There’s an extra day in 2020 and businesses are taking advantage by offering specials and freebies.
Saturday is the rare 29th day in February, also known as Leap Day, a date that only happens every four years.
The day is even more rewarding if you have the rarest of birthdays and were born Feb. 29. Several restaurants will offer birthday freebies for the group known as Leaplings, Leapsters or Leapers. Most years, they celebrate their birthdays either Feb. 28 or March 1.
The following deals are available Saturday, Feb. 29 unless otherwise noted. Some deals start early and a few extend through Sunday. Participation and offers can vary by location so check with your closest location before heading out.
Free doughnuts for Leap Day babies:Krispy Kreme launches ‘national doughnut delivery’ Saturday with freebie for new babies
Unlimited coffee program:Panera Bread’s new coffee subscription program offers unlimited coffee for $8.99 a month
Leap Day deals and freebies
7-Eleven: Get whole pizzas for $2.29 in-store and on the 7NOW delivery app Saturday, limit five. First-time users of the 7NOW delivery app will receive a $29 discount on any 7NOW delivery order over $50 with promo code 29OFF50.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: The chain introduces a new three-course Brewhouse Combo for $29.95 Saturday, which includes choice of soup or salad, entrée, Pizookie dessert and BJ’s Gold Medal Beer Flight. After Saturday, the special will be available daily.
Del Taco: To mark the limited return of its crispy Jumbo Shrimp Taco, get a coupon on the Del Taco app for a free shrimp taco with any purchase to redeem Leap Day weekend.
Hungry Howie’s: Get a large one-topping pizza for 29 cents Saturday with purchase of a large pizza at menu price with code LEAP29.
Insomnia Cookies: With any purchase Saturday, get one free traditional cookie.
Legal Sea Foods: Only on Saturday, get two one-pound steamed lobsters and a choice of two sides for $29. For every other day of the year, the lobsters are served individually and the current market price of a one-pounder is $27.95. Reservations are recommended.
MAPCO: Rewards members get Monster, Reign, Bang, NOS, Full Throttle and Rockstar energy drinks for $2.29 Saturday. All 8.4-ounce Red Bull products will be $2.29, too. If you’re not a rewards member, sign up for the free loyalty program at www.mapcorewards.com.
Olive Garden: Take Home entrees will be $2.29 Saturday. Entrees include choice of Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. There’s also a birthday deal for Leaplings.
Popeyes and Postmates: To get a free Popeyes Chicken Sandwich on Saturday, you’ll need to order a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich Combo with a $15 minimum purchase via Postmates through Friday. You’ll then get a code for a free Leap Day sandwich.
Quiznos: According to the sandwich chain, it’s a Leap Day tradition for women to propose on this extra day. For subbing a sandwich for a ring Saturday and posting a photo of the proposal on Facebook or Twitter with hashtag #sayyestoQuiznos, you’ll be entered in a Quiznos contest to win free catering for your wedding. Learn more at www.quiznos.com/leapdayproposal.
Sheetz: The convenience store chain is giving rewards members 366 free Spendable loyalty points to all customers who order through the Sheetz app. This promotion is valid once per person at all Sheetz locations Saturday.
TooJay’s Deli: The Florida restaurant is giving extra rewards to its members of its “Delicious Rewards” loyalty program. Make a purchase Saturday and scan a receipt to get an extra 29 points plus a coupon for a $2.29 slice of cake for the following week. There also will be a Leap Day giveaway on the chain’s Facebook page. To enter, comment on the Leap Day post and say how you’re spending the extra day.
Wayback Burgers: Get $2.29 shakes Saturday when you order on the app.
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches: Through Saturday, all members of the Which Wich Vibe Club Rewards program who purchase a wich, salad, lettucewich or wrap will be entered into a grand prize drawing to win free Which Wich until the next Leap Day in 2024. The winner of the Leap Day giveaway will be chosen March 2 and will receive a coupon for a free seven-inch added to their Vibe Club account each week for the next four years. Learn more at www.whichwich.com/LeapDay2020.
Leap Day birthday? These deals and freebies are for Leaplings
Check with your closest location before heading out to confirm participation. Proof of birthday required.
Chatbooks: If your birthday is on Leap Day or your child’s birthday is, get free photo books for the next four years until Leap Day 2024 “to preserve the moments between ‘birthdays.’” Sign up at www.chatbooks.com/leap-day-birthday-gift through March 7.
Denny’s: Anyone born on Feb. 29 gets a free Grand Slam at all locations nationwide when they show their photo ID. Only available for dine-in only and valid photo is needed.
East Coast Wings + Grill: The chain said Leaplings get a free entrée Saturday when they show a valid ID.
Farmer Boys: Leaplings get a free Big Cheese cheeseburger Saturday when they show their photo ID.
Krispy Kreme: To mark the launch of its new delivery program, the chain will deliver free doughnuts to new parents, doctors, nurses and hospital staff at hospitals within 10 miles of Krispy Kreme shops when a baby is delivered and the news is shared on social media Saturday. To get the free doughnuts, @KrispyKreme needs to be tagged on Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #KrispyKremeSpecialDelivery.
Olive Garden: Leap Day birthdays get four free dolicinis “to make up for those lost birthday years.”
Villa Italian Kitchen: If you were born on Leap Day, get a free slice of cheese pizza.
Saturday is National Time Refund Day
For the first time since 1992, Leap Day falls on a Saturday and National Day Calendar and H&R Block have proclaimed it “National Time Refund Day” to encourage people to make the most of this time refund.
National Day Calendar is offering 10 codes for free Tax Pro Go, valued at approximately $300 each. To enter through midnight CST Feb. 28, like and comment how you’re using your #TimeRefund on the National Day Calendar’s Facebook or Twitter post. Winners will be chosen on March 2.
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