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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Tax Day survival guide: Free food, post office hours and more

Happy Tax Day, everyone!

If you’re like me, you took the extra three days the IRS gave us to file our taxes and ... waited til the last minute anyway.

No worries. We’ve put together a quick rundown of everything you need to know to ease your (our) pain. (And where does that money go anyway? Melissa Bell over at BlogPost spells it out.)

Post offices open late

The Postal Service has a complete listing of post offices open past 6 p.m. One note: Unlike in years past, no locations in our area will be open until midnight. If you’re really behind, try the Briar Oaks post office in Fairfax. It’s the only one locally open until 10 p.m. Or file for an extension.

Food deals

Eating is probably the best way to get through Tax Day. Fortunately, a number of chains are offering deals (often requiring coupons).

Bruegger’s is selling its popular Big Bagel Bundles for just $10.40.

Chili’s Grill & Bar is offering a free appetizer or dessert, and P.F. Chang’s is offering 15 percent off all orders.

California Tortilla has free chips and cheese, Cinnabon has two free Cinnabon bites, and MaggieMoo’s is giving away mini-sundaes between 3 and 6 p.m. today.

McCormick and Schmick’s is offering $10.40 entrees and drink specials in the bar.

Papa John’s will sell you a large four-topping pizza for $10.40 if you use the 1040 promotional code on its Web site.

More to come. Share the deals you’ve heard about in the comments below.

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