With all of the ways our mobile devices have made life easier, perhaps the best is the endless options of apps. Whether you’re hailing rides, sharing photos, playing games, managing your money, tracking miles, or managing your RAC account, there’s an app for that.
Although useful (like finding your car in the parking lot) and fun (scoring a personal best in Candy Crush), most apps don’t provide anything you can actually hold in your hands — until now. From ice cream and hamburgers to slushies and smoothies, the following apps (available for iOS and Android) prove there is such a thing as a free lunch.
Baskin Robbins: It’s tough to turn down ice cream, especially a free scoop! Get one just for downloading the app.
Panera Bread: Download the app, and when you join the rewards club there, you receive a “sweet welcome” in the form a free pastry. You also get a free treat on your birthday.
Steak ‘n Shake: The milkshakes are old-fashioned; the technology isn’t. Download the app to get a free, regular-sized milkshake with your first app purchase.
Sonic: Download the app for the chain’s signature sip, a free medium slush, then brace yourself for the ensuing brain freeze.
McDonald’s: Whether your weakness is fries or a Big Mac (or both), you can enjoy a host of freebies through the app’s instant coupons.
Quiznos: Toasty deals include a free small sub or gyro flatbread with any purchase after downloading the app.
Burger King: $30 in coupons, including buy-one-get-one offers, are yours just for downloading the app.
Chili’s: It’s fiesta time! Although technically not an app, this deal was too good not to include. The Chili’s rewards program offers free chips and salsa or a free non-alcoholic beverage every time you visit a participating restaurant. Plus, you can redeem via the app and keep track of your other rewards as you earn them.
Krispy Kreme: Download app, check. Join rewards program, check. Eat free doughnut, double check.
7-Eleven: A quick stop can be a free stop with this app that provides points you can redeem for free road-trip food like a Big Gulp, medium coffee, taquito, chips, medium Slurpee, and more.
But That’s Not All
In addition to giving away free food just for getting their apps, the above restaurants continue to provide valuable offers, such as birthday freebies, buy-one-get-one specials, and points programs. These deals are definitely worth downloading.