National Doughnut Day 2017: Here’s where to find a FREE treat

National Doughnut Day is June 2, and to celebrate the occasion several local shops will be giving away freebies and discounts.

Here’s where you can find a sweet treat:

Jupiter Donut Factory will be giving away free doughnut while supplies last, according to its Facebook page. The chain has locations in Jupiter, Royal Palm, Boynton Beach, North Palm Beach and Stuart.

Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout South Florida will treat customers to a free classic doughnut with the purchase of any beverage.

Cumberland Farms: From 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., Cumberland Farms will be giving away a free doughnut with a purchase of any Chill Zone, Hyberfreeze, hot or iced coffee, tea, or cappuccino beverage. The deal is only available at Cumberland Farms’ new concept stores and is limited to one doughnut per customer per qualifying purchase.  To find a new concept store near you, visit stores.


Moms eat FREE at McDonald’s on Mother’s Day

McDonald’s restaurants across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are treating moms to a FREE breakfast this Mother’s Day (May 14).

The promotion, which is available during morning breakfast hours at 84 participating McDonald’s restaurants in the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast area, includes a free breakfast sandwich or breakfast extra value meal with a choice of a small orange juice, coffee or soft drink.

To receive the free breakfast, mothers must be accompanied by a child. Limit one free offer per customer, per visit.

“We are delighted to offer complimentary breakfast to moms on their special day, so families can enjoy spending time together,” said Michele Heisner, a mother and local McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “Starting off the day with a balanced meal together is important in my family, and we’re pleased to offer it in our restaurants.”



Police officers, support staff get a FREE meal today at McDonald’s

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McDonald’s is thanking police officers and their support staff today with free meals at 83 locations across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Local law enforcement and support staff will receive a Extra Value Meal. The promotion is in celebration of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

No purchase is necessary. Law enforcement officers and support staff must show a valid organization ID to redeem (in-store only, limit one free offer per customer).

“Our local officers are on the job 365 days a year, watching out for our communities. We’re appreciative every day of the work they do, and are taking this opportunity to say a special thank you,” says Steven Nisbet, McDonald’s owner and president of the Palm Beach –Treasure Coast owner operator group.

Veterans Day 2016: Here’s where to find a deal today

Several national chains and local businesses are giving away freebies and discounts this Veterans Day to honor veterans and active-duty military.

Here’s where you can find a deal. This list will be updated, so check back for new promotions.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is offering a complimentary small order of Meatballs with Ricotta Cheese to any active or former United States Armed Forces personnel on Friday, November 11. In addition, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza restaurants will be dropping off complimentary lunch to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Centers in a dozen of the brand’s regions throughout Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Pat and Frank Donnellon from Boynton Beach salute the flag during Veterans Memorial Day ceremonies Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Park in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
Pat and Frank Donnellon from Boynton Beach salute the flag during Veterans Memorial Day ceremonies Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Park in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)


For the ninth consecutive year, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar will honor veterans and active members of the military by offering each a free meal at its nearly 1,900  restaurants in the US on Veterans Day.

Guests must provide proof of military service, which includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or wearing uniform, DD214, Citation or Commendation.

This year all current and former military personnel will also receive a $5 coupon that can be redeemed between November 12 and November 27, 2016.

A group of veterans parade with the flags at the start of the Veterans Memorial Day ceremonies Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Park in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
A group of veterans parade with the flags at the start of the Veterans Memorial Day ceremonies Wednesday Nov. 11, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Park in Boynton Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Applebee’s will offer seven of its signature menu items on its Veterans Day menu:

Butcher’s Meat and Potatoes
Oriental Chicken Salad
Fiesta Lime Chicken
Chicken Tenders Platter
Double Crunch Shrimp
Three-Cheese Chicken Penne
American Standard All-In Burger


All active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with a valid U.S. military ID and veterans with ID can buy a burrito and get a second one for free from 3 p.m. to close on Veteran’s Day. The offer is available at all Chipotle restaurants in the US and is valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders.

Dine for Veterans

You can dine at select South Florida restaurants and the restaurant will donate a portion of the proceeds to help veterans. Click here to see a list of participating restaurants.

Duffy’s Sports Grill

On Veterans Day, Duffy’s will donating 5 percent of its total company sales for the day to Veterans. The chain plans to split the sales amount between the Honor Flight and Forgotten Soldiers Outreach programs. The program is estimated to generate up to $10, 000 for Veterans causes.

Hurricane Grill & Wings

Veterans and Active Duty Military personnel will receive a complimentary entrée and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu on Veterans Day. Verification through ID or Uniform will be required.

 Veterans Day Special Menu:

·         10 Wings (Jumbo or Boneless Wing Dippers)

·         Yuengling® Beer-Battered Fish & Chips

·         BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadilla

·         Beach Burger Sliders

·         Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

·         Chicken Sandwich (Grilled or Crispy)

·         Tacos (Tropical Chicken or Carolina Pulled Pork)

The chain has locations in Wellington, Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton.


IHOP Restaurants will offer veterans and active-duty military with proof of service a complimentary stack of patriotic Red, White & Blue Pancakes on Veterans Day.

The promotion is available at participating U.S. IHOP locations between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Select IHOP restaurants will also offer a combo of two eggs, hash browns and choice of two bacon strips or pork sausage links as part of the Red, White & Blue Pancake promotion for retired and active duty military personnel.

Proof of service includes: US Uniformed Services ID Card, US Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (i.e. American Legion, VFW, etc.), photograph of self in US military uniform, wearing uniform, DD214, military dog tags, and citation or commendation.

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

The restaurant will offer offer all veterans and military personnel a complimentary original taco and fountain drink. The promotion is valid at all Lime Fresh locations, excluding college campuses. Guests must show military IDs.

Lime Fresh has one Palm Beach County location in Shadowood Square, 20642 State Rd. 7, Boca Raton.

Nick & Johnny’s Osteria

The newly opened Nick & Johnny’s Osteria, in Juno Beach will donating 10 percent of gross sales for the day of November 11th to honor Veterans. Nick & Johnny’s has partnered with the Renewal Coalition of Jupiter to support a local Veterans cause.


Service members and their families with a military ID will receive a 10 percent discount on Veterans Day.  The offer excludes gift cards, alcohol, tobacco, lottery items, stamps and prescriptions.

Red Lobster

Active duty military and reservists will get a free appetizer or dessert with a valid military ID on November 10 and 11.

Guests may choose their free appetizer or dessert from a special menu that includes:

Sweet Chili Shrimp
Mozzarella Cheesesticks
Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp
Seafood-Stuffed Mushrooms
Lobster and Langostino Pizza
Signature Shrimp Cocktail
Warm Chocolate Chip Lava Cookie
New York-Style Cheesecake
Warm Apple Crostada
Chocolate Wave
Brownie Overboard
Key Lime Pie

Red Lobster has locations in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach and Jensen Beach.

Red Robbin

All Veterans and active-duty military members with proof of service receive a FREE Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. No purchase is necessary. Dine-in only.

Red Robbin has locations in the Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach and Wellington.


Veterans and active military eat FREE from a special menu this Friday for Veteran’s Day at all TooJay’s locations. Veterans must show Military ID.

TooJay’s, which began its first restaurant on Palm Beach in 1981, now has 28 locations statewide. Ten of those restaurants are in Palm Beach County.


Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of  Winn-Dixie stores, has launched a Veterans Day Wall of Honor community donation program in all stores. Now through November 15, customers and associates can show their support for veterans of the armed forces by making a donation at checkout to benefit Hope For The Warriors, an organization that provides service members, veterans and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources.






Dick’s Sporting Goods plans giveaways for grand opening of Boca store

Dick’s Sporting Goods will hold a three-day grand opening celebration this month for its new Boca Raton store in Mission Bay Plaza on State Road 7.

051014 lib anchor: A two-story Dick's Sporting Goods will be one of three anchor stores at the future Liberty Center development. ------------- Customers walk into a Dick's Sporting Goods store at Simon Property Group, Inc.'s White Oaks Mall in Springfield, Illinois Wednesday, June 8, 2005. This space was once occupied by a Montgomery Ward store. Mall owners such as Simon Property Group Inc. have been able to rent sites abandoned by department stores like Sears and Montgomery Ward to discount and specialty retailers like Dick's Sporting Goods, Target Corp. and Linens 'n Things. Photographer: Randy Squires/Bloomberg News
Customers walk into a Dick’s Sporting Goods store at Simon Property Group, Inc.’s White Oaks Mall in Springfield, Illinois Wednesday, June 8, 2005. Photographer: Randy Squires/Bloomberg News

The celebration starts on Oct. 28 and runs through Oct. 30. The store at 20429 South State Road 7 will open at 8 a.m. on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 and 9 a.m. on Oct. 30.

The first 100 people in line on Oct. 28 will receive a free Adidas Go-To Performance T-Shirt. Adults who are in line at 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 28 will get a chance to open the Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Locker.

Giveaways on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 include a free “Mystery Gift Card” for the first 100 adults in line. Adults who are in line at 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 29 and 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 30 will also get a chance to open the Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Locker.

Former NFL defensive end and linebacker Jason Taylor will make an in-store appearance from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 30. Wristband are required for autographs. Wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of event only and quantities are limited, the chain said.

“We continue to strive to bring the highest quality products and services to the communities that we are part of,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Dick’s Sporting Goods. “The opening of our newest Dick’s Sporting Goods in Boca Raton will enable us to serve athletes, sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts in the community at an even higher level.”

The Boca Raton store marks Dick’s 36th location in Florida. The sporting goods chain has more than 670 stores nationwide.

Walmart giving away free samples to celebrate remodeled store

Walmart has finished remodeling its Greenacres store and the company is giving away free food samples this weekend to mark the occasion.

Wal-Mart shopping carts sit outside of a store on February 20, 2014 in San Lorenzo, California. The mega-retailer announced Monday it is buying  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Wal-Mart shopping carts sit outside of a store on February 20, 2014 in San Lorenzo, California. The mega-retailer announced Monday it is buying (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Sept. 2 at 8 a.m., followed by free food samples while supplies last,” the company said in a news release announcing the completion of the project. “On Saturday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 4, from noon to 5 p.m., customers can enjoy a grand reopening event with sampling.”

The store is located at at 6294 Forest Hill Blvd. in Greenacres.

“We are looking forward to re-introducing our store to the community with expanded offerings and a fresh look,”  store manager Derrick Peterson said. “Our everyday low prices will remain the same, but we’re adding greater convenience and a new and improved local grocery shopping experience.”




This national chain is giving away FREE frappés next week

To mark the unofficial end of summer, participating Dairy Queen next week will be giving customers a FREE Ultimate Oreo Frappé.

OreoFrappe_Q216_f_lg_highresThe giveaway runs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6. The deal is limited to one free drink per customer.

“This is the time of year when everyone gets a fresh start from the classroom to the football field,” said Barry Westrum, executive vice president of Marketing for American Dairy Queen Corporation. “None of us want summer to end, so at DQ we are easing the transition for our fans with a Free Frappé Giveaway.”

The Ultimate Oreo Frappé is a combination of coffee, ice and Oreo cookie pieces blended with creamy DQ signature vanilla soft serve and crowned with whipped topping and Oreo cookie pieces, the company said.


Waterpark lifts fees on Aug. 11 for Martin residents

For the second time in less than a month, Martin County residents will get free admission into the Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.

STUART - Images from the Sailfish Splash Waterpark on a recent Wednesday.
STUART – Images from the Sailfish Splash Waterpark on a recent Wednesday.

Martin officials said they are lifting fees for county residents and their minor children on Thursday, August 11.

Martin County offered a similar promotion on July 20, citing the “algae crisis” that has impacted some Treasure Coast waterways.  The event drew 1,200 residents within the first hour. By the end of the day, more than 1,600 residents had entered the waterpark, the county said.

“Due to the huge success and popularity of Sailfish Splash Waterpark’s free admission day for Martin County residents held earlier this month, the Waterpark will host an additional FREE admission day to Martin County residents,” the county said in a news release announcing the Aug. 11 event.

According to the release, park staff will admit Martin County residents (and their minor children) who present a valid photo identification card showing a Martin County address.

“At any point in time, should the Waterpark fill to capacity, staff will defer additional admissions until patrons enjoying the Waterpark depart,” the county said.

Sailfish Splash Waterpark operates from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.




Free children’s yoga class at The Gardens Mall

The Gardens Mall is helping kids beat the summer heat with a free yoga class on Aug. 13.

Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall
Photo courtesy of The Gardens Mall

The one-hour class is opened to children ages 4-12. It runs from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will be held in the mall’s Grand Court.

The event is presented by Athleta and Kidding Around Yoga. Athleta will have a personal shopper on hand to help moms looking for the latest workout gear.

There will also be a complimentary breakfast bar featuring an assortment of fresh juice, hot tea, water, fruit, muffins, and bagels. Kids will enjoy healthy snacks after their class.

Children should bring a yoga mat or beach towel, and a water bottle.

National Donut Day 2016: Where to find a freebie

National Donut Day is Friday, June 3, and in honor of the annual event Dunkin’ Donuts will be giving away a free donut to customers who purchase a beverage.

Dunkin' Donuts fruit doughnuts (contributed)
Dunkin’ Donuts (contributed)

Here is the fine print: Dunkin is offering “guests a free classic donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day on June 3 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide,” according to the company’s website.

National Donut Day was originally established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June.