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Memorial Day freebies and discounts


Have plans this weekend? Check out this great list of freebies and discounts from

1. AAA Tipsy Tow
Plan on partying a wee bit hard this Memorial Day? AAA wants to keep you off the roads by offering a free vehicle tow for all partiers from 6 p.m. Memorial Day until the wee hour of 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

2. Air Shows
Check out the searchable database of airshows scheduled for Memorial Day weekend throughout the country, as offered by the EAA.

3. Bass Pro Shops
Participating stores will help your kids have a ball Saturday and Sunday with crafts, photos, photo contests and their Summer Kickoff Challenge.

4. Blue Star Museums
More than 1,500 museums across the country are offering free admission for active military personnel and up to five family members. Call ahead to see if your local museum is participating.

5. Cabela's
Save anywhere from 20 percent to 60 percent on hundreds of items on Memorial Day, plus receive free shipping.

6. Home Depot
All active duty and retirees receive a 10-percent discount on Memorial Day for purchases of up to $500.

7. Knott's Berry Farm and Soak City Water Parks
Admission is free to active and retired military personnel on Sunday and Monday. You can also purchase up to six discounted admission tickets for members of your immediate family.

8. Lowe's
Active duty military and their family members as well as retired military and VA recipients receive a 10-percent discount on all personal purchases.

9. Parades
VetFriends offers a state-by-state list of Memorial Day parades scheduled throughout the country.

10. Ramada Inns
Escape for the weekend and save 20 percent for three nights or more at participating Ramada Inns across the country.

Kids eat free on Halloween

At least two restaurants will feed your little goblins for free on Monday:

Kids in costume will eat free after 5 p.m. at Old Country Buffet at 3048 Sheridan Drive in Amherst. When one adult dinner is purchased, up to two costumed kids get free dinner. Call 832-1773.

ApplebeesKids 10 years old and younger can eat free at any Applebee's in Western New York. They can choose from chicken fingers, mini cheeseburger, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, fried shrimp or hot dog and will receive a coloring sheet and a free Oreo Cookie Sundae card to be used on their next visit. Up to two kids' meals are free per each adult meal purchase. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free pancakes at IHOP Friday

Kids age 12 and under can enjoy a free Scary Face Pancake at area IHOP restaurants Friday October 29 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


The Scary Face Pancake is an oversized buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO cookies and candy corn on the side which kids can use to finish decorating their creation.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Kids Eat Free July 4

Applebee's will let you fill your babies' bellies for free this Independence Day.

The restaurant is giving out two free kids' meals per adult entree purchased July 4. Kids must be 10 years old or under and dining in the restaurant (no takeout).

Meal choices include chicken fingers, mini cheeseburger, grilled cheese, Kraft macaroni and cheese, fried shrimp and hot dog. Each child's meal comes with choice of a side dish and drink.

Find your nearest location here.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Kids Eat Free on Easter


I'm not sure if you want to spend your Easter at Applebee's, but if you do, the restaurant chain is offering free entrees to children ages 10 and under on Easter Sunday, April 4.

As long as they are accompanied by a parent paying for an entree, kids can choose from a menu of six meals, including macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and fried shrimp. A drink and side dish are also included.

To find your nearest location, click here. Applebee's restaurants in New York State and Connecticut are participating.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free Pancakes at IHOP Tuesday

IHOP is once again hosting its National Pancake Day Celebration, giving away one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to every customer from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 23.


No purchase is necessary, but IHOP hopes you'll make a donation to Children's Miracle Network or another local charity to return the flavor. I mean favor.

Mmm, now I'm hungry. Click here to find your closest location.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann 

Free Grand Slam at Denny's Tuesday

If you watched the Super Bowl Sunday night, you might have seen Denny's is gearing up for another day of freebies.

GrandSlam Tuesday (Feb. 9), Denny's will give out free Original Grand Slam breakfasts from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. No purchase is necessary.

Click here to find your nearest Denny's restaurant. You may want to dress warm--last year, folks waited their turn in lines out the door.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free Personalized Video Messages From Santa


The folks at have perfected the art of PNP communication, allowing Santa Claus to send personalized messages to your girls and boys directly from the North Pole.

After filling out some brief forms (and even uploading a picture if you'd like), Santa will address your child by name and make it clear that he's been keeping an eye on him or her by sharing personalized information that only Santa would know.

It will give the kids a pre-Christmas thrill and best of all, it's free! You can even make messages for adults and teens who have been naughty or nice.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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