10 Restaurant Chains that Offer Free Stuff

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Want to get more bang for your buck? These restaurant chains offer great deals you should know about.

Times are tough so trying to get more out of your every purchase would be wise and practical. This is particularly true when it comes to food, as you might just want to stretch your dollar to get your fill on some occasions.

Going frugal, however, doesn’t always have to equate to avoiding all restaurants and fast food chains. Some of them have solid deals that can let you get more out of your budget so you don’t have to totally deprive yourself of some ‘luxuries’.

What are the places that often offer free stuff? Here are a few you should check out:


During the quarantine period, Subway offered a buy one get one deal on their foot long sandwiches through their app. 

Panera Bread

It’s hard not to become a fan of this soup and bread chain during the pandemic as they offered some of the best deals. They offered free loaves of bread for a year for those who purchased $50 e-gift cards. They also had the Family Feast meal which offered an amazing price per portion value. 

And now that the restrictions have eased up a bit, they continue to offer great deals with their free hot coffee and tea promo through their #FREECOFFEE4SUMMER campaign. To get a free premium hot beverage all summer long, you just need to sign up for their MyPanera+Coffee subscription.

Krispy Kreme

With how often this donut chain gives away their Original Glazed Donuts by the box, it should already be on the radar of those who are always on the lookout for great food deals. They have been doing this since before the pandemic and will continue to spread sweetness through their OG donuts through the tough times. Always keep an eye on their social media platforms so you don’t miss out an announcement for free donuts.

Jack in the Box

It seems like this chain really loves to celebrate all sorts of occasions as they often have free stuff available, no matter what time of year it is. They also do it for other reasons, making their generosity quite hard to beat. So if you’re always looking for some free food, you might want to check out their channels to see what they’re offering at the moment.


Like lots of many other chains, Wendy’s is really ramping up the promotion of their application. They’re regularly offering freebies to those who order through their app, so you might want to save some space on your phone for it.

Burger King

Burger King is doing the same tactics as Wendy’s as they offer incentives to their app users. However, they’re not just offering freebies but they also have cheap deals that will give you more choices to enjoy their food.

Steak ‘N Shake

Despite being hit hard by the pandemic, Steak ‘N Shake is not letting the crisis shake up their generosity. They continue to offer freebies and discounts to their patrons regularly. If there’s an occasion, you can count on them to offer something for free (usually, it’s their fries).

Taco Cabana

This chain may not be as big or popular as the others listed above but they’re also constantly offering food for free, so they should be on everyone’s radar. For the summer, they’re offering free kids meals. So if you have little ones below the age of 12, they can grab some free lunch here on weekdays. You don’t even have to make a purchase to get one which makes the deal more amazing.

Taco Bell

Another giant chain that offers some free food and exciting deals through its app is Taco Bell. They don’t do this very often, so you might want to take advantage of their offers while they’re still promoting their application.


If you’re the type of person who enjoys breakfast food all day, you should keep your eyes peeled for Denny’s freebies. They tend to offer some from time to time, especially when a holiday or special occasion comes around. During the pandemic, they offered a buy one get one deal for their best-selling Grand Slams. They’ve also just offered free bacon bouquets on Father’s Day. 

A Few Tricks

There are three ways to keep yourself abreast with the best deals and freebies restaurant chains are offering. The first one is by following their social media accounts. They will always announce a promotion, especially during these tough times.

The second is through their app. Back in the day, if you want free stuff or meal discounts at fast food chains, you need to collect coupons. This isn’t a very popular marketing ploy anymore as coupons are slowly being replaced by the restaurants’ apps. 

But since phone storage comes at a premium nowadays, you might not have enough room for all of your favorite chains’ apps. Pick and choose the ones that offer free stuff more frequently than the others. This way, you’ll get more out of your download.


Three is by checking out their subscriptions. Many fast food chains still have newsletters, so if you don’t mind the spam, you might just get something out of their regular updates.

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