The Pinch: Discounts offered to celebrate Tax Day

Several businesses are giving taxpayers something to look to forward to as tax season comes to an end Tuesday. Here are some freebies and special deals being offered for Tax Day:


HALF-PRICE DRINKS AND SLUSHES: On Tuesday, Sonic will extend its Happy Hour to all day. Customers will get fountain drinks and slushes for half-price throughout the day. Sonic offers Happy Hour from 2 to 4 p.m. daily.

15 PERCENT OFF: P.F. Chang’s is giving customers 15 percent off dine-in and take-out orders Tuesday. The offer excludes Happy Hour or P.F. Chang’s for Two.

FREE APPETIZER OR DESSERT: Chili’s is giving patrons a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of an entree Monday through Wednesday. Customers can find a coupon on Chili’s Facebook or Twitter pages. It is also available through Chili’s e-mail list. At the restaurant, patrons can show the coupon on their smartphone or print it.

FREE CURLY FRIES: On Tuesday, Arby’s will give all patrons an order of value curly fries. The restaurant is also giving one person $5,000. To enter the sweepstakes to win $5,000 in tax relief, visit Arby’s Facebook page at and follow the instructions. From the Facebook page, consumers can also print the coupon for the free curly fries.

FREE COPIES AND SHREDDING: Through Monday, Office Depot will provide free copies of 2011 tax returns and shredding of confidential documents.

Customers can get 25 black-and-white, single-side copies and up to five pounds of shredding, all free of charge.

SAVE $1,947

Today’s Augusta Chronicle has $1,947.40 in coupons. This includes $1,353.99 at Harbor Freight, $14 at Tires Plus, $10 at Rack Room Shoes, $42.04 in Red Plum, $3.50 at Ulta Beauty, $25 at Rite Aid, $9.50 at CVS Pharmacy, $19.19 at Kmart, $70 at Sears and $389.39 in SmartSource.

The SmartSource coupon book has a coupon to save $2 on any package of Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers diapers or Huggies Overnites diapers (jumbo pack or larger). It expires May 12.


Barnes & Noble will have Educator Appreciation Days through April 22. Pre-K to 12th-grade teachers will save up to 25 percent off classroom and personal purchases and 10 percent off music and movies.

Educators must present an Educator Discount Card at the time of purchase. Discounts cannot be applied to or combined with other discount programs, Nook or other digital devices, Nook books or other digital content or accessories for digital devices.