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10 Fast Food Menu Hacks That Will Save You Money (Part 2)

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10 Fast Food Menu Hacks That Will Save You Money (Part 2)

Want to get more for your hard-earned cash when you nosh on fast food? If so, you should check out these clever fast food menu hacks. This 2nd part of our fast food menu hack series is all about saving you money at some of the biggest fast food chains. 

10. Use Fast Food Chain Apps To Score Special Deals

These days, so many people are opting for fast food delivery or pick-up, via fast food chain apps that offer some exciting hidden benefits. When you download these apps, you’ll be in line for special deals and you’ll also hear about sales as soon as they begin. As you can see, it’s possible to hack a fast food menu remotely, just by using an app to find amazing deals on everything that you crave. One example is the Burger King app. It provides users with access to coupons that are mobile-only, as well as secret deal promotions. Same thing with the Mickey D’s app. The McDonald’s app offers mobile-only deals, information about sweepstakes and other exciting extras. KFC’s “Order As You Go” app is another option. It also provides exclusive offers. These types of apps are useful and all major fast food chains offer them to customers. If you want the power to save money as you customize your meals, skip line-ups by pre-ordering and pre-paying and get information about fun contests, adding these apps to your mobile device will be a smart strategy. App features may vary from fast food chain to fast food chain, but all will give users the chance to save money sometimes. Add your fave fast food apps today and check out the special deals that you access. Some of these apps are very practical and easy to use. Whether you’re an Android or iOS person, you’ll be able to find apps that suit your mobile device(s). Once you try these apps, you may wonder how you ever got along without them. They do make it much easier to order fast food and access coupons that lower the cost of fast food staples, such as burgers, golden French fries and fried chicken. 

9. Enjoy A Fill-Up From KFC Inside Of Buying Sides

If you want to get maximum value from a KFC order, you should know that opting for a Fill-Up combo meal will be smarter than building a meal by ordering meal components separately. With A Fill-Up, you’ll spend less than you would if you ordered sides separately. As you probably already know, the classic Fill-Up Meal is affordable. It costs just several bucks and it’s a hearty meal option. There are so many Fill-Up Meals to choose from and all are the same low price. You may select a Drumstick & Thigh meal, or a Famous Bowl meal, or opt for Pot Pie, Chicken Tenders or Chicken Breast. With your Fill-Up, you’ll get a full meal which includes a cookie and a drink. Some Fill-Ups also come with biscuits. If you wanted to build a meal by choosing a main and sides, plus a drink and dessert, you’d need to pay more. These Fill-Ups are very popular because they are an economical choice for consumers. They allow customers to enjoy classic KFC taste without busting their budgets. While sides at this fast food chain are also affordable, you’re bound to spend more building a meal than you would if you went for the Fill-Up combo meals. For hungry groups, there is the option of a bigger, group-size Fill-Up, which is designed to feed four people. It typically costs four times as much as the Fill-Up designed for one person, although prices at fast food chains vary from time to time. Check current prices online or at a local KFC. With the bigger Fill-Up, you’ll get 8 pieces of KFC chicken and have your choice of three styles of chicken, which are Extra Crispy, Original Recipe and Kentucky Grilled. You’ll also get a big cole slaw for sharing, plus four biscuits and a couple of large mashed potato sides, in addition to gravy.

8. Share A Small Fries At Five Guys

Five Guys make amazing fries and they are amazingly generous with the portions. If you’ve ever ordered a small fries at this popular burger chain, you already know that you get a lot of fries in that paper bag. Most people find that the serving size is generous enough that they can share their small fries with a friend and still feel satisfied. If you want to save some cash at Five Guys, consider splitting a small fries. It’s a good way to trim down the cost of a meal and you may find that even half an order of fries from this crowd-pleasing fast food joint is equivalent to what you’d get if you ordered small fries somewhere else. This is a good hack, as the fries offered by this fast food chain are well worth eating. Five Guys puts a lot of care into their fries. They have a scientific system in place to ensure top-notch quality in every single batch. First off, the fries are hand-cut. Five Guys leaders know that most people are able to whip up tasty burgers at home, but have trouble making perfect french fries in their houses, apartments or condos. So, the team at Five Guys go all out to offer the type of quality that is worth visiting a fast food chain to find. Potatoes used to make the fries are sourced from Idaho and Five Guys buys 140 million pounds of them every single year. The potatoes are mostly Burbanks. Sometimes, the restaurant uses Norkotahs, from Washington, but only when the Idaho spuds aren’t hard enough to fry effectively. The potatoes are soaked in water after they’re cut up. A blanching process is used to take away starch. This is done so that the insides will cook properly, without the outsides burning. The end result is delectable fries with just the right texture. Order them plain or go for Cajun. Whatever you choose, you’ll find that a small fries at Five Guys delivers good value for the money.

7. Join Rewards Programs To Earn Free Grub And Drinks

Technology is really revolutionizing the fast food industry and rewards programs are now accessible online or through fast food apps. Some of these rewards programs are very lucrative for members. They are meant to win customer loyalty and they do win customer loyalty. One example is the Starbucks Rewards Program. When you become a Starbucks Reward member, you’ll gather “stars” when you buy Starbucks menu items. Every two stars equals one dollar. When you use the Rewards program via the Starbucks app, you’ll also have the chance to get bonus stars, which make it even easier to rack up enough stars to get free coffee or other Starbucks fare. Another perk is access to Double Star days, where the twice the typical number of stars are awarded for purchases. If you’re not using Starbucks Rewards or other, similar fast food apps, you’re missing out on big savings. You’ll love the way that it feels to score free food and drink just by purchasing stuff that you’d buy anyway. These apps provide customers with a true VIP experience. Other examples of fast food rewards programs are the Dairy Queen Fan Club, Burger King Rewards and Chick-Fil-A One. McDonald’s is giving Starbucks a run for its money with its McCafé Rewards program, and this program has a high-tech and low-tech option. To take part, peel stickers from your McCafé drinks. When you have 7 of these stickers, you’ll be allowed to redeem them for a coffee that is one hundred percent free. This is the low-tech way to get free coffee from Mickey D’s. The rewards program for McDonald’s coffee was integrated with the McDonald’s app, so you can rack up rewards electronically, too.

6. Add Unlimited Veggies To A Subway Salad

If you want a heartier meal that’s still really healthy, make sure to add a lot of veggies to your Subway salad. When you do, you’ll get more for your money and get lots of nutrients, too. It’s not just Subway subs that are available with unlimited veggies. The salads are, too, and a lot of people don’t know this. Adding these healthy and free toppings to a salad will be a perfect way to enjoy an affordable lunch that does your body good. The Veggie Delite sub is a perfect option for a meatless meal that doesn’t cost a bundle. Since it has no meat, there will be more room in the bowl for veggie toppings. People are really embracing the whole plant-based thing these days. Just look at the way that the Beyond Burger is capturing everyone’s imaginations. Healthy salads that are heavy on the veggies are plant-based meal options that offer nutrition without the meat. Whether you go meatless sometimes or always eat the plant-based way, choosing a Veggie Delite salad and adding plenty of veggie toppings will be a great way to enjoy good taste and crunch, without spending a lot of money. Of course, Subway salads are also available with meat. When you choose a salad with meat, you won’t be able to get as many free veggie toppings in your bowl, but you’ll access protein, and some people put a premium on getting protein with every meal. Turkey Breast and Steak and Cheese salads are example of Subway salads that do come with meat protein. Other choices include Roast Beef and Spicy Italian. Aside from the Veggie Delite, there are eight Subway salads available which include meat. Salads with meat toppings cost more, so going veggie is definitely cost-effective. 

5. Order In-N-Out Animal Style Fries Without Cheese

Celebs are always raving about the wonders of In-N-Out. Miley Cyrus, Gordon Ramsay and Adele have all sung the praises of this popular burger joint. If you want to save a little cash when you order at In-N-Out, go for the fries without the Animal-style cheese. You’ll save a couple of bucks or so. Fast food menus and prices change sometimes, so how much you’ll save will depend on current menu prices. If you’ve never tried Animal Fries, we should let you know what they are. They are a secret menu item that are quite popular, which include cheese, grilled onions and secret spread. They are very hearty, but you’ll need to pay extra for those satisfying add-ons. Also, the cheese and spread will definitely bump up the calorie count. While indulging in secret menu items is great fun, they are sometimes expensive because they feature a lot of add-ons that really add up in price. Stick to plain fries to save some money. Your waistline will thank you. Add-ons, whether they’re from secret menu items or not, help restaurants to generate big profits. Some people don’t really consider how much their add-ons are costing and some add-ons are a lot more expensive then others. Keeping orders simple, rather than opting for add-ons that boost your final tab, will be a good way to save money on the cost of fast food. Keep an eye on add-on prices at other fast food joints, too, such as Taco Bell, which is known for offering a dizzying array of add-ons. Try to choose menu items that include plenty of ingredients for the base price, or choose the cheaper add-ons to bulk up your meal. Another option is going for the plainer menu items with fewer ingredients and just enjoying them, without a bunch of costly add-ons.

4. Go Veggie At Chipotle And Get Free Guacamole

Chipotle Mexican Grill is a fast food restaurant that has many loyal customers. Fashion designer, Marc Jacobs, actually proposed to his boyfriend at Chipotle, with a help of a flash mob that danced to the Prince classic, “Kiss”. Marc chose to get down on bended knee at Chipotle because his boyfriend is a Chipotle devotee. If you want more value from a Chipotle meal, consider ordering a veggie menu item, because, when you do, you’ll get free guacamole. Order a preferred bowl or burrito and then request the free guacamole. Most people find that it’s really easy to get the creamy green add-on for free, although it may not be an absolute certainty at every Chipotle location. It’s certainly worth a try, as so many people have done it without a problem. Some people who enjoy meat-free meals just don’t know this important secret about Chipotle. There are perks to going veggie and one of them is guacamole that doesn’t cost even a penny extra. If you want a nice protein in your burrito or bowl, the free guacamole will fit the bill. It’ll taste great and help you to feel more satisfied. 

3. Take A Krispy Kreme Survey To Get A Free Doughnut

It’s just so easy to get a free doughnut from Krispy Kreme. All that you need to do is buy something at Krispy Kreme and look for the survey information on your receipt. When you follow the directions and take the survey, you’ll typically be rewarded with a free doughnut, although perks for completing the survey make change from time to time. Since Krispy Kreme doughnuts are absolutely irresistible to many people who have sweet tooths, this survey secret is a menu hack that everyone should know about. The survey process may take a few minutes, but it’s not too laborious or time-consuming. Krispy Kreme wants to learn about you as a customer and will reward you for sharing your opinions and information. The survey is available online, so it’ll be easy to complete it from your home computer or mobile device. Data is so valuable these days. Fast food joints want data, just like other companies do. They use the data to learn about their customers and what they want. It’s part of how they stay successful and edge out the competition. By giving Krispy Kreme some information, you’ll be rewarded. Your free doughnut will taste amazing. Free food is always fun to eat.

2. Make Your Own Chicken Caesar Salad At Wendy’s

If you want a filling meal that’s cheap , too, construct your own Chicken Ceasar Salad at Wendy’s, by combining a Caesar Side Salad and Chicken Nuggets from the Everyday Value Menu. You could also combine a Caesar Side Salad and the filling from a Grilled Chicken Wrap or Spicy Chicken Wrap. A lot of people save cash at fast food restaurants by ordering a couple of items from value menus and combining them into a whole new recipe. Sometimes, combining these separate elements creates a hearty meal that costs less than a ready-made meal with the same types of ingredients. Always experiment with value menus. Do a little math to see if combining value meal ingredients is cheaper than buying meals that already feature those ingredients. When you begin adding up the cost of value menu items, versus the cost of combos or other conventional menu items, you may find that big savings are available. Plus, it’s kind of fun to hack a menu by creating your own recipes out of value menu items. It’s a little bit creative, but not hard work. 

1. Order A Small Drink At Burger King To Get Free Refills

This little trick is so simple and effective. Instead of buying a bigger drink at Burger King, go for a small drink and access yummy and thirst-quenching free refills. If there’s a Freestyle machine at your local Burger King, you’ll be able to fun with the machine while you grab your refills. Burger King has a value menu, too, like most fast food chains do these days, so you may be able to hack the value menu by creating new recipes from cheap value menu items. Add Onion Rings to a Bacon Cheeseburger or something like that. Combine a Chicken Jr. with a Double Cheeseburger to create a very filling burger than rivals the iconic McDonald’s secret menu item, The Land, Sea and Air Burger. Have fun with it and look forwards to savings. too. 

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