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How To Save On Fast Food

Fast food is expensive as hell these days. I remember going to McDonald's and getting a full Big Mac meal for right around $5 plus tax just a few years ago. Now the Big Mac itself it around that price. So using coupons is a good way to B1G1 (buy one get one free). But where do you find these deals? Here are three easy ways to save on your next fast food purchase:

1) Junk Mail

A few months ago I wrote a couple of blog posts on how to get a cheap smog check & grocery store food shopping coupon saving tips, and mentioned junk mail. Today I'll show you what else is in that junk mail that's actually useful:

Burger King & McDonald's Coupons

Burger King & McDonald's Coupons

Above are 10 coupon flyers each for Burger King & McDonald's. I also get coupons on a regular basis from Jack In The Box, Papa John's, Subway and maybe some others I forgot about, so basically I don't ever pay retail price for fast food. It's supposed to be one per household of course, but you can get more if you live in an apartment complex like I do since lots of people just throw theirs away and leave them right on the mail bin.

Just remember that the type of coupons will probably depend heavily on your location (I miss getting Carl's Jr. coupons), but basically you'll always get these kind of coupons on a regular basis (I get mine maybe once every three months or so). The ones I save are typically the B1G1 types.

2) Email Signup

Another way to save is to sign up for emails. I do this for Papa John's & Pizza Hut. Papa John's sends me 50% off coupons all the time (normally on Mondays vs. the junk mail versions that I can use at any time), and Pizza Hut sends me 20% off coupons from time to time (although it has quieted down in recent months, probably due to the minimum wage hike in CA).

3) Weekly Deals

Did you know that McDonald's offers the Filet-O-Fish for $1.49 on Fridays? Or that Pizza Hut offers wings for 60 cents a piece on Wednesdays? Lots of different brands offer different types of deals on different days of the week. You just gotta pay attention to notice a pattern.

And that's it for now. If I find more ways to save, I'll update this blog post. But for now, don't just throw that junk mail away the next time you get one. There are some stuff in there that's not actually junk. And don't forget to sign up for emails, as they're not always junk either. ;)

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