I think Homer Simpson said it best when he uttered the sound, “Mmmmm, donuts”. I mean really, who doesn’t love a fresh doughnut from time to time? And as you can already tell, I have no idea how the word is actually spelled and I tend to go back and forth on adding the “ugh” throughout this entire article. But anyways, Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme make some of the best around and I discovered some highly useful hacks that can literally score you DOZENS of free doughnuts all year long. Let’s break it all down…
First, My Dunkin’ Savings Hacks…
1. Don’t Trash Your Receipt
The next time you’re about to toss your Dunkin’ receipt in the trash, STOP, and take a glance at the bottom of it.
You’ll see a survey code that’ll score you a free doughnut with drink purchase just for answering a few short questions about your recent visit.
If you like free doughnuts it’s kinda worth it.
2. Join Their Rewards Program
I’m a BIG fan of the DDPerks rewards program at Dunkin’.
You’ll score 5 points for every $1 spent and after 200 points you get a FREE beverage.
Heck, if you’re going to be getting your Dunkin’ fix anyways you might as well earn free drinks along the way.
3. Use a Senior Discount
If you’re an AARP member flash that card the next time you’re at a participating Dunkin’ and it’ll score you a free donut with the purchase of a large hot coffee.
The last time I checked anyone could join AARP so you might want to look into it.
4. Brew Dunkin’ at Home
This hack tickles my “frugal bone” as I always shake my head when I see the LONG drive-thru line at my local Starbucks or Dunkin’ at 2 p.m. on a Wednesday.
Brew your coffee at home for pennies on the dollar and take it with you.
Dunkin’ sells excellent ground coffee (and it’s quite affordable compared to Starbucks) that’s sold at pretty much every grocery store in America.
Heck, throw it in the fridge at work and enjoy an iced coffee in the afternoon and you’ll save $2-3 every time you do it.
Now To My Krispy Kreme Savings Hacks
The best part about these 6 hacks is that they ALL involve FREE doughnuts.
Let’s get to it…
1. Free Dozen Donuts on Krispy Kreme’s Anniversary
The date is July 17th…burn it into your memory and your fat cells will thank you.
It’s the day when Krispy Kreme was created, and on that beautiful date, they will give you a free dozen Original Glazed donuts when you buy ANY other dozen.
Yes, you read that correctly, 12 free doughnuts simply for buying 12.
2. Get Vaccinated for COVID
Show up with your COVID vaccination card and score a FREE doughnut every day in 2021 at participating Krispy Kreme locations.
The doughnut in question is the Original Glazed and it’s free EVERY DAY you drive up and show them your card.
The good news is you only need to show proof of 1 shot to score your freebie….so while you’re waiting for your 2nd dose go reward yourself with a free doughnut.
3. Bring in Your Report Card
My kids have been taking advantage of this one for years.
Show up with your most recent report card and if it only shows A’s and B’s you’ll get a FREE dozen doughnuts.
They’ll mark your report card to show it’s been redeemed but you can come back next semester and get 12 more Original Glazed for free.
4. Setup an Alert for National Donut Day
Did you know that the first Friday in June is also known as National Doughnut Day?
Apparently it started way back in 1917 and for many years Krispy Kreme has been celebrating by handing out a free doughnut for the entire week, Monday through Friday.
NO purchase necessary.
5. Score a Free Doughnut on Halloween
Wear a costume and get a free doughnut on October 31st of every year.
This even includes drive-thru customers.
Who doesn’t want even MORE sugar in their kids before they go trick-or-treating.
6. Get a Free Green Doughnut on St. Patrick’s Day
The next time St. Patty’s day rolls around, cook up some yummy corned beef and cabbage then throw the kids in the car and head off to Krispy Kreme where they can all score a FREE green doughnut.
To make it happen, be sure everyone is wearing green and they’ll have green frosting all over their faces in no time, free-of-charge of course.
Ask the Reader: Do you know of any other ways to score free (or really cheap) doughnuts or drinks at Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme? Let me know in the comments.
By Kyle James
Photo credit to Mike Mozart