This Is Quite a Jolt: McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts Offer Free Coffee on Mondays

01/07/2015 at 05:43 PM ET

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McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts may have found a cure for manic Mondays: Free coffee.

Yes, really. And the best part? You don’t need to buy a McMuffin or don’t-call-it-a-Cronut to go with your hot or iced cup of joe — this is a no-purchase-necessary deal that the two fast food chains are implementing in 2015, Money reports.

The move is more of a business booster than a feel-good favor, available in areas where sales could use a bump. The fast food giants are hoping that you will actually buy that McMuffin or Cronut doppelgänger to go along with your free drink.

The promotions kicked off at the beginning of the new year, and while all are limited-time offers, the definition of “time” varies widely depending on location: In the greater Washington, D.C. region, McDonald’s free coffee deal will run through December 31; in central Indiana, it’s the complimentary java runs out on June 1.

The deal is open to anyone who asks, as long as it’s at a participating restaurant — which are definitely limited: Other McDonald’s areas giving away free coffee include Cincinnati, Austin and Johnstown-Altoona, Pennsylvania. “The markets determine what is best for their customers and customize their offers accordingly,” a company spokesperson said.

Dunkin’ Donuts is targeting mostly cities in the Midwest. So if you’re in places like Omaha, Milwaukee, Witchita, or Des Moines, step right on up — your free drink awaits.

—Nancy Mattia

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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