NewsSmart Shopper


Freebie Friday: free donuts, burros, entrance to the Grand Canyon and more!

Body recovered from bottom of Grand Canyon
Posted at 5:01 AM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 08:49:32-04

It's finally FRI-YAY! So, let's get right to our roundup for Freebie Friday! Trust me, you donut want to miss this one! That's your sneak preview!

Let's go in order of when the freebies are happening.


Someburros is opening its ninth and newest location at 7th Street and Camelback Road. Doors open at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 23. The first 100 fans in line will score a year of free burros, and by that, they mean one burro per week for a year!

We are also told there will be a mariachi band, costumed burro, ribbon-cutting ceremony, drinks and more! This Uptown Phoenix location will join the existing Someburros locations in Scottsdale, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Chandler and Tempe. It will be 3,400 square feet, seating 76 inside and 24 outside.

5115 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85014


Head over to Donut Bar Scottsdale Saturday and Sunday because they're giving away cute donuts for FREE! They create fun characters, like Forky from Toy Story 4 and Simba from the Lion King. This weekend, you'll enjoy Mickey and Minnie! In case you are wondering about flavor, they will be round yeast donuts with a cake batter glaze on top. There is no filling, and the buttons and bows are made from chocolate.

They typically give away around 60 donuts each day! Doors open at 8 a.m., but you should get there early!

Here's some of the fine print: No purchase is required, and it's a limit of one per person while supplies last. The insider scoop is that they normally give them all away within the first two hours. So, get there early and way before 10 a.m.! I was also told that you should ask a Donut Bar employee specifically for the free, themed kid donuts. They would normally cost around $2 if they were on the menu, so make sure you get the freebie!

I asked how long this promotion is running, and I was told it is ongoing, with no end date as of yet. Hooray!

16205 N Scottsdale Rd #110, Scottsdale 85254


Saturday, August 24, is apparently National Waffle Day! So, Brunch Cafe in Scottsdale is offering 50 percent off their signature "Stuffed Waffle", that's normally priced at $14. You'll save $7 on a large Belgian waffle with strawberry brunch cream, fresh bananas, strawberries and whipped cream. Enjoy the discount from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

15507 N. Scottsdale Rd. #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85254



The Grand Canyon wants everyone to celebrate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday on Sunday, August 25 by visiting for FREE! You are encouraged to arrive by 9 a.m. to avoid crowded conditions and potentially long lines and full parking lots. Visitors can park free of charge, but If you plan to stay longer than Sunday, you'll have to pay for the remaining day fees.

The information sent to us included that, "the fee-free designation does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours or use of concessions."

Be careful while hiking, and read these tips!

If you can't make it, don't stress! The next free day will be September 28 for National Public Lands Day! Click here for more information on national parks.

A press release also included, "The Tusayan Shuttle bus route, available at 20-minute intervals between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily, provides an expedited, hassle-free entry into the park and the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.

To board the shuttle in Tusayan, visitors must have a valid park pass- this can be a seven-day vehicle, individual, or motorcycle pass. Parking for the Tusayan shuttle bus can be found anywhere in Tusayan, including the Best Western Squire Inn, Grand Hotel, Big E Steakhouse, IMAX/R.P.'s Stage Stop, and the park-and-ride lot on the north end of town (by the second roundabout).

The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth-grade students, and disabled citizens. Learn more about the variety of passes offered by the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass series."