March 20 marks the official first day of spring 2014. Also called the vernal equinox, the first day of spring marks the end of winter (even if the sporadic snowstorms in many parts of the United States would beg to differ).
Sure, you could jump right into spring cleaning (including your finances) — but consider taking a moment to just get out and enjoy the sunshine with the benefit of a great deal.
To help our readers shake off the cold and welcome spring — and help their savings accounts bloom — GOBankingRates has rounded up the best deals and freebies for the first day of spring 2014.
2014 First Day of Spring Freebies
Check out our roundup of first day of spring freebies to find a way to treat yourself after a long winter — for free.
- 7-Eleven: Through May 20, text ”DIETCOKE″ to 711711 or download the 7-Eleven app to get a coupon for a free small Slurpee.
- Corner Bakery: Get a free small latte or other coffee item with the purchase of any breakfast item with this printable coupon. Offer good through April 8.
- Del Taco: Visit the fast food chain’s site to get a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a bacon or sausage egg and cheese muffin through April 2. Or get a coupon for a free medium fountain drink with the purchase of an epic burrito through March 23.
- Einstein Bros Bagels: Get a free bagel and schmear with any drink purchase with this printable coupon. Expires March 31.
- Mimis Cafe: Get a second entree free with this printable coupon, when you buy one lunch or dinner entree and two beverages. Valid through March 23.
- Olive Garden: A free dessert will come with the purchase of entree when patrons use this coupon through March 30.
- Regal Cinemas: A coupon is available on this link to claim a free small popcorn from the theater’s concession stand through March 27.
- Rita’s Italian Ice: Get a free Italian Ice between noon and 9 pm on March 20th at any Rita’s location. No coupon needed.
First Day of Spring Deals and Discounts
Looking to hit the town to celebrate the warm weather? Check out the deals below to get first day of spring sales for dining and shopping.
Food and Dining Deals for the First Day of Spring
- Bonefish Grill: $10 off a purchase of two lunch entrees with this coupon, good through March 29.
- Denny’s: This printable coupon will get diners $5 off a check of $20 or more. Expires March 23.
- Domino’s: Get 50 percent off any menu-price pizza with coupon code 9413 through March 23 at participating locations.
- Outback Steakhouse: Through April 10, get discounts on meals for two: $5 off two dinner entrees (through April 10) or $4 off two lunch entrees (expires 4/6) with the linked printable coupons. Plus, the steak and lobster is offered at the promotional price of $14.99.
- Papa John’s: Promo code SAVE25 will apply a 25 percent discount to all regular-priced menu items on an order placed on the pizza chain’s website.
- Quiznos: Get $1 off a large sub or salad purchase with coupon, through March 21. Coupon available on the Quiznos website.
- Red Lobster: Get a coupon for $10 off two Lobsterfest entrees by filling out a form on its website. Coupons expire April 13.
- Smokey Bones: Get $5 off a $15+ purchase with this printable coupon, through 3/23.
First Day of Spring Shopping Deals and Sales
- Amazon: For its Expecting Mom Spring Sale, the online retailer is chopping 20 percent off a wide range of baby items. Discounts are applied at checkout; orders $35 and over qualify for free shipping.
- Banana Republic: Get an extra 25 percent off sales items with code BRSPRING. Valid through March 20.
- Bluefly: Spring shoes, swimsuits and day dresses are marked down up to 40 percent, and orders of $300 or more get $50 off with code SPRING50. Orders $150 and over get free shipping with code SHIP50.
- Body Central: Code SPRING65 will get shoppers free shipping on orders $65+, and $20 off orders $80 and up. Alternately, use the coupon code SPRINGFREE to get 25 percent off and free shipping.
- HP Computer: The HP Spring Sale has computers on sale for as cheap as $290, plus 33 percent off for printers.
- J. Crew: Promo code HEYSPRING will get shoppers 25 percent off online or in-store purchases through March 25.
- Macy’s: Get an extra 20 percent off an online purchase with promo code VIP, or print a coupon for in-store purchases. Valid through 3/23; some exclusions apply.
- Ralph Lauren: The promo code RLSPRING14 offers tiered savings: $20 off orders $100 or more, $50 off $200 or more, and $150 off $500+. Purchases must be made in one transaction to qualify for the discount.
- Sears: Get 15 percent off clothing and accessories through March 22 with code SPRING14.
- Target: Online orders for women’s clothing of $99 or more are an extra 20 percent off. Discount applied automatically to shopping cart. Or use the code SAVE10 to get $10 off a $50+ purchase through March 22.
Photo: David Yu