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November 16 is National Fast Food Day, and the best way to celebrate is by pulling up to your favorite fast-food joint. Fast food is already known for affordability, but restaurants are constantly offering great deals to beat the competition.
Want to enjoy a ridiculously cheap fast-food meal? Here are the best deals at some of the nation’s favorite fast-food drive-thrus you can enjoy all year long.
The undisputed leader of fast food, McDonald’s dominates market share. If you’re a frequent customer of Mickey D’s, you probably already know about their Value Menu — but there even are more ways to save.
The deal: By downloading the McDonald’s app, you get access to a ton of additional deals. Right now, they’re offering free soft drinks, $1 fries, 20 nuggets for $4.99 and more.
Despite its name, Burger King offers a lot more than just burgers — including their breakfast sandwiches, which are particularly delicious.
The deal: Your best bet for BK deals is to check their website for a number of coupons on regular menu items. For example, you can get two meals (menu item, small fries and a small drink) for $10 and choose from the Whopper, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Crispy Chicken Tenders and Crispy Chicken Sandwich.
Wendy’s is best known for it's square beef patties, but you can also score a number of deals on nuggets, Frosties and more.
The deal: Wendy’s 4 for $4 deal is arguably much more valuable than a traditional fast-food meal. You can pick from your choice of eight sandwiches and wraps, and Wendy’s will throw in a side of fries, chicken nuggets and a drink for $4.
Tacos Bell’s menu offers a wide variety of options, from Doritos tacos to breakfast sandwiches. If you’re tired of burgers and chicken, head here for your next fast-food meal.
The deal: The Taco Bell Dollar Menu includes breakfast and regular menu items - you can choose between nachos, tacos, burritos and more. The dollar burrito is one of the best values around, as it’s quite filling for just a buck.
If you’re craving chicken, it’s hard to go wrong with KFC. They have a lot more than just regular old fried chicken, and their buckets are perfect for family dinner.
The deal: With the $10 Chicken Share, you can get a shareable bucket for a 10-piece. Choose between six pieces of fried chicken, nine tenders, 12 hot wings or a bucket of nuggets to share with friends and family. If you’re eating alone, go with the $5 Fill Up, which offers a regular menu item and a few sides along with it.
A direct competitor to KFC, this chain has similar offerings for those looking to get their fried chicken fix.
The deal: Check out Popeye’s $5 and $10 deals. Right now, you can get boneless wings with sides and a biscuit or a four-piece mixed chicken or tenders for $5. If you need to go bigger, you can get five pieces of mixed chicken, plus two sides and two biscuits, for $10.
Chick-fil-A’s chicken is seriously delicious, and it has so many options for nuggets and sandwiches that it’s easy to switch up your choices.
The deal: With the Chick-fil-A One app, you can rack up points each time you purchase something from the chain. Earn enough points and you can cash in free food rewards and a birthday surprise.
Dunkin’ is a staple of the early morning commuter, but serves up hot coffee, donuts and other breakfast favorites all day long.
The deal: DD Perks, Dunkin’s mobile app rewards program, lets you place your orders ahead of time and skip the line when you’re in a rush to get to work. You also score a free beverage when you sign up, every year on your birthday and when you amass 200 rewards points. Plus, you get new offers and rewards on a monthly basis.
If you are a donut fanatic, look out for other perks throughout the year, like freebies on National Donut Day.
Sonic offers a solid menu that’s more diverse than a lot of drive-in restaurants, with burgers, chicken, hot dogs and more.
The deal: Every Tuesday night is Family Night at Sonic. That means cheeseburgers are half price from 5pm to closing, which is a great way to land a deep discount for the whole family.
Another easy way to snag a deal at your favorite fast-food restaurant? Swing by on your birthday — here’s a list of 50 free things you can get on your special day to get you started.
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