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Free food for kids and fast food deals for adults

Posted by: John Ewoldt under Restaurant Bargains Updated: January 11, 2012 - 9:22 AM

Dealspotter Jason Stewart found a good deal at Dickey's Barbecue (10 Twin Cities suburban locations). Kids under the age of 12 eat free every day now through February. Choose a meat plate or sandwich plate or Dino Bites nuggets and a drink. The offer is limited to only one free meal no matter how many adults.

I spotlight Dickey's, not only because Stewart was nice enough to share it, but also because it's a temporary offer. (Dickey's offers kids' free meals year round but limits the day sometimes.) Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles know that so many restaurants have "kids eat free" deals that there are too many for an article devoted to them. Now, I can point instead to websites that keep track of them.

I don't know how well the websites keep the info updated, however. Restaurants change their deals frequently, so always call or check the restaurant's website to confirm. Here's a list of a few of the kids eat free websites. Many are nationwide, so check them when traveling too. The sites also indicate if the deal is good all day or just lunch or dinner.

Twin Cities Fun: Lists 19 restaurants and lists them by the day of the week. Four restaurants are listed for Wednesday deals.

My Kids Eat Free: A national site; you choose a state and then a city. The site lists 38 Minnesota cities.

Kids Eat Free Places: A national site; you choose a state and then a city. Twenty-nine restaurants are listed in the Twin Cities.

Kids Meal Deals: A national site; you input your zip code for a list. For Wednesdays, the site lists 15 restaurants with free kids meals in or near Minneapolis.

What good sites am I missing?

USA Today listed several fast food bargains recently:

Taco Bell: Beefy Crunch Burrito has been brought back for 99 cents for a limited time.

Wendy's: 99 cent value menu including a 2.25 ounce Cheesy Cheddarburger

KFC: $11 weekend buckets promo with 10 pieces of chicken on Saturdays and Sundays in January. The buckets are normally $15.

Pizza Hut: $10 any pizza deal.

Papa John's: Any large pizza, including specialty pizzas, for $11

Burger King: A coupon booklet with $40 worth of food and drink coupons was mailed out recently. You can also pick them up at the restaurant while supplies last. The BK on Stinson Boulevard in Minneapolis had about 10-15 left on Wednesday morning.

Know of other fast food deals going on now? Share away.

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