What you get: A half-priced St. Louis rib dinner
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only, but you can choose sweet and smoky or house dry-rubbed ribs. The meal comes with two sidekicks and bread. Not all Sonny’s locations are offering the deal. The promotion can’t be used with any other offer, coupon or discount. You’re able to dine in or carry out the dinner portion only. This doesn’t include baby back ribs or all-you-can-eat.

The spot: World of Beer
What you get: A free select draught or $5 off your check
The fine print: The offer varies at participating taverns, where legal. The deal runs Tuesday only.

The spot: Hard Rock Cafe
The deal: A free Legendary Burger — if you’re ready to sing
The fine print: This one’s a little trickier: Hard Rock cafes across the country have offered this promotion in the past, but now it seems to be more of a regional deal. For example, at a Tampa location, guests will be able to sing for their supper from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in exchange for a free Legendary Burger, according to published reports. But this doesn’t seem to be the case everywhere, so we remind you again: Before you warm up those pipes, it might be best to call first and ask if the deal is on.

The spot: Hungry Howie’s
What you get: A 15-cent medium, one-topping pizza if you buy a large pizza at menu price
The fine print: This deal runs April 17-19. You must order online, using the promo code TAXDAY at checkout. It’s for carry-out orders only, and the offer isn’t valid in Florida.

The spot: Bruegger’s Bagels
The deal: A $10.40 Big Bagel Bundle (which includes 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese)
The fine print: Valid April 12-19 at participating bakeries, and you’ll have to opt-in to receive emails from Bruegger’s here.

The spot: Boston’s
The deal: A free single order of wings
The fine print: You have to register in the restaurant’s rewards program by Tuesday. Enroll here.

The spot: Boston Market
What you get: A half-chicken meal, including two sides, cornbread, a cookie and a fountain drink, for $10.40.
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only.

The spot: McDonald’s
What you get: This is another regional promotion, so you’ll have to check. But many McDonald’s outlets in South Florida, for example, are letting you buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with cheese and receive another for a penny.
The fine print: Swing by your local McDonald’s to confirm your deal. In the past, McDonald’s hasn’t required a coupon.

The spot: Firehouse Subs
What you get: A free medium sub with a qualifying purchase
The fine print: In order to get the free sub, you’ll need to buy an additional medium or large sub, chips and a medium drink. This runs April 18-20. Here’s a coupon.

Experiences

The spot: HydroMassage
What you get: A free session
The fine print: This offer runs April 15-22. Print a coupon through this website to receive the deal, or to learn more information and find a location near you.

The spot: Our country’s national parks
What you get: Free admission
The fine print: This deal isn’t really Tax Day specific, but it falls around the same time, so we thought to include it. Did you know it’s National Parks Week? That means free entry into the parks this weekend. Just be aware, many of the national parks have special events running around this time, so you’ll want to check with the park of your choice first, to make sure you’re all set.

The spot: Select Wyndham properties
What you get: Up to 35 percent off if you book online by Monday
The fine print: The offer is for select Wyndham and Wyndham Grand hotel properties in Florida, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and other destinations. Use the code HTAX00 to book for travel between May 1 and Sept. 30, according to CNBC.

The spot: The skies
What you get: JetBlue is giving away 1,000 return flights (get it?) for taxpayers who owe the IRS.
The fine print: This is part of JetBlue’s Tax Return Flight giveaway. Enter to win here.

Other

The spot: Staples
What you get: Free paper shredding, up to 2 pounds
The fine print: Here’s a coupon for the details and the deal.

The spot: Office Depot/Office Max
What you get: Free paper shredding, up to 5 pounds
The fine print: This is valid through April 29. Here’s a coupon you’ll need.

So, did we miss any deals you’re aware of? Let us know in the comments!

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All the places offering freebies, deals for Tax Day 2017

Tax Day can be exciting if you’re expecting a refund, but kind of a downer if you have to cut a check to the IRS. Regardless, many businesses are offering Tax Day deals or giveaways Tuesday in honor of the occasion.

We’ll say it now and then remind you later, but you’ll definitely want to check with your local chains to make sure they’re participating in the following deals. Here’s what you can expect:

Food and drinks

The spot: Great American Cookies
What you get: A free birthday cake cookie
The fine print: This deal is pretty cut-and-dried, all things considered. You’re not required to buy anything else in order to receive the free cookie, and you don’t have to show proof of tax completion. Score!

The spot: Bob Evans
What you get: 30 percent off your bill
The fine print: You’ll need to print this coupon to get the deal.

The spot: Kona Ice
What you get: A free cup of shaved ice
The fine print: You’re not required to show proof that you did your taxes and you don’t have to buy anything else. We love deals like this! Kona wants you to “chill out,” and will have trucks parked all across the country.

The spot: Sonic
What you get: Half-price cheeseburgers
The fine print: Valid for single-patty burgers only, Sonic said on its website.

The spot: Schlotzsky’s
What you get: “The Original” sandwich
The fine print: If you buy a bag of chips and a 32-ounce drink, you’ll get The Original for free. The deal is on for Tuesday only.

The spot: Noodles and Co.
What you get: $4 off your online purchase of $10 or more
The fine print: Use the code TAXDAY17 when you order through April 18.

The spot: Hot Dog on a Stick
What you get: A free original turkey dog
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only, at participating locations. One turkey dog per customer, please!

The spot: Sonny’s BBQ
What you get: A half-priced St. Louis rib dinner
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only, but you can choose sweet and smoky or house dry-rubbed ribs. The meal comes with two sidekicks and bread. Not all Sonny’s locations are offering the deal. The promotion can’t be used with any other offer, coupon or discount. You’re able to dine in or carry out the dinner portion only. This doesn’t include baby back ribs or all-you-can-eat.

The spot: World of Beer
What you get: A free select draught or $5 off your check
The fine print: The offer varies at participating taverns, where legal. The deal runs Tuesday only.

The spot: Hard Rock Cafe
The deal: A free Legendary Burger — if you’re ready to sing
The fine print: This one’s a little trickier: Hard Rock cafes across the country have offered this promotion in the past, but now it seems to be more of a regional deal. For example, at a Tampa location, guests will be able to sing for their supper from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in exchange for a free Legendary Burger, according to published reports. But this doesn’t seem to be the case everywhere, so we remind you again: Before you warm up those pipes, it might be best to call first and ask if the deal is on.

The spot: Hungry Howie’s
What you get: A 15-cent medium, one-topping pizza if you buy a large pizza at menu price
The fine print: This deal runs April 17-19. You must order online, using the promo code TAXDAY at checkout. It’s for carry-out orders only, and the offer isn’t valid in Florida.

The spot: Bruegger’s Bagels
The deal: A $10.40 Big Bagel Bundle (which includes 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese)
The fine print: Valid April 12-19 at participating bakeries, and you’ll have to opt-in to receive emails from Bruegger’s here.

The spot: Boston’s
The deal: A free single order of wings
The fine print: You have to register in the restaurant’s rewards program by Tuesday. Enroll here.

The spot: Boston Market
What you get: A half-chicken meal, including two sides, cornbread, a cookie and a fountain drink, for $10.40.
The fine print: Valid Tuesday only.

The spot: McDonald’s
What you get: This is another regional promotion, so you’ll have to check. But many McDonald’s outlets in South Florida, for example, are letting you buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with cheese and receive another for a penny.
The fine print: Swing by your local McDonald’s to confirm your deal. In the past, McDonald’s hasn’t required a coupon.

The spot: Firehouse Subs
What you get: A free medium sub with a qualifying purchase
The fine print: In order to get the free sub, you’ll need to buy an additional medium or large sub, chips and a medium drink. This runs April 18-20. Here’s a coupon.

Experiences

The spot: HydroMassage
What you get: A free session
The fine print: This offer runs April 15-22. Print a coupon through this website to receive the deal, or to learn more information and find a location near you.

The spot: Our country’s national parks
What you get: Free admission
The fine print: This deal isn’t really Tax Day specific, but it falls around the same time, so we thought to include it. Did you know it’s National Parks Week? That means free entry into the parks this weekend. Just be aware, many of the national parks have special events running around this time, so you’ll want to check with the park of your choice first, to make sure you’re all set.

The spot: Select Wyndham properties
What you get: Up to 35 percent off if you book online by Monday
The fine print: The offer is for select Wyndham and Wyndham Grand hotel properties in Florida, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and other destinations. Use the code HTAX00 to book for travel between May 1 and Sept. 30, according to CNBC.

The spot: The skies
What you get: JetBlue is giving away 1,000 return flights (get it?) for taxpayers who owe the IRS.
The fine print: This is part of JetBlue’s Tax Return Flight giveaway. Enter to win here.

Other

The spot: Staples
What you get: Free paper shredding, up to 2 pounds
The fine print: Here’s a coupon for the details and the deal.

The spot: Office Depot/Office Max
What you get: Free paper shredding, up to 5 pounds
The fine print: This is valid through April 29. Here’s a coupon you’ll need.

So, did we miss any deals you’re aware of? Let us know in the comments!

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Teen’s Wendy’s tweet is third most popular of all time

A Nevada teen is now credited with having the third most popular tweet of all time after he asked Wendy’s for free chicken nuggets for a year.

According to USA Today, Carter Wilkerson, 16, is on track to win free chicken nuggets for a year by garnering 2.6 million retweets as of Wednesday morning. Wilkerson’s initial tweet asked how many retweets it would take to win the food, and Wendy’s responded by telling the teen he’d need 18 million.

Wilkerson’s tweet is third only to Ellen DeGeneres’ famous Oscar tweet that earned 3.2 million retweets, and Barack Obama’s “Four more years.” tweet that gathered 900,000 retweets.

Wilkerson’s parents are lobbying for Wendy’s to donate the prize, or to consider another form of reward to give to those in need. Wilkerson says it would be nice to receive a consolation prize, and many of his followers agree.

 

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KFC promises to ditch to antibiotic-laden chicken

It’ll still be deep fried, but KFC wants to make its chicken a little healthier.

KFC promised Friday that by the end of 2018 the company will only serve chicken that was raised without potentially dangerous antibiotics, joining a growing list of fast food companies that have made food supply changes aimed at drawing in health conscious eaters.

“This commitment is a major step forward for public health and could drastically shift the U.S. chicken industry away from overusing our life-saving medicines,” Matt Wellington, a spokesperson for the activist agency Public Interest Research Group, said in an email.

Antibiotics have been used on non-organic livestock for years in order “to help them survive and make them grow faster in unsanitary, crowded and stressful conditions,” according to a 2016 report written by Chain Reaction II, a group of six nonprofit and activist organizations.

And health researchers have become increasingly concerned about what affect those antibiotics have on humans. Over-exposure to antibiotics in meat can mean people become resistant to the antibiotics they’re prescribed when they become ill.

“Antibiotic resistance makes treatment of bacterial infections harder, increases how long people are sick, and makes it more likely that patients will die,” according to the Chain Reaction II report.

That same report gave KFC — which is owned by Yum Brands — an “F” grade for its antibiotics policies and practices last year.

KFC is “among the largest buyers of chicken in the United States,” according to a press release from PIRG. That’s why the group thinks KFC’s newfound commitment to only buy antibiotic-free chicken will push chicken farmers nationwide to ditch its use of antibiotics.

KFC’s commitment follows similar measures taken by Subway and Taco Bell in 2016, and Chick-fil-A in 2014. Chipotle and Panera Bread have had long-standing commitments not to serve chicken raised with potentially harmful antibiotics.

McDonald’s now serves 100% antibiotic-free chicken, but the company hasn’t made any commitments for its beef or pork.

–CNN’s Ben Tinker contributed to this report

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Krispy Kreme owner buys Panera for $7.5 billion

Talk about carb loading. Sandwich chain Panera has agreed to sell itself to JAB, a German conglomerate that owns Krispy Kreme and the Einstein and Noah bagel chains, for $7.5 billion.

Shares of Panera surged nearly 15% in early trading Wednesday. The stock soared on Monday as rumors surfaced that Panera was in merger talks.

JAB was named as a possible suitor, as were McDonald’s, Starbucks, KFC parent company Yum! and Domino’s.

In a statement Wednesday, Panera and JAB said they hope the deal would close in the third quarter of this year.

Panera founder and CEO Ron Shaich said in a statement that selling to JAB would allow Panera to increase its investments in its digital and mobile ordering technology as well as increase its focus on using healthier ingredients.

JAB partner and CEO Olivier Goudet added that he and the rest of his team “strongly support Panera’s vision for the future, strategic initiatives, culture of innovation, and balanced company versus franchise store mix.”

So fans of Panera’s soup and sandwiches probably shouldn’t expect any major menu changes as a result of the deal.

Panera has been a star of the so-called fast casual restaurant industry over the past few years, reporting strong sales and profits.

To that end, the company also said Wednesday that same-store sales at its restaurants (although Panera calls them ” bakery-cafes”) rose a healthy 5.3% in the first quarter from the same period a year ago.

Some have argued that Panera, which now has more than 2,300 restaurants in the United States and Canada, has even taken over the title as the leader of the rapidly growing fast casual segment from Chipotle.

The burrito chain stumbled due to an outbreak of E. coli at its restaurants in 2015. Chipotle’s sales still haven’t fully recovered.

It is interesting that Panera is agreeing to be taken over since it’s doing well. But the company has picked a partner that is rapidly emerging as a big player in the U.S. food industry.

In addition to Krispy Kreme and the Einstein Noah bagel chains, JAB also owns K-cup coffee king Keurig Green Mountain, the Gevalia brand of coffee as well as coffee chains Caribou, Peet’s and Stumptown.

JAB also owns a big stake in a fair number of non-food brands, such as shoe and handbag company Jimmy Choo, beauty products maker Coty and Reckitt Benckiser, the company behind Lysol. Woolite and the Durex brand of condoms.

The Panera-JAB deal may also put more pressure on other restaurant chains to look for bigger partners as well. If Panera, which actually has been thriving, decided to sell out, then how can less successful restaurant chains continue to go it alone?

There already has been a flurry of restaurant mergers lately. Burger King and Tim Hortons owner Restaurant Brands — which is backed by Warren Buffett — bought Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen earlier this year.

Bob Evans Farms sold its restaurant business to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $565 million in January. Golden Gate acquired Red Lobster from Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants in 2014.

And Darden just announced last week it was buying casual dining chain Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for $780 million.

Popular sandwich chain Jimmy John’s sold a majority stake last September to investment company Roark Capital too.

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Wise Potato Chips sued for underfilling bags

Ever get the feeling you’re being shortchanged when it comes to the amount of chips in your bag?

You’re not alone and two chip lovers have had enough and are taking the issue to court.

Reuters reports two people have filed a lawsuit against the makers of Wise potato chips claiming their bags are sometimes left up to 75 percent empty.

Sameline Alce and Desire Nugent filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court on Monday.

In the lawsuit, a 2.75-ounce bag of Wise’s Ridgies Sour Cream and Onion chips is shown to be filled only 2.5 inches, despite the bag having a 10-inch capacity.

The report says the proposed class action lawsuit seeks damages for people in New York and Washington, D.C.

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