IHOP Says 7 is Lucky for Tax Payers: We give away 7 $25 IHOP gift cards

This afternoon, I had to hit up my local bank to sign up for an IRA because my accountant swore it’d make my tenuous tax situation just a little bit less traumatic.

Taxes are no fun, but there is a teensy bit of relief: The deadline for 2011 Income Tax filings is extended this year to April 17 (April 15, 2012 is a Sunday and April 16, 2012 falls on Emancipation Day in the D.C.).

More than ever, perhaps it’s time to  think 7 is a lucky number.And, interestingly, like this year’s extension, IHOP’s 7 for $7 can save you money!


IHOP is offering 7 meals for $7, and they are giving me the chance to further our celebrating of this year’s trendiest number by inviting 7 readers to enjoy their next meal at IHOP on our tab. That’s a tax break everyone can appreciate!

Giveaway: I am to award 7  readers  a $25 gift card to enjoy IHOP’s 7 for $7 menu! To set the mood, I’ve include more “7-themed” tax-related stories as families make that final push for tax day.

7 Things to Know When Preparing Your Tax Return:
7 Tax Tips for Job Seekers:
7 Tips for Recently Married Taxpayers:
7 Tips to Boost Your Tax Refund:
7 Taxes the IRS Won’t Make You Pay:

Ready to test your own lucky 7’s? 7 readers will win $25 each to spend at IHOP! To have your chance to win, tell me why you need to have this tax-time special break. Deadline to enter is April 17  – another day of 7’s! Comment below, and make sure you are following @AlyWalansky on Twitter. Earn extra entries by liking both IHOP and Aly Walansky on Facebook and sharing this giveaway there as well! Good luck!


  1. Jennifer

    Hey Aly! I need a break because school has been super stressful recently. My professors just gave me a ton of work all of the sudden and I definitely need a break at iHOP! First of all, I LOVE pancakes and their hash browns. It is amazing there. And when I get home, after school, I’m still going to be stressed because I’m taking 3 summer classes online and I’m going to have to babysit my baby sisters(FUN!) all the time. Basically, I need a break from all this school work! :)

  2. Kelly Nahra (@Purpleplum8)

    How kool! We just love Ihop:) I really need this tax time break because my hubby has been working so hard for us this past year! I would love to be able to take him out ;) Our favorite place just happens to be Ihop, we love their pancakes ! Such a great giveaway!

  3. Susan Smith

    I could really use this GC, we have to pay this year so we are waiting untill the last minute to mail our form in. We have an IHOP up the street from us and we love their breafasts.

  4. Mami2jcn

    I need a special break because my husband has been working a lot of late hours and I’m exhausted from taking care of the kids by myself. I follow you on Twitter–mami2jcn

  5. Mami2jcn

    I like you and IHOP on Facebook with my username Mary Happymommy and I shared–https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=382698971762401&id=100000611160195&__adt=4&__att=iframe

  6. nancy reid

    After putting together a mountain of paper work and answering a ton of miscellaneous questions from our accountant who is in the mood to cook? Not me. I’d sooner hop over to Ihop on one foot than put a pan on the stove on the 7th!

    I love Aly on Facebook as Nancy Reid and IHop too!!

  7. Bruce Epper

    A tax break. That would fit in well since my total annual income is so low that I have no tax burden.

  8. Adrienne gordon

    Because I’m hungry!

  9. Shannon s.

    I need this because I have 3 and on the way 4 boys and my hubs and I still have to do our taxes. This could count as our date night.

  10. Shannon S.

    liked IHOP on facebook

  11. Shannon S.

    liked you on FB

  12. Elena

    I need a break because we are on a budget and don’t eat out that much.

  13. Elena

    I follow you on Twitter @ElenaIstomina
    I like you and IHOP on Facebook and shared:


  14. joanne

    Seriously, who doesn’t love pancakes?! I could always use a little tax break as I’m trying to FINALLY be able to move out of my house and start living a real life!

  15. Jess Msngqurhd

    I would Love to have this tax time special break because every Friday my son asks “mommy is today IHOP night.” He loves going there. I would like to surprise him and take him there Friday night and Saturday morning… If he’s good boy. :o) I don’t have twitter but I liked you, Aly Walansky , and IHOP on FB.

  16. Jessie C.

    I ‘d really love this tax time break because hubby and I have been working hard, with loaded work projects.

  17. Jessie C.

    liking both IHOP and Aly Walansky on Facebook and shared on my wall
    Jessie C.

  18. Ravzie

    We need to put up new doors on the garden shed. Wood, paint, hardware – a little help would be great! Thanks

  19. ravzie

    Don’t know why I wasn’t following you on FB until now, better late than never.

  20. Susan Smith

    like both IHOP and Aly Walansky on Facebook and sharing this giveaway on my wall Susan Smith





  23. Denise M

    i need a break because i am a tired, working mommy who doesnt feel like cooking for a day


  24. Summer

    Another year of paying in, could use the gift card for a date night out. Thanks for the chance.

  25. Denise S

    I need this break because everything is breaking down at my house lately.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  26. Eunice H.

    I would love this tax time break since I actually OWED the government money this year!

  27. Jodi

    I could definitly use the break!! We filed our taxes but because my little one only started daycare in January – I can’t claim it this year :( It costs what a SUNY college tuition is and it’s Infant Care!!! Total Craziness!!! We do LOVE IHOP though – it’s one of the few places I can bring a child without people looking at us funny :)

  28. Brenda C

    I love Ihop and it is in walking distance! I could really use a break… been out of work all year recovering from surgery, as a single mom, that is super tough! don’t know how i made it this far!

  29. brenda c

    I like iHop and you on Facebook :) b Lynn Callahan

  30. Kenny Fensom

    thanks for the giveaway! I’m following under @bittripfan

  31. saminder gumer

    i need this break because i have to do my federal taxes as well as 3 states and 2 independent businesses. i will be doing my taxes for a week and i hope i finish before the deadline.

  32. Tina Renee

    I need this tax time break because I owe this year and it really sucks! No more manis, plays or eating out for me!

  33. Tina Renee

    I Like both IHOP & Aly Walansky on FB & shared giveaway:

    also following you on twitter @warp65

  34. Jennifer Marie

    I need to win b/c I work late hours and by the time I come home I am often too tired to cook. This would help us out and my kids love IHOP!!

    I follow you on twitter (JenniferCNP)

  35. Jennifer Marie

    I like both on fb (Jennifer Messner Moyer) and posted on my fb page


  36. Mary Calabrese

    I need a break because I foolishly suggested we remodel our basement with our refund. What a mess!!!!!

  37. angie

    I could use this because any money received went to condo repair.

  38. I need some chocolate chip pancakes before I die of tax overlaod
    thanks for a great contest! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on GFC

  39. Tracy Robertson

    I need the tax time break because to my surprise and dismay, I actually owed the government money. I don’t make much, so I was really expecting a refund. An IHOP night could take some of the sting away!

  40. hminnesota

    because I am paying taxes that day, and I will be too stressed out to cook. So to let have kids fun, I need this.

  41. Crissy D.

    I need a tax day break because after finishing up the taxes for the crazy state I live in I feel dizzy, and nothing cures dizziness like a sugar rush! Bring on the pancakes!

  42. Carol Buchman

    I need to have this tax-time special break because after I pay my taxes this year, $7 is probably about all I’ll have left! :~(

    IHOP is actually one of my favorite stop off places to go when I’m really hungry. I honestly love their Harvest Grain ‘N Nut pancakes & their omelettes are not only delishous…they’re huge.

  43. Carol Buchman

    I like IHOP on Facebook

  44. Carol Buchman

    I like Aly Walansky on Facebook

  45. Susan Chester

    I need this break because I DON”T owe any taxes. I have been looking for a job for over a year!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  46. NancysParadise

    I need a break at I Hop because it makes me so happy to eat there. As a skinny senior I can really enjoy a great meal. follow on twitter both you and IHop As NancysParadise..

  47. lala r

    its been awhile since ive eaten at ihop because we are on our goal to be debt free by july 2013
    amramazon280 at yahoo dot com
    twitter follower @pinoysugarplum

  48. lala r

    fb likers of both@lala r

  49. Tooth Fairy

    I need a sweet break because its been a real long time since I had a rooti tooti fresh and fruity at ihop! I wonder if they still serve them? I have a sweet tooth at breakfast or brunch time believe me! Taxes are going up and up but salaries never seem to reflect the higher costs of just earning a living…

  50. Laura Jacobson

    Oh I would love this tax time break! I am such a procrastinator when it comes to taxes! I just hate tax time! LOL…every year I say I will do them early….and at the end…am scrambling! Would love to be eating scrambled eggs at IHOP instead! LOL….

  51. Laura Jacobson

    I like you on facebook

  52. Laura Jacobson

    I like IHOP on facebook

  53. saminder gumer

    follow you on twitter.

  54. saminder gumer

    like u on fb

  55. saminder gumer

    like ihop on fb too.

  56. Nadine L

    We could use this because my husband has been out of work for a year after being hit by a guy on his cell phone going 70. We are going to owe this year for the first time and it would be nice to enjoy a stress free meal out to forget everything for just a while

  57. Nadine L

    I like you and IHOP on FB (Nadine E Larsen) and shared https://www.facebook.com/eyzofblu63/posts/334637063267133

  58. LAMusing

    We could really use a break around here – it’s been a horrible year financially – I can’t remember the last time we wee able to go out to eat. I follow you on Twitter!

  59. LAMusing

    I like you both on Facebook (as the name in my email address)

  60. Heather S

    Lots of financial stress here and it doesn’t seem to end. This would help with the stress and add some positive energy here

  61. Janice

    I need a break because I haven’t been adjusting too well to work after my car accident. I desperately need a break!

  62. Janice

    following as @cappytweet
    FB fan / like both and shared giveaway:

  63. Angie m

    We need a tax time break because this year we’ve had some extra expenses and money has been tight and we probably won’t be getting a return so…. Breakfast at ihop may just make up for it ;)

  64. Kyl Neusch

    great pancakes

    twitter follower: bleush

  65. saminder gumer
  66. Diane Baum

    An I-hop tax break please, please! both the hubby and I are self employed so no matter how hard we try it’s always a game attempting to figure out how much income tax to pay for our businesses during the year and then major ouch….we are slapped with another huge tax bill! I_hop I need to eat my frustrations away!!!!!! Please

  67. Ashley H.

    I could use a break b/c I work 2nd shift and IHOP is the only place open to grab some food when I get off.

  68. Pauline M

    As a single mom with two “always” hungry tweener’s, any break from normal is always a special treat for us! And, we love to visit IHOP for the cinnamon pancakes!

  69. Carolsue

    I want to win because IHOP is one of our favorite receipes and after tax day (shudder), a free meal will be most welcome!

    • Carolsue

      I forgot…I also follow you on Twitter as MsCarolsueA

  70. Carolsue
  71. Carolsue

    I like you on and IHOP both Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  72. mistysunrise

    I need a break because I hate tax season!

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

  73. mistysunrise

    like ihop on facebook as misty sunrise.

    I forgot to mention in my first comment, that I follow you on twitter from @mistysunrise

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

  74. mistysunrise

    follow Aly Walansky on facebook as misty sunrise

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

  75. mistysunrise

    shared on facebook as misty sunrise

    itsjustme62613 at gmail.com

  76. Vicki

    Because by the time we finish filling out the stupid forms, my husband and I will be good and hungry, lol! Thanks!

  77. Kelly Elswick

    I need this break because my husband and I have not been out to eat in so long due to his unemployment. He is working now, but we are playing catch up. It would be nice to have a nice meal out! =)

  78. Dana

    This would be great for me to surprise the kids. They love IHOP.
    We (mom and Dad) do too , but alas , it is usually not in the budget. Thank you for the chance. This year we broke even on our taxes….

  79. Kelly Elswick

    Liked IHOP on FB!

    Following on Twitter: @angelmom037

  80. Kelly Elswick

    Liked Aly Walansky on FB!

    Following on Twitter @angelmom037

  81. Angela Cisco

    I could always use a little break especially when it comes to money.

  82. Valerie Taylor Mabrey

    I stress every year if I am filling it out right
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  83. anash

    Mandatory Entry: i could use the break because i pay taxes, doggonit…EVERY Body could use it actually, so thanks in advance for benefitting humanity overall

    Thanks for the chance!
    Email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  84. anash

    I follow you on twitter @anashct3
    Thanks for this lovely giveaway!

    Email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  85. Charity S

    I need a break from my hectic life!

    twitter follower


  86. joseph gersch jr

    follow @AlyWalansky @jtwark and need this because I need some good hop ffod

  87. dddiva

    I need this because 2011 sucked hard and this would bring a smile.

  88. Diane F

    We need a break since my husband has been working hard and we dont eat out very often due to our budget.

  89. carol y l

    Well, we don’t have as many deductions as last year, business is horrible, money is extremely tight, and we have a big business problem-something else. That is just the business aspect. Seems to be unending.

  90. Lynde F

    We could use this awesome prize because this is the first year we have owed a substantial amount!! & because I am going through Butter Pecan Syrup withdrawal;)

  91. Lynde F

    Following you on Twitter @lyndeislucky

  92. Lynde F

    Like you on FB

  93. Lynde F

    Like IHOP on FB, too!

  94. Samantha

    I need this tax break because I graduated college last year and am still searching for a job. It’s hard for me to find extra money to do anything fun with my school loans adding up.

  95. Samantha

    I like both on FB. Samantha M.

  96. Jennifer J

    I am tired of cooking, I need a break. Thanks!!

  97. Erica C.

    It’s been a hard month for us…this would be a nice treat.

  98. Heather W

    I need it bc we just got married and don’t have lots of money for going out to eat
    lovefool827 (at) yahoo (dotcom)

  99. Dawn Reid

    Well after paying to get our taxes done and receiving nothing back this would be great to enjoy.
    Follow you on twitter

  100. Dawn Reid

    I like you and IHOP on Facebook

  101. Michelle Tucker

    We rarely get anything back on Tax day. It’d be great to win something though! And who doesn’t love IHOP.
    I am unable to follow via twitter. I do follow via FB. I hope this is okay.
    Follow (Like) via Facebook Michelle Tucker
    michedt at yahoo . com

  102. Sand

    I need this tax break because we owed this year, a lot!

  103. Laurie Emerson

    I would love this tax break as unfortunately the IRS did not give us one and paying them really hurt the budget big time which means eating out will be very, very limited.
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  104. Laurie Emerson

    I follow you on twitter laurallee56 and I like you and IHOP On Facebook Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

  105. Terry C

    I need this because eating out is not often in the budget and a break would be nice

    • Terry C

      I follow on twitter @tlcfromtn

  106. AEKZ2

    We need this break because we owe state and federal taxes!

  107. Barbara Long

    I could use a tax-day break as we just did our taxes this past weekend and it was stressful!


  108. Kelly

    Hey! Ive really been going through a lot right now, and could use all the help in the world. I am currently a junior in college, and not only am taking the maximum amount of units possible, but I have also been having trouble with my computer breaking, and with a ton of other things in my life. The thing that has been getting me through is good acts of kindness and support from other people at my school, and strangers like you. I am really doing my best to make the world a better place, and I believe that one can continue with this through getting their college education. I would really be so thankful for any help that you could give in giving me not only a “pick-me-up”, but also giving me hope that great things do happen (as small as they may seem), in the midst of chaos, stress, and little time to breathe. Thank you so much!

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