Over 15 Freebies and Deals for Furloughed Workers During Government Shutdown
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Affected by the shutdown?
Thousands of federal workers are going without pay as we face the longest government shutdown in American history. But, many retailers and restaurants are offering “shutdown specials” to help lighten the load! From free bread to cheap meals, here’s where you can save money during the shutdown.
Through January 27th, participating Fazoli’s locations are offering furloughed federal government employees with valid ID a free Pizza Baked Spaghetti with the purchase of a drink.
Over 50 Great Harvest locations nationwide are setting up “Shutdown Shelves” and offering free bread to federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown. Head here for a list of participating Great Harvest Bread Co. bakeries.
Any U.S. government employee currently on furlough can show their valid government ID at their local box office and receive two free tickets to a Harlem Globetrotter game in North America, while supplies last. This offer is only valid during the current government shutdown.
4. Hudson Group
Hudson Group, which has more than 1,000 stores in airports and transportation terminals in 87 locations, is offering TSA and customer workers 20% off food, beverages and core store products with their TSA or Transborder ID. This special will continue until the end of the shutdown.
Many art museums, as well as select science and history museums, are offering free admission for furloughed federal employees during the U.S. government shutdown with valid ID. Contact your local museum for more details and to verify participation.
Notarize is offering free notarizations for all federal employees during the government shutdown. In order to qualify, participants must sign up for an account with a .gov email address.
From January 23rd through January 27th, government workers can get buy one, get one free entrees at Potbelly Sandwich Shop when they show a federal government ID.
Participating Punch Bowl Social locations are offering a 25% discount on food, beverages, and games to federal government employees with a valid ID (offers may vary). Be sure to check your location’s Facebook page to see if they are participating.
Purina is offering free pet food for federal employees in need during the government shutdown.
To help ensure pets remain fed, healthy and in their homes during this time, Purina is offering a pet food and litter donation to their 47 Purina Shelter Champion partners across the country, their national pet food distribution partner Rescue Bank, and to the Humane Rescue Alliance’s Pet Pantry program in Washington, D.C. for distribution to federal employees. Check out the Purina website for more details.
Through January 23rd, or until the government shutdown ends, Macaroni Grill is offering all furloughed federal government employees a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti from 11 am to 4 pm daily with federal ID (not valid at airport or international locations). Check out Romano’s Facebook page for details.
11. Rosetta Stone
Through January 31st, furloughed government workers can get a free three-month standard Rosetta Stone online subscription for any of their available languages. Just email your name and the name of the government department or agency you work for to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Rosetta Stone’s website for more details.
Affected federal workers and their immediate families with a valid ID badge or business card will be treated to a free meal and beverage at participating Ruby Slipper Cafe locations (Monday-Friday only). There are locations in New Orleans, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida. For more details, visit Ruby Slipper Cafe’s website.
13. Sky Zone
Participating Sky Zone Trampoline Park locations are offering furloughed federal government employees or those currently without pay and up to three immediate family members 60 minutes of free play every Tuesday through Thursday in January. Note that a valid government ID and Sky Zone socks are required, but you can reuse SkySocks from previous visits. Visit Sky Zone’s websit for more details.
14. Taco Cabana
15. Tanger Outlets
Through January 28th, any government workers affected by the shutdown are eligible for a free $20 gift card from Tanger Outlets with a federal ID. Visit the Tanger Outlets website or check out this “TangerCared list of Offers” PDF for more details.
Customers affected by the shutdown are eligible for flexible payment options or short-term account assistance to keep service including cell phones, television, and internet running. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are all offering assistance. Contact your local provider for more details.