This Quiz Will Tell You If You Should Dress Like a Cow for Free Chick-fil-A

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Chick-Fil-A Cow’s advertising mascot, participates in the 2007 Advertising Walk of Fame on Sept. 26, 2007 in New York. AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh

Love Chick-fil-A? Then don’t miss your chance to snag your favorite dish on Cow Appreciation Day — for free.

Mark your calendar to show your appreciation for cows (and chicken sandwiches) on Tuesday, July 11. Stores will celebrate from open until 7 p.m., and a full cow costume is not required.

Fun fact: Chick-fil-A launched its cow campaign in 1995, featuring billboards with three-dimensional cows holding now-iconic “Eat Mor Chikin” signs.

How to Get Free Food at Chick-fil-A

Gone is any pretense that you have to go horn-to-hoof on the cow theme to get rewarded.

Basically, wear “any sort of cow apparel” to receive a free entree. It’s good for the breakfast and lunch menus, depending on when you arrive.

Your little ones can also get a kid’s meal for their efforts.

Not sure what to order? Skip right to the sweets and redeem your free entree for a milkshake, iced coffee, frosted coffee or frosted lemonade.

Salads are no longer offered as a free entree option in a move to simplify the experience, according to the company.

Of course, you can’t go wrong with the Chick-fil-A classic chicken sandwich.

Now, About Your Cow Appreciation Day Costume

This annual event used to require donning an entire cow costume in exchange for a full free meal. Managers could, at their discretion, reward patrons partially dressed as cows (think hats and headbands) with free entrees.

But now, it’s a little simpler to earn your free food.

Even though you don’t need to be fully dressed as a cow, you might be tempted to order a cow costume just for the occasion.

But it’ll take you a few years of Cow Appreciation Day visits to earn enough free sandwiches to pay for the costume — unless you’re anticipating some serious time on the Halloween party circuit.

What’s a freebie-loving, party (farm) animal to do? We made this handy flowchart to make your dress-up decision a little easier this year.

Cow Appreciation Day Flowchart

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Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder. She hates waiting in line.