No, it's not your imagination: Deals in the fast-food world are getting less notable. Dollar menus are long gone, 2-for-$4 deals are suddenly 2 for $6, and you need to download some new app or join some loyalty program each time you want to use a coupon. Chalk it all up to inflation and labor shortages.
But there's one incredible deal that still flies under the radar, even though it's been ongoing for years. Next time you head to Wendy's for a Baconater or spicy chicken sandwich, also pick up a Frosty key tag because it gets you free Frostys for all of 2023.
If that sounds like it's expensive, guess again. The little Frosty-shaped key-chain baubles are only $2, and they entitle you to a free junior-size Frosty of your choice when you purchase anything else. You get one freebie every day in 2023, so if you typically head to Wendy's more than a couple of times a year, you're already coming out way ahead in the free-food column. Imagine if you go once a week or more.
The key tags are available for purchase through Jan. 29, 2023, either by picking one up at a Wendy's restaurant or purchasing a digital version in Wendy's app that automatically adds an offer that can be applied to any order.
So why does Wendy's give away Frostys — including that new pink peppermint flavor — at an eye-popping low price? Because 85% of each $2 tag goes to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the national nonprofit charity created by Wendy's founder that works to find permanent homes for kids in the foster-care system. If the meager price isn't enough to entice you to buy a key tag, perhaps knowing most of your $2 goes to a good cause may seal the deal.