What’s for dinner? Sometimes that question isn’t so easy to answer, especially when it’s been a long day and suddenly it is 6 p.m. The easiest answer is to drive to the nearest restaurant so someone else can cook dinner, but a meal out on a whim can put a costly dent in the budget. Don’t let an unplanned restaurant visit throw off an otherwise perfect month of budget planning. Instead, use My Kids Eat Free to find restaurant deals that make eating out affordable.

The site was created to offer families a resource to discover unadvertised specials. According to the website, 80 percent of specials offering free meals for kids are unadvertised. There are currently 6,625 restaurant locations offering free meals for kids, so there’s a good chance parents throughout the country can find a deal close to home (or on the road during family vacations and out of town trips).

From the site’s home page enter your state, city and day of the week. With the touch of a button, a list comes up displaying every restaurant in your city that offers “kids eat free” specials on that day. You can even choose "show all days" to find all the deals for the entire week.

Once weekend leftovers are used on Monday nights, my family is typically ready to go out on Tuesday night. I used My Kids Eat Free to find specials for Tuesdays in my hometown area of Los Angeles and discovered that the Sagebrush Cantina offers free meals for kids on Tuesdays (plus entertainment for kids), Islands Restaurant allows two kids to eat free (two kids per adult), and Ruby's Diner gives a free kids menu entrée per each adult-purchased entrée.

Recently when my mother was visiting and we were going to be out all day, I even used the site to find a restaurant that offered Saturday “kids eat free” lunch and another that offered dinner so my husband wouldn't have to figure out what to fix the kids while he babysat.

It is also an excellent resource to use on vacation. On a recent two-day trip to Disneyland, we used the website to find “kids eat free” specials in Anaheim. Our kids ate free at Denny’s on Tuesday night and at El Torito on Wednesday. All total, we saved over $20 on just two meals!

And speaking of vacation, check out their new sister website, My Kids Go Free, which allows you to search by city for free day trip and vacation destinations for families with kids. I found out that I can get my kids (ages 5 and 2.5) into the Grammy Museum absolutely free. Who doesn't need a vacation, or at least a staycation, especially when the price is right?

This is a guest post by Janelle from Los Angeles, CA
Find out more about the 
KCL Contributor Network!


Low Cost (or Free) Restaurant Options for Kids!