Finding cheap places to eat can be hard. However, you can take the strain off by finding family friendly restaurants that offer free kids' meals. While most have an age limit and require the purchase of an adult meal, you can literally find free kids' meals every day of the week. Just be aware that national chains vary and offers may change at any time; call ahead to ensure the deal is still available.
Since no one wants to cook on a Monday, check out several restaurants that offer you a free meal for your kids if you buy one for yourself.
Arooga's, a large restaurant chain in the east, offers free kids' meals for those 12 and under with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Golden Corral offers Kid's Night from Monday to Thursday after 4 p.m. While children 3 and under eat free, kids 4 to 12 can get a whole dinner for 99 cents. The offer is limited to two children and requires the purchase of an adult buffet. With their mini steakburgers, fried cheese ravioli, or spaghetti and sauce, Golden Corral is bound to have something your children will love.
TGI Fridays offers Kids Eat Free on Mondays, and sometimes Tuesdays, at specific locations for kids 12 and under. You must be a Rewards member and purchase a full adult meal. Come try their chicken sandwich, sliders, tenders and mac and cheese.
Any day of the week, including Monday, IHOP offers free dinners for kids from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can get one free kids' meal for each adult meal purchased for diners under 12. This is dine-in only, and drinks are not included.
Since you've made it past the first day of your week, treat you and your child to a meal.
Since it is in their name, it makes sense that Ruby Tuesday offers free meals for kids on Tuesdays. Kids Eat Free is available at participating locations from 5 p.m. to closing. To get meals like endless pizza and pasta, an adult entrée must be purchased.
Max and Erma's
At Max and Erma's, children 12 and under can dig their teeth into favorites like grilled cheese and mini corn dogs. This deal is only valid with the purchase of an adult entrée, and not all locations participate. It is always best to call ahead of time.
Uno Pizzeria and Grill
At this Chicago style pizzeria, Uno Pizzeria and Grill, little foodies can enjoy favorites like mac and cheese, spaghetti or pizza for free with the purchase of an adult meal. This is valid only for those who dine in, and the deal isn't available at all locations.
You can get sliders, salad, burger bites, grilled shrimp and tenders at Bennigan's for free from 4 p.m. to close. This is for kids 12 and under with the purchase of an adult entrée.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays, Denny's Restaurant offers free kids' meals from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Limited to two per family, Denny's offers healthy options in addition to their regular menu free for those 10 and under. Not all locations offer the same deal so check first.
Making it to hump day is a feat all its own. Take your child to a free meal at one of these restaurants.
On Wednesdays at Firehouse Subs, kids can get a grilled cheddar, hot meatball or hot ham and provolone sandwich free of charge. This is only after 4 p.m. and for children 12 and under. Adults must purchase an adult combo to get the free kids' meal. While kids will love the fire hats and coloring pages, check your location before heading out.
Qdoba Mexican Grill
On Wednesdays and Sundays, Qdoba Mexican Grill offers a free burrito bowl, quesadilla or three-cheese nacho to kids with a paying adult. The days can vary by location, and not all locations will offer this deal.
While not valid at all locations, Logan's Roadhouse has Kids Eat Free for children 10 and under. The discount is only available for one child per adult. With this deal, kids can enjoy unique items like popcorn shrimp and ribs.
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery
Whether your child wants some pancake dippers, perky bear pancakes or scrambled eggs, Perkins Restaurant and Bakery has kids 12 and under covered. While the free meal is limited to one per adult purchase, it does include a meal, drink and dessert. The offer is not available at all locations.
Since you are so close to the weekend, trying to find free meals for your kids can be a bit more difficult.
At limited locations, Shoney's offers free kids' meals to children 4 and under on Thursdays. You can also find deals for the 10 and under crowd at specific times of the year. These meals are available all day and kids can order from the regular menu.
Friday is the busiest day of the week for many restaurants. As a result, finding a place offering free meals on Friday is scarce to none. However, you can check out restaurants like IHOP that offer free meals every day of the week.
Saturday and Sunday
The weekend is prime time for eating out. Check out these restaurants to save your wallet.
Tio Juan's Margarita Mexican Restaurant
Enjoy Mexican dining and decor at Tio Juan's Margarita Mexican Restaurant and get a free meal for your child. The details for the promotion will vary based on the location, so it is best to call and see what is offered. Typically, this includes regular kids' meals for children 12 and under.
Steak 'n Shake
Found throughout the U.S., Steak 'n Shake offers free meals for kids all weekend long. Children 12 and under can get a free meal for every $9 spent by an adult if they dine in. Drinks are not included.
Finding a Meal
Getting through the week can be tough. You have kids, work, sports, family and driving. Finding a meal that can save you time and a little money can be a life saver. No matter where you are, check out these restaurants to get your family and little ones through the week.