“What time do you want me to come back home?” I asked.
I darted out the door with the blessing of my husband and headed to the library to get some much needed work done. Nate had graciously blessed me with several hours of alone time out of the house and I was more than willing to take him up on it.
When supper time rolled around I debated going home for a free meal for about 0.2 seconds. I’m a frugal gal, but I didn’t want to risk getting sucked back into the chaos of little children.
I ventured off to Five Guys Burgers & Fries. I picked Five Guys because it serves hamburgers made out of actual beef. (Isn’t it sad that not all restaurants do that?) It was also located near the coffee shop I wanted to head to for the remainder of my free time.
Five Guys isn’t known for it’s cheap dollar menu. In fact, they can be kind of pricey when it comes to fast food. Still, I wanted to spend as little money as possible.
- the smallest hamburger – I skipped the cheese to save some money.
- nothing to drink – I drank water I had brought with me.
- no fries – I skipped their fries and ate 2 generous helpings of the free peanuts they have sitting out.
Fast forward a couple of days and I found myself at another fast food restaurant. Eating out twice in one week is very unusual for me, but this time I was armed with two coupons for free hamburgers from Sonic.
Noah and I ate for free at Sonic by:
- getting 2 hamburgers for free
- skipping drinks – We brought our own from home.
- skipping fries and other sides – We ate some fruit before we went to Sonic.
Fast food restaurants aren’t exceptionally expensive, but I was still thrilled with how cheaply I was able to eat at two different restaurants this past week. I hope my frugal fast food ventures inspire you cheaply the next time you go out. To help even more, I came up with several tips for how to save money on fast food.
7 Ways to Save Money on Fast Food
1. Drink Water – Bring your own drinks from home or ask for tap water. Sugary drinks aren’t good for you anyway.
2. Use Coupons – Don’t be afraid to order only what you have coupons for like when I ordered my free hamburgers and nothing else.
3. Don’t Stuff Yourself – Avoid super-sized portions, eat until you feel satisfied, and then stop eating! Smaller sized meals cost less and your waistline will thank you.
4. Eat At Home Before Or After – This goes along with not stuffing yourself. Eat a little something before you leave the house or plan ahead to have a snack at home later. You get even more bonus points if you eat something healthy like fruit. Of course saving room for ice cream at home is equally as satisfying.
6. Skip The Kids’ Menu – Sometimes it is cheaper to buy an adult entree and have my children share it. Plus it seems like the kids’ menu is never quality food anyway.
7. Meal Plan – Plan ahead so you can eat at home as much as possible instead of relying on take-out. Of course it is fun to eat out now and then and you shouldn’t feel guilty about that. Still, it is almost always better for your budget to skip the drive through and eat at home.
How do you save money on fast food?