Clever Fast Food Hacks That Can Save You Money
Many people enjoy going to fast food restaurants because it’s easy, quick and the food is tasty. Others will simply tell you that they love fast food because it’s cheap. However, did you know that there are ingenious ways to cut costs at the most popular fast food restaurants?
These hacks will help you get the most out of meals from your favorite destinations, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and Chipotle. Did you know that McDonald’s has a cheaper version of the signature Big Mac?
We’ve collected the best tips and hacks to help you save money at fast food chains.
McDonald’s: A Sausage McMuffin With an Egg On the Side Costs Less Than a Regular Sausage Egg McMuffin
The Big Mac is the hottest burger at McDonald's, but the breakfast menu is just as popular. One of the most popular items from the breakfast menu is the Sausage Egg McMuffin.
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Because there's nothing quite like waking up to a breakfast that's already made. Our delicious Sausage McMuffin with Egg is made with savory hot sausage, a slice of melty American cheese, and a delicious egg all on a freshly toasted English muffin. Psst. Missed breakfast? you can also have it for lunch or dinner. #AllDayBreakfast
Chipotle: Choose Two Proteins for More Meat, Free of Charge
If you think the best part of a Chipotle burrito is the meat, you're going to enjoy this tip. You will automatically receive a larger serving of meat than usual when you ask for half and half. You only pay for the protein that costs more instead of paying for both types of meat. Combining two types of meat gives you a more significant portion than just getting one meat.
Burger King: Get the Most Value for Your Money by Purchasing a Freshly-Made Burger
Burger King's signature burger is the delicious Whopper. Although this burger is a customer favorite, you may be surprised to learn that some folks don't get freshly made Whoppers. At Burger King, some popular meals are sitting on the hot tray waiting to be ordered. However, if you choose to customize your burger, you definitely won’t receive one from the hot tray. When you customize a burger order, you will receive a burger with a freshly cooked patty.
McDonald’s: Receive Free Food from the McDonald’s App
Many restaurants have their own app that you can download right into your phone. It's quick and easy to download the free McDonald's app. After you download the app, set up an account and activate your location to get all the benefits. Some of the app’s perks include in-app alerts to sales and exclusive coupons. There’s no need to print the coupons out.
Taco Bell: Customizing Your Order Can Cost Less
Sometimes the best way to keep money in your pocket is to customize your favorite order. One popular item at Taco Bell is a Quesarito, a burrito covered in a quesadilla instead of a plain tortilla. Did you know you can make Taco Bell’s Quesarito from a Beefy Fritos Burrito?
Chipotle: Skip the Protein for Free Guacamole
Chipotle's guacamole is a popular add-on. Some people only order the guacamole to eat with chips. However, many fans complain about the price of guacamole at Chipotle. Most customers probably don’t know that if they cut the protein out of their order, they can score free guacamole.
McDonald’s: Order the Lower Priced Version of the Premium Salad
Although McDonald's is famous for their burgers, the fast-food chain also offers healthier options like salads. McDonald’s full-sized salads, such as the Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken, can cost more than $5. You can save money on this premium salad by ordering a side salad and a grilled chicken breast on the side.
Burger King: Order the Kids Meal for a Lighter Choice
A lot of fast food chains have a Value Menu, including Burger King. Although the Value Menu is an excellent way to save money, the kids menu has even greater potential. Not only is it cheaper, but the meals aren’t as heavy as the options on the standard menu.
Chipotle: Get Free Tortillas or Taco Shells on the Side to Make Another Meal from the Burrito Bowl
Do you like to receive delicious freebies? If you do, go to Chipotle and ask for two tortillas on the side with your burrito bowl. After receiving your burrito bowl and free tortillas, scoop the contents from your burrito bowl into each tortilla. Next, fold the sides of the tortillas and you will have two tasty burritos.
McDonald’s: Avoid Going Late at Night
If you’re spending your hard-earned money on food, don’t you want the freshest items? The later it is at night, the slower business is at McDonald’s. This means each item has been left out longer.
Burger King: You Don’t Have to Order Fries and Onion Rings Separately
The best part of a Burger King meal is choosing a side. Burger King makes deliciously crispy fries. Their onion rings are fried to golden perfection. Can’t decide between fries and onion rings? There’s no need to stress. Burger King has introduced Frings, a half order of fries and onion rings.
Taco Bell: More Delicious Items You Can Customize to Save Money
At Taco Bell, you can also save money by customizing popular items such as the Meximelt, Nachos BellGrande or Chips & Nachos. To create a Meximelt, order a Beefy Mini Quesadilla. Adding chipotle sauce and Pico de Gallo to the quesadilla creates a version of the Meximelt.
I went to taco bell and ordered nacho's bell grande with Dorito chips instead lf those boring old tortilla chips! :D pic.twitter.com/739JBTw1PJ— Michael Venegas (@VenegasMike) February 24, 2013
McDonald’s: Receive Email Offers from McDonald’s for Deals
Although the McDonald's app features many perks, constantly checking the app can be a hassle. If the app isn't working out for you, you should sign up and subscribe to McDonald's emails instead. When you sign up, you'll receive exclusive promotions and deals from McDonald's. This tip will save you time and money.
Burger King: Get Coupons from the Burger King App or Receipts
Many fast-food chains now have free apps where you can find deals and coupons. Burger King is also one of the restaurants with a free app. The app is easy to download and use right from your Apple or Android phone. The app helps you keep money in your pocket.
McDonald’s: The Premium Bacon Ranch Salad With Grilled Chicken is the Healthiest Salad
Do you only want to spend your money on healthy food? McDonald’s has a couple of options for fitness fanatics who somehow end up at a location. The healthiest salad on the menu is the Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken. The catch is not to put any dressing on the salad. For $4.79, you’re only consuming 290 calories and 8g of fat.
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Looking for a meal that passes the healthy test? Try our Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad. Artisan grilled chicken seasoned to perfection with salt, garlic powder, and parsley. Layered with savory black beans, roasted corn and tomatoes locally sourced from Salinas, and poblano peppers. Sprinkled with cheddar and jack cheesees, chili-lime tortilla strips, and cilantro. All atop crisp, chopped romaine, baby spinach, baby kale, red leaf lettuce, and ribbon cut carrots.
Taco Bell: Score up to 56% off Medium Drinks During “Happier Hour”
Big restaurants and bars aren’t the only places with a happy hour menu. Taco Bell has introduced their own "Happier Hour" from 2:00 pm - 5:00 p.m. Medium drinks only cost $1 during “Happier Hour.” A medium drink usually costs $1.89, which means you'll save 89 cents.
McDonald’s: Take Home Free Coffee with the McCafe Loyalty Program
The best things in life are free. McDonald's has an amazing loyalty program for coffee lovers. The loyalty program is accessible from the McDonald's app, making the system quick and easy to use. By joining the loyalty program, you can earn free coffee from McDonald’s. After every five McCafe’s you order, the sixth one is free. Make sure to use the McDonald’s app every time you place your coffee order.
Chipotle: Ask for the Hard Taco Shells on the Side Instead of the Chips
Chipotle is best known for their burrito bowls and creamy guacamole. What does well with these popular items? Many customers would get a side of chips. However, chips aren’t free. If you don't want to pay for chips, you can ask for free hard taco shells on the side. The secret is to break the taco shells into smaller pieces like chips.
McDonald’s: A McDouble with Mac Sauce Is Just a Cheaper Version of a Big Mac
McDonalds’ iconic burger, the Big Mac, costs about $3.99. How would you feel if you could get a version of the Big Mac for only $1.69? When ordering, ask for a McDouble from the value menu with no ketchup or mustard and have Mac Sauce and lettuce added. There shouldn’t be any extra charge for your requests.
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Make room for our McDouble. Meatier and cheesier, it's made with two pure beef patties from Fresno; layered with a slice of melty American cheese; and topped with tangy pickles from Kruger Farms in Stockton, chopped onions from Olam International—Gilroy Foods, and ketchup and mustard from Southern California. #McDouble #burger
Chipotle: The Kids Menu is Cheaper, but Just as Filling
Chipotle also has a kids menu with different meals than its regular menu. These meals are just as delicious and will still fill your fast food craving. Ordering from Chipotle's kids menu will also keep some money in your bank account.
McDonald’s: Craving a Grilled Cheese Sandwich? Ask for a Burger with no Patty
Many foods at McDonald's include meat, but one item from their secret menu is vegetarian-friendly. The grilled cheese sandwich is a longtime secret menu item from McDonald’s. Ever had one?
Recently, @McDonalds discontinued offering grilled cheese sandwiches in their Happy Meals to make way for healthier options. However, @DalMgmtDean believes the decision to remove the item had more to do with business than nutrition. @DalManagement https://t.co/bUu1gAXOaI pic.twitter.com/glVl389qDe— Dalhousie University (@DalhousieU) June 11, 2018
Taco Bell: Get the Most Food for Your Buck
The Beefy Fritos Burrito has the most calories per dollar at Taco Bell. The burrito costs $1 and contains 440 calories. Not sure why you might need to calorie load, but if you want a burrito that packs in the calories, the Beefy Fritos Burrito is an excellent option. It includes seasoned beef, nacho cheese sauce, seasoned rice and Fritos corn chips.
McDonald’s: No Ice Means More Soda
A great way to wash down a big meal at McDonald's is with a nice, cold soda. A cup of soda from McDonald's only costs $1. However, the drink usually comes with a lot of ice. The amount of ice takes up more space than the soda in the cup. A solution to this problem is to order a soda with no ice.
McDonald’s: Keep an Eye Out For McDonald’s Regional Specials
Did you know that McDonald’s menus can differ based on location? When you travel, you’ll notice some stores have different options. In Hawaii you can munch on a warm, delicious Haupia or Taro Pie. The Haupia Pie is a fried coconut and the Taro Pie is the root. Both are fried to golden perfection.
Haupia for the holidays! ??— McDonald's of Hawaii (@McDonaldsHawaii) December 13, 2018
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McDonald’s: Don’t Even Think About Ordering a Normal McFlurry
McDonald's offers great desserts. The McFlurry is one of the most famous desserts on the McDonald's menu. A McFlurry consists of soft-serve vanilla ice cream topped with sprinkles or candy. Some people believe a regular McFlurry just doesn’t cut it anymore. Customers and employees describe the sweet treat as expensive. Other folks say the McFlurry comes with very little toppings.