A bunch of donut places are giving out FREE DONUTS for National Donut Day today. You can get a free donut at participating Krispy Kreme locations. You don’t even have to buy anything. (Find the closest participating location here.)
You can also get a free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts if you buy a drink. (Check out a few more donut deals here.)
It’s not just a made-up holiday to sell donuts though. The Salvation Army started it in 1938 to honor a group of women who handed out donuts to soldiers in World War One to boost morale. So it goes back about 80 years. Now you know.
A bunch of coffee chains are giving out free coffee for National Coffee Day today, but Starbucks is NOT one of them. Instead, they’re launching a yearlong program where they’ll plant a tree for every bag of coffee they sell at their stores.
Which is nice . . . but doesn’t help you get free coffee. So here are a couple chains that ARE giving away coffee . . .
You can get a free small coffee and a glazed donut at Krispy Kreme if you mention the promotion . . . participating Dunkin’ Donuts will give you a free medium or iced coffee if you ask for it . . .
Whole Foods stores are selling 12-ounce cups of coffee for 25 cents . . . Staples is running a promotion where you can win a Keurig and a bunch of other stuff if you tweet a photo of your favorite coffee mug with the hashtag OfficeMugShot . . .
And McDonald’s is mostly ignoring National Coffee Day this year. A few locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts are giving out small cups, but it’s not clear if they’re doing it anywhere else.
(Consumerist / WTSP / Parade / Staples)
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Tomorrow, Saturday 19th, is officially “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” That’s the made-up holiday where . . . yeah. But made-up holidays are MUCH less annoying when they involve FREE FOOD.
In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, Long John Silver’s is giving away a free fish or chicken tender to anyone who talks like a pirate tomorrow. But you can’t just walk in and say “Arhhhh!” . . . they want a whole sentence.
They even gave a couple examples on their website: “ARR I’ve come to plunder me free fish!” And, “Ahoy, matey! I’ve come for me free fish or chicken tender!”
Krispy Kreme is getting in on the action too. Although we’re not sure what pirates have to do with donuts. Who cares . . . they’ll give you a free glazed doughnut if you talk like a pirate.
And if you DRESS like a pirate, you get even more free stuff. Long John Silver’s will give you a free two-piece fish or chicken tender basket, and Krispy Kreme will give you a dozen glazed donuts. But you have to wear at least three pieces of pirate attire.
It’s not at every location, so go to krispykreme.com/pirate to find one near you, or call your local Long John’s. And go to ljsilvers.com/tlap for their “Pirate Name Generator.”
Want a tasty treat but don’t want to spend any money? Dust off that witch hat/set of cat ears/football jersey/train conductor outfit and head to Krispy Kreme on Halloween for a free doughnut of your choice. You’ve gotta be in costume in the store, and it’s gotta be Oct. 31 only. Though feel free to wear a costume any day of the year that you like. [via Krispy Kreme on Facebook]