The bad news? Taxes are almost due. The good news? Some restaurants and retailers are trying to soften the blow with a few freebies and special savings. Thanks to this year's April 18 deadline -- so decreed because post offices are closed on Friday, April 15.
Most of the freebies are food related, which is surprising because doing income taxes is enough to make anyone nauseous.
Here's a quick rundown of the best tax-day freebies out there.
1. Cinnabon - April 18
Receive two Cinnabon Bites per person between 6 and 8 p.m. on April 18. Two of these little treats contain 210 calories and 8.5 grams of fat, but don't you owe it to yourself after working your way through all those IRS forms?
2. Dish Network, DirecTV and Some Other Pay-TV Providers - April 15 to 18
Customers receiving these services get free Cinemax and HBO April 15-18. Now's your chance to kick back and check out those great pay-TV series you keep hearing about.
3. HydroMassage - April 14 to 18
HydroMassage heated massage tables are combining efforts with hundreds of salons, doctor's offices and tanning outlets to reduce stress. They'll provide free massages across the country, but it's strongly urged you make an appointment. Download this coupon and check for a location near you.
4. MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery - April 15
Get a free one-scoop ice cream cone in any MaggieMoo's tasty flavor.
5. McCormick & Schmick's - April 15 and 18
While McCormick & Schmick's offers some discounts on April 15 and 18, the best deal is the $10.40 (get it?) gift certificate given to those who buy something in the bar during happy hour on April 15 or at anytime on April 18. You get to use the certificate on your next visit.
6. National Parks - April 16-24
Thank heavens the government didn't shut down our 294 national parks last Friday! Admission is free during National Park Week.
7. Office Depot - Through April 23
Good through April 23 at Office Depot with this coupon you can download up to 25 pages of tax forms for free, receive free copies of upsubway to 25 pages of tax documents, and shred up to five pounds of documents.
8. P.F. Chang's - April 18
Receive 15 percent off your meal. (I know it's not free but every little bit helps.)
9. Subway - April 15
Some Subway locations are offering a free cookie of your choice, and those cookies are seriously delicious. Check with your local Subway to make sure it's participating.
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