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]

Swear Off Toilet Paper With This Bidet Toilet Seat That's Easy to Install and Costs Less Than $100

Tushy
Tushy

The recent coronavirus-related toilet paper shortage has put the spotlight on the TP-less alternative that Americans have yet to truly embrace: the bidet.

It's not exactly a secret that toilet paper is wasteful—it's estimated to cost 437 billion gallons of water and 15 million trees to produce our yearly supply of the stuff. But while the numbers are plain to see, bidets still aren't common in the United States.

Well, if price was ever the biggest barrier standing in the way of swearing off toilet paper for good, there's now a cost-effective way to make the switch. Right now, you can get the space-saving Tushy bidet for less than $100. And you'll be able to install it yourself in just 10 minutes.

What is a Bidet?

Before we go any further, let’s just go ahead and get the awkward technical details out of the way. Instead of using toilet paper after going to the bathroom, bidets get you clean by using a stream of concentrated water that comes out of a faucet or nozzle. Traditional bidets look like weird toilets without tanks or lids, and while they’re pretty uncommon in the United States, you’ve definitely seen one if you’ve ever been to Europe or Asia.

That said, bidets aren’t just good for your butt. When you reduce toilet paper usage, you also reduce the amount of chemicals and emissions required to produce it, which is good for the environment. At the same time, you’re also saving money. So this is a huge win-win.

Unfortunately, traditional bidets are not an option for most Americans because they take up a lot of bathroom space and require extra plumbing. That’s where Tushy comes in.

The Tushy Classic Bidet Toilet Seat.

Unlike traditional bidets, the Tushy bidet doesn’t take up any extra space in your bathroom. It’s an attachment for your existing toilet that places an adjustable self-cleaning nozzle at the back of the bowl, just underneath the seat. But it doesn’t require any additional plumbing or electricity. All you have to do is remove the seat from your toilet, connect the Tushy to the clean water supply behind the toilet, and replace the seat on top of the Tushy attachment.

The Tushy has a control panel that lets you adjust the angle and pressure of the water stream for a perfect custom clean. The nozzle lowers when the Tushy is activated and retracts into its housing when not in use, keeping it clean and sanitary.

Like all bidets, the Tushy system takes a little getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to use toilet paper again. In fact, Tushy is so sure you’ll love their product, they offer customers a 60-day risk-free guarantee. If you don’t love your Tushy, you can send it back for a full refund, minus shipping and handling.

Normally, the Tushy Classic retails for $109, but right now you can get the Tushy Classic for just $89. So if you’ve been thinking about going TP-free, now is definitely the time to do it.

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The Clever Reason Oranges Are Sold in Red Mesh Bags

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If a detail in a food's packaging doesn't seem to serve a practical purpose, it's likely a marketing tactic. One example is the classic mesh bag of oranges seen in supermarket produce sections. When oranges aren't sold loose on the shelf, they almost always come in these red, mesh bags. The packaging may seem plain, but according to Reader's Digest, it's specially designed to make shoppers want to buy the product.

The color orange "pops" when paired with the color red more so than it does with yellow, green, or blue. That means when you see a bunch of oranges behind a red net pattern, your brain assumes they're more "orange" (and therefore fresher and higher quality) than it would if you saw them on their own. That's the same reason red is chosen when making bags for fruits like grapefruits or tangerines, which are also orange in color.

For lemon packaging, green is more commonly chosen to make the yellow rind stand out. If lemons were sold in the same red bags as other citrus, the red and yellow hues together would actually make the fruits appear orange. Lemons can also come in yellow mesh bags, and the bags for limes are usually green to match their color.

Next time you visit the supermarket, see if you can spot the many ways the store is set up to influence your buying decisions. The items at eye-level will likely be more expensive than those on the shelves above and below them, and the products near the register will likely be cheaper and more appealing as impulse buys. Check out more sneaky tricks used by grocery stores here.

[h/t Reader's Digest]