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Free fries at Arby's on Tax Day

ArbyfryTuesday is tax day. Would you like free fries with that?

 All Arby’s locations will give away one free snack-sized Curly Fry Tuesday.

 You’ll need a coupon, which you can find on the Arby’s website, Facebook page or Twitter feed.

 Click here to find your closest Arby's location.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free Wings at Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube will give away free six-pack "Sprintsters" of jumbo chicken wings next week in its "Six Wings for Six Days" promotion.

One six-pack of wings per person will be given away free Oct. 20 through Oct. 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the restaurant, 6727 Transit Road in Lancaster, near Main Street. No purchase is necessary. The wings, which come with celery or carrots and ranch or bleu cheese dip, are not available to go.

The Pennsylvania-based chain is running the promotion to spread the word about being chosen "Festival Favorite" at Buffalo's National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival for the third year.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Is Drew Brees a Cheapskate?


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees found himself at the center of controversy earlier this week when a blogger posted a picture of a receipt showing he left a measly $3 tip on a $77.41 bill. The post went viral, and fans were quick to shame the millionaire quarterback for being stingy.

But it turns out, the $3 tip was for a takeout order. Brees defended himself on Twitter saying the tip would have been 20 percent or more if he had sat down.

While we at MoneySmart applaud frugality, we never condone skimping when it comes to gratuity. But this begs the question: are you supposed to tip on takeout orders? Experts say yes, but how much?

What guidelines do you use when tipping? Do you scale your tip according to the quality of service? The amount of work involved with your order? Whether the barista has a nice smile?


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free Slurpees Today

July 11 is 7-Eleven Day, which means free Slurpees all around.

The first 1,500 customers at each 7-Eleven location will receive one free, small Slurpee per customer between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Happy slurping!


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free Home Tours Saturday


Engage in some shame-free real estate voyeurism Saturday with the Buffalo LIVING Tour.

I love checking out homes at realtor open houses but hate having to admit I'm not in the market for a new place and am there to gawk instead. So this free tour of condos, lofts and suites in adaptive re-use buildings in Buffalo is right up my alley.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., several high-end living spaces will be made open to the public. Folks are encouraged to walk from one location to the next, but two vintage trolleys will also be provided for transportation, originating from Horsefeathers Market & Residences, 364 Connecticut at Normal St.

The buildings will include the Frizlen Group’s Horsefeathers Market & Residences, 364 Connecticut; Ellicott Development’s The Antonio, 257 Pearl Street; Green Leaf Development & Construction’s 1040 Delaware; Buffalo Management Group’s EB Green Residences, 230 North Street and Ellicott Development’s 10 Symphony Circle.

Free parking is available at D'Youville College's lot C on Connecticut Street, two blocks north of Normal Street.

Pick up a tour pamphlet at any stop or download it here.

Wegmans celebrates Earth Day with freebies

Stop by any Wegmans this Earth Day and you'll be showered with freebies and coupons. Wegmans


Departments throughout the grocery store will offer samples of organic produce and organic Wegmans brand products, as well as money-saving coupons.


While you're noshing an organic roast beef on ciabatta sandwich, some cedar-plank E.U. Certified Organic salmon from Ireland and chasing both with a freshly-made organic strawberry-orange-banana smoothie, the kids can pick up farm-themed tattoos, try an organic peanut butter and jelly sandwich and get a free organic juice box.


Parents can also grab up to $10 in coupons for things such as eco-friendly cooking pans, and bring in plastic bags for recycling to receive a free Wegmans reusable bag.


Some stores will have additional activities, such as story times and seedling plantings.


The Earth Day Organic Festival will take place Saturday April 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free fries at Arby's today


In honor of Tax Day, Arby's will offer free Curly Fries or Potato Cakes today.

To take advantage of the deal, print out the coupon at and bring it to an Arby's store.

The coupon is good for one free value-sized Curly Fries or small Potato Cakes, while supplies last. Coupons are limited to one per customer. No purchase is necessary.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Would you like footprints with that?


Three Burger King workers near Cleveland have been fired after a picture was posted of one of them standing with his feet in two bins of lettuce.

You hear stories about stuff like this happening, but I think most of us try to pretend it doesn't.

Is this just a rare instance grossery that happened to be captured for posterity on some idiot's cell phone? Or does it happen more often than we'd like to imagine?

Most of us already feel conflicted enough about eating at a fast-food chain. We have to plug our ears and hum a song to drown out thoughts of what the food is doing to our health and what the corporations' business practices are doing to the planet. Pictures like this make fast food that much harder to stomach.

Maybe that's a good thing?

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann offers new, lower price points is offering discounted restaurant deals at new, lower price points. Here's what the company had to say in a press release announcing the new denominations:, the nation’s leading destination for restaurant deals, today launched $15 dining certificates and eGift cards retailing for only $6.  With this new option, restaurant goers will save $9 at more than 15,000 participating restaurants nationwide. The certificates can be purchased online at or on a mobile device using’s mobile apps.

“ now offers more choices of dining deals than any deal site or restaurant directory on the planet,” said President and Chief Marketing Officer Christopher Krohn. “The new $15 gift certificate is a great option for lunch or a fun, fast-casual meal, and will tempt deal seekers and food lovers alike.” 

Featuring more than 60,000 dining deals daily, is the smart first stop when going out to eat. New restaurants and deals are added daily and gift certificates are now available in $10, $15, $25, $50, $75, and $100 denominations. Unlike most restaurant deals, Gift Certificates never expire, and can be easily exchanged at no charge across its nationwide network of participating eateries.

Free Slurpees Wednesday!

7-Eleven, the convenience store chain which recently bought out Wilson Farms, will host SlurpFREE Day Wednesday.


Each customer will receive one free 7.11-ounce slurpee May 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, while supplies last.


Check with your 7-Eleven to be sure they're participating.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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