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Want a Free Meal at IHOP? Celebrate National Pancake Day on March 8

by Kelly Gurnett


Kids love ‘em, adults love ‘em.

They’re good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’re good for a snack or a dessert. They’re delicious whether they’re topped with butter, syrup or strawberries and whipped cream.

Whether you’re a carb aficionado or you simply like free food, get your forks ready: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 is IHOP’s 11th annual National Pancake Day celebration, and they’re giving you free pancakes.

How to Get Free Pancakes

Every year since 2006, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants nationwide (and in Canada) have offered customers a free short stack of 3 buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day.

For you trivia buffs out there, the date of the annual promotion often has a loose tie-in to Shrove Tuesday, known as “Pancake Day” in several countries around the world for its traditional meal.

To get your free pancakes, visit your local IHOP on March 8, 2016 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The fine print says you can order one short stack of pancakes per guest while dining in the restaurant — no to-go orders allowed.

The deal is available while supplies last, though since it’s the International House of Pancakes, it’s a safe bet their pancake supplies will hold out for quite a while. Still, you may want to prepare for a longer wait than normal since free stuff has a way of attracting a crowd.

Guests are not required to pay anything for their short stack, but they are asked to consider making a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals and medical research and raises awareness of children’s health issues. To date, IHOP has raised almost $16 million with this yummy event, and this year they aim to raise $3.5 million.

Get a $5 Coupon to IHOP

You’re savvy savers. Many of you might be wondering how this qualifies as a true “freebie” if you need to make a charitable donation (or whether you’d be considered a horrible human being if you opted not to donate and just ate your free pancakes and ran).

Well, your moral compass and your wallet can rest easy, because if you make a $5 donation (about what a short stack would normally cost), you’ll receive a coupon that gets you $5 off your next visit to IHOP.

You get pancakes now, pancakes later and the warm, fuzzy feeling of knowing you’ve done a little good in the world, all for a mere five bucks.

Not a bad deal, I’d say.

Your Turn: Have you hit up IHOP’s National Pancake Day before? Do you plan on going this year?

Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.

by Kelly Gurnett
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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