Veterans Day Deals & Freebies

November 8, 2013 by  
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Here is our 2013 round-up of Albuquerque Veterans Day deals and freebies. Even if you’re not a service member, look in the For Everyone list below to find some Veterans Day deals for all.

There are tons of freebies for veterans and current military – as is only right and fitting. A heartfelt thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Some offers are valid only on November 11, others on other days, and most require proof of military service – check details at the links. Know of any other Veterans Day deals? Tell us in the comments box below!

Veterans Day Deals For Everyone

Free admission to National Parks for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 9 to November 11. This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2013, and fees are waived at parks nationwide that usually a charge a fee, including these New Mexico National Parks.

Veterans Day Honor Free MP3s by the U.S. Armed Forces bands and ensembles, including the Star Spangled Banner, Taps, Here’s to America, Eternal Father, Strong to Save (The U.S. Navy Hymn), When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and more.

New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico Fine Arts building, the show opens on November 8 with a reception at 6 pm and ceremony at 7 pm. Then the show runs from 10 am to 4 pm on these weekends: November 9/10, November 15/16/17 and November 22/23.

Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on Monday November 11, excluding gift cards and color tag items already discounted by 50%.

Savers Veterans Day Sale offers 50% off clothing, shoes, accessories, and bed and bath on November 11.

Living Social 10% Discount from November 8 – November 11 using the promo code: VETERANS10
The offer is valid on purchases site-wide and you get 10% off any order, up to a maximum discount of $20.  There are some terms and conditions and redemption instructions here. At time of writing there are 68 Albuquerque deals on Living Social, from restaurants to massages, manicures, yoga, fly fishing, kids’ stuff and quite a lot more!

Veterans Day Deals For Military Only

Free Musical Theatre for Veterans. Thanks to Elizabeth at Desert Rose Playhouse for telling us that they are offering free admission for veterans to performances on Saturday November 9 at 8 pm or Sunday November 10 at 2 pm. The show is Dogfight the Musical, set in 1963 as three young Marines have a boys’ night out before heading to the conflict in Southeast Asia. Desert Rose Playhouse is located at 6921 Montgomery Blvd. NE.  To redeem your freebie, make a reservation at (505) 881-0503 or email the box office.

Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses nationwide, the Albuquerque car washes sudsing up for free are Airforce One Express Car Wash, and Octopus Car Wash locations. I heart Octopus – they always do a grand job on my car at such a fair price.

Half off Golf Course Green Fees on November 11 at all Albuquerque City courses for veterans. The four golf courses are Los Altos, Arroyo del Oso, Puerto del Sol and Ladera.

Free Hair Cut at Great Clips salons on November 11. OR it looks like you can just drop into the salon that day and pick up a card to redeem your free hair cut later, until December 31. Non-military folk who purchase a service at Great Clips on November 11 get a free haircut card to give to a veteran. Check for participation by calling ahead. (A head = pun, I just realized.) See the list of Albuquerque Great Clips salons

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for veterans on November 11 if you take your ID.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current service members.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill Free Meal Thanks to reader Michael for alerting me to this Tucanos offer! Current and former military members get a free meal on November 11, with military ID or proof of past service. Active service members and their families also get 10% off their entire meal from November 8 – 11. So if you go for the freebie on Veterans Day and take your family, they’ll get a 10% discount too. Tucanos also has a Facebook promotion to get a free dessert coupon when you send an Instagram photo of a family member or friend in uniform. Tucanos is Downtown, at 110 Central Avenue on the corner of 1st. (As if we could miss it!)

Denny’s Free Pancakes on November 11 from 6 am – 2 pm at participating Denny’s Restaurants.   The free all-you-can-eat pancakes are for military personnel (retired, active or non-active) with ID.

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch on November 11 for active, former, and retired military with ID. Select from a special free Veterans Day menu including sirloin steak, country fried chicken, and pulled pork dinner, all served with side dishes and beverages.

Olive Garden Free Meal for veterans and active military on November 11, with ID.  Entrees include garlic breadsticks and soup or salad, and the Veterans Day free menu to select from includes spaghetti and meat sauce, chicken parmigiana, and seafood alfredo. Family dining with you get a 10% discount on their meals. Throughout the month of November, Olive Garden is giving 10% off to current military service members and their families.

Boston Market Free Whole Chicken with purchase. According to Boston Market’s Twitter post and Facebook page, you can get a free whole chicken on November 11 at any Boston Market when you purchase a family meal and show military ID.

Chili’s Veterans Eat Free deal gets active duty military and veterans a free entree all day on November 11 at participating locations. Menu options include margarita chicken, “Old Timer” with cheese, pizza, and more, with proof of military service.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service.  You get a free entree from a selection including house sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, bacon cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

California Pizza Kitchen Free Pizza on November 11 for veterans and active duty military in uniform or with proof of service.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Day Freebie A free Bloomin’ Onion and any Coca-Cola drink on November 11.  Plus 10% off for military personnel from November 12 to December 31, valid on the entire check apart from booze and tax. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Golden Corral also offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military members.  This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 11 from 4 – 9 pm.

Red Robin Free Burger and Fries on November 11 for veterans and active duty military in uniform or with proof of service. The freebie is a Red’s Tavern Double burger with Bottomless Steak Fries.

Einstein Bros. Bagels Free Bagel & Schmear on November 11 between 5:30 am and 5 pm.  The offer is for a free bagel and shmear or any other topping,  for active, inactive and retired military personnel.

Free Krispy Kreme Donut and Coffee on November 11 in stores (not drive-through) when you wear military uniform or show proof of service. Participating locations include Albuquerque Krispy Kreme stores at Ellison, Wyoming, and Coors.

Red Lobster is serving up a free appetizer from November 11 – 14 for veterans and current service members,  according to a press release. Choose from 10 appetizers, including Lobster-Crab-and-Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms and Sweet Chili Shrimp.

TGI Friday’s Free Lunch for veterans and active duty military on November 11 from 11 am to 2 pm.

Starbucks Free Coffee for veterans and active duty service members AND their spouses on November 11.

Twin Peaks Armed Forces Appreciation invites service men and women to eat free on November 11.

Hooters Free Meal on November 11. Veterans and active duty military personnel can score a free meal worth up to $10.99 with any drink purchase. Valid at all locations, but take military ID or proof of service!

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Follow the links I’ve given for each deal or venue to find further details, and info on the proof of military service required.

–Tania FYI, I’ve give my Amazon affiliate link for the free MP3s.


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Veterans Day Deals & Freebies

November 7, 2012 by  
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Here’s our 2012 round-up of Albuquerque Veterans Day freebies and discounts for veterans and current military – a heartfelt thank you for your service and sacrifice. (Not a service member? Look in the For Everyone list below to find some V-Day deals for all.)

Some of the freebies and discounts are valid only on November 11, others on November 12, and most require proof of military service so check details at the links. The Albuquerque Veterans Day Ceremony is on November 11 at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park. See details on the parade route and times here.

I’ll update the list as I find new Veterans Day 2012 deals, and if you know of others please drop me an email or leave a message in the comment box below.

For Everyone:

Free admission to National Parks for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 10 to November 12. This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2012, and fees are waived at parks nationwide that usually a charge a fee, including these New Mexico National Parks.

Veterans Day Honor Free MP3s by the US Armed Forces bands and ensembles, including the Star Spangled Banner, Taps, Here’s to America, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and more. Right now the full album price is showing at Amazon, but if you scroll down you’ll see all the MP3s are free to download, for a limited time.

New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico Fine Arts building, the show opens on November 9 with a reception at 6 pm and ceremony at 7 pm. (That date is correct: Nov 9 not Nov 19 as displayed in a typo at their website.)  Then the show runs from 10 am to 4 pm on these weekends: November 10/11, November 16/17/18 and November 23/24.

KiMo Theatre Free Movie Screening of V-DAY 11.11.11 on November 11 at 6:30 pm, doors open at 6 pm. The documentary feature by director John Goheen explores what it means to be a veteran in America by hearing stories from the men and women themselves. You can watch a mighty fine film trailer at YouTube.

Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on November 12, excluding gift cards and color tag items already discounted by 50%.

Thanks to reader Cheri for telling us that both Albuquerque Savers locations offer 50% off all clothing, shoes, accessories, and bed and bath in the Savers Veterans Day Sale on November 12.

For Military Only:

Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses nationwide, the Albuquerque car washes sudsing up for free are Daddy’s Car Wash, Super Services, Airforce One Express Car Wash, and Octopus Car Wash locations. I heart Octopus – they always do a grand job on my car at such a fair price.

Half off Golf Course Green Fees on November 12 at all Albuquerque City courses for veterans and active duty military personnel. The four golf courses are Los Altos, Arroyo del Oso, Puerto del Sol and Ladera.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for veterans on Sunday November 11 if you take your ID.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current service members. The museum will also screen the film Brats: Our Journey Home on November 11 at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, with filmmaker Donna Musil on hand for Q&A.

Denny’s Free Pancakes on November 12 from 6 am – 2 pm at participating Denny’s Restaurants.   The free all-you-can-eat pancakes are for military personnel (retired, active or non-active) with ID.

El Pinto Buy One Get One Free Entree on Monday November 12 for veterans and active military in uniform or with military ID at the North Valley restaurant: 10500 4th Street.

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch on November 12 for active, former, and retired military with ID. Select from a special free Veterans Day menu including sirloin steak, country fried chicken, and pulled pork dinner, all served with two sides.

Olive Garden Free Entree for Veterans and Active Duty Military on November 11, with ID.  Entrees include garlic breadsticks and soup or salad, so that’s a good full meal, and the Veterans Day free menu to select from includes spaghetti and meat sauce, chicken parmigiana, and seafood alfredo.

Chili’s Veterans Eat Free deal gets active duty military and veterans a free entree all day on November 11. Options include Margarita Grilled Chicken, Cajun Pasta with Chicken, Bacon and Chicken Ranch Quesadilla and more, with proof of military service. I don’t see this announced at the Chili’s Grill & Bar website yet, but we have the deal confirmed by their press office.

Chick-fil-A Cottonwood Free Meal on November 12 between 6:30 am and 10 pm for current military and veterans.  This is only at the Cottonwood location at 3801 Ellison Rd. NW.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service.  You get a free entree from a selection including House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

California Pizza Kitchen Free Pizza and beverage (non-alcoholic) on November 11 and 12 for veterans and active duty military in uniform or with proof of service.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Freebies A free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola drink on November 11 and 12 for veterans and active military. Plus 10% off for military personnel from November 13 to December 31, valid on the entire check apart from booze. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Golden Corral also offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military members.  This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 12 from 4 – 9 pm.

Einstein Bros. Bagels Free Bagel for veterans on November 11.  According to an email from Einstein Bros. the freebie is a classic or signature bagel, with no coupon required: “Just tell the cashier you’re a veteran.”  Limit to one per person and it’s the bagel only, no toppings.

Red Lobster is serving up a free appetizer on November 11 for veterans and active duty military, according to their Facebook page.

TGI Friday’s Free Lunch for veterans on November 12 from 11 am to 2 pm. So that’s more like TGI Monday.

Twin Peaks Armed Forces Appreciation Service men and women eat free from November 8 to Nov 11.

Hooters Free Wings for Vets on November 11. Veterans and active duty military can score ten free wings with the purchase of a drink, and proof of service.

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Follow the links I’ve given for each deal or venue to find further details, and info on the proof of military service required.

Thanks to my cheap chum Carolyn at Witchita on the Cheap for helping confirm the Chili’s deal. FYI, I’ve give my Amazon affiliate link for the free MP3s.

–Tania

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Yanni’s Free Turkey Dinner for Military & Vets

November 21, 2011 by  
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A free turkey dinner, just before Turkey Day, to thank the soldiers who protect us – yay for Yanni’s!

***UPDATE: We’ve heard that Nick & Jimmy’s is also offering a free turkey dinner to active military and veterans on November 23 – thanks to Ron for the tip! ***

On Wednesday November 23, 2011, Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill and Opa Bar is serving up a free turkey dinner for active duty service members and veterans with military ID. This is all I know about the freebie, probably best to contact Yanni’s directly in Nob Hill for reservations and find out any more details: (505) 268-9250.

For everyone else, they have a deal for 50% off wines with dinner, for selected wines either by the bottle or by the glass, on Sundays through Wednesdays. And Happy Hour in the Opa! Bar is on weekdays from 4 – 6:30 pm.

Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill and Opa Bar is located in Nob Hill at 3109 Central Avenue NE.

–Tania

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Veterans Day & Food Deals

November 11, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque Veterans Day freebies and discounts for veterans and active military – a heartfelt thank you for your service! Combined with food deals and Veterans weekend deals for everyone else too. 

For Everyone:

Whole Foods Chicken Sale If you’re roasting a chicken for the holiday weekend, Whole Foods is selling uncooked whole chickens for $1.29 per pound today, November 11. That’s 70 cents a pound off the usual price.

Free admission to National Parks for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 11-13 This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2011, at these New Mexico National Parks.

50% Off Champagne Balloon Ride $80 for a balloon ride with World Balloon, including a champagne toast and flight certificate seems like a pretty good deal to me! Regular value is $160, and the half price Balloon Ride is available through November 13 while supplies last via Living Social, and can be redeemed for a balloon ride through May 14, 2012.

Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on November 11, excluding color tag items already discounted by 50% and gift cards.

El Rey Theater free concert Academy Winds on Saturday November 12, 2011, at 8 pm, featuring the touring United States Air Force Academy Band performing a program suitable for all ages. Get tickets in advance for priority seating.

New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico, opening on November 11 with a reception at 6 pm, and ceremony at 7 pm. Then daily from 10 am to 4 pm on these weekends: November 12/13, 18/19/20 and 25/26.

StreetFood Asia Free Tapas  Uniformed service personnel, including police officers and fire fighters, as well as veterans and active duty military personnel can claim a free small plate between November 14 – 17 at Street Food Asia in Nob Hill. Go in uniform or take service ID, for one tapas per table, excluding sampler.

50% Off The Sassy Apron’s Delivered Dinners in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho. Freshly prepared ready-to-eat dinners by chefs include salad, soup, entree and side dish, and options include 4 delivered meals for two people (one a week for a month) at $59, or 8 delivered meals for two people (twice a week for one month) at $99 in a half price deal via Groupon

Arby’s Free Chocolate Turnover with the purchase of any sandwich – get the coupon at the link.

Baskin Robbins BOGO Free Scoop or Swirl with the coupon valid till November 22.

Del Taco Free Chipotle Steak Big Fat Taco with any purchase, using the Facebook coupon. You have to be a Facebook member and Like their page to get the coupon.

Watch the Pei Wei Asian Culinary Tour video for a BOGO free coupon good for one free entree when you buy an entree

PF Chang’s Wine Deal Get a third off a bottle of wine all day on Mondays and Tuesdays through the month of November 2011.

USO Care Package $15 = $30 Value toward a care package, or other efforts for US Troops and an American flag for purchasers, in a deal via Living Social.

High Desert Art & Frame 20% Off any military themed custom framing (eg. framing medals, ribbons, military photos etc.) and 20% off any kind of custom framing job for active duty or retired military service personnel. Both deals run at High Desert Art & Frame through the end of November, 2011.

For Military Only:

Free Hugo Folding Canes for Veterans The Hugo canes (worth $29.99) are free to military veterans in need of mobility assistance at all Sam’s Club stores nationwide (you don’t need to be a Sam’s Club member). They’ve got 60 free canes per store to give away starting November 9 through November 11 while supplies last, as part of the Hugo Salutes Our Veterans program. Take proof of military service.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for veterans on Friday November 11.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current service members.

New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. Free Admission to the museum for all military personnel with ID on November 11.

Dollar General 10% Military Discount on November 11. Veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate families receive the 10% off Veterans Day discount. There are 6 stores in Albuquerque, use the Dollar General store locator to find the nearest one! Also get 10% off shopping online at DollarGeneral.com from November 11-13 using the coupon code: VETERANSDAY.

Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses, the Albuquerque car wash sudsing up for day is Octopus Car Wash in several locations.

Veterans and Military Eat Free and Restaurant Deals

Denny’s Free Grand Slam for military personnel (retired, active or non-active) on Veterans Day November 11, 2011, between 6 am – 2 pm at participating Denny’s Restaurants. We know (thanks Ron!) that the Denny’s at Juan Tabo/Menaul is participating, and believe other Albuquerque Denny’s are too. A Denny’s Grand Slam includes two pancakes, two eggs, bacon, and sausages. You need to take valid military ID.

The Candy Lady in Old Town 20% Off for Veterans today Friday November 11.

Nicky V’s Pizzeria Free Pizza for active duty and retired military until 5 pm on Friday November 11. Choose either a Pepperoni or New Mexican free pizza, for dine-in only.

El Pinto BOGO Entree Veterans and active military get a free entree with the purchase of an entree, all day on November 11, with military ID.

Subway Free 6″ Sub on Veterans Day with military ID.  Thanks to Jas for emailing this tip – so we assume at least one Albuquerque Subway is participating, check with your nearest location.  

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch Entree from 11 am – 2 pm on November 11 for veterans and active duty military. Select from a special Veterans Day free menu including sirloin steak, country fried chicken, and pulled pork dinner, all served with two sides.  (And if you buy a military design Texas Roadhouse gift card by November 30, 10% of the sale is donated to the Home for Our Troops Organization.

Olive Garden Free Entree for Veterans and Active Duty Military on November 11, with ID.  Entrees include garlic breadsticks and soup or salad, so that’s a good full meal, and the Veterans Day free menu to select from includes spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, and seafood alfredo. Thanks to reader Beth for the tip!

Chick-fil-A Cottonwood Free Meal for active duty military and veterans from 5 pm – 8 pm on Monday November 14 (and all Mondays in November). The free meal is up to an $8 value, take ID.  This is only at the Cottonwood location at 3801 Ellison Rd. NW.

Twin Peaks Veterans Day Free Entree for military with ID on November 11.  The Albuquerque Twin Peaks is located at 4441 The 25 Way NE.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service.  You get a free entree from a selection including House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Freebies A free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola drink for veterans and active military all next week, from November 7 – 11. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Chili’s Veterans Eat Free deal gets active duty military and veterans a free entree on November 11 from 11 am – 5 pm. Options include Margarita Grilled Chicken, Margarita Chicken Tacos, Santa Fe Chicken Wrap, and more, with proof of military service.

Golden Corral also offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military members.  This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 14,  from 5 – 9 pm.

TGI Friday’s Veterans Day BOGO deal for active military personnel and veterans to buy one entree and get one free on November 11, in uniform or with ID.

Buca di Beppo Free Spaghetti with Purchase. Active and retired military personnel get a free Small Spaghetti Marinara with the purchase of a Buca Small or Large pasta or entree  on November 11.

Hooters Free Wings for Vets on November 11. Veterans and active duty military can score ten free wings with the purchase of a drink, and proof of service.

StreetFood Asia Freebie Veterans, active duty military personnel and uniformed service personnel – that includes fire fighters and police – can get a free small plate between November 14 – 17 at Street Food Asia in Nob Hill. Go in uniform or take service ID, for one tapas per table, excluding sampler.

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Also check with the individual deals / venues for the proof of military service required.

Thanks to Ron, who knows Free Food when he sees it (and he sees it often) for helping with a couple of these deals! And thanks to Julie at Kansas City on the Cheap for the Buca tip, and Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for sending the Hooters free wings tip!

–Tania FYI:  – I’ve given my Groupon and Living Social affiliate links on those specific deals. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!

 

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Veterans Day Deals

November 8, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque Veterans Day freebies and discounts for veterans and active military – a heartfelt thank you for your service! Plus a few deals for everyone else too.  We’ll keep updating as we find new Veterans Day deals, and please send us your tip if you know of any others….

For Everyone:

Free admission to National Parks for all visitors for three days over the Veterans Day weekend, from November 11-13 This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2011, at these New Mexico National Parks.

Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on November 11, excluding color tag items already discounted by 50% and gift cards.

New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico, opening on November 11 with a reception at 6 pm, and ceremony at 7 pm. Then daily from 10 am to 4 pm on these weekends: November 12/13, 18/19/20 and 25/26.

For Military Only:

Free Hugo Folding Canes for Veterans The Hugo canes (worth $29.99) are free to military veterans in need of mobility assistance at all Sam’s Club stores nationwide (you don’t need to be a Sam’s Club member). They’ve got 60 free canes per store to give away starting November 9 through November 11 while supplies last, as part of the Hugo Salutes Our Veterans program. Take proof of military service.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for veterans on Friday November 11.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current service members.

New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. Free Admission to the museum for all military personnel with ID on November 11.

Dollar General 10% Military Discount on November 11. Veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate families receive the 10% off Veterans Day discount. There are 6 stores in Albuquerque, use the Dollar General store locator to find the nearest one! Also get 10% off shopping online at DollarGeneral.com from November 11-13 using the coupon code: VETERANSDAY.

Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses, the Albuquerque car wash sudsing up for day is Octopus Car Wash in several locations.

Denny’s Free Grand Slam for military personnel (retired, active or non-active) on Veterans Day November 11, 2011, between 6 am – 2 pm at participating Denny’s Restaurants. We know (thanks Ron!) that the Denny’s at Juan Tabo/Menaul is participating, and believe other Albuquerque Denny’s are too. A Denny’s Grand Slam includes two pancakes, two eggs, bacon, and sausages. You need to take valid military ID.

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch Entree from 11 am – 2 pm on November 11 for veterans and active duty military. Select from a special Veterans Day free menu including sirloin steak, country fried chicken, and pulled pork dinner, all served with two sides.  (And if you buy a military design Texas Roadhouse gift card by November 30, 10% of the sale is donated to the Home for Our Troops Organization.

Olive Garden Free Entree for Veterans and Active Duty Military on November 11, with ID.  Entrees include garlic breadsticks and soup or salad, so that’s a good full meal, and the Veterans Day free menu to select from includes spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, and seafood alfredo. Thanks to reader Beth for the tip!

Chick-fil-A Cottonwood Free Meal for active duty military and veterans from 5 pm – 8 pm on Monday November 14 (and all Mondays in November). The free meal is up to an $8 value, take ID.  This is only at the Cottonwood location at 3801 Ellison Rd. NW.

Twin Peaks Veterans Day Free Entree for military with ID on November 11.  The Albuquerque Twin Peaks is located at 4441 The 25 Way NE.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service.  You get a free entree from a selection including House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Freebies A free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola drink for veterans and active military all next week, from November 7 – 11. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Chili’s Veterans Eat Free deal gets active duty military and veterans a free entree on November 11 from 11 am – 5 pm. Options include Margarita Grilled Chicken, Margarita Chicken Tacos, Santa Fe Chicken Wrap, and more, with proof of military service.

Golden Corral also offers a free meal to veterans and active duty military members.  This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 14,  from 5 – 9 pm.

TGI Friday’s Veterans Day BOGO deal for active military personnel and veterans to buy one entree and get one free on November 11, in uniform or with ID.

Buca di Beppo Free Spaghetti with Purchase. Active and retired military personnel get a free Small Spaghetti Marinara with the purchase of a Buca Small or Large pasta or entree  on November 11.

Hooters Free Wings for Vets on November 11. Veterans and active duty military can score ten free wings with the purchase of a drink, and proof of service.

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Also check with the individual deals / venues for the proof of military service required.

Thanks to Ron, who knows Free Food when he sees it (and he sees it often) for helping with a couple of these deals! And thanks to Julie at Kansas City on the Cheap for the Buca tip, and Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for sending the Hooters free wings tip!

–Tania

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Food Freebies & Deals: November 4 – 11, 2011

November 4, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals this week include freebies for Veterans – we’ll be posting our big list of Veterans Day deals for service members AND everyone else soon, so tells us if your business offers Veterans Day deals, or if you spot a deal around town!

Free Drink at Albuquerque Firehouse Subs 4 – 6 pm today! Freestyle Happy Hour celebrates the arrival of the Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain at the Albuquerque Firehouse Subs, and you can try it out with a free drink today from 4 – 6 pm and no purchase necessary! Apparently the “fountain of the future” offers 120+ beverage brands and all kinds of drinks combinations that I can’t even imagine. Firehouse Subs is at 8050 Academy Road NE.

$15 for a $25 gift card for Boston Market Save $10 on the gift card – it’s mailed to you and free shipping is included. The limited time deal via Saveology is for a max of 2 per household, and the card has no expiry date. Check the fine print, and make sure that you fill in all the info to redeem it.

Free Project Acoustic Pre-Party tonight November 4, from 7 pm at Corrales Bistro Brewery. Expect music from Shane Wallin, Strawman Sloop and Nathan William Graff, plus free CDs and prizes, and discounts on Project Acoustic tickets for the Project Acoustic show on November 5 at the Historic El Rey Theater. (Regular show tickets are $10 in advance, $15 on the door.) Corrales Bistro Brewery is on THE main road that runs through Corrales. 😉

50% off Santa Fe School of Cooking $35 for one cooking demonstration class of your choosing with regional chefs. (Value up to $80). The offer is via Groupon and you can take the class through May 7, 2012.

Subway BOGO free sub Buy a 6″ sandwich any morning by 9 am through the month of November, and get another Subway sandwich free!

Veterans Eat Free at Applebee’s with a free entrée for active duty military personnel and veterans on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. Proof of military service required.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Freebies A free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca-Cola drink for veterans and active military all next week, from November 7 – 11. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Veterans Eat Free Again: Golden Corral also provides a free meal to veterans and active duty military members.  This year their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on November 14,  from 5 – 9 pm.

Three carry out pizzas from Cici’s Pizzas for $9.99 The offer is for three Cici’s medium pizzas. Albuquerque Cici’s Pizza Buffet is at 4770 Montgomery NE.

Mimi’s Cafe 50% Off a lunch or dinner entree, when you buy another entree and two beverages, using the coupon valid to November 10.

Waffle House Free Waffle using the coupon for dine-in only, until November 11, 2011.

Save on groceries with SavingStar. SavingStar is a new eCoupon service that’s totally paperless – so there’s nothing to clip or print. You link to your loyalty cards (in the ABQ area, that’s for Albertsons, Smiths, and also CVS Pharmacy).  I haven’t tried SavingStar yet (via MySavings) but I’m going to give it a try, it looks easy enough even for me. Coupons include (for example):

Jubilation Wine & Spirits wine tasting on Saturday November 5 from 2 -4 pm. This is their “It’s Not Early to Think about Thanksgiving” Wine Tasting, which made me laugh. They’re tasting sparkling Prosecco, and reds and whites from France, New Zealand, California, and Argentina.

50% Off Q Bar Food Get half off any one food item at the Hotel Albuquerque Q Bar, using the coupon valid to December 30, 2011.

Free Chili’s Appetizer when you join Chili’s email club. They send offers to email subscribers, and when you sign up (via MySavings) you can print out a coupon for a free Skillet Queso & Chips with the purchase of an entree.

Seasons Roessler Open House Wine Tasting on November 12 is a very reasonable $15 for wine samplings and light appetizers at Seasons Rotisserie & Grill. Although it’s a casual drop-in event (12 noon – 3 pm), you need to reserve the Seasons wine tasting and prepay. If you buy a case of wine, the $15 admission will be deducted from the case price.

50% off Nativo Lodge Food Get half off any one food item at the Nativo Lodge hotel restaurant with the coupon to December 30.

Wienerschnitzel coupon for $1 off a Pastrami Sandwich to December 31, 2011.

PF Chang’s Wine Deal Get a third off a bottle of wine all day on Mondays and Tuesdays through the month of November 2011. That’s a third off any bottle of wine!

If you missed our earlier post on the Santa Fe Harvest Festival events and restaurant discounts pass, get the scoop at the link!

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

–Tania FYI – I’ve given my Groupon, MySavings, and Saveology affiliate links on those specific deals. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!

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Food Freebies & Deals: November 12-19, 2010

November 12, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals this week include free tacos, free coffee, and specials from El Pinto, Say it With Cake, KFC, Denny’s, and more. There’s even a single day shrimp sale special, which is better written than said out loud.  

Whole Foods Half Price Shrimp Today only, Friday November 12. Medium size cooked shrimp is $5.99 a pound in today’s shrimp sale (why does ‘today’s shrimp sale’ make me laugh?). Shrimp is usually $11.99 a pound so that’s $6 off and you can buy it thawed or frozen. Time to stock up the freezer?  Everyone else will probably be doing that so there’s a limit of 10 pounds per customer. Sale is at both the Albuquerque Whole Foods Market (Indian Plaza at 2103 Carlisle Blvd. NE & Academy store at 5815 Wyoming Blvd NE).

Two Free Tacos from Jack in the Box on Tuesday November 16 after 2 pm. No purchase needed and one freebie per person while supplies last at participating locations. Remember – the tacos giveaway is from 2 pm onwards!

Burger King Free Coffee Fridays During breakfast hours every Friday to the end of November. NO purchase necessary to get a free 12 oz cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee at Burger King!

KFC Free Side and Drink with the coupon when you buy a Doublicious sandwich till November 14. Limit one per person.

Say It With Cake $15 Off Get a $30 voucher for $15 to spend on custom cake, pie, or cupcakes (only exclusion is wedding cakes. The voucher via Albuquerque Living Social is available for purchase till Sunday November 14, and it’s valid till May 15, 2011. (If the link requests your email address in order to see the deal and you don’t want to give it, bypass it by scrolling down to Terms and Conditions at the bottom, click that, then click Today’s Deal on the next page!)

El Pinto BOGO Free for Veterans Active military and veterans with ID get a free entree at El Pinto with the purchase of another till Thursday November 18.

Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday Veterans and active duty military members dine free on November 15  from 5 – 9 pm. There are 3 Golden Corral restaurants in the Albuquerque area; all are participating.

Pizza Hut Deal 2 medium pizzas with up to 3 toppings, for $6 each. This is a limited time offer till November 20, and according to Pizza Hut on Twitter it’s good on dine in, carry out, or delivery. You have to buy TWO pizzas to get the $6 price – a nice idea for date night?

50% off Lumpy’s Burgers Pay $12 for $24 worth of restaurant certificates (2 x $12 certificates) valid at the 5240 Central SW location until March 31, 2011. Use the CityDeals certificates just like cash, see the deal info for other details. They’re mailed next business day, shipping is 99 cents, and the limit is 4 certificates per household (2 to use as gifts).

Denny’s Free $5 Gift Card with a $25 gift card purchase. If you buy the Denny’s gift card card online there’s a $1.95 shipping and handling charge, so do yourself a favor and buy it a Denny’s restaurant to save the bucks!

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Free $10 Reward Card with the purchase of $50 worth of Pappas Gift Cards between November 15 and 24.  (The free reward card is then valid from December 27 – February 28).

Ben & Jerry’s Coupons for Take-out Pints Last chance for discounts at the Ben & Jerry’s store only with the coupon to November 15. One pint for $4, two for $7, three for $9 and four for $11. Print the flyer and take it in to the Ben & Jerry’s store, at 11225 Montgomery NE.

Free Taco Bell Orange ‘n Creme Swirl Frutista Freeze good for one freebie per person from participating locations. It’s valid until November 25, 2010, or until the 500,000 free drinks are redeemed, whichever comes first.  Note that this means the coupons are redeemed, not just printed out. So after printing you have to claim your free Frutista Freeze fast. Once they’ve run out, a note to that effect will be at the Taco Bell coupon page.

One Up Elevated Lounge Tasty Tuesdays  $1 for four wings and free pool with the purchase of a regular menu item (both from 8pm) plus drinks specials on Tuesdays.

Savoy Bar & Grill Italian Wine Tasting on November 20 at 3 pm. The Italian wines are paired with “small bites” and the wine tasting costs $30 per person, plus tax and tip. Reservations required.

Vivace Annual Opera Dinner on Sunday, December 12, at 6:30 pm. Five courses paired with five wines and accompanied by Albuquerque opera singers for $90 all inclusive. Five courses with wine and entertainment? That’s not such a bad price for opera buffs! This was via email, there’s no info on the Vivace website as yet, so make reservations at (505) 268-5965.

Jinja Bar & Bistro Drink Specials Half price bottles of wine on Saturday night at the Westside location, and daily happy hour with $3 off margaritas,$3 tap beer, and $5 martinis and specialty drinks. All at the Westside Jinja Bar & Bistro location: 5400 Sevilla Avenue.

Kids at free at Quiznos all day every day, with the purchase of an adult entree. Get a free Quiznos Kidz Meal for a child aged 12 and under with the purchase of each entree. The child must be present, but you can have as many freebies as you like, as long as you make the qualifying purchase!

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

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Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for the Pizza Hut tip!

–Tania FYI: I’ve given you my Living Social and CityDeals affiliate links. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.

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Veterans Day Deals Update

November 11, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque Veterans Day freebies and discounts for veterans and active military – a heartfelt thank you for your service! Plus a few deals for everyone else too. We’ve updated since our original post with a few new deals for today, Thursday November 11, 2010, and for the weekend.

For Everyone:

Free admission to National Parks  for all visitors on Thursday November 11.   This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2010.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for all visitors on Thursday November 11.

Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on November 11, excluding color tag items already discounted by 50% and gift cards.

New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico from 10 am to 3 pm on these weekends: November 13/14, 20/21 and November 27.

For Military Only:

Free Hugo Folding Canes for Veterans The Hugo canes (worth $29.99) are free to military veterans in need of mobility assistance at all Sam’s Club stores nationwide (you don’t need to be a Sam’s Club member). They’ve got 36,000 free canes to give away on November 11 and 12 while supplies last, as part of the Hugo Salutes Our Veterans program. They started with the free giveaway on November 10, so I’d go sooner rather than later! Take proof of military service.

New Mexico State Parks Free on November 11 to veterans and active duty military and immediate families. Fees are waived for both day use admission and camping. No web link for this one – we’ve confirmed by phone.  

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on Thursday November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current military.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Free admission for veterans and active military to the Veterans Day event on November 11 with a special dance, Native American Color Guard, commemorative photography exhibit, speakers, and 10% off books in the gift shop. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Veterans Day event takes place from 9 – 11:30 am. (It doesn’t give the free admission for vets info, but we’ve confirmed by phone.)

New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamagordo. Free Admission for Veterans to the museum on November 11.

Dollar General 10% Military Discount on November 11. Veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate families receive the 10% off Veterans Day discount. There are 6 stores in Albuquerque, use the Dollar General store locator to find the nearest one!

Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses, the Albuquerque car wash sudsing up for day is Octopus Car Wash which has 6 ABQ locations.

Free HydroMassages for Veterans on November 11 -14 with the coupon at thebottom of that webpage. Note the caveats – call ahead to schedule, and if you click on the New Mexico map to find participating HydroMassage businesses, there is one location in Albuquerque: Mark Schwartz on Eubank.   

Ooh La La Christmas Home Tour Free admission for active military. The tour on November 13 and 14 showcases Albuquerque homes festively decorated for the holidays, as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets are $20 to visit all homes during the weekend, but active military with ID receive free admission.

El Pinto BOGO Free for Veterans Active military and veterans with ID get a free entree at El Pinto with the purchase of another till Thursday November 18.

Chick-fil-A Cottonwood FREE medium bowl of chicken noodle soup on November 11 from 10:30 am to 8 pm for veterans and military presenting ID or showing up in uniform. This is only at the Cottonwood location at 3801 Ellison Rd. NW.

Twin Peaks Veterans Day Free Entree for all military, veterans, law enforcement, and fire department personnel on November 11. Go in uniform or with a valid form of identification. (Thanks to reader Mike for the tip!) The Albuquerque Twin Peaks is located at 4441 The 25 Way NE.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service.  The selection of free Applebee’s entrees available includes House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Freebies A free Bloomin’ Onion and soft beverage for veterans and active military on November 11. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Chili’s Grill & Bar Free Entree for active duty military and veterans on November 11. Options include Margarita Grilled Chicken, Cajun Chicken Pasta, Chicken Club Tacos, Quesadilla Explosion Salad, and more, with proof of military service.

Albuquerque T.G.I. Friday’s offers 20% off to anyone showing Military ID every day but according to our phone call to them, they are NOT participating in the national chain’s BOGO free entree with the purchase of another entree promotion for military this weekend. Sorry! But good on them for offering the 20% discount every day at 10001 Coors Boulevard NW!

Golden Corral also provides a free meal to veterans and active duty military members, but not till November 15,  from 5 – 9 pm at their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner. There are 3 Golden Corral restaurants in the Albuquerque area; all are participating.

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Also check with the individual deals / venues for the proof of military service required.

Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for the TGI Friday’s and Chili’s tip and to Ron too for reminding on the Chili’s tip that I left out earlier!

–Tania

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Veterans Day Deals

November 9, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque Veterans Day freebies and discounts for veterans and active military – a heartfelt thank you for your service! Plus a few deals for everyone else too. We’ll keep updating as we find new Veterans Day deals, and please send us your tip if you know of any others….

For Everyone:

Free admission to National Parks  for all visitors on Thursday November 11.   This is the last of the National Parks free entrance days for 2010.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Free Admission for all visitors on Thursday November 11.

Thrift Town Veterans Day Sale 30% off clothing on November 11, excluding color tag items already discounted by 50% and gift cards.

New Mexico Veterans Art Show Free admission to see work by artists who are veterans or serving in military, Reserve or National Guard forces. At EXPO New Mexico from 10 am to 3 pm on these weekends: November 13/14, 20/21 and November 27.

For Military Only:

Free Hugo Folding Canes for Veterans The Hugo canes (worth $29.99) are free to military veterans in need of mobility assistance at all Sam’s Club stores nationwide (you don’t need to be a Sam’s Club member). They’ve got 36,000 free canes to give away on November 10, 11 and 12 while supplies last, as part of the Hugo Salutes Our Veterans program. I’d go sooner rather than later! Take proof of military service.

New Mexico State Parks Free on November 11 to veterans and active duty military and immediate families. Fees are waived for both day use admission and camping. No web link for this one – we’ve confirmed by phone.  

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Free to military personnel on Thursday November 11. Take ID, and the free admission is good for both veterans and current military.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Free admission for veterans and active military to the Veterans Day event on November 11 with a special dance, Native American Color Guard, commemorative photography exhibit, speakers, and 10% off books in the gift shop. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Veterans Day event takes place from 9 – 11:30 am. (It doesn’t give the free admission for vets info, but we’ve confirmed by phone.)

New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamagordo. Free Admission for Veterans to the museum on November 11.

Dollar General 10% Military Discount on November 11. Veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate families receive the 10% off Veterans Day discount. There are 6 stores in Albuquerque, use the Dollar General store locator to find the nearest one!

Grace for Vets Free Car Wash on November 11 for veterans and current service personnel. According to the list of participating businesses, the Albuquerque car wash sudsing up for day is Octopus Car Wash which has 6 ABQ locations.

Ooh La La Christmas Home Tour Free admission for active military. The tour on November 13 and 14 showcases Albuquerque homes festively decorated for the holidays, as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets are $20 to visit all homes during the weekend, but active military with ID receive free admission.

Chick-fil-A Cottonwood FREE medium bowl of chicken noodle soup on November 11 from 10:30 am to 8 pm for veterans and military presenting ID or showing up in uniform. This is only at the Cottonwood location at 3801 Ellison Rd. NW.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on November 11 with proof of military service.  The selection of free Applebee’s entrees available includes House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp and more.

Outback Steakhouse Veterans Freebies A free Bloomin’ Onion and soft beverage for veterans and active military on November 11. Military ID required – check out the required proofs at the Outback Steakhouse freebie page (scroll WAAAAAY down the bottom!)

Chili’s Grill & Bar Free Entree for active duty military and veterans on November 11. Options include Margarita Grilled Chicken, Cajun Chicken Pasta, Chicken Club Tacos, Quesadilla Explosion Salad, and more, with proof of military service.

T.G.I. Friday’s BOGO free entree with the purchase of another entree for anyone showing current/former Military ID between November 11-14. Participating locations only – we’ve got a call out to confirm if the ABQ TGI Friday’s is a participating location and will update. UPDATE: They’re NOT participating in this promo, but they do offer 20% off with Military ID every day!

Golden Corral also provides a free meal to veterans and active duty military members, but not till November 15,  from 5 – 9 pm at their annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner. There are 3 Golden Corral restaurants in the Albuquerque area; all are participating.

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure! Also check with the individual deals / venues for the proof of military service required.

Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for the TGI Friday’s and Chili’s tip and to Ron too for reminding on the Chili’s tip that I left out earlier!

–Tania

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Active Military & Veterans Eat Free at Applebee’s

November 4, 2010 by  
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Applebee’s restaurants salute America’s veterans by offering a free entree to active duty military personnel and veterans on Veterans Day.

Veterans and active duty military eat free at Applebee’s on Thursday November 11, 2010 when they show proof of military service.  The selection of free entrees available includes House Sirloin, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger, Double Crunch Shrimp… and more. You can see all the options available at the offer link.

This is only good on November 11, for dine-in only at participating restaurants, and it doesn’t include drinks or a tip. Check the Applebee’s Veterans Day offer for details on the proof of military service required.

Note: Not all locations may be participating, call ahead if you want to be sure!

–Tania

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