10 Best Restaurant Family Meal Deals Under $20 + CouponsBelieve it or not, sometimes going out to eat as a family can be cheaper than preparing food at home. To prove it, here's a list of 10 family meal deals under $20.
With the average family spending nearly $400 per month per person on groceries, going out to eat can be an enticing way to save some money. Except, unless you're eating at some of the cheapest fast-food chains, going out to eat isn't always the more affordable choice. Fortunately, there are plenty of restaurants, fast-food and not, that offer delicious family meal deals under $20 that everyone will love.
Here's our list of the 10 best family meal deals under $20 you can get right now, plus some that are just over $20 and active coupons to save even more.
1. Panera Bread
If you and your family are hitting the road early and in-need of an affordable breakfast option, Panera Bread may hold the solution. For just $15.99, you can get the Breakfast Sandwich Feast, which includes 4 whole breakfast sandwiches. For a $1 more, you can get the Fresh Baked Goods Feast, which includes six freshly baked pastries, making these two deals some of the best meal deals under $20.
2. Whole Foods
Whole Foods may not be one of the most obvious sources of some of the best family meal deals under $20, but this grocer's prepared food section shouldn't be overlooked, especially if you're an Amazon Prime member. For example, you could get the prepared Whole Foods Market Vegetable Lo Mein for $9.99 and the prepared General Tso's Chicken for $9.99, creating a full meal for 2-3 for just $19.98.
3. Olive Garden
All of Olive Garden's meals are served family–style, meaning huge portions. If you're a family of 2 or 3, the Classic Entrees serve as some of the best comfort-food family meals deals under $20. The Chicken Alfredo and Chicken Parmigiana entrees, for example, are both $19.99. The Lasagne Classico is a bit less at $18.29, and you can save even more with the Ravioli Carbonara for $17.99.
For just $19.99, you can cash in on Domino's awesome combo bundle, which includes 2 medium 1-topping pizzas, 15-piece parmesan bread bites, 8-piece cinnamon bread twists, and a 2-liter of Coke. This is not only one of the best family meal deals under $20, but it's also a great option for birthdays, holidays, and game nights.
Right now, when you order a foot-long sub at Subway, you get a second foot-long sub completely free. With the average foot-long sub hovering between $12 and $15 depending on the kind you get and any customizations, you're still getting 4 six-inch subs for less than $20—a perfect deal for lunch or dinner anytime.
6. Taco Bell
Taco Bell has several combo and pack options to fit any budget and craving. For a family looking for family meal deals under $20, the Taco & Burrito Cravings Pack for $12.49 is a great deal. It includes 4 crunchy supreme tacos and 4 beefy 5-layer burritos. Or, for a modest $20.99, just over the "under $20" mark, you can get 12 soft or crunchy customizable tacos.
7. White Castle
If you're lucky to live near a White Castle, then this is another great option for a family meal deal under $20. For just $9.99, you can get 10 cheesy White Castle sliders. Plus, some select locations are even offering a $2 off coupon, making this deal $7.99—that's like $0.80 per slider!
8. Jersey Mike's
Sandwiches may be one of the most filling (and often healthier) meal options, and no one does a sandwich quite like Jersey Mike's. In fact, this New Jersey-based sandwich chain offers Giant Subs, which is said to feed four people on their website. So, if you're hunting the best family meal deals under $20, consider grabbing a Giant Sub from Jersey Mike's. While some of the hot or specialty subs may exceed $20, you can get a Giant Ham & Provolone and Jersey Shore Favorite for $19.56, and a Giant BLT for $20.8.
9. Pollo Tropical
If you have a Pollo Tropical near you, this is another one of the best family meal deals under $20. For just $18.74, you can get a whole chicken meal with four rolls, or for $11.11, you can get the A la Carte Family-Size Mojo-Roasted Pulled Pork.
10. Papa Johns
While Papa John's doesn't have bundle deals like Domino's, they do offer some amazing deals on large pizzas. Right now, you can get a large create-your-own pizza with 3 toppings for just $15, and for $2 more, you can get a large specialty pizza, which often has many toppings, special sauces, and various crust styles and fillings.
Family Meal Deals at Food Courts
If you're out shopping at one of the big retailers that has a food court or small bistro, this can be another great way to get one of the best meal deals for under $20. Here are some retailers worth stopping for lunch or dinner at while you're there.
- IKEA: With the price of a dinner item at the IKEA Swedish Restaurant and Bistro averaging around $4.72, and many entrees coming in at under $10, IKEA offers family meal deals you won't want to miss.
- Costco: At Costco, members can get a whole pizza for $9.95, an all-beef hot dog for $1.50, and many other items at an average price of just $4.00.
- Sam's Club: Similar to Costco, at Sam's Club you can get a whole large pizza for less than $10, plus a slice for $1.99, a rotisserie chicken salad for $6.99, and a "chicken bake" entree for $3.99. With prices like that, you can feed the whole family for under $20 and your kids' friends!
Family Meal Deals Just Over $20
Sometimes, the best family meal deals are just over $20. Therefore, if you have a few extra dollars, here are some of the best restaurants serving up family meals at family-friendly prices.
For $22.99, your family can enjoy an 8-Piece Tailgate Family Meal from Bojangles. This includes 8 pieces of seasoned chicken, two picnic sides, four biscuits, and a half gallon of tea.
12. Panera Bread
Starting at just $23, you can pick from several different family feast value meals. Options include a toasted baguette meal with a group soup and salad, a flatbread pizza meal with 2 large salads, and a traditional "family feast" meal with 4 half sandwiches, a large salad, a large soup, and cookies.
For just a little over $20, you can score big at IHOP. The Pancake Creations Family Feast with Bacon, for example, is $26.99 and includes 8 buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs and hash browns for 4, 8 bacon strips, and a choice of 2 pancake toppings. Plus, at IHOP, kids eat free daily between 4pm and 10pm.
14. Long John Silvers
If your family likes Long John Silvers, then they'll love this deal. For $32.29, you can enjoy an 8-Piece Family Meal. This includes 8 pieces of fish and chicken mixed and matched, two family-size sides, and 8 hushpuppies.
15. Church's Texas Chicken
Where most chicken-based restaurants only give packs of up 12 pieces of chicken, the Texas Grande Meal at Church's offers 16 hand-breaded pieces. The meal also includes one large mashed potato, a large coleslaw, a large mac & cheese, and six biscuits—all for starting at just $30.
16. Tijuana Flats
If you're feeling flat, the Taco Take-Home Meal Kit for $36.99 from Tijuana Flats may be the perfect pick-me-up. With the kit, you get a choice or hard or soft taco shells, chicken, beef, toppings, and chips for up to six people. That's enough for a family of four plus leftovers!
17. Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar's offers multiple family meal bundles at a really great price. The most affordable one is the Chicken Tender Bundle at $27.99. With this meal, you get 16 hand-breaded chicken tenders, 2 family-sized sides, and 6 honey-butter biscuits.
Some Active Coupons for Food
Saving money with free food coupons is one of the best ways to cut down on costs. And fortunately, there are always food and drink coupons you can find and redeem. Here are just a few on our radar:
- Get a free appetizer with an email signup for Texas Roadhouse
- Pick from one of the available free menu items from Carl's Jr. when you become a new Rewards Member
- Get free fries at McDonald's with any $1 purchase at McDonald's every Friday when you use the mobile app
- Taco Bell Rewards Members get a free breakfast taco every Tuesday in October when ordered through the app
- Complete a short questionnaire to claim your free bag of Jessica's handmade granola from Target
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