Free Stuff: Tax Day Is Snacks Day


April 15 is a stressful day, whether you’re parting with a ton of cash or just rushing to the post office. Luckily, businesses sympathize and are treating tax day as an opportunity to promote their stress-relieving goodies.

Free Sweet Treats

Stop by MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery for one free single-scoop of ice cream as a tax day stimulus at participating stores.

"Ice cream has a unique way of making people happy, and we wanted to give our customers something to smile about on Tax Day," says
Jenn Johnston, senior vice president of brand marketing for NexCen Franchise Management, (Stock Quote: NEXC) which manages MaggieMoo’s locations.

If you don’t have a MaggieMoo’s in your neighborhood, wait a few days and stop by Ben & Jerry’s on April 21 from noon to 8 p.m. for Free Cone Day, a celebration of the company’s 31 years in business and a thank you gift to customers.

Mall-based Cinnabon bakeries will be giving away free Cinnabon Bites —bite sized versions of classic Cinnabon rolls —on tax day. You can also enter a Cinnabon essay contest with a 500 word essay about how a Cinnabon experience brightened your day for a chance to win a $100 Cinnabon gift card.

Perk Up

For a tax day pick-me-up, McDonalds (Stock Quote: MCD) locations in the Baltimore area (including the counties of Howard, Cecil, Carroll, Harford and Anne Arundel) will be giving away small hot McCafés, medium iced McCafé Coffees or other free coffee drinks April 15.

And if paying your taxes has cleaned out your bank account, you may be able to mail out your return using a free McDonald's customized stamp if you show up at one of three post offices in Maryland at noon. According to The Baltimore Sun, stamps will be given away at 900 E. Fayette Street in Baltimore, 1 Church Circle in Annapolis and 6801 Oak Hall Lane in Columbia.

A Free Salty Snack

If you’re craving something savory, Taco Del Mar is giving away free tacos on tax day. In the company’s words, “Taxes suck, tacos don’t.”Fill out a form on the company’s web site and receive a coupon by email to print and bring to any Taco Del Mar location across the country.

Take It Easy

If food isn’t enough to ease your stress, you can schedule a free HydroMassage on tax day. HydroMassage beds use powerful waves of water to provide a relaxing heated massage while you remain comfortable and fully clothed. Just call ahead to schedule a massage and print out a coupon from the HydroMassage web site.

And for Pittsburgh Pirates fans, a ticket, a hot dog, a 12-ounce soda and popcorn are $1 each on April 15.

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