Food Holidays Calendar: When to Find Savings in 2017

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FOODS OF THE MONTH

From doughnuts to bagels and lox, the calendar is packed with national food days that can bring big savings on many favorites. With notice on which food holidays fall when, it's easy to keep an eye out for related deals and freebies. Mark your calendar with these commemorative days and months.

Raechel Conover contributed to this report.

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JANUARY: DESSERT

January plays host to a few national dessert holidays. National Cream Puff Day took place on Jan. 2, and it's not the only chance to enjoy baked goodness. Look for Blonde Brownies Day (Jan. 22) and Chocolate Cake Day (Jan. 27).
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JAN. 23: PIES

Keep an eye out for National Pie Day specials; in the past, Long John Silver's and Burger King have offered a free slice, and pie specialists Marie Callender's and the Village Inn have served up coupons for the day.
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JAN. 30: CROISSANTS

Drop by a bakery in search of National Croissant Day freebies. The restaurant chain La Madeleine has been known to offer free croissants for the day.
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JANUARY: SOUP

This is National Soup Month, so check the canned-goods aisle at the grocery store for promotions. Campbell's usually features commemorative recipe ideas on its website.
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FEBRUARY: SNACKS

The month of love is also a month of cheap munchies: It's been named National Snack Food Month. Try some healthy snack ideas to celebrate, and look for featured items at grocery stores.
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FEB. 9: BAGELS

National Bagels and Lox Day (or simply National Bagel Day) inspires Einstein Bros. Bagels, Panera Bread, and other chains to offer freebies. Watch for deals at bagel chains this year.
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FEB. 14: CHOCOLATE

Valentine's Day shares Feb. 14 with a complementary holiday: National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day. While there may not be any big bargains on chocolate leading up to the holiday, the days following are prime time for stocking up on the sweet stuff, discounted for quick post-holiday sale.
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FEB. 22: MARGARITAS

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurants celebrate National Margarita Day with specials on margaritas and related products. Check a nearby outpost for this year's deals, as well as a favorite local Mexican restaurant to see if specials are on the menu.
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FEB. 24: TORTILLA CHIPS

Last year, some Salsarita's Fresh Cantina locations gave out free chips and salsa for National Tortilla Chip Day. Search for deals at a favorite local Mexican restaurant, as well as for specials on bags of tortilla chips at grocery stores.
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MARCH: FROZEN FOOD

Many of this month's featured foods are found in grocery stores. A full 31 days are served up as National Frozen Food Month, often accompanied by deals and coupons from brands such as Stouffer's and Healthy Choice.
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MARCH 7: CEREAL

National Cereal Day is a good time to stock up on this breakfast food, which happens to be useful in a number of budget-friendly recipes.
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MARCH: CHIPS

March 14 is Potato Chip Day, and March 23 is Chip and Dip Day. Look for deals at food markets nationwide.
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MARCH 7: PANCAKES

IHOP restaurants traditionally go all out for National Pancake Day, giving away free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes in exchange for an optional donation to charity. Other chains have been known to get in on the action.
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MARCH 20: RAVIOLI

Restaurants including Buca di Beppo and Brio Tuscan Grille have been known to offer coupons and discounts in honor of National Ravioli Day.
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APRIL: PRETZELS

Look for pretzel deals for all of National Soft Pretzel Month but especially for National Pretzel Day on April 26. Several chains typically celebrate; Snyder's of Hanover has done giveaways and Auntie Anne's pretzel shops have offered free-pretzel coupons and the chance to win free pretzels for a year.
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APRIL: SANDWICHES

April is also National Grilled Cheese Month, and April 2 marks Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Keep an eye out for grocery discounts on the ingredients for these childhood favorites, as well as restaurant freebies on April 12, National Grilled Cheese Day.

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APRIL: PORK AND TAXES

Along with several tax-day freebies, National Glazed Spiral Ham Day may help soften the bite of April 15 for some taxpayers.
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APRIL 27: PRIME RIB

Keep an eye on local steakhouses for National Prime Rib Day specials.
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APRIL 29: SHRIMP SCAMPI

Mark National Shrimp Scampi Day by searching for recipes and hitting up the seafood shop in search of specials. The Red Lobster chain has been known to take the bait.
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MAY: HAMBURGERS

For frugal foodies, May can be summed up in three words: National Hamburger Month. Look for deals on ground meat during these weeks and to White Castle, which has offered 25-cent and even free sliders in past years.

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MAY: SALSA

This month also celebrates the tortilla chip's classic partner, salsa. It shouldn't be all that surprising that May has been declared National Salsa Month, since the delicious tomato-based dip deserves pride of place at any Cinco de Mayo party.
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MAY 4: NATIONAL ORANGE JUICE DAY

Orange juice needs some love this spring -- demand has been reported at the lowest in three decades as consumers worry about sugar and eat less breakfast. But oranges are still Americans' favorite fruit, and squeezing fresh OJ at home with a top juicer (starting at less than $20) is the cheapest, most delicious, and nutritious approach.
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MAY 15: CHOCOLATE CHIPS

DoubleTree by Hilton is known for giving guests chocolate chip cookies and has even gone outside its hotels on at least one National Chocolate Chip Day. A more reliable way to mark the day is by indulging in a store-bought chocolate chip cookie or baking up a batch of the treats.
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MAY: SALAD

On a healthier note, May is National Salad Month. Watch for money-saving salad ideas to take a star turn on recipe sites this month to counteract those burgers and cookies.

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JUNE: CANDY AND PRODUCE

June, stuffed with food holidays, is both National Candy Month and National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month -- but in deference to keeping a beach-ready body and the easy availability of fruit and veggies, best to stay focused on grocery store produce sections, where prices are plummeting. Don't forget to shop the farmers market too.
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JUNE: DOUGHNUTS

National Doughnut Day usually falls on the month's first Friday (June 2) -- or on Nov. 6, according to some calendars, but June is when Krispy Kreme has given away free doughnuts to customers, no purchase required, and Dunkin' Donuts has served up a freebie for customers who buy a drink. Tim Hortons has most recently gone the coupon route, offering a half-dozen for $3.

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JULY: ICE CREAM

July heat means there's no better time for National Ice Cream Month and a bunch of tag-alongs, including National Ice Cream Day, on the third Sunday (July 16 in 2017). Baskin-Robbins, Graeter's, Cold Stone Creamery, Marble Slab Creamery, Maggie Moo's Ice Cream and Treatery, Burger King, McDonald's, and even Uber have all had deals for the month.

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JULY 6: FRIED CHICKEN

National Fried Chicken Day has brought deals from Church's Chicken and other nationwide chains (although not KFC) as well as local restaurants.
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JULY: HOT DOGS

National Hot Dog Month typically kicks off with the annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in early July, and National Hot Dog Day on July 23 has seen free or discounted hot dogs from 7-Eleven, Sonic, and QuikTrip.
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JULY 29: LASAGNA

Quick-service Italian-food chain Fazoli's has celebrated National Lasagna Day for the past four years, setting up customers for some free twice-baked lasagna with a drink purchase. Brio Tuscan Grill has been known to offer deals as well.
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AUG. 6: ROOT BEER FLOATS

Compared with the first seven months of the year, August is slow for food holidays -- but high time for vacations. In the spirit of the laid-back, warm-weather season, A&W has offered a free float to each customer.
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AUG. 24: WAFFLES

Waffle House is the obvious place to go for National Waffle Day (the chain makes a whole week of it). Expect coupons or discounts, buy-one-get-one-free meals, or even a free waffle. Cold Stone Creamery locations offered a deal for a waffle cone last year.
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SEPTEMBER: CHICKEN

In honor of National Chicken Month, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants have celebrated with a monthlong chicken special. There are frugal recipes galore to honor this nutritious and cheap staple at home.
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SEPTEMBER: POTATOES

Summer winds down with National Potato Month. Seek out ways to use potatoes to commemorate this super-versatile cool-weather staple, which averages only about 70 cents a pound.
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SEPTEMBER: RICE

September is also National Rice Month. Look for recipes using rice and keep an eye out for promotions in stores or online for an already cheap staple with a variety of flavors and levels of nutritional benefit.
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SEPTEMBER: CHEESE

National Cheese Pizza Day on Sept. 5 has been marked with discounts at some Papa John's locations, Domino's, and Pizza Hut, so watch for deals. Sept. 15 does double duty as National Cheese Toast Day and National Double Cheeseburger Day. Sept. 18 ramps down to simply National Cheeseburger Day.
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SEPT. 2: BACON

Sometimes pegged to the Saturday before Labor Day, International Bacon Day could be spent debating bacon vs. Canadian bacon or trying inventive recipes loaded with "meat candy." The online store Bacon Freak has a 20 percent off sale.
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SEPT. 16: GUACAMOLE

National Guacamole Day is a good time to look for recipes and coupons for pricey avocados and the popular dip.
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SEPT. 29: COFFEE

The usual suspects -- Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, Peet's & Coffee Tea, Tim Hortons, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Einstein Bros., Krispy Kreme, and Dunkin' Donuts -- typically offer deals for National Coffee Day, whether it's in a cup, pods, or a bag for home brew.
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OCTOBER: LOBSTER AND SEAFOOD

For two years in a row, legislators have asked that Sept. 25 be recognized as National Lobster Day, a prelude to an entire month of enjoying October as National Seafood Month with special discounts at restaurants in Maine, New York, Boston, and elsewhere.
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OCTOBER: PIZZA

October is National Pizza Month. Last year, a Pizza Hut deal let customers order two or more medium pizzas for $7 each, and other pie places also had deals that could repeat in 2017.

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OCTOBER: COOKIES

DoubleTree hotels are perennial celebrants of National Cookie Month but shake up their approach from year to year. Whole Foods Market has offered up to three fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies for 25 cents each.
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OCT. 4: TACOS

National Taco Day has inspired some restaurants to offer special ingredients and price breaks, although some just offer greeting cards (Taco Bell) and playlists (Qdoba).
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NOVEMBER: PEANUT BUTTER

November is a natural for celebrations of food, considering it's time for the traditional Thanksgiving feast. But the month also holds unrelated food commemorations such as National Peanut Butter Lovers Month.
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NOV. 4: CANDY

National Candy Day is perfectly placed to pick up the last of the discounted Halloween candy and encourage new deals from businesses such as Dylan's Candy Bar and Hy-Vee, which has offered 10 candy bars for just $4 on the day.
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NOV. 6: NACHOS

National Nachos Day has brought deals from restaurants such as On The Border (half off popular versions) and Salsarita's ($5 nachos throughout the day).
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NOVEMBER: CAKE AND CHOCOLATES

National Cake Day is on Nov. 26, and National Chocolates Day is on Nov. 29, both offering opportunities to find deals, coupons, and discounts at grocery stores or restaurants.
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DECEMBER: HOLIDAY TREATS

December is somewhat predictable in terms of national food celebrations. It's Fruitcake Month, with National Fruitcake Day on Dec. 27, in addition to Pumpkin Pie Day (Dec. 25). The month also contains Lager Beer Week (the second week of December) Lager Day (Dec. 10), and Repeal of Prohibition Day (Dec. 5). Look for celebratory discounts at bars and liquor stores.

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DEC. 24: EGGNOG

National Eggnog Day arrives after most fans of this seasonal flavor have stocked up, but those in search of last-minute holiday refreshment may find bargains, and the entire month is National Eggnog Month.
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DEC. 26: CANDY CANES

By the time National Candy Cane Day rolls around after Christmas, those with a penchant for the perennial holiday favorite may be tired of it. But take advantage of after-Christmas sales and store wrapped canes in a cool, dry place and they'll easily last until next year, according to Eat By Date.
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DEC. 31: CHAMPAGNE

Discounts on sparkling wines appear throughout the month and make this festive time of year all the sweeter, leading up to National Champagne Day -- also known as New Year's Eve.