How to Feed Your Kids for Free at Restaurants

Posted on 06/16/2011

Dining out can be a budget-buster—especially if you’ve got kids. But there are ways to enjoy a meal out on the town without having to pay top dollar just for your little ones to eat.

Download the Kids Meal Deals App - Find deals on the go with the Kids Meal Deals App for the iPhone and Blackberry. It’s a free app that promises to provide users with localized information about kid-focused dining promotions. Plug in your zip code and find an affordable place for your next meal. The Meal Planner feature lets you see deals based on the day of the week.

Research Before Trips - You may memorize the kid-friendly restaurants in your town offering free kids meals, but when you head to another state, don’t let the savings stop. Use free resources like The website lists restaurants by state offering children under a certain age free meals.

Ask for an Extra Plate - Some restaurants charge a fee for splitting, others do not. If you’re trying to save calories and money, sharing can be a great way to go. Just make sure you don’t abuse this practice. You may even want to leave the waiter a better tip since you’re saving money anyway, but they’re still serving more people.

Register Their Birthday - Lots of restaurants have birthday clubs and some are even geared specifically towards kids. For instance, at Sonic kids who sign up for the Birthday Club get a free Wacky Pack Kids’ Meal on their special day. There’s a similar program at Burger King offering a free BK Kids Meal Coupon on your child’s birthday.

Get Twitter Updates - Sometimes fresh deals come up or others disappear. Get a constant flow of information about free food for children when you follow @KidsMealDeals on Twitter. They’ll keep you up to date about seasonal bargains or holiday specials, too.

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Toys R Us coupon - Get free shipping on orders of $100 or more when you shop through this link through 07/31/2011.

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