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Reviewed – Jeremy StamasMoms, teachers, nurses and military, May is your month.Restaurants and businesses have special deals and freebies for Mother’s Day, National Teacher Appreciation Day, National Nurses Week and Memorial Day.There’s also plenty of savings for the rest of us with Cinco de Mayo at the start of the month and National Burger Day May 28.Here are some of the big days for free food and discounts along with ongoing specials, available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant’s app or be signed up for emails.Bookmark this page because it’ll be updated frequently with more specials.Businesses with 20 or more locations can submit meal deals here.Year of freebies: Free coffee, doughnuts, cheeseburgers and more: How to fill 2019 with freebies and dealsNot impossible: Burger King plans to release plant-based Impossible Whopper nationwide by end of yearMay 1-31: Bahama Breeze dealBahama Breeze is celebrating Cinco de Mayo through May 31. Through Friday, May 31, the chain has $5 classic margaritas and $10 Create Your Own Premium Tequila and Rum Flights at participating locations.Originally the party was supposed to end on Sunday, May 5 but now will be available through the end of May at participating locations except for Mother’s Day.headline — Sweet! Get free ice cream at Häagen-Dazs todayMay 14: Häagen-Dazs’ Free Cone DayIt’s time for a frozen freebie. Tuesday is Häagen-Dazs’ annual Free Cone Day and a day to learn about bees.Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day: Get a free scoop TuesdayHaagen-Dazs will be giving away free cones from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at participating stores. (Photo: Getty Images)May 14: National Biscuit DayNational Buttermilk Biscuit Day: Popeyes has heart-shaped biscuits Tuesday, plus a Red Lobster dealMay 15: National Chocolate Chip Cookie DayThere’s more than one National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. The next one is August 4.Nestlé Toll House Café: All locations are giving away free chocolate chip cookies all-day Wednesday. In-store only, while supplies last. Limit one per guest.Potbelly Sandwich Shop: Get a free oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with any purchase Wednesday.In celebration of National Chocolate Chip Day, we’re giving away FREE Chocolate Chip Cookies on May 15th!* See you soon! *While supplies last. pic.twitter.com/uNbqWv1FCN— Nestlé Café by Chip (@NestleCafe) May 10, 2019May 27: Memorial DayWe’re rounding up where active military and veterans can eat free and find discounts this Memorial Day. Here’s how businesses honored them last year.May 28: National Burger DayThe deals are cooking and we’ll be adding them in shortly. Check out how businesses marked National Burger Day in 2018.Ongoing offersApplebee’s: May is Military Appreciation Month and participating Applebee’s restaurants are offering active, retired military servicemembers and their families to dine and receive 10% off their bill. Also for the month of May, get the Dollarita margarita for $1 at participating restaurants nationwide.BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Through June 14, get $10 off a $40 food purchase with a coupon. One offer per table, per visit. For online orders use promo code 10OFF40.Chili’s: The $5 Margarita for May is the “Tequila Trifecta,” which is made with Cuervo Gold Tequila, 1800 Reposado Tequila, Sauza Blue Silver Tequila, Triple Sec and fresh sour. Chipotle: Through June 23, sign up for the chain’s new nationwide loyalty program Chipotle Rewards and make a $5 or more purchase to get free chips and guac. Sign up at www.chipotle.com/rewards or on the Chipotle app.The Greene Turtle: Through June 2, get Endless Tacos in buffalo or grilled chicken for $9.99.Hardee’s: For a limited time, the Hardee’s Original Roast Beef sandwich is available as a two for $5 regular size value meal at participating locations.Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries: Through June 30, get a four-inch cheesesteak with fries or tots and a drink for $6.99.Olive Garden: Through May 27, the chain has four “Giant Italian Classics” including a Giant Chicken Parmigiana and the Giant Meatball, which weighs about 12 ounces. Giant Italian Classics are served with unlimited breadsticks, homemade soup or salad with prices starting at $12.99.Sonic Drive-In: This Teacher Appreciation Month deal is for teachers and “those who appreciate them as much as Sonic does,” the fast-food chain says. Through May 31, get a free Route 44 drink or slush with purchase when ordering on the restaurant’s app with promo code TEACHERS. Download the app at www.sonicdrivein.com/app.Taco Bell: Through June 9 at 2:59 ET, get 15% off one Party Pack. Sign up for offers at www.tacobell.com/register.TGI Fridays: Through June 9, get unlimited refills of Fried Shrimp or Coconut Shrimp with purchase of select Whiskey-Glazed entrées. One offer per person.Wayback Burgers: The chain is celebrating National Hamburger Month with a month of surprise deals for customers who have the Wayback app. Offers vary and include discounts, double or triple points or a free side or drink. Download the app at www.waybackburgers.com/loyalty. Then all customers get a signature burger for $3 on May 28, which is National Burger Day.Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTykoRead or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/05/01/free-food-and-deals-may-2019/3595810002/