Best Restaurant Freebies & Deals for Labor Day, Back-to-School Season

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5¢ pizzas, free Oreo frappes, and more.

With the end of summer comes the end of summertime routines—and, potentially, the start of new ones. Naturally, restaurants hope that one of the new habits you pick up is becoming one of their regular customers. Hence the abundance of outstanding food deals that pop up over Labor Day weekend and the back-to-school period.

These pitches are extra enticing because, what with the adjustment to school days and the frenzy of after-school activities, it seems extra difficult for families to make dinner at this time of year. So consider taking advantage of some special food freebies and deals in the days to come.

IHOP: Every day now through September 25, customers can get one free kids’ meal (for children ages 12 and under) with the purchase of each adult entrée at participating IHOPs.

Burger King: On Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend (September 3-4), grilled hot dogs are priced at $1 apiece at participating BK locations. The dogs are normally about $1.99 each so it’s essentially a 50% off deal.

Hungry Howie’s Pizza: From Saturday through Monday of Labor Day weekend, customers who buy one large pizza with at least one topping can get another medium one-topping pizza for just 5¢.

Fogo de Chao: From Friday, September 2, through Monday, September 5, kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal at this Brazilian restaurant chain.

Firehouse Subs: On Labor Day only (September 5), use the linked coupon and get a free medium sub when you purchase a medium sub, drink, and chips.

Chipotle: This Sunday, and every Sunday throughout September, children ages 12 and under can get a free kids’ meal with the purchase of a regular burrito, bowl, or salad. In yet another promotion to boost business after the reputation-destroying E. Coli outbreak of a year ago, Chipotle is offering free fountain drinks for all high school and college students with the purchase an any entrée. The deal is good for the entire month of September.

Papa John’s: Use the promotional code KICKOFF, and when you place an order for at least $15, you’ll get 25 bonus points added to your rewards account. Those points are good for a free large pizza, redeemable no later than September 25. (To participate, you must have a papajohns.com account, and initial orders must be placed by September 11.)

Dairy Queen: To commemorate the end of summer, Dairy Queen will host a special giveaway on the day after Labor Day. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., participating DQ locations will offer one free small Ultimate Oreo Frappe per customer, with no purchase required.

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