With our family’s overall goal of saving money – we try not to eat out very often. However, sometimes it’s just nice to grab a bite out! And if you do it right, it doesn’t have to be too expensive. One of the ways we have saved a few $$$ when treating ourselves to a ready-made meal are these apps! With some we can earn free food by earning points for purchases. Others have great coupons to save a few dollars. These are the 4 I have used most often.
McDonald’s has daily deals on their app! I don’t eat here a whole lot, but there are times I just need a quick French Fry and Diet Coke (not healthy, I know!). They usually have a free drink or $1 French Fry on their app! For a while they had BOGO Happy Meals and with twins we needed that deal! I also find good deals on chicken nuggets or tenders frequently. We kinda live on chicken nuggets and tenders in this house.
Half price drinks all day long with the app! They also offer app-only coupons like free sandwiches with purchase. I’m all about free food! I did get frustrated with it lately with the payment through the app. It requires that you load money to the app in $10 increments to get the deals. I had $6 left over on it the other day, but when I paid it charged my credit card instead of my $6 credit. Not sure why that happened and if it happens again I’ll contact them. I’m also wondering if this means I don’t have to load money to it anymore? So many questions! But the deals are still good, so I’ll keep using it for now!
Starbucks has earned my business with their app. Because I buy Starbucks ground coffee for our home coffee maker and enter my receipts for points, AND when I go out for a rare Mocha I usually go to *$, I end up earning free drinks once in a while. By keeping my gold status I also get a free drink or item on my birthday! It’s the best! And totally worth using the app. Plus, one time when I forgot my wallet at the grocery store and I was there by myself with both babies, I was still able to get a Starbucks drink because I had credit on my app. It saved the day! I just recently read that the Starbucks rewards program will be changing next month, so I hope I still like it as much!
Would you expect anything else? We may have a higher-than-usual love for Chick-Fil-A in this house but the truth of the matter is that the CFA app gives away more food than any other app I’ve seen! Not only does every CFA in Wichita send me a free food item every Monday (this week I get a free breakfast sandwich and 3 free chicken tenders times 2), I also earn points every time I purchase a food item to earn MORE free items. I also get a free birthday cookie through the app. Sometimes I get other random food items that appear in my app “just because”. AND when we’ve gone out of town (both in KC and in Dallas) I just opened my app in that city and a free sandwich popped up! Another favorite option of mine is that when the boys are playing in their play area I can make a mobile order on my phone and they will just bring it to me so I don’t have to take the boys with me to order or leave them. We like CFA so much my SIL gave us a cute CFA doormat for Christmas! I am pretty sure that CFA gives me more free food than I could ever buy from them! They’re the best!
I’m wondering if there are other restaurant apps out there I should be trying?! Do you use any other ones and get good rewards?