If you're looking for the cheapest fast-food joint to hit up for lunch, you're probably not going to flip your turn signal on when you see Chick-fil-A out your windshield. The place doesn't exactly have a reputation for affordability — although it does have some of the most scrumptious chicken nuggets known to mankind.
So, while Chick-fil-A might already be in your rearview, one TikToker's viral budget hack may just inspire a U-turn. Meet us back here after the video below.
OK, so ... disclaimer: If you're someone who gets flustered modifying an order at a restaurant, this trick might make your palms sweat. If you're feeling ready to take on the anxiety, here's how. Order a kid's chicken tender meal with a side of waffle fries, add a bun and a side of pickles, ask for no ice in your lemonade (so you get more to drink), and request a vanilla ice cream instead of a toy.
PAUSE. HOLD THE PHONE. While the rest of the world is busy fixating on this TikToker's trick to getting a cheaper combo meal at Chick-fil-A, we're practically hyperventilating because we had no idea you could get an ice cream in place of a toy there. It's real, it's true, and it's the new highlight (or at least ours) of Chick-fil-A. Screw the nuggets. Score that sweet cold treat.
According to the TikToker, his hack will get you a chicken sandwich combo for $5.39 — or about 2 bucks cheaper than the regular combo sans ice cream cone.
Now for the caveats. Some commenters pointed out that their local restaurant charges to add a bun, while others said they have tried the hack and didn't get charged for the bun. Basically, the price of this budget hack will vary depending on the restaurant. We also feel compelled to mention that when the restaurant is busy, modification requests like this one might be better left to try another day.
The silver lining? You can still get an ice cream cone instead of another dumb plastic toy if you order a kid's meal. Duh.