Food and drinks

Boston Market. Got so busy with your 1040 that you fell behind on food shopping? Let Boston Market do the cooking on April 17 and take advantage of the chain's Tax Day Special. For $10.40, you get half of a chicken, two sides, cornbread and a fountain drink.

Great American Cookies. The cookie company gives out a free treat every Tax Day. This year, you can stop by for a free "cookies & cream" cookie. Great American Cookies is found in malls from coast to coast.

Hot Dog on a Stick. If you have a Hot Dog on a Stick fast-food restaurant nearby, you can score a free turkey or veggie dog on April 17. The chain operates from Louisiana west to Hawaii.

Kona Ice. For taxpayers in need of a cold and sugary pick-me-up, Kona Ice's food trucks will continue their annual tradition of giving out free shaved ice treats on Tax Day. They call it "National Chill Out Day."

McDonald's. Mickey D's franchisees will celebrate the end of tax season with specials that vary. For example, some locations in Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania will offer $1 Big Macs and 18-cent Quarter Pounders. Call your nearest McDonald's to ask about Tax Day specials.

Schlotzsky's. You can score a cheap Tax Day lunch at Schlotzsky's: a free "original" small sandwich when you buy any 32-ounce fountain drink and chips.

Starbucks. If you feel groggy from all the time you just spent staring at tax software, sign up for Starbucks Happy Hour. Beverages that can get you buzzing are 50% off from 3 p.m. until closing time on select dates in April. This program is invite-only, so you have to join an email list to get details.


On its website, Staples has a coupon good for free shredding of up to 1 pound of documents. Perfect for disposing of old 1040s, W-2s and other tax documents you no longer need.

Even better, Office Depot and OfficeMax have a coupon for up to 5 pounds of shredding, through April 29.

Tension relief

Planet Fitness is offering free massages in its hydromassage chairs for about a week, beginning April 14. If you'd like to relax away your tax pain, you'll have to bring in a coupon available on the gym chain's website.

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