EAT Out to Help Out diners can get more than 50 per cent off their food by stacking deals to get even bigger discounts.
From McDonald’s to KFC, we explain how to make the most of money-off deals this month.
The Eat Out to Help Out scheme was launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak
Eat Out to Help Out sees diners get 50 per cent off their bill at pubs, restaurants and cafes every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August.
The money-saving initiative started this week and will run until August 31.
But if you plan wisely, you can save even more cash by stacking deals on the days when Eat Out to Help Out is running.
The government has confirmed that Eat Out to Help Out can be used on top of existing offers.
This means you can effectively get more than 50 per cent off the original price of your meal.
Eat Out to Help Out covers both adult’s and children’s meals and soft drinks, but not alcohol.
Here’s how to get even more money off at some of your favourite food places.
McDonald’s has a permanent offer where you can get a Big Mac and medium fries for £1.99
BIG MAC AND MEDIUM FRIES – save £3.28
Original cost: £4.28
Reduced price: £1
McDonald’s fans would typically spend £4.28 on a Big Mac burger and medium fries.
But the fast food chain runs a regular offer that lets you pick up a Big Mac and medium fries for £1.99 in exchange for filling out a survey about your meal.
Check an old McDonald’s receipt to find a unique 12-digit code which you can enter into its Food for Thought website.
Once you’ve completed the survey, you’re given another five digit code that you will need to write on the original receipt.
Hand it over when you place your order at your next McDonald’s trip to pay £1.99 for your Big Mac and medium fries.
Use this deal on a day when Eat Out to Help Out is running, and the price will be lowered even further to just £1.
See more McDonald’s Eat Out to Help Out prices here.
KFC fans can stack up its ‘Chicken Tuesdays’ deal with Eat Out to Help Out
NINE-PIECE BUCKET OF CHICKEN – save £12.57
Original cost: £15.57
Reduced price: £3
KFC has recently brought back its “Chicken Tuesdays” deal where you can get a nine-piece bucket of chicken for £5.99.
As its names suggests, the offer is only available on Tuesdays – and luckily this is also when Eat Out to Help Out is running.
So if you’re ordering this to eat in, the same deal will cost actually cost £3 thanks to Eat Out to Help Out.
The same amount of Original Recipe chicken on the bone would usually cost £15.57.
“Chicken Tuesdays” is running until August 18 and is subject to availability at participating restaurants.
Pizza Hut has changed how it does its famous buffet due to coronavirus
PIZZA HUT BUFFET – save £12.75*
Original price: £17
Reduced price: £4.25
Pizza Hut diners can use an existing Meetkat Meals two-for-one deal to get even more money off their food.
Meetkat Meals offers two-for-one on food, not drinks, at select restaurants for one year when you buy any travel insurance product through Compare the Market.
You can then use this on top of Eat Out to Help Out.
For example, a Pizza Hut buffet for two would typically cost £17 if you take advantage of its mid-week, before 3pm, offer.
With Meerkat Meals, you’d get one of these dinners for free, taking the price down to £8.50 – add on the extra Eat Out to Help Out discount and your total bill will come to £4.25.
To use Meerkat Meals, you just need to show your membership screen on your smartphone.
This discount can be used as many times as you like but only for one year – after this, you’ll have to take out a new insurance policy.
The cheapest policy you can currently buy to get Meerkat Meals is travel insurance for £2.34 for a one-night stay in the United Kingdom.
*This price is based on two people as Meerkat Meals offers buy one get one free, meaning you need to order two dinners.
Wetherspoon has confirmed its Steak Club Tuesdays deal can be used with Eat Out to Help Out
SIRLOIN STEAK, CHIPS AND SOFT DRINK – save £6.37
Original price: £10.60
Reduced price: £4.23
Wetherspoon diners get cheaper steak dinners plus a drink every Tuesday thanks to its “Tuesday Steak Club” promotion.
Typically, a 6-ounce sirloin steak and chips plus a soft drink costs £10.60 on any other day of the week.
But on Tuesdays, Spoons charges £8.45 for the same dinner.
With Eat Out to Help Out, the price of this meal is reduced by 50 per cent to £4.23.
Steak dinners always come with a soft drink, or you can pay extra for an alcoholic beverages.
Prices do vary between Wetherspoon pubs but you’ll still get 50 per cent off the cost of your food, up to a maximum of £10 per person, during Eat Out to Help Out.
You can see more Wetherspoon Eat Out to Help Out prices here.
Toby Carvery is taking part in Eat Out to Help Out
MID-WEEK CARVERY – save £4.55
Original price: £7.29
Reduced price: £2.74
Toby Carvery is offering a one-off 25 per cent discount on food, not drinks, when you sign up to their email updates.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be sent a unique code which you’ll need to show your server when you come to pay your bill.
You can register for Toby Carvery email updates on its website.
Show this on a day when Eat Out to Help Out deal is running, and you’ll get the extra 25 per cent off on top of your half price food.
For example, Toby Carvery charges around £7.29 for a mid-week carvery.
With the 25 per cent off from your newsletter discount, this is reduced to £5.27.
On a day when Eat Out to Help Out is running, the price of your carvery will come down even further to £2.74.
Harvester fans can benefit from an additional 25 per cent off
ORIGINAL BEEF BURGER – save £7.18
Original price – £11.49
Reduced price – £4.31
Harvester also offers customers a one-off 25 per cent discount on food, but not drinks, when you sign up to their email updates.
It works the same as Toby Carvery, as they’re both owned by Mitchells & Butlers, in that you’ll be sent a unique code to your email address.
You’ll then need to show this at the restaurant to get the 25 per cent off.
Depending on your location, an original beef burger with chips would cost around £11.49 at Harvester.
If you use your 25 per cent newsletter discount, the price is £8.62 – but you can take this cost down to £4.31 if you use it on a day when Eat Out to Help Out is on.
See more Harvester and Toby Carvery Eat Out to Help Out prices here.
Nando’s fans can take advantage of a new Wales offer to claim a half Peri Peri chicken
HALF PERI PERI CHICKEN AND CHICKEN BUTTERFLY – save £10.37
Original price: £14
Reduced price: £3.63
If you time your meal correctly, you can get £14 worth of food at Nando’s for £3.63 by combining Eat Out to Help Out with a new deal from Walkers.
Walkers is running an offer where you get you can get a free Peri Peri chicken at Nando’s when you spend £7 in restaurants.
To get the deal, you’ll need to buy a packet of Walkers new Nando’s flavoured crisps and enter a unique code on the Walkers website.
Your voucher will then be emailed to you, so remember to print it out and take it to the restaurant with you.
A half Peri Peri chicken at Nando’s usually costs £6.75 – but remember you need to spend £7 to get it for free with the Walkers deal.
You can buy a chicken butterfly from Nando’s for £7.25, which would push you over that spending limit to get the freebie.
If you claim this offer on a day when Eat Out to Help Out is running, your total cost is then halved to £3.63 – but you’ll be getting £14 worth of food for that price.
The Nando’s crisps are part of five new restaurant-inspired Taste Icons flavours launched by Walkers, which also include YO! Sushi, PizzaExpress, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Las Iguanas.
Walkers is also offering vouchers for these other restaurants, although the offer will vary depending on which place you choose.
For example, some vouchers entitled you to two-for-one meals – check the terms and conditions online.
The voucher you’ll get will correspond with the flavour and restaurant you choose.
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