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7 Ways to Save Money on Fast Food

We try to eat as much as possible but sometimes we NEED to eat out (why? because momma needs a break!) and sometimes it is nice to treat the kiddos. Considering that the normal expense of eating out could add up to be more than one weeks grocery bill–when we eat out– we need to SAVE!

Do you need to make the occasional trip through the drive thru? If so, you might be wondering how to save money on your fast food purchase. Take a look below at 7 ways to save money on fast food that you can try! These are 7 great ways to spend less when you find yourself needing to eat on the go. Take a look at the ways to save money below! 

Check the Sunday Paper

You can still start to find fast food coupons (many BOGO coupons) when you check out your Sunday paper. This helps you save money and pay within your means so that you’re not taking from your savings for something else. Create coupon clippings and keep them in your glove compartment so you have them on hand when you need them.

Take Feedback Surveys

When you get a receipt for your order, set a goal for yourself and check the back for a survey for any savings. Many restaurants will give you a free item if you take the survey within a few days. This is a great way to give your opinion and get a free food item in the process.

Try Swagbucks

Take a few surveys each day and earn points for gift cards to your favorite fast food chains. You only need to spend a few minutes a day taking surveys, and then cash your points in for $5 and $10 gift cards. This is a great way to eat for less.

Split Value Meals

Instead of buying two 5 nugget meals, split a large 20 nugget meal. It will be just a dollar or so more, and you will get more food. The super size meals these days are typically enough for two people, so weigh the portions and decide if splitting a meal makes more sense. Make more use of your budget and pay within your means so that you can save more in the long run. 

“Like” Your Favorite Restaurant

When you “like” your favorite restaurant on Facebook, you will get notified of upcoming sales, freebies, and even printable coupons. This is an easy way to stay on top of any money saving deals that may be offered that week.

Dine In

When you dine in, many places give free refills. This is also a great way to address any wrong orders so you aren’t paying for food you won’t eat. Plus, you also get all the free condiments you can use!

Get your discounts. Many restaurants offer a senior or student discount. Be sure to ask so you can get any discounts you have coming to you.

See how easy it can be to save money on fast food? Give these tips a try and eat for less!

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3 thoughts on “7 Ways to Save Money on Fast Food”

  1. Yay for senior discounts. I had no idea that I would qualify as a senior when I was 55, but some Carl’s Jr worker guessed me accurately when he asked only a few weeks after I’d turned 55. So that 10 % off is great. Also, on the rare occasion I use Carl’s Jr or other fast food places, I order to go and DON’T order drinks. We can get that cheaper at home, or just do water. (Drinks are so overpriced.) These places will throw in enough condiments with your order, more than enough actually. Sometimes coupons are a better deal than the senior discount. If I want part of my order senior discount and part coupon, I go inside and make separate orders.

  2. Somewhat on/off topic- I just started doing Swag Bucks & wonder if I am wasting my time? I read a lot of bad reviews, like people never get the gift cards they earn etc. Has any one had any legit good experiences with them?


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