9 Free (or Cheap) Cups of Coffee for National Coffee Day 2016

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If the whiplash-inducing speed with which we’re marching toward 2017 is leaving you a little (or a lot) exhausted, you’re in luck.

This Thursday, Sept. 29, is National Coffee Day.

And that means you can score a free (or cheap) pick-me-up… just in time to deal with the fact that, seriously, it’s time to start making plans for Halloween already. And have you started your holiday shopping yet?

I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Where to Find Free Coffee on National Coffee Day 2016

We’ve found lots of options to help you score some celebratory joe — and wake you up as September ends.

1. Wawa

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My favorite convenience store is giving away a free cup of coffee to every customer who comes in to celebrate National Coffee Day!

Bonus: You get to go to Wawa.

2. Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme ups the ante this Thursday by offering not just a free 12-ounce cup of coffee — but a free donut to go with it!

I don’t know about you, but I know where I plan to be when I see that “hot now” sign light up.

3. Cumberland Farms

Text “FREECOFFEE” to 64827 on Sept. 29 to score a free hot or iced coffee from Cumberland Farms that day.

While you’re at it, enter the chain’s Grand Slam Giveaway for a chance to win $99,999 should Boston hit a grand slam home run on the 99th pitch thrown to a Boston player.

Sure, the odds are long… but it’s a big prize and entry is free!

4. Pilot Flying J

On the road this week? These travel centers will offer a free small cup of coffee or any small, hot tea or cappuccino when you present this coupon on Thursday.

5. Sheetz

Sheetz will give away free coffee to celebrate the holiday — and to let you try out its new generation of brews!

6. Peet’s Coffee

Swing by Peet’s for a free medium drip coffee with the purchase of any fresh food item on Sept. 29.

7. Dunkin Donuts

To celebrate its 66th year of business, Dunkin Donuts will offer customers a medium hot coffee for just 66 cents this Thursday.

And if you’re active on social media, you don’t even have to wait until then to join in the fun.

“Beginning Monday, September 26 and running through National Coffee Day, Dunkin’ Donuts will surprise a total of 66 of its Twitter followers with Dunkin’ Donuts cards good for a year’s worth of free coffee,” according to the press release.

The franchise will also offer a one-day-only Snapchat geofilter on Sept. 29, so you can snap your discounted java.

8. LaMar’s Donuts and Coffee

If you live near a LaMar’s, head on down and buy a reusable travel mug for $1.19 on Thursday.

The shop will fill it with coffee for free — and you’ll save money, and trees, in the future!

9. Starbucks

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Samantha Dunscombe – The Penny Hoarder

This pricy chain won’t be offering a free drink this Thursday — but if you can spring for a cup, you’ll secure an even better freebie.

When you buy a cup of brewed Mexico Chiapas coffee at a participating Starbucks storefront in the U.S. or Mexico on Sept. 29, the company will donate a healthy coffee tree to a farmer in need.

The supply of free trees helps combat “coffee rust,” a fungal infection that runs rampant in Latin America and destroys valuable crops.

This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of Starbucks’ One Tree for Every Bag initiative, which has already amassed funds for 18 million coffee trees.

As if a hot cup didn’t already feel good enough.

Your Turn: How do you take your coffee?

Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her writing has also been featured at The Write Life, Word Riot, Nashville Review and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.