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How to get free or discounted food from fast food restaurants

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to the Frugal Friday Edition of My Take on Money, where every Friday, I give you a frugal tip for the week. 

Today’s frugal tip: How to get free or deeply discounted food from taking restaurant surveys.

Okay, I have a confession to make. I haven’t been paying attention to the receipt(s) that I get from eating out at fast food restaurants.  I’ve been dumping them in the trash without even a second thought.  However, little did I know that I was throwing away an opportunity to get free or deeply discounted food….that is, until a couple of months ago. 

As you know, there are hundreds of fast food restaurants out there and competition is stiff these days. As a matter-of-fact, I get a boat load of coupons in the mail every week.  That’s one of the smart ways restaurants get new and repeat customers.  Another brilliant way is by offering a reward to customers, in exchange for their feedback via customer surveys. Most restaurants are interested in finding ways to improve their bottom line so customer opinion is very valuable.  I personally like doing the surveys because it gives me a chance to voice my opinion about the things I DISLIKED about my visit to the restaurant….lol.

The surveys are easy and normally take no longer than 5-7 minutes in length to complete so it doesn’t interfere with your day.  I’ve gotten free cookies from Subway, free chicken from Popeye’s and $$’s off of a salad at Wendy’s just to name a few.  It’s great because the surveys are a win-win for me and the restaurant chain.  I get to save money and they get valuable customer feedback. 

So the next time you order some food from a fast food restaurant, look at the receipt because you might be passing up an opportunity to get free or discounted food!

Tell me about some of your frugal finds.