For a lot of people, Tax Day isn't a happy day. Maybe you found out you owe a lot of money to the IRS; maybe you just spent way too long waiting in line at the post office. The good news is that several companies go out of their way to offer great deals and freebies on April 15 to ease the sting of dealing with the IRS. Here are a few:
Freebie Finding Mom flags a few junk-food freebies. Cinnabon is bringing back its popular "Tax Day Bites" promotion, where it offers two free Cinnabon Bites from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meanwhile, Great American Cookies is offering free birthday cake cookies all day, dubbing them "Cookie Currency Tax Rebates." And Arby's is offering free value-size orders of curly fries or small potato cakes all day on April 15 -- just print out this coupon.
Want to hit the movies after you finish your ordeal at the Post Office? AMC is offering a free small popcorn with this coupon Unlike many of these freebies, this one is actually valid for all of "tax weekend" -- it can be used from April 12 through 15. You can print it out or present it on a smartphone.
BeFrugal.com passes along a freebies that's truly relevant to Tax Day: Up to 5 pounds of free shredding at Office Depot with a coupon. The deal is good through April 16 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. (Just be careful not to shred any important documents, as you'll need to have them handy in case you get audited.) Another helpful coupon from Office Depot lets you get a free black-and-white copy of your tax return, up to 25 pages; the coupon is good through May 1.
Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.