IHOP was first on the calendar, offering a shortstack of pancakes for 56 cents on Tuesday, July 8, in celebration of the company's 56th anniversary.
But Friday, July 11, is the day for free food lovers.
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Friday is the popular Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A restaurants. Customers who wear a cow costume can get a free breakfast, lunch or dinner meal. Kids who are dressed as cows, will get a free kids' meal.
Customers who are partially dressed as cows can get a free entree. You can download and print out a cow costume at chick-fil-a.com/Cows/Appreciation-Day.
Follow up your free Chick-fil-A meal with a free Slurpee at 7-Eleven. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., customers can get a free small Slurpee drink in celebration of Free Slurpee Day (which always falls on July 11). Customers who get the new 7-Eleven mobile app or text the word FREE to 711711 will get daily free offers for an additional eight days.
Other free offers include a free Big Gulp drink on Saturday, July 12, free M&Ms on Sunday, July 13, free cookies on Monday, July 14 and free Twinkies on Tuesday, July 14, among other freebies through Saturday, July 19.
You can find a complete list of the free offers at 7-eleven.com/7-Eleven-Day.
If that isn't enough sugar for you, check out the Krispy Kreme deal on Friday, July 11. Krispy Kreme will offer customers who buy one dozen glazed doughnuts a second dozen for 77 cents in celebration of the chain's 77th birthday.
Keep up with all of these free offers by signing up for Savvy Shopper mobile alerts at dailypress.com/textalerts. Choose "Savvy Shopper Deals."