Every year since the late 1970s, the Sunday after Labor Day has been set aside as National Grandparents Day. This Sunday, September 9, you can save money, take advantage of freebies, and get creative to honor grandparents on National Grandparents Day. Below are a few nationwide freebies, special deals and events to make Grandparents Day free or cheap – – and fun.
We’ve also rounded up some coupons and deals that aren’t specific to Grandparents Day but are good this weekend if you want to treat Grandma and Grandpa:
Throw back a cold one at Applebee’s with their September drink of the month, Samuel Adams OctoberFest beer in a 10 ounce mug. Call your local restaurant to make sure they are participating in this deal.
Crayola offers some cute coloring pages for your little ones to embellish share with their grandparents.
Brighten an email box with a free Grandparents Day e-card or printable from Greetings Island. You can customize and send via email, or print the card and mail – or present it in person.
Grandparents like pictures, and a personalized frame made by a grandchild can be an inexpensive and cherished gift. Find out what you need and how to make a Grandparents Day frame craft at Michaels. Use one of the 40% off coupons for extra savings. Or go to one of Michaels’ crafting classes – like this fall wreath-making workshop on September 8 – and spend quality time with your loved one.
McDonald’s : Spend at least $1 with Apple Pay using the mobile Order & Pay app, and receive a free order of fries. The offer is good only once per day, and ends September 30. While you are using that app, check out the other deals available, like free medium fries on Fridays, and $1 sandwiches from now until September 30. The home of Grimace the purple nugget is offering free fries on Fridays and $1 sandwiches any day from now through September 30. Both are available through the McDonald’s mobile app, and there are limitations to these offers that are listed in the app program.
Moe’s : This deal is on September 20 – get free queso all day long at participating restaurants. But from now until September 20, you can enter to win free queso for life by checking in with the Moe’s app or on its Facebook page.
Olive Garden : Choose a meal, and take a second one home for free. This “Buy One, Take One” promotion is available for a limited time in September. Call ahead to make sure the promotion is still available at your local participating restaurant.
Celebrate Grandparents Day a day later on Monday. Take Grandmother and Granddad to P.F. Chang’s for happy hour and enjoy food and drink options for $6 or less from 3 pm to 6 pm, Monday through Friday.
Shake things up with grandma and grandpa at Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Get a free shake with the purchase of an entrée from September 6 to 9 — just mention “Free Shake Offer” at checkout.
Sonic: Get half price drinks and slushes, and 99 cent corn dogs every day during happy hour, from 2 pm to 4 pm. On Tuesdays, you can order half price cheeseburgers from 5 pm to close.
Smithsonian: Get a ticket good for two free admissions to a participating museum on Museum Day, September 22. Visit the webpage for more information.
Village Inn : Celebrate Grandparents Day with pancakes. Village Inn is offering all-you-can-eat pancakes for $3.99 during the month of September at participating restaurants. Sweet toppings as an all-you-can-eat extra will cost you $2.99.
Weinerschnitzel: Get 4 corn dogs, 4 chili dogs, and 4 orders of chili cheese fries for just $20 – enough to share with your favorite grandparents on September 9.
Wendy’s: Treat the grandparents to a small vanilla or chocolate Wendy’s Frosty while they only cost 5o cents.
White Castle: Celebrate Grandparents Day with $3 off any Castle Pack. You’ll need the White Castle coupon, which is good only on September 9. Make sure you check out the other coupons, good for certain days this month.
Freebies, deals and special National Grandparents Day events are scheduled in cities all over the nation. Train rides, free museum entry and free zoo admission such as this one in Oakland are among the local deals. Be sure to watch this list. as we will add more deals as we find them. And check out the Living on the Cheap network to locate an On the Cheap site for your area, then click through to find local Grandparents Day freebies, deals and events.