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As if we needed a day to celebrate the convenience of the restaurant drive-thru.
Tuesday is National Drive-Thru Day and in honor of the made-up holiday, we’ve rounded up savings and freebies at fast-food chains nationwide.
The best part?
You don’t have to partake of all of them this week and using the drive-thru is optional.
July 24 also is
National Tequila Day, National Cousins Day, National Amelia Earhart Day and National Thermal Engineer Day.
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Most of these specials are ongoing offers and require signing up for email clubs or downloading and using smartphone apps. Participation varies by location.
Sign up for email coupons including a birthday freebie at Arby’s: www.arbys.com/get-deals.
Find coupons on the Burger King: restaurant’s smartphone app, which can be download at www.bk.com/app.
Get a coupon for a free large fry with any purchase when you sign up for emails at Checkers: www.checkers.com/deals.
Earn freebies by using the chicken chain’s Chick-fil-A: Chick-fil-A One smartphone app. Download and learn more at www.one.chick-fil-a.com.
Save with the Burger King app.
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Sign up for the chain’s eClub for “delicious perks” at Culver’s: www.culvers.com.
For a limited time, download the Dairy Queen: Dairy Queen app and register for an account and get a free small Blizzard treat at participating locations. Limit one offer per person per visit. Not valid in Texas. There also are weekly exclusives through the app.
Earn free drinks with the DD Perks rewards program, plus a birthday freebie. Sign up at Dunkin’ Donuts: www.ddperks.com.
Join the chain’s Einstein Bros. Bagels: Shmear Society for offers and a birthday freebie at www.einsteinbros.com.
Chick-fil-A will offer several meal kits on a trial basis in Atlanta to test whether the restaurant should offer the cook-at-home meals nationwide. WXIA’s Jennifer Leslie has a first look.
Get a coupon for a free small fries and beverage with the purchase of any “One-third pound Thickburger” for joining the Hardee’s: chain’s email list.
Join the Colonel’s Club for email offers at KFC: www.kfc.com/colonels-club.
Earn rewards with the Krispy Kreme: doughnut chain’s app, which can be downloaded at www.krispykreme.com.
The chain’s website says the coupon club is starting soon and for now, deals will be posted at Long John’s Silver: www.ljsilvers.com/fish-bowl.
Panera Bread, hiring 320. The restaurant chain is adding positions. More info: jobs.panerabread.com.
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The fast-food McDonald’s: chain’s app has ongoing coupons including. Download the app at www.mcdonalds.com.
Earn rewards for your purchases and get a birthday freebie with the MyPanera loyalty program. Sign up at Panera Bread: www.panerabread.com.
Join the chain’s Fan Club for coupons and a birthday freebie at PDQ: www.eatpdq.com.
Sign up for email and text offers at Pollo Tropical: www.pollotropical.com/rewards.
Find coupons at Popeyes: www.popeyes.com/coupons.
Sonic Drive-In’s new Pickle Juice Slush is already getting mixed reviews on social media.
Get a free 4-inch sub with purchase when you download the chain’s Toasty Points loyalty app at Quiznos: www.quiznos.com/toastypoints.
Find deals at Sonic Drive-In: www.sonicdrivein.com/deals and download the Sonic app for a free slush or drink at www.sonicdrivein.com/app.
Earn free drinks with the Starbucks Rewards program and get perks including free in-store refills and a birthday freebie. Learn more and register at Starbucks: www.starbucks.com.
Find savings, learn more about half-price happy hour and join the Steak ‘n Shake: rewards program at www.steaknshake.com.
Earn free subs and get other offers with the Subway MyWay Rewards program. Download the app at Subway: www.subway.com.
Sign up for offers at Taco Bell: www.tacobell.com/register, plus from save on drinks and freezes during Taco Bell’s Happier Hour from 2 to 5 p.m.
For a limited time, get free chicken fingers and other coupons for downloading the Wendy’s: smartphone app at www.wendys.com.
Sign up for email, text and snail mail Zax Clubs at Zaxby’s: www.zaxbys.com/zax-club.
McDonald’s is going digital. Buzz60’s Emily Drooby (@emilydrooby) has the story.
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Ranker.com, a crowdsourcing rankings website, these are the top 10 best drive-thru restaurants based on votes.
Ranker.com Coming up
Thursday is National Aunt and Uncle’s Day, but for the pretzel chain it’s Auntie Day. Now through July 30, get a free handmade classic pretzel with purchase of a classic pretzel and a coupon posted at Auntie Anne’s: www.auntieannes.com/auntie-day.
To celebrate the chain’s 81st birthday Friday, buy one dozen doughnuts, get one dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts for $1. Plus, Friday through Aug. 2, there will be a limited Krispy Kreme: Glazed “Confetti” Doughnut featuring vanilla birthday cake with sprinkles.
Weekend deals: Sunday is National Chicken Wing Day and National Lasagna Day. We’ll be rounding up those deals soon. Plus, it’s also National Lipstick Day.
Kelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista, follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.tcpalm.com/featured-newsletter/bargainistabest.
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