EVERYBODY loves a tasty offer that you can really sink your teeth into.
But, for obvious reasons, fast food restaurants don’t always shout about ways you can save wads of cash every time you visit.
Aussie Josh Garlepp recently went viral asking for a 30c slice of cheese to be added to his $1.50 McDonald’s hamburger, MailOnline reports.
That’s because a cheeseburger is $3.55 – $1.75 more than what Josh ordered for exactly the same thing.
In fact, restaurants from Burger King to Nando’s have loads of hacks just like this, and they even have items available that aren’t always on the menu.
Better still, there are custom meals you can whip up yourself if you know what to order, including a Canadian delicacy available at UK KFC restaurants.
Here, cash saving expert ‘Coupon Kid’ Jordon Cox reveals the best fast food hacks going. You’re welcome.
Hacks to save you cash
Get a Bacon Double Cheeseburger for £2.01 less
Heading into a Burger King and ordering a Bacon Double Cheeseburger will cost you £3.99.
Instead, go into Burger King and order a ‘Plain Double Cheeseburger’ for £1.49, and add bacon for 50p extra – and your burger is exactly the same.
This way costs £1.99, saving you £2.01.
‘Unlimited’ coffee at Starbucks for £1.30
Order a tall ‘filter coffee’ at Starbucks for £1.55 and you’ll get free refills for as long as you stay in the restaurant.
Bring your re-usable cup, and this drops the price by a further 25p, to make it ‘unlimited’ coffee for £1.30.
Buy one get THREE free at Caffé Nero
Download the Caffé Nero app, and if you a refer a friend (or partner), they get a free coffee after they’ve purchased one through the app.
You as the referrer get two for free after they’ve purchased their first.
So you’ll get three free drinks between you, for only buying one.
That could save you £7.50-£10.
Get a Big Mac & Fries for £1.99 every time
Don’t have a voucher? Don’t fret.
On McDonald’s receipts, there is a promotion called ‘food for thoughts’, which gets you a £1.99 Big Mac and Fries on your next visit, if you fill in a survey.
Do this on your first receipt, and continue repeating the process when you get a new receipt to get a Big Mac for £1.99 every time you visit.
That’ll save you £2.29.
Order the platters at Nando’s
If you’re dining at Nando’s with a plus-one, instead of ordering two separate meals, you can save money by ordering a platter between you.
For example, if you both wanted chicken wings and chips, you can save £2.50 (and get a large chips each) by getting the ‘wing platter’ of 10 wings for £15.50.
Get more chips for 40p less at Nando’s
Ordering two regular sides of chips sets you back £4.60 but shockingly, ordering a large side of chips for £4.20 (40p cheaper) actually gets you more chips.
When tested, I got 14 extra chips, while saving 40p at the same time.
Download the Burger King app for discounts
If you ever eat at Burger King, you should look through the discounts on the Burger King app before you buy.
Deals include a £1.99 Whopper Burger, £1.99 chicken nuggets and £2.49 Chicken Royale.
Save £2.30 on a chicken sandwich at McDonalds
Swap the more expensive McChicken sandwich for a Mayo Chicken.
They both have exactly the same toppings (mayonnaise and lettuce), but the Mayo Chicken only costs 99p.
It might not be as big, but it saves you £2.30 on the McChicken.
Free KFC side including Hot Wings, Drink, Sundae
If you’ve never signed up to the KFC Colonel Club, you can get a free side for joining.
This can be two free hot wings, a medium soft drink, sundae, fries and more.
It could save you £1.29-£1.99.
One month free drinks at Pret A Manger
Pret’s new subscription service gets you a one month free trial, which gets you up to three drinks a day for a whole month.
You can cancel before it starts taking money, which means you get a month of Pret drinks for totally free.
Secret menus and crafty creations
Order a KFC Snack Box for £1.99
You don’t have to go for an expensive meal.
A snack box is £1.99, which is either popcorn chicken, two mini fillets or one original piece and large chips.
It’s not often shown on the screens that this is something you can order, which means a lot of people don’t know about it.
Get the BBQ Peri-Tamer spice at Nando’s
There’s another spice option at Nando’s which is on the kids menu, that adults can order too.
Peri-Tamer is a BBQ sauce, which when coated on your chicken will blow your mind.
It’s no extra cost either.
Freshly made fries from McDonald’s
Nothing beats a crispy, hot and fresh McDonald’s fry.
To get this, simply order at the till and ask for fries with no salt on them.
They’ll then create a fresh batch of fries for you. And again, it’s no extra cost.
Suicide burger at Burger King
Four beef burgers and four slices of cheese in one bun.
Order a double cheeseburger for £1.49, then add two extra patties (£1 each) and two more slices of cheese (50p each).
It’ll cost you £4.49, and the burger will be constructed by the staff.
DIY off-menu delights
Land, Sea & Air burger at McDonald’s
A cheeseburger, fillet-o-fish and chicken burger all together in one bun.
Order each one and put the meats together.
It’ll cost you £5.27 to put together.
Turn your Twister into a Chicken Burrito at KFC
If you miss the burritos, make your own.
Order a Twister meal (without coleslaw inside), and order rice as your side.
Open the wrap up, and spread the rice throughout. Fold it back up and you’ve got a burrito.
It’ll cost the same as a regular Twister meal which is £4.69.
DIY Big Mac at McDonald’s
You can save money, and model your own Big Mac yourself.
Order two cheeseburgers with onions, lettuce, gherkins and your choice of sauces in each.
Take off the top bun of one burger and attach the bottom of the other, to make your own DIY Big Mac.
In total it costs £1.98, which is £1.21 cheaper than an actual Big Mac.
McGangbang at McDonald’s
Two meat patties surrounding a piece of chicken.
Order yourself two cheeseburgers and a McChicken.
Remove the top buns from the McChicken and a cheeseburger and stack them on top of each other.
The total cost of this is £5.27
Poutine at KFC
You can make the Canadian delicacy in the UK. All you need is a portion of fries, a pot of gravy and some sliced cheese.
Mix them all together, making sure it’s covered in gravy, and you’ve made poutine.
You can take these components out of your meal, or get them all separately for £2.58.
DIY Perinaise at Nando’s
Instead of paying extra for Perinaise, make your own!
Get some mayonnaise for free, and combine it with your choice of spice & sauces. Give it a mix, and voilá!
This actually saves you 55p.