Charleston Moms FAVORITES: Fast Food App Hacks Every Mom Should Know

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Welcome to our series Charleston Moms FAVORITES! In a season of parenting that feels especially hard, our team is excited to share some of the things that are making us happy and helping us get through the days. 

As mommas, we love finding the greatest deal. For me, it almost seems like I am winning at life when I find a steal of a deal in the store! This also applies when I see those beautiful points in my apps arrive after purchasing something. In some cases, purchasing a meal almost guarantees to earn something free each time. This is super helpful when I’m on the go and in need of something cheap to feed my kids after Mother’s Morning Out.

Check out my favorite apps below!

  1. Though most mommas may already have this red and white chicken on their apps screen, the Chick-Fil-A app is almost a guarantee for food-for-food rewards. If you are anything like our family, we go to Chick-Fil-A at least once a week. This app gives you a certain amount of points for each dollar you spend, with different levels where each dollar is a greater amount of points. On average, you can earn 10-12 points per dollar spent, and most reward items range from 150 points for a cookie or ice cream ($12-$15.00 spent) to 500 hundred for a regular Chick-Fil-A sandwich ($40-$50 spent). If you go regularly, this is a great chance to build-up free food whenever you want a mommy pick-me-up or want to bless someone else with some CFA!
  2. Coming in a close second is Wendy’s app! Wendy’s may not be the trendiest fast food restaurant, but no one, not even McDonald’s can beat their prices for quantity (or quality) of food. My family regularly uses Wendy’s app and we find the points offer more for food than the CFA app. Each dollar is worth 10 points but you can get actual meals with your points. For example, for 150 points, you can get a 4 piece chicken nugget for your toddler for the same amount of points that you can only get a cookie at CFA. Wendy’s app also offers fantastic coupon deals like 10 piece chicken nuggets for FREE with any purchase (and you don’t even have to order and pay on the app, just scan your member ID at the drive-thru lane when you check out). I get way more free stuff with Wendy’s than CFA.
  3. Though I have tried the Starbucks app, I find that I can build rewards faster for free coffee drinks with the Dunkin’ App. Dunkin Donuts offer delicious iced coffee with many fun flavors and, most days, they have specials where you can get a medium iced coffee for only $2. That is a steal compared to other coffee shops! I get myself in trouble (with my waist size) because I go to Dunkin’ so often. I get a little addicted to getting points to earn my free drink. You earn 5 points per dollar spent at Dunkin’ and every 200 points you get a free drink. That doesn’t sound that great at first, but many times they have days where you will receive an extra 100 points or 4x the points when you purchase an item. This racks up the points quickly, getting you closer to that free (however fancy you want) coffee!
  4. Surprisingly, Sonic Drive-In has a great app! They don’t have reward points, but if you order with the app, you receive half-priced drinks ALL DAY! No more accidentally missing happy hour by five minutes and paying twice as much. They also have regular sales such as $.99 corndog days or half-priced burgers Tuesdays after 5 PM. It’s a great pick me up and they have so many options for sugar-free or calorie-free delicious drinks as well! As someone from the Midwest (Oklahoma), Sonic is a great place to go if I want a taste of home.

I hope you enjoyed my list of favorite food apps! Do you have favorite food apps or mom hacks that help feed your family? Tell us below!

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