18 Chick-Fil-A Hacks That Will Save You Big Bu-Bu-Bucks!
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Want to know how to save money at Chick-Fil-A? These Chick-Fil-A hacks will help!
Don’t pay full price — use these Chick-Fil-A hacks instead!
Who doesn’t like saving more money? When even fast food is expensive, it’s important to know how to mitigate the cost. Luckily, there are ways to save from earning rewards to using clever ordering techniques. If you have a hankering for a juicy chicken sandwich or one of your other favorite dishes, you need to know these savvy Chick-Fil-A hacks!
18 Chick-Fil-A hacks that will save you money:
1. Use the Chick-Fil-A app to earn points and rewards.
Become a Chick-Fil-A One member to earn points and score all kinds of delicious goodies. You can sign up by downloading the app or visiting the Chick-Fil-A website. New members receive 10 points for every $1 they spend and the amount of points received goes up with every membership tier.
Right now, if you accumulate 200 points, you can receive free items like hash browns, an Icedream cone, or a chocolate chunk cookie. The more points you rack up, the better the reward! With 700 points you can even score favorites like Chick-fil-A Nuggets or a Hash Brown Scramble Burrito.
Another good reason to join the app is that members receive a FREE birthday reward each year. Plus, you’ll be the first to know about new menu items and insider scoop!
2. Order chicken strips and a bun instead of a Chick-Fil-A sandwich.
Build your own chicken sandwich for less when you use this popular Chick-Fil-A hack!
Instead of springing for a Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich which costs $4.85 (may vary by location), order this instead. Get 1 Toasted White Bun for 25¢ cents and a 2 Ct. Chick-Fil-A Chicken Strips for $3.85. You’ll have a similar sandwich for 85¢ less.
3. Spruce up a side salad for FREE with this Chick-Fil-A hack.
This incredible tip comes from Hellthy Junk Food. Apparently, if you order in the restaurant, you may be able to order a side salad and add any topping you want for no extra charge!
HJF instructs how to make a budget Cobb salad this way. A regular Cobb salad is $9.49 near me, but you can save by ordering a side salad for around $3.79 and then adding egg, bacon, roasted corn, and the dressing of your choice. You’ll save $5.70! You can even add a 5-piece nugget to your salad for $2.85 and still save $2.85! 🙌
The side salad is only available at select locations so check the app or website before heading to the restaurant.
4. Make your own frozen drink.
Ordering a Frosted Lemonade can cost around $4.19. Make a similar drink by using this Chick-Fil-A hack. Order a plain lemonade for $2.39 and a cup of ice cream for $1.35. Just mix them together! You can also do this trick to make your own root beer float or coke float. You’ll get a specialty drink for between 45¢ to 65¢ less!
Save even more with this hack when you order a kid’s meal and opt for ice cream instead of a toy. Since you get both a drink and the ice cream with your meal, you’ll have a specialty beverage for no additional cost. Thanks, HJF, for this savvy tip! 🍦🥤
5. Order a kids’ meal and try these money-saving Chick-Fil-A hacks.
The Copycat McFlurry Hack
We love this tip we learned from The Deal Guy. 🙌
Head on over to Chick-Fil-A and order a kids’ meal. Instead of accepting the toy, ask for an ice cream cup instead. The swap is free of charge. Then, ask for crumble topping (you may or may not be charged an extra 30¢). You’ll get a meal and a dessert similar to a McFlurry or Blizzard for a fraction of the cost of ordering an adult meal and ice cream!
The Buffalo Mac N Cheese Hack
This is yet another nugget of wisdom from Hellthy Junk Food. Order a Chick-Fil-A kids nuggets meal and upgrade your side for about 50¢ to mac n’ cheese. Then, ask for a side of Buffalo sauce and/or ranch (free of charge). Mix your sauce, nuggets, and macaroni for a delicious meal you won’t find on the menu. You can also swap out your kid’s toy for a free ice cream. Eat it plain or add it to your drink to make your own root beer float or Frosted Lemonade. This hack might not save you money but it sure gives you more for your money! 🤑
The Budget Chicken Sandwich Meal Hack
A Chicken Sandwich Meal costs $8.09 by me. If that seems pricey, here is an alternative order for you to try. Request a Kid’s 2 Ct. Chicken Strips Meal which costs about $5.95. Then, for a charge of about 25¢ you can ask for a toasted bun and pickles on the side. Voila! You basically have a Chicken Sandwich Combo and you saved $1.89! Plus, you can swap your toy for ice cream!
6. Dress up for Cow Appreciation Day and score a free meal.
Cow Appreciation Day usually occurs on the second Tuesday of July and it’s a favorite event of Chick-Fil-A fans. That’s because customers can score a free meal or entree when they dress up like a cow to visit the restaurant!
This popular event was canceled during COVID but we expect it to make a return in 2023.
7. Fill out the survey on your receipt to earn FREE food.
Don’t toss that receipt just yet! At random, the Chick-Fil-A receipts will have surveys at the bottom as an easy way to score free food. In the example above, we scored a FREE sandwich!
8. Get a chicken sandwich cheap when you order it for breakfast.
This is one of the best Chick-Fil-A hacks to use when you’re craving a delicious chicken sandwich (priced at $4.85).
Hit up a restaurant when it is still serving breakfast and order the Chick-Fil-A Chicken Biscuit for about $3.39. Then, ask for a Toasted White Bun which is around 25¢. Your total comes to $3.64 which is much cheaper than the cost of the lunch sandwich.
Just pop your chicken onto the bun and you’ll have a replica of the Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich but for $1.21 less!
9. Get a grilled cheese or BLT with these ordering tricks.
Check out social media and you’ll see these Chick-Fil-A hacks floating around. Both The Deal Guy and HJF have mentioned these sneaky meal ideas along with many other content creators. Though these sandwiches don’t look too appetizing, if you’re truly hard up for cash and need a quick bite, give them a try.
The Makeshift Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Tell the Chick-Fil-A cashier you’d like an extra toasted white bun with a slice of cheese. You’ll only be charged between 25 – 75¢.
The Makeshift BLT
You can also ask for toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, and bacon if you’d like to make a BLT for a similar cost! 🤯
10. Buy discounted gift cards to save a few bucks.
11. Spoil your dog with a FREE pup cup.
Starbucks isn’t the only restaurant that gives dogs a free cup of whipped cream. Chick-Fil-A also offers pup cups. All you have to do is ask!
12. Buy Chick-Fil-A sauces at your local grocery store.
Did you know that you can purchase your favorite Chick-Fil-A sauces? Well, you can! Many locations sell the 8 oz. size for around $2.75 (or 34¢ per oz.), but we don’t recommend buying condiments there.
Instead, head to your local grocery store or Walmart. You’ll find 16 oz. sauces for around $3.99 or 25¢ per ounce. Talk about getting more bang for your buck!
13. Hit up a grand opening or other special events.
Watch for special events & new restaurant openings! The company loves to hand out free food and swag.
The company makes it easy to find out the location of brand new stores. Just check their website for future openings, dates, and restaurant addresses.
14. Ask about senior or military discounts.
Chick-Fil-A does not have a company-wide policy on military and senior discounts. However, your local Chick-Fil-A might offer them. Just ask the next time you are at the restaurant!
According to Veteran’s Advantage, some Chick-Fil-A’s will give service members a 10% discount if shown a military ID. The website Military Wallet did a quick study and stated 3 out of 10 randomly selected Chick-Fil-A locations offered this discount.
As for seniors, word on the street is that many Chick-Fil-A locations will honor a senior discount of either 10% off or a free refillable beverage.🥤
15. Order a tray of nuggets to make your meal last.
If you have your heart set on Chick-Fil-A instead of the more economical grocery store nuggets, some Chick-Fil-A’s offer catering. One of the items you can get is an entire tray of chicken nuggets. If you’re feeding a crowd or you just want to feed your family for a few meals, you’ll save by ordering this way instead of individual entrees.
Here is an example of the savings:
You can get 200 chicken nuggets for $99 when you order catering. To get this many nuggets you would have to order 25 orders of the 8-piece chicken nuggets which comes to $113.75 near me. Ordering the tray instead will save you $14.75!
If you can’t eat all these nuggets in one sitting, refrigerate them and pop them in your oven or air fryer when you’re ready to grub! Something tells me your kids won’t complain at getting Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets more than once in a week. 😆
16. Become a CFA employee to score free meals and other perks.
If you LOVE Chick-FIl-A, consider joining their team! Each Chick-Fil-A location is independently owned so benefits may vary, but expect a competitive package. They usually offer pay above minimum wage. Plus, you’ll get every Sunday off and potential students have the ability to apply for Remarkable Futures Scholarships.
According to the Chick-Fil-A website, many franchise owners offer employees a free meal during their shift so you’ll be able to get an ample amount of your favorite fast food for FREE.
17. Need ice? Get it for a reasonable price at Chick-Fil-A.
Need ice? Skip a more expensive store and head to Chick-Fil-A instead. They offer competitive pricing on their ice. You can score a 5 lb. bag from Chick-Fil-A for just around $1.79. Who knew?! 🤯
18. Scan your receipt to Fetch Rewards or another cash-back app.
Always ask for a receipt! If you save your receipt, you can get a little cash back on apps like Fetch Rewards. All you have to do is scan your receipt using your camera and then upload it to the app. We even made an entire list of the best cash-back apps for you to try!
Want a cheap meal? Try these clever fast food hacks!