Taco ‘Bout a Discount: Here’s Where You Can Get Free (and Almost Free) Tacos for National Taco Day Today

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Taco lovers, you’ve watched from the sidelines as this year’s National Pizza Day, National Doughnut Day, and National Coffee Day have passed by. Now, finally, the day you’ve been waiting for has arrived, and your patience has been rewarded with fabulous deals on the delicious tacos that fill your dreams each night.

From Baja Fresh to Burger King, taco providers everywhere are offering free or deeply discounted tacos to celebrate National Taco Day. USA Today has the lowdown on which restaurants are participating, what apps you should download, and which secret passwords you need to know in order to join the party.

Here are the best National Taco Day 2019 deals:

  • Applebee’s: Some locations in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and New York are offering a $1 Chicken Wonton Taco appetizer for dine-in customers.
  • Baja Fresh: Buy one taco, and present this digital coupon from the Baja Fresh Instagram account to get a second taco for free.
  • Bill Miller Bar-B-Q: Buy up to 10 Bean & Cheese tacos for just $0.75 each.
  • Bubbakoo's Burritos: Buy up to five tacos for $1 each.
  • Burger King: Tacos are $1 at participating locations.
  • California Tortilla: Say "Taco-berfest" when ordering to claim a free taco with your purchase.
  • Chronic Tacos: Say “Taco Life” when ordering to claim a free taco between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Chuy's: Show up to any Chuy’s dressed as a taco and they’ll give you an entrée for free. If you don’t have a costume, you can also add a crispy beef taco to your entrée order for just $1.
  • Del Taco: Join the Raving Fan Eclub or download the app to redeem your free taco. (You’ll also get a free shake on your birthday.)
  • Fuzzy's Taco Shop: Rewards members can claim a free taco with their purchase. Join the rewards program here.
  • Hurricane Grill & Wings: Get a free taco with the purchase of one taco and two drinks.
  • Jack in the Box: E-club members can claim a free taco with their purchase. Sign up here.
  • Rubio’s Coastal Grill: Show this coupon to claim a free taco with any drink purchase.
  • Taco Bell: Buy their “National Taco Day gift set” $5 gift card, which will get you four tacos—two Crunchy Tacos and two Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos. Can you send yourself the gift card? Of course. The taco titan is also offering a free bean burrito with mobile orders through October 17.
  • Taco Cabana: Breakfast tacos, naked tacos (chicken, steak or brisket with no toppings), shredded chicken tacos, and ground beef tacos are each just $1.
  • Taco John's: Download the app to claim a free Crispy Taco.
  • TacoTime: Pick up a free Crisp Taco at participating locations. If you order ahead, they’ll give you two.
  • Wahoo's: Ask for the Taco Day offer, and tacos are buy-one-get-one-free. (Though there’s a limit of two per customer.)

Looking for other ways to treat yourself on National Taco Day? Check out these items that every taco lover needs.

[h/t USA Today]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]