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]

Amazon's Best Cyber Monday Deals on Tablets, Wireless Headphones, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Cyber Monday has arrived, and with it comes some amazing deals. This sale is the one to watch if you are looking to get low prices on the latest Echo Dot, Fire Tablet, video games, Instant Pots, or 4K TVs. Even if you already took advantage of sales during Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday still has plenty to offer, especially on Amazon. We've compiled some the best deals out there on tech, computers, and kitchen appliances so you don't have to waste your time browsing.

Computers and tablets

Amazon

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet 64GB; $120 (save $70)

- Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet 64GB; $84 (save $35)

- HP Pavilion x360 14 Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop; $646 (save $114)

- HP Pavilion Desktop, 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100 Processor; $469 (save $81)

- Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop; $973 (save $177)

Headphones and speakers

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- Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones; $200 (save $100)

- Sony Bluetooth Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones; $278 (save $72)

- JBL LIVE Wireless Headphones; $100 (save $30)

- JBL Charge 4 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $120 (save $10)

- Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II; $79 (save $50)

- Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones; $200 (save $50)

Video Games

Sony

- Watch Dogs Legion; $30 (save $30)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

- The Last of Us Part II; $30 (save $30)

TECH, GADGETS, AND TVS

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- Amazon Fire TV Stick; $30 (save $20)

- Echo Show 8; $65 (save $65)

- Nixplay Digital Picture Frame; $115 (save $65)

- eufy Smart Doorbell; $90 (save $30)

- Samsung 75-Inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $898 (save $300)

home and Kitchen

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- T-fal 17-Piece Cookware Set; $124 (save $56)

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Curved Round Chef's Oven; $180 (save $136)

- Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 Convection Toaster Oven; $195 (save $105)

- Roborock E4 Robot Vacuum Cleaner; $189 (save $111)

- Instant Pot Max Pressure Cooker 9 in 1; $80 (save $120)

- Shark IZ362H Cordless Anti-Allergen Lightweight Stick Vacuum; $170 (save $110)

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The Reason McDonald’s Doesn’t Sell McRib Sandwiches Year-Round

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McDonald's

McDonald's McRib sandwich is officially back. Some people think the McRib is a 70-ingredient abomination, while others can't get enough of the barbecue pork sandwich. Whether you love it or hate it, the divisive dish always generates buzz whenever it comes back to menus after a periodic hiatus. According to CNN, the novelty surrounding the McRib isn't just a plus that comes with its seasonal status—it's the driving force behind its appeal.

McDonald's has built an empire around serving comforting, familiar foods that are consistent across thousands of locations. That business model doesn't apply to the McRib. Customers can't just walk into their local McDonald's restaurant any time of year and expect to find one: They have to follow the news and/or use online McRib trackers to keep tabs on the elusive sandwich.

Though the McRib has a devoted fan base, it will likely never secure a permanent spot on the McDonald's menu. That's because fast food companies know that having at least one seasonal item is good for business. When diners know that something is only around for a limited window, they're more motivated to make time to buy it than they would be if it was always there waiting for them. Temporary dishes can also add variety to a menu that's relied on the same staples for decades.

It took a long time for the McRib to grow into a cult sensation. When it first appeared in McDonald's stores in 1981, sales were underwhelming, and it was taken off menus in 1985. When it resurfaced in 1994, it had nostalgia and novelty on its side, and people were more willing to give the rib-shaped mystery meat a chance. By 2005, it was popular enough to become a recurring menu item.

The sandwich will return to select U.S. McDonald's restaurants nationwide on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, ringing in the start of McRib season. But as fans know too well, the item won't be around for long, so pop an antacid tablet and pick one up while you still can.