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Free doughnuts for National Doughnut Day

Whether you spell it doughnut or donut, they're being celebrated, and you can score one for free on June 6.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 5, 2014 6:16PM

This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News

Money Talks News on MSN MoneyDoughnut lovers, rejoice! June 6 is the most wonderful day of the year -- a holey holiday, if you will.

Donuts © Tom Mareschal/Getty ImagesIt's National Doughnut Day (or Donut Day), which falls on the first Friday of June each year.

Whether you like them jelly-filled, powdered or glazed, you now have a good excuse (if you needed one) to enjoy the sweet treats.

National Doughnut Day isn't a ploy by doughnut shops to get you in their doors. Its roots date back to World War I, when hundreds of Salvation Army officers, aiming to comfort U.S. troops serving in Europe, cooked and served doughnuts to the soldiers, USA Today says.

The first National Doughnut Day was celebrated in 1938.

You can score a free doughnut at any of the following stores on Friday, June 6 (as compiled by Time and the International Business Times):

  • Krispy Kreme. You can select one doughnut (any variety) at Krispy Kreme for free, no purchase necessary.
  • Dunkin' Donuts. Enjoy a free doughnut with the purchase of any beverage.
  • Thorntons. You can get a free doughnut at Thorntons through June 9 by using a coupon available on Thorntons' mobile app.
  • Tim Hortons. Make an in-store purchase on Friday, and take home a free doughnut. Customers must say "Happy National Doughnut Day" to receive their doughnut.
  • Winn-Dixie. Stores in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi are handing out free "jumbo" doughnut holes on Doughnut Day.
  • Cumberland Farms. If you buy a coffee or ChillZone beverage, Cumberland Farms will hand over a free doughnut.

Check out your local doughnut shop for special promotions.

If one free doughnut is not enough, click here for a chance to win an entire year of free doughnuts from Entenmann's. Additionally, if you "like" their Facebook page by June 15, they will donate $1 to the Salvation Army.

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Jun 6, 2014 8:04AM
Maybe it didnt start out as a ploy but now........Buy something and get a free donut.  Sounds like a ploy.
Jun 6, 2014 11:26AM
        With the exception of Krispy Kreme, it looks like you either have to buy something else or perform like a trained seal to claim your "free" cruller. Forking over your $$ or your dignity? Doesn't sound free to me!!
Jun 6, 2014 9:34AM
They used to be free every day at every Saturn dealership. Now, the Saturns are all but gone (I have one), and so are the doughnuts (I don't have one). Sad face here.
Jun 6, 2014 7:25AM
Every police department will enjoy their free doughnuts.
I'm going donut crazy today.  I'm going to hit every Dunkin D in the city of Chicago.
Jun 6, 2014 7:31AM
Yep! My brother will be one them. Wegman's has the BEST chocolate, buttercream donuts but I noticed they aren't on the list. Insert sad face here.
Jun 6, 2014 11:15AM
Now this is news.  Better hurry, the cops will take them all
Jun 6, 2014 8:04AM
Maybe it didnt start out as a ploy but now........Buy something and get a free donut.  Sounds like a ploy.
Jun 6, 2014 12:12PM
Sadly, none of those doughnut shops are in the Sparks-Reno area...    :(
Jun 9, 2014 10:21AM
Nothing in life is really free except maybe advice, my advice, nothing is free
Jun 6, 2014 10:40AM
tim hortons is celebrating national donut day. whose national donut day is this? canucks
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