We probably don’t need to ask you if you like free food (seriously, who doesn’t?). The problem with loving and wanting free fast food is … actually getting it. But don’t worry, we have a few options for you to score free items from your favorite fast food chains. Most only require a download, your name, and your email address to start scoring freebies.
Free fast food really is just a click away (on your phone no less) when you download many of the major fast food chain apps. Many apps will give you a free item for downloading and signing up with your email, or at the very least, you’ll be on their list for future freebies and discounts.
1. Auntie Anne’s
Auntie Anne’s is the iconic spot to hit for a warm, soft pretzel you can snack on on-the-go. When you download their app, you’ll get a free pretzel after your first purchase. Auntie Anne’s also delivers through GrubHub and Postmates, in case you want your free pretzel to arrive at your door.
Applebee’s is known for its meal deals and cheap appetizers, but what about dessert? If you join Applebee’s email list, you’ll get a free dessert for your birthday. (We’ve been told they’ll give your birthday treat whether you sign up or not, but it’s better safe than sorry.) Choose bewteen the Triple Chocolate Meltdown and Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae.
3. Baja Fresh
Baja fresh offers a selection of quick Mexican fare. If you’re craving something south of the border, get a fresh taco for free with any purchase when you download the app. Baja also delivers through DoorDash in select locations (just enter your address to see if one delivers near you).
Snap a free burrito when you join Club Baja by entering your email and information.
4. Baskin Robbins
Baskin Robins knows how to celebrate free food (and your birthday) the right way. All you have to do to get a free “birthday scoop” of ice cream on your special day is sign up to their Birthday Club. Plus, you will get a discounted icecream cake and a coupon for a future purchase.
Another place that gives away free ice cream is Carvel, but it doesn’t even have to be your birthday! Score a free cup or cone when you join Carvel’s Fudgie Fanatics email rewards program. Once you sign up, you will continue to get deals and discounts sent to you. Cheap and delicious ice cream… What could be better?
Chick-fil-A doesn’t give you a free item for downloading their app; however, users report that you will periodically see free food items pop up! You can also snag free food with a purchase through their app (again, it’s not every time, but it will happen periodically). This is a great app to have if you’re a Chick-fil-A fan and go there often.
7. Dairy Queen
Join the “sweetest club in the solar system,” the Blizzard Fan Club, and get a free Blizzard on your birthday. In addition to receiving a free birthday Blizzard, you’ll get monthly promotions sent to you so you can continue your savings throughout the entire year.
8. Del Taco
Del Taco is one of the best places to get free fast food. If you sign up for their Raving Fan Club, you can snag two free Del Tacos or two free Grilled Chicken Tacos. But the freebies don’t stop there! If you’re a part of the club, you’ll also get a free birthday vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry milkshake.
Who doesn’t love a good (and free) breakfast? If you sign up for Denny’s Rewards, you get The Grand Slam breakfast on the house for your birthday. The Grand Slam breakfast is one of Denny’s best sellers and allows you to customize it however you want, with the option of bacon or sausage, eggs, pancakes, potatoes, and more.
10. Dunkin Donuts
If you’re prepared to load a gift card with just $2 after downloading and signing up to Dunkin Donuts reward program, you’ll be gifted a free beverage. In addition, you also get a free beverage on your birthday, as well as after each 200 points your earn. Dunkin’ Donuts has a wide selection of drinks items, ranging from caramel macchiatos to frozen chocolate shakes, so it might be worth your time to sign up!
Join the DDPerks club and have at least $2 to start for a free birthday drink.
11. Jersey Mike’s
If you are lucky enough to have a Jersey Mike’s in your neck of the woods, take advantage of the free fast food that they offer on your birthday. Savor a free birthday sub and drink when you join Jersey Mike’s Email Club. You will also get monthly deals and promotions sent to you.
12. Krispy Kreme
If you grew up with a Krispy Kreme near your home, you know the pure joy of seeing the illuminated red sign in the storefront window. That red sign meant one thing and one thing only: fresh, hot, and free donuts. But, catching the sign at the right time isn’t the only way to snag a free donut. By signing up for the Krispy Kreme Rewards email program, you get a free donut.
Upon downloading the McDonald’s app, you’ll be able to score a free medium-sized fry with any purchase on Fridays. Not to mention, you’ll also be presented with plenty of coupons and offers regularly. Drive through, stop in, or even order through UberEats or DoorDash to have your freebies come to you.
14. Moe’s Southwest Grill
A birthday doesn’t seem complete without the traditional free dessert; however, there are many more freebie options than you probably think on your birthday. Be prepared to think outside the cake on this one: you can even score things link free subs and drinks at certain chains. Welcome to Moe’s, where on your birthday your present is a free burrito. Simply join Moe’s eWorld.
15. Panera Bread
Earn a free treat when you sign up with the Panera app, as well as free rewards when you become a member of MyPanera Rewards. This includes freebies and exclusive offers every month, as well as on your birthday. Panera’s app may be worth downloading, especially if you lean toward healthier fast food and options like fresh salads and soups without antibiotics.
Some say fro-yo was just a fad, but we’re still gung-ho on the idea of getting it for free. Join the Pinkberry loyalty program for a free yogurt, with their marvelous selection of toppings.
Have your choice of a free Gyro or small sub with any purchase after you download the app, while also accumulating points that can be used for future freebies (for instance, once you reach 70 points, you’ll get another free sub). You earn one point for every dollar spent, which can add up quite quickly to that free sub if you order often.
Nosh on a free birthday burrito when you join the QClub.
Sonic rewards you well for downloading their app: once it’s installed and you’re signed up, you’ll receive offers for a free medium slushie, a coupon for half-off a blast, and an offer for a “Wacky Pack,” or kid’s meal. You’ll also be on their list for periodic offers and coupons: a huge bonus if you find yourself at the drive-up weekly.
Join My Sonic and get a free drink or tater tots.
Starbucks operates more as a rewards program once you download their app, giving you “stars” for every purchase. Once you reach 125 stars, you’ll get a free drink or meal. It’s worth signing up if you make a daily or weekly stop there, and also keep in mind that Starbucks now delivers through UberEats, DoorDash, and Postmates so you can rack up points without leaving the house.
Ah … free coffee. One of the greatest gifts. You can also get a free drink when you join the Starbucks Rewards Program.
Forget how Subway prices have skyrocketed. Get a free 6-inch sub and a drink for your birthday when you join their email list.
While Wendy’s doesn’t offer you a purely free item just for downloading, you will immediately receive buy-one, get-one offers for a variety of menu items, as well as other discounts like $1 off popular items.
Whataburger keeps it simple with its app sign up: simply visit five times and receive a free Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, a Taquito with Cheese, or a medium order of French Fries, Cinnamon Roll or a small, 16-ounce Shake. You’ll also be signed up for their rewards program for future offers.
Free fast food is definitely available, if you know where (and when) to look. Download some of the apps of your favorite fast food restaurants, or sign up to their email lists, for freebies and discounts.
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