Free Pancakes at IHOP March 3

February 26, 2015 by  
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On IHOP’s National Pancake Day, IHOP is giving dine-in customers a free short stack of pancakes… no doubt they’ll go like hotcakes!   People from around the country will celebrate a “Decade of Giving” with the tenth annual National Pancake Day at IHOP.

So hop on over to your local IHOP on Tuesday March 3, 2015, between 7 am and 10 pm, to claim a short stack of free IHOP pancakes – that’s three buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, consider making a donation to Children’s Miracle Network to support children’s hospitals, or other local charities.

IHOP’s National Pancake Day celebration has raised almost $16 million for charity since it started in 2006.  Their goal this year is to raise $3.5 million for charity.  Wow!

They’ve given away more than 10 million pancakes in previous years, so make sure three of those cakes have your name written on them in 2015!

The IHOP National Pancake Day offer is limited to one free short stack per person, at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount.



Coronado State Monument Christmas at Kuaua

December 4, 2014 by  
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Coronado State Monument’s free Christmas event for all the family creates a festive glow and includes cider and biscochitos!  The monument’s name was changed just over a year ago.  Don’t forget that it is now called the Coronado Historic Site.

The Christmas at Kuaua event at Coronado Historic Site lights up the luminarias on the evening of Sunday December 7, 2014, from 5 pm. 

The evening’s activities include a Santa’s Workshop for kids to make a Christmas tree ornament. That is followed at 6 pm by Native American storytelling, traditional Pueblo dancing, and music. Amidst the luminarias and Christmas lights, they’ll have a lovely bonfire too, assuming the weather conditions are right.

Admission is free, and to help everyone keep warm (with or without a bonfire) the Friends of Coronado will also provide free hot apple cider and biscochitos.

Coronado Historic Site Christmas at Kuaua gets festive:

  • When: Sunday December 7, 2014
  • Time: From 5 pm
  • Where: Coronado Historic Site (a.k.a. Coronado State Monument) in Bernalillo
  • Price: Admission is free!

Coronado Historic Site is just off I-25, at exit 242, in Bernalillo.



Free Chick-fil-A on Cow Appreciation Day

July 2, 2014 by  
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Free Chick-fil-A on Cow Appreciation DayI can’t quite believe it’s been a whole year since I last encouraged you to dress up as a cow in order to get free food.  Here we are, all sane and rational people, and yet so many people love this Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day freebie every year! They’re all crazy at Chick-fil-A (in a nice way), and it seems we’re as nutty as they are.

So, here’s the deal. Get a Free Chick-fil-A meal for Cow Appreciation Day at all locations on Friday July 11, 2014,  if you show up fully dressed as a cow. They’ve even got a kit to show you how! (Hey, that rhymes.)

Or if you go partially dressed as a cow, sporting a cow spotted hat, vest, purse or other accessory, you’ll get some kind of free entree item instead of the full combo meal.

The freebie is valid at breakfast, lunch or dinner and there are various options on the combo meals available, all including a beverage. Details on those menu items are in the FAQs at the link. If you take a child in cow costume, they get a free kid’s meal. And they will of course be scarred for life if they are not enthusiastic about cavorting about as a cow. So you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons there regarding the free meal versus years of therapy :-)

To go FULLY dressed as a cow from head to hoof, Chick-fil-A gives you a starter kit for the full Cow Appreciation Day. I have to confess that even though I’ve looked at it several times, I’m still not sure how to transform myself into a cow with it. But you readers are much cleverer than me, and the photo above may help.

This  brilliant bovine day of beauteous bargains is ONLY on Friday July 11, 2014.

So put your best hoof forward, practice moo-ing, and chew the cud at any Chick-fil-A location. If you don’t know the one nearest you, check out the Chick-fil-A locations map.



Tax Day Freebies and Deals 2014

April 14, 2014 by  
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Tax Day 2014 is Tuesday April 15, in case you are blissfully unaware. Oh joy! So you’ve survived your IRS forms, or maybe are still struggling through them?  We’ve got tax relief in the form of Tax Day treats to sweeten the deal.

  • Sonic Half Price Drinks and Slushes in an all-day happy hour on April 15.
  • Arby’s Free Curly Fries on April 15 you need the coupon at the link to get a free snack-sized curly fries.
  • Schlotsky’s Free Sandwich on April 15 when you buy chips and a 32-ounce drink. No coupon is required to get a free small The Original sandwich, just the chips and drink purchase.
  • Boston Market has an offer for 2 half-chicken individual meals plus side dishes and cornbread for $10.40 on April 15 only. No coupon is required and I guess the $10.40 figure is their idea of a joke to “celebrate” the famous 1040 IRS form.
  • Del Taco Facebook Freebies are ongoing, including coupons for a free 5-piece Hashbrown Sticks when you buy two breakfast tacos and a free fountain drink when you buy any Epic Burrito. You have to Like their Facebook page to get the coupons.
  • Free HydroMassage for a little post-tax relaxation valid from Tax Day through April 18.  Click New Mexico on the map to see participating Albuquerque locations.  You must call ahead to schedule,  and print the free massage coupon to take with you.
  • Office Depot free shredding through April 29.  Get up to 5 pounds of shredding of confidential documents  now your tax return is finished, using the coupon at the link!

Finally, the Entertainment Book is on sale  at $10.40 plus $2.49 for shipping at this Entertainment Book website link, valid until April 17. The regular price of the Albuquerque book is $40 but the $10.40 offer is valid for any city book.  You can start using the coupons and mobile coupons now, until December 2014.

If you know of any other Albuquerque tax day offers or if your business offers a deal,  leave a note in the comment box below!

–Tania FYI I’ve given you my Entertainment Book affiliate links.


Free Sagebrush Auto Show with Free Refreshments: June 15-16

June 11, 2013 by  
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The Father’s Day weekend Sagebrush Auto Show promises vintage cars, hot rods and motorbikes. Admission is free and they’re throwing in gratis food and drink too!

Roll down to the seventh annual Sagebrush Auto Show, on June 15 and 16, 2013 to check out the car action! I have zero advance event information about this year’s show, and their website is extremely sparse in any details. But I can tell you that in previous years they’ve had 200+ classic cars, custom cars, hot rods, trucks, and motorcycles. They’ve often had tractors too, and quirky exhibits like a batmobile, plus a raffle.

I DO know for sure that there will be free drinks and food like hot dogs (to go with the hot rods), chips and ice cream.

If you want more specifics on the Sagebrush Auto Show rather than turning up to take your chances, the organizers might post more info nearer the time at the Sagebrush Community Church Facebook page.  Because this IS a church event, note that you may well be encouraged to check out the church, as well as the cars!

The 2013 Sagebrush Auto Show takes place:

  • Saturday June 15 from 3 pm – 9 pm
  • Sunday June 16 from 9 am – 3 pm
  • Admission is free
  • At the Sagebrush Community Church Riverside Campus.

The Sagebrush Community Church is located at 6440 Coors Boulevard NW, at Coors and La Orilla.



Albuquerque Free Lunch for Kids Program

June 3, 2013 by  
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The City of Albuquerque’s Summer Lunch Program dishes up free lunch for kids (and sometimes breakfast too) for youngsters aged 1 to 18 this summer 2013. The lunches are served in area parks, community centers, and other venues from June 3 to August 2,  although dates may vary.

We think the excellent Albuquerque summer free lunch for kids program is very well-known already – it’s certainly popular with the parents who know about it!  But just in CASE you haven’t heard the word, children and youths aged from one year to eighteen years can get a free lunch (and at some venues a free breakfast) just by turning up.

The free lunch for kids program starts on June 3 2013 at most locations, and runs through August 2. At some venues the start and end dates may be different, so check the PDF lists of participating free kids lunch and breakfast venues at this link. At that same web page, you’ll also see a map of venues (scroll down!) to find the one closest to you, plus information on meal times and menus.

Meals are served on a first-come-first-served basis. The only restrictions are that youngsters can’t pick and choose – they take the entire meal – and they have to eat on site. The free lunch for kids is not a take-out deal. They must also clean up after themselves, and be generally well-behaved. No food fights!

The menus look pretty balanced, and in fact better than I get to eat most days when I’m too lazy to cook. (Yep, lunch at Cheap Central too often consists of yet another cup of coffee.) For example, the kids’ lunch on Friday June 7 is scheduled to be half a turkey sandwich with sliced bread, cheese, snap peas and apple sauce, and chocolate milk to wash it down.



Bike to Work Day Goodies: May 17

May 14, 2013 by  
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As part of National Bike to Work Day 2013, roll up for free refreshments, free Starbucks, and free swag at breakfast stops on May 17.

Get on your bike for freebies this Friday May 17, 2013  on the Albuquerque Bike to Work Day. If you cycle to work you can join the free-wheeling fun from 6:30 to 8:30 am at the BikeABQ and the City of Albuquerque breakfast stop locations. They’re giving out snacks, biking info, and fun and very useful biking giveaways.

The free stuff includes T-shirts, water bottles, lights, patch kits, tire levers, reflective leg bands, and seat packs. The free breakfast items are granola bars, coffee and bananas, supplied by Starbucks, General Mills, and APS. All freebies are while supplies last, so you’ll have to start moving your little leggies and cycle there early!

This link shows you all the ABQ Bike to Work Day breakfast stops including maps and directions. They are positioned all over the city from Downtown at Civic Plaza (the northwest corner off Marquette),  Uptown at the Uptown Transit Center (Indian School and Americas Parkway), the Erna Fergusson Library east of San Mateo at the Paseo del Nordeste Trail, and on the Westside at Montano and Winterhaven. Plus three more stops.

Get fit, help the planet, and freebies too – what’s not to love?



Page One Customer Appreciation Day: April 27

April 25, 2013 by  
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Page One Bookstore  is throwing a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday April 27 with hot dogs, cake, and a book deal. I believe this coincides with the bookstore’s anniversary too… I reckon they’re 32 years old in Albuquerque this year!

As a writer and avid reader I’m especially keen to support our independent bookstores, and this is a very good time to be supporting Page One… especially when you can save money too. They’ve just won Best of Burque for the bookstore category.

The Page One Customer Appreciation Day  on Saturday April 27,  2013, promises free hot dogs and cake from 12 noon to 6 pm, while supplies last. According to an email, they’re also offering a deal on books all day: Buy 3 books and you get one free.

At 3 pm, during the celebration party, author Christine Barber will be reading from and signing copies of her new book: When the Devil Doesn’t Show. Barber is a former recipient of the Tony Hillerman Prize for a mystery novel.

You can also print out this Page One $5 Off Coupon to save $5 on any $30 or more purchase, whether new or used.  It’s valid till April 30, so take it along if you’re going to the birthday party! For ABQ on the Cheap readers with a smart phone or other internet enabled doohickey, you don’t even have to print this coupon. Just show it on your “web capable mobile device” to get the $5 discount.

That gives you plenty of excuses to go and be appreciated!

Looking ahead, I also notice that May 4 offers a sale on all Star Wars items for fans of the Star Wars movies. (And who isn’t?) On May 4, Page One will give a 20% discount on all Star Wars merchandise, including the cookbooks, Lego sets, the Thrawn trilogy, and whatever other Star Wars themed stuff they have in stock.

Page One Bookstoreis located at 11018 Montgomery NE



Subway BOGO Free in April

April 8, 2013 by  
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Sunrise Subway MeltWake up and smell the freebie! Subway has a BOGO free deal running for breakfast through the month of April 2013,  and although I’m writing this at dinner time, I rather wish it were breakfast already.

During April, if you buy a 6 inch sandwich by 9 am on any morning, you can get another Subway sandwich free!

As usual with Buy One Get One free deals, the free sandwich must be of equal or lesser value.

The sandwich in the photo is a Sunrise Subway Melt. I chose it for the rather pretty name, but the contents don’t look bad either: turkey, bacon, ham, egg white, cheese, and veggies.

The Subway BOGO free sub offer is available daily at participating Subways, so call ahead if you want to be sure your favorite location is running the deal.



Food Freebies & Deals: December 14 – 21, 2012

December 14, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque Cheap EatsAlbuquerque restaurant and food deals for the week ahead, and don’t forget to check out my Gift Card Discounts and Freebies post with dozens of holiday deals on restaurant gift cards and some retail cards too. I’ve added more to the list so even if you’ve seen it before, check it out again!

Chili’s coupons in their holiday promotion are for a different special offer each day, such as kids eat free or a free appetizer or dessert when you buy an entree. Each coupon is only valid on the day of the offer.  Find today’s Chili’s Grill & Bar Holidaily coupon at the link – a different one is released each each day through December 24, 2012.

This Chili’s Coupon for Free Skillet Queso and Chips with the purchase of an entree is available any day of the week, when you sign up for the Chili’s email club with special offers. (You can also get 10% off Chili’s gift card orders of $100 or more.  Cards can be in any value from $5 to $100 each, as long as they add up to $100.)

McDonald’s McRib Offer on Friday December 14. At time of writing the details of this offer aren’t revealed so I can’t give you the full scoop, but check it out on Friday at Living Social – it’s a limited quantity deal and will probably sell out quickly.

Pei Wei BOGO Free Entree voucher is available today Friday December 14, when you watch a 2 minute video at the link about their food, then give your email address for the offer to be sent to you.

Get a Burger King Whopper for 55 cents when you buy another Whopper through December 16. The offer is for a 55 cent Original Whopper sandwich with the purchase of any other Whopper variety, no coupon required. I told you about this offer last weekend, and now they’re running it again – whoop whoop Whopper!

Starbucks Buy One Get One Free offer on holiday drinks from 2 pm to 5 pm each day until Sunday December 16, giving you a free holiday beverage when you buy another one at participating locations. Flavors include Caramel Brulee Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Gingerbread Latte.

Quiznos coupon for a free dessert or chips when you buy a regular sub and fountain drink, valid until December 18. You can also get 20% off a catering order of $50 or more using the same coupon to the end of 2012.

Entertainment Book 2013 is on sale at $19.99 and free shipping for a limited time – that’s 50% off the regular price for the Albuquerque book, although the sale is on all city books. You can start using the coupons and mobile coupons now, through November 2013. The Albuquerque Entertainment Book 2013 (usually $40, but half price now at $19.99 using the promo deal at the link) offers over $62,000 in local savings for attractions, entertainment and shopping, including 189 restaurant coupons.

Send Free $10 certificates to your friends in the Feed It Forward promotion – scroll down at the link to the Feed It Forward info.  Certificates are sent via email and friends and family choose from thousands of participating restaurants nationally to redeem their certificate. Note that there is usually a minimum spend in restaurants, so your recipient will have to top up a little, but they’ll still get $10 off their check.

Four Venezia’s Pizzeria coupon codes include $3 off any pizza excluding slices, $5 off a 24 inch party pizza, and get one large one topping pizza for $10.99. As far as I can see the coupon codes are valid for orders at all Venezia’s Pizzeria locations.

50+% Off at StreetFood Asia,  Pita Pit,  YoYo Bliss,  Nippon Sushi, and CoolWater Fusion in today’s half price restaurant deals from Groupon. The certificates are available to purchase for a limited time, then spend before the date specified on the deal page. They’re also running a good deal at Cliff’s Amusement Park for the beginning of the 2013 season.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Coupons  include 6 free original glazed doughnuts when you buy any 6 doughnuts, or 12 free doughnuts when you buy 12 assorted donuts. The coupons via Premium Shopping Guide, are valid at the Ellison Drive and Wyoming Boulevard locations through January 31, 2013. They’ve also got Krispy Kreme coupons for a free coffee with any purchase, or $9.99 for two dozen doughnuts.

Use this Da Vinci’s Gourmet Pizza $5 Off Coupon when you make an order of $20 or more, or add a pint of gelato to your order for $4.

15% off Yummi House Chinese Cuisine 15% off dinner at Yummi House, 1404 Eubank, with the coupon via Valpak. At time of writing they’re valid to December 27, 2012, but Valpak coupons often roll back to a later date each day until the coupons are removed.

Subway $2 Subs in December 2012 in a promo that gives you either the 6 inch Meatball Marinara or 6 inch Cold Cut Combo for two bucks, for a savory celebration in customer appreciation month.

Nicky V’s 50% Off Wine on Wine and Dine Wednesdays. Get half off a bottle of wine on Wednesdays when you order two entrees.

Calientes New Mexican Food BOGO Free Breakfast Buy one breakfast and two beverages and get a free breakfast, using the coupon via Valpak. Or (at the same link) get 50% off an entree when you buy one entree and two beverages. Both deals are only on Monday through Thursday, for dine-in.

The Chick-fil-A 2013 calendar dubbed “Royal T-Bones costs $6 and includes a promo card that gives you a free food or drink item each month. It’s available for a limited time or while stocks last at Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Olive Garden’s 2 for $25 Italian Dinner is their new promotion for two people to to dine on 3 courses for $25. The menu includes breadsticks, a choice of soup or salad, a choice of entrees each, and also choose either an appetizer or dessert to share.

Among the Freefly’s coupons and free samples they’re offering a free My First Christmas Bib at Babies R Us  using the coupon.

Pelican’s Restaurant & Bar Coupons Get a free appetizer or dessert when you buy two entrees, or a three course meal for two people for $45.95 including sides and coffee or tea, both using the coupons via Premium Shopping Guide until January 31, 2013.

Wienerschnitzel coupon for $1 off a Pastrami Sandwich to December 31, 2012.

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure.

Did you enter our Gas Card Giveaway yet? If you missed my earlier post, check it out at the link and enter through December 16, 2012.

–Tania FYI This post contains some affiliate links to plug you straight to those deals.


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