Tax Day, April 17, is almost upon us, and so is the stress that comes with it.
After you have finished wading through receipts, calculating tax and mailing a check, there should be a reward, right? It's not like Uncle Sam is going to send you a thank-you note. Luckily, some businesses have come up with ways to ease your financial burden a bit, by offering freebies or discounts.
Here are some deals sure to make you smile, even if the bank account is hurting.
Kona Ice of Northwest DFW has the perfect way to chill out after the stressful tax-prep process: free shaved ice. Get one April 17 at any of the five stops its trucks will be making in Tarrant and Wise counties.
▪ Wise County Courthouse (101 N. Trinity Street #101, Decatur, TX): 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
▪ Sam’s Wholesale Club (440 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, TX): 1-3 p.m.
▪ Central Park (263 W. Main Street, Azle, TX): 2-4 p.m.
▪ City Recreation Center (8213 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth, TX): 2:30-4:30 p.m.
▪ Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce (301 S. Saginaw Blvd., Saginaw, TX): 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Chuck E. Cheese's
What's better than a pizza? Two pizzas, especially when the second one is free. For every large pizza purchased between April 17 and 19, guests will get one large cheese pizza free. Chuck E. Cheese's has locations in Fort Worth (4200 South Freeway #50, 682-747-5524; 4860 S.W. Loop 820, 817-732-8315), North Richland Hills (7935 Grapevine Hwy., 817-498-4888), and Irving (3903 W. Airport Frwy., 972-256-1600. For more information and locations: https://www.chuckecheese.com/
If you have a dollar left after paying those taxes, then you are set, because Applebee's has brought back its Dollarita deal through the month of April. Yes ... a margarita for one buck. Check the couch for spare change and you might be able to buy two. Applebee's has locations in Fort Worth (6600 West Fwy., 817-732-8862), Arlington (4654 S. Cooper St., 817-557-0085), North Richland Hills (6645 N.E. Loop 820, 817-788-9797). For more information and locations: https://www.applebees.com/en
Great American Cookies
Now here's a sweet deal! This Atlanta-based company is offering a free Cookies & Cream cookie on April 17. Great American Cookies has locations in Fort Worth (Tanger Outlets, 15837 N. Freeway), Ridgmar Mall (2070 Green Oaks Road), and Hulen Mall (4800 S Hulen St.); Hurst (North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne St); and Arlington (The Parks at Arlington, 3811 S. Cooper St.).
For more information and locations: https://www.greatamericancookies.com/
Come hungry for this deal, or bring a friend. From April 17-19 you can get a free medium sub when you buy a full-priced medium or large sub, chips & drink. Get the coupon here. For more information and locations: bit.ly/FHSTaxDayOffer2017 or https://www.firehousesubs.com/.
Take advantage of Sonic's regular Tuesday deal and get a cheeseburger for half-price. For more information and locations: https://www.sonicdrivein.com/
If you have a tense neck and shoulders from hunching over that shoebox full of financial statements, here's a great way to unwind. Planet Fitness is offering a free HydroMassage April 14-21 at any of its more than 1,500 locations. It's free. All you need is a coupon. Find it (starting April 14) at PlanetFitness.com/Hydro. For more information and locations: https://www.planetfitness.com/
If the wallet is feeling a bit thin but you want to treat the family to an outing, the Texas Rangers have a deal for you. Get $4.17 Upper Reserved tickets for the April 23-25 series against the Oakland Athletics, and $10.40 Upper Reserved tickets for the May 7-8 games against the Detroit Tigers. Go to https://www.mlb.com/rangers/tickets/specials/discounts/tax-day-savings to buy tickets. Be sure to enter the coupon code TAX. Offer ends 11:59 p.m. April 17.
AEG is offering a discount deal to make your tax refund (or the few dollars you have left) go a little further. Get tickets to some of the year’s best shows for only $17 per show! Which shows? It's a lengthy list, but it includes Toto, Boz Scaggs, Todrick Hall, Celtic Woman, Buddy Guy, Matisyahu & Stephen Marley, and more. Only while quantities last, offer is good until midnight April 17! Find your desired show in the following link, then click the “Tax Day Offer” box to get your $17 tickets! https://www.axs.com/series/6302/tax-day-b-l-o-w-s-tickets