Whether your fast food habits include lunch every day or breakfast once a week, a daily coffee or an occasional treat, we’re serving up something just for you. Some of these tips and tricks save you money, and some even save the planet! Here are the hacks that will forever change how you do your fast food fix.
If you walk away from Chipotle still feeling hungry, you’re doing it wrong. According to Business Insider, you get the most bang for your buck by ordering the burrito bowl. Just ask for a tortilla on the side it’s free. Also free? Extra rice, beans, and fajita vegetables. But famously not free, of course, is that extra guacamole. You can also get free protein by asking for half steak, half chicken since most employees fill the scoops more than halfway. You could do the math…or you could chow down on some delicious Chipotle.
The V-cut Subway sando
According to Quora, Subway used to cut their sandwich rolls very differently before the year 2000. Instead of cutting them in half, straight across, they cut a V into the roll leaving a wedge-shaped top and a more stable bottom that held up to the fillings much better. Ask for the V-cut at Subway or any other sub shop that bakes and cuts their own rolls.
Gettin’ saucy at McDonald’s
Like many fast food joints, prices at McDonald’s can vary a lot. And ordering a 10-piece McNuggets instead of, say, two 4-piece orders doesn’t actually offer you much savings per nugget. According to LA Weekly, the real benefit comes with the sauce. McDonald’s charges for extra sauce, but you’ll get one with each 4-piece nuggets you order. In most places, that’s gonna work in your favor especially if you’re the type that double-dips!
Venti water at Starbucks
There’s a super-easy trick to getting filtered water for free from Starbucks: Just ask for a Venti ice water! According to Teen Vogue, Starbucks uses filtered water for their coffee, and that’s the stuff you’ll get when you ask for a water. It’ll be free, and you’ll be helping the environment by skipping the bottled stuff, and reusing your cup.
The ketchup cup trick
If you love ketchup, you’ve probably used one of those ridiculously tiny paper ketchup cups. Frustrated just thinking about it? We’ve got your answer. In 2012, FoodBeast writer and co-founder Elie Ayrouth said his life was changed forever when a friend showed him how to unfold the cup so it fits enough ketchup for fries and burgers, too. Wow!
There’s an app for that
Have a favorite fast food joint? Download the app, and cash in on the deals. With the Starbucks app, you can track your purchases, and accumulate points for free stuff. Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera Bread, and Jamba Juice also have apps that reward their fans. McDonald’s app lets you order and pay for your food online, and they offer discounts and coupons, too. Dairy Queen regularly gives away free Blizzards, and Domino’s offers you a chance to win actual shares of their stock, in monthly giveaways. Krispy Kreme offer a free gift on your birthday, and at Red Robin, you can get a free burger anytime during your birthday month. There are a ton of other goodies in these apps, so get your downloads done, so you can get your snack on.