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Fast food apps that will help you save money: McDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts and more

Chips and salsa, ice cream, french fries -- they're all great, but they're even better when you can get them for free. Save your hard-earned dollars by scoring free or discounted food and beverages using these fast-food apps.

Jersey Mike’s Subs

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The sandwich chain’s Shore Points Rewards Program allows you to earn points toward a free sub with each purchase. Forty-eight points gets you a free mini sub, 72 points gets a regular sub, Sub-in-a-Tub or wrap, and 144 points get you a free giant sub.

Sonic

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Download the Sonic app and get rewards like a free medium soft drink or famous slush, a half price shake, or a $1.99 Wacky Pack kids meal. Sonic also gives away a free small Classic Shake on your birthday.

Jamba Juice

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In the mood for a smoothie, an energy bowl or tasty little bites? Sign up for Jamba Juice’s app — they’ll give you a $3 off coupon just for joining. And, sign up for their rewards program, too, so you can get $3 off with every 35 points earned.

Dunkin’ Donuts

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Download the Dunkin’ Donuts app and it won't take long to earn some of their perks. Just for signing up, you’re awarded a free beverage. The same offer applies when your birthday rolls around, and with every 200 points accumulated. Every month you can also expect various discounts, points and extra treats.

Dairy Queen

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Dairy Queen gives you a free small Blizzard treat when you sign up for their app. They also offer exclusive deals, like buy one artisan style sandwich, get one free, and a $1.99 small shake or malt.

Buffalo Wild Wings

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Join Buffalo Wild Wings’ Blazin rewards app and earn points to redeem for free food and beverages. You'll get 50 points just for filling in the Interests Page. After that, you can earn points by making purchases or checking in at the restaurant. As you collect awards, check out the Rewards Roster to see what you’re eligible for (drinks start at 250 points, and mains at 900 points).

Pizza Hut

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Sign up for Pizza Hut’s Hut Rewards to earn your way towards free pizza. For every dollar spent online, earn two points. For 150 points, you can get a medium two-topping pizza (hand tossed or thin 'n crispy); for 200 points, you can get a medium any pizza and for 250 points, you can get a large any pizza (both original pan, hand tossed, or thin 'n crispy). Expect to receive a birthday surprise and other exclusive offers, too.

Burger King

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Burger King offers coupons, with up to $30 in savings, on their app. Offers have included a $5 Whopper meal; $5 crispy chicken sandwich meal and $12.99 family bundle (two Whoppers, two cheeseburgers, four small fries and four small soft drinks). 

Chili’s Grill and Bar

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Free chips and salsa or a non-alcoholic beverage is on Chili’s Grill and Bar with an app sign up. Plus, sign up for their rewards program to receive the same offer, on every visit. Additionally, get free kids' meals, appetizers, desserts and more as part of the perks. You'll get a free dessert on your birthday, too. 

Chick-fil-A One

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The next time you place a Chick-fil-A order, make sure to do so with the app. The app tracks your purchases and lets you earn free food like waffle fries or a fruit cup.

Panera Bread

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Download Panera Bread’s app — and just for doing so, receive a free pastry or sweet as a welcome reward. The MyPanera rewards program also offers personalized rewards for purchases.

Starbucks

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There are two levels to Starbucks’ rewards program, which allows you to gain stars to redeem for free food and beverages. The green level gets you a birthday reward, free in-store refills, two stars for every dollar spent and member events and offers. Gold status (attained once you hit 300 stars) gets you all of the above, in addition to monthly double-star days and a free drink or food item every 125 stars collected. Stars can be collected with qualifying purchases, including pre-packaged coffee and other beverages and merchandise sold in stores.

Friendly’s

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Friendly’s online ordering app offers a 25 percent discount code for first time orders. The app also includes “limited time offers” which have, in the past, included, a hash-and-eggs omelette for $9.99; a crispy buffalo chicken wrap for $6.49; and a Montreal steak seasons burger for $6.49.

Domino’s Pizza

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Sign up for Domino Pizza's Piece of the Pie Rewards to collect points toward a free pizza. One order earns you 10 points. You need 60 points to earn the free medium two-topping pizza.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

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Upon signing up for the Moe's app, expect a free nachos offer (with the purchase of a regular or large drink). Downloading the app will also give you access to the chain’s rewards program; where you’ll have the opportunity to collect points for a credit towards a future purchase. For every dollar spent, you’ll earn 10 points; for every 1,000 points, you’ll earn a $10 credit. Another perk? Moe Monday. Earn double the points every Monday of the month (at participating locations). Bonus: Moe’s also gives free birthday burritos.

McDonald's

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From burgers to chicken tenders and even iced coffee and frappes, McDonald's has you covered with some exclusive offers when you download their app. Special offers have included free medium fries with the purchase of crispy tenders, one free McCafe beverage when you buy five, and a free breakfast sandwich with the purchase of a medium McCafe beverage via their Mobile Order & Pay option. The option allows customers to order food ahead of time, and pick it up curbside, inside the restaurant or through the drive-thru. The McDonald's app also offers coupons, like $1 off a large sandwich and $1 off any large McCafe beverage.

Subway

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Subway allows its app users to earn tokens by signing up for the Subway MyWay Rewards program. Once you’ve reached 200 tokens, you'll get a $2 reward, plus exclusive offers, surprise rewards and more.

Wendy's

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Sign up for Wendy’s app and choose from offers including free three-piece chicken tenders with the purchase of fries and a drink, half off a Baconator or a free Baconator fries with any purchase. One offer per customer, per visit.

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