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Best Chicken Wings Deals for National Chicken Wing Day

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Cheap—sometimes free—wings are up for grabs on Wednesday.

It’s time yet again for another totally made-up holiday that can benefit you in the form of cheap food. Wednesday, July 29, is being celebrated as National Chicken Wing Day, and naturally there is no shortage of pubs and wing houses happy to oblige with special deals on wings.

Here are the best offers from restaurants with multiple locations around the country:

Black Angus Steakhouse: The National Chicken Wing Day deal, announced to those who signed up for this 45-location chain’s promotional emails, is $9 for a dozen wings and a 16-ounce draft beer.

Beef O’Brady’s: Order 10 wings, get an extra five for free; order 20 wings, get an extra 10 for free; and so on.

East Coast Wings: Get six free wings with every adult entrée purchase on Wednesday.

Glory Days Grill: This sports bar restaurant with franchises in Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia is hosting a special of $5 for a half-dozen wings, any style.

Hooters: An all-you-can-eat wing deal is priced at $12.99 for boneless, $14.99 for traditional bone-in wings.

Hurricane Grill & Wings: All-you-can-eat wings for $12.99.

Ker’s Winghouse: Buy 10 wings, get five free at this wing specialty restaurant with roughly two dozen locations in Florida.

Wings-N-Things: Buy one traditional wing meal with a drink on Wednesday, and a second meal (with drink) is free at this wing chain clustered around San Diego.

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You Can Now Take a Free Online MIT Class On Poker

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It will help you learn the basics—and get competitive.

A new free online course offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology gives students the opportunity to use math and applied theory to get better at playing poker.

The class is taught by finance graduate student Kevin Desmond. It’s part of MIT’s OpenCourseWare program, which opens up course materials and video lectures from many of the school’s classes to the public.

Why is MIT teaching poker? The course comes out of MIT’s Sloan business school, and the course description says poker theory and analysis can be applied to investment management and trading.

Terminology and strategy is covered in eight lectures (you can watch the first one below. Learners who prefer printed material can check out the course notes. Some commenters have noted that the class might be best for poker novices, though the coursework becomes more challenging as it progresses. Beyond basics, like the benefits of sitting at different table positions, you will learn how to calculate odds using statistical probabilities.

The class also requires that you practice your skills within online cardrooms—though you will be betting only fake cash, not the real thing.

Of course, what you do after the course is your own business: You wouldn’t be the first MIT student to make money from playing cards.

Read More: 6 Crucial Life (and Money) Lessons I Learned Playing in the World Series of Poker

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This Week’s Best Deals: Free Music, 50% Off Krispy Kreme Donuts

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs during Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 at Union Park on July 17, 2015 in Chicago, United States.
Daniel Boczarski—Redferns via Getty Images Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs during Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 at Union Park on July 17, 2015 in Chicago, United States.

Get the new Wilco album for free, and get $20 worth of Krispy Kreme for just $10.

Whether you want to save on sweets, or just get new tunes for free, here are the best bargains this week:

Free Music Download
Music fans were delighted a few days ago when indie darling Wilco declared that it was releasing a new album, and that it would be completely free for a limited time. Be sure to download “Star Wars” soon, as the band has suggested that it will eventually start charging for it. Not a Wilco fan? You can still get your freebie fix by downloading the Wine for Dummies eBook. Brush up on your wine knowledge while saving $12. Or just keep an eye out for these 16 things you can always get for free.

Huge Discounts on Hip Clothing
Ladies who love trendy clothing with an edge should pay close attention, as two of the best brands in the business are having big sales. French Connection is slashing an extra 70% off sale items via coupon code “SALE70,” which is the best discount we’ve ever seen from the purveyor of chic and casual styles. Madewell, J. Crew’s kid sister, is also offering its top sale of the year, taking an additional 40% off via coupon code “EXTRA40.” Deals ends July 22.

50% Off Krispy Kreme
While we frequently see “buy one dozen donuts, get a dozen free” promotions from Krispy Kreme, this is a rare opportunity to essentially get half off anything you’d like, since Groupon is now selling a $20 credit for just $10. Plus, you can buy up to 10 credits at this price, which means a potential $100 off your donut consumption. (Keep in mind though that you must use the credit by August 26, so you probably don’t want to buy that many vouchers unless you’re buying for an event or your entire office.)

Rare Discount on the iPad mini 3
It’s been a bit odd how few deals there have been this year for the iPad mini 3; the iPad Air 2 has seen a slew of discounts, but the smaller of the two Apple tablets has barely seen a price cut. That just makes this deal on an Apple iPad mini 3 128GB WiFi Tablet all the better. It’s selling for $449.99 at Best Buy, which is a savings of $80. That’s likely the best deal you’ll see on this model, unless you wait until the fall when Apple is expected to release the next generation.

Amazing bargains pop up at any given moment, so consider signing up for a daily email digest from DealNews to have the best offers sent directly to your inbox.

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Applebee’s Is Giving Out Free Appetizers on Tuesday

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Restaurant will give away two million plates of food.

Applebee’s is calling Tuesday “Taste the Change Day,” and is encouraging customers to sample the restaurant chain’s newest innovations free of charge. Dine-in customers will get free plates of Sriracha Shrimp and Churro S’Mores appetizers all day on Tuesday.

Nearly all of the roughly 2,000 Applebee’s locations in the U.S. are participating, and the restaurant chain plans on giving away something in the neighborhood of two million sampler platters of the free appetizers.

The “Taste the Change” campaign hopes to call attention to the new Applebee’s menu, which has been reworked over the past year. New menu items include appetizers like pot stickers and sweet potato fries in addition to those featured in the giveaway, as well as “Pub Plates” of Kobe-style meatballs and sweet chile brisket sliders.

Read next: 5 Fast Food Mashup Monstrosities You Know You Want to Try

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How to Get Free Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Day

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Even dogs get free ice cream on Sunday.

This weekend’s fake food holiday celebrating ice cream is perfectly timed: It’s in July, arguably the month when you need ice cream the most, and it’s being held on a Sundae (get it?). Anyway, here’s where you can grab some free ice cream this weekend—typically with the requirement that you buy another ice cream at the same time.

Friendly’s: The freebies start early at Friendly’s, which is celebrating its 80th birthday on Saturday, July 18, with buy-one-get-one-free cones—which are priced at $1.99 for a single scoop all summer long. The same buy-one-get-one-free deal is available for National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 19, as well. The offer is in effect from 11 a.m. to closing on both days, at Friendly’s locations in 14 states (Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and South Carolina).

Carvel: All day long on Sunday, soft-serve cones are available on a buy-one-get-one-free basis—any size and flavor you want.

Dippin’ Dots: All customers at participating locations are welcome to free samples of the new Redberry Sherbet, which is made with Sour Patch Kids candy. No purchase required.

PetSmart: Yes, even pets get to enjoy the tasty benefits of National Ice Cream Day. From noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, all PetSmart locations with PetsHotel facilities are giving out complimentary four-ounce samples of dog-safe ice cream.

Lyft Partner Shops: This unusual freebie possibility requires the booking of a ride with the Lyft car service on Sunday. Show your Lyft receipt to participating ice cream shops in Atlanta, Austin, Brooklyn, Miami, San Francisco, and other cities, and you’ll get a free scoop.

Monkey Joe’s: Participating locations of this chain of indoor kids play areas will give out free ice cream to all guests who pay admission on Sunday (around $15 on weekends).

Baskin-Robbins: Instead of participating Ice Cream Day on Sunday, Baskin-Robbins is celebrating July as National Ice Cream Month. For the whole month, customers get free waffle cone upgrades on double scoops, and on Friday, July 31, all ice cream sundaes are 31% off.

BONUS FOOD DEAL: Wienerschnitzel: To celebrate its anniversary, this hot dog chain with 300+ locations in 10 states in the Midwest and West is offering Chili Dogs, Mustard Dogs, and Kraut Dogs for 99¢ apiece all day on Sunday, July 19. Take advantage of this deal plus one or another of the ice cream giveaways and you’ll probably make some folks in your family quite happy on Sunday.

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Free Chick-fil-A Food on Tuesday if You Dress Like a Cow

It's Cow Appreciation Day, and that means free food at Chick-fil-A.

There are many ways to take advantage of the restaurant giveaways that seem to constantly be popping up. The best and easiest is when customers can simply show up on the right day and ask for a free Slurpee or free donut or whatever.

The next level of freebie requires some kind of advance preparation on the behalf of the customer—signing up for a loyalty program, for instance, or printing out a coupon. Occasionally, the requirements to partake in the freebies can be quite specific and, well, bovine.

Such is the case with the annual Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A, being held on Tuesday, July 14, this year. On this day, anyone dressed like a cow from head to toe (or head to hoof) will be awarded a full free meal at participating Chick-fil-A restaurants. Dress partially like a cow—say, with a cow-print hat or even a T-shirt with cow spots scribbled with a marker—and you’ll get a free entrée.

In the past, Chick-fil-A offered a printable costume to help customers make their cow costumes at home just with paper and printer ink. Lately, Chick-fil-A is encouraging guests to first scour their homes and closets for all manner of cow-printed clothes and accessories, or to make one’s one outfit with paper, paint, and markers, or to hit the Internet for other ideas.

As for why people are being asked to dress like cows, and why and how Cow Appreciation Day was created, the history spans two decades and involves a “renegade cow” marketing campaign. Billboards, TV commercials, painted water towers and more have been used by cows to encourage people to “Eat Mor Chikin” at Chick-fil-A instead of wolfing down burger after burger at those other fast food joints.

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This Week’s Best Deals: Secret Video Game Sale, 1¢ Printer Paper

Amazon quietly rolled out a secret sale on video games.

Find out below how to unearth hidden discounts at Amazon, get a substantial price cut on an iPad, and score a ream of paper for next to nothing. Here are the best bargains this week:

Apple’s Refresh Cycle Brings Great iPad Deals
Apple is set to announce a new iPad in October, which means all the currently manufactured models are seeing great discounts from resellers. If you’re not interested in waiting to see what the latest model from Apple will offer, then you can snag quite a deal with this 64GB Apple iPad Air 2, sold by Blutek on eBay. At $499.99, it’s not an insignificant purchase, but it’ll save you at least $56. (Buying this model directly from Apple will cost you $100 more.)

Nearly Free Printer Paper
If you ever print anything out — or if you have a desire to make vast quantities of paper airplanes — then this is a deal worth taking advantage of. Swing by Staples with this printable coupon and “Easy” rebate, and you’ll score a ream of 8.5″ x 11″ paper for just a penny. That’s a savings of $8, which isn’t too shabby if you can easily add Staples to an already planned shopping trip. Just be sure to get there before this deal ends on July 11.

Amazon’s Secret Video Game Deals
It appears as if Amazon has been offering secret discounts on video games for Prime members, but the only way to see the discount is to be signed in to a Prime account and to add the item to your cart. Qualifying games are all shipped and sold by Amazon itself (so no marketplace sellers), and will feature a small promo advertisement on the product page. (Click here to see what it looks like.) A list of titles that are currently eligible can be found at Destructoid, and the selection includes many notable titles and preorders.

Get Classy With Your Glasses
People are easily influenced by packaging, and we bet that if you bought these elegantly-shaped Riedel wine glasses, you could make even Two Buck Chuck seem like something more refined. Currently Barneys Warehouse is charging $25 for these glasses, but they drop to $15 in your shopping cart, which is half off the original price. This deal applies to three different styles, including Pinot Noir, Cabernet, or Syrah.

Amazing bargains pop up at any given moment, so consider signing up for a daily email digest from DealNews to have the best offers sent directly to your inbox.

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Free Slurpees at 7-Eleven on Saturday, 7 Days of Freebies to Follow

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July 11, a.k.a., 7-Eleven Day, kicks off the freebie frenzy.

This Saturday is July 11, a date that’s always marked on the calendars of freebie-loving consumers. July 11, after all, is 7/11—or 7-Eleven Day—which is appropriately celebrated as a big day for the convenience store chain.

Over the years, 7-Eleven Day has gained a following as Free Slurpee Day, when each customer is welcomed to a complimentary Slurpee, any flavor goes. And the event has been getting bigger and bigger. In 2013, 7-Eleven began giving away larger Slurpees on the day, bumping up the freebie size from (yep) 7.11 ounces to the standard small size, 12 ounces.

Then, in 2014, 7-Eleven decided that 7-Eleven Day would be supersized into a whole freebie week, with free Slurpees followed by days in which cookies, Twinkies, Big Gulps, and such were given away.

Yet again, the 2015 edition of 7-Eleven Day is being stretched into eight days of giveaways. Unfortunately, this year’s version isn’t quite as generous. The promotions start like normal, with one free small Slurpee per customer on Saturday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no purchase required, and anyone and everyone can partake of the Slurpee giveaway, while supplies last.

Then, from Sunday, July 12, to Saturday, July 18, customers can receive up to $2 worth of food or drink daily, provided they meet two requirements: 1) they must be members of the 7Rewards program and download the mobile app to a device; and 2) they must be buying a 7-Eleven drink, such as a Slurpee, Big Gulp, or coffee, while grabbing their freebie.

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Here’s How to Get a Dozen Krispy Kreme Donuts for 78¢

Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images Fun fact: A dozen "Original Glazed" Krispy Kreme donuts collectively pack 2,280 calories.

One catch is you'll have to buy another dozen at regular price.

Sad that you missed out on free donuts during National Donut Day last month?

Though you’ll have to wait ’til next year for more true freebies, you can at least snag some deep donut discounts this Friday, July 10.

To celebrate its 78th anniversary, Krispy Kreme will be selling original glazed donuts at 78¢ for a dozen, provided you are willing to shell out for another dozen at regular price (typically upwards of $8, depending on where you live). Still, that nets out to about $0.37 per donut.

To get the coupon via email, click the offer button on the company’s Facebook page.

A word to the wise: You might want to share those 24 donuts (a.k.a. 4,560 calories) with friends or coworkers.

Read More: Donut Fails—7 Flavors You Won’t See on National Donut Day


Poor People Can Get Cars for Free in California Pilot Program

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You wanted an electric car, right?

A recently introduced pilot program in California is full of incentives aimed at simultaneously getting old pollution-spewing vehicles off the roads and putting low-income drivers behind the wheels of energy-efficient cars. The incentives are so generous and flexible that, in the right situation, a car can be purchased for $0. No joke.

The program is available to poor residents of certain “disadvantaged” areas of California, specifically the greater Los Angeles area and the San Joaquin Valley. Simply enough, the program from CARB (California Air Resources Board) works by “providing increasingly larger cash payments for the lowest-income families to move up to the very cleanest cars.”

How large are these cash payments? Upwards of $12,000, plus up to another $2,000 for the purchase of a charging unit for electric cars.

The incentives are based on a sliding scale, with the most money going to the poorest households that are turning in old clunkers and buying the most fuel-efficient cars possible. A household in the appropriate residential area with income at or below 225% of the federal poverty level is eligible for $9,500 with the purchase of a used electric car like the Leaf, or a plug-in gas-electric hybrid such as the Volt. An additional incentive of up to $2,500 is provided for the purchase of a brand new electric car, for a total of $12,000. A payment of up to $2,000 comes on top of that to help cover the cost of getting a charging unit installed.

No matter how noble the intentions of such a program, it must be noted that thus far low-income households have shown very little interest in electric cars. Plug-in vehicles account for a very small percentage of the car market, and early on, the buyers have tended to be overwhelmingly wealthy and well-educated. Certainly, the impracticality of owning a car that can be driven only 70 or 80 miles before requiring a recharge has been holding back electric cars from appealing to middle- and low-income drivers alike. The high purchase price of an electric car or even a hybrid like the Toyota Prius compared with a high-mileage used sedan has obviously also meant that many poorer drivers have never even considered an EV.

California’s pilot project aims to change some of the math concerning the affordability of more fuel-efficient cars. What’s most notable is that incentives are available not only for pricey new plug-ins, but for used, low-cost hybrids as well. Drivers who are in the lowest income category can get $6,500 if they’re scrapping an old car and purchasing a hybrid that is less than eight years old and gets at least 20 mpg. The incentive goes up to $7,000 for the purchase of a hybrid that gets 35 mpg or better.

As Wards Auto recently reported, in the right set of circumstances, it is indeed possible for low-income motorists to “end up driving off with a free EV.” What’s more, Green Car Reports noted, “The program doesn’t even require you to buy a replacement car. Instead, depending on your income level, you could, in return, get public transit passes worth between $2,500 and $4,500.”

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