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Best First Day of Summer Deals and Discounts – 6/21/2013

June 20, 2013
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For the first day of summer — June 21st — there are lots of sweet deals and savings that are celebrating summertime! From fashion to food, you’ll find jaw-dropping savings, freebies, coupon codes and more on our list. Enjoy summer vacation, not only with beaches and family getaways, but with these discounts and more!

Food Discounts

  • Panda Express: Enjoy a free serving of Panda Express’ orange chicken on the first day of summer! What better way to celebrate than to chow down on delicious Chinese take-out? Use this Panda Express coupon to redeem your free serving of orange chicken after 9 p.m on 6/21.
  • Tropical Cafe Smoothie: Cool down with a free and refreshing Jetty Punch smoothie from Tropical Cafe Smoothie on June 21st from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.! It’s also National Flip Flops Day, so remember to wear your favorite pair!
  • Burger King: Get 50 cents off an ice cream cone (or cup) at Burger King! Check the Burger King offers page for more information on Burger King’s specials, seasonal or otherwise. Ice cream offer is valid through August 5, 2013.
  • O’Charley’s: Celebrate the first day of summer at O’Charley’s and receive $5.00 off a $20 food purchase! Redeem your O’Charley’s coupon here.

Entertainment Discounts

  • Dave and Buster’s: Kick off summer with five free, new games at Dave and Buster’s! Available through August 18, 2013, these games also celebrate the 8 new games Dave and Buster’s has added to its repertoire of fun. You can read more Dave and Buster’s promotion details at the company’s offer page, as well as find other coupons.
  • Toys R Us: Color the summer days away with Toys R Us’ BOGO sale on Crayola products! From chalk to markers, you can get Crayola goodies for kids’ entertainment. The Toys R Us coupon ends on 6/22.
  • Gamestop: Turn up the music this summer with $20 off Dr. Dre headphones at Gamestop! Only valid through June 28, 2013, so if you’re in the market for an upgraded pair of tune conductors, don’t miss this Gamestop coupon.

Beauty & Personal Care Discounts

  • e.l.f.: Get ready for a night on the town on the first day of summer with e.l.f.’s special set of Studio 11 brushes! When you spend $30, you can get this collection for just $3. From the basic powder brush to contouring brush, this makeup brush set has all you need for any occasion. This offer ends on 6/24, so get your e.l.f. discount brush set here
  • AVON: Receive free shipping on $10 orders at AVON on the first day of summer, June 21st! With the coupon code “COUNTDOWN”, use it at the checkout when you’re finished shopping. Check AVON’s site for more coupon details.
  • Origins: Refresh with a free mini-facial at a local Origins store near you! You’ll also receive 3 customized samples with the mini-facial. Redeem the offer at Origin’s Facebook page. Origin’s freebie ends on June 30, 2013.
  • Ulta: Get $3.50 off any $10 purchase when you shop online or in stores at Ulta! You’ll want to print out the coupon if you’re shopping in the store, or use the coupon code 104866 if you’re purchasing over the Internet. This Ulta discount ends on June 29, 2013.
  • Sephora: Paint nails in summery and bright O.P.I. polish colors from Sephora! These nail polishes are all 50% off so that you can enjoy more colors for less. Use other Sephora coupons as well to bundle your savings.
  • Save 20% off The Body Shop items at! This special offer is only valid through June 24, 2013 and automatically appears in your shopping cart – no coupon code required.
  • Estee Lauder: When you spend $45 at Estee Lauder’s online store, you’ll receive this fabulously loaded gift bag! This Estee Lauder online exclusive offer ends on June 24, 2013.

Clothing & Apparel

  • Charlotte Russe: Save on stylish shoes at Charlotte Russe’s site this summer! When you buy one pair of shoes, you get 25% off; 30% off two pairs; 35% off three pairs; and 40% off four or more pairs. This Charlotte Russe promo ends on 6/24 at 3 a.m. EST.
  • Ann Taylor: Find fabulous heels and more at Ann Taylor’s online store for 50% off all full-priced shoes! No code is needed to receive the 50% off Ann Taylor deal.
  • Nordstrom: Receive up to 60% off women’s designer clothes and more at Nordstrom’s clearance section! This special Nordstrom promo ends on June 28, 2013.

Home & Garden

  • Staples: Receive a free, eco-friendly bag with your purchases at a local Staples store! Get this bag at a Customer Service Center, fill it up with all you need, and you get 20% off everything you fit into the free bag. Redeem your free bag and 20% Staples discount here before June 22, 2013. You can also find other great deals on Staples’ site.
  • When you spend $75 or more at, you’ll receive Paula Deen’s dinnerware of your choice for free! From soup bowl sets to mug sets, these elegant dinnerware freebies are great additions to the kitchen. Each set has limited quantities, and this Paula Deen deal is good through August 31, 2013.
  • Redecorate homes with 25%-30% off all items on! This Friends & Family Horchow discount ends on the first day of summer, June 21st.
  • Gardener’s Supply Company: Since it’s summertime, gardening is a great pastime and, at Gardener’s Supply Company, you can enjoy 10% off all $50+ orders; 15% off all $75+ orders; and 20% all $100+ orders. Garden this summer at Gardener’s Supply Company, and dig in with the knowledge that you’re saving a bundle! This Gardener’s Supply Company coupon ends on July 1, 2013.
  • Michaels: With every $25 you spend, get $5 off at Michaels! This Michaels  coupon ends on June 22, 2013.

Other Fantastic Discounts

  • Orbitz: Book an all-inclusive summer vacation at Orbitz and receive up to 50% off plus an extra 15% off with promo code SPF#15 on hotels! This Orbitz discount is valid through July 7, 2013 and travel by September 30, 2013 to keep this coupon.
  • GNC: Buy one GNC item, get one free at GNC’s online store! It’s a one-day only GNC coupon and ends on June 21st.
  • Shutterfly: Gather family and friends and play cards with 20% off personalized cards at Shutterfly! Combine this Shutterfly discount with Shutterfly coupons and you’ll be saving a bundle.

We hope you’ll be able to take pleasure in some or all of these savings. Happy first day of summer and get excited for a summer-long event of discounts, freebies, and money-savers!

Written by Emily Nguyen, a freelance writer and core contributor to NerdWallet Shopping.