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Cheer up with Tax Day freebies and discounts

By Hibah Yousuf, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Still scrambling to file your taxes or waiting (still) on your refund? Companies around the country are trying to relieve the Tax Day sting with freebies and special deals.

Free brewed coffee. Stop by your corner Starbucks (SBUX, Fortune 500) with a travel mug for a free fill-up. The deal is part of the coffee chain's worldwide move to encourage customers to go green by switching from paper cups to reusable mugs.

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Free cupcakes. Cinnabon, the 25-year-old home of the cinnamon roll, is introducing cupcakes to its menu. To promote the new sweets, which are available in four flavors, mall-based locations of the bakery will be giving away bite-sized cupcakes between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Free ice cream. MaggieMoo's is offering samples of its new ice cream pizzas between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Check the sweet shop's Web site too see if your local MaggieMoo's is one of the 49 locations participating.

Free tacos. Visit the Seattle-based Taco Del Mar's Web site to print out a "Taxes suck, tacos don't" coupon for a free taco.

Free poultry. Buy one dinner plate at Boston Market and get a second one free with a coupon from the restaurant's Web site. Good Tax Day through Sunday.

Discount meal. Score 15% off your food purchases at P.F. Chang's; dine-in or take-out.

$10.40 dinner. McCormick & Schmick's restaurants are celebrating the completion of 1040 forms with dinner entrees for $10.40 and drink specials. And on Friday, the restaurant is hosting Tax Preparer Appreciation Day--free dessert for accountants and other tax preparers. Diners on both days will also receive a $10.40 gift certificate.

50% off booze. Kick back at BLT restaurants with half-off cocktails, beer and wine.

Tax-free groceries. Whole Foods (WFMI, Fortune 500) stores in the South -- 18 locations across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee -- are rewarding customers with a tax-free shopping day.

Free massage. Let a jet stream massage bed rub away stress-induced knots Tax Day through Sunday at participating HydroMassage locations.  To top of page

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