Bargain Hunters Are About to Have the Best Weekend Ever

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Thousands of museums around the country are offering free admission on Saturday, and thousands of coffee shops are doling out free cups of Joe on Sunday.

Saturday, September 28, is Museum Day Live!, an annual event sponsored by Smithsonian magazine, in which thousands of museums around the country offer free admission to those who have ordered tickets ahead of time at the Smithsonian site. Each order is valid for admission for two people, and tickets will be sent via e-mail. Show the receipt on your smartphone, or print it out and bring it to the museum for entrance at no charge on Saturday. Only one order can be placed per household, and tickets are good for basic admission only—special exhibits, IMAX films, and such may cost extra.

No matter where you live, there’s a pretty good chance there’s a participating nearby museum. In some cases, the savings offered via the freebie is substantial. Admission for those ages 12 and up at the San Diego Air and Space Museum, for instance, is normally $18. Museums have the right to cut off free admissions via the Smithsonian promotion, so it’s best to order tickets asap.

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The following day, Sunday, September 29, is being celebrated as National Coffee Day. Sure, it’s a totally made-up holiday based on almost no real tradition or significance other than being a day for folks in the industry to promote coffee. But hey, if the day means free coffee, plenty of consumers will surely play along. Among the participating players:

Dunkin’ Donuts: Using the Dunkin’ Mobile app—yes, you’ve got to download it—on your smartphone, show the National Coffee Day offer of one complimentary small hot or iced coffee at any participating Dunkin’ location in order to collect your freebie on Sunday. No purchase is necessary, but good luck not buying a donut once you’re in the store with a free coffee in hand.

Krispy Kreme: All customers are entitled to a free 12 oz. cup of coffee on Sunday at participating Krispy Kreme locations, no purchase, downloads, or coupons required. Alternately, KK customers can get a specialty drink—mocha, pumpkin spice latte, or what have you—for $1 on National Coffee Day.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, customers will get a free small maple latte with the purchase of oatmeal or any artisan baked good. A coupon (linked here) is required.

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Starbucks: On Sunday, customers at participating Starbucks can get a free sample of Ethiopia coffee, and anyone purchasing a 1 lb. bag of Ethiopia whole beans receives a free commemorative cup of the brew from Ethiopia, known as the birthplace of coffee.

Tim Hortons: Stop in at any U.S. Tim Hortons location on Sunday and say “National Coffee Day” for a buy-one, get-one-free coffee special.

22 comments
noemi11e1
noemi11e1

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sandynowak29
sandynowak29

gimme the coffee! But not Dunkin Donuts brew. ew

gagi1
gagi1

Tea Day, anyone?  When do the tea drinkers get the freebies that coffee drinkers get?

StormyWeather
StormyWeather

I'll be right back....gotta go to the museum for some coffee. Anyone want some? Me either.

tri0n
tri0n

Well that's kinda funny.. Since the threat of Government Shut Down the Smithsonian has been closed for over a week now. So like guess they don't count.

DeathByCactus
DeathByCactus

Dang... thought they said coffin. :( How disappointing.. I need to learn to read slower and with less enthusiasm.

hoothoot8721
hoothoot8721

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Death
Death

Free coffee is great if you like cancer.  Coffee causes heart issues and cancer in the big intestine.  In addition coffee changes your DNA  and destroys cancer fighting cells.  Enjoy your free coffee and cancer you will die from consuming coffee.

hypnotoad72
hypnotoad72

I prefer cups of Jim, but thanks anyway!

 Culture is what we make of it.  What's not marketed.  One has soul.  The other does not.

edpeters
edpeters

@gagi1 You've got a party that's dancing in the streets as they shut down the Government, what more do you need?

edpeters
edpeters

@Death Would you care to provide some sort of reliable information on your coffee-cancer connection?

duniawala
duniawala

@Death Eating causes you cancer. So stop eating and you will live a long life.

Mark
Mark

Yes, my father died at the age of 94 from drinking coffee everyday for 78 years. I would hate to suffer a similar fate.

steeltownmilt
steeltownmilt

@Death Way to be pessimistic.  Other studies have shown that coffee prevents certain types of cancer and has health benefits.  Of course, too much coffee can have negative effects on health, but in moderation, it's not necessarily bad for you. 

Phoebe2
Phoebe2

Mark, your grandfather's life may have been extended because he enjoyed his coffee.