Just like with Mother’s Day and the specials for mom, Father’s Day provides an opportunity for restaurants, retailers and others to present freebies and deals dads. That’s good to know for those of us on a budget, since Americans are expected to spend a little more than $117 on Father’s Day gifts in 2012–that’s according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). In fact, NRF says that for the Father’s Day 2012, more people will treat dad to a special outing, such as golfing, eating out, or heading to a sporting event than in years gone by.
Lucky for you, we’ve uncovered 9 places where you can take dad to eat out for free, along with a handful of other places you can go to enjoy Father’s Day freebies.
FREE FOOD FOR DAD
- Dad can eat for free at Spaghetti Warehouse locations on Father’s Day. The freebie entrees are the lasagna or the spaghetti. Because Spaghetti Warehouse is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, any dad born in 1972 will get a free brownie sundae on Father’s Day, too! (Note: this freebie is not valid in Columbus, Ohio.)
- Get to IKEA early on Father’s Day—before 11 a.m. and dad gets a free IKEA breakfast! (Note: the IKEA in Paramaus, NJ is offering this Father’s Day freebie on Saturday, June 16th instead.)
- Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is thanking dads with a free meal during its ‘Dads Eat Free’ promotion on Sunday, June 17. This special offer is valid up to a $10 value with purchase of another entree at participating Beef O’ Brady’s locations.
- Dads in Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, Neptune Beach, Orange Park, Fla., and Cary and Winston-Salem, N.C. will get a free Father’s Day meal at The Loop Pizza Grill. Dad gets this free meal (value: up to $10) with the purchase of another meal.
- Treat dad to free TCBY yogurt on Father’s Day. Click the “Free Yogurt for Dad” box on the bottom of the TCBY home page for more details.
- When you treat dad to brunch, between 11:30 a.m and 3 p.m., at Fleming’s Steakhouse on Sunday, June 17th, he’ll get a $25 gift card for free.
- Send dad a Father’s Day e-card via the Denny’s website, and you’ll both receive a coupon for free food at Denny’s–a Pancake Puppies Sundae!
- In Central Florida at its 12 locations, Flipper’s Pizzeria will give dad a free ‘My Pie’ specialty pizza (valued up to a $11.99) with a purchase of any menu item of equal or greater value.
- Dad can get a complimentary bottle of 100% pure maple syrup when you dine at any of the First Watch restaurants’ more than 90 locations on Father’s Day, June 17. You’ll find First Watch eateries in the following states: Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
FREE STUFF FOR DAD
- 14 museums nationwide will give dad free museum admission on Father’s Day. This is part of the Wired Magazine’s National Geekdad Day!
- Wanna try to win dad a free man cave? On June 16, all Old Navy stores will feature pop-a-shot basketball games where Dad has the chance to win a DIY Network Man Cave and other great prizes including flat screen tv’s, grills and toolkits in the Old Navy Shoot and Score one-day contest. EVERYONE who participates in the promotion, whether they make a basket or not, gets a $10 off $75 coupon valid on 6/16.
- Take Dad Go-Karting for free on Father’s Day. At K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing, you’ll get a free race when you buy 2 races.
- Get a free KODAK photo collage for dad at a KODAK kiosk in CVS or Target; details on the KODAK Facebook page. Hurry: deal ends on Father’s Day!
- Flying Southwest Airlines on Father’s Day? Check out all the different freebies that dad can enjoy on board his Southwest flight that day!