Affected by the shutdown?

Thousands of federal workers are going without pay as we face the longest government shutdown in American history. But, many retailers and restaurants are offering “shutdown specials” to help lighten the load! From free bread to cheap meals, here’s where you can save money during the shutdown.

1. Fazoli’s

Through January 27th, participating Fazoli’s locations are offering furloughed federal government employees with valid ID a free Pizza Baked Spaghetti with the purchase of a drink.


2. Great Harvest Bread Co.

Over 50 Great Harvest locations nationwide are setting up “Shutdown Shelves” and offering free bread to federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown. Head here for a list of participating Great Harvest Bread Co. bakeries.


3. Harlem Globetrotters

Any U.S. government employee currently on furlough can show their valid government ID at their local box office and receive two free tickets to a Harlem Globetrotter game in North America, while supplies last. This offer is only valid during the current government shutdown.


4. Hudson Group

Hudson Group, which has more than 1,000 stores in airports and transportation terminals in 87 locations, is offering TSA and customer workers 20% off food, beverages and core store products with their TSA or Transborder ID. This special will continue until the end of the shutdown.


5. Museums

Many art museums, as well as select science and history museums, are offering free admission for furloughed federal employees during the U.S. government shutdown with valid ID. Contact your local museum for more details and to verify participation.


6. Notarize

Notarize is offering free notarizations for all federal employees during the government shutdown. In order to qualify, participants must sign up for an account with a .gov email address.


7. Potbelly Sandwich Shop

From January 23rd through January 27th, government workers can get buy one, get one free entrees at Potbelly Sandwich Shop when they show a federal government ID.


8. Punch Bowl Social

Participating Punch Bowl Social locations are offering a 25% discount on food, beverages, and games to federal government employees with a valid ID (offers may vary). Be sure to check your location’s Facebook page to see if they are participating.


9. Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Through January 23rd, or until the government shutdown ends, Macaroni Grill is offering all furloughed federal government employees a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs + Spaghetti from 11 am to 4 pm daily with federal ID (not valid at airport or international locations). Check out Romano’s Facebook page for details.


10. Rosetta Stone

Through January 31st, furloughed government workers can get a free three-month standard Rosetta Stone online subscription for any of their available languages. Just email your name and the name of the government department or agency you work for to expandyourworld@rosettastone.com. Visit Rosetta Stone’s website for more details.


11. Ruby Slipper Cafe

Affected federal workers and their immediate families with a valid ID badge or business card will be treated to a free meal and beverage at participating Ruby Slipper Cafe locations (Monday-Friday only). There are locations in New Orleans, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida. For more details, visit Ruby Slipper Cafe’s website.

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12. Sky Zone

Participating Sky Zone Trampoline Park locations are offering furloughed federal government employees or those currently without pay and up to three immediate family members 60 minutes of free play every Tuesday through Thursday in January. Note that a valid government ID and Sky Zone socks are required, but you can reuse SkySocks from previous visits. Visit Sky Zone’s websit for more details.


13. Taco Cabana

Participating Texas Taco Cabana locations are offering federal employees affected by the federal government shutdown 20% off with valid federal government employee identification issued by a department affected by the shutdown. The discount will continue through the period of the shutdown unless otherwise announced and has a max cap of $20 in savings. Visit Taco Cabana’s website for more details.


14. Tanger Outlets

Through January 28th, any government workers affected by the shutdown are eligible for a free $20 gift card from Tanger Outlets with a federal ID. Visit the Tanger Outlets website or check out this “TangerCared list of Offers” PDFfor more details.


15. Wireless Providers

Customers affected by the shutdown are eligible for flexible payment options or short-term account assistance to keep service including cell phones, television, and internet running. AT&TSprintT-Mobile, and Verizon are all offering assistance. Contact your local provider for more details.