Suddenly Frugal’s Freebie Friday: Veterans Day 2012 Edition

November 9, 2012

Today’s Freebie Friday is dedicated to Veteran’s Day 2012, which falls on Sunday, November 11th but is celebrated on the federal level (i.e. no mail, banks are closed) on Monday, November 12th.

Veteran’s Day is a day to remember and thank all of the military men and women–past and present–and thank them for their service to our country. So I’ve decided to focus this Freebie Friday on free stuff for Veteran’s Day.

Most of these freebies are limited to those with military personnel who must provide valid ID. Unless specified otherwise all deals are good for Sunday, November 11th. Deals appear with businesses listed in alphabetical order.

Here are 29 Veteran’s Day 2012 freebies:

Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty military are welcome to enjoy a free signature entree from a special Veteran’s Day menu at participating Applebee’s.

California Pizza Kitchen: Enjoy a free pizza and a non-alcoholic beverage on the house at California Pizza Kitchen on either Sunday, November 11 or Monday, November 12.

Chammps Americana: Enjoy a free cheeseburger and fries all day at participating Chammps Americana restaurants nationwide.

Cheeseburger in Paradise: Cheeseburger in Paradise has a free meal for the military on Monday, November 12.

Denny’s: Pancake-loving veteran’s should head over to Denny’s restaurants on Monday, November 12 when Denny’s will be offering all-day, all-you-can-eat pancakes. You can get more information on the Denny’s Facebook page.

Einstein Bros Bagels and Noah’s New York Bagels: According to Restaurant News, military members who visit any Einstein Bros or Noah’s Bagels location nationwide between 5:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. will receive a free Signature or Classic Bagel, no purchase necessary.

Famous Dave’s: Visit the Famous Dave’s website to find the Veteran’s Day deal available where you live as the offers vary by state. Some are offering a free meal with sides; others are offering a discount only.

Friendly’s: On November 12, Friendly’s restaurants invite active members of the military and military veterans to enjoy a complimentary Big-Two-Do Breakfast and coffee until 11:00 a.m.

Golden Corral: The Golden Corral chain is calling Monday, November 12 Military Appreciation Monday and offering a free dinner from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. to any person who has served in the U.S. Military (retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard or Reserves).

Hooters: Round up 10 free wings with a drink purchase when you visit a participating Hooter’s and present a valid military or veteran’s ID.

Krispy Kreme: Participating Krispy Kreme locations will be celebrating Veterans Day by offering a freebie to veterans and active military. The freebie varies by location as does the date. Some Krispy Kreme locations are giving a free cup of coffee on Sunday only. Others are offering a free cup of coffee and a free doughnut on Monday, November 12. Check with your local Krispy Kreme to find out if it is participating, when and with what free stuff.

Little Caeser’s: Munch on a free order of cheesy bread at Little Caeser’s.

Lone Star Steakhouse: On Monday, November 12, all veterans and active duty military will receive a free entree from Lone Star Steakhouse.

Massage Envy: National spa chain Massage Envy is offering free one-hour massages for the military, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Veterans Day, in some of its 800 locations nationwide. I found information about participating spas in Philadelphia, Kansas City and Toledo. If Massage Envy is located near you, I would recommend calling to find out if it is participating.

Max & Erma’s: A free Best Cheeseburger in America combo meal is on the freebie menu at Max & Erma’s. In addition to the cheeseburger, this combo meal includes choice of soup or salad and a freshly baked chococlate chip cookie.

McCormick & Schmick’s: The folks at McCormick & Schmick’s would like to buy a veteran a meal and ask that you use this online form to reserve a table if you’re interested in visiting one of their participating restaurant locations. The free meal is one of nine complimentary choices.

National Parks Service: On Veterans Day weekend (November 10-12), everyone gets free admission to the National Park Service parks nationwide. There are 398 of them!

Olive Garden: Active duty military members and veterans can choose from five free entrees at Olive Garden. They’ll also enjoy unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks for free.

Outback Steakhouse: Veteran’s Day discounts and deals extend well beyond November 11 at Outback Steakhouse. Get a free Bloomin’ Onion and a Coca-Cola beverage November 11-12, and then enjoy the Military Mates 10% Off Discount from November 13-December 31, 2012.

Red Lobster: Enjoy a free appetizer for Veteran’s Day at Red Lobster.

Red Robin: Red Robin is giving away one free Tavern Double on Monday, November 12.

Sizzler: Enjoy a free lunch on Monday, November 12 at Sizzler restaurants. You can download a PDF for more information from the Sizzler website.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes: Past and present military can receive a free meal this Sunday and Monday, November 11 and 12 with the purchase of another regular priced meal at either Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes locations.

Spaghetti Warehouse: Spaghetti Warehouse’s Veteran’s Day deal runs November 9-12 and is for anyone in the military who visits the restaurant during that time. It’s a BOGO freebie–buy one, get one free, when you purchase lasagna or spaghetti entree.

Sport Clips: Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty U.S. service members and veterans on Veterans Day.

Texas Roadhouse: Lunch is on the house at Texas Roadhouse for veterans on Monday, November 12. Choose from one of 10 entrees, plus certain soft drinks and sweet tea–all for free.

T.G.I. Fridays: Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, November 12, lunch is free at participating T.G.I. Fridays for active and retired military.

Tim Horton’s: Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop locations nationwide will give all active and inactive U.S. military veterans a free doughnut, no purchase necessary.

UNO Chicago Grill: Uno’s Veteran’s Day deal is actually a BOGO one: you can get a free pizza or entree when you buy one, at participating locations, on both November 11 and November 12.

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4 Responses to Suddenly Frugal’s Freebie Friday: Veterans Day 2012 Edition

  1. M. Johnson on November 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I visited the Massage Envy in Ardmore, PA on 11/11. I did receive the
    1-hour complimentary massage – as did other veterans who were there.
    No other purchase or fees were required.

    • Leah Ingram on November 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Glad to hear it! Thank you for letting me know!

  2. Lisa on November 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I called our Massage Envy and they are giving a free 1/2 hour massage to vets, but you have to pay for an hour massage to get that free half hour. Hmmmm…it says a free one hour. So oh well, forget it.

    • Leah Ingram on November 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I’m sorry that the information Massage Envy provided to me–and which I shared with readers–turned out not to be accurate.

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