10 Best Restaurant Family Meal Deals Under $20 + Coupons

Believe 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.

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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, or eating one of these budget-friendly meals that go a long way, 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 some of the best fast-food coupons to save you 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. 

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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.

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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.

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4. Domino's

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. 

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5. Subway

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. 

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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 $12.99 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. 

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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!

Get the Cheesy 10-Sack for $9.99


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.

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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 $14.59, you can get a whole chicken meal with four rolls, or for $8.89, you can get the A la Carte Family-Size Mojo-Roasted Pulled Pork.

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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 original or thin crust pizza with up to 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.  

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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. 

  • BJ's Wholesale Club: With a BJ's Wholesale Club membership, you can shop BJ's Kitchen, where you'll find prepared foods of all kinds, including family dinners. For example, you can get a 2.4lb Wellsley Farms breaded chicken tray for $12.99, or a 2.25lb package of prepared beef & bean chili for less than $12. 
  • 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. 

11. Bojangles

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. 

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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.

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13. IHOP

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. Not to mention, you can catch the IHOP Happy Hour with delicious entrees starting at just $6 every day at 3pm. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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. 

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Some Active Deals 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:

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- Vanessa