POSTED: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 12:04am
NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — It's sweaty, hot and gross as heck all across the country this week. Summer should be good for something, right? To heck with bathing suit season; you deserve some free cold beverages, ice cream (sorta), and chicken.
July 11: 7-Eleven -- Free Slurpees
You have until 7 p.m. to haul yourself over to the nearest participating 7-Eleven for a free 7.11-ounce Slurpee drink in honor of the chain's 85th birthday. Can't make it there in time? Whip up a batch of bourbon slush at home (with or without the bourbon).
July 13: Chick-fil-A -- Free meals and entrees
Eat mor free stuff. Chick-fil-A celebrates its annual Cow Appreciation Day by awarding a free full meal to any customer who comes to one of the chain's restaurants fully dressed as a cow. Those decked in "partial cow attire" - a hat, bag, vest or purse with a cow print - will receive an entree. Cowed by the prospect? The website offers a printable Cow Appreciation Day kit to help you get started.
July 13: Starbucks -- Free Starbucks Refreshers Beverages
Starbucks is hawking more than just coffee these days, don'tcha know? The increasingly diverse chain is handing our free 12 ounce "Refreshers" at participating stores from 12-3 p.m. They're made from green coffee extract - taken from non-roasted beans, and claim to pack the same energy impact but without caffeine or coffee flavor.
July 14: Dippin' Dots -- Free Dippin' Dots Clusterz
Despite filing for Chapter 11 last year the vendor of pelleted "ice cream of the future" is still in business, and it's doling out samples of "Clusterz" - ice cream dots clustered with rich crunchy chocolate. Download a coupon from dippindots.com and redeem it at participating Dippin' Dots store and shopping center locations from from 7-9 p.m.