With the kids out of school for the sumer, there’s more opportunity to go out to dinner as a family, something we all enjoy. But what if you’re on a budget? No problem! There are plenty of ways to score free – or nearly free – meals for kids. In fact, there are websites dedicated to finding free or reduced price meal deals for kids. We’ve checked them out and rated them for you.
Here is our guide to the various Kids Eat Free websites.
Pro: is easy to navigate. Click on the button, choose your state, then your city. You will be provided with a list of restaurants, including their addresses, phone numbers, and the nights kids can eat free. Con: Only four restaurants turned up in my specific city. When I looked for neighboring cities, not all were listed. In the interest of efficiency, I would prefer not to have to type in each nearby city, but be able to search a five or ten mile radius.
Pro: is also easy to navigate – all you need to do is type in your zip code. You will then get a list of restaurants. The information is detailed and a map is given as well. I found 9 pages of restaurants within a 15 mile radius of me. Many were for the same restaurant chain (ex. Denny’s), but different locations. Con: You need to click on the restaurant to get the information, which is another step. I would prefer to see all the information on one page. There are also a lot of ads you have to scroll past to get to the information you are searching for.
Con: is a big, general list of restaurants that are not specific to any area. Many of the restaurants on the list were ones I’d never heard of because they are not on the West Coast, where I live. Not helpful to me.
Kids Eat Free Card
Con: The is anything but free. It costs $19.99. Also, it is useful only in the cities of Anaheim and Orlando. WOT. (Waste of time.)
Looking for more ways to score free kids’ meals?
In addition to national web sites that list free or reduced rate kids’ meals at restaurants, there are plenty of local sites as well. A quick Google search of your area will turn up some great options. Also, if there are certain restaurants you enjoy on a frequent basis, check to see if they have Facebook pages you can Like or email lists you can get on for savings and coupons.