How to score free food, other Tax Day deals: 2018 edition

Businesses offering promotions include Great American Cookies, Kona Ice

By Michelle Ganley - Graham Media Group, Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

Do you owe this year in taxes and you need a little snack to make it better? Or do you have a nice refund check that’s burning a hole in your pocket?

Either way, Tax Day falls on April 17 this year, and you know what that means: Businesses are offering some fun deals and discounts.

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

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Great American Cookies: Is offering a free Cookies and Cream cookie to people who stop by on Tuesday, April 17. You don’t have to show proof that you completed your taxes; just come on in and grab your treat! The deal is available at participating stores in the U.S. only.

Applebee's: Get $1 margaritas, which the chain calls the Dollarita, through April 30. 

Kona Ice: Has free shaved ice for you, come Tuesday. “On Tax Day, we want you to chill out with us. We believe in no taxation without relaxation. Find where your local Kona truck is going to be by going to this link,” the company said on Facebook.

Schlotzsky’s: Will offer a free small “The Original” sandwich on Tuesday with the purchase of a medium fountain drink and chips. 

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse: The day after Tax Day is the chain's Free Pizookie Day. Get a free Pizookie with a minimum $9.95 food purchase Wednesday.

Boston Market: The $10.40 Tax Day meal special includes a half chicken individual meal with two sides, cornbread and a regular fountain beverage drink, while supplies last. No coupon is needed.

Sonic Drive-In: Get half-price cheeseburgers Tuesday. Limit five per customer at participating locations. Also every day after 8 p.m., Sonic has half-price shakes, floats and ice cream slushes.

RA Sushi: Buy one regular-price drink and get the second for $1 Tuesday at the largest nationwide sushi chain. Learn more at .

Grimaldi's Pizzeria: Get a 16-inch traditional cheese pizza for $10.40 Tuesday at participating locations.

Firehouse Subs: Is offering a free medium sub with the purchase of a full-priced medium or large sub, chips and drink. This is valid Tuesday through Thursday when you show this coupon.

Corner Bakery Café: Mix and match two full-sized breakfast, lunch or dinner items for $10.40 at participating locations Tuesday through Thursday.

Potbelly: The first 75,000 people to sign up for the Potbelly Perks loyalty program, by downloading the potbelly smartphone app, will get a free sandwich. 
If you already have the app you'll get a buy-one-get-one free sandwich offer loaded to your account Tuesday.

Hydromassage/Planet Fitness: Is letting people treat themselves to a free HydroMassage at any of the more than 1,500 Planet Fitness locations nationwide. The offer is available from Saturday through April 21. “De-stressers need only bring in a coupon, which will be available [by clicking here] starting April 14,” the website says. Click here to find a Planet Fitness near you.

Ideal Dental: Is offering a free dental exam and x-ray to anyone who books an appointment through May 31. You have to schedule the appointment Tuesday to get the offer. There are 15 Ideal Dental locations in the Houston area.  

OfficeMax and Office Depot: Will let you shred up to five pounds of paper for free. The offer is valid through April 28 if you present this coupon.

Staples: Will let you shred uip to one pound of paper for free. Teh offer runs through April 21 with this coupon.

Our country’s national parks: Free admission -- OK, this isn’t really for Tax Day, but starting April 21, you can get in free of charge to celebrate National Park Week. Learn more here. We figured with taxes behind you, you could use some fresh air and time outside, unwinding.

Know about a deal that we left off the list? Let us know in the comments below.

Graham Media Group 2018