Kids Eat Free: Where to Find the Deals

With my youngest at Camp Grandma and the hubby out with friends this evening, I decided to take a night away from the kitchen. At first, I thought I’d just throw some sandwiches out and call it done — with just 2 kids to feed, it didn’t quite feel worth the effort of the meal I had originally planned.

Then I remembered it was Tuesday, and Tuesday is Kids Eat Free Day around here. Many restaurants offer free kids meals on certain days of the week. In this area, it seems like kids eat free all over the place on Tuesdays.

We had several restaurants to choose from, but we went with Chili’s, since they offer two free kids meals per adult entree. Which means I only had to pay for my own meal.

It’s always nice to go out and do things with different combinations of your kids. The 3 of us enjoyed dinner together, then came home to watch the evening Olympic coverage. (I might be a little addicted.) But, it’s not really something I would have done at full price. With kids-eat-free deals throughout the week, I very rarely have to.

And, neither do you! Here are a few sites that keep track of when and where to find free kids’ meals:

  • Kids Eat For: This site maintains not just a free kids meal list but discounted deals, too. The deals are searchable by zipcode, metro area, restaurant name and more. They also have smartphone apps, if you need to find locations on the go.
  • Kids Meal Deals: This site began locally in Ohio, but has quickly spread across the country. The list is sortable by day of the week, which really helps with planning ahead when you know you’ll be dining out. They have mobile apps as well.
  • My Kids Eat Free: This database includes a listing of cities, as opposed to just searching a zipcode. This helps a lot if you are planning to be in another area and you don’t know the zipcode.
  • Kids Eat 4 Free: This database is searchable by city or a zipcode radius, if you’re willing to drive a little for free deals in the area. It also includes customer ratings on the restaurant results.

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