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Free McDonalds Year-Round: When To Get the Best Deals & Freebies

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In addition to offering McDonald’s rewards and freebies all year, McDonald’s likes to scatter free food offers throughout the year. Whether they’re giving away free McDonalds with the Mariah Menu during the winter holidays, celebrating the summer season with Camp McDonald’s, doing things like Throwback Thursdays, or offering french fries on Free Fry Day, the people behind the Golden Arches are almost always cutting prices.

You should always check out our McDonald’s deals page to be updated on the best McDonald’s deals, but we’ll show you every free McDonalds deal and how to get free McDonalds regularly.


You have to spend at least $1 or order specific menu items to get free McDonald’s during promotions.

With the McDonald’s Mariah Menu and Camp McDonald’s promotions, all you need to do to get your free McDonald’s is spend at least $1 (the price of a large soda) in the McDonald’s app or order a specific menu item to qualify for free McDonald’s.

These deals are only available through the app, so be sure to download and sign up for the McDonald’s Rewards program as soon as possible so you don’t miss a single deal.

You can place a to-go order via the app or use the app for drive-up or in stores (where applicable) to get the free menu item of the day.


Check the app for even more free McDonald’s food.

women holding cellphone with mcdonalds app

The Deals section of the McDonald’s app is constantly filled with bargains or freebies. Some are for mobile order and pay only, so just make sure you look to see each deal’s specific requirements.

Here are some past examples of deals we’ve seen come and go on the app:

  • Free medium fries with any purchase
  • Free medium fries and soft drink with purchase of a signature crafted sandwich
  • Buy 1 Get 1 Free sandwich
  • $3 off any purchase of $15 or more (which could, in theory, cover the cost of many of the items on the holiday freebie list)

If you’re a new app user, you should find an offer for a free large fries — no purchase necessary — in the Deals section.



Always complete your McDonald’s Receipt Survey to get free food.

A McDonald's receipt with a survey offer being held up in front of the golden arches logo inside a McDonald's restaurant.

Your McDonald’s receipt will get you free McDonald’s, such as a Hamburger (regularly $1.79) or Egg McMuffin (regularly $4.39), or you could get an offer like a Buy 1 Get 1 Free on a Quarter Pounder with Cheese (regularly $4.89).

Visit the McDonald’s Customer Satisfaction survey website and fill out the survey using the 26-digit survey code on your receipt. Once you complete the survey, you’ll receive a McDonald’s survey code that you can redeem on your next visit.

There are lots more ways to get free food at restaurants — always save your receipts!


Keep an eye on the KCL app for the best free McDonald’s deals.

a person holding up a mcdonlds crispy chicken sandwich in front to go bag outside a mcdonalds store

The best way to stay on top of free McDonald’s deals is to download the KCL app and keep track of our McDonald’s deals page.

We update the page with all the best McDonald’s deals and promotions so you’ll never miss free McDonalds again.

Looking for more ways to beat the McDonald’s menu? We know all the best McDonald’s specials that’ll get you cheaper, fresher food.



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