How to Save Money with Fast Food

Fast food is thought to be the fastest and cheapest food you can buy. That will vary based on where you eat, what you choose, and other factors such as your location. But most of us eat meals from fast food restaurants, some more often than others.

In this article, we’ll discuss some ways you can save money with fast food. It’s very easy to get caught up in their menus and one minute later, you’re out of $20 because you ordered a bunch of food you probably didn’t need in the first place.

We will go over three main ways to save money with fast food:

  1. Eating in moderation and smaller portions.
  2. Giving cheap fast food options a try.
  3. Being on the lookout for fast food coupons.

Eating in Moderation

Save Money with Fast Food

By now we all know that if you eat too much you’ll gain weight, possibly become obese, and even worse, be on a track of deteriorating health. So the best solution to this problem is to eat in moderation. Don’t be greedy!

As hard as it is to resist tasty and inexpensive food, we have to be able to control how much we eat and how to say when it is enough.

Remember, those same meals will be there waiting for you when you are hungry again so there’s no need to feel like you have to have a little bit of everything in one sitting. Try one meal tonight, and then a different meal the next time you go.

As someone who eats fast food frequently, yet stays in good shape, I can’t recommend enough that eating in moderation is key to living a happy and healthy life. Even if you’re not eating fast food, you still need to keep in mind the word the phrase “eating in moderation.”

Unless we discover food that has zero calories, you will have to be mindful and smart about what you eat and how much of it you eat.

Giving Cheaper Fast Food Meals a Try

I have talked to many people that said they don’t even look at the value menus in fast food restaurants. And that is a big mistake to make! Most people think that value menus are full of junk and the food is of lesser quality than rest of the menu. But the truth is that the quality is pretty much the same if you’re comparing apples to apples.

Value menus are full of tasty and delicious foods, yet most are only between one and two dollars. Unless you just don’t care about how much you spend on food, I would definitely recommend trying food on the value and dollar menus next time.

Another thing is that many value menu food items have similar ingredients as their higher-priced counterparts. For example, the McDouble from McDonald’s is only one dollar and it is almost the exact same burger as the Double Cheeseburger, which can cost over $1.29.

View the value menus we have showcased on our website so far:

Be on the Lookout for Fast Food Coupons

The same way you would save money at a grocery store using coupons, you can do the same when purchasing fast food. Most fast food restaurants offer coupons and your job is to find them if you want to save big bucks.

Just to show you an example of how much of a difference a coupon can make, recently I bought 2 Jack’s Spicy Chicken sandwiches from Jack in the Box. With regular price, it would have cost me over $9 with tax. However, I was sneaky and pulled out a buy one Jack’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, get one free coupon and ended up paying less than $5 with tax. That means I saved almost 50% of what I would have originally spent.

Multiple my example above with number of times you eat at fast food restaurants per year and the savings can be quite substantial. You could be saving hundreds, if not thousands of dollars each year.

As you can see, fast food coupons can be one of the most beneficial ways of saving money with fast food. If you need help finding coupons, read our previous article about how to find fast food coupons.


We just went over three great ways to save money with fast food, which includes eating in moderation, trying meals from the value menus, and using fast food coupons.

Do you know of another way to save money with fast food? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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