Spend Less than $7 to Eat Lunch for an ENTIRE Work Week

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Like dining out on the cheap?

Eating out can get expensive, but it doesn’t have to be if you’re a savvy Hip2Saver! 😁 In fact, if you like reading the word F-R-E-E, check out how you can enjoy meals at FIVE different restaurants and pay less than $7 total for an ENTIRE work week of lunch options!

DAY 1: FREE Sandwich at Arby’s

Arby's is one of the chains we enjoyed for our less than $7 lunch.

Have an Arby’s nearby? When you sign up to receive Arby’s emails, you’ll get a coupon in your inbox for a completely FREE Arby’s Roast Beef Classic Sandwich with the purchase of ANY size drink!

  • Price: About $1.69 for a small fountain drink AND a Roast Beef Classic Sandwich!
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DAY 2: FREE Small Plate at CPK

If you have a California Pizza Kitchen in town, you can score a FREE Small Plate when you sign up for their CPK Rewards Program – no other purchase required! You’ll also earn a FREE dessert on your birthday and special offers throughout the year.

Their Small Plate options range in price from around $4.99-$7.79 and include Crispy Mac n Cheese, Asparagus + Arugula Salad, Sonoma Grilled Chicken Flatbread, and more! YUM!

DAY 3: FREE Pancakes at IHOP

Craving breakfast for lunch? When you join IHOP’s Pancake Revolution, you’ll get an email with a coupon valid for a FREE full stack of Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes – no purchase required! Allow up to 24 hours for your offer to arrive. You’ll also get offers on your birthday and IHOP anniversary!

By the way, their Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘n Fruity Pancakes consist of four thick buttermilk pancakes with your choice of fun fruit topping and finished with a squirt of fluffy whipped topping. 😱

DAY 4: FREE Sub at Quiznos

How about a FREE toasty sub? When you download the Quiznos app and sign up, you’ll get a reward valid for a FREE 4″ Sub with ANY purchase!

  • Price: About $1.30 for a bag of chips AND a 4″ sub sandwich – or pay about $1.90 for a drink and the sandwich!
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DAY 5: FREE Entrée at Smashburger

Sign up for SmashClub Rewards online or via the Smashburger app to score a coupon valid for a FREE Smashburger Entrée (up to $7.79 value) when you purchase a side and drink.

If you sign up online, you’ll see your offer available in the drop-down menu immediately after you register. If you sign up via the app, click Redeem offers to see the coupon.

  • Price: About $3.78 for a side of Applesauce, a bottled water, AND an entrée!
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Want MORE cheap lunch ideas?

You can also save BIG at other restaurants by downloading their FREE apps and using their mobile coupons! Although offers may change, always check your apps for offers before dining out at restaurants like Burger King, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, or Sonic!

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Comments 32

  1. James Gerber

    Don’t forget atht at waitress service restaurants like IHOP, you need to tip 20% on the full price of your meal, not on the bill.

    • Dkp91576

      If you tip 20%

    • bob

      “need”……………………more like SHOULD or COULD.

      • anna

        whatever percentage you tip it should be based on the full price of your meal.

    • Kellie

      Absolutely! If you can’t afford to tip, you can’t afford to eat out. If you just don’t want to tip, you definitely shouldn’t eat out. Period.

    • Snarbatala

      Absolutely. If you rely on tips, you need to find a better job where the employer pays your salary, not the customer.

  2. Scarlet B

    That Smashburger looks so yummy!

    • Cat

      IMO the Smashburgers…………greasy as can be no taste and everything was mushy (we ate at the restaurant)

      • Mimi

        Try the smash grilled chicken and the sweet potato fries are the best.

    • amy111

      Smashburger is soo good! Try the truffle mushroom Swiss or the bacon avocado club.

  3. rebekah

    Fyi- I learned today that Arby’s has “senior drinks” for senior citizens for 50 cents.

    • marie

      Wonder what age is considered “senior’ at Arby’s? It tends to vary from place to place.

  4. CJS

    Also, some more notes on the Chik-Fil-A App/offers…they have a ‘Cow Calendar’ they put out around Nov/Dec each year that sells out very fast. If you load the card from the back of the calendar to your App, you can redeem for free food each month (ranges from drinks to salads to fries etc..). Also, randomly, I get free offers added to my App ‘just because’. And, lastly, the App tracks your visits to give you ‘free treats’ every 4th or so visit. OH, and all the Chik-Fil-A’s around here let us redeem ALL offers at once on one bill (no ‘one coupon per visit’ business).

    • Cass

      The “cow calendar” is great, and you get a calendar too for less than $10 (at least by me). My work buddies and I use it as an excuse to get out of the office for lunch once a month (we all have calendars) and some months the deals are REALLY good. Sometimes it’s just a free drink, but it’s still easier on the wallet and a fun thing to do with friends.

    • Heather

      Yes! Love the Cow Valendar and the Just Because treats have been a pleasant surprise lately!

  5. Guadalupe Beya

    Smashburger is really delicious! I tried before and it’s really good.
    I used Mac products and it’s really different from another brands.👍

  6. LC

    Great post!!

  7. pokwang

    d/l whitecastle app and u get a free meal on first online order

  8. becki

    also, the Wendy’s app and McD’s apps have BOGO offers all the time for sandwiches, so you could split it with a friend and spend very little.

  9. Kimberly

    These type of posts are why I love hip2save.

    • joni

      me too! love hip2save

    • LC

      Me three! 🙂

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aww, thanks a ton for your sweet comment! We sure appreciate the feedback!

  10. GotItTogetherish

    I loved Quiznos. Wished they hadn’t closed the one nearest me. So sad.

  11. Linda D.

    Yeah! Great post!

  12. Lisa

    There’s also Penn Station too. Free 6inch sub when you download the app.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing Lisa!

  13. Cassandane

    My Chickfila has a free Chick-n-mini breakfast entree every Wed in May. Worth checking your local store/FB Page for details!

  14. Lel

    Bruh. I think some of these offers are done with the expectation that you will not come in alone or that you will order something else.

  15. Lel

    I don’t think I would have the guts to just sit down at IHOP or CPK and just order the free thing. Even if I do tip appropriately

  16. Mel

    If you order out from a sit down restaurant, do you still have to tip?

  17. Tami

    I did the free Redbox code u gave and got my son the movie Peter Rabbit yesterday, thanks!

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