Celebrating the holidays can be expensive, but marking the start of 2019 doesn’t have to be.
Some food chains, ride share services and retailers are offering deals discounts and free stuff — not just free advice on sticking with New Year’s resolutions.
The promos are welcome news. The holidays can put a hurting on wallets. It’s also a time when the dangers of drunk driving are elevated.
Free, discounted rides
Ride-hailing services like Lyft and Uber can make travel cheaper — and safer — for party people.
Miller Lite is teaming up with Uber on a deal that discounts up to $15 for first-time Uber users. People new to the ride share app should plug in MILLERTIME18 as the promo code. The deal is good through Feb. 27.
Meanwhile, Lyft has various promo codes across the country — from Washington D.C. to Houston, Texas — for credits towards a fare. Likewise, police in Cleveland, Ohio, police will be handing out cards with Lyft promo codes.
Public transit is also helping out revelers travel easy.
Chicago’s public transit is offering free bus and train rides from New Year’s Eve to early Jan. 1. Metropolises like Austin, Texas, Los Angeles, Calif. and Minneapolis, Minn. are also offering free train and bus rides New Year’s Eve into the wee early hours of New Year’s Day.
Food and drink
The restaurant chain Bahama Breeze is offering up a doozy with some of its booze. It’s serving up certain cocktails — like the Painkiller and the Zombie — for $2.19 from 9 p.m. to the close of business on Monday. You can also keep things in high spirits at the Las Vegas, Nev.-area PT’s Tavern, with it’s “eight hours of happiness.” That includes an extended happy hour and a free glass of Champagne at midnight.
There are deals to be had of the non-alcoholic variety too.
The ice cream chain Baskin Robbins is selling $1.50 scoops on Monday. IHOP also has an offer that’s winding down Monday. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the pancake maker has Grinch-themed special kids’ meals menu offering a free Grinch-themed meal with every adult entrée.
The convenience store chain Sheetz is offering free coffee from 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day at 4 p.m. Another convience store chain, Cumberland Farms, is doing the same from 5 p.m. Monday through 5 a.m. New Year’s day.
Sweating it all off
Others looking to start burning off the calories can find all sorts of deals on discounts and free trial offers for gyms and classes.
For example, Classpass.com is letting exercisers work out in all types of classes across various participating studios. It’s offering up to seven classes in a month for free. Exercisers who don’t cancel will be automatically enrolled in a $79 plan after that.
Meanwhile, Planet Fitness has a deal for a $1 down payment and then a $10 monthly fee for people who sign up between Jan. 1 and Jan. 15.