As you’re probably well aware by now (hello, mid-December), holiday shopping can easily become a source of financial strain.
Even if you checked off mom, dad, your significant other and the kids weeks ago, that shopping list can be deceptively long — did you remember that cousin you only see on holidays? Your cubicle buddy at work?
But hitting the shops isn’t all bad.
Get Free Food in December 2015
You can score some sweet freebies while you’re out and about playing Santa.
But hurry! Some of these offers expire soon.
1. Jack in the Box Breakfast Burritos
Burritos are awesome busy food — they travel well without too much mess. Plus… they’re burritos. Yes, please.
Good news: Jack in the Box’s breakfast burritos are buy one, get one free when you present this coupon. This offer expires Dec. 15 — that’s today.
2. Ikea Coffee
Is a lucky someone on your list getting a new couch or lamp this Christmas?
If you join the free Ikea Family loyalty program, you can grab a pick-me-up, gratis — free coffee in Ikea’s restaurants through Dec. 16.
Don’t forget the meatballs and lingonberry sauce!
3. Target Café Drinks
Are you a Target REDCard holder?
When you’re grabbing those last-minute Christmas gifts, swing by the café for a free 16-ounce JambaGO smoothie, small ICEE or soda. This offer’s good through Christmas Eve.
4. Steak ‘n Shake Milkshakes
All that shopping working up your sweet tooth? Steak ‘n Shake’s holiday shakes have returned, just in time.
Better yet? When you buy one regular-sized eggnog, white chocolate, peppermint chocolate chip or (omg) cookie butter shake at participating stores, you’ll get a second one — free!
Just present this coupon and bring a friend… or not. You’re already being generous buying all those gifts, right? This deal’s good through Dec. 20.
5. Sonic Boneless Wings
Who doesn’t love boneless wings?
Every Monday night through Dec. 20, Sonic’s are buy one, get one free — and they have a ton of great flavors to choose from!
6. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
If you have access to a Santa suit — and you aren’t afraid to share somewhat-embarrassing photos of yourself on social media — you could score some free Auntie Anne’s this December.
Just snap a photo, share it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and tag Auntie Anne’s with the hashtag #Snack4Santa. Good through Christmas Day.
7. Ruby Tuesday Kids’ Meals
If you wrangled up the fam to hit the mall, you might be too tired and frazzled to cook a meal at home.
If it’s a Tuesday night, you’re in luck — get a free kids’ entrée for every adult entrée you purchase after 5 p.m at participating locations.
Your Turn: What other awesome food freebies are going on this month? Let us know in the comments!
Jamie Cattanach is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and a native Floridian. She’s passionate about learning, literature, chocolate and free stuff. You can wave hi to @jamiecattanach on Twitter.