7-Eleven Offering Free Slurpees Today - Because It's 7/11

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Oh, thank heaven: Today is 7/11, and that means free Slurpees at 7-Eleven.

The 7-Eleven name has nothing to do with July 11, of course; the chain was actually rechristened from its original name ("Tote'm") to reflect its then-new operating hours of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Still, the company would be crazy if it didn't do something special when 7/11 rolled around on the calendar, so for years now, it has offered free Slurpees on the date.

The rules are simple: Go to 7-Eleven between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today, and you'll get a free small Slurpee in any flavor. The promotion is at participating locations and only while supplies last, so get there early, and consider calling ahead to make sure your local store is participating. The company is styling this year's Slurpee giveaway as a dance party and has even invented a "Slurpee Dance," but don't worry -- they won't make you dance to get your drink. Consider yourself lucky.

You should also consider yourself lucky that the US formats dates as month/day/year instead of day/month/year. In much of the rest of the world, "7/11" means Nov. 7, when its too nippy out for any but the most die-hard fans to be craving Slurpees, so 7-Eleven would probably celebrate by handing out those hot dogs that spend all day rolling around under heat lamps, and no one wants that.

Incidentally, 7-Eleven isn't the only chain celebrating a special date with a special deal this week. This Saturday, July 13, is the 76th birthday of Krispy Kreme, and it's celebrating with a sweet doughnut deal: Buy a dozen original glazed doughnuts and you'll get a second dozen for just 76 cents. On its promotion page, Krispy Kreme lists which locations are participating.

Overall, it's a good week to be a thrifty American with a sweet tooth.

Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.

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Second to last 7/11 in this suburban Philadelphia county abruptly closed last week without fanfare or warning. It like all its long failed brother stores was a grungy hell hole operated by Indians or Pakistanis. Small, cramped, dirty and nothing more than a 3:00 am last stop for bar flies looking for bad snacks or cigarettes after the bars closed.

July 12 2013 at 9:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is not 7/11 anymore they need to change the name to 24/7 !

July 11 2013 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So more fat people can become fatter by consuming junk from 7/11

July 11 2013 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

no 7/11 around here they all got shut down for hiring illegals so guess i wont get any lol

July 11 2013 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rudy Gump

I'll bet next year those Krispy people will jack the price on that second dozen to like 77 or 78 cents. You can't win.

July 11 2013 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Rudy Gump's comment

If they do it defeats the entire purpose since America was born in 17 76 hence the 76 cents on the 4th of july

July 11 2013 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Progressives will pass on this because the slurpees haven't first been taken from someone that earned the money to buy them.

July 11 2013 at 3:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to h.hughjardon's comment

Isn't that what 'free'means?

July 11 2013 at 3:19 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

i always give free slurpies to the ladies

July 11 2013 at 2:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


July 11 2013 at 12:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Going for one now

July 11 2013 at 11:35 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Regular Guy

The rush for the sugar rush

July 11 2013 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply