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Veteran's Day restaurant and retail deals

Posted by: John Ewoldt under Holiday shopping Updated: November 11, 2013 - 8:45 AM

Carrie Rocha of Pocket Your Dollars.com does a nice list of Veteran's Day deals every year. In addition to the list below, Dock 86 is offering 10% off with a military ID at its Little Canada and Rogers locations.

Restaurant Offers

Minneapolis%29.+Please+present+your+military+ID+at+the+time+of+ordering.%5B%2Fp%5D" /> 5-8 Club (MN) — Free Burger
All veterans will be served a free burger all day at any 5-8 Club location (Champlin, Maplewood and Minneapolis). Please present your military ID at the time of ordering.

Applebee's Veterans Day

Applebee’s — Free Entree
Veterans and active duty military enjoy a free Applebee’s Signature Entrée. Find an Applebee’s location near you.

Bakers Square/Village Inn — Free Breakfast
Show your military ID or proof of military service to receive a free breakfast at Bakers Square or Village Inn, no purchase necessary. Choose from three Buttermilk Pancakes, a Belgian Waffle or three slices of French Toast. Find a Bakers Square location or a Village Inn location near you.

Bar Louie — Free Lunch or Dinner
Veterans and active military get free lunch or dinner (up to $12 value) on Sunday or Monday at Bar Louie with proof of military service. Find a Bar Louie location near you.

Boston Market — Free Whole Chicken w/Purchase
Veterans can purchase a Family Meal and get a free whole chicken with purchase. Must show military/veteran ID.

Buca di Beppo — Free Pasta
Through 11/11, Buca di Beppo is offering a free individual pasta for veterans and active duty military. Choose from Spaghetti Marinara, Fettuccine Alfredo or Baked Ziti. You must have the coupon that was sent to Buca eClub members (I can’t provide the link here). Find a Buca di Beppo location near you.

California Pizza Kitchen — Free Pizza
All veterans and active military can have a free pizza at California Pizza Kitchen. Enjoy any pizza from the menu when you bring in your military ID or proof of service, or just show up in uniform. Find a California Pizza Kitchen location near you.

Champps Veterans Day

Champps Americana — Free Burger + Fries
Veterans and active duty military enjoy a free handcrafted burger and fries all day. Show proof of service to receive this offer. Find a Champps location near you.

Cheeseburger in Paradise — Free Burger + Fries w/Purchase
Veterans and military personnel with appropriate ID (there’s a list here) get a free All-American Burger with Fries with beverage purchase of $1.99 or more at Cheeseburger in Paradise. Find a Cheeseburger in Paradise location near you (there are none in MN).

Chili's Veterans Day

Chili’s Bar & Grill — Free Entree
All veterans and active duty members get a free entree from a special menu at Chili’s. Must show proof of service.

Denny’s — Free Pancakes
Veterans enjoy free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6am-2pm at Denny’s. Includes active, non-active or retired military personnel. (Thanks, Cha-Ching on a Shoestring!)

Einstein Bros. Bagels — Free Bagel & Shmear
All active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free bagel & shmear on Veterans Day at Einstein Bros. Bagels. No coupon necessary, just tell the cashier you’re a veteran. Limit 1 per guest. Find an Einstein Bros. Bagels location near you.

Famous Dave’s — Various Deals
Various Famous Dave’s locations nationwide are offering discounts for former and current military personnel (discounts vary according to location). Minnesota locations are offering a free Two Meat Salute or 10% off (depending on location).

Fazoli’s — Free Entree w/Purchase
Servicemen and women in uniform or with valid military ID will receive a free “Pick Your Pasta” entree with purchase of a drink from November 8-11 at Fazoli’s. Find a Fazoli’s location near you.

Golden Corral Veterans Day

Golden Corral — Free Dinner
Any person who has served in the U.S. military gets a free dinner at Golden Corral on Veterans Day from 4-9pm, no ID required. Find a Golden Corral location near you (there are none in MN).

Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Hinckley (MN) — Free Buffet
Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley will show their appreciation for military veterans a free lunch or dinner at the Grand Buffet. Lunch is served from 10am-3pm and Classic Dinner Buffet is served from 4-8pm at Mille Lacs, while lunch is served from 9am-3pm and Classic Dinner Buffet is served from 3-8:30pm at Hinckley.

Green Mill Veterans Day

Green Mill Restaurant & Bar — 50% Off
Veterans and active duty military save 50% on any entrée on the menu at Green Mill all day. Proof of military service includes uniform, military ID, military earnings statement or veterans organization member card.

Hooters — Free Meal
All veterans and active duty military receive a free meal (up to $10.99 value) with drink purchase at Hooters. Must present military ID or proof of military service. Find a participating Hooters location near you (there is one in the Mall of America).

Hy-Vee — Free Breakfast
Hy-Vee locations offer a free breakfast for veterans during regular breakfast hours. Find a Hy-Vee location near you.

IKEA — Free Entree
Active, reserve or retired service members get a free entree at IKEA this weekend (Saturday-Monday) when you show some form of military ID.

Krispy Kreme Veterans Day

Krispy Kreme — Free Doughnut + Small Coffee
Present your military ID or wear your uniform to receive a free small doughnut and small coffee at Krispy Kreme. Find a participating Krispy Kreme location near you.

Little Caesars — Free Crazy Bread
Active, retired or honorably discharged members of the military to get a free order of crazy bread at Little Caesars. Find a Little Caesars location near you.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant — Free Meal
Veterans receive a complimentary entree from a special menu on Sunday, 11/10 (note the date difference). All veterans must show official verification.

Menchie’s — Free Frozen Yogurt
Veterans and active duty military get a free cup of frozen yogurt (up to 6 oz.) on Veterans Day at Menchie’s with valid military ID or proof of service. Find a Menchie’s location near you.

Olive Garden Veterans Day

Olive Garden — Free Entree
All veterans and active duty military get a free entrée at Olive Garden. Family dining with them will also receive 10% off their meal. Find an Olive Garden location near you.

Outback Steakhouse — Free Bloomin’ Onion + Beverage
Veterans and active military can get a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage at Outback Steakhouse. Plus, starting 11/12 get a 10% military discount through the end of the year.

Perkins — Free Breakfast
Select Perkins restaurants are offering a free Magnificent Seven meal with presentation of any military ID on Veterans Day. Please note that not all Perkins restaurants are participating, so you’ll need to call ahead to see if the one you want to go to is. Find a Perkins location near you.

Red Lobster — Free Appetizer
Get a free appetizer with military ID from Monday-Thursday at Red Lobster.

Red Robin — Free Burger + Fries
Red Robin is giving away a free Tavern Double burger and bottomless Steak Fries to all veterans or active duty military who show their military ID, proof or service or who are in military uniform. Find a Red Robin location near you.

Starbucks free coffee Veterans Day

Starbucks — Free Coffee
All former and active duty service members and their spouses get a free tall brewed coffee at Starbucks, limit 1 drink per customer. Find a Starbucks location near you.

Texas Roadhouse — Free Lunch + Beverage
Active, former or retired military get a free lunch and soft drink/tea at Texas Roadhouse. Select 1 of 10 lunch features from their special Veterans Day menu. Be sure to bring your military ID, Veterans Affairs Card or discharge papers. Find a Texas Roadhouse location near you.

T.G.I. Friday’s — Free Lunch
TGI Friday’s is honoring all veterans and active duty military service members with a free lunch from 11am-2pm. Find a T.G.I. Friday’s location near you.

TravelCenters of America Veterans Day

TravelCenters of America — Free Meal
All CDL drivers who are also military vets get a complimentary meal of your choice (up to $15 value) at full-service restaurants in Travel Centers of America locations. Present proof of service at time of payment.

Treasure Island Resort and Casino (MN) — Free Buffet
Veterans and active military receive a free buffet at Tradewinds Buffet at Treasure Island Resort and Casino. Visit the Island Passport Club and show your military ID or discharge papers along with your Island Passport Club card (it’s free to join) to receive your special offer.

Retail Store Offers

Albertville Premium Outlets (MN) — Free Coupon Book
Members of the military, veterans and their families can show their IDs at the on-site Information Center all year long to receive a free VIP Coupon Book.

Bed, Bath & Beyond — 20% Off
Show your US military ID to get 20% off your entire purchase at Bed, Bath & Beyond from 11/9-11/11. Exclusions apply.

Big Lots — 10% Off
Veterans receive 10% off their entire purchase at Big Lots on Saturday, 11/9 (note the different date). Find a Big Lots location near you.

Cabela’s — Hometown Heroes Employee Discount
All veterans, active duty military and reserves as well as law enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel get the employee discount at Cabela’s on 11/11 and 11/12. Just present your service ID at checkout to receive the discount which is good on virtually everything in the store.

Cost Plus World Market — 20% Off
US military veterans and spouses can show a valid form of ID to get 20% off your entire purchase at Cost Plus World Market this weekend (11/9-11/11). Excludes alcoholic beverages. Find a Cost Plus World Market location near you.

Great Clips Veterans Day

Great Clips — Free Haircut
Come in to Great Clips for a haircut on 11/11 and get a free haircut card to pass along to a U.S. veteran. Find a Great Clips location near you.

JCPenney — 20% Off
All current and former military personnel and family members get an extra 20% off at JCPenney through 11/11. Must present military ID or proof of services as well as this printable coupon.

Lowe’s — 10% Off
Veterans receive a 10% discount at Lowe’s on Veterans Day weekend.

The Redpear Salon (MN) — Free Haircut
Veterans and active duty military get a free haircut from 11/6-11/13 by showing your military ID at The Redpear Salon in Coon Rapids.

Sport Clips free haircut

Sport Clips — Free Haircut
Many Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to active-duty service members and veterans with valid proof of service. Find a participating Sport Clips location near you. (Thanks, Sea of Savings!)

Walgreens — 15-20% Off
Veterans Discount Day is 11/11 at Walgreens – veterans and active duty military save 20% off all Walgreens, W Brand and Nice! products and 15% off almost everything else. Find a Walgreens location near you.

Other Offers

Free Admission to National Eagle Center (MN)
The National Eagle Center in Wabasha offers free admission to all veterans and active duty service members from 11/9-11/11. There will be a flag raising ceremony on Saturday at 9:30am, and all attendees will receive free coffee and donuts.

national parks free entrance day

Free Admission to National Parks
More than 100 national parks that usually charge an entrance fee are offering free admission to everyone on Veterans Day weekend, November 9-11. Fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees. Find a National Park near you.

Free ARMagnets
In honor of Veterans Day, www.ARMagnets.com is giving away free military ARMagnets (a $23.95 value). Click on the Specialty tab, then select Army, Air Force or Marines ARMagnet. Use the coupon code VET2013 at checkout and your order will be free, flat-rate shipping of $10.00 not included. (Thanks, Brent!)

Free Car Washes
Veterans and military personnel can get a free car wash at various locations nationwide on November 11 as a part of the Grace for Vets program. Find a participating car wash near you. For our Minnesota readers, there are 37 participating locations in the state.

Free Night’s Stay at Select Bed & Breakfasts and Hotels
Select inns and B&Bs are offering a free night’s stay to active and retired military and one guest each. Space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible.

Nickelodeon Universe Veterans Day

Free Passes to Nickelodeon Universe (MN)
The American Red Cross and Mall of America/Nickelodeon Universe are donating a total of 1,500 free passes to Nickelodeon Universe theme park for access from 11am-4pm on Saturday, 11/10 (note the different date). Each family may request up to 4 passes (you can do so online right now) and tickets can be picked up starting at 10am.

Free Showing of Honor Flight
Present your military ID at Marcus Theatres to see Honor Flight free on Veterans Day. Find a participating Marcus Theatres location near you.

Free US Armed Forces MP3 Album
Get a free download of The Bands and Ensembles of the US Armed Forces Veterans Day Honor album from Amazon.

Wayzata+%28MN%29%0A%5B%2Fstrong%5DCheck+out+the+Veterans+Day+salute+at+Heritage+Park%C2%A0in+Wayzata+from+11am-2pm+on+Sunday+%28note+the+different+date%29+with+a+patriotic+ceremony+at+noon.+Flags+will+be+provided.%5B%2Fp%5D" /> Free Veterans Day Event in Wayzata (MN)
Check out the Veterans Day salute at Heritage Park in Wayzata from 11am-2pm on Sunday (note the different date) with a patriotic ceremony at noon. Flags will be provided.

Shakopee.+Check+out+patriotic+crafts+for+kids+from+12-1pm+and+a+presentation+by+Tom+Melchior+from+1-2pm.%5B%2Fp%5D" /> Free Veterans Day Program at Stans Museum (MN)
Saturday, 11/9 (note the different date) from 12-2pm there will be a free Veterans Day program at the Stans Museum in Shakopee. Check out patriotic crafts for kids from 12-1pm and a presentation by Tom Melchior from 1-2pm.

In Their Own Words Veterans Day

Free Veterans Museum Admission + Meal (MN)
In Their Own Words Veterans Museum in Perham, MN will have a free meal for veterans and their families as well as museum tours and drawings at 11am on Veterans Day.

Thanks to The Coupon Project and Military Wives Saving for some of these deals.

Your turn: What other Veterans Day freebies or discounts do you know of? Please leave a comment (including a link would be super helpful!) and we’ll add it to the list.

About Carrie Rocha

I am passionate about helping people live within their means so they can get out and stay out of debt. I live in Minneapolis, MN with my husband and two little girls.

Comments

  1. Hi Carrie,

    Great list you have here. We have some additions for you and your community! Our company is assisting in the roll out of 15 new deals for Veterans Day. The deals are nationwide and most extend well past Veterans Day.

    You can see all 15 new deals by going here: http://www.sheerid.com/press-releases/sheerid-celebrates-veterans-day-with-deals-for-those-who-have-served/

    Or see the 30+ deals we’re protecting by going here: http://www.sheerid.com/military-deals-we-protect/

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m happy to help. And thank you so much for your consideration on including these deals.

    Have a great day.

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