The Best Tax Day Freebies and Meal Deals

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Be honest. Unless your birthday falls on April 15, you don't look forward to Tax Day.

But, if you're always looking for a good deal, or like the word "Free" -- Tax Day isn't all bad. 

For years now, companies jump on every holiday and notable day marked on your calendar from St. Patrick's Day to National Ice Cream Day and now Tax Day. With Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR), companies can get more attention as deals are re-tweeted and shared.

Most of the deals involve a meal or snack, but you can also shred documents and get a massage for free, as Uncle Sam asks you to fork over its dues.

Consumers Experiencing Freebie Fatigue?

With deals being posted during every holiday and pseudo holiday, expect to see chains slowly phasing them out.

Freebies helped drive traffic during the recession, and pent-up demand to eat out will likely drive restaurant industry sales to a record high in 2014. That's according to the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Industry Forecast report. The trade group projects restaurant and foodservice sales to top $683 billion this year. That's a rise of 3.6% compared to 2013.

Enjoy the deals while you can.

Here are my top picks, food and non-food (based on the nature of the deal and creativity).

  1. Hydromassage: Preparing your taxes is a daunting and stressful task. You can get a free massage at participating locations. The best part -- the offer runs all week, from April 14 through 18.

  2. Hard Rock Cafe: You'll have to work for this freebie. The kitschy restaurant chain calls it the "Sing for Your Supper" event.  Guests who perform a complete song live on stage will be treated try to a free meal from the Hard Rock's new menu. 

  • Office Depot: While digging through receipts and pay stubs, you probably realized you're holding onto a lot of stuff that needs to be discarded?  Office Depot  (ODP) will shred up to 5 lbs. of items for free.  It typically charges 99 cents per pound.  The offer is valid through April 29, 2014, with this coupon.

  • Boston Market: Dubbed the "Tax Day, Tax Break," patrons can dine on two half-chicken individual meals, which include a choice of two home-style sides and cornbread for $10.40.  It's priced in honor of the 1040 IRS form. You don't even need a coupon, and according to a company statement, all locations nationwide are participating in the deal. 

  • Great American Cookie: If you have a sweet tooth, you can get a free chocolate chip cookie. No strings attached.

  • Arby's: Curly fries taste even better when they're free, right?  Arby's is offering them on Tax Day for a fourth straight year when you sign up for this coupon.

  • Sonic: Come in Tuesday to the drive-in restaurant and the roller-skating waiters will serve up half-priced drinks and slushies all day long.

  • Bruegger's Bagels: Okay, not a freebie at all, but you can buy a Big Bagel Bundle (otherwise known as a "Baker's Dozen" and two tubs of cream cheese) for $10.40. The coupon is on their Facebook page. The catch is, you need to "Like" them and become a fan.

  • Famous Dave's: Here's another $10.40 deal. The BBQ chain will deduct $10.40 off your check of $30 or more, excluding alcohol, until Thursday, April 17. The deal is only valid at participating locations, so call ahead. One way to get it: enter coupon code "TaxDeal" when ordering online.
  • At the time of publication the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

    This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

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