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Everywhere You Can Get Free & Cheap Food on New Year's Eve & New Year's Day

New Year's eve food deals
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The end of the year and the start of a new year can be an expensive time. There's your New Year's Eve party and the fancy (probably greasy) brunch you hope to be feeling well enough to go to on New Year's Day. Those are going to cost you.

However, there's still a lot of day outside of those events. So, it's worth knowing where to get some cheap grub and hangover remedies on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. That's what you can dig up here: Free and cheap food from places like Wendy's, Shake Shack, Burger King, and other restaurants that will keep you functioning throughout the two-day party. 

Below you'll find our running list of the best deals on food for the end of 2019 and the start of 2020.

Free Food on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Postmates / Vita Coco
The deal:
In honor of your first hangover of 2020, Postmates and Vita Coco have put together a recovery kit that you can get for free if you live in New York. The kit includes coconut water, a breakfast sandwich, facemask, Ibuprofen, and more. To get it, log into Postmates starting at 9:30am EST on New Year's Day to order one and have it delivered to your door. There are a limited supply, though. Outside the app, a truck will be cruising around the city as well, doling out free supplies to the hungover masses. 
When: January 1

Freebirds World Burrito
The deal:
Kids are eating free every day from Christmas to New Year's Eve. 
When: December 25-31

Sheetz
The deal:
 Grab a totally free coffee at Sheetz today. It will help you power through the night and into the new year. 
When: December 31

Cumberland Farms
The deal: 
There's more than one free coffee available today. Stop in for a totally free coffee. If you don't want coffee, you can also get a free tea or hot chocolate, including the new Peppermint Hot Chocolate. (That basically sounds like a Thin Mints hot chocolate.)
When: December 31, 5pm - January 1, 5am

Firehouse Subs
The deal:
 Stop in for a $25 gift card and they'll hand you a card for a free medium sub on the spot. 
When: Through January 31

Freebirds World Burrito
The deal:
 Kids eat free every day from Christmas to New Year's Eve. 
When: Through December 31

Carvel
The deal:
 Grab an ice cream sundae and the shop will throw in another one for free because you need to end the year like a boss.
When: Ongoing, every Wednesday

New Year's DAy food deals
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Food Deals on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Whole Foods
The deal:
Get 20% off any wine or prosecco that made this year's Whole Food's Sommelier Best in Class Holiday Wines list.
When: December 29-31

Bahama Breeze
The deal:
Two straight days of late-night deals on cocktails are headed your way. Order any Legendary Island Cocktail for $2.20 from 9pm to close on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. 
When: December 31 - January 1, 9pm-close

Dog Haus
The deal:
The Haus is looking to be your one-stop hangover cure for the first day of 2020. Get The Hangover burger -- white American cheese, smoked bacon, Haus chili, a fried egg, and mayo -- plus a 16-ounce PBR for just $5.99. 
When: January 1

Drizly
The deal:
The alcohol delivery service is offering $5 off your order or free delivery for new users with the code "HELLO2020." Kind of perfect for that last-minute New Year's Eve planning or a New Year's Day mimosa emergency.
When: December 29 - January 4

Boston Market
The deal: 
Flash this coupon when you buy a family meal and you'll get a free whole apple or pumpkin pie. 
When: Through December 31

Atlas Coffee Club
The deal:
 You can trim up to $50 off all coffee gifts. No code is required. 
When: Through January 1, 2020

Cicis
The deal:
A three-course carryout meal will run you just $9.99 this month. It comes with a 10-piece order of Cheesy Bread, a large one-topping pizza, and a nine-count order of cinnamon rolls when you use this coupon
When: Through December 31

Kroger Wine
The deal:
 Take 40% off Kroger Wine’s Winter Whites 12-pack with the code “SAVE40.” You can also get 20% off the Winter Whites six-pack with the code “SAVE20.”
When: Through January 4

IHOP
The deal:
The home of the pancake is extending its Kids Eat Free deal. If they're under 12, they eat for free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
When: Through January 1, 4-10pm

Other Deals Available on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Applebee's
The deal:
 Applebee's Neighborhood Drink of the Month is bringing back the Dollarita. It's a one-dollar margarita. Only, this month, it's called a Merry Dollarita and comes with a little pomegranate in the mix. 
When: Through December 31

Wendy's
The deal:
 For just $2, you can buy a Wendy's Frosty Key Tag that will land you a free Frosty with any purchase every day for a year. 
When: Can be purchased through January 31, 2020

Shake Shack
The deal:
 Get free delivery from GrubHub with an order of at least $10. 
When: Through December 31

Burger King
The deal: 
Get free delivery from Burger King on delivery orders of at least $10 through GrubHub. 
When: Through January 6

Snuffer's
The deal:
Get yourself a free order of Cheddar Fries when you sign up for the Snuffer's loyalty program through December 31. 
When: Through December 31

Winc
The deal:
 The code "wincholidays" is going to land you 35% off your first order from the hand-picked wine subscription service. 
When: Through December 31

B.GOOD
The deal:
 For every $1 donation you make to B.GOOD's partners at FoodCorps -- in-store or through the B.GOOD app -- you'll get a coupon for a free side, shake, or smoothie. 
When: December 3-31

Wahoo's Fish Taco
The deal:
Half-price appetizers are available for a limited-run happy hour because everyone needs a little bonus through the holidays. 
When: Monday through Friday, 4-7pm through January 5

Carrabba's Italian Grill
The deal:
 Get $10 off any bottle of wine. You can also get any pizza for $9.99.
When: Ongoing, every Wednesday

Instacart
The deal:
 Spend at least $18 on DiGiorno products and you'll get $5 off your order or free delivery. 
When: Through February 2

MOD Pizza
The deal: 
For every MOD-size salad you buy in January, MOD will help you keep healthy eating going by giving you a free one in February. The deal can be redeemed in the MOD Pizza app up to four times in January. 
When: January 1-31

McDonald's
The deal: 
Get a $.99 Premium Roast or Iced Coffee in any size once a day through the end of the promotion. You'll find the offer in the McDonald's mobile app under "Deals."
When: Through February 2

Wendy's
The deal: 
A six-piece order of Chicken Nuggets is going to run you just a buck if you use the offer found in the Wendy's mobile app. 
When: Through December 31

Wendy's
The deal: 
Also in the Wendy's app: buy one Baconator, get a second Baconator for just one dollar. 
When: Through January 5

Wendy's
The deal: 
Yup. One more app-based deal. Get a free large order of fries with any mobile order purchase. 
When: Through January 5

Want More Free Food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best reward programs, birthday freebies, and holiday gift card deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.