Fast Food Meal Deals

21 Fast Food Deals to Grab in January

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New Year, new deals. Even if you've made a resolution to be a "new you" in 2020, there's a fast food deal or health-conscious special you can take advantage of in the month of January. Many of the big chains are back with their competitively priced pick-twos and meal deals, and some restaurants even have freebies. So the next time you're choosing which drive-thru line to hop in, check out this list of fast food deals first. (And remember these 32 Secrets for Better, Cheaper Meals at Your Favorite Chains.)


McDonald's: 2 for $5 Mix & Match

McDonald's brought back its 2 for $5 Mix & Match deal just in time for 2020. Get any two Big Macs, Filet-O-Fish, Quarter Pounder with cheese, or 10-piece McNuggets and feast on a pretty large meal for cheap. All soft drinks are $1 right now too, in any size, so you can wash it down. And if you don't just want cheap, but free too, McDonald's is teaming up with Uber Eats to celebrate award show season. On Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 — those are the Grammys and Oscars dates — order $15 or more from McDonald's on Uber Eats and get a 10-piece McNugget thrown in for free.

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Wendy's: 2 for $5 Meal Deal

Not to be outdone by McDonald's, Wendy's also has a 2 for $5 Meal Deal. Its options include a single cheeseburger, 10-piece regular or spicy chicken nuggets, or a spicy chicken sandwich. If you've already purchased your 2020 Frosty key tag, you can get dessert on the house with that, and all year long when you purchase anything. Didn't get one yet? You can still buy them for just $2 through Jan. 31, with most of the proceeds going to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

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Burger King
Burger King

Burger King: 5 for $4 Meal Deal

The final big burger giant, Burger King, has its own value-priced meal offer. The 5 for $4 Meal Deal includes a bacon cheeseburger, 4-piece chicken nuggets, fries, chocolate chip cookie, and a soft drink. You don't get to pick and choose, but you get one more item than the other guys for the same price. And as usual, there's a ton of great offers on BK's website, including $1 large fries, BOGO Whoppers, and a 59-cent cheeseburger.

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Taco Bell
Taco Bell

Taco Bell: Double Stacked Tacos

Taco Bell, the undisputed champion of outrageous, huge, and inexpensive offers, has a couple good deals this month. Double Stacked Tacos are back and they're only $1. Choose from three varieties, all made with a flour tortilla and nacho cheese wrapped around a crunchy taco. There's also a massive Nachos Party Pack topped with beef, beans, nacho cheese, guac, pico de gallo, sour cream and jalapenos. It's only $10 and meant for sharing at something like a Super Bowl party.

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Arby's: Email Rewards

Like most restaurants nowadays, you get rewarded if you sign up for their email list. At Arby's, sign up and you get a coupon for a free fries and soft drink when you buy a signature sandwich. It might not be enough to get you in the door, but if you go often, it's a good deal to take advantage of.

Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut: Meat Lover's Pizzas

Carnivores rejoice! Large Pizza Hut Meat Lover's pizzas are just $10 for a limited time. They come topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, beef, bacon, and pork. Who needs New Year's resolutions anyway?

Jimmy John's
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Jimmy John's: 'Skinny, Mini' Sandwiches

Jimmy John's recently debuted their new Little John sandwiches, a "skinny, mini" version of their original subs for just $3 each. Each sandwich is 6.5 inches long, and is made on the same bread as the Frenchie, which is just a thinner version of the normal sub bread. Little Johns come with all the same toppings as their bigger counterparts.


Domino's: Mix & Match Deal

Domino's has had the same Mix & Match Deal going on for a long time, and it doesn't seem likely it will end any time soon. That's fine, because it's probably the best deal they offer. Choose two or more items for $6 each: medium two-topping pizzas, bread twists, salads, pasta, chicken, etc. The list is pretty long, and some specialty things cost a little more, but it's still old reliable.


KFC: $3 Famous Bowls

KFC has brought back a popular promotion for the new year: $3 Famous Bowls. Regularly priced at $5, Famous Bowls are pretty generously sized at about a pound of food. The classic bowl comes with mashed potatoes, corn, crispy chicken, gravy and cheese, and the spicy version adds a drizzle of Nashville-style hot sauce on top. It's a steal for just $3.


Popeye's: $10 Tenders Box

The hysteria over Popeye's chicken sandwich means customers are probably neglecting other parts of the restaurant's menu. Maybe in an effort to lure customers to other boneless chicken options, Popeye's has brought back its $10 Tenders Box. It's meant to be a meal for two people with six crispy tenders, two sides, two biscuits, and dipping sauces.


Subway: Fresh Value Menu

In a move to appeal to people with a health-minded New Year's resolution, Subway released a Fresh Value menu with inexpensive options. Two 6-inch subs are $3 each: Oven Roasted Chicken and Veggie Delite. Plus there are four different slider-sized sandwiches that start at $1.89, including ham and jack, and cheesesteak.

Long John Silver's
Long John Silver's/Facebook

Long John Silver's: $10 Sea-Shares Platters

"Sharing is caring" according to Long John Silver's, which is why they created the $10 Sea-Shares platters. Classic fish, shrimp, crab cakes and chicken are available in a size to feed two to four people. Add a side or two to share and it's a relatively cheap meal.

Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box/Facebook

Jack in the Box: Mini Munchies

If you're feeling indecisive at Jack in the Box, just grab one of their new Mini Munchies. For $3, it's a little smorgasboard of deep fried snacks, including onion rings, curly fries, and mozzarella sticks, which they brought back just for this promotion, and a side of buttermilk ranch. You can also get just mozzarella sticks for the same price. If you're looking for a cheap full meal, try the white cheddar cheeseburger combo for $5.


Hardee's: 2 for $5 Mix & Match

Like their larger rivals, Hardee's seems to have figured out that $5 is about the right sweet spot for deals. They unveiled a new 2 for $5 Mix & Match deal just in time for 2020. There are four items to choose from to make your own combo: roast beef sandwich, double cheeseburger, hot ham and cheese, and a bacon cheddar double cheeseburger.


Sonic: Carhop Classic Deal

Right now Sonic has the Carhop Classic deal with either a quarter-pound double cheeseburger or crispy tender sandwich and a medium tots for just $3. There's also a junior version of the Fritos chili cheese wrap for $1 cents. And if you happen to go when it's not happy hour, don't worry: Just order through Sonic's app on your phone and all your drinks and slushes will be half price, no matter what time it is. That calls for a cherry limeade.

Del Taco
Del Taco

Del Taco: Turkey Tacos

Del Taco is riding the New Year healthy eating trend train. They've brought back their turkey tacos, which is ground, seasoned turkey used in place of seasoned beef in the regular hard shell taco with lettuce and cheese. It's got 40% less fat than its beef counterpart, and they're only $3 for two. If you sign up for their email club or download their app, you get a free taco, as well, but it'd be wise to use that on a more expensive option.

Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen: $6 Meal Deal

For the new year, Dairy Queen has made one of its popular promotions available all day. The $6 Meal Deal used to only be available at lunch, but now you can get it for dinner or anytime in between. Choose from a ⅓-pound double cheeseburger or 3-piece chicken strips, plus a regular fry, soda, and a small sundae. Compared to other chains' inexpensive meal deals, this is the only one that includes a substantial dessert.

Steak 'n Shake
Steak 'n Shake/Facebook

Steak 'n Shake: $4 Meal Deal

Steak 'n Shake is offering a $4 meal deal this month in case you're in need of comfort food. The meal gets you a double Steakburger plus a small milkshake in vanilla, chocolate or strawberry. If that's not enough, you have the option of adding a side of fries for $1. Plus, get a free double cheese and fries if you sign up for their eClub emails.

Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme: Minis

There's a new donut in town at Krispy Kreme, and it's tiny. Minis are just small versions of their larger cousins, and top out under 100 calories each. They come in four varieties: Original Glazed, chocolate iced with sprinkles, strawberry iced with sprinkles, and chocolate iced glazed. You can try one for free every Monday in January from 4-7 p.m. at participating locations.

Firehouse Subs
Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs: Choice Subs

For a limited time, Firehouse Subs has added a few new inexpensive options to its menu. Choice Subs are $5 and come in three varieties: smoked turkey and provolone, Virginia honey ham and provolone, and USDA choice roast beef and provolone. They come with your choice of toppings and of course whatever hot sauce you choose from the store's collection.


Checkers/Rally's: $4 Pick 2 Meal Deal

Checkers and Rally's are offering a meal deal in January that's a great value compared to other restaurants. The $4 Pick 2 Meal Deal comes with your choice of two entrees, plus small fries and a small soft drink. The entree options are an All American cheeseburger, a Checkerburger/Rallyburger, spicy chicken sandwich, or a half-pound of chicken bites.