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If youre a procrastinator, you probably dont need another reminder that the deadline to file your income taxes is Monday. But you may not know about the Tax Day freebies and discounts up for grabs.
This year, taxpayers can ease the pain or celebrate a refund with offers of free coffee, free cinnamon rolls and free french fries, along with discounts on bagels, slushies and ribs.
Among the Tax Day freebies and discounts:
• You dont have to wait until Monday to score the free coffee. Sunday and Monday, most McDonalds restaurants in the Triangle are giving away free small cups of Premium Roast McCafe coffee all day long. No purchase is necessary, and no coupon is required.
• Cinnabon shops are giving away two free Mini Bites to everyone who stops in from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Check www.cinnabon.com for the closest location, and call ahead to be sure your shop is participating.
• Arbys is giving away free value-size Curly Fries or a small serving of Potato Cakes on Monday. Go to the Arbys Facebook page to print a coupon.
• Drinks and slushies will be half price all day Monday at Sonic drive-ins. Go to www.sonicdrivein.com for a list of Triangle locations.
• At Brueggers, the Tax Day promo is a Bagel Bundle for $10.40, which will save you about $3.50, depending on location. The bundle includes 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese. Head to the Brueggers Facebook page to get the coupon, which is valid today and Monday.
• At Boston Market, two rib meals will cost you $10.40 on Monday. No coupon is needed. This deal includes a 1/4 rack of St. Louis Style BBQ Ribs with mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet corn and freshly baked cornbread.
New way to save on gas
Save yourself some cash at the gas pump a nickel per gallon at a time with a new loyalty program launched by BP.
After pumping at least 20 gallons over two trips to a BP station, youll shave a nickel off per gallon on your next fill-up up to 20 gallons.
BP Driver Rewards is available at BP stations across the country. All you need is a loyalty card, which you can pick up free at any station. Or request a card online at www.bpdriverrewards.com when you sign up.
The rewards accumulate automatically and may be redeemed in as little as an hour after being earned. Or save the rewards and take a bigger discount later. Just dont let them expire. Theyre good for 90 days following the month theyre earned.
To get you started, BP is offering folks a one-time 10-cent per gallon reward.
Grilling up some savings
If youre a fan of grilling out, take advantage of a new rebate on propane.
Save $3 when you exchange or purchase an AmeriGas propane tank by mailing a rebate form available at www.Amerigas.com. Be sure to read the fine print. Youll need your receipt and the proof of purchase from the AmeriGas propane cylinder sleeve to qualify.
You may be able to double your savings with a $3 coupon recently available on The N&Os printable coupon page. Look for it at www.findnsave.newsobserver.com/PrintCoupons.