April freebies: Your monthly guide to food specials, meal deals and more

Kelly Tyko

Forget about April showers bringing flowers.

April brings big freebie and deal days starting with April Fools' Day and the first week of the month also brought National Burrito Day and National Beer Day.

But one of the month's big days for deals and freebies is Tax Day April 15 when some businesses will mark the tax return deadline with some tax relief.

Here are the deals, big days and ongoing specials, available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant's app or be signed up for emails.

Bookmark this page because it'll be updated frequently with more specials.

Businesses with 20 or more locations can submit meal deals here.

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April 22: Earth Day freebies and deals

B.GOOD: Get 50% off eggplant meatballs for Earth Day at participating locations. To get this deal, order on the new B.GOOD app or online ordering, or scan your QR code in-store to redeem. Download the app at www.bgood.com.

BurgerFi: In honor of Earth Day, participating BurgerFi locations nationwide are encouraging guests to eat their greens by offering $5 VegeFi Burger. Also, with any burger purchase made that day, guests will also receive a free Heinz Tomato Seed pack while supplies last.

Earth Fare: With any purchase Monday, receive a free packet of seeds, while supplies last. Learn more at www.earthfare.com/earthday.

Flower Child: Get a free Earth Day reusable tote Monday with to-go orders more than $29. First come, first serve.

Instacart: For Earth Day and the month of April, Seventh Generation and Instacart are teaming up to provide free grocery delivery during the month of April. Purchase $20 worth of Seventh Generation products to receive the deal.

Just Salad: The first 100 guests at every location Monday get a free reusable bowl. For bringing the reusable bowl, which normally costs $1, to the fast-casual chain, customers get free toppings every visit. 

Lyft: One of the largest bikeshare networks in the country, Lyft is offering participating bikeshare rides for free for Earth Day, Monday, April 22. This promotion is available in New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Portland, and Columbus, Ohio, but the offer varies by network. Find the details at https://blog.lyft.com.

Natural Grocers: Get a free reusable bag Monday with a purchase. Learn more about what the chain has planned at www.naturalgrocers.com/earth-day.

Office Depot/OfficeMax: Through April 27, get up to five pounds of documents shredded for free with a coupon posted at www.officedepot.com.

Staples: Through Saturday, April 27, Staples Rewards members can recycle participating tech items for free and in exchange will get a coupon for $10 off a future Staples purchase of at least $30. Learn more at www.staples.com.

Target: The retailer's car seat trade-in event is April 22 through May 4. Bring in and old car seat and get a 20% coupon. Learn more here.

Free transit rides: Southern California transit agencies will celebrate Earth Day by urging commuters to help the environment by leaving their cars at home and riding the bus, the train or a bicycle for free, the Los Angeles Times reported. Other transit systems across the nation may also offer free rides.

Youfit Health Clubs: Local Youfit gyms have an open house on Earth Day with free workouts, free group exercise classes where available and the chance to win games, giveaways, and prizes. Learn more at www.youfit.com.

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April 26: National Pretzel Day

Lots of twisted deals are expected Friday, April 26. Here are last year’s deals and what we’ve confirmed for 2019.

Auntie Anne’s: Buy any pretzel item and get an Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel for free Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28. The offer will be available for anyone to access on the company’s website and will be added to Pretzel Perks app user accounts. Sign up for the rewards program at www.auntieannes.com.

Cumberland Farms: Get a free Chill Zone fountain or frozen beverage with the purchase of any hot pretzel from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 26 at participating locations.

Philly Pretzel Factory: Get a free soft pretzel Friday, April 26 at all locations. No purchase necessary.

Quaker Steak & Lube: Revved Up Rewards members get a free pretzel with beer cheese dip for National Pretzel Day. Sign up for the loyalty program at https://rewards.thelube.com/rewards.

Wetzel's Pretzels: Visit Wetzel's Pretzels on April 26 and get a free Original Pretzel, no purchase necessary.

Ongoing specials

Applebee’s: The April drink of the month is the Strawberry Dollarita, which is made with tequila, strawberry and margarita mix, served on the rocks and with a Twizzlers candy garnish. The drink costs $1 at participating locations.

Bonefish Grill: Through April 19, the seafood chain has “the O M G (Ocean Mixed Grill)” four-course for $49, which includes a starter of Bang Bang Shrimp, salad, select sides and choice of wood-grilled seafood selections. Select bottles of wine can be added for $25.

Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar: Through May 6, to introduce its new Express Lunch program, customers dining in from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “can experience a full-service lunch in 20 minutes guaranteed or it is free,” the company announced.

Chili’s: The $5 Margarita for April is the “Straw-Eddy ‘Rita,” which is made with Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, fresh sour and strawberry purée.

Chipotle: Through June 23, sign up for the chain's new nationwide loyalty program Chipotle Rewards and make a $5 or more purchase to get free chips and guac. Sign up at www.chipotle.com/rewards or on the Chipotle app.

Dunkin’: In April, get medium Cold Brew for $2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at participating locations.

Olive Garden: Through May 27, the chain has four new “Giant Italian Classics” including a Giant Chicken Parmigiana at nearly a foot-long and the Giant Meatball, which weighs about 12 ounces. Giant Italian Classics are served with unlimited breadsticks, homemade soup or salad with prices starting at $12.99.

On the Border: The chain has a $9.99 Chicken Fajita special through April 6. Learn more at www.ontheborder.com.

Quaker Steak & Lube: Through June 16, get a free mystery bonus card worth up to a $20 dollar value when you purchase $50 dollars in gift cards.

Sonic Drive-In: For a limited time, get the new BBLT for $3.99 with a side of medium Tots. The fast-food chain says there's so much bacon in the sandwich, there’s an extra B.

Taco BellThrough May 11, get one free small Mountain Dew Baja Blast Zero Sugar with any online or app purchase. Or through May 11, get a free grilled breakfast burrito with any online or app purchase. And through June 9 at 2:59 ET, get 15% off one Party Pack. Sign up for offers at www.tacobell.com/register.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: April freebies: Your monthly guide to food specials, meal deals and more