Deals On Meals
Cheap eats aren't quite what they used to be. In the past couple of years, fast-food chains including McDonald's axed food deal dollar menus in favor of slightly pricier rosters of value-focused fare. And some family-friendly casual-dining chains have pulled back on coupons, large sizes, and other offers that hurt their bottom line as the economy improved.
But we've found that there are still great offers that can help consumers stretch a buck, whether you love burgers, pizza, or something in between at a favorite fast-food or fast-casual chain. (And don't forget to look for opportunities to add a free food offer for the kids along with your restaurant deals.) Just remember that many deals are offered only for a limited time, as many restaurants opt for seasonal deals over fixed value menus. Prices also may vary by location. (Looking for even more ways to save? Check out 32 Secrets for Better, Cheaper Meals at Your Favorite Chains.)