Monthly Archives: October 2021

Chipotle Halloween BOORITO Bowl Salad Tacos

September 21, 2022

This Halloween promotion was active last year but has NOT been confirmed for 2022. I will keep watching to see if it or a similar offer returns. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Due to popular demand, Chipotle’s Halloween BOORITO returns this year! This annual promotion has become a Halloween ritual in many areas. It was cancelled last year due to COVID-19, but returns for 2021. However, BOORITO becomes an ONLINE ONLY event this year.

Go to chipotle.com or access the Chipotle mobile app after 5:00PM and get a burrito for only $5.00. Enter the promo code BOORITO at checkout to get the special $5 Halloween price. If a burrito isn’t your thing, you can substitute a bowl, salad, or order of tacos. Get your virtual costumes and appetites ready for the Chipotle Halloween Boorito!

Offer valid only on Sunday, October 31, 2021 from 5:00PM until close at participating locations. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or special promotional discount. Limit one $5 Boorito per person. Most Chipotle restaurants will be closed Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25.)

Best Halloween Candy Price? Check Package Weight!

September 21, 2022

It’s already time to stock up on Halloween candy! But how do you know you’re getting the best deal? There’s a bewildering assortment of brands, package sizes, and prices. Those big Halloween candy bags boast about how many pieces they contain. You’ll see this information displayed prominently on the front of the package: “55 PIECES”, “200 PIECES”, “250 PIECES”, and so on. Dividing the selling price by the number of pieces will give you the cost per piece of Halloween candy. But the size of the pieces varies greatly. Some are mini-size or fun-size bars while others are only bite-sized. How do you determine the best sale price for bags of Halloween candy? Simple. CHECK THE WEIGHT!

By law, all solid food items sold in the U.S. must contain the net weight near the bottom front of the package. This is the only true measure of how much product you are receiving. Do the math. Divide the price by the weight indicated on the package. Move the decimal point 2 places to the right if you’re using a dollars and cents amount as the price ($9.88, for example.) This gives your cost in cents per ounce of Halloween candy. Now, you can compare different sized bags of the same candy and find the best value. This works whether you’re comparing bags from the same store or competing stores.

How much should you pay? In previous years, I have recommended around 20 cents per ounce for the popular assortments. Due to 2021’s rapid food price inflation, I have increased this to 25 cents per ounce. This includes Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Kit Kat, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Twix, M&Ms, Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Almond Joy, Whoppers Malted Milk Balls, Skittles, Starburst, Heath, and Milk Duds. You’ll have to hunt around to meet the 25 cents per ounce price point, but it’s out there. Good sources of cheap Halloween candy include Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Kmart, RiteAid, CVS, Sam’s Club, Costco, Kroger, Cub Foods, King Soopers, and Osco/Jewel.

The absolute BEST Halloween candy deals are found on November 1st. That’s when the half price clearance begins at most stores! But who wants to wait that long? Remember to check the weight, do the math, and shoot for a per-ounce cost of around 25 cents. It’s not the size that counts. It’s the weight of the bag that matters.

Papa John’s $11 Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pizza

September 21, 2022

This Halloween promotion was active last year but has NOT been confirmed for 2022. I will keep watching to see if it or a similar offer returns. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Papa John’s Pizza is getting in on the fun this year with Jack-O-Lantern pizzas! Because they don’t want to smash your pumpkin, this pepperoni masterpiece arrives uncut. It’s a Halloween treat the entire family can enjoy. Best of all, a large thin crust Papa John’s Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pizza is just $11.00 in most markets. Same price as last year! Your kids will love Papa John’s Jack-O-Lantern Pizza. They’re perfect for Halloween gatherings, spooky events, and late October pizza parties.

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pizzas available through Sunday, October 31, 2021 at participating locations. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or special promotional discount. Most Papa John’s Pizza restaurants will be open holiday hours on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25.)

Papa John’s Pizza 50% OFF Florida Panthers

September 21, 2022

The Papa John’s Florida Panthers promotion was active earlier this year but has not yet been confirmed for the 2022-23 NBA season. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Papa John’s Pizza has a great ongoing promotion at their Miami, Florida metro locations. When the Panthers win, you get 50% off ALL regular menu price items on the next day! That’s anything on the menu for HALF PRICE!

Get all of Papa John’s large Specialty Pizzas for around $10 each at most locations! If you prefer to create your own pizza, they’re also available at 50% off the regular menu price.

To get this deal, you must order online at PapaJohns.com and enter the WINCATS online promo code. This deal is only valid on the day after Miami wins their hockey game. Not valid on the same day. Unless of course, the Panthers also won the previous day.

Offer valid for a limited time at participating Miami and South Florida Papa John’s Pizza restaurants. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or special promotional discount.

Papa John’s Pizza 50% OFF Miami Heat

September 20, 2022

The Papa John’s Miami Heat promotion was active earlier this year but has not yet been confirmed for the 2022-23 NBA season. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Papa John’s Pizza has a great ongoing promotion at their Miami, Florida metro locations. When the Heat wins, you get 50% off ALL regular menu price items the next day. That’s anything on the menu for HALF PRICE!

Get all of Papa John’s large Specialty Pizzas for around $10.00 each at most stores. If you want a basic pizza, wings, or any other menu items, they’re also available at 50% off the regular menu price.

To get this deal, you must order online at PapaJohns.com and enter the HEATWIN online promo code. This deal is only valid on the day after Miami wins their basketball game. Not valid on the day of the game. Unless of course, the Heat also won the previous day.

Offer valid for a limited time at participating Miami and South Florida Papa John’s Pizza restaurants. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or special promotional discount.

Papa John’s Pizza 50% OFF Tampa Bay Lightning

September 20, 2022

The Papa John’s Tampa Bay Lightning promotion was active earlier this year but has not yet been confirmed for the 2022-23 NHL season. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Papa John’s Pizza has a great ongoing promotion at their Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida metro locations. When the Bolts win, you get 50% off ALL regular menu priced pizzas the next day. That’s any pizza on the menu for HALF PRICE!

Get all of Papa John’s large Specialty Pizzas for around $10.00 each at most stores. If you want a basic pizza, they’re also available at 50% off the regular menu price.

To get this deal, you must order online at PapaJohns.com and enter the BOLTSW online promo code. This deal is only valid on the day after Tampa Bay wins their hockey game. Not valid on the same day. Unless of course, the Lightning also won the previous day.

Offer valid for a limited time at participating Tampa Bay area Papa John’s Pizza restaurants. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or special promotional discount.

Papa John’s Pizza 50% OFF Orlando Magic

September 20, 2022

The Papa John’s Orlando Magic promotion was active earlier this year but has not been confirmed for the 2022-23 NBA season. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Papa John’s Pizza has a great ongoing promotion at their Orlando, Florida metro locations. When the Magic wins, you get 50% off ALL regular menu price items the next day. That’s anything on the menu for HALF PRICE!

Get all of Papa John’s large Specialty Pizzas for around $10.00 each at most stores. If you want a basic pizza, wings, or any other menu items, they’re also available at 50% off the regular menu price.

To get this deal, you must order online at PapaJohns.com and enter the MAGICWIN online promo code. This deal is only valid on the day after Orlando wins their basketball game. Not valid on the day of the game. Unless of course, the Magic also won the previous day.

Offer valid for a limited time at participating Orlando and Central Florida Papa John’s Pizza restaurants. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or special promotional discount.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill First Responders Eat FREE

September 20, 2022

This promotion was active last year but has NOT been confirmed for 2022. I will keep watching to see if it or a similar offer returns. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

This month, first responders eat FREE at Romano’s Macaroni Grill! Enjoy a complimentary order of Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti when dining with friends or family. No coupon or secret handshake is required to take advantage of this offer. Just come to Romano’s and show your valid ID. Your meal is complimentary from now until the end of the month! Consider it a “Thank You” in appreciation of the important job you do every day.

Offer valid through Sunday, October 31, 2021 at participating locations. Qualifying first responders include firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and hospital medical staff. Dine-in only. Limit 1 free meal per customer with valid ID. Excludes Puerto Rico, airport, and international locations. Most Romano’s Macaroni Grill restaurants will be open regular hours on Halloween (Sunday, October 31.)

Is The Mall of America Tax Free?

September 20, 2022

I get asked this question all the time. Many people believe the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota (suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul) offers tax-free shopping at stores and restaurants. The short answer is “no.”

Sales at the Mall of America are subject to a sales tax rate of 7.525%. This breaks down as follows: 6.875% Minnesota state sales tax, .25% metro transit sales tax, .40% Hennepin County sales tax which funds the Minnesota Twins stadium and Target Field. In addition, alcoholic beverages are subject to an additional 5.5% tax: 2.5% additional Minnesota state sales tax on liquor, plus a 3% “drink tax” which is levied by the City of Bloomington.

The myth about the Mall of America being tax-free likely stems from the fact that sales of clothing and footwear are exempt from all state and local sales taxes. This is true everywhere in Minnesota, not just at MOA. There is no dollar limit on this exemption: a $2 pair of socks and a $1,000 custom tailored suit are both free of tax. Since all surrounding states and Canadian provinces tax both clothes and shoes, the Mall of America becomes an attractive regional shopping destination. This is especially true during July and August for back to school shopping, then again in November and December for Christmas and holiday shopping.

Groceries are also exempt from sales tax in Minnesota. This can get tricky, however. Candy and soda pop are taxed, as are all restaurant meals. Legally, the tax applies to “prepared” foods. So, if you buy a frozen burrito from a convenience store, it is not taxed. But if you heat it up in the microwave before leaving the store, it is then “prepared” and thus subject to sales tax. Candy is taxed while cookies are not. Here’s my favorite: if you buy vegetables in a grocery store, they are not taxed. But if you purchase those same vegetables from the store’s salad bar and use them to make yourself a salad, it is then considered “prepared food” and subject to sales tax. Confused? Me too!

Back to tax free shopping at the Mall of America: the general rule to remember is that clothes and shoes are not taxed. Everything else is. Have a great time and enjoy your Twin Cities shopping vacation!

Mills Fleet Farm Christmas Toyland Catalog

September 20, 2022

This Christmas promotion was active last year but has NOT been confirmed for 2022. I will keep watching to see if it or a similar offer returns. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

The Mills Fleet Farm Christmas Toy Catalog has arrived! It’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas gifts. Mills Fleet Farm has plenty of ideas for you this holiday season. This year’s hottest toys can be found at competitive prices throughout the Mills Fleet Farm Christmas Toy Catalog. See it online now at FleetFarm.com. Catalog pricing is valid October 23 through November 20, 2021.

Toyland officially opens at 7:00AM on Saturday, October 23. Get there early because a FREE 7.5″ Toyland Semi Truck will be given to the first 125 customers at each store. Don’t miss the 3-Day Doorbusters, October 23-24-25. Available in stores only, while supplies last.

Be sure to shop Toyland early for best selection. Most Mills Fleet Farm stores will be closed Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25.)

Perkins FREE Veterans Day Military Breakfast

September 20, 2022

This Veterans Day promotion was active last year but has NOT been confirmed for 2022. I will keep watching to see if it or a similar offer returns. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery will be offering a FREE Magnificent Seven Breakfast for Veterans Day! All veterans and active duty military personnel eat free at Perkins on Monday, November 11.

If you’re not familiar with the Magnificent Seven, it’s a breakfast that truly earns the name. Three buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup, two eggs any style, and two Applewood smoked bacon strips. The Magnificent Seven is served all day, so it will be ready when you are. As a special “thank you” to active and retired military servicemembers, it’s yours free on Veterans Day.

Offer valid on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at participating locations. Valid military ID is required to take advantage of this promotion. Dine-in only. No carryouts. Most Perkins Restaurant & Bakeries will be open holiday hours on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25.)

Huddle House FREE Veterans Day Military Breakfast

September 20, 2022

This Veterans Day promotion was active last year but has NOT been confirmed for 2022. I will keep watching to see if it or a similar offer returns. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Huddle House will be serving a FREE breakfast on Veterans Day! All retired and active duty military personnel enjoy a free MVP Breakfast Platter. Choose your favorite of 45 customizable platter combinations with delectable items including eggs, bacon, hash browns, grits, a waffle, plus an old-fashion buttermilk pancake. This promotion is valid the entire day, so it’s ready when you are. Stop by and enjoy a free breakfast at Huddle House.

Offer valid Thursday, November 11, 2021 at participating locations. Valid military ID is required to take advantage of this promotion. Acceptable forms of ID include U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card or Retired ID Card, or current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES.) Dine-in only. No carryouts. Most Huddle House restaurants will be open holiday hours on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25.) Many are open 24 hours.

Colton’s FREE Veterans Day Military Meal

September 20, 2022

This Veterans Day promotion was active last year but has NOT been confirmed for 2022. I will keep watching to see if it or a similar offer returns. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Colton’s Steak House & Grill will be offering a FREE Veterans Day meal this year! All veterans and active duty military personnel eat free at Colton’s on Thursday, November 11. Choose from these delicious lunch menu favorites:

– 6 Ounce Sirloin served 1 regular side item
– Chopped Sirloin served with 1 regular side item
– Country Fried Steak served with 1 regular side item
– Homestyle Chicken Tenders served with 1 regular side item
– Any 1/2 Pound Burger or Sandwich served with fries
– Mesquite Grilled Chicken Salad with a basket of homemade yeast rolls

Offer valid from from 11:00AM to 4:00PM on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at participating locations. Valid military ID or proof of service required. Beverage not included. Dine-in only. No carryouts. Offer not available at Kentucky locations. Most Colton’s Steak House & Grill restaurants will be open holiday hours on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25.)

Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Bowl Price Menu

September 20, 2022

Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion was last active in 2019. It was not held in 2020 or 2021. The status of this event for 2022 has yet to be determined.

In previous years, Never Ending Pasta Bowl had started in late September and ended the Sunday before Thanksgiving. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often! While we’re waiting, here’s a look back at Never Ending Pasta Bowl 2019:

Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Bowl is here! Everybody’s favorite endless pasta extravaganza has finally arrived. Here’s what we know so far regarding price, dates, and menu selections:

– Base price remained unchanged at $10.99.

– Over 100 combinations were available. First, choose your pasta: Spaghetti, Angel Hair, Fettuccine, Whole Grain Linguine, Cavatappi (corkscrew), Rigatoni, or Gluten-Free Rotini.

– Next, choose your sauce: NEW Creamy Roasted Garlic, Alfredo, Traditional Marinara, Meat Sauce, Creamy Mushroom, or Five Cheese Marinara.

– If you desired, toppings were available at additional cost: Grilled Chicken, Meatballs, Italian Sausage, Crispy Chicken Fritta, Crispy Shrimp Fritta, and Garden Veggies.

– Start date was Monday, September 23.

– The last day for Never Ending Pasta Bowl was Sunday, November 24.

– Prices varied in Alaska, California, Times Square, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Refills were dine-in only. All orders included unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks.

Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Bowl only comes once a year. Don’t miss everyone’s favorite all you can eat pasta feast!”

Once again, Olive Garden has not yet announced whether or not Never Ending Pasta Bowl will happen in 2022. We’ll let you know here as soon as they make a decision.

Blain’s Farm & Fleet Christmas Toyland Catalog

September 20, 2022

This Christmas promotion was active last year but has NOT been confirmed for 2022. I will keep watching to see if it or a similar offer returns. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

The Blain’s Farm & Fleet Christmas Toy Catalog has arrived! It’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas gifts. Blain’s Farm & Fleet has plenty of ideas for you this holiday season. This year’s hottest toys can be found at competitive prices throughout the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Christmas Toy Catalog. See it online now at farmandfleet.com/toyland. Catalog pricing is valid October 16-31, 2021.

Toyland officially opens at 7:00AM on Saturday, October 16. Get there early because a FREE Logo 30385 Super Mario Mushroom Surprise 18-pc. set will be given to customers who make a $40 Toyland in-store purchase. Offer available while supplies last at each location.

Be sure to shop Toyland early for best selection. Most Blain’s Farm & Fleet stores will be closed Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25.)

El Torito 67th Anniversary Fiesta FREE Tacos

September 20, 2022

This fall promotion was active last year but has NOT been confirmed for 2022. I will keep watching to see if it or a similar offer returns. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

El Torito is celebrating their 67th Anniversary! Come in and enjoy FREE tacos, in honor of El Torito’s 67th birthday. No purchase is necessary to take part in the festivities. Free taco choices include all of the following:

– Steak Tacos
– Chicken Tacos
– Carnitas Tacos
– Al Pastor Tacos

Happy Hour specials will be in effect and a Mariachi band will be playing for your enjoyment. Free food, inexpensive drinks, and live music. How’s that for a fiesta? Don’t miss El Torito’s 67th Anniversary celebration!

Offer valid Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 3:00PM to close at participating locations. Mariachi from 4:00PM-7:00PM. Most El Torito Mexican restaurants will be open holiday hours on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25.)

Papa John’s Pizza 50% OFF Washington Capitals

September 20, 2022

The Papa John’s Washington Capitals promotion was active earlier this year but has not been confirmed for the 2022-23 NHL season. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Papa John’s Pizza has a great ongoing promotion at their Washington, DC metro locations. When the Capitals score 5 or more goals, you get 50% off regular menu price pizzas the next day. That’s any pizza on the menu for HALF PRICE! Excludes Epic Stuffed Crust pizza.

Get all of Papa John’s large Specialty Pizzas for around $10.00 each at most stores. If you want a basic pizza, they’re also available at 50% off the regular menu price.

To get this deal, you must order online at PapaJohns.com and enter the CAPS50 online promo code. This deal is only valid on the day after Washington scores 5+ goals in their hockey game. Not valid on the day of the game. Unless of course, the Caps also scored 5 or more goals the previous day.

Offer valid for a limited time at participating District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Papa John’s Pizza restaurants. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or special promotional discount.

Papa John’s Pizza 50% OFF Washington Wizards

September 20, 2022

The Papa John’s Washington Wizards promotion was active earlier this year but has not been confirmed for the 2022-23 NBA season. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Papa John’s Pizza has a great ongoing promotion at their Washington, DC metro locations. When the Wizards score 125 or more points in a game, you get 50% off regular menu price pizzas the next day. That’s any pizza on the menu for HALF PRICE! Excludes Epic Stuffed Crust pizza.

Get all of Papa John’s large Specialty Pizzas for around $10.00 each at most stores. If you want a basic pizza, they’re also available at 50% off the regular menu price.

To get this deal, you must order online at PapaJohns.com and enter the WIZ50 online promo code. This deal is only valid on the day after Washington scores 125+ points in their basketball game. Not valid on the day of the game. Unless of course, the Wizards also scored 125 or more points on the previous day.

Offer valid for a limited time at participating District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia Papa John’s Pizza restaurants. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or special promotional discount.

Rubio’s National Taco Day FREE À La Carte Taco

September 20, 2022

This fall promotion was active last year but has NOT been confirmed for 2022. I will keep watching to see if it or a similar offer returns. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Rubio’s Coastal Grill celebrates National Taco Day in style! Enjoy a FREE à la carte taco with any purchase. Simply present this coupon to your server and get the deal. Mark your calendars for 10/4 and get ready to enjoy everyone’s favorite taco holiday! National Taco Day comes just once a year and so does this promotion. Celebrate in style at Rubio’s!

Offer valid only on Monday, October 4, 2021 at participating locations. Additional purchase required to obtain free item. Not valid for online orders or in conjunction with any other coupon or special promotional discount. Limit 1 coupon per person per visit. Most Rubio’s Coastal Grill restaurants will be open regular hours on Columbus Day (Monday, October 11.)

On The Border National Taco Day $10.99 AYCE

September 20, 2022

This fall promotion was active last year but has NOT been confirmed for 2022. I will keep watching to see if it or a similar offer returns. As soon as I receive further information, this page will be updated. Be sure to check back often!

Of course, we would expect On The Border to celebrate National Taco Day with a fantastic special. Enjoy $10.99 Endless Tacos all day long! Your choice of Crispy or Soft Tacos, prepared the way you like ’em with ground beef or chicken tinga. This is the one time when you can stuff yourself with tacos and have no regrets. Just remember to mark your calendar because National Taco Day only happens once per year. Celebrate with $10.99 Endless Tacos at On The Border!

Offer valid only on Monday, October 4, 2021 at participating locations. Dine-in only. Not available for carryout at this price. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or special promotional discount. Most On The Border Mexican restaurants will be open regular hours on Columbus Day (Monday, October 11.)