Top Cheap Eats This Week | Starbucks, Subway, Krispy Kreme & More!

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We’re sharing the best cheap eats of the week! 

4 starbucks handcrafted drinks on counter inside starbucks

With this busy time of year, comes more activities, sports, and events which means less time for cooking family dinners! Don’t fret – you can still get your family fed on your busy schedule without breaking your budget.

Have you been wondering, “Where are the cheap eats near me?” We have compiled a list of our favorite restaurants and cheap fast-food deals. This week’s deals are perfect for all you busy or tired peeps out there who could use a quick pick-me-up or a night off from cooking! Plus, check out this of = where you can fast food meals for $5 or less!

Don’t want to leave the house? Check out these restaurants that offer free delivery right to your door and Amazon Prime members can score a FREE 1-Year Grubhub membership!

Here are a few of our favorite current & upcoming cheap eats and food deals:

Starbucks – Handcrafted Drink Just $3 in ANY Size (12-6PM, Today Only)

two starbucks drinks being held by hand by two people on swings

Today, July 19th from 12-6 PM local time only, Starbucks Rewards Members (free to join) can score a $3 handcrafted drink in ANY size at participating stores!

Just check the offers tab in your Starbucks App to apply at checkout or show it to your barista. Note that customizations will cost extra and this offer excludes delivery orders, alcohol, ready-to-drink, and bottled beverages, and this offer has a limit of 1 use per person.

Subway – 20% Off Footlongs!

Subway Series Sandwich in a basket lined with Subway paper and a bag of lay's chips

Through August 28th, head over to Subway where you can snag 20% off any 6″ or footlong sub when you use promo code TWENTYOFF at checkout!

Keep in mind that these deals are valid at participating restaurants when you order through the Subway App or online only (limit 1). Note several subs may be cheaper using other codes mentioned below, depending on your order.

Use a Subway promo code to snag this deal…

Happy guy holding two Subway footlongs

Subway Footlong Classic Sub $7.99
Use Subway coupon code TWENTYOFF
Final cost $6.39 total!

*Note that prices, participation, and expiration dates may vary by location. If you choose a footlong sub that costs more than $8.75 before coupon, promo code FTL699 should yield a lower price if it works in your area.

Krispy Kreme – FREE Coffee w/ ANY Purchase (+ Buy One Dozen Doughnuts, Get One for $5)

A Krispy Kreme doughnuts box

Today, July 19th only, rewards members can snag a FREE small, medium, or large hot or iced coffee with any purchase!

You can find this offer in the offers section of your rewards account. To use the offer in-store, just scan the barcode in the Rewards app or provide your account phone number. If ordering online, log into your account.

dozen Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts in a box

Plus, today only, rewards members can also snag a dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts for just $5 when you buy any dozen or 16-count minis at regular price and use the promo code BOGO5 at checkout online or in-app. Limit 1 offer per account.

If you received an e-mail for this offer, you can also head in-store to make your purchase. Just have the cashier scan your email or in-app barcode at checkout – limit two dozen in-shop and drive-thru.

Here are a couple of deal ideas you can do with these offers…

A Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnut and Iced coffee

Buy Large Iced Coffee $3.09
Buy Original Glazed Doughnut $1.99
Total = $5.08
Use free coffee w/ purchase offer
Final cost $1.99 for both!

Buy Dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts $15.49
Buy $5 Original Glazed Dozen $16
Total = $31.49
Use promo code BOGO5
Final cost $20.49 for both!

Note that prices may vary depending on your location. 

Dairy Queen – FREE Dilly Bar w/ $1 Purchase

Dairy Queen Treats

On July 21st only, Dairy Queen will celebrate National Ice Cream Day by giving Rewards Members (free to join) a FREE Dilly Bar (a $2.69 value) with a purchase of $1 or more!

To get your freebie, simply add an item of $1 or more and the Dilly Bar of your choice through the DQ App (available on iOS and Android devices)! 

Here’s what your deal could look like…

Buy DQ Kids Cone $1.39
Buy DQ Dilly Bar $2.69
Total = $4.08
Less Free DQ Dilly Bar offer
Final cost $1.39 total!

*Note that prices may vary by location.

Coldstone Creamery – RARE $5 Off $10 Purchase Coupon

2 women holding up ice cream bowls from coldstone creamery

Through July 23rd, Coldstone Creamery Club Rewards members can score $5 off an order of $10 or more. To score this rare offer, sign up for a free rewards account, text FLOAT24 to LOVEIT and the offer will be uploaded to your rewards account.

Make sure to confirm your SMS opt-in to receive a notification that your reward was placed on your account.

Check out all of the other National Ice Cream deals here

Cheesecake Factory – 50% Off Slices on July 29th

Fork digging into a slice of raspberry cheesecake

Dining in at The Cheesecake Factory? Cheesecake Rewards members who do can enjoy a slice of cheesecake for half price when visiting a location between July 29 – July 30 2024.

This deal extends to more than 30 flavors of cheesecake, including the new Triple Berry Bliss Cheesecake! You can score the discount on up to 6 slices per table as long as one member of your party is a Rewards member!

Not yet a Cheesecake Rewards member? It’s free to join!

Grubhub+ – 20th Anniversary Offers | 20% Off Select Restaurants!

A grubhub delivery bag with a receipt stapled to it next to a bunch of drinks in takeout cups

With a Grubhub+ membership, you can score unlimited free delivery and lower service fees on orders of $12+, 5% Grubhub+ credit back on pickup orders, and exclusive perks and rewards with every purchase.

Even better, they are celebrating their 20th Anniversary through July 30th with two weeks of deals! Save from popular restaurants and fast food joints, including Wendy’s, Panera, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and more!

Check out just a few of the many offers…

  • July 18th-23rd: 7-eleven – 20% off orders of $25+
  • July 18th-23rd: Jersey Mike’s – 20% off Regular Cold Sub orders of $25+
  • July 18th-23rd: Dunkin – 20% off orders of $20+
  • July 20th-21st: Wendy’s – FREE 10-Piece Chicken Nuggets w/ orders of $20+
  • July 21st-23rd: Panera – FREE Mac & Cheese w/ orders of $25+
  • July 24th-25th: Pizza Hut – FREE Personal Pan Pizza w/ orders of $25+
  • July 26th-30th: Popeyes – FREE Chicken Sandwich menu item w/ orders of $20+
  • July 28th: McDonald’s – FREE Big Mac w/ orders of $15+

Plus, Amazon is offering all Prime Members a FREE Grubhub+ membership (a $119.88 yearly value)!

woman holding bag with takeout food

Here’s how to score the FREE Grubhub membership Prime deal!

1. Head over here and click on “Activate Grubhub+ and save”
2. Sign into or create your Grubhub account
3. Agree to the terms and conditions to connect your Prime and Grubhub accounts
4. Agree to share your Prime membership status with Grubhub
5. That’s it! Now you can start enjoying all the benefits of your free Grubhub+ membership!

Already have a Grubhub+ account? Current users are also eligible for this promo. You simply have to sign up via Amazon here and connect your Grubhub+ account. Your free Grubhub+ membership will begin at the start of your next billing cycle.

Tiff’s Treats – BOGO FREE Ice Cream Sandwiches + $10 Cookie Dozens All Summer!

Tiff's Treats Ice Cream Sandwiches

Through August 31st, head to your local Tiff’s Treats where they are offering Buy One, Get One Free Tiffwich Ice Cream Sandwiches for the summer – no coupon needed!

You can find your closest Tiff’s Treats location here.

Check out this tasty BOGO deal…

Hand holding a Tiff's Treats Tiffwich Ice Cream Sandwich

Buy 2 Tiffwich Ice Cream Sandwiches $6 each
Total = $12
Less buy one, get one free sale
Final cost $6 total – just $3 each!

*Note that prices may vary by location and this offer is available in-store only.

Panera –Get a FREE Half Salad or Sandwich w/ $5 Purchase!

panera pick two meal

For a limited time, head over to Panera, where MyPanera Members (free to join) can score a FREE half salad or sandwich with a $5 minimum purchase when you apply the code FREEHALFENTREE at checkout.

To redeem the offer, you must be signed into your MyPanera account. Offer valid only at participating Panera Bakery-Cafes owned by Panera, LLC excluding breakfast and lobster items, and Value Duets. Limit one discount per transaction.

Here’s an easy lunch idea…

a bowl of tomato soup and half a grilled cheese sandwich at panera

Buy Creamy Tomato Soup – Cup $6.99
Buy Half Grilled Cheese $5.69
Total = $12.68
Final cost $6.99 total – just $3.49 each! 

*Note prices may vary depending on location

Woman holding Panera drink in hand

New Sip Club Members Score 3 Months FREE

Through August 31st, join Panera’s Unlimited Sip Club and enjoy three months of free access to 20+ drinks. This offer is valid for new members only.

HIP TIP: You may cancel at any time. If you do not cancel before your renewal date, your stored payment method will automatically be charged $14.99 plus tax for a monthly subscription. To cancel a subscription online, visit the Manage Subscription section online or on the Panera Bread app.

panera beverages in a row on a table

Just remember: once your initial offer has expired, your credit card will be charged $14.99/month, so be sure to set a reminder to cancel your subscription if you don’t want to continue with a paid membership. You can cancel at any time, and it’s easy to do! Just log in to your MyPanera Rewards account, visit the subscription section, and follow the directions to cancel.

Note that this offer excludes catered orders and orders placed on third-party delivery sites. It’s not valid with any other coupon or offer and cannot be combined with any other promotions.

Buffalo Wild Wings – 6 Free Wings with a $10 Takeout or Delivery Order

order of Buffalo wings with celery and ranch

For a limited time, you can score Six FREE wings with a $10 minimum takeout or delivery order when you use the promo code GOWINGS at checkout. Cannot be combined with other offers, limit 1 use.

Don’t forget that every Tuesday, Buffalo Wild Wings offers 50% Off Traditional Wings and every Thursday, you can get Buy 1, Get 1 Free Boneless Wings!

This offer is valid both in-store and online for dine-in, delivery, or take-out at participating US locations. No promo code is needed to snag this deal, as the discount will automatically apply when you add an order of wings to your cart.

IHOP – Kids Eat Free at IHOP with Adult Entrée + 20% Off Online Order Coupon!

a little boy eating a kids meal at ihop

For a limited time only, head over to IHOP, where you can score a FREE kids’ meal with the purchase of adult entrée every day from 4 pm to 10 pm! Note that this offer is valid for kids aged 12 and under, at participating locations for dine-in only.

If you’d prefer to place a to-go order,  you can still score 20% off your first online order with promo code IHOP20 at checkout.

Here’s how to use your IHOP coupon code:

four IHOP meals with pancakes in the middle

World Famous Pancake Combo $10.99
Use promo code IHOP20 (20% off)
Final cost $8.79!

Pizza Hut – NEW Pizza Hut Tavern Style Large Pizzas Just $12 & More Coupons!

Slice of Pizza Hut Tavern Pizza being taken by a woman

Pizza Hut often offers deals, delivery specials, coupon codes for online orders, and more!

For a limited time, you can try the new Chicago Tavern-Style Large Pizzas for only $12 each! Note that the build your own option starts at just $10 for cheese only.

Pizza Hut’s all-new Chicago Tavern Style Pizza is inspired by Chicago’s bar pies and packed with bold flavor on a thin crust. This square-cut pizza is topped with your favorite toppings and sprinkled with Cheesy Garlic Hut Dust. You can try delicious recipes like Double Pepperoni, Pesto Margherita, Ultimate, Spicy Chicken Sausage or create a custom blend of toppings!

Note this offer is valid for carryout, dine-in, and delivery at participating locations only.

Looking for more deals? Check out the $7 Deal Lover’s Menu…

man sitting at picnic table holding up pizza slices

Right now, you can treat the family to Pizza Hut on the cheap when you order from their $7 Deal Lover’s Menu! You can choose from a medium 1-topping pizza, a selection of melts, 8-piece breaded boneless wings, a double order of breadsticks, cheese sticks, and their new chocolate donut bites!

You’ll score them for $7 each when you order two or more items from the Deal Lover’s Menu – no coupon required. Just log in or enter your location, look for the new $7 Lovers option, and select two or more choices from the menu.

Plus, this deal is available for takeout or delivery! Note that participation may vary by location.

Long John Silver’s – Free Menu Item for NEW Rewards Members

A stack of Long John Silvers takeout Boxes

Long John Silver’s recently launched its Seacret Society rewards program (available only at participating locations).

New members will receive a FREE preselected menu item, so make sure to sign up for this FREE program today. The item you receive may vary but could include a FREE fish sandwich like we did!

Chili’s – Burger, Fries, AND Bottomless Chips & Salsa Only $10.99

Chili's Big Smash Burger 3 for Me Menu

The Chili’s 3 For Me menu just got an upgrade! Chili’s fans can now order the Crispy Chicken Sandwich with hand-breaded crispy chicken, mayo, and pickles on a brioche bun, or a brand new burger called the Big Smasher with twice the beef of a Big Mac, topped with diced red onions, lettuce, pickles, Thousand Island dressing, and American cheese. 🍔

Grab a bottomless non-alcoholic beverage, bottomless chips and salsa, plus the Big Smasher OR the Crispy Chicken Sandwich with fries for just $10.99! You can even add a margarita to your meal for just $3! That beats fast food prices any day!

Man holding Chili's to go bag

Join My Chili’s Rewards (free to join) to score FREE Chips & Salsa or a non-alcoholic beverage every time you order, personalized rewards and offers, and a FREE dessert on your birthday!

They also regularly send out offers for a FREE order of Chips & Salsa with an entree purchase and more special offers just for rewards members!

Sonic – 1/2 Price Cheeseburgers Every Tuesday

woman wearing sonic eclipse glasses holding bag and blackout slush

Every Tuesday after 5PM, you’ll pay 1/2 price for Sonic Cheeseburgers when you order using the Sonic iOS or Android app! Note this offer excludes double-patty cheeseburgers, limited-time-only cheeseburgers, quarter-pound double cheeseburgers, and junior cheeseburgers.

Plus you can score ½ price drinks and slushes ANY time you order ahead using the app! You’ll also get a free reward just for downloading the app (may vary). If you don’t want to order through the app, Sonic’s Happy Hour is from 2-4 pm daily.

McDonald’s – $5 McDonald’s Value Meal + Free Fries Every Friday

McDonald's Meal Deal

Are you looking for cheap lunch or dinner options this summer? If so, you’ll wanna head to McDonald’s as they just released their new $5 value meal!

The meal includes your choice of a McChicken or McDouble sandwich, 4-piece Chicken McNuggets, small fries, and a small drink all for just five bucks! This value meal will only be available for a limited time and may be slightly more expensive in some states/regions.

Person holding mcdonalds fries

Every Friday in 2024, McDonald’s is offering up a FREE order of medium fries with your in-app purchase of just $1 or more! You’ll see this offer available to use every Friday inside the McDonald’s app.

Einstein Bros Bagels – Free Coffee Every Day w/ Purchase!

woman holding cup of coffee and half of bagel with cream cheese on it

Einstein Bros. Bagels has a new and exciting offer for 2024. Schmear Society Rewards Members can participate in the new Unlimited Free Coffee Program.

That means any time you place an order online or through the app, you can score a FREE hot or iced coffee (excluding cold brew) of any size with any purchase! That’s about $3 savings per visit!

To redeem your reward, order online or through the app. Sign into your Rewards accounts and view your “My Rewards.” Select the reward when ordering.

Not part of the Schmear Society Rewards program? Sign up for a free account today and you’ll get free Unlimited Free Coffee for the rest of the month. Any purchase will unlock the reward for the next calendar month.

What cheap eats are always available? Score these food deals today or any day…

sams club pizza slice menu item

Sam’s Club Pizza & Drink

If you’re looking for the best cheap fast food deals, look no further than the Sam’s Club food court. You can get a ton of tasty food items at Sam’s Club for under $5, including their popular pizza and drink combo. It costs just $2.50 and you’ll receive a 16″ slice of pizza and a soft drink!

costco hot dog soda and ice cream from food court

Costco Hot Dog & Drink

Another prime place to find cheap eats and food deals is the Costco food court which has many affordable and delicious food options for under $5. One of our favorites is the hot dog and drink combo. It costs just $1.50 and the price hasn’t changed since 1984!

Costco Chicken Bake cut in half sitting on table

Costco Chicken Bake

Another of our favorite fast food deals is also from the Costco food court. Costco’s famous Chicken Bake costs $3.99 as it’s made with fresh ingredients like chicken breast, cheese, bacon, and Caesar dressing wrapped up in leftover pizza dough. That’s one of the good food deals you can get right now today!

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About the writer:

Kelli is a content writer with a degree in English Education from Penn State University. As a mom and a former middle school English teacher, she has spent the last 25 years looking for good deals for her home and the classroom.

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