Order and dine at your favorite fast food restaurant like an insider, while saving money, with our curated list of the easiest fast food hacks and tips. And the more that you snap your fast food restaurant receipts, you can earn points which you can redeem for free restaurant gift cards at the favorite chains, from Panera to Papa John’s.
It’s sad to say, but we all have our guilty pleasures. My weakness is Burger King fries. They are so fresh, golden, and incredibly delicious: not to mention that they are affordable, easy to get, and available on almost every corner. Fast food is the way to go for its convenience and taste when you’re on the go.
We went to the ground floor at the top fast food restaurants and asked employees at our favorite chains what the best fast food hacks were. After reading these hacks, you will never look at fast food the same way. It’s all about getting the biggest bang for your buck and saving money, while having a delicious time.
1. Burger King: You can order anything with bacon.
If there is one thing that we love, it’s bacon. We love the taste, the crunch, and the savory flavors. If you would like bacon on your fries, ask for it. Want some with your sundae? No problem. Do you need some bacon to complement your Whopper? Don’t worry. We have you covered. Another thing you can do is ask for French toast sticks to your burger. Now, your taste buds will be whirling!
2. Use the Fetch Rewards App.
Snap your receipt with the Fetch Rewards App whenever you go to a fast-food restaurant. You can use the rewards to get free gift cards at your favorite stores and fast-food restaurants, including Burger King, Chipotle, Subway, Starbucks, and many more. Earn more of what you love to eat just by snapping your fast food receipts.
3. Chipotle: Ask for half and half.
Chipotle has so many great items on its menu that sometimes you want it all. Don’t settle for choosing rice or beans when you can have both. Just ask for half rice and half beans. The same rule applies for protein. The next time you order that burrito, ask for half chicken and half beef, and you will get the best of both worlds.
4. Subway: Order a footlong instead of 6 inches.
A footlong sub costs a little more than a 6-inch sub. You might think that a footlong is a lot of food, but rest assured, you can always take half of the sandwich that you didn’t eat home and eat it later or even give it to a friend.
5. Starbucks: order pour-over coffee.
Pour-over coffee takes a little longer to brew than drip coffee, but you will experience a more luscious flavor than traditional methods. Remember that you need a little more time to spare, and it’s probably not a good idea to ask for this if the store is busy.
6. Krispy Kreme: Bring a younger sibling with their report card and get free donuts.
Bring your little sister or brother and their report card. For every ‘A’ that they get, they will receive a free donut. I guess that it’s time for a sugar high.
7. Starbucks: Order a small cup of coffee in a larger cup.
Who likes anything to go to waste? By ordering a small cup of coffee in a larger cup, you will get the excess of the coffee that they make. Who knows, you might even get a full cup of a large coffee. You’ll even have room for your cream and sugar by default.
8. Order using the brand’s mobile app.
All the fast-food chains have their apps designed to increase customer loyalty. You will get the “deal of the day” or a special coupon on some apps. If you download the Dairy Queen app, you will get a free small Blizzard. Dominos will give you points for each purchase which you can redeem for discounts in the future. Burger King, McDonalds, ChickFilet, and Wendy’s all do special offers for their customers on the app.
9. Chipotle: Order the kid’s meal at Chipotle for $5
Just because you aren’t a kid, it doesn’t mean that you can’t order a kids meal. Sometimes, you might not feel like eating a whole burrito. For only $5, you can have a kids meal with rice, steak, beans, and two tortillas. They might even give you some free sides if you ask nicely. It always helps to do it with a big smile.
10. McDonald’s: Ask for fresh fries
Nobody likes stale fries! Sometimes, fries are sitting around for a while, and they get hard and stale. The solution to this problem is to ask for fresh fries. They will prepare a new batch for you right in front of you. All you need to do is ask for it politely. Your reward is fresh, juicy, yummy fries.
11. Papa John’s: John the Papa John’s Reward Club
For every $5 dollars you spend, you will get a point that can be used for the following: you can redeem your points for 10″ cheese sticks, garlic knots, chocolate chip cookies, or even a large 2/3 topping pizza. You also get 10 points when it’s your birthday, so you definitely can’t lose by using this reward system.
12. Order from the Secret Menu
Did you know that every fast-food chain has a secret menu? McDonald’s has a two cheeseburger meal, egg burger, caramel apple sundae, chicken McGriddle, biscuits and gravy, grilled cheese, and even an orange creamsicle shake. Starbucks has a cake batter frappuccino, apple pie frappuccino, banana cream frappuccino, butterbeer frappuccino and the list goes on and on. Check out Hack the Menu for a detailed list of all the fun things you can order at your favorite fast-food restaurant. Chipotle has a burritodilla, double wrapped burrito, extra fillings, fresh cilantro, nachos, quesadilla and even a quesarito.
The next time you go to your favorite fast-food restaurant, be adventurous and try something new.
13. Jamba Juice: make a smoothie with whatever you want.
You can substitute anything out in your drink to your delight. You can even make a smoothie from scratch. Just tell them what you want.
14. Get unlimited premium coffee when you subscribe to myPanera + Coffee.
When you subscribe to myPanera +, you will get the first three months free. After that, it’s only $8.99 a month, and you will get free unlimited coffee. Now for you coffee drinkers, this will save you a ton of money.
15. Starbucks: Order a Nutella Coffee
Did you know that you can drink your Nutella with a Nutella Coffee at Starbucks? Order a Cafe Misto with a pump of hazelnut. Don’t forget the caramel drizzle.
16. Dunkin’: Save your receipt so that you can get a free donut.
Make sure you save your receipt because there is a code at the bottom of it. Use the code to fill out a short survey, and you can win a free donut when you get a medium or large beverage. And remember to snap that receipt and rack up more restaurant rewards.
That’s our curated list of the easiest fast food restaurant hacks. Get snackin’, snap your receipts and start earning free restaurant gift cards with Fetch Rewards. Do you have any fast food hacks? Please share with us at email@example.com.