I hardly eat fast food. Don’t get me wrong, there’s something about greasy french fries that we all love, right? We just try to stay away. (We meaning my family. I can honestly say that for my children, a “kid’s meal” is a huge treat. I mean a HUGE treat, because they don’t get it that often.)
Earlier this week, I went to a fast food restaurant for lunch. I ordered a cheeseburger toaster sandwich, a small order of french fries, and a medium Diet Dr. Pepper. I was told my total was $7.01. Then I mentioned that I had received a text to get $1 off of any combo. The order taker says, “Well, I can make this order into a combo, but you would have to order the medium french fries. Do you want me to do that?” I said, “Yes, that would be great.” The order taker then says, “Your new total is $5.29.”
Yes, you are reading that right. Even without the $1.00 off text coupon, my order was cheaper ($6,29), and that was with more food.
I know restaurants won’t automatically offer the better deal to customers, but they should. I mean, think about those college students with little money….$7.01 for a ‘combo’? (When I was in college, a combo was $2.99 + tax.)
The point is this: be careful what you order. I know most people will say, “I’d like a #5”, and the combo is ordered, hince gaining you the savings. But I didn’t. And I know there are others who will order three separate items that belong in a combo.
Another point: many restaurants in the area are offering local “texts” that can be used at that specific restaurant. If you have unlimited texting, take advantage of this! No coupons to print, just show your phone and enjoy the savings!
Now, let me go practice saying things like “I’d like a #3” and “I’d like a #5″….