The Eating Out for Free Guide

I know. I know. Eating out is not the healthiest option for a family of young children. Honestly guys, with working full time, being a college student, two children under 5, another child going to second grade , I don’t always have time to cook!! I barely have time to think!!  Sometimes I just have no energy to try and be healthy or cook ANYTHING. So if you’re having one of those days here is a guide to cutting that dining out bill down.

Kids eat free days

Do you know that a lot of restaurants offer “Kids Eat Free” days or discounted kid’s meal discounts? Yes, mam they do! So if it  is one of those hectic weeks and you have no energy or just trying to save in genera,l here’s the places that offer greats kids meal deals (that rhymed lol):


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Tuesdays—Free Kids’ Meal with every Adult meal purchased after 4pm.


Golden Corral: Mondays—Kids 10 and under eat free from 5-9 pm. Two kids per adult. Kids 3 and under are always free.


IHOP: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday—Kids 12 and under eat free from 4-8 pm. One kids’ menu item per adult entree. Drinks not included.

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 Perkins: Tuesday—Kids eat free all day. Kids eat free at Ohio and Pennsylvania locations on Wednesday and Saturday from 4pm-9pm.


Pizza Hut: Tuesdays—Some participating locations offer an unlimited pizza buffet for just $6.99. Kids 10 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult buffet.

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Cici’s Pizza: Daily—Kids 3 and under eat free. Ask server for specific details.



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Skyline Chili: Mondays—Kids 4 and under eat free from 4-9 pm. Check ahead for specific participating locations.

Steak in Shake: Saturdays & Sundays—Free kid’s entrée for every $9 purchased. Participation varies by location.

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Uno Chicago Grill: Tuesdays—Get 1 free kids meal or gluten-free pizza with the purchase of an adult entree.



TGIFriday’s: Mondays & Tuesdays—Kids eat free, though offers vary by location. Call ahead or check with the server for specific details.




Tip #1You Can Coupon at Restaurants too!

Two words: Sunday paper. When you know that there is a family dinner you have committed to attending, maybe it’s for a graduation ceremony or family dinner; check the Sunday paper for coupons.This not only saves you money but helps you stick to whatever eating out budget you set for yourself.


Tip#2 Make Your Drink of Choice Water.

I personally don’t like juice or pop. So I order water everywhere I go. But in the Bigger scope of things, Pop and juice are not that healthy for yourself or your children. By doing this you’re saving money, avoiding unhealthy drinks and water is free!

Tip #3 Share dessert.

In my household generally, I don’t order desserts because it makes my children hyper. In the event that you do, order one that all the whole family can share. This is another easy way to cut down on junk food and help your total bill as well!

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