Kids eating you out of house and home this summer? You've heard me say over and over again that it's cheaper to eat at home, but sometimes there isn't enough time to fix dinner before your next activity, or it's nice to give your family a treat.
Fortunately, lots of restaurants offer kids eat-free deals. Check out the following list of some of the places where kids can eat for free or that offer some other special deals with the purchase of an adult meal.
And remember, being frugal doesn't mean you have to give up something all the time. So, enjoy your summer with some savings.
Kids eat free deals
Lexington Legends: Sponsored by Members Heritage Credit Union, kids get a free small Pepsi, bag of chips and choice of a hamburger or hot dog with paid admission on Mondays.
Billy's BBQ: 101 Cochran Road. Two kids eat free off children's menu per adult purchase entrée. Dine-in only.
Brick Oven Pizza: 4371 Old Harrodsburg Road. For $1.99, kids get a 7-inch pizza plus drink. Kids can sauce and top the pizzas themselves from 4-8 p.m.
Josie's: 821 Chevy Chase Place. Kids meals half off from 4 p.m. to close.
McAlister's Deli: 836 Euclid Avenue. Free kids meal from 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday with adult meal purchase.
Suttons: 110 North Locust Hill Road. Kids eat free.
Bob Evans: 2566 Richmond Road. Kids eat free.
Fazoli's: 3775 Harrodsburg Road. Two kids meals cost 99 cents each with purchase of one adult entrée.
Noodles and Company: 2468 Nicholasville Road. Activities for the kids along with free rice-krispy treats and cookies.
JJ McBrewster's: 3101 Clays Mill Road. Kids eat free with adult meal purchase.
Smashburger: 3695 Nicholasville Road Suite 120. Kids eat free with adult meal purchase.
Asian Wind Restaurant: Palomar Center off Harrodsburg Road. Kids eat free with adult meal purchase
Applebees: Kids meals are 99 cents with adult meal purchase.
IHOP: 2306 Palumbo Drive. Kids eat free until 10 p.m.
BD Mongolian Grill: 2309 Sir Barton Way. Kids 10 and younger eat for $2.99
Firehouse Subs: 1781 Sharkey Way. Kids eat for $1 all day.
■ Celebrate national Ice Cream Day at Graeter's on July 19 with $1.45 scoops.
■ Baskin Robbins locations offer special deals on the 31st of each month.
■ National Root Beer Float Day is Aug. 6. From 2 p.m. to close, get a free root beer float at local A&Ws. As a part of the celebration the restaurant will be collecting donations to honor and empower wounded warriors across the country through the Wounded Warrior Project.
■ Receive a free 32-ounce glass of McAlister's tea at McAlister's Deli on July 23.
■ National Lollipop Day is July 20. Celebrate with See's Candies. See's retail stores are offering customers a free lollipop just for stopping in. Find one near you at Chocolateshops.sees.com.
■ Use the coupon at Staples.com to get a ream of 81/2 x 11 Staples brand multipurpose paper for just 1 cent after easy rebate and coupon. Offer expires July 18. Limit four rebates per household. Staples.com/coupons/
■ Also use the coupon at Staples.com for 25 percent off school supplies when you purchase a backpack. Here are some sales this week to match with a 25 percent off coupon: Staples school glue, 4 ounces, 10 cents (regularly $1.49); Staples cap erasers, pink, dozen 25 cents (regularly $1.49); Staples dual dome pencil sharpener 25 cents (regularly $1.99); Staples glue sticks, a four-pack for 25 cents (regularly $2.49); Staples one-subject notebook 25 cents and Staples 12-inch beveled ruler is 35 cents.
■ Office Depot/Office Max deals include: a single Sharpie permanent marker for 25 cents (regularly $1.79-$2.19); slider pencil box for 25 cents (regularly $1); Office Depot brand tank highlighters for 25 cents (regularly $4.29); Scholastic Crayons 25 cents (regularly $1.29); Office Depot brand scissors 25 cents (regularly $2); Scholastic glue sticks 25 cents (regularly $1.99) and Office Depot brand Stellar notebooks 50 cents (regularly $4.99).
■ Text SCHOOL to 827438 and get a Target mobile coupon for a free $5 Target gift card with a $25 school supply purchase. Offer expires July 18.
■ Some nearby states have tax-free shopping days or weekends. Find a list at Taxadmin.org/fta/rate/sales_holiday.html
■ Staples will match the price of items sold and shipped by Amazon.com or any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand. Customers will receive an additional 10 percent off the difference between the Staples price and the competitor's price.
Here's how it works in stores: Find a lower price; Bring in proof of that qualifying lower price to the store and speak to a store associate.
How it works online: Find a lower price; Save the URL and item number with the lower price; Call 800-333-3330 and they'll match the price plus discount it by 10 percent of the difference.
Deals through July 18
■ At CVS, buy six Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers for $10 and receive $3 in extracare bucks. No coupon is needed.
■ Print out Blue Diamond Almond coupons at Hopster.com (you can get the value higher when you share on Facebook) and use the coupons at CVS where the Blue Diamond Almonds are on sale two for $5. That makes a six-ounce can just 50 cents.
■ If you're in Walmart, look for a movie display containing select $4.96-$12.96 DVDs. The display contains $5-$7.50 in Fandango codes to see the new movie Minions at a discount. As one example, I spotted a LEGO The Adventures of Clutch Power DVD priced at $5 and it comes with a $5 Fandango code to see Minions, which essentially makes the DVD free if you were planning to go see the movie.
■ Are you planning to see the new movie Pixels in theaters July 24? BestBuy.com is offering a great promo: purchase Hotel Transylvania Blu-ray 3D w/ultraviolet digital copy for $9.99, and receive up to $7.50 in Sony Movie Cash toward the purchase of one admission to Pixels in theaters. Plus, free in-store pickup is available near you or shipping is $2.99 or free with a $35 order.